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Spotflux: Enjoy A Safer, More Secure & Encrypted Internet Browsing [Windows & Mac]

Sometimes, navigating the streets and lanes of the World Wide Web can be a dangerous and scary experience. Not everyone out there are nice friendly honest people so there’s a high chance of viruses, malware and people trying to steal your confidential information.  This is where Spotflux comes in.

Spotflux aims to make your Internet browsing experience a much safer one by offering you protection services for Windows and Mac.  The main service is an encrypted and secure connection.  All of your Internet traffic is re-routed through the Spotflux filters via a VPN tunnel where it is checked, and all viruses, malware, tracking cookies and other nasty critters are squashed and nuked.  This apparently slows your connection down slightly but the net profit is a much safer Internet experience.  This scanning is an on-going, continuous and real-time process.

encrypted internet browsing

Once you have installed and enabled the software, you don’t have to do anything more.  Just let it run and do its thing.

The software is available for Windows and Mac, with a mobile version apparently coming soon.

Features

  • Install the Spotflux protection software for secure and encrypted Internet surfing.
  • All traffic re-routed through Spotflux servers where it is scanned for viruses and malware.
  • Free and simple to use.
  • Also read related article: How To Encrypt Your Dropbox Data With ENCFS [Linux].

Check out Spotflux @ http://launch.spotflux.com (from Mark @ Journal Of Curious Things)

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http://gigazine.net/news/20120420-spotflux/

2012年04月20日 19時00分35秒

IPアドレスを偽装して安全にインターネット接続を可能にするフリーソフト「spotflux」

WindowsとMacに対応し、ワンクリックでグローバルIPアドレスを偽装してインターネットの利用を可能にするのが「spotflux」です。無料で安心と安全を実現する「spotflux」のインストール・操作などは以下から。

実際に「確認くん」を利用して確認してみます。「spotflux」使用前。

使用後、現在接続している場所(現IP )つまりグローバルIPアドレスが変更され、プロバイダー名が見えなくなりました。

Spotflux – A more secure, private, and open internet experience.
http://launch.spotflux.com/

◆インストール

上記サイトの「PC」をクリック。Windowsを使っているので、Windows版である「PC」を選んでいます。

ダウンロードした「spotflux-latestPC.exe」を起動。

「Proceed」をクリック。

「Accept」をクリック。

「Install」をクリック。

インストールが完了後、「Exit」をクリック。

◆設定方法

「spotflux」をクリック。

「ENABLE」をクリック。

準備中

「Spotflux Enabled」が表示されれば、安全にインターネットを使えるようになります。

ただし、回線速度が落ちてしまうようです。使用前の下りの回線スピードです。

使用後

もし、社内でプロキシの設定をしている場合。「左上のボタン」をクリック。

「Proxies」タブをクリックして、「Autodetect proxy settings」にチェックを入れ「OK」をクリックしすれば設定が可能です。ここでは自動設定の「Autodetect proxy settings」を選んでいます。

spotfluxの設定をすると「spotflux cloud」というところを通ってインターネットに接続する仕組みです。「spotflux cloud」を通るときに、トラッキングクッキー・ウイルス・マルウェアを排除し、場所やユーザー情報を隠しています。それ以上は明かされていません。

また、2012年4月20日時点ではβ版として無料で利用できますが、今後有料化するそうです。

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「匿名」でネットを利用するための3つの基礎知識 – GIGAZINE

ブラウザから利用できる匿名プロキシサイトリスト – GIGAZINE

使い捨てメールアドレスがアクセスするだけでゲットできる「airmail」 – GIGAZINE

全文表示可能で添付ファイルにも対応した15分間使用できる使い捨てメールアドレス「クイックメール」 – GIGAZINE

Googleの無料パブリックDNSサービス「Google Public DNS」を使ってネットのアクセス速度を上昇させる方法 – GIGAZINE
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Protect Yourself While Surfing Open Wireless Networks with Spotflux – by Netted by the Webbys

Someone once told us that using free Wi-Fi is the same as shouting everything you’re typing out loud. Which is definitely frowned upon at Starbucks.

With Spotiflux, a free download for Mac and PC, Internet usage is protected even when sharing a connection with total strangers.

Once logged on to the wireless network, flip on Spotiflux and browse as you normally would. The service encrypts your internet traffic, blocks malware and viruses, and hides your IP location to keep you anonymous.

It’s perfect for use in airports, hotels, and that cafe around the corner where struggling artists work on their novels.

They’re probably harmless, but better safe than sorry.

http://spotflux.com

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We are excited to share that Lauren A. Rothman is featured in Washingtonian Magazine’s April issue highlighting Top Women In Fashion!

Check out the article here: http://styleauteur.com/portfolios/print/top-women-in-fashion/

Women of Fashion

Women who go above and beyond to make sure Washington’s residents have style. By Sarah Zlotnick

In a city that’s not supposed to care all that much about style, some women have done well by helping us with what we wear–and influencing how we shop. Here are some standouts in Washington’s fashion scene.

The Stylists: The services of Styleauteur, Rothman’s fashion-consulting firm, are multifaceted. One day PricewaterhouseCoopers might bring her in for a session on corporate style; the next she might work with a soldier adjusting to civilian life on an amputated leg. Between penning a column on political style for the Huffington Post and dressing government officials on Capitol Hill, Rothman has found a niche amid Washington’s blend of sophistication and practicality. “I work with people who are thirsty for a knowledge about why they should care about fashion,” she says. “And I love getting to educate.”

To view the original article, click here.

To schedule an interview with On-Air Political Style Expert Lauren A. Rothman, please contact:

Web: www.styleauteur.com
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Article from SFGate.

BranchOut wants to beat LinkedIn at its own game: helping people use their social network to find a job.

Today, the company got a lot more backing to help it out. It announced a $25 million Series C round from Mayfield and other investors, bringing its total funding to $49 million in just over two years.

BranchOut isn’t setting up its own social network from scratch, but rather runs as a Facebook app. This lets Facebook’s more than 800 million users tap into their network of friends to look for job leads, recommend one another, and so on.

So far, the app has 25 million registered users.

They’re actually using it as well. Since December, monthly average usage has grown from 400,000 to more than 13 million. That’s mainly because BranchOut launched a mobile version of its app in December.

So does BranchOut REALLY think it can beat LinkedIn, which has more than 150 million registered users?

CEO Rick Marini thinks so, because Facebook’s audience of 850 million users is much larger, and includes more kinds of employees looking for more types of jobs.

“LinkedIn is a great company, and does a great job with 10% of the workforce” — executives and other high-demand professionals who make big salaries. “But the other 90% of the world is on Facebook. Those are the people we can finally give a professional profile to.”

He also thinks that the connections on Facebook are more authentic than those formed on LinkedIn. “LinkedIn is somebody I meet at a conference for 5 minutes. Facebook are my real friends and family, my support network. These are people who will go out of their way to help me get job.”

He now has a lot more money — and time — to prove his thesis.

Marini said that BranchOut will use the funds to improve its infrastructure to support its growth, as well as to focus on mobile with new native apps for iOS and other platforms. (The current mobile app is an HTML5-based Facebook app.)

“Out of our 45 employees, we have one mobile developer who does mobile. The mobile app was basically built on the weekend.”

Read more here.

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Fashion Whip is a political style column in The Huffington Post by fashion stylist Lauren A. Rothman and HuffPost DC reporter Christina Wilkie inspired by Lauren’s experience at Styleauteur, the firm she founded. Follow on Twitter at @Styleauteur.

WASHINGTON — As Mitt Romney moves into full-scale general election mode this week, his wife faces more than the challenge of boosting her husband’s candidacy. Ann Romney meets a tough competitor of her own: first lady Michelle Obama, an international style star who enjoys sky-high approval ratings.

Over the past four years, the first lady has crafted a near-flawless signature style built around mixing patterns, combining high and low labels, kitten heels, and clean lines that highlight her admirable physical fitness.

Ann Romney has so far focused on appearing approachable and appropriately dressed for the occasion and not evoking the Stepford political wife stereotype. During the GOP primary, her style strategy proved effective in a field that included the ultra-dressy Callista Gingrich and the often casually outfitted Karen Santorum.

But this is the general election, and Romney — who has already answered the questions in voters’ minds about her ability to serve as first lady and her crucial-asset status in her husband’s campaign — should be prepared for near-microscopic scrutiny of her look.

To that end, Fashion Whip has three wishes we’d love to see granted by Ann Romney.

Red Carpet Tresses. It’s no secret that a great hairdo can be a bear to maintain, but now that Romney is appearing on television nearly every day, a smooth blow-out a few times a week would go far to putting her on par with Michelle Obama’s consistently perfect ‘do.

Romney’s hair looks smashing with a layered cut and side-swept bangs, and some of her best looks have involved a big injection of volume. That said, she has her off days, too, and we’ve spotted frizz and dark roots.

While this may sound trivial, the fact is that in an age of digital images, the vast majority of pictures of Ann Romney that voters see in the near future will be headshots. Ideally, each one of them will help reinforce a positive impression of her. Romney is a major player in this election — there’s no reason voters should be distracted by a bad hair day.

A Signature Style. Ann Romney needs to create her own look, something Michelle Obama did not fully develop until her first year in the White House. So far, Romney has clearly shopped her own closet — a savvy move in an election in which her wealth has been a political liability — and emerged favoring separates and button-down collared shirts.

But what has looked best so far on the wife of the presumptive Republican nominee hasn’t been those conservative button-downs, which add bulk to her frame and compete for space in photos with her hair. Nor has it been the classic campaign trail color, red. On the contrary, Romney’s most memorable looks have combined neutral shades, scoop-neck tops and feminine details.

We would encourage the angular collars on some of Romney’s jackets to drop out of the race and a few more dresses, as opposed to her separates, to jump in.

Romney is fortunate that her best ensembles are so different from Michelle Obama’s signature looks. She can carve out a style niche that’s truly her own and present voters with a visual contrast to her counterpart on the left.

A Touch of Glamour. Ann Romney is a beautiful woman, and we wish she would stop blending into the background so often — and start stopping traffic.

Few other candidates’ wives rival her ability to connect with everyday Americans. But as the new sartorial standard-bearer for the Republican Party, Romney still has some work to do before her polish is on par with former GOP style stars like Nancy Reagan and Sarah Palin.

As she heads into the high-octane general election, Romney could benefit from a little spritz of Hollywood before going on camera — a perfect shoe, a dab of lip gloss and an occasional (but never acknowledged) hint from a stylist.

Ann Romney is a modern woman, and there’s a lot we admire about her. But in politics, optics often win out over substance. Romney is in a great position to compete on both fronts.

Below are some of our favorite Ann Romney looks on the campaign trail, and a few that should stay home. How do you predict the Romney/Obama style showdown will play out this summer and fall? Let us know in the comments.

To schedule an interview with On-Air Political Style Expert Lauren A. Rothman, please contact:


Web: www.styleauteur.com
Twitter: twitter.com/styleauteur
Facebook: facebook.com/styleauteur
TV Clips: styleauteur.com/press/?tubepress_page

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Article from Yobucko.

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Yo! How’s it going?  We hope 2012 is going well for you.  We just wanted to send you a quick reminder that taxes are due next Tuesday, April 17th.  If you haven’t finished them yet, don’t worry.  But you may want to do your taxes online and e-file so you can get them done quickly and get your tax refund fast.  If you are looking for the best tax software or some tax tips this weekend, check out YoBucko.

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