Author Archives: Alex Grant
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Imagine a world full of chaos, disorder and agony where half of the world’s population has already been wiped out in the ongoing war between mutants and humans. Things go from bad to worse, when you accidently discover that your children are mutants too. How far will you run, and how far will you go to protect your family? Prepare for the ultimate showdown when The Gifted returns.
The show - which follows an alternative timeline where mutants and humans have become sworn enemies, and the X-men have disappeared - stars Grace Byers as Reeva Payge, Emma Dumont as Polaris, Skyler Samuels as the Frost Sisters, and Percy White as the Struckler.
The upcoming season of the show will be aired on the Fox network. If you’re going to be traveling abroad or live in an area of the world where you can’t watch The Gifted due to geo-restrictions, you’ll want to use a VPN so that you can enjoy uninterrupted streaming of your favorite episodes.
Fox, the official streaming partner of The Gifted in the US, doesn’t allow its streaming services outside the United States. These geo-restrictions will prevent you from watching your favorite show outside the country, even if you have purchased a subscription.
Fortunately, with a VPN, you can bypass these geo-restrictions so that you can stream any videos without interruption. Plus, using a VPN provides complete privacy of your online activity by encrypting your incoming and outgoing data, so nobody can sneak in and check what you’re watching.
For US viewers, you can stream The Gifted through the official Fox website or app. You’ll need to pay for a subscription, however, and the cost will vary based on the plan you choose – monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Once you’ve set up your subscription, simply log in to your account from the official website or app, browse through the episodes, select the one you want to watch and begin streaming.
For fans outside the US, you’ll need to find the official streaming partner of The Gifted in your country. Otherwise, you’ll need to use a VPN to unblock the geo-restrictions on a Fox account.
Using a VPN to watch your favorite episodes of The Gifted is easy. For the people who have never used a VPN before, just the follow these steps:
It’s important to note that it may take a few minutes to establish a connection. Once a secure connection has been made, simply click on the episode you want to watch - and enjoy.
There are hundreds of VPN’s available, and new ones are popping up daily. As such, selecting the right VPN can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know how to evaluate your options.
Here are the important factors to consider:
We recommend ExpressVPN for streaming The Gifted. The signup process is incredibly easy, connectivity is flawless, and the data transfer speeds are high enough to provide you interruption-free streaming.
The Advantages of Using ExpressVPN
Apart from ExpressVPN, you IPVanish, SaferVPN, and Cyberghost all deserve honorable mentions, since they are comparable in cost, provide multiplatform support, have US-based servers and no bandwidth restrictions.
The upcoming season of The Gifted will unearth many secrets in the storyline. The series reached a critical point last season when the Mutant Underground were helpless to stop the Inner Circle of Hellfire Club.
Now the fans are expecting a clash of the titans when the forces of mutants and the humans collide. With enmity between the two forces reaching a sky-high level, it can be said that the upcoming season will be bigger than the last one, in terms of action, thrill, and excitement.
It’s predicted that the upcoming season will feature a cruel Mutant Uprising triggered by the deactivation of their restraint collars, and thousands of mutants will be free to fight against the Purifiers.
Throughout the year, many singles will either be swiping on dating apps or pondering if they should join. Every online dater runs the risk of connecting with a fake profile, also known as catfishing. Often these fake profiles seek to build an online relationship with their victim, gaining their trust and virtual affection only to defraud them of hundreds, thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is a particularly cruel crime that preys on those hoping to find a connection amongst thousands of profiles.
In 2017, there were 15,372 people who reported the crime to the authorities. Those victims lost a combined total of $211.3 million. It is the 11th most popular cybercrime and the second costliest.
We wanted to know which states had the biggest problems with catfishing. We pulled numbers from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center annual report.
The states with the most catfishing victims were:
Because these are states with high populations, we decided to calculate the amounts per capita. The list then drastically changes:
Nationally, Americans lost hundreds of millions of dollars in catfishing schemes. California had the most money handed over to romance scammers. Victims lost $31.6 million. In Texas, $23.4 million was lost, followed by Florida ($13.1 million), New York ($9.9 million) and Georgia ($9.9 million).
Despite a rise in awareness from news reports and the MTV show, Catfish, the numbers continue to rise. Romance scams saw a 5.5 percent increase from 2016 to 2017 and a 15 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. The amount of money victims are losing is on the rise too.
Women over 40 are more likely to fall victim to a romance scheme. In 2014, they accounted for 79 percent of the total losses for catfishing schemes, followed by men over 40 at 15.8 percent. The FBI reported scammers often stole profiles from American service members to lure women.
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center releases an annual report detailing online crimes and money lost. State by state comparisons are from the 2017 report. In this report, the FBI refers to catfishing schemes as ‘confidence/romance fraud.’ In their total numbers, the FBI includes Puerto Rico and the outlying islands, which was omitted in our state by state analysis. Per capita was figured by taking the number of crimes reported in the state, dividing it by the population provided by the U.S. Census in July of 2017 and multiplying it by 100,000. It should be noted these numbers are only people who reported the crime to authorities. The true numbers are likely quite higher as many victims are too ashamed and embarrassed to come forward.
SurfShark offers all the desirable perks, including military grade encryption, impressive high speeds, the ability to unblock content (websites and regional), 24/ 7 customer support, affordable subscription rates and a whole lot more.
If SurfShark’s claims are anything to go by, then they truly deliver. I was impressed with the fast speeds, reliability, strict no-logs policy, and advanced encryption. The VPN also offers unlimited concurrent connections, a perk rarely seen amongst top ranking VPNs. What’s more, its 2-year plan is relatively cheap, and if you feel like terminating your subscription, you can take advantage of their 30-day money back guarantee – which doesn’t have any strings attached.
SurfShark offers three subscription plans. There’s a month-to-month subscription, which comes in at $11.95, and is a pretty expensive option if you’re on a budget. There’s also an annual plan that retails at $5.99/month, which will save you up to 50% annually. And there’s a 2-year plan, which is $3.49/month. This is obviously the best value of the bunch, but you’re also committing to something for 24-months, with no guarantee that service will be as solid in the future as it is today.
As far as payment options are concerned, they’ve partnered with Stripe and Norton to accept a number of major credit and debit cards. PayPal is also an option.
SurfShark is amongst a handful of VPN’s that accepts Bitcoin payments and other major cryptocurrency options. This is an excellent payment channel if you’re looking to conceal your online identity, even during the payment process. SurfShark doesn’t have a free trial, but instead offers 30-days money back guarantee.
SurfShark comes standard with features including a kill switch, multi-hop connections, whitelister, CleanWeb and a DNS leak protection functionality. Its Whitelister feature helps you during split tunneling to single out apps and sites to bypass the VPN. The kill switch feature comes in handy when you leave your connected device unattended since it’ll disconnect you from the Internet whenever your VPN connection drops.
SurfShark uses CleanWeb to block ads and other annoying adverts whenever you’re surfing online. This feature plays a significant role to torrent lovers, especially considering it also blocks out suspicious download links that could compromise your privacy. Additionally, to protect yourself from cyber-attackers, the prying eyes of government and local ISPs, SurfShark has a multi-hop feature so can create multiple VPN connections, what makes it hard to trace your identity.
Surfshark also allows for unlimited simultaneous connections at unregulated speeds, bandwidth and high server switching. It’s also optimized for effective streaming of media content in HD, and the company has a strict zero-logs policy, allowing for anonymous torrenting and secure P2P file sharing.
One of the most impressive features of SurfShark is that it works well in China. So, if you’re looking to travel to China, remember to download SurfShark before you leave.
The website itself is self-explanatory, and easy to navigate. It’ll take you less than five minutes to register an account, and less than ten minutes to purchase a subscription plan.
All SurfShark client apps are pretty straightforward and easy to download. Most client apps sport a similar design and have the same settings features.
SurfShark has an impressive 500+ server distribution across 50+ countries globally. While its server coverage is not that convincing, I predict that they will keep expanding at an unprecedented rate.
SurfShark has a noteworthy customer support system, including 24/ 7 live chat support that I was really impressed with. I chatted with a support Agent who was fast, polite, and very responsive to all my inquiries.
SurfShark boasts about its fast speeds, so I used a speed test tool to test everything out.
Here’s a snapshot of the results I recorded without a VPN connection.
In my second speed test, I connected to a server closer to my actual location. Check out how my results are similar results to my results above.
The results I recorded when I connected to a server far away from my physical location were not much different either.
Surfshark recorded zero DNS leaks.
SurfShark uses military grade infrastructure that is reliable, private and secure. The VPN redirects all your traffic to a tunnel and uses AES-256 encryption advanced techniques, ensuring that your online privacy is observed. It also supports both OpenVPN and IKEv2 connection protocols, which allows for anonymous torrenting and secure P2P data sharing.
SurfShark has all the perks to top the charts when it comes to privacy. The company is based in the British Virginia Islands, which positions them beyond the reach of legal jurisdiction of any government or union. Unlike other VPN services based in the US and parts of Europe, SurfShark is not bound to share your user data to any government entity, if requested.
Nothing hits the spot like an epic, gorey swords-and-shields saga, and few are more brutal and authentic-feeling than The History Channel’s Vikings. Vikings centers on the rise of young Ragnar Lothbrok from farmer and family man to chieftain of his tribe through successful raids on England and by challenging the tactics and authority of the reigning leadership.
Based on the nordic sagas of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings looks and feels as true-to-life as any historical drama on air in its depiction of medieval combat as well as in the more peaceful pastoral life of the norsemen in between the raids. Five seasons in, Vikings has had its share of power struggles and unexpected plot twists and turns, but has remain engaging throughout its run. Definitely a must-watch for fans of bloody historical epics and gripping television drama, in general.
So which streaming services have Vikings in their library? You have two choices: all four seasons and the first half of the fifth season of the epic drama are available on both Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. Prime and Hulu are each good choices, with their share of original programming, films and series that aired on other networks in their library. If you only have room of one of the two in your life, it depends on what you’re looking for: Amazon probably has the edge in terms of original programming, while Hulu has a broader library of titles to choose from, overall.
Whichever service you choose, both will satisfy your desire to binge watch Vikings in all of its nordic, sword-slashing goodness, but that there’s one problem that will affect many: neither Amazon Prime Video, nor Hulu are available outside of the United States.
Pesky regional restrictions can ruin anyone’s viewing party, but there’s one key tool that will allow hopeful viewers of Vikings to overcome this obstacle. A VPN (virtual private network) routes your internet connection through servers around the world, hence making it seem to services like Hulu or Amazon Prime as if you actually logging on from within that country. For example, a subscription to a top-of-the-line VPN like ExpressVPN will allow you to watch Vikings on either service by connecting to one of their servers located in 20 United States locations.
VPNs also make your internet use much more secure, both on your computer and phone, by using data encryption to mask your browsing and file transfers from hackers and other bad actors. Most VPNs also come equipped with an automatic kill switch, which is a fail safe that cuts your internet connection if the VPN happens to drop out. All in all, the benefits of a VPN make it a worthwhile purchase for both people outside the US hoping to stream Vikings, and internet users, in general.
If you decide that Hulu is the right streaming service for you, there’s one more obstacle to overcome in the subscription process: it only takes U.S. credit and debit cards as forms of payment.
Live outside the US and don’t have one? Never fear, there’s an easy workaround: you can buy a $25 or $50 Hulu gift card from the Walmart website, and afterwards they email you a code that use as a payment option while subscribing to Hulu. A $50 gift card will cover six months of Hulu use, and don’t forget the 30-day free trial that covers your first month.
Widely considered one of the best television series of all time, David Lynch and Mark Frost’s surreal, offbeat murder mystery Twin Peaks has been a favorite of camp-loving aesthetes since making waves withs its 1990 debut on the ABC. Nearly thirty years later, the Twin Peaks saga now comprises the two original ABC seasons, the 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and the heralded 2017 return, Twin Peaks: The Return.
Initially centered around the investigation of the murder of teenager Laura Palmer by FBI special Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) in the town that gives the series its name, Twin Peaks broadens its scope to include storylines revolving around the town’s quirky, occasionally sinister inhabitants, mysterious supernatural elements, and so much more.
Twin Peaks is so compelling that once you begin the saga, you won’t want to stop watching. However you might be wondering where you can stream all of it, considering that Twin Peaks was released in different formats and networks, sometimes decades apart. Well, here we have you covered.
Owing to its cult popularity, the original two seasons of Twin Peaks are available to stream through many outlets, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu, while the 18-part 2017 miniseries Twin Peaks: The Return can be found on Hulu and Showtime. Unfortunately, the third major component of the saga, the 1992 feature-length prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, is not currently available through any major streaming service, but you can rent it from Youtube, Amazon Prime or Google Play for $2.99.
If you’d prefer to limit yourself to one streaming service in the quest to conquer all of Twin Peaks, Hulu is your best bet, as it offers both the original series and The Return, something none of the other services can say. Along with both the 1990 and 2017 versions of Twin Peaks, a Hulu subscription will grant you access to the entire Hulu library streaming library -- thousands of films and TV series -- and costs just $7.99 a month, or $11.99 a month with no ads.
There’s one more catch for Twin Peaks fanatics (or those totally new to the series) excited to stream the whole thing on Hulu: the service is only available within the US. Those in other countries like the UK or Canada are still not able to watch Hulu...unless you employ the services of a VPN.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a handy tool that makes it seem like you are logging on to the internet in a given country by routing your connection through servers within that country. A VPN also beefs up your internet security through state-of-the-art data encryption that dispels hackers and other bad actors.
Using a VPN to watch Twin Peaks on Hulu is simple: all you need to do is use the VPN client to log on to a US server when subscribing to and using the service.
One more roadblock in subscribing to and streaming media on Hulu is that the service only accepts U.S. credit and debit cards as payment options. If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, this is likely not an issue, but citizens of other countries will need a workaround.
Never fear, there’s another way to pay for Hulu without the use of a U.S. credit card. Walmart sells $25 and $50 Hulu gift cards on its website that you can use to pay for the service. After you buy a card, Walmart emails you the code for use during the Hulu subscription process.