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What is a VPN and do you need one?

Aug 11, 2016 8 months ago No Comments
Kodi VPN

What is a VPN and do you need one? A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a service or program that does a few different things to make your Internet usage more secure.  We could go into a long winded 20 page article on how exactly a VPN works, but we are not network engineers. Nor do we think that our user would be interested in all of the nuts and bolts. So we will keep it as short as possible. IPVanish VPN Service Express VPN Service When you’re on your computer at home and click on a website link, your internet connects to that website’s server. That server can see your IP address (Think of an IP Address as your computers home address.) When a server sees your IP address it keeps a record of it. Pretty much each and every website that you visit keeps track of each and every connection/IP address that connects to it. This process happens billions of times a minute all across the world. There are two negative things about how this works. The first is that your IP address/computer’s home address are out there and can be viewed by a wide range of people. These people include Hackers, Government employees (NSA, FBI, CIA), and most people with a modest knowledge of computer networks. Basically, whatever you view or websites that you visit can be tracked. This means that while you may feel secure surfing the web in your office or bedroom, basically everything that you do on your computer can be tracked and monitored. Privacy is nonexistent on the Internet. You can use Incognito Mode or Safe Browsing all that you want, but that only prevents things from being added to your browser history on your local device. The second problem with this is hackers. Hackers used to be more of a mischievous group. Hacking into things to see if they could, or for bragging rights. But today hacking is big business. It’s estimated that over 15 million people in the United States have their identities stolen each year. That is roughly 7% of the population. These staggering numbers grow each year and are poised to get even worse. While there are many various ways that hackers get credit card numbers and bank account information, one of the main ways that this happens is when people make online purchases. Most of the larger online retailers such as Amazon use HTTPS & SSL Certificates to encrypt customers sensitive data (SkyStream does both as well). Not all retailers take these security measures. If the online merchant and you are not using an encryption system or connection, the data is vulnerable to be intercepted by hackers. They basically hack into the connection between you and the merchant and intercept the data. You will never notice, the transaction will be completed just like any other. But now someone in some part of the world has your name, address, email address, and credit card information. They have everything they need…

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Android TV Boxes and Android Versions

Aug 4, 2016 8 months ago No Comments
Android TV Boxes

Android TV Boxes and Android Versions In the past few weeks we have been getting lots of questions about different versions of the Android operating system. Many of these questions have revolved around if we are going to upgrade the X4 & X5 to Android 5 Lollipop. The simple answer to that is, not at this time. We will discuss some of the reasons below. Before we get into some of the specifics we need to make a few things clear about Google and the Android Operating system. When Google designs any version of Android, they take absolutely zero consideration to Android TV Boxes. Let me make this point a little bit more clear. Google does not care or acknowledge Android TV Boxes in any way shape or form. Not a single Android developer at Google has ever given a second of thought as to how they can make Android better for TV boxes. When Google looks at what to improve in future versions of Android they look at current things that could be better for Smart Phones and Tablets. These improvements include Battery Life, Finger Print Sensors, App Multitasking, Split Screen, Camera Drivers, Chip Compatibility, Location Settings, Battery Charging Times and Adding more ways to make money from advertising within the Native Google apps. None of the items listed above have anything to do with Android TV boxes, nor will they ever. Google does add improvements into any version of Android to improve anything on an Android TV Box, nor will they ever. I’m sure a lot of your reading this have Android Phones and Tablets. If your devices have ever received an Android version update on your devices 99% of people noticed little if anything different. Maybe the system app icons changed a little bit, maybe the settings screen looks a little different, and maybe you notice that you can swipe to the left on a screen and it pulls up a certain menu. But if you are really honest with yourself, you barely notice any difference between the versions of Android. The reason that you barely notice a difference is that Android was already an awesome operating system. With each version of Android that comes out less and less needs to be modified. Update Addicts As a culture we have been conditioned to focus on new things. Most of this is due to marketing by major companies and the feeling that has been engrained in our heads of having to have the newest thing. This has gone on for years in just about every market. Car companies some out with brand new models about every 3 years. Phone companies come out with new phones almost every 6 months. Clothing companies change their line every season. This is done very intentionally. When you see that brand new Ford F-150 commercial on TV, and then look out at your 3 year old F-150 in your driveway you start to feel like your truck is old. Even though it runs…

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How to Reinstall Exodus or Install Addons

Aug 2, 2016 8 months ago No Comments

How to Reinstall Exodus or Install Addons Recently a good amount of users of Kodi on all platforms has Exodus disappear from their addons with Kodi. Some people said that the developer did this intentionally to filter out users who bought loaded boxes and have no support. Some say it was just to filter out users who have no idea how to use Kodi and only use Exodus. Some people say it was just a coding issue that automatically removed Exodus. The world may never know the real reason this happened. But whatever the reason is, we wanted to create a tutorial on how to add the Exodus Addon or any other addon from a Repository. Here at Skystream we have created tons of Kodi videos, articles on our Blog, and help articles on our Support Page. We have tons of information to teach you how to get the most out of your Skystream Android TV Box if you are willing to read a little bit. With that in mind, let’s start learning how to add back the Exodus addon or any addon from a Kodi Repository. As you can see below the Exodus addon is not on our homescreen.   2. Move your cursor to the System button. A Drop down will appear. Move it to Settings and click on it.   3. Move your cursor to Add-ons and click on it.   4. Move your cursor to “Install from repository” and click on it.   5. On this screen you will see all of the Kodi Repositories that are installed on your unit. To install Exodus, click on the Exodus Repository. If you are trying to install an Addon that you heard about or saw on Youtube you will need to find out what Repository the addon is located in. A Google search will usually tell you very quickly what repository the addon is in. If that repository is not already installed on your unit you will need to find a tutorial on how to install that repository. As there are hundreds of repositories we cannot do a tutorial on all of them. Please note that we only support the addons and repositories that are installed with our Kodi Updater App and we cannot install additional repositories or addons for you.   6. Move your cursor to Video add-ons and click on it. Please note that other repositories may have other sections such as Program add-ons, System add-ons or Music add-ons.   7. Click on Exodus   8. Click on Install   9. Exodus will start downloading and installing. Once it is complete you will see a pop up at the bottom right of the screen saying “Exodus Add-on Enabled”   10. As the Exodus Addon was already set as a shortcut in Kodi, the shortcut will automatically appear. If Exodus was not set as one of your shortcuts or does not show up, please read our article on How to Add Shortcuts in Kodi.   There you go….

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