Expat Resources: Technology

Here are some resources I thought would be helpful to you. All the links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you click on them and actually buy something, I’ll earn a small commission. (It helps keep this website going, but you pay nothing more for buying through these links.)

I am satisfied that every company listed here offers good value for the money you spend.

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Books & Movies

Gadgets and Gizmos

Bags, Cases and Personalization


Check out Caseable for a truly unique selection of cases and sleeves for your laptop, tablet, or e-reader. They offer you the freedom to completely design your own, using your own photos and images, or choose one of their artists’ offerings. Make the case for your device as unique as you are!

All their cases are made in Brooklyn, NY from recycled materials, so when you purchase from them you’re helping to keep jobs in the US and helping green our world a little bit at the same time.

Create your custom Kindle case. Hand-Crafted in Brooklyn, NY from Recycled Materials.

Create your custom Laptop case.

Create your custom MacBook case.

Create a custom case for your iPad, MacBook, PC or Kindle.

Students can get a discout of 15% for all products, if they sign up the order with their university “.edu” email address.

Virtual Private Networks

HotSpot Shield

15% off a 1-year subscription of Hotspot Shield Elite
Coupon Code: FUTUREEXPAT5 will get you $5 off a 1-year subscription
Expires: 09/30/12

Hide My Ass

Yes, I kid you not, that’s its name. They pretty much refer to themselves as “HMA.” Anyway, HMA (aff) offers a 30-day guarantee. They offer service at a monthly fee of $11.52, or you can purchase a six- or 12-month package at considerable savings, $50.66 or $78.66 respectively. They point out that they don’t have any bandwidth limitations and you’re not restricted to a single server.

They have 241 servers in 42 countries.

Find out how to hide yours here


“VPN Made Simple” is their website tagline, and I’ve found that to be true.

Here are a few ways they’ve simplified:

  • choosing the IP server to connect to is as simple as checking a dropdown box
  • they allow you to connect to P2P networks. Most don’t. (If you’re a P2P user, you know what I’m talking about.) The dropdown shows which servers permit P2P and which don’t, so if you need that feature, you just choose one of the many servers that allows it.
  • they take your privacy seriously

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Personal, fast and secure VPN. Claiming to be the world’s fastest VPN, VyprVPN will give you a secure virtual network connection on your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) as well as your iPhone or Android phone. No limits on uploads or downloads, and available in a regular version starting as low as $6.67/month, as well as a pro version ($8.33/month) and premier service ($10/month). Throw in servers all over the globe and a free trial, and you can’t go wrong.

Strong VPN

Strong has several different plans, with prices starting at $55/year. Their service looks a bit more complicated than some of the others, but they get rave reviews for their 24/7 live customer support.

Right now they’re offering three months for $21 if you want to try them out. They also have a 7-day money-back guarantee.

They seem to do an especially good job getting around the firewalls in China, and they can also protect your iPhone or Android phone.

Pure VPN

PureVPN offers a trial account for $2.50. There are three different plans, with varying access to services. Prices range from $9.95/month to $160/year. They offer a money-back guarantee, but only for three days.

Servers are located in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, Russia, Malaysia, Ireland and Panama.

Find out more about Pure VPN Here