The Best Window Candles For Making Your Home Festive And Cosy

Window candles are a great and classy way of making your home look cosy and festive at this time of year. We’ve looked at the best electric and battery operated window candles out there.

Now, of course, you can use conventional candles and they’re certainly traditional and warm, but it’s useful to have electric ones too. You don’t have to worry about any fire risk, smoke, or wax melting on top of anything important. Sure, the great smell isn’t there but it’s a small price to pay for safety, especially if you have young children in your home this Christmas.

None of these window candles are super smart so we suggest pairing up the corded options with a Sonoff S31 Smart Plug. We covered it earlier in the year and it’s a great solution for all your automation needs.

Here are our favorite window candles for creating the festive spirit in your home.

Enchanted Spaces Set of 10 Flameless White Taper Window Candles ($57)

The Enchanted Spaces Set of 10 Flameless White Taper Window Candles is a fairly elegant set of white candles. Each candle looks like a traditional looking candle that you might place as a centerpiece at the dinner table, or simply scatter around your living space to create a nice light during the dark evenings.

Each candle requires 2 batteries so it’s fortunate that the candles switch off automatically after 5 hours. There’s a remote too so you can easily turn them on or off at your leisure.

Good Tidings LED Christmas Window Christmas Candle with Sensor ($11)

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Best Sites for Finding Song Lyrics

Have you ever discovered that you’ve been singing one of your favorite songs incorrectly all along? Instead of being embarrassed in front of your friends, it’s easier to use one of the lyrics searching website discussed below and find the actual lyrics of the song.

Google: Quick Results for Popular Songs

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Sometimes, all you want are the lyrics of the song, fast. In that case, your best is to search the song name + lyrics (the song lyrics) on Google. If it’s a popular song, Google will likely display the lyrics of the song inside the search results, and you won’t even have to go to another website. It may be a hit or miss for some older or less popular songs, for those, use of the other sites instead.

Genius.com: For the Broadest Selection of Songs

genius find song lyrics

Genius.com is a crowdsourced lyrics search website and a musical publication. It covers new music releases and music related news apart from hosting lyrics. It claims that it has the biggest collection of music lyrics and music knowledge. You can search for lyrics by entering the song name or the artist name in the search field and Genius.com will retrieve relevant results. You can then click on any song to reach the lyrics page, which will contain the lyrics, a song preview (from Apple Music), and additional information about the album and the artist. Popular songs will also have the lyric translations into a few different languages—also contributed by the community.

Azlyrics

azlyrics find song lyrics

AZLyrics does one thing and does it well, i.e., find lyrics. It’s one of the simplest websites to find lyrics for a variety of songs which works well on desktop and mobile. You can search for specific lyrics or choose from the ‘What’s Hot?’ section. The lyrics are presented in a non-distracting, simple-to-read manner, and you will also find the link to purchase the song on the same page. AZLytics is free to use and ad-supported, but the ads are minimal and non-intrusive, which makes searching for lyrics a pleasant experience.

 

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Best Nagios Alternatives for Network Monitoring – 2019

Through more than 15 years since it first saw the light, Nagios — which was formerly called NetSaint — has remained one of the best-known network monitoring platform. It used to be best suited to monitor system up or down status and provide alerting whenever something went down but it has grown into a true full-featured monitoring platform. Today, there are two competing versions of Nagios. There’s the free and open-source Nagios core and there’s the Nagios XI, a paid monitoring tool based on Nagios Core with added features. Today, we’re having a look at some of the top Nagios alternatives for network monitoring. This is a very active field of information technology and many alternatives are now available.

Before we have a look at the available Nagios alternatives, we’ll begin by talking about Nagios itself, what its best features are and why it has become the popular tool that it is. We’ll then have a look at the tool’s drawbacks, at the reasons why anyone would want to replace it with an alternative solution. And then, we’ll briefly discuss network monitoring in general. We’ll have a look at how most tools do it using the Simple Network Management Protocol. And finally, we’ll be ready for the big reveal and we’ll review some of the best Nagios alternatives for network monitoring.

About Nagios

Nagios was originally known as NetSaint. This open-source tool is the brainchild of Ethan Galstad and a group of developers. The Nagios name is a recursive acronym of “Nagios Ain’t Gonna Insist On Sainthood”, with “Sainthood” making reference to the original name, NetSaint, Interestingly, Agios is also the Greek word “saint”. The name was changed in response to a legal challenge by owners of a similar trademark.

Nagios is a very good monitoring tool for networks and servers. It will run on CentOS or RedHat Enterprise Linux. It could also run as a virtual machine on a Windows host but it is essentially a Linux piece of software. Unlike most other network tools on this list, Nagios doesn’t rely solely on SNMP to monitor network devices. It has its own proprietary system built right into its core engine, which communicates with devices to gather status reports. The metrics, which are gathered on a regular basis by the monitor, appear as live data in the tool’s dashboard and you can also opt to store data for later analysis. This combination makes for a rather powerful tool.

Nagios XI Home Dashboard

Despite its use of a proprietary data gathering scheme, Nagios will provide all the data you need to perform network monitoring and capacity planning. It has a very comfortable dashboard where you can quickly view the status of your network. This product also has one of the best alerting systems to notify administrators when something odd is detected. After all, that was the tool’s first goal to provide alerting for abnormal situations and it still is one of its strengths.

Nagios benefits from a huge community that supports the open-source Nagios Core version and provides development of many advanced plugins, giving the tool an impressive breadth in terms of monitoring capabilities.

What’s Wrong With Nagios?

This article’s title could lead many readers to wonder what could be wrong with Nagios to warrant replacing it with an alternative tool. Well, there’s actually nothing wrong with Nagios per se. It’s been there for almost 20 years and it’s still going strong. But the fact that nothing’s wrong with Nagios does not necessarily mean that there are no other excellent products out there that you should consider. And if you’re still shopping for a monitoring platform and have heard of Nagios, perhaps you’d like to know what other options there are.

Another reason why you might be looking at replacing Nagios is if you’ve been using the free Nagios Core and want to know, before investing in Nagios XI, what other options are available. No matter why you’re here, we’re about to reveal what our top picks are but first, let’s have a brief look at how network monitoring typically works.

How Does Network Monitoring Work?

When it comes to monitoring networks, there are several ways you can go about it. The method you use largely depends on the level of detail you want, the efforts you’re willing to put and the money you can spend. Details-wise Most administrators are specifically interested in the operational parameters of networking equipment such as CPU load or memory usage and the bandwidth utilization–in bits per second–of the various interfaces.

Most network monitoring tools use the Simple Network Management Protocol, or SNMP, to accomplish their feat. SNMP is a feature that is built into most network equipment. SNMP-enabled devices have counters and gauges that can be remotely read by monitoring systems. For instance, there are gauges for processor and memory utilization and bytes in and out counters for each interface.

While avoiding much of the unnecessary technicalities, let’s try to explain how it works. For gauge-type parameters like CPU and memory utilization, it’s a simple matter of reading them using SNMP. For counter-type parameters, things can be a little bit more elaborate. Network devices typically don’t have bandwidth utilization gauges for their interfaces. What they have are bytes in and bytes out counters that keep incrementing as traffic passes. They have one of these pair of counters for each interface. By the way, networking devices also have similar errors in and errors out counters that some monitoring tools can use to monitor an interface’s error rate, often a good indicator of an interface’s general health.

The SNMP network monitoring tool polls each device it monitors at a known interval—typically 5 minutes—and reads the bytes in and bytes out counters of each monitored interface. The rest is just maths. The tool subtracts the previous values of the counter from the current value. The result is the number of bytes—or errors—in or out in five minutes. It then multiplies the number by 8 (as there are 8 bits in a byte) and divides them by 300 (as there are 300 seconds in five minutes) to get the average bandwidth usage in bits per second over the past five minutes.

It’s important to realize that, while this method has been used for as long as monitoring tools have existed, it has some limitations. In particular, any short peak in network traffic will be completely invisible to the monitoring tool. Take, for example, a 100 Mbps interface. If it carries no traffic for 75 seconds, then 100 Mbps for 30 seconds and the no traffic again for another 75 seconds, an SNMP monitoring tool would should its utilization as 50% although it was maxed out for half of the 5 minutes interval.

The Best Nagios Alternatives

A quick search using Google or any other search engine will reveal dozens of network monitoring tools. Some are commercial products, others are open-source. Our list of the top Nagios alternatives contains mostly paid tools as they often offer a richer feature set. All the paid tools on our list have a free trial version which is either limited in time or capabilities, enabling you to try any of them. Since some of these tools require considerable efforts to set them up correctly, you might want to avoid trying too many, though.

1. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (FREE Trial)

SolarWinds is famous for its excellent network administration tools and for its numerous free tools. Its flagship product, the SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, or NPM, is a complete network monitoring solution which consistently scores among the top in its class. The tool features a user-friendly GUI interface that administrators can use to monitor devices and to configure the tool. SolarWinds is also famous for its free tools, each addressing a specific aspect of network administration.

Back to the Network Performance Monitor, let’s see what it has to offer. Adding a device to the Network Performance Monitor is easy. You simply specify the device’s IP address or hostname and SNMP connection parameters. The system will query the device and list all the monitorable SNMP parameters. All you have to do is pick those you want to include on your dashboard, graphs and reports. And talking about adding devices, there’s virtually no limit to the number of devices you can add. This tool’s scalability is one of its best features. From a handful of devices to thousands of them, it’s got you covered.

SolarWinds NPM - Network Summary

Since alerting is one of Nagios’ strengths and an important feature of monitoring tools, let’s see how that looks in NPM. Its alerting system is actually second to none. It is highly customizable if you have non-standard needs but it can also be used out-of-the-box with minimal configurations. The alerting engine is smart enough not to send notifications for “unimportant” events in the middle of the night or to send hundreds of notifications for as many unresponsive servers when the main issue is a down router or network switch.

Prices for the SolarWinds Network Performace Monitor start at $2 955 for up to 100 monitored elements and goes up according to the number of monitored elements. Some optional tools can also be added to NPN, potentially raising its price. If you’d rather try the product before committing to purchasing it, a free 30-day trial version is available for download from the SolarWinds website.

2. PRTG

The Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, which is usually simply called PRTG, is another excellent alternative to Nagios. This tool can monitor all systems, devices, traffic, and applications of your IT infrastructure. It is an all-inclusive package that does not rely on external modules or add-ons that need to be downloaded and installed for basic monitoring. Some advanced functions are available as extra sensors. Due to its integrated nature, it is quicker and easier to install than many network monitoring tools. Paessler claims you could start monitoring within 2 minutes. PRTG offers a choice of several different user interfaces. There’s a Windows enterprise console, an Ajax-based web interface, and mobile apps for Android and iOS.

PRTG Screenshot

One of PRTG’s best feature is its autodiscovery system. It will scan network segments and automatically recognize a wide range of devices and systems, creating sensors from predefined device templates. This feature is accessory in making the software so fast to install. The tool’s map feature will let you create custom maps with your monitoring data, offering a unique way of displaying data. As for its alerting features, they are highly flexible and customizable. When using the free client apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, you can even get push notifications directly to your device. You can also set up notifications via email or SMS. A powerful API lets you write your own notification scripts.

PRTG has a relatively simple pricing structure. There’s a free version which is full-featured but will limit your monitoring ability to 100 sensors. Note that unlike most similar tools each monitored parameter counts as one sensor. So, monitoring bandwidth on each port of a 48-port switch will require 48 sensors. There’s also a 30-day trial version which allows unlimited sensors but will revert back to 100 sensors once the trial period is over. If you need to monitor more than 100 sensors, you’ll need to purchase a license. Their price varies according to the number of sensors from $1 600 for 500 sensors to $14 500 for unlimited sensors.

3. WhatsUp Gold

WhatsUp Gold from Ipswitch is another well-known name in the field of monitoring tools. It used to be an up-or-down type of monitoring tool but it has evolved into a full management tool with proactive monitoring for network traffic, applications, virtual environments, and device configurations. Today, WhatsUp Gold has everything you can expect from an enterprise-grade monitoring tool, and it’s all available via its intuitive GUI.

WhatsUp Gold features an auto-discovery engine that will find your devices and add them to the monitoring console. It will not only find your networking equipment but also physical servers, virtual servers, cloud servers, and applications. There’s even a map view that’s clickable for more information on each device.

WhatsUp Gold Screenshot

WhatsUp Gold also has an excellent alerting system to let you know about problems before users notice them. Through the tool’s Alert Center, you can opt to use predefined thresholds or set them as per your specific needs. The alerting system lets you create action policies which define what happens when a monitored parameter changes state. Alerts can be transmitted by email, SMS, Slack, or IFTTT posts. The system can also restart services and trigger web alarms.

A free edition of WhatsUp Gold is available—as it always was—but it is limited to monitoring a maximum of five devices. For more devices, paid licenses are available in three levels of increasing functionality with a pricing structure based on the number of devices to be monitored. There’s also a free, full-featured trial version that you can use for a limited time.

4. ManageEngine OpManager

ManageEngine is another well-known maker of network management tools. Its OpManager tool is a complete management solution that will address most monitoring needs. The tool runs on either Windows or Linux and is loaded with excellent features. One of them is its auto-discovery feature which can map your network, giving you a uniquely customized dashboard.
The ManageEngine OpManager dashboard is another of the tools strong points. It is super easy to use and navigate and has drill-down functionality. If you’re into mobile apps, they are available for tablets and smartphones allowing you to access the tool from anywhere. Overall, this is a very polished and professional product.

ManageEngine OpManager Dashboard

Alerting in OpManager is just as good as all its other components. There is a full complement of threshold-based alerts that will help detect, identify, and troubleshoot network issues. Multiple thresholds with various notifications can be set for every performance metric.

If you want to try the ManageEngine OpManager before buying, a free version is available. But rather than a time-limited trial, this one is feature-limited. It won’t, for instance, let you monitor more than ten devices. Although this could be enough for testing purposes, it is insufficient for all but the smallest networks. For more devices, you have to choose between the Essential or the Enterprise plans. The first will let you monitor up to 1,000 nodes while the other goes up to 10,000. Pricing information is available by contacting ManageEngine’s sales.

5. Cacti

Cacti is possibly the most used free and open-source monitoring system. It might not be as feature-rich as some commercial products but, given its price, it a great tool. Cati also bears some historical significance. Aside from MRTG–which is the mother of all network monitoring tools and a distant parent, This is possibly the oldest monitoring tool still around. And that wouldn’t be so if it was not an excellent tool.

Cacti Screenshot

Cacti was first released back in 2004 as a web front-end to RRD tool, the logging and graphing component of MRTG. Its main components are a fast poller, advanced graph templating, and multiple data acquisition methods. Cacti also feature user access control and each user can be configured to have access to a different set of graphs, a useful feature for large deployments with multiple support teams. Cacti also boasts an easy to use albeit somewhat antiquated web-based interface. It can scale from a small business or home LANs to complex networks with thousands of devices on multiple sites.

Cacti uses RRDTool to store data in a SQL database and to create the graphs. It is primarily written in PHP, making it easy to modify to suit your needs. The tool has built-in templates for several types of devices. These templates already include most of the elements you might want to monitor. Cacti is so popular that many device-specific templates can be downloaded either from device manufacturers’ websites or from community-driven Cacti forums. The only thing missing from the product is a good alerting feature. But with its open-source PHP code, nothing stops anyone from adding it.

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How to Watch ESPN in the UK Using a VPN

If you are a sports fan, ESPN needs no introduction. Founded back in 1979, ESPN has become one of the most successful sports networks in the world, with a viewership totaling over 91 million people. Unfortunately, the network prevents you from accessing their streaming service if your IP address is outside of the U.S. using geoblocking. As a user in the U.K., it will be impossible for you to access its content. There is, however, a way – and it requires using a VPN.

Whether you live in the U.K. or are simply traveling there, these geographical limitations are easy to overcome with the right VPN provider. By using a VPN service, you not only open yourself to a wider range of content, but can be confident that your information and identity will remain anonymous no matter what. In this article, we will explain how to choose a good VPN provider, give you our recommendations, and explain why you should be watching ESPN.

How to choose the right VPN for you

First thing’s first – avoid using free VPN services. Free VPNs do not have strong security features, so using one does not keep your devices, data and identity protected. As for the rest of the criteria, below are the features you will need in order to watch ESPN from the U.K.:

  • Quick speed – In order to stream content fast and without buffering errors, you will need a provider with unlimited bandwidth and no speed caps. Otherwise, you may experience delays and long buffer times while you are on ESPN.
  • Network size – Every recommended network on our list has plenty of servers for you to choose from.
  • Device availability – In order to use a VPN, you’ll need a provider with software compatible with your device and operating system. Top VPNs have apps for a wide variety of operating systems.
  • Strong security features – A good VPN will keep your data secure. Opt for a provider with 256-bit encryption or better; that way, your information and browsing history will be uncrackable.
  • Zero-logging policy – Make sure the VPN provider has a strict no-logging policy, which means that they do not store your information or create records which can be traced back to you.

Our VPN recommendations

Now that you know what to look for in a VPN provider, take a look at our top picks for watching ESPN in the UK (or any other country worldwide).

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN provides the perfect combination of speed, security, and user-friendliness. True to its name, ExpressVPN is one of the fastest services on the market thanks to a vast network of 2,000+ high-tech servers spread across 94 countries. This is particularly useful for streaming content on websites like ESPN, because it means you get fast load times, no buffering and high-definition quality.

In terms of security, ExpressVPN is outstanding. With a 256-bit AES encryption and five encryption protocols, including UDP and SSTP, your data is well-protected. Furthermore, a strong no-logging policy that covers traffic, browsing history, and more, gives you extra protection. ExpressVPN’s apps also comes with an automatic kill switch (for Windows and macOS devices), so even if your connection gets interrupted, your data will remain hidden from others.

With ExpressVPN, you know you will be able to watch ESPN hassle-free from anywhere in the world. Unlimited bandwidth, no speed caps and a built-in speed test ensure that you can watch videos at high quality – whether you’re watching ESPN or other stream services like Hulu. The provider has wide software availability, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Apple TV and some routers in the list of devices served.

Read the full list of ExpressVPN features in our 2018 review for ExpressVPN.

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2. NordVPN

NordVPN is known for its massive network of 5,000+ servers in 62 countries. This makes it one of the largest in the industry – and it’s always growing. Further, there’s a variety of specialty servers that appeal to more advanced users. Functionality includes onion over VPN, anti-DDoS, double VPN, P2P, dedicated IP address and obfuscated servers. These are useful for specific cases such as superior online gaming or hiding the fact the fact that you are using a VPN.

NordVPN uses strong 256-bit AES encryption, which is practically unbreakable – even for governments and large criminal enterprises. Encryption protocols include UDP, TCP, L2TP, SSTP and others. Furthermore, NordVPN’s no-logging policy is considered to be one of the best in the industry. The no-log policy covers everything starting from IP addresses to browsing history, helping make sure your identity stays protected. The automatic kill switch comes as a default and protects you when your VPN goes offline as a final layer of security.

Despite NordVPN’s complex features, the software is intuitive easy to use. You have the option to pick a server from a graphical map, which serves as a visual aid. There is live assistance available to all users at any time of the day, and you have the option to connect up to 6 devices to your account. NordVPN is available on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and many other operating systems.

Read our full review of NordVPN and its impressive features here.

3. CyberGhost

CyberGhost is for people who don’t want any hassle – just an easy-to-use and reliable VPN service. CyberGhost’s software are is available for a wide range of operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, Android, and many more. As soon as your app launches, you are given the option to choose between six different profiles, including “surf anonymously”, “unblock streaming”, and “unblock basic websites”. “Unblock streaming” is particularly good for accessing broadcasts and videos that are only available in specific locations, which makes it ideal for accessing ESPN while abroad.

With 3,000+ proxy servers in 60 countries, CyberGhost gives you a wide range of options to choose from. This number includes 500 servers in the United States alone, which makes it great for watching ESPN in U.K and any other corner of the world. The service’s security is impressive too. 256-bit AES encryption ensures that your information is impossible to process. Specific protocols include OpenVPN, which blends speed and security, as well as censorship-beating PPTP. The no logging policy indicates that nothing, from your browsing history to even your email address, is stored.

To learn more about the provider’s security standards and features, check out our full review of CyberGhost here.

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4. PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN is excellent for streaming for a number of reasons. The number of servers may appear small at first glance – 80+ nodes in 57 countries – but each server is extremely reliable and speedy to boot. Getting a US IP that unblocks ESPN for UK residents and visitors takes minutes, and the apps are easy to install on a variety of devices and operating systems, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Cool extra features include a DNS leak test, which stops your ISP from seeing that you’re watching a banned website – and there’s also a kill switch to protect your identity even if your VPN gets disconnected.

In terms of security, PrivateVPN is amongst the industry leaders. It uses state-of-the-art 256-bit AES encryption, and unlike most VPN providers, lets you choose how strong you want it to be. You can use 128-bit keys for faster speed and lower latencies, switch to a protocol like PPTP to overcome censorship filters, switch to L2TP for fast but less secure streaming, and more. No matter what you do, you’ll also be protected by a no-logging policy that doesn’t store traffic logs, IP addresses, timestamps, and more.

To learn more about the service, read our full review of PrivateVPN for 2018.

Unblocking ESPN with your VPN in 3 easy steps

The hard part is over – all the complicated-sounding details are out of the way and you are minutes away from watching your favourite team play live on ESPN. So now that you have picked the right VPN provider for you, how do you get started? Follow the step-by-step description below and enjoy your secure, fast connection.

Step 1

In this step you will need to download and install the app.

  1. Open your browser and go into your new VPN account.
  2. Download the app that is compatible with your device and operating system (e.g. Android smartphone).
  3. Launch the app and sign in using the same account information. The app will automatically connect you to the fastest available server, but since we will be unblocking ESPN, connect to the fastest server in the U.S.

Step 2

Now that you are connected to the internet with a VPN, it’s important to test the connection before you continue browsing.

  1. Go onto ipleak.net – this page will run an automatic IP address lookup test.
  2. Give it a few moments, and in the top right corner you will see a list come up called “Your IP Addresses”.
  3. If you see the server you connected to in the U.S., you are ready to watch an array of sports content. If, however, you still see the U.K. under the IP addresses list, there may be a leak and you need to contact your VPN provider.

Step 3

You are now ready to start exploring ESPN. Whether you want to watch game replays, video highlights or get access to exclusive interviews, your VPN now allows you to do so without having to leave the comfort of you London apartment or Victorian cottage.

All about ESPN

ESPN is amongst the biggest global cable channels, and the fourth most viewed cable network in America as of November 2018. The WatchESPN app launched in 2011 and has already promoted a massive increase in mobile usage. According to ESPN, upon launch, users viewed 101.9 million minutes of video content in a year, and the largest growth came from mobile devices. With Watch ESPN, you can view the following simulcasts:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNews
  • Longhorn Network
  • ESPN Goal Line

For users in the U.K., ESPN FC – which is everything you need to know and watch about football (soccer) – was launched in 2013 and brings you all the possible highlights and behind-the-scenes content you will need.

Aside from all its live sports broadcasts, ESPN also offers viewers a range of sports talks, show and documentaries. For example, “Broke” is a show about NBA players. Surprisingly, 60% of retired NBA stars lose all their money within five years of retiring from the league, so Billy Corben’s documentary looks into the causes. ESPN is not sticking to one type of content, either – in 2017, the network received its first Oscar for O.J.: Made in America.

Why is ESPN unavailable internationally?

ESPN’s broadcasting rights are fairly specific in terms of the audience and geographical locations. The advertising slots held by ESPN have been sold with a specific viewership in mind, particularly for the big games, so broadcasting to the rest of the world would be against their agreement.

As a result, ESPN blocks access to IP addresses from outside the U.S. If you attempt to download WatchESPN without a VPN, you will be shown an error message stating that the service is unavailable in your country.

Can I watch ESPN in the U.K. for free?

Although you can opt for a VPN provider with a free service, we do not recommend you do so.

Firstly, the connection speed will not be good enough for the video quality you are trying to achieve when watching live sporting events. Unless you have a quality VPN, buffer-free streaming is nearly impossible to get and the last thing you want is delays or loading errors while watching a big game.

Furthermore, free VPNs are only free because they cut costs in other places. With smaller networks and weak security features, your account information is at constant risk of being exposed. If someone tried to get a hold of your data, they can do so fairly simply since free VPN providers have been known to sell user information and history to interested parties. We therefore suggest you opt for a paid VPN service in order to stay secure online and get faster connection speeds.

Conclusion

Whether you missed the last big game or want to see exclusive interviews with your team’s players, ESPN has one of the biggest varieties of sports content worldwide. While the service is not available in the U.K., picking one of our recommended VPN providers will allow you to install and start enjoying ESPN within moments. Don’t miss out on the next big sports story – stay up to date already now.

What is the first thing you’ll be watching with your brand new access to ESPN from abroad? Leave us your thoughts and comments below!

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