These are technology resources that we are using (or not) while working + traveling.
After 2+ years on the road, we amassed a list of tools that we tried or used for a while and, for some reason or another, put aside. They are listed here too. After all, what didn’t work for us could be a great tool for you.
VPN (VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK)
Important to note, there are different VPNs (OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP etc…). Depending on ISP provider, some of these VPNs may not work, but others will. Choose wisely and go for variety.
OverPlay – provides 3 different types of VPN. In our current location only one (OpenVPN) works.
VyprVPN – we will try it one day; meanwhile, some reviews below:
Review by VPN Services Reviews (User Reviews of the Best VPN Service Providers of 2015)
More general reading:
VPN Technologies: Definitions and Requirements as defined by the Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC)
Top 10 VPN Service Providers according to VPNGround.com – your mileage may vary… In our experience, an environment (geographical location, country’s policies, ISP settings, etc…) plays huge role in a VPN performance. Try before you buy.
Review scam VPN provider IAPS intl-alliance by Hacker 10 – Security Hacker.
VPNMaps – find your best VPN service for your specific needs. The map of the best VPN servers from top VPN providers so you can easily browse them using different criterias. With VPNMaps, you can find a VPN server based on its features, such as: VPN to watch UK TV abroad, best VPN for China, VPN for P2P and file sharing, cheapest VPN by country and more.
CDN (CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK)
MaxCDN – content delivery network. MaxCDN speeds up your website.
LOCATE YOUR IP ADDRESS and BLACKLIST CHECKING
WhatIsMyIP.com– locate your IP address,IP address location, IP address lookup, learn how to trace email, and learn how to change IP address
WhatIsMyIPAddress.com– locate your IP address
WhatIsMyIP.org– locate your IP address
IP Void – IP Address blacklist checker tool – free service used to scan an IP address through multiple DNS-based blacklists and IP reputation services, to facilitate the detection of IP addresses involved in malware incidents and spamming activities
URL Void – Website Reputation Checker Tool – free service that analyzes a website through multiple blacklist engines and online reputation tools. This service helps to identify websites involved in malware incidents, fraudulent activities and phishing websites
DOMAIN NAME SERVICE
DynDNS – cloud-based Internet Performance company. Dyn helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure. Started as a open source student project to let students access lab computers and print documents remotely. Later, moved into domain name system (DNS) services. Currently, their Internet Performance product suite includes Dyn Internet Intelligence, IP Transit Intelligence, Traffic Director, Managed DNS and Managed DNS Express and also offers Domain services and Email products.
whatsmydns.net – check the current state of DNS propagation after having made changes to your domains records: perform a DNS lookup to check a domain names current IP address and DNS record information against multiple name servers located in different parts of the world.
WEBSITE BACKUP SERVICE
CodeGuard – backup service that provides automated backups and restores at the click of a button. The service also monitors your website for changes every day and alerts you if it detects any malware
VaultPress – backups & security for your WordPress site (automated backups with easy restores; daily security scans with one-click repairs). However, only offers daily scanning with their $40 per month plan
FREE WEBSITE MALWARE and SECURITY SCANNER
E-junkie – E-junkie provides shopping cart and buy now buttons to let you sell downloads and tangible goods on your website or blog, eBay, Craigslist, social media such as Facebook, Google Plus or Myspace, and most other websites. E-junkie supports checkouts using PayPal Payments Standard, PayPal Payments Advanced, PayPal Payments Pro, PayPal Payflow Pro, Authorize.Net, TrialPay, ClickBank and 2Checkout.
WORDPRESS (WP) AND WP PLUGINS
WPBeginner – tips, tricks, hacks, and other WP resources
StudioPress – Premium WP Themes
iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) Plugin – combat WP Brute Force Attacks just arrived with the new iThemes Brute Force Protection Network. This new brute force protection setting is available in the latest version of iThemes Security
Sucuri WordPress Security Plugin – security toolset for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening
Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) Plugin – searches the source files of every installed theme for signs of malicious code
AntiVirus Plugin – scans theme templates for malicious injections automatically, every day for more blog security
Anti-Malware and Brute-Force Security by ELI Plugin – searches for Malware and other Virus like threats and security vulnerabilities on the server and helps you to remove them
Wordfence Security Plugin – free enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Buffer – A Smarter Way to Share on Social Media. Now includes Pinterest sharing, scheduling and pins’ performance measuring
Hootsuite – a social media management dashboard
TweetDeck – part of Twitter now
Tailwind – Smarter Pinterest Marketing. Tailwind is an official Pinterest marketing developer partner. It allows to schedule pins, monitor Pinterest, analyze industry trends and measure results
Trademarkia – visual search engine for more than 6 million trademarked logos, names, and slogans on the Internet
List of Airlines Offering Inflight WiFi – compiled by eDreams International Network
RottenWiFi – crowdsourcing project to test and evaluate WiFi and 3G connections worldwide
Skyroam – global WiFi with unlimited data. Beware: it comes with a pricy tag
AllDayInternet – Wifi Hotspot to travel around the World
Scanner Pro by Readdle – Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan receipts, whiteboards, paper notes, or any multipage document
Our Office-less Office – by Uncornered Market
MAKING MONEY ON THE ROAD
33 Best Websites to Make Money Online & Work from Home – by Aileen Adalid