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ButterflyVPN is a router that unlocks the internet on-the-go
A limited internet doesn’t make sense, right? It seems like a contradictory idea, but in many places it is. Some countries restrict access to certain websites, and often services we know and love are not available in these markets. It’s a bummer, but there are ways to go around these digital barriers. We know proxies and VPNs can be complicated to the general consumer, which is why we think ButterflyVPN is a good crowdfunding project to share with you today.
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Let’s first talk a bit about VPNs. The term stands for Virtual Private Network. Essentially, this method allows for all your traffic to be channeled through a remote server, which would encrypt all your information and keep it secure. There are multiple benefits to using a VPN – it keeps your browsing private, evades censorship and allows for faking geographical locations.
Those who have used VPN services will know the set-up process can get a bit tricky, though. ButterflyVPN takes this otherwise complex method and turns it into a user-friendly device, allowing for everyone (and their mother) to easily take advantage of what VPNs have to offer.
So, how does this thing work? It’s easy. Just plug the USB dongle into your computer and connect to it. Set it up to work with the WiFi network you are planning to use and then go on to browse the internet as you wish. The best part is that this little dongle works as a router, and you can share the private connection with up to 10 devices. It also has an ad blocker you can opt to use, which is a handy bonus.
Interested? The device is not expensive at $89 from Indiegogo. Especially considering it comes with a 3-year subscription to VPN services and a 1-year warranty. Not to mention that this is one of those campaigns you won’t have to wait for; the item will ship within 3-5 days after the purchase.
Who is getting a ButterflyVPN dongle?