How to Protect Your Digital Self

Many people are largely unaware of the various privacy issues that are involved in extending our lives to the digital realm. Soe consider that there’s little option into making these sacrifices for the sake of an ‘easier life’. However that’s not entirely true and it’s actually possible to protect your privacy to some extent if you’re aware of the issues. This great little video expands the privacy debate and it’s well worth watching.

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In the digital age, data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. It’s present in lots of obvious ways. When we are shopping online for example and have to type in our name and address. But data collection can also be less visible. Take data brokers, for example. You’ve probably never heard of them, but these businesses specialise in creating in depth profiles of individuals for advertisers. A single profile may draw on up to 1,500 data points. This can include a person’s sexuality, browsing history, political affiliation, and even medical records. One US based data broker, Acxiom, claims to have files on 10% of the world’s population. It’s not just businesses of course. In 2013, Edward Snowden uncovered a vast regime of mass government surveillance programmes, opening a global conversation which is still unfolding today.

In this video, we’ll take a closer look at this debate, focusing on the related but distinct concepts of privacy and data protection. By the end you should have a clear idea of: how these issues differ and overlap; how both are affected by the digital age; and how you can engage with companies and governments to protect and strengthen these rights. So what are we talking about when we say privacy and data protection? Let’s take privacy first. Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights treats privacy as a distinct human right. It says that: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence… Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks” This is simple enough. Agreeing on what privacy actually means here has proved harder. Depending on the context, it can mean the right to freedom of thought in conscience, the right to be left alone, the right to control one’s own body the right to protect your reputation, the right to a family life, or the right to a sexuality of your own definition.

There are other ambiguities. In legal terms, privacy isn’t an absolute right. This means it can be restricted for certain reasons – for example, to protect national security or Public Safety. Or if it conflicts with other rights, like the right to free expression. An example could be a public figure invoking privacy to avoid disclosing their financial records. And what about data protection? Contrary to popular belief it is not the same thing as privacy. Privacy is a broad concept, referring to the conditions which enable a basic foundation of human dignity and autonomy. Data protection is more specific. It’s concerned with the ways third parties handle the information they hold about us – how it is collected, processed, shared, stored, and used. In other words, privacy is the big picture – and data protection is one corner of it. Like privacy, data protection is also subject to limits – for example, when a warrant is obtained allowing law enforcement to access the phone records of a suspect. And while data protection is in some ways more clearly defined than privacy, how it is applied legally can still vary greatly depending on which country you’re in.

The digital age has created new ways to collect, access, analyse and use data, often across multiple borders and jurisdictions. Unsurprisingly, this poses challenges for human rights. One challenge relates to the way companies use our data. The internet’s business model depends on people sharing their personal data in exchange for access to content, services and social media platforms. While you might not pay anything upfront to go on Facebook, they still make money from you by selling your personal information to advertisers. By clicking “agree” to terms of service, users technically consent to this model.

But in practice, virtually no one actually reads them. This is a problem because no one knows what they’re really signing up to, which creates opportunities for misuse. Another challenge relates to the collection of personal data by governments. Technological developments now enable governments to monitor our conversations, transactions, and the locations we visit. In some countries – including Russia, Brazil, Australia and South Korea – companies are legally required to store this data locally for long periods of time, making it easier for governments to get information on their citizens. These measures are often introduced in the name of fighting cybercrime and terrorism.

Editor Note: Many VPNs and Proxy programs which are designed for security and privacy are actually often used for more mundane reasons. For example bypassing Geo blocks on popular media sites – millions use them to access the BBC or ITV abroad when travelling – more references here.

But without adequate protections, this data can easily be abused to target dissidents and activists – undermining freedom of expression and the rights to association and assembly. And these are just the technologies we have now. Emerging technologies – like the Internet of Things, wearables, and artificial intelligence – are likely to pose new challenges to human rights. As human rights defenders we need to be prepared for these. There are many bodies and forums where privacy and data protection issues are discussed and defined: National and regional courts have a crucial role here. The European Court of Human Rights, for example, has imposed limits on ‘stop and search’ practices by the police, and on the amount of time data can be legally retained. At the national level, it’s common to find a specific public body responsible for privacy and data protection.

This can be a specialist post or an ombudsman. But the extent to which privacy is defined and protected varies greatly between different jurisdictions. For example, there is no clear right to privacy in the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). However, there are mechanisms at the international level. Following a UN resolution on the right privacy in the digital age, the Human Rights Council has established a new Special Rapporteur for Privacy. And various internet policy forums, like the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and conferences, like HOPE and CyFy, also contribute to shaping the scope of privacy in the digital age.

And finally, we have companies. The decisions of companies can also have a huge impact on data protection and privacy rights. For example, by building end-to-end encryption into their software, as WhatsApp did in early 2016. Let’s look at two examples of privacy and data protection in the real world. First, let’s look at the Apple vs. FBI case. After the 2016 terrorist attacks in the US city of San Bernardino, the FBI asked apple for the information stored on the iPhone of one of the suspects. However, Apple’s operating system is encrypted and only accessible through a pin code. The FBI asked Apple to modify the system to let them in. Apple refused – opening alively debate on the right to privacy versus security needs. The case was almost taken to court – but in the end the FBI found a vulnerability to crack the phone. In privacy terms, this was a legal setback. If the case had gone to court, it could have helped popularise the risks of weakening encryption for society, and establish what constitutes a legitimate limitation on privacy by the state.

Next, let’s look at surveillance in Kenya. In Kenya, a combination of invasive surveillance measures and a lack of adequate data protection facilitated a crackdown on civil society in 2013, which was documented by Peace Brigades International. Many human rights defenders had their offices raided, computers hacked and phones tapped by the government. One of the ways human rights defenders have been fighting back is by pushing for the ratification of Kenya’s first data protection law, long-stalled in Parliament. If implemented properly, this could limit the worst excesses of state surveillance. Kenya is by no means the only country to bring in surveillance legislation justified by security concerns. But this example is a good demonstration of how seemingly abstract restrictions on online privacy can have physical consequences in the offline world. So what can human rights defenders do to protect and strengthen privacy and data protection? An easy first step is taking digital security measures yourself. This can be as simple as using encryption and anonymity tools, and encouraging your friends to do the same. Human rights defenders can also advocate for alternative digital business models, which aren’t based on the extraction and sale of data.

Economic pressure on the existing model is already growing. For example, over the last few years, the number of users using adblock software globally has exploded. There is evidence that this is already pushing companies to less invasive advertising practices. Engagement in debates at the national and regional level is, of course, crucial. Where privacy protections are weak, human rights defenders need to actively advocate for stronger ones. And even where they are stronger, we need to make sure legislation is keeping up with new technological developments – like the Internet of Things. Ultimately, if we want things to change, human rights defenders need to make these issues accessible and relatable by being more creative about the way we talk about them.

When people see how data protection and privacy affects them on a day-to-day basis, they may be more inclined to engage with these concepts. In the next video we’ll be taking a closer look at freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. .

Additional References
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The Stunning Beauty of Valencia

Before I first visited there for the first time, I knew little enough about Valencia. Sure as a keen European football fan I knew they had a decent football team, and that my oranges were often grown there but that was pretty much about it. However over the years as my travel horizons have broadened and moved from the tourist hotspots in Spain and Barcelona I’ve realized what a beautiful place it is too visit.

The Orange Blossom Coast …
The coastal Mediterranean region of Valencia is home to fragrant orange, lemon and peach groves, to the over-developed Costa Blanca and the attractive old resort towns of Javea, Altea and Alicante.

Lively, warm and welcoming, Valencia City is Spain’s third-largest city and birthplace of its most famous dish – paella. Refreshingly non-touristy, it is blessed with beautiful weather, an excellent fine arts museum, and an atmospheric old town. Valencia’s cathedral reflects the city’s rich architectural history with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles all featured. It is claimed that the Holy Grail (Santo Caliz) – the gold cup used by Christ during the Last Supper – is housed in the cathedral’s museum. There’s been some fantastic art and history programmes on British TV that have covered these subjects which should be available online. You can’t normally access the BBC from Spain but this post can help you bypass those blocks.

The orange blossom coast – Costa del Azahar – stretches north from Valencia city. With a rich hinterland dominated by spectacular displays of orange blossom every spring, it is also home to the historic Roman town of Sagunto and the attractive resort of Benicasm. Sagunto, lying 25 kilometres north of Valencia, is made up of three parts – the Roman ruins and old town, the modern new town and the resort of Puerto Sagunto on the coast.

Explore the Roman theatre and castle and then head for a refreshing swim off the town’s sandy beaches. Journey on to the university town of Castellon de la Plana which boasts an excellent fine arts museum and interesting modernista architecture. Heading inland, the enchanting towns of Morella and Mirambel in the north and Jativa in the south are well worth visiting. Relics – including a Neanderthal skull – have been found dating to 30,000 BC in a cave near Jativa.

Valencia’s Costa Blanca – White Coast – is one of Europe’s most visited regions and can be very crowded in summer. The towns of Altea and Javia boast interesting old quarters and Alicante is a charming place. Stroll along the white sandy beaches and visit the 16th century Castillo de Santa Barbara which overlooks the town. Sample some tapas and seafood in the restaurants of El Barrio – the old part of town.

Additional: The use of VPNs and proxies are well established for bypassing geo-restrictions imposed by many websites. Using one makes your current location irrelevant and allows you to watch the BBC in any country in the world. It could be Spain, Italy or even South Africa it doesn’t matter as long as the target server is in the right location. Choosing the right service can be tricky but there are a few reliable companies – you can read one here which has lots of UK but also Italian servers too.

How to Switch Versions of Netflix

Netflix is probably one of the world’s first truly global internet entertainment companies. Of course, there are lots of entertainment companies who operate internationally there’s few that can boast a truly global reach.  If you try and access many entertainment companies and streaming sites from certain countries you’ll simply get redirected or blocked.  Companies like the BBC are only properly accessible from the UK, most of the US media sites only work fully in the US and so on.

Netflix used to be like this, if you traveled outside it’s coverage areas then you couldn’t get access. However around two years ago Netflix extended it’s reach to an extra 170 or countries and effectively to pretty much everywhere in the world. What’s more your Netflix account will work with any of them, so if you subscribe in Europe and travel to Mexico you’ll still have access to the site.

It’s not quite that straight forward though, because when you travel to somewhere new then your Netflix account changes too.  Depending on where you live this can be extremely frustrating as many versions of Netflix are simply not as good as others.  If you’re half way through some new box set in the US version of Netflix and  you travel across to South America there’s a very good chance that show will disappear.   The reason is that most of Netflix show’s at least all the ones not produced by them have to be licensed on a per country basis.  Which means that they spend different amounts depending on the market, the Belgium version of Netflix is never going to be as profitable as the US version of Netflix simply due to relative size.

This video explains

As you can it’s actually quite simple to switch from one version of Netflix to another. You don’t need to be locked into the version that your physical location determines. Which means that anyone can access the best version – the US one, or if you prefer to access another you can do that to. It should be noted though that most of the VPN companies like the one demonstrated in the video will only support US version of Netflix. It can be very difficult to find a way to access the Japanese one for example – without travelling to Japan of course.

Hopefully this will change in the coming years, it’s rather frustrating that the version you get is simply dependent on where you are. Especially as Netflix charges pretty much the same in subscription costs wherever you happen to be. There’s more information in this post here about how to unblock US Netflix in 2018 using the different methods of changing and hiding your IP address.

Searching for an Online Income?

Thanks to the internet, the world is now full of people who make their living online.   Now I’m not just talking about those annoying YouTube characters who seem to earn millions for doing nothing very much.  For every high profile celebrity, there are literally thousands of people running small websites, drop shipping businesses and even blogs on all sorts of subjects.  Many of these are using the internet to replace a traditional income and run their small businesses from home.

It’s often surprising to those who just use the web for entertainment or ordinary tasks that so many people have discovered a way to finance their lives. Yet for those of us who do make the majority of their income online – it’s actually incredibly common.  It’s something that obviously appeals to many people, especially if you look at how many people search for terms like ‘ make money online’ or ‘earn money from blogging’.   You’ll also find many thousands of pages showing you how to do this or even to become rich online.

The reality is that although a few do become very rich from the internet, the majority just make a living.   Running things like stores on eBay can potentially make you rich but it’s actually very hard work and most simply earn a normal income.  The ones who succeed in that environment have often invested huge amounts anyway in infrastructure, stock and people just like a normal physical business.

What does often surprise people is the sheer variety of money making possibilities online. Money making ideas that seem far fetched often become reality online for a variety of reasons including the following:

  • Global Market – even the smallest niche market can become viable online because of the size of the internet.  The market for something extremely niche like growing specialized orchids would be way to small for a physical shop, but the market could be huge when viewed globally.
  • Set up Costs – in the UK retailers on the high street are increasingly struggling as it costs so much to run a physical retail premises. However you can literally set up an eCommerce store online for a few pounds.  Obviously this doesn’t guarantee success but it makes the price of failure much less.
  • Adaptability – many people I know have started online businesses in one area and ended up being successful in something very different.  It’s pretty easy to change, adapt and head off in a completely different direction online as long as you have a flexible attitude.
  • Time – one of the best things about starting an online business is that you can do it in your spare time.  It doesn’t need to be all consuming, indeed many of the most successful people I know online have started their businesses alongside full time jobs.  You don’t need to commit hundred percent until you see a chance to be successful.

All these suggest that making money online is easy, of course it isn’t and many more people fail than succeed.  However it’s certainly possible and every day more and more people are switching online with all the advantages it brings.  For example I spoke to young man who makes all his money buying and selling sports shoes online recently.   All he does is use a series of computer programs and these ATC proxies as described here, to buy limited release sneakers and resell them on eBay.  This simple concept earns him a six figure sum every year with limited time requirements.

It’s a slightly technical thing to do, but there are actually books and guides explaining what you can do online anyway.  Some might find it a little unethical but there’s nothing actually illegals going on merely using technology to buy up stock and resell it.  It’s an example of how a trivial little method can be scaled up to produce a huge income online.  All you need it a home computer, a credit card and the knowledge to implement a plan to be successful.

The way our lives are migrating online the opportunities for making money on the web will only grow.  It is hoped that in developing countries in places like Africa the internet will offer chances to people to establish businesses with limited capital.  It’s happening now as there are lots of people in places like India becoming very successful online with limited resources.

If you’re looking to escape that boring 9-5 office job and thinking it might not be achievable, please don’t give up heart.  You don;t have to be a YouTube media sensation to escape, a simple blog or eCommerce store is not that hard to set up and can be the key to a new life.  Just start looking at the internet in a different way, try to look at what you use it for and look for opportunities there.  There are opportunities everywhere if you look properly, only yesterday I bought a product allowing me to access US Netflix trial from the UK, yet another business which the internet has brought us.


Quick Thoughts on my Not so New Wifi Radio

Some of the best value gadgets are of course not brand new but a few years old, I found a little beauty called the Squeeze Box radio for a very reasonable price.  These were extremely expensive when they first came out but now can be picked up for almost half the price.  They have also had a few firmware updates to sort out various issues that were reported when they were first released.  Cool design, cutting edge technology (now fixed) and a huge discount in price plus a great design – what could be better?

The Squeezebox Touch is a big upgrade from its little sister, the Squeezebox Radio. With a 4.3inch color touchscreen display, the same build quality and sound quality that made the Squeezebox Radio so popular, some are seeing the Squeezebox Touch as the first truly dependable wireless touchscreen radio.

Wireless radios connect to your home system using Wi-Fi and can subsequently be used to listen to radio stations all across the globe. As a result of the stream being taken straight from the web, there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of the audio when compared to a standard FM receiver. Just touch the “My Music” or “Internet Radio” prompts or one of your many online subscription services like Pandora, Rhapsody or Napster for instant access to your favorite music.
The Squeezebox Radio left many buyers wanting more. Is the Squeezebox Touch really the radio for the job?

I was wowed by the huge 4.3 inch screen in the compact Squeezebox Touch. The fact that it displays in clear, full color is outstanding. It is instantaneous in its response, and the on-screen menus are laid out in a very sensible, flowing pattern.
I really like the album art or available graphics that are displayed as you access different music, podcasts or stations. It keeps the music experience fun, and helps educate you as to what other music may be out there that you would enjoy.

Easy Setup

I have to say though that the “pull it out of the box and turn it on” setup is dramatic. Nothing could be easier, and this step really sets it apart from the other internet radios out there. You literally un box it, plug it in, let it find your WIFI, and you are jamming! Whether you want to listen to the BBC, live Australian Rules Football from “down under”, or any of the thousands of free internet stations from around the globe, the Squeezebox Touch takes you there.  It also has the ability to add network specific connection details so that you can even add VPN and proxy servers.  I am lucky enough to have some great residential ones which I use as private proxies for Instagram.  You can actually add them here to access music sources which are often blocked due to your location.  In my instance I use them to access Pandora which is geo-locked to the USA only.

Control from your computer is sort of clunky, so I just stuck to the remote, and everything was fine. As I moved the unit around the house, it never drifted or lost clarity. If you have a signal, the Logitech Squeezebox Touch can access your stereo system and deliver your favorite sounds to your home stereo system or other powered speaker set.
Rich Hi Fi Sound

The Squeezebox Touch is designed to connect to your home hi-fi system or powered speakers. It offers “high resolution encoding support for full, rich stereo sound” which is a fancy way of saying this compact, space-saving 10 x 8.5 x 5 inch table-top stereo receiver transfers digital music to full-sound via your home stereo or other powered speakers easily.
The USB port and SD card slot allow access to all your music hardware. And there are a ton of software programmers who have created a load of apps for the Logitech Squeezebox Touch that extend its versatility even further.

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Choosing Accommodation Option While Studying Abroad

When you decided to study abroad, there’s an important decision awaiting you.  Choosing the type of accommodation can be crucial especially if you’re in an unfamiliar environment.  Selecting something where you feel safe and comfortable is essential especially in the early days whilst you become used to your new environment.

What’s the best kind of student-accommodation?

There three basic options for students living-abroad are: Home stay programs, dormitories, or apartments.
In a home stay program you will stay with a family chosen by the school. They will provide some or all of your meals for you, and in general, do their best to provide you with a comfortable environment for your studying. The daily interactions with your host-family can also be a great chance to practice your conversational skills.
Dormitories are large, shared residences for students. They are usually located on the university campus itself, although they are sometimes found at the larger “private” language-schools as well. Your meals may be provided. Shared accommodation like this is usually cheaper, and there is almost no traveling involved in getting to school! There are always lots of people around to talk with and develop your

Choosing to live in an apartment or other form of private housing gives you the most freedom, but can be much more expensive than the other options. You will have to do your own cooking, of course! The biggest problem is likely to be finding housing like this, however – it is much easier after you are already living in the country, and can then look for an apartment in person. Assistance may be available from the institute you are applying to; information regarding accommodation at specific schools is also available online.


What are host families like?

From old couples who’ve just recently retired, to young couples who’ve just gotten married, or even single mothers – many different kinds of people offer home stay services. They are all under contract to the school, however, and many already have experience with hosting international students. They may know what kind of troubles international students frequently have, and so they will be able to offer help. Of course, each family will be different; you should be prepared to live by their rules while you stay with them.  Remember to check things that are important to you before you choose, things like internet access can be important for people living abroad for example.  Especially to keep in contact with home when you might even need a residential IP service as well,

I have heard that some host families are not nice, is that true?

Before joining the home stay program, every host family has had an interview with the school involved, so there shouldn’t be any problems. Sometimes you may have difficulties because of differences in culture, but most host families are sensitive to these issues, and know how to deal with such problems. However, it is true that sometimes things just don’t work out, just as with any family! If you do need a change, you should request it as soon as possible, as it is most important that your trip is a positive experience for you. You can always talk to your school counselor or us, and a better arrangement will be found, if possible.

Will I have “hostmates” if I am on a home stay program?

Some host families have many rooms for international students.
Depending on the program, it may be possible for you to request a home stay with or without other students.

Is it possible to change the length of my home stay after a few months?

Yes, it is possible. Many students live with a host family for the first few months, and when they get used to life in a foreign country they move to an apartment or dormitory. Staff in charge of housing may be able to assist students in finding new accommodation. If you wish to move, however, you should let your host family or school know at least one month in advance. As well, you may have to pay an accommodation fee again.

When can I get information about my host family?

Your home stay placement is not decided until about ten days before your course starts. We will send you the information about your host family as soon as we receive it from the school. Usually, we also get the host family’s name, address and phone number, so we recommend that you send a letter with your picture before you leave, if you’d like to introduce yourself ahead of time.

I would like to stay in a dormitory. Are meals included?

It depends on the particular school, so please check the right-side of the dormitory fee section in the school-information table. In some dormitories you can choose “with meals” or “no meals,” which will also affect the cost, of course.

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Places to Visit – Portugal

There are so many wonderful countries to visit in Europe, that it’s almost too difficult to decide. There are obvious candidates for those who are visiting from another continent of course. France, England and Spain are probably the most popular destinations however for the budget traveller they’re often the most expensive too. Certainly if you’re looking at visiting capitals then Paris and London can make a big impact on those travelling with a smaller budget. However there are some bargains, some beautiful places where costs are much more manageable and the sites just as wonderful. One of the often neglected countries is Portugal, however it’s a fantastic place to visit and you can even find places to stay in the capital Lisbon which are very reasonable.

Portugal is often considered as among the most historical and oldest nations within Western Europe. Adorned with breath taking historical churches, magnificent citadels, and brilliant monuments, these are just a few of the things which will essentially help form your ideal Portugal Holidays. Of course, one of the very best things about choosing Portugal for your vacations is that they similarly are equally equipped with an expansive variety of technological and architectural innovations, which makes Portugal among the most distinct tourist destinations. Read on to find out more detailed information about your perfect Portugal holidays …

Society and the Architecture

This is by far some of the most attractive things about Portugal, simply because they have quite a developed society full of dynamic provincial traditions which additionally are a part of the numerous architectural distinctions you will certainly recognize when moving from one area to the next. In the event that you are truly adventurous, then you can try residing in a holiday villa, where you will be able to possess a first hand experience of both the culture and style.

You’ll also find now large communities of English speaking expats in many of the large Portuguese cities and especially on the coastal regions.  They do tend to blend in with the locals though and you’ll find them mixing in with the local nightlife too.  The internet has made moving to places like Portugal easier, in the passed many have found it difficult as English is not as widely spoken as in many European countries.  Nowadays they can slowly integrate while learning the language, after all you can even watch UK TV online in Portugal nowadays if you use a VPN and a decent internet connection.


The climate of Portugal is additionally among the primary reasons why it has become a popular location over the years. The capital city, Lisbon, normally has a warm and comfortable climate with a quite sunny and warm spring and summer, with an average temperature of about 30ºC. But, winters are regularly blustery and wet, with approximately around 10ºC. However, the general climate for the majority of Portugal is neither too hot nor too cold, but instead just ideal.

Experience the Music

This is just one of the most distinct aspects of your Portugal vacations, because the live musical experience can essentially add a ton of fun and excitement to your vacation. As with any country, music is most certainly a significant aspect of their culture, nevertheless Lisbon particularly has one of the most brilliant musical forms, known as the melancholic fado. The very best method to experience the music is through Lisbon, the place you can easily discover various fado clubs around the Bairro Alto and Alfama neighborhoods.

Wine tasting

Naturally, Portugal is celebrated for it’s Port wine, but also for the various light wines which typically use a variety of indigenous grapes. You can find a substantial assortment of wines in addition to vineries across the country. This could be among the most luxurious parts of your Portugal holidays, and the very best place to go for this is Oporto, as they are definitely famous for port wine.


Virtually every perfect vacation includes a breath taking sight of the ocean, and Portugal most certainly provides there. With the Atlantic ocean surrounding the south and west, the coastlines of Portugal are famously known to be attractive. In the event that you are more energetic and would like to pursue a more adventurous holiday, then you can try a variety of water sports on Portugal’s coast. If you love the water, you might want to find an excellent coast holiday where you can go for a swim, snorkel, water skii and even windsurf. You may well also wish to try diving or if you enjoy fishing as a sport, Algarve is well-known for big-game angling.

Lastly, Portugal is a perfect tourist destination because it essentially houses such a variety of breathtaking adventures in one. You can unwind on the beach, tour the ancient architectural master pieces, or just simply soak up the noises, smells, tastes, and sights of the culture and stunning surroundings.


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Russia Prepares for World Cup Fever

There are only a few sporting events which can claim to attract a truly global audience and the World Cup is definitely one of them. Although there has been some controversy about the bidding process, worries about the political situation and indeed the reputation of Russian hooligans, ultimately that will all be forgotten when the teams face off. Thousands of football fans across the world, will have spent months planning their trips and indeed it’s a testament to the love of the game as Russia is not the easiest place to travel to.

For soccer fanatics everywhere, there really was a bit of nervousness the moment Russia was declared as the host of this yrs world cup. So far the fears seem to have been unfounded at least with regards the infrastructure required to host such an event. Undoubtedly the primary worries are about potential violence as well as what sort of welcome football supporters will be given but it’s likely that all of these will not be issues either as President Putin is keen to use the occasion in order to promote Russia.

He will not be the first leader to reckon on a huge economic boost on the back of the tournament. In passed years this has not been as large as hoped for, certainly the South African economy didn’t benefit quite as much as many had hoped. It certainly will bring an exciting atmosphere to the football fans who are little bit more adventurous than those of us who will have to settle with watching the Match of the Day stream over the internet.

What can the economy expect? Well it will almost certainly bring a short term boost to the economy in many sectors. The Russian Central Bank is hoping that the boost might be somewhat targeted as it has placed stadiums in areas of the country which require this type of financial investment. The increase in spending was probably required anyhow, so the chance to recoup some investment is definitely welcomed by Putin. He is obviously hoping to exhibit the country as a worldwide superpower once more, and it’s very likely that spending will be rather lavish in some public facing areas in addition to in safety and security.

There certainly ought to be an expansion in jobs and a similar boost in the demand for consumer product and services. This ought to continue the positive growth that the Russian economy has experienced in the last year after a sharp fall in the previous two years mostly pertaining to the oil price.

The competition is spread out over 11 cities and it is strongly believed will generate an additional.2% of gross domestic product in both the second and 3rd quarters. This does not sound huge but it is in fact a huge rise in response to a single event like this. President Putin’s hold on power though is heavily reliant on improving the living standards of the average Russian. There is a danger here though in that inflation is most likely to rise particularly in those cities as lots of visitors arrive in a short time.

These types of price rises will probably occur in things like hotels plus ordinary goods and services in line with the increased demand. The Russian authorities are however likely to clamp down on any excessive profiteering and abusing visitors. Lots of tourists have been in fact attempting to bypass these cost rises by scheduling using a VPN or proxies like these in order to access domestic prices wherever possible.

Why You Should Pick France for your Next Holiday

So you’ve decided on a European vacation, you’ve checked the flights and booked a few weeks off.  But the choice is huge, Europe is packed full of fantastic places to visit especially for those seeking history, art and a gastronomic experience.  So with all this choice, why should you consider choosing to visit one of the most popular European destinations – France? The answer to this question is as varied as the nation. Why visit France? Go to for the culture, the food, the wine, the art, the architecture, the celebrations, the activities, the atmosphere, the scenery, the chateaus, and all the other wonderful things found in France and belonging to this fabulous country. There is genuinely something for everyone here, no matter what your personal interest.

The majority of those who fly into Paris invest a few days or a week seeing the popular museums and travelers sights. There’s enough to see that would fill a go to enduring years. Beyond the Eiffel Tower, Musée de Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, Centre Pompidou, Sacré Cœur and Montmartre are gardens, parks, monuments, and restaurants galore. And when the weather conditions allow, there’s no more desirable place to walk and explore.

Don’t worry about feeling disconnected, all the major cities in France have wonderful internet access indeed normally much better than US ones.  If you take with you a mobile device, then you can keep in touch wherever you go with fast access usually free or a few Euros at most.  Personally I always use a British VPN service so I can keep watch the BBC when in France like this post illustrates,

However many individuals who check out France never ever get beyond Paris. That would be a big error. Although Paris is an amazing, vibrant city with lots to see and do, by getting outside the capital and into the countryside, you’ll see a totally different side to France. The little rural towns have a special character reflected in the region where they lie. From the coast of Brittany to the pebble beaches of the Côte d’Azur to the sunflowers and lavender fields of Provence and the hills and mountains of the Rhône-Alpes, each area has something unique to provide.

No matter size, each town has a weekly market, where farmers bring their products for sale. Driving numerous hours south of Paris, you’ll discover the Loire Valley, house of a few of the most exceptional chateaux in France. Here you can discover Chambord, Amboise, Chaumont, Chenonceau, and many other grand chateaux.

Continuing further south are the lavish fields of Provence. And beyond this is the French Riviera. Here you’ll find water sports, beach activities, painting, museums and galleries of every description, fantastic fresh food, and marvelous wines. Living is luxurious and costly here – there are sophisticated rental properties along the coast at Cap Ferrat, just down the coast from Monaco, and in the cliffs above. Pebble beaches extend from Good past Saint-Tropez, Cannes, and Antibes, and throughout the summer season they can be crowded.

Nice has something for everyone, no matter exactly what you may searching for. There’s an opera house, a wealth of museums, gardens, hiking tracks, cycling, horseback riding, sailing, wind browsing, gourmet dining, and the list goes on.

Beyond Nice are the towns of Arles, Aix, Avignon – all worth a see, particularly if you enjoy art and painting. This is where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted their landscapes. Lavender fields and sunflowers can be seen everywhere. The surroundings is particularly stunning.

Driving to the Dordogne, there are a variety of lovely towns to explore, consisting of Sarlat. Close-by are the well-known caves of Lascaux and Lascaux II, and the Roman ruins of Périgueux.

And naturally there are the wines of Bordeaux and the Champagne area, and the apples and Calvados of Normandy. France has so much to provide, regardless of where in the country you occur to be. So if you’re planning to have an amazing time and a great adventure, you’ll understand why to go to France. Check out for the good life. And you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic experience.

Further Reading – How to Watch British TV Abroad

The Bizarre Sneaker Wars

If you’re of a certain age, i.e younger than me then you’re probably aware one of the hottest fashion items are sneakers (or trainers in the UK). The big sports firms routinely release ‘special edition’ sneakers and they are extremely difficult to obtain. Although they’re supposedly available online, it takes a huge amount of luck and persistence to actually get a pair.

There are options though and with a little investment in some technology tools you can either grab the latest pairs for your own enjoyment or make a few bucks reselling them. Now it sounds a lot of trouble to go to but these sneakers are really hard to obtain and without software your chance are limited. There are actually quite a few software programs or ‘sneaker bots’ which you can buy and all they do is repeatedly try and buy the latest pairs until they land in your shopping basket at which point you can check out. Unfortunately there are complications as because they simulate multiple buyers, then they tend to get blocked if you do it all using the same internet connection.

Lots of people devote literally 1000s of dollars a month on using proxies, a reality which surprises many. Anyway if you perform a quick google search you’ll spot lots of lists of absolutely free proxies everywhere. Many are actually listed as being super safe and secure and elite, so why in the world do people invest lots of money on them.

Well firstly, it’s important to remember in which any person who has the vaguest idea regarding online privacy, anonymity and the dangers of cyber crime would never go anywhere near a free proxy server. At best there poorly managed proxies unintentionally left available by some overworked on-line admin someplace, which in turn means that you are actually essentially stealing bandwidth in the event that you use them. At worst, and also it’s an increasingly likely scenario the proxy has actually been exposed consciously in order to rip off user credentials such as emails, accounts and security passwords. It’s not much of an option actually, so you ‘d be encouraged to stay well clear of them.

There is a big market for safe and genuine proxies for a variety of uses and one of the more popular is actually buying sneakers from online website retailers. You see all the big retailers of sneakers (trainers in parts of Europe) release limited edition versions of their sneakers which are very much in demand. You can try and buy them online but it’s very difficult to do and you ‘d have to be very quick and luck to even grab even a  single pair.

Obviously because they’re scarce and useful then some people want to obtain lots of these– there’s an obvious revenue opportunity there even if you usually do not prefer to use them. Therefore exactly how do individuals get to buy loads of these sneakers on-line from places like Supreme, Footlocker and Nike well these guys pretty much use software.

There are lots of automated tools and bots which anyone can configure to attempt to purchase these sneakers the moment they become available. If you get the right set up you can buy loads of these for whatever function you like. The software acts like a human customer but with infinite patience repeatedly trying to buy the specified sneakers up until they achieve success. Considerable amounts of people buy up loads of these and certainly run successful businesses simply re-selling these sneakers at inflated costs.

TO maximise their opportunities they set up the software programs on high availability hosting servers with considerable amounts of bandwidth. These could be programmed remotely to jump into action as soon as a new release becomes available.

The problem is that naturally the sellers really don’t like this and try and block out access to all automated efforts to buy the sneakers. They identify things like multiple connections from the exact same IP addresses and prohibit these instantly. Which implies even in the event that you possess your own server if it attempts to frequently to purchase the sneakers then it will certainly get banned and the server and software program will be simply of no use.

The solution is to incorporate another level of protection by employing sneaker proxies to hide your geographic location and permit the software or Bot to rotate it’s identity in order to keep operating. It’s not actually difficult to do but the important requirement is that these are sneaker proxies with a specific configuration.

The first important component which you’ll never get with free proxies is actually to make sure it has lots of residential IP addresses. These are actually rather hard to obtain since these types of addresses are actually only normally handed out by ISPs to home users. Most online retailers understand that people try to hide their geographic locations and typically block all non-residential IP addresses by default. Typical commercial VPN and proxies will certainly have commercial IP addresses so won’t work in this situation – you need a residential proxy in order to succeed.

This is what makes sneaker proxies so unique, they need to definitely have residential IP addresses that makes them virtually undetectable from typical home users. It’s also what makes them so expensive as obtaining, supporting and running these sorts of residential proxies is pretty costly.