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A Peek Into The Dark Side Of The Web

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Now that everything from buying groceries to booking hotels can be done online, it is important to consider the potential risks that arise from being so connected to the world wide web. Are we really as safe as we think we are? 

The internet as we know it has only been around for a few decades. As time passes and technology becomes indispensable to our daily activities, we are learning more and more about the online world. Like any other platform out there, there exists another face of the internet that most people are oblivious of — the dark web.

What is the ‘dark web’?

As intimidating as the name sounds, the dark web is still part of the internet, albeit inaccessible through our usual browsers. It functions on overlay networks that are out of reach of cyber authorities. It is the no-mans-land of the internet and a hub for a variety of illegal activities such as the sale of leaked personal information, account passwords, illegal arms and ammunition, and other heinous cybercrimes.

For us, the existence of the dark web and the anonymity of offenders operating through this medium can incite a plethora of questions surrounding our own online security.

Dark web monitoring services 

Becoming aware of the dark web can cause us to realise that our personal information is not safe and may be vulnerable to identity theft. We often find ourselves powerless in these situations, due to our shallow understanding of what the dark web is. Large corporations can then harness our apprehension of the dark web to extract profits. 

These companies demand huge sums of money as monthly premiums to keep your data safe from the dark web. As attractive as their packages may appear, very little information is shared by these companies about how they operate, leading to some serious misconceptions in regard to internet security and the dark web.

Common misconceptions surrounding the dark web 

1. Compromised personal information can be erased permanently from the dark web

Information such as credit card details and account login details cannot be erased once in the dark web domain. Due to the large number of hosts and servers on the dark web, it is practically impossible to locate the information and delete it entirely from the server. However, by knowing exactly what information has been compromised, steps can be taken to prevent further damage. 

2. Monitoring services can prevent your data from being sold on the dark web 

Software exist that can scan the dark web for the presence of information, and it is recommended that you make use of this. However, no technology can prevent information from being uploaded to the dark web. Internet security companies who promise this are unlikely to be able to deliver on their word.

3. Dark web monitoring services can make you invincible to all breaches 

While dark web monitoring services can help you identify a breach of data or alert you to compromised credentials, they cannot keep you safe from fraud. Taking precautions while using online banking services and keeping yourself updated to the developments in the online security sector is also recommended.

Vigilance is important

About 7 million records are compromised and sold on the dark web on a daily basis. At such a high volume, scammers are experts in devising new ways to breach your privacy and compromise your internet security. Companies such as Norton can provide Dark Web Monitoring services that can help alert you to security breaches, however nothing works as well as caution and vigilance. It is important that passwords are changed regularly, and credit card and bank statements monitored and scanned carefully for anomalies that can indicate any breach of information.

From television to the internet platform, Jonathan switched his journey in digital media with Bigtime Daily. He served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for Bigtime Daily by writing about the tech domain.

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Is Dexter Available on Netflix in the UK?

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Dexter is the kind of show that does serial killers right. Every character is well written, and the story gives you that “one more episode won’t hurt” vibe.

But you have to wonder – can you watch the show on Netflix in the UK?

Well, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but no, you can’t. If you don’t believe us, go ahead and look it up on the site. You won’t find it.

Why?

Because Dexter is only available on Netflix in the US. Use StreamCatcher by ProPrivacy to see for yourself. It’s an online tool that tells you where Netflix titles are available. Just type the show’s name, and hit Find.

If you’d like to find out why the show is only available on Netflix US, and how to unblock it, stick around. We’ll tell you everything you need to know in this five-minute article.

Where Can You Watch Dexter in the UK?

As far as we know, the series is available on Sky and NOW TV (streaming platform owned by Sky). All seasons are available to stream there. As for how long, we can’t say for Sky, but NOW TV says the series will be available for streaming until the 1st of January 2022.

Obviously, you’re going to need a subscription to watch the show on either platform. NOW TV has a free seven-day trial which is nice. But it’s still an inconvenience if you already have a Netflix subscription.

Why Isn’t Dexter Available on Netflix UK?

It’s all due to the way Netflix licenses content. Since they don’t actually own most of the shows and movies on their platform, they need to buy licensing rights to show them in certain regions. Unfortunately, Netflix can’t always get global rights, so they can only stream a title in specific countries. Because of that, they use geo-blocking to make sure users from other regions can’t watch that content.

With Dexter, it’s pretty clear that Netflix wasn’t able to buy licensing rights for the UK since Sky already owns them. So, only Sky has the legal right to stream the show there.

Even if the licensing rights become available, there’s no guarantee Netflix will buy them if their data mining shows that people in your country aren’t interested in the show.

Why?

Because licensing content is a huge expense for Netflix. They can’t buy global rights for any title without being 100% sure they’ll see a decent ROI from that investment.

How to Unblock Dexter on Netflix in the UK

Is taking a trip to the US your only option?

No, don’t worry – you don’t need to do anything so extreme. Instead, you can easily unblock Dexter (and any other Netflix title, really) with a VPN.

If you don’t know what a VPN is, it’s an online tool that lets you unblock Internet content by stopping sites from seeing your real geo-location. It does that by routing your traffic through a VPN server that sits between your device and Netflix.

Basically, instead of your connection looking like this:

Device ISP Network Netflix

It will look like this:

Device ISP Network VPN Server Netflix

To Netflix, it will seem like all your connection requests are coming from the VPN server, not your device. Since those requests contain your IP address (which reveals your geo-location), Netflix will think your traffic is coming from the VPN’s IP address (geo-location).

So you just have to use a VPN server that’s in the US, and you’re good to go. Netflix will think you have a US IP address, and will redirect you to the US content library. All that’s left is looking up Dexter and enjoying it.

How to Find a Good Netflix VPN

There are tons of VPNs on the market, so how do you know which one you should use? Pretty much every provider says they unblock Netflix on their site, after all.

Well, here’s the thing – not all VPNs can actually unblock Netflix 24/7. Some of them can’t do it at all, while others can only unblock the site for a short period.

Why, though?

Because Netflix can actually detect VPN IP addresses. When it does that, it redirects VPN users to the Netflix proxy error page.

So the most important thing is first making sure you find a VPN that doesn’t suffer from that problem. You can easily do that by using StreamCatcher by ProPrivacy. When you look a title on the site, it tells you where it’s available, and also recommends the best Netflix VPNs for the job. Those suggestions are based on ProPrivacy’s data, a big VPN review sites that regularly tests the top providers on the market to see which ones can actually unblock Netflix.

Other Things to Look for

Besides unblocking Netflix, here’s what else a VPN has to offer so that you can enjoy a smooth experience:

  • Fast speeds & unlimited bandwidth – You just want to binge Dexter, not deal with slowdowns and data caps.
  • Apps for most platforms – Like most people, you probably don’t watch full episodes at your PC. It’s not comfortable, really. So you need a VPN that works on other platforms (laptops, mobile devices, tablets, etc.) to watch Dexter anywhere you want.
  • Tons of servers – If the provider’s network is too small, you’ll end up dealing with overcrowded servers. Also, it will be hard to find a server that’s close to your location so that you can get optimal VPN speeds. A fleet of over 1,000 or 2,000 servers is ideal.

If you use the tool we linked above, you don’t really need to worry about this too much. The VPNs it recommends all meet these requirements.

Were You Able to Watch Dexter on Netflix with Our Advice?

If you were, please tell us about your experience in the comments – how smooth was it, and what other shows did you unblock next?

If you weren’t, tell us why. Also, if you used other unblocking methods to watch the show on Netflix, please mention them.

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