Anonymous internet surfing with ZenMate
Have you ever heard of ZenMate? This is a German startup which offers a browser plug-in that allows you to ‘stay secure and private online while accessing the content you love’ according to the ZenMate website.
There are several reasons why you could use ZenMate:
- To prevent hackers
- To prevent snoopers
- To prevent spying activities on your web browsing activities from the government
- You and your personal data are always protected
- To protect your device in a public WiFi
- Your IP is hidden
- And the most attractive reason for the users of ZenMate: To get access to websites that are blocking users from foreign countries.
How does ZenMate work?
After installing the plug-in in your browser, which is quite easy, ZenMate creates a sort of Virtual Private Network (VPN) between your device and ZenMate’s server network. This tunnel will prevent you from the external dangers of the internet. You can change your IP address to hide your real location, instead you select a different country to visit websites with geo-restricted content. You are pretending you are located in another country than you really are. ZenMate currently offers 10 different country locations. Germany, Romania, Hong Kong and United States are available for all ZenMate users. To get access to the over 6 countries, which are France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, United States West and Singapore, you have to upgrade your ZenMate to a Premium account.
On which platform does ZenMate work?
Again there is a difference between the Premium users and the users of the free ZenMate. For all users ZenMate is available on mobile devices and is running Android or iOS. ZenMate will protect internetsurfing on your browser on Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and for the Premium users there is a full desktop VPN offer to protect the use of your desktop outside your browser.
Although this looks like a very helpful tool to unblock geo-restricted sites, those are sites are not amused with startup such as ZenMate. Therefore these sites will always looking for new alternatives to block visitors from restricted locations. I think this will be a cat and mouse game and I wonder who will win.
Author: Jesse van Hofwegen (375283jh)
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