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  1. Hi there, I would like to recommend this service for the ones who use to bring packages from anywhere in the World. They have very good rates and do not charge for volume, just the weight of the package. Their rates are the following: 1-10 pounds: $3.00 p/p 11-20 pounds: $2.80 p/p 20+ pounds: $2.50 p/p They also provide shipping protection for valuable packages. The price is determined by them. From what I know, it is a small percentage of the total cost of the product. The process is straightforward. You just contact them and they assign you the shipping address to receive the packages in the US. Usually, they take from 3-5 days to arrive. The contacts are: Cellphone: 6216-4241 Email: afxcarga@gmail.com In addition to this, they are also providing 3 free pounds by using my referral code "Joel Ledezma" when notifying them. This applies when the delivery in confirmed. This is the location: https://goo.gl/maps/yj2vVNp4zj15mQNW9 Due to the pandemic, they are using their warehouse at Multicargas for now. This is the location: https://goo.gl/maps/yPFKhMV6s3bhyELf7 They are also providing home deliveries. You have to contact them for the rates. So far, they have provided the best services in the province. I recommend them.
  2. Hello there, I have a doubt regarding to internet services. For those who live at downtown Boquete, is there anybody who already has Fiber to the Home (FTTH)? From what I've heard, Cable & Wireless Panama started deploying their fiber-to-the-home services to boquete residents firstly. I wanted to know how good or bad it is; its ping, latency, speed, etc. Which type of PON devices are they providing and if the service is NATted or bridged (direct Public IP). Any information will be appreciated. Regards
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    In the beginning, the internet was an inter-connected group of computers, independent and autonomous. Fast forward to today and the vast majority of internet traffic is processed by centralized servers where your privacy is shredded and your personal details are sold to the highest bidder. In this era of BIg Data, entities like Cambridge Analytics and Facebook have even used your profiles to influence elections. It's time to fight back and the Internet of People is building the infrastructure to empower people over things, people over profits, people over politics. Join us at BCP on Tuesday, July 3 for a look into the decentralized future of the internet. For a sneak peek, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhkTGnGtr1s visit: www.iop.global email: ioppanama@gmail.com Kevin Fisher- Chapter Leader Panama
  4. Greetings, My family and I are moving to Boquete this spring. Can anyone recommend, based on current conditions, a reliable ISP and cell phone carrier? Cost, speed, reliability, etc. It seems that things change in this area often, so I'm asking for current recommendations. With gratitude, Mary
  5. Peaceful setting near Potrerillos Arriba on avocado and cattle farm. Fully furnished with queen bed and bedroom furniture; all kitchen appliances, dishes and cookware; living room has sofa, chairs, tv, bookcase, lamp and table; hot water shower in bath; front patio with table and chairs; paved parking area; washing machine. Rent includes lawn care, utilities, and internet. Farm is fenced with passcode-locked security gate. 1-3 months: $575 3- 6 months: $550 6+ months: $525 For more information, call me at 6670 0764 or reply to this post.
  6. NEXXT Solutions wireless -N300Mbps router for CableOnda internet. Jo 6418 8049 jogreene11@gmail.com
  7. Sleepwellpanama.com The Tide of Cybercrime is Rising Fast While physical crime against expats here in Panama is diminishing, cybercrime is rising world wide. Losses from cybercrime may already be greater than physical robbery. It is one of the fastest growing businesses in the world. Cybercriminals are targeting Seniors Anyone over 60 did not grow up with computers or the Internet from day one. Many of us openly admit to computer illiteracy. Cybercriminals are specifically targeting this group, especially relatively rich North Americans and Europeans. The criminals include enterprising ten year olds cracking your passwords and selling you out to sophisticated multi-national mafia-like businesses. How to Protect Yourself From Cybercrime A good friend of mine in California, Larry Magid, is a top computer journalist who has made his career mission protecting children and now seniors from cybercrime. Download his free Seniors Guide to Online Safety. Yes, it is safe to download In the rest of this article, we will take apart a recent incident and show the dangers of being hacked, which hopefully will inspire you to take steps to protect yourself. The Anatomy of a Hacking In the last week many of us became aware that a member of our community was hacked and as a result all of the people in his address book were exposed to Internet scams themselves. We’ll Call Him Bob Many of you reading this already know the identity of the person who was hacked and that’s fine. He is not shy about what happened. If you don’t know already, it isn’t important to our story. It all started with an upgrade of several computers to Windows 10. While the upgrade want fine, a short time later Microsoft pushed an Outlook update to all his computers. While most of them were protected by a commercial anti-virus program, one was only protected by the Microsoft-provided Defender program and this computer became infected. Although we will never know for sure, apparently the attackers were ready for this Outlook update and may even have previously installed malware in his computer waiting for it to happen. Lesson #1 - Some computers are safer than others People have personal preferences for Windows PCs vs. Apple Macs and that is fine. However it is a simple fact of life that 99.99% of computer viruses and malware infect PCs, not Macs. There are technical reasons why this is true having to do with the fundamental design of the Apple OS X operating system, which like Linux and others, is based on the fundamentally secure UNIX operating system, the oldest and most widely used for secure computing platforms. The awful moment of realization After the update, Bob turned on his computer and noticed very strange behavior as his file folders first showed up as empty and then slowly came back to “normal.” When Bob went to his email he made the startling discovery that his entire email contact list, dating back to the early 90s, was simply gone. It was also gone on all his other computers, which had “synchronized” with the master list kept online, which had been deleted by the hackers. Attempts to recover his contact list from computers backed up with previous versions of Windows failed. Lesson #2 - Bob’s was using a “free” email account. Free email accounts are not secure or private You may wonder why Google, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. are so magnanimous as to offer you free email accounts. It is because you are their product. Every email you send is read for salable information, every person in your contact list is sold to the highest bidder for advertising or whatever (IRS, NSA, front businesses for hackers, etc.). They own your contact list and as Bob found out, once deleted, it is gone forever. If you use a free email account, make sure you have a backup of your computer and an exported version of your contact list at all times. There are excellent, secure and private email services available from Godaddy and others, but they are not free. They never store your contact list, which lives on your own computer. In my view, they are well worth the extra money. Bob is now manually recreating his contact list by going through every email since 1995 and recovering the email addresses. Of course, phone numbers and physical addresses are just lost. This is what happened to Bob Once they owned his email account and armed with all of his emails, they learned about his bank accounts, which boards he sat on and much more. The hackers emailed his personal banker in the US and asked to set up a wire transfer for something in excess of $17,000. Bob’s personal banker (at the bank he used to work for and who knew him personally) replied that Bob would need to confirm the transfer by phone. Promptly she received a phone call (from Indonesia as it happened) that Bob couldn’t come to the phone because he was in a board meeting, naming the organization precisely. Fortunately the banker knew Bob and insisted that the “real” Bob call personally. When “real” Bob called with a foreign accent, she hung up and immediately called the real Bob and the scam was stopped. But is was very close. Meanwhile the scammers undertook to send scam emails to everyone in Bob’s contact list. Some claimed to be Bob who was stranded in an foreign city and needed money. Others, which many of us saw personally, were legitimate looking Dropbox documents with a secure PDF file that needed to be “signed for” with your email address and PASSWORD. Since the scammers owned Bob’s email account, when people replied asking if this was for real, the scammers pretended to be Bob and assured them that it was a legitimate email. If you fell for it, they then owned your email account and you would likely meet the same fate as Bob. Very quickly, Bob deactivated his email account, but it was too late. How not to become Bob 1. If you are on the Windows platform you have to be super-vigilant about virus and malware protection, since Windows is the primary target of hackers. 2. Internet and email scams affect every computer user whether Windows or Mac or Linux. Phishing, the practice of conning you into providing passwords to fake web sites, is very common. For example, if you get an email from Paypal asking you to verify your password, take a look at the actual email address of the sender - you will find it has nothing to do with Paypal. The same goes for websites - take a look at the URL at the top of your browser - If it is not something like http://Paypal.com, you are being phished. 3. Email addresses and passwords are regularly stolen from companies large and small. The only real protection is to eliminate the risk by using long, uncrackable passwords that are unique for every website you log into. Let’s face it, no one can remember all those passwords, so you need a commercial password manager to help out. This topic will be the subject of a detailed article to follow shortly. 4. If you think your computer has been hacked IMMEDIATELY if not sooner, disconnect it from the Internet - pull the plug if you have to. As you are sitting there gawking, the hackers may be downloading all your email or other files, preparing to wipe your computer completely or hold it hostage for a ransom. 5. MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER IS BACKED UP - ALWAYS. Make sure the backup system actually works. Next Up - Learning to Love Passwords Having an easy and effective password strategy is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself online. In the next article, I will talk about how to do that without pain and show an entirely new approach to generating and remembering passwords. About the Author Dr. Sleepwell, AKA Mark Heyer, has been involved in the computer industry since the 1960s. He has designed and built computer systems, written hundreds of programs, owned a computer support company for professionals working at home in the Silicon Valley and served as executive director of customer service and tech support for a national Internet provider.
  8. I'd had Cable y Wireless for years (4Mg) but changed to Cable Onda 10Mb on Saturday, May 21st. I've had nothing but problems with CO, with the internet disconnecting and reconnecting frequently, causing "This site can't be reached" and "Unable to resolve server's DNS." Plus the phone doesn't even work half the time. Fortunately I had not discontinued my C&W service, although CO replaced the line into my house with theirs. I'm having a C&W technician come to reinstall their line into my house. Then I'll subscribe to 10Mb with C&W and take the Cable Onda junk back to their store. Some people have good experiences with Cable Onda. I'm one who didn't. ------------------------- Update: May 28. CO is working better now, but not perfectly. Right off the bat, I experienced a brief disconnect, then reconnect. Up until today, every morning I've had to re-enter my network settings. I still can't download to my Kindle, though. The C&W technicians still haven't been here to reinstall the line into my house. Fortunately, I know a head of IT in Panama City. He said after the line is reinstalled, then he can check to determine if the lines to the pole and to my house are sufficient to allow me to have 10Mb.
  9. Offered at $800 per month, with cable, internet, water, and 20$ worth of electricity credit paid, this tatseful 3 bedroom home in volcancito is not only close to town, but also fully furnished with luxurious features such as granite countertops, new appliances and 2 spacious bathrooms.The lower Volcancito area has a lovely climate and is known for being quiet and tranquil and this home is no exception! For more information or to organize a visitemail connerc@gmx.com or whatsapp (507) 67243084
  10. Wireless Internet - not cable As most old MobileNet customers know, back in December Cable Onda purchased MobileNet. Service continued at the same rate. I was paying $102 for 1.5 megs. I have come to learn that Cable Onda is offering the wireless service much cheaper but they did not adjust the rates for the old MobileNet customers. You need to go down to David to the Cable Onda office and request a change of service. Cable Onda is offering 4 megs wireless for $46 and even faster speeds available for slightly more. This is a HUGE drop in price and a HUGE increase in speed - but you need to go in and have them write a new contract. They will change out the old MobileNet equipment. In addition they offer satellite TV with a basic price of $23/month and 180 channels. It will be interesting to see if Planet Telecom adjusts their prices to become competitive. The Planet Telecom price for 4 megs is a whopping $250/month. That is more than $200 more a month for the same service as Cable Onda Wireless.
  11. I am making a new post about our experience with Planet Telecom. I initially posted this reply in response to a discussion about CableOnda and Mobilnet. Within that post, a comment was made about buffering problems experienced with Planet Telecom with 3 Mbps. I don't know the reasons for the posters' buffering problems, but our experience is with only 2 Mbps, and it is completely different. _________________________________________________________________________ We've had Planet Telecom up here in Volcancito for over three years. We pay for 2 Mbps and we stream TV show, movies, music, Netflix and have a Vonage phone for business and personal calls back to the states. And we can do these simultaneously. In addition, we share the signal with two casitas on our property. The rental casita streams similar to us. Federico's casita primarily uses the internet for the children's schoolwork and his English lessons. We've had minimal problems with buffering and this usually occurs on Sunday when everyone is watching a football games or during the typical slow time for everyone between 6 and 9 PM. When people with CableOnda complained about buffering problems (on Ning) we rarely experienced those problems. You may want to check your configurations (router + wifi + computer) and also see what else is using bandwidth such as VPN or other applications. Leaving an email program running and even FB can use bandwidth. When we first rented here, we used MobilNet and paid for the upgrade to 2 Mbps and the buffering was terrible. This is our experience with Planet Telecom. Dave and Al have been easy to work with and have been very helpful in helping us configure our system.
  12. We have two Internet service providers at our home. My configuration choice is to use CableOnda as primary and MobilNet as backup. I've been pretty happy with both service providers, and am comforted to have access redundancy because "stuff" happens. When the primary access has a problem it is nice, sometimes critical, to be able to keep business matters moving forward (including administration of this website) with the backup service filling in. And more often than not when we are watching NetFliix in the evenings I have to manually switch the gateway router to MobilNet because CableOnda just can't handle the bandwidth needs. I recently received an email from MobilNet that their company has been bought by CableOnda. I had no hint such a change was in the offing. Right now the transition has not been completed, and so I have no experience with MobilNet under CableOnda management. Time will tell. However, to my way of thinking redundancy isn't fully achieved if the same management is over both service providers. Granted that the underlying technologies are different (broadband cable distribution with shared bandwidth versus microwave radio links to dedicated access receivers), but soon the same management policies and procedures will begin to show their faces. Billing appears to be the first department that is being integrated, which is not a surprise to me. I am now considering the advisability of and options for replacing one of the two. Planet Telecom is looking more interesting and attractive as the alternative. And then I have decide which service to drop. That won't be easy. It is amazing how Internet dependent we have become. Change marches on.
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