Dear customers and prospective customers,
We wish you a happy, successful and healthy year 2017.
At the beginning of the year we would like to inform you about our latest news and developments:
eBlocker OS v1.0 is set to be available in calendar week 5 starting from the 30th of January with many newfeatures and optimizations. The new eBlockerOS version will automatically be downloaded and installed, as long as your eBlocker has a valid update-license and daily updates are switched on.
Owners of the eBlocker Family license can look forward to the first Family features: With the parental control feature you can prevent access to unwanted content for the devices used by your kids. With pre-defined categories you can control which content is not appropriate for your kids and add individual sites or exceptions. Furthermore, you can limit the access to the internet based on time of day.
The overall Family functions are not completely implemented with this first release. For the future, we have planned many more functions and optimizations, like supporting individual white-/blacklists for parental control, revising the graphical user interface and many more ideas. To say thank you for your patience and your loyal support, we are extending the eBlocker Family 1 year license till end of Q1’2018.
As announced in the previous Newsletter, the next version of eBlockerOS will allow you to connect your home network to commercial VPN-providers (Virtual Private Network) without any software installation. A VPN is an alternative to the Tor network and also anonymizes your IP-address while surfing the internet. Generally, the eBlocker operates with every VPN-provider that supports the standard OpenVPN protocol. More information about the VPN-providers we have tested and that are thus immediately supported, can be found on our website shortly.
Further improvements in the new version are: The eBlocker Icon and the controlbar is now supported on Windows 10 in the Edge-browser; the stability of the Tor-connection is significantly optimized, the SSL-root-certificate can individually be named, so it can easily be identified, the device is displayed as online or offline in the network device-list and if the eBlocker is operated in the manual network mode (as DHCP-server), it will keep the IP-addresses of all devices that were assigned by the router.
The CES 2017 is over and we are looking back to a successful tradeshow in Las Vegas. We met many new potential partners and customers and also presented our eBlocker Family publicly for the first time.
Here are some impressions of the CES 2017:
Including “guided tours” the eBlocker stand was frequently visited.
Christian with satisfied Kickstarer Backers.
Our CES-team – after four days completely exhausted: Christian, Heiko and Lauritz.
Temporary shipment delay
The high demand in the United Stated has caused a temporary shipment delay of eBlocker housings. However, the delay has been fixed. We apologize for the short-term delay.
Safer Internet Day and Data Privacy Day
The Safer Internet Day and the Data Privacy Day are worldwide campaigns for more safety on the internet and are celebrated every year. We support these campaigns with a special offer on the 28th of January for the Data Privacy Day and on the 7th February for the Safer Internet Day. You can find more information on the named dates on our website. Our goal is to promote the subject „Safer Internet“ and to encourage people of all age groups to pay more attention to internet security.
eBlocker Affiliate-Program started
You operate your own website with topics that are a good fit for us or send out newsletters regarding data protection and privacy? Then use these newsletters and earn money with affiliate-links or banners. Transfer customers to our shop and profit from our attractive premium system. For legal reasons you have to be an entrepreneur with a valid VAT number, who is living in Europe or as a local resident outside of Europe , to participate in the affiliate-program. The participation can easily be made by filling out the participation-formula. We look forward to you and to a successful cooperation.
eBlocker on CBS This Morning
The CBS morning show invited us in December to their New York studios. The particular subject we talked about was price discrimination on the internet and how to recognize and prevent it with our eBlocker. The show was broadcasted on the 9th of January in the United States and we were very pleased about the great feedback. Thank you very much! The broadcast can also be found on our blog
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Farena and the whole eBlocker team