Anonymous Browsing With SecurityKISS
1. People who want to bypass geographic restrictions on TV, video and music streaming websites e.g. Hulu (US only), BBC (UK only) or YouTube music (blocked in Germany) etc.
Tip: if you live outside the US and only want to bypass geographic restrictions on a few sites such as MTV, YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and Grooveshark, see my article on ProxMate – an extension for Firefox and Chrome that does just that.
2. People who want their browsing to be private and anonymous – this may include those who:
a. use public/free wifi connections and want to avoid their web traffic being intercepted by eavesdroppers on the connection
b. live in a country where internet usage is censored
c. want to use the internet without companies like Google (or their broadband provider) keeping track of them
SecurityKISS Tunnel – a free program for Windows and Mac. Customized versions are available via email for Linux, iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows Mobile. It comes with a free plan which is limited to 300MB download per day – a lot more than most free VPN providers and it is easy to buy a paid plan offering a lot more.
SecurityKISS creates a secure VPN between your computer and their security gateway – this prevents third parties from viewing your web browsing activities, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network.
The security gateway servers represent you on the internet and your real internet (IP) address is hidden so you can browse anonymously – and websites will think you are browsing from somewhere else.
- Easy to use
- No registration, usernames or passwords required
- Just download, install and connect
- Multiple server locations to choose from
- No adverts
- Unlimited switching between servers in different countries
- Extra security – every download of the program is unique, 1024 bit security
- ‘Exclusive Tunneling’ available
The free plan (included as part of the program) offers a choice of 4 server locations (US, UK, Germany and France) and has speed restrictions.
Paid plans are available – e.g. the Economy plan costs a maximum of $3.77 for one month and offers 20GB data usage per month, unlimited speed, music and video streaming, VOIP and games support, a wider choice of server locations (with more physical servers for faster speeds).
See the website here for more details and comparison of plans.
How To Use SecurityKISS?
1. Download the program from the website here – every downloaded copy of SecurityKISS is unique – don’t share it or it will stop working for you.
Tip: some weaker antivirus programs (e.g. Avast) may incorrectly warn that the download is suspicious due to the VPN network adapter installed – running the installation file through multiple online scans (e.g. Jotti) and better antivirus programs (e.g. Kaspersky) proves that such warnings were false positives and wrong.
2. Install the program to display the main window as shown below:
This shows the current Plan (Green is the free plan that comes with the program), usage to date and time elapsed so you can easily track how much data you have left.
It also shows your current local IP (within your own network) and external IP (your address on the internet) for information.
3. Optional: if you want to specify a particular server location (e.g. US if you are wanting to watch Hulu outside of US), click on Option in the menu bar to check/change the server location – the Select Security Gateway window opens as shown below:
Tick the server location that you prefer in the TCP 443 column and press Apply/
4. Press the Connect button to begin connecting to the SecurityKISS VPN
After a few seconds a message appears that you are now in the encrypted tunnel as shown below:
Note that your local and external IP addresses are now different and the Status shows which server location you are connected to.
5. Now just browse the web as you normally would – your traffic will be encrypted and passed through the VPN.
SecurityKISS worked very well for me and was simple to set up.
Speeds are reduced on the free plan (all paid plans have unlimited speed) – my 20Mbps speed dropped to 2.5Mbps when routed through the VPN on the free plan but this is still very acceptable – it’s far quicker than I ever achieve using the TOR anonymous browsing network.
The free plan is not ‘supposed’ to support music and video streaming. However, in testing, I found that it was able to stream music and video ok. Hulu also worked from outside the US but video streaming would quickly use up all of the free daily data allowance…
The program has a couple of extra neat features:
- You can Pause and very quickly Resume the connection if you want to break out of the VPN and browse normally for a while – without having to disconnect/reconnect which takes much longer.
- In the menu Option there is a choice of ‘Exclusive Tunneling’ – this clever feature prevents the sending of any web traffic outside of the VPN tunnel, even if you pause or disconnect the VPN connection.
i.e. you can’t access the internet outside of the tunnel until you deselect this menu option – even if you close SecurityKISS completely. The idea of this is to prevent any temporary disconnection or pause in the VPN tunnel from revealing your real IP address and location via unprotected browsing.
If not wanting to stream music/video the free 300MB daily allowance may be sufficient for light anonymous browsing.
The free plan is also an ideal way of checking if the program does what you need before upgrading to a paid plan. The paid plans are well priced and offer a range of payment options from 1 month up to 1 year via Paypal and Bitcoin etc.
Note that paid plans do not accept credit cards for (hopefully) very obvious reasons – the whole point of a VPN service is to ensure your anonymity and privacy so accepting credit cards is a big no-no. Intermediary services like Paypal are used to keep your identity private.