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postheadericon Protect Your Privacy Against Australian Data Prevention Laws

Australian Data Prevention Laws have been put into action. Are you an Australian looking for a safe solution to this development? FlashRouters can help.

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postheadericon 550,000 Australian Red Cross blood donor details leaked

The personal details of 550,000 Australian Red Cross blood donors have been leaked in an event being described as Australia’s largest ever security breach.

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postheadericon Australian government spends $230m on new cybercrime strategy

The Australian government has set aside $ 230 million in a new cybercrime strategy with a five-pronged plan of action.

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postheadericon Australian parents’ concerns differ from kids’ actual behavior online

When it comes to protecting your children online, knowledge of risks is vital. With this in mind, ESET asked Australian parents about their main concerns.

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postheadericon Circumvent New Australian Data Retention Law With VPNs

Don’t let these new Australian Data Retention Laws steal your privacy. Get yourself to a VPN.

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Special Deal For Australian VPN Users

As we have noted a few weeks ago, the handing over of the personal details of 4,726 users who illegally downloaded the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club from Australian Internet Service Providers to Voltage Media (the company that owns the rights to Dallas Buyers Club) has created a groundswell of Australian VPN interest.

It seems this Dallas Buyers Club fiasco is only the beginning. The Australian government has taken some very alarming steps in its efforts to curb illegal downloading and piracy across the country. This is most certainly due to heavy pressure from media industry groups (like Voltage Media) trying to maintain a stranglehold on content delivery and access throughout the country. Media giant Sony has even lobbied the Australian government to block access to content not licensed specifically within the country.

Using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a great method of protecting yourself from prying digital eyes, be it snooping governments or, in this case, media companies. With this growth in interest, we have been receiving much attention from Australian VPN users looking to get the most out of their setup by using a FlashRouter. Using a FlashRouter, you can set up a VPN network in your home, and use a VPN on devices like Roku and AppleTV, which otherwise have no VPN support.

This being said, while we are in the slow transition from Spring to Summer here in the United States, over in Australia, it seems the Winter season is about to begin. Though Aussies do not have to go through the same winters that, say, people who live in Buffalo, New York have to go through, we figure that colder weather probably means a lot more time indoors and time indoors probably means a lot more time streaming Netflix.

And now that Netflix has finally come to Australia, upgrading your router to handle some high-quality Roku streaming certainly seems like a good idea. And if you would like to switch back and forth between a US IP and an Australian IP to take advantage of multiple Netflix regions, a FlashRouter can help with that too!

However, we know Australia is a long way from the East Coast of the United States and the cost of shipping a router this distance can be rather intimidating. This is why, to celebrate this splurge of new Australian VPN users, we will be setting a flat priority shipping  rate of $ 25 for all FlashRouters over $ 200 to anywhere in the Commonwealth of Australia. To take advantage of this deal, simply select Australia as your shipping country in the cart and it will appear. Now, on to the routers…

Top Routers for Australian VPN

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT OpenVPN Router Best Routers 2015 - Budget Wireless-AC The TP-Link WDR3600 Dual Band DD-WRT FlashRouter
Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Netgear AC1450 TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT
1 Ghz Broadcom, Wireless-AC, 4 External Antennas 800 Mhz Broadcom, Wireless-AC, USB 3.0 580 Mhz Atheros, 2 External Antennas, USB 2.0
Best in Class Asus Model Economy Wireless-AC Favorite Budget Wireless-N Favorite
$ 429.95 $ 199.95 $ 149.95

If you are going to be streaming with a VPN in Australia, using a FlashRouter is your best bet. With a FlashRouter, you will not only be protecting individual devices with a VPN, but rather your entire network. However, connecting to a VPN will always cause some kind of drop in speed, as you will have to tunnel your connection to a VPN server and back. To even out this slowdown, using a high-powered FlashRouter like the 1 GHz powerhouse Asus RT-AC87U will certainly suffice. The RT-AC87U uses four external antennas, providing a wide WiFi range. This is a fantastic device for a large home, small business office or for anyone looking for a gaming wireless router.

Interested in a powerful wired option as opposed to a wireless connection, the Netgear AC1450 FlashRouter is a recommended router as it uses an 800 MHz processor at the competitive price point of $ 199.95. The AC1450 uses internal antennas,  making this the preferred device for users looking to get the most out of their connection without focusing on expanding their wireless range. For Australian VPN users who looking for Wireless-N support at a value, the TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT is a choice mid-range router. For more information on these three devices, as well as the rest of our catalog, check out our Best Wireless Routers of 2015.

Best Australia VPN Providers

As you may have noticed, there are a slew of providers available for would-be Australian VPN users and picking which provider you will choose to spend your hard-earned money on can be a bit of a challenge. So, with this, let’s see some of the best VPN providers for Australian users.

PureVPN offers great a service for Australians, with servers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia. On top of this, PureVPN also provides a high-speed service and highly rated customer support. PrivateInternetAccess is another well-reviewed service popular with Australian VPN users. In addition to hiding your IP address, PrivateInternetAccess also encrypts your data at a packet level, providing even more security. The service is also available at a great value. Lastly, IPVanish is one of the most highly regarded VPN providers supported by FlashRouters and is a great choice for Australian VPN users. IPVanish has servers in more than 60 countries and keeps zero logs. FlashRouters also has a slew of other supported VPN providers.

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postheadericon Australian infosec body lobbies for mandatory security baseline

Australia’s infosec industry is lobbying for a mandatory security baseline to ensure basic IT standards are met across the country, with penalties issued to those that don’t comply.

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postheadericon Dallas Buyers Club Creates Groundswell of Australian VPN Interest

VPN Usage Up in Australia thanks to Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club Boosts Australian VPN Usage (Image Source: AceShowbiz)

If you’ll give us a paragraph or two and read carefully, we’ll explain how Dallas Buyers Club – the 2013 film starring Matthew McConaughey, which dramatized the story of AIDS-stricken hustler Ron Woodroof and his attempts to circumvent pharmaceutical companies to give people cheaper AIDS medication – has led to a significant uptick in VPN usage in Australia.

Dallas Buyers Club & Australian Pirates

It’s simpler than the preceding paragraph makes it sound. Basically, the company who owns the rights to Dallas Buyers Club (Voltage Media) successfully requisitioned Australian ISPs (Internet Service Providers), demanding the personal details of 4,726 customers who had pirated the movie.

This precedent-setting ruling has, unsurprisingly, had the effect of spooking Australian internet denizens and sending them straight into the loving, protective arms of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and other online privacy guarding services. These VPN services allow for users to change their IP addresses in order to add a layer of encryption, as well as access geo-blocked content.

There. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

Best Australian VPNs

And wouldn’t you know it? We’ve got a bunch of recommendations for top-notch Australian VPN services.

As we’ve explained in the past, we’re affiliated with the best VPN providers around and we’ve corralled them all on this handy official supported provider list. Any VPN service provider on that list is implicitly and whole-heartedly recommended by us, but rather than make you comb through the list in search of providers with heavy duty service to Australia, we thought we’d highlight some of our favorites.

Some of our favorite VPN providers for use in Australia are the ultra-safe IPVanish, which uses over 14,000 shared IP addresses; the always-dependable PureVPN; and the extremely popular PrivateInternetAccess. Rest assured, they’ll keep litigious movie companies and other privacy-invading forces at bay. 

And you’ll have no trouble getting the most out of your VPN subscription if you use it in conjunction with a VPN-capable FlashRouter. Check out our most recent best-sellers list to see some of the DD-WRT and Tomato-flashed routers that are revolutionizing our users’ wireless networks. If your VPN is on our supported provider list, we’ll send your router with your VPN service already installed.

Best Routers to Use with Australian VPNs

R8000 AC32000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Netgear R8000 FlashRouter- Best Australian VPN Router

FlashRouters offers a myriad of routers, ranging from the beastly networking powerhouse Netgear R8000 DD-WRT – packed with a 1 GHz processor and six external antennas- to the fan favorite 800 MHz Asus RT-AC56U– all the way to the economy line Linksys E1200. As stated before, all FlashRouters can be pre-configured for any of our Supported VPN Providers. We also provide US to AU plug adapters and offer 240V compatible power plugs so there is no need to worry about power compatibility!

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postheadericon Australian government issues warning over ‘ISIS hacks’

Australia’s federal government has issued a warning over the spate of recent website hacks claiming to have links with extremist group ISIS.

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postheadericon Australian cybersecurity video plays dumb to raise awareness, but will it work?

A new cybersecurity video from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has taken an unusual approach to raising awareness, playing dumb in this mock public service announcement aimed at a “non-technical” audience.

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