How Can I Use SpotFlux To Browse The Web Privately?

Are you looking for an easy to use and, importantly, free tool to enable you to surf the web privately? If so, then Spotflux may be what you are looking for.

Spotflux is a new service that will route your browsing through a virtual private network (VPN). It also claims that it can protect your computer from internet based spyware and malware though I haven’t yet tested this aspect.

As mentioned above, its very easy to get going with Spotflux and here is how:

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1. Firstly, head over to the Spotflux website which looks just like the image above. Then click on either the PC or Mac button as per your own requirements.

A file will be downloaded to your computer. Remember where it goes and then find it and double click on it.

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2. You’ll see the screen above next and simply need to click on the Proceed button.

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3. Now Accept the license agreement.

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4. And choose where to Install the program.

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5. As part of the installation process you may very well be prompted to install a custom driver. Click the OK button at this point to do just that and then the installation will be complete.

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6. You’ll find that Spotflux has placed an icon on your desktop: double click it.

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7. The program will now open in disable mode: click on the Enable button to get going.

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8. Spotflux is now enabled and you can surf the net in private mode.

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9. To show that Spotflux worked I quickly shot over to my own web site where I have a real time stats package installed. As you can see above, this UK blogger appeared to be from Rockville, USA and using an unknown operating system. My IP address was also not my own. Nice.

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the nice write-up. In response to some of your comments, we do indeed encrypt the connection from your desktop to our back-end on top of the anti-tracking and anti-malware things going on. Its far more than a “proxy”…we’re launching lots of new content soon on the site which will hopefully clarify!

    Regards,
    Chris

    • Thanks for the response Chris.

      I look forward to seeing the changes on your website, especially more info about what Spotflux is, as you are rather vague there at the moment imho.

  2. Would love to use this service, but I use Linux (not supported) :(

    • Its a new service which I heard had a lot of investment dollars pumped into it – perhaps Linux will be supported in the future?

  3. SpotFlux looks to be a little misleading.

    What thy don’t make clear until you dig into the support section is that this is purely a proxy type system and they ‘remove’ tracking technologies. There is no encryption or security of your connection from ones PC through ones ISP until you get to their system.

    • When I first looked at their web site I was actually quite surprised at how lacking the support/documentation was. They’re a new company though so hopefully things will become clearer/better explained in time.

      • Agreed – one can only hope they’ll improve.

        But to me an American company offering “secure” browsing via American soil just doesn’t add up. I know we’ve an intrusive state in the UK but the US make us look like amateurs.

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