The Virtual Machine Flash Drive VPN is a fully functional operating system, browser and VPN setup -- on a USB flash drive! The system on the flash drive is a virtual machine that works with the free VMware Player application -- a well known and widely utilized virtual machine player which is easy to use and install.
The player is installed on the host machine and can be used to run any VMware-compatible virtual machine. All the rest of the software, from the operating system to the VPN application, resides on the flash drive. Because all of your surfing occurs in the virtual machine, all records of your activity remain on the flash drive and are not transferred to the host system. The host computer you are on has no record of your online activity.
As an added benefit, you can freeze your computer session and when you go back to it (even days later) it will be exactly where you left off!
The Flash Drive VPN offers you two ways to secure your connection to unblock web sites and defeat censors.
1) If you have admin rights to your computer and can install software, the Virtual Machine VPN is a great way to get on line with no worries.
2) If you don't have admin rights to install software, such as on a public computer, you can use the Stealth SSL VPN feature to tunnel to our SSL VPN servers and make a connection. Using this method, you simply launch the software on the flash drive and - as long as you have an internet connection - you can encrypt and secure your connection. You can read more about this at Stealth SSL VPN.
Upon loading the VPN virtual machine, it will boot up in Ubuntu Linux with a fully functional, graphical user interface, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email client and Skype (see the operating instructions for screen shots). All of the software is already loaded. All you do is log in to the virtual computer, start SurfBouncer and enter your user name and password then launch the Firefox browser. You can surf anywhere you want through the secure VPN service. Bypass ISP and other network blockages and keep your surfing history private. Your host machine operates as always and you can switch between the virtual machine and the host machine -- instantly and seamlessly.
The system comes with a 32GB, ultra high speed flash drive that contains the operating system and software, as well as room for your personal files. The computer you are using this on requires a minimum of 1GB of memory. The virtual machine will, by default, launch with 512MB of memory. If your computer has more than 1GB of memory, you can adjust the virtual machine to use more memory and improve performance.
Your purchase of the USB Flash Drive VPN also includes one year of access to the standard Personal VPN service. After your first year, the annual rate is $119.99 billed at the end of your first (sign up) year.
Should you wish to install this on your own flash or external hard drive, sign up for the Personal VPN service and send us an email asking for the flash drive image and Stealth SSL files.
We recommend that you use a 32GB ultra high speed drive. Standard speed drives will work but performance may be too slow to be acceptable. The image is about 2 GB in size. It is a compressed file which will need to be extracted to your flash drive. Once you extract the virtual machine image and Stealth SSL files to the flash drive, you will have the same setup that we ship.
A high speed flash drive is required for the VIrtual Machine to perform well. If you are only interested in the Stealth SSL component of the flash drive solution, any good flash drive will work. Order the Personal VPN service and ask us about the Stealth SSL setup. We will email you instructions on how to place this on your drive.
*Note: Due to delivery problems with postal mail in many countries, international shipments are now by FEDEX. The total cost for a VPN Flash Drive shipped outside North America is $229.99 each, which includes shipping via Federal Express.
We will ship overseas by postal mail only if you agree to take full responsibility for the shipment once it is put into the mail system. We will provide you with a tracking number and it then becomes your responsibility to handle any delivery issues in your country. If we have to re-ship a unit due to loss or hang ups in customs, you agree to pay for the cost of the new hardware and shipping. There will be no refund for the cost of a Flash Drive lost in the postal mail. Email us if you want to ship via postal mail. However, we encourage the FEDEX option because it is reliable.