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One thing that you might notice about my site is that there is absolutely no advertising. Why? Well, I just don’t like it. I think that bloggers should write because they like to write, not because they are trying to ride the Google Gravy Train. I do, however, like free DigitalOcean credit that I can use to host this site and other projects I work on. So…. If you don’t already have one, I encourage you to use my referral link to sign up for a free DigitalOcean account now. If you do use my referral link to sign up, …

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One Month Review of Pritunl VPN Server

Update Still using my free Pritunl VPN server with a $5/month Digital Ocean droplet, and the speed and reliability are still amazing. So, after a year and a half, I can honestly say this is the best VPN solution I have ever used. Free Pritunl VPN Server Review After One Month of Use Not long ago, I published a post on how to set up your own free VPN server using Pritunl. Since I have been using the new Pritunl server for about a month now, I thought it might be a good idea to post about my experiences with …

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End-to-End Encryption and What it Means for You

Talk about End-to-End Encryption is Everywhere These days, it seems that encryption is a popular topic, and for very good reason. Encryption is changing the way we communicate and transfer data and is, in general, a very good tool for protecting privacy and preventing others from viewing personal or otherwise sensitive data. While encryption-related stories are an everyday thing these days, many users still don’t actually really understand what encryption is or how it works. So, in this post, I will outline a few basics of real-world end-to-end encryption usage, how it works, and what you need to know to …

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How to Build Your Own Rock-Solid and Secure Multi-User VPN Server for $5 a Month

Update Update – Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu are now blocking Digital Ocean IP addresses. Therefore, this type of self-hosted, private VPN server will not work if streaming from those services is your goal. This solution should still work, though, with most other types of geo-restricted content. If you’re looking for a VPN solution GUARANTEED to work with Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu, you should try Express VPN – the number one commercial VPN provider, period! (Disclaimer – In addition to my private VPN server, I also use Express VPN. And, if you sign up with my referral link, we …

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11 Power Words to Improve Your Writing

11 Power Words to Improve Your Writing Here is a great slideshare from LinkedIn on the power of words, and how to use them in effective writing. This was created and presented by Barry Feldman. Excellent information for all new and old-hat freelance writers. These power words are spot on and the illustrations Feldman uses are even better. If you want to improve your freelance writing skills, this is an excellent tool with some awesome advice. If you want to skip ahead, and learn the power words right away, they are: Relate, Quality, Amplify, Specify, Simplify, Entertain, Engage, Activate, Prove, Pacify and Direct Check out the slideshare below and be …

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How to Save Bing Background Images

How to Download and Save Bing Background Images Google may have the most popular search engine, but Bing certainly has the prettiest. Bing.com uses some absolutely stunning photos and images as backgrounds for its search page. Don’t believe me? Check Here! These photos make awesome desktop background images for your computer. So, if you would like to download Bing background images, this quick tip post will show you how. Firefox Required The method I will discuss in this post works only with Firefox. Therefore, if you’re a Chrome, Edge, IE, Opera or other browser user, then you’ll need to download …

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