elftronix.com 2017-05-26T23:07:34Z https://www.elftronix.com/feed/atom/ https://www.elftronix.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-elf-32x32.png David <![CDATA[Guide to VisualPing Promo Pricing & Real Discount Coupon Codes]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=4333 2017-05-26T23:07:34Z 2017-05-26T23:04:11Z I’m using this space as a “promo watch” — a guide to promotional offers and discount coupon codes for VisualPing (aka Visual Ping). The world’s favorite tool for monitoring changes to website content at their visualping.io location.

VisualPing Pricing

Note! Check back later for new promo updates.

Promotions

Promos are mostly limited to new members only that register through special links; the benefit is a number of free page checks added as extra to your account.

For non-account holders; you may use this link to get 100 free checks!

Discount Coupon Codes

Available coupon codes can be applied during check-out when selecting a monthly plan subscription or purchasing flash top ups; however availability of such codes is scarce and none have been advertised publicly since VisualPing’s launch in 2013.

Your best change is to subscribe to their promo mailing list, or following their Facebook or Twitter pages for possible coupon discounts.

Pricing

There are four plans on visualping.io; Basic (313 checks/month), Pro (1200 checks/month), Intensive (4000 checks/month), Enterprise (10000 checks/month). All of the plans are available for payment monthly or annually — the bigger the plan the more discount is applied.

You may also just purchase credits without a subscription, with the option to top up your account with 150, 300, 1000, 5000 or 10000 checks.

Accepted payment methods are limited to MasterCard, Visa, American Express (processed by Stripe) as well as PayPal.

 

This page will be updated with new information when appropriate. If any questions just leave a comment!

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David <![CDATA[Check Here for List of Affiliate/Referral Programs! (UPDATED)]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=4298 2017-05-07T22:38:39Z 2017-05-04T00:01:25Z Here is a list of various online services and information about the existence of any affiliate or referral programs in place or planned — frequently updated.

No-IP

Currently at this time we are not offering an affiliation program, although I have heard talk about this among the development team. I do not have any other information relating to this, or if this is something we are planning on doing currently.

No-IP Support Staff,
June 18th 2016

NameBright

Unfortunately at the prices NameBright offers we do not have an affiliate program nor plans to launch an affiliate program.

Happy domaining!

NameBright.com,
February 6th 2016

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David <![CDATA[VeraCrypt Encrypted Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC Card Speed Test]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=4263 2017-05-01T05:45:35Z 2017-05-01T05:29:56Z Here I’ve conducted a simple read/write speed test on a VeraCrypt encrypted partition with Sandisk’s Extreme Pro SDXC card. These are the specs:

  • Card: Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC
  • Capacity: 512GB
  • Read Speed: Up to 95 MB/s
  • Write Speed: Up to 90MB/s
  • Partition Type: VeraCrypt Volume
  • Encryption Algorithm: AES
  • Hash Algorithm: SHA-512

Sandisk Extreme Pro 512GB SDHC/SDXC Card

In all tests I’ve copied the Ubuntu Desktop File which is 1.51GB.

(1) First between my SSD drive (Samsung V-NAND SSD 850 EVO with write/read speeds of 500MB+/s) and the SDXC card’s default exFAT partition.

(2) Second between my SSD drive and the VeraCrypt encrypted partition.

Speed Test

Mounting the drive took around 5 minutes each time.

Part 1: Test Without Encryption

Write to Ready exFAT Partition

Write from SSD to default exFAT partition was 41.74M/s.

Write From SDXC exFAT to SSD

Copy from default exFAT partition to SSD drive was 53.11M/s.

 

Part 2: Test With VeraCrypt Encryption

Write to Encrypted VeraCrypt Partition

Write from SSD drive to encrypted VeraCrypt volume was 20.59M/s.

Copy from Encrypted VeraCrypt Partition

Copy from on encrypted VeraCrypt volume to my SSD drive was 30.58M/s.

 

I think it’s fair to say that it had a significant impact on write/read speeds and some may want to seek faster performing SD cards for better performance.

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David <![CDATA[Encrypting SDXC Card on MacOS with VeraCrypt Volume Partition]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=4087 2017-05-01T05:45:37Z 2017-04-30T18:00:03Z These are easy step-by-step instructions on how to encrypt an SDXC memory card drive with VeraCrypt. The encrypted volume has cross-platform support and can be accessed with all Mac, Linux & Windows operating systems.

In this example, I’ve used Sandisk’s Extreme Pro 512GB SDHC/SDXC Card with a capacity of 512 GB, read speed up to 95 MB/s and write speed up to 90 MB/s. Regular SD cards are likely too slow for such encrypted volumes.

Sandisk Extreme Pro 512GB SDHC/SDXC Card Mac

Please note: VeraCrypt is widely considered as the best alternative to the classic TrueCrypt which was discontinued in 2014.

Steps to Creation of VeraCrypt Volume

Below I’ve provided screenshots of each step that are easy to follow until the encrypted volume has been fully created within the partition/drive.

New Sandisk SDXC ExFAT Partition

SDXC has adopted Microsoft’s exFAT file system; this partition will be erased however you can easily format the drive with exFAT at any time to revert to default.

Get latest FUSE for macOS (osxfuse-3.5.5.dmg at the time of writing).

https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/releases

Install FUSE for MacOS with packages:

  • FUSE for macOS Core Components (Install)
  • FUSE for macOS Preference Pane (Install)
  • MacFUSE Compatibility Layer (Skip)

VeraCrypt Installer

Get latest veracrypt (VeraCrypt_1.19.dmg at the time of writing).

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Downloads

VeraCrypt Icon

Installing Mac version of VeraCrypt is simple.

Make sure the SD card is inserted and choose “Create Volume”.

VeraCrypt Volume Creation Wizard

This will launch the VeraCrypt volume creation wizard.

Select “Create a volume within a partition/drive”.

VeraCrypt Volume Type

Select “Standard VeraCrypt volume” as volume type.

VeraCrypt Volume Location

Enter your admin password to be able to re-partition the drive.

VeraCrypt Select Partition or Device

Select the right partition from the list of available device partitions.

Please note: The warnings are only related to creating a bootable partition which doesn’t support UEFI fully. It is safe to continue.

VeraCrypt Warning

Confirm that you want to format the device.

VeraCrypt Encryption Options

Select your desired encryption algorithm and hash algorithm. The defaults are recommended and extremely secure settings.

VeraCrypt Volume Password

Enter password as instructed.

VeraCrypt Large Files Support

Support for file size of 4 GB is recommended.

VeraCrypt Format Options Mac OS Extended exFat

Choose the same filesystem type as original “exFAT”.

On the latest MacBook Air, quick format took 15 seconds to create the encrypted partition, while extensive volume format was estimated at 3 hours.

Despite the warning that filesystems other than FAT have possible compatibility issues; exFAT is fully compatible with the Linux, Windows and Mac OS.

VeraCrypt Mouse Movement Collected Randomness

Proceed with format — the last stage before finalizing the procedure.

VeraCrypt Formatting Encrypted Volume

Create randomness with mouse movements and wait until the format is over.

And you are done!

Use the VeraCrypt application to mount the volume.

To revert back to original state, format again with exFAT using Mac’s Disk Utility.

 

Comments.., questions? Welcome below!

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David <![CDATA[The Nitty-gritty ExpressVPN Review: VPN Pros & Cons Explained]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=3391 2017-04-15T02:13:35Z 2017-04-15T02:00:45Z ExpressVPN — is one of the first VPNs I ever used so it’s been a while, and I still use it when I need a really fast connection. But obviously every VPN has it’s pros and cons, to which ExpressVPN is no exception.

Without further ado, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty to see for what one of the world’s favorite VPNs is good for and what not — enjoy the review.

ExpressVPN Review

This review is divided into five sections:

For who ExpressVPN is Suitable for

First importance is to understand the target audience and who the service is most suitable for. The devision seems quite clear.

ExpressVPN is suitable if you need a VPN that provides:

  • Extremely easy to use connection clients across all your devices.
  • Huge amount of server locations to unblock locations restrictions for streaming video and unblocking websites from anywhere in the world.
  • Blazing fast speeds and solid, unlimited bandwidth infrastructure.
  • Strong security with a good level of privacy that you can rely on to protect your activities on the internet.
  • Quality low latency gaming and suitability for torrents, downloading.
  • High-end VPN services with fast, quality support.

ExpressVPN is not suitable if you need a VPN that provides:

  • Advanced security methods such as multiple server hopping.
  • Paranoid level privacy and anonymity to take every measure possible in protecting your identity.
  • Detailed, technical descriptions of service operations for accurate evaluation and security assessment by yourself.
  • Tech-savvy, security professional level support.

ExpressVPN Compared to Other VPN

Secondly it’s good to understand where they stand in comparison with other main stream VPN providers. And I have no doubt that they are on the upper high-end scale of the VPN spectrum.

Easier than others — Originally VPN providers were meant for the technically experienced type and this problem still haunts many services. ExpressVPN has been one of the leaders in changing this by bringing services to anyone. And now even the tech-savvy like to keep it simple for convenience sake.

More expensive than others — Everything comes with a price tag, however, there are just too many overly cheap providers that put your security at risk and have poor performance. This makes ExpressVPN look expensive when in fact compared to what you get it actually isn’t.

Faster than others — Server optimization and good support is the biggest work that needs to be done to run a good business. In comparison, ExpressVPN is a safe bet with speed although you need to try it to be absolutely sure.

Logging policy is better but not best – Many providers log user activity. And while ExpressVPN has zero logging of traffic, they do temporarily store the connections you make to the server – which is true for pretty much all main stream VPNs. But because you are on a shared IP address it is very difficult to link the activity to a certain specific user.

The Pros and Cons

Next — let’s go more in depth to look at what to expect.

The Pros

  • Quick registration and instant setup.
  • Fast reply to all support queries – live chat or email ticket.
  • Strictly no logging of Browsing history, Traffic data or DNS queries.
  • Huge Network in more than 87 countries, 136 servers in total.
  • Easy to use and attractive connection client support for all devices and platforms: iPhone, iPad, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, Wi-Fi Routers, BlackBerry and more.
  • Connect up to 3 devices at the same time on the same account.
  • Large pool of rotating shared IP addresses – providing a good balance between anonymity and working IP addresses that are not blocked.
  • Unblock websites and stream location restricted video content from anywhere in the world.
  • High-end world wide server infrastructure for premium bandwidth and reduced latency. Great for gaming for example.
  • Easy speed test in connection client to find the fastest possible servers.
  • Thirty day money back guarantee – no questions will be asked.
  • Government strength 256-bit keys encryption – all VPN protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP (IPSec), SSTP, PPTP.
  • Company operates in British Virgin Islands with no data retention laws and loose restrictions on internet privacy.
  • Support for a wide variety of payment options, including anonymous Bitcoin. Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Visa Electron, Delta, Diners Club), PayPal, Bitcoin, Webmoney, Alipay.com, UnionPay, Giropay, OneCard and many others.
  • Available on the Tor network – making it easy to register and download their client from anywhere in the world. Even from where VPN websites are blocked.

The Cons

  • For many locations, there are no multiple server locations within the same country. Where another provider could have.
  • Huge popularity increases the chances of having IPs blocked by services that try to prevent people circumventing location restrictions. However ExpressVPN does constantly work to fight this and refresh their IPs.
  • Anonymous registration is not supported.

Infrastructure & Speed

ExpressVPN is renowned by it’s speed and their overly confident slogan on their website stating: “The Fastest VPN on Earth”. The fact of the matter is that speed is highly dependent on not just their infrastructure but your internet connection.

Here’s a screenshot of a normal day for me using ExpressVPN.

But showing a screenshot of my speed is not going to do much. It’s best to simply subscribe to their service and use the speed tool integrated in the connection client to get an accurate picture of what your speed potential is.

The staff response was neither very informative, although it doesn’t mean that their service wouldn’t be on par with what they say.

We work with the best data centers across the world that have the best networks and infrastructure. We optimize servers for speed, constantly monitor server performance, and perform load balancing. We do in-house speed tests on servers, improve our apps to perform faster. We don’t have any bandwidth restrictions.

List of Available Server Locations

North America: United States (Washington DC, Atlanta, San Francisco, San Jose, Tampa, Chicago, New York, New, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Santa Clara, Denver, Jersey, Dallas, Seattle), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal), Mexico

Europe: Germany (Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf), Macedonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Denmark, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Sweden, United Kingdom (London, Berkshire, Chessington, Kent, Maidenhead), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Armenia, Spain, Andora, Netherlands (Rotterdam, Amsterdam), Jersey, Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Liechtenstein, Poland, Monaco, Belarus, Latvia, Isle of Man, Georgia, Austria, Montenegro, Albania, Cyprus, Russia, Iceland, Slovakia, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Moldova, Croatia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine, Portugal

South & Central America: Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Asia, Middle East, Africa: Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), Malaysia, Israel, Vietnam, India (Mumbai, Chennai), Mongolia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Algeria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Macau, Australia, Philippines, Egypt, South Korea, India, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Turkey


So there you have my review.. — hope it was useful!

Checkout the ExpressVPN website for more info.

What experience, or questions do you have? Please, leave a comment!

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David <![CDATA[¡USA Amazon.com en Español! — La Guía de Compra Fácil]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1482 2017-04-01T06:07:12Z 2017-04-01T06:00:54Z Creo que Amazon.com es uno de las maneras más útiles y asequibles de hacer compras en los Estados Unidos. Hasta ahora, yo solía luchar utilizando el sitio web en inglés. ¡Pero luego descubrí que puede usarlo casi completamente en español!

¡Haga clic aquí para Amazon.com!


Amazon.com en Español

Olvide esas guías torpes que le dice que debe estudiar inglés.

Con entrega gratuita a su hogar, una amplia colección de libros del idioma español y justo lo que sea entre el cielo y la tierra. Al igual que un envío internacional asequible. Usted pensaría que Amazon en los Estados Unidos tendría un mejor apoyo para el idioma español.

Pero si usted está pensando cómo registrarse y cómo comprar en Amazon, no busque más porque esta es la manera más fácil de traducir automáticamente casi todo el sitio a español.

Por ejemplo, miremos a la página de registración:

Le mostraré como convertirlo en esto:

De esta manera siempre podemos tener la página de internet en español, depende en que navegador de web esté utilizando. Usualmente, hay un add-on o extensión al navegador que permite la función que automáticamente traduce cada página.

Por favor note que la mayoría de los add-ons no son apropiados para la tarea. Necesitamos que todo sea automático, para que así pueda navegar por el sitio web de manera normal. ¡Escoja su navegador web de la lista debajo para fáciles instrucciones en la mejor manera para hacerlo por usted!

Chrome

Google Chrome viene con una función lista de traducción. Puede darle una ventana automática de pop-up le cual le sugiere traducir la página al idioma de su navegador. O puede poner los controles con el pequeño icono en la esquina superior derecha.

Por favor note, que esta función solo está activa cuando el idioma de la página es distinto al idioma del su navegador.

Firefox

Actualmente el único add-on para Firefox que puede traducir cada página automáticamente es S3.Traductor Google. La instalación son unos cuantos clics de un botón. Usted verá un pequeño “S3” logo de Google en la esquina donde usted puso el modo de traducción a automático.

Espero que esto le haya ayudado para comprar desde Amazon en Español. Siempre recibo nuevas sugerencias para que pueda mejorar el artículo y amar los comentarios.

Disfrute su compra como quieres en el internet!


Elftronix.com participa en el Programa de Afiliados de Amazon Services LLC, un programa de publicidad para afiliados diseñado para ofrecer a sitios web un modo de obtener comisiones por publicidad, publicitando e incluyendo enlaces a Amazon.com

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David <![CDATA[USA Amazon.com en Français ! — Le Guide d’Achat Facile]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1492 2017-03-29T01:44:39Z 2017-03-29T01:00:34Z Quand je suis aux États-Unis, c’est très pratique de pouvoir faire du shopping sur la boutique en ligne Amazon.com. Mais naviguer sur le site en anglais n’était pas vraiment pratique ! Jusqu’à ce que je découvre qu’il existe un moyen très facile d’utiliser le site presque entièrement en français.

Cliquez ici pour Amazon.com


Amazon.com USA en Français

Saviez-vous qu’il y a 2 millions de personnes qui parlent français en Amérique ? Ce qui en fait la quatrième langue la plus parlée dans le pays, après l’anglais, l’espagnol et le chinois. Malheureusement, cela ne signifie pas qu’il y ait autant de services francophones dans le pays.

Après avoir essayé d’utiliser le site avec un traducteur, j’ai découvert quelque chose d’encore mieux. Il est possible de rendre l’ensemble du processus totalement automatique, de sorte que pratiquement tout le texte sur chaque page soit en français.

Donc, disons que nous convertissions cette page d’inscription :

En cette page, qui ressemble exactement à la précédente, sauf que la langue a changé !

Il était simplement question de configurer mon navigateur pour traduire le site web d’Amazon de l’anglais au français automatiquement lorsque j’ouvre chaque nouvelle page. Ce qui n’a pas été très difficile une fois avoir trouvé la bonne extension de navigateur qui permet ce genre de fonctionnalité.

J’ai remarqué que la plupart des add-ons de traduction n’étaient pas bons, donc après avoir effectué beaucoup de recherches, j’ai compilé une petite liste de navigateurs Web et la meilleure façon de parvenir à faire cela pour chaque navigateur. Il suffit de sélectionner le vôtre dans la liste (qui, nous l’espérons, s’agrandira à l’avenir).

Google Chrome

Ceux qui utilisent déjà la navigation avec Chrome n’auront pas grand chose à faire. Si la langue de votre navigateur est configurée pour quoi que ce soit d’autre que l’anglais, il vous demandera de traduire les pages qui sont dans une langue étrangère. Cela fonctionne avec d’autres langues aussi, bien sûr.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox dispose d’une extension très utile qui automatise complètement le travail. Il suffit de télécharger « S3.Google Translator » et il s’installera en un clic. Après un redémarrage du navigateur, vous verrez une nouvelle icône dans le coin supérieur droit. Vous avez différents réglages possibles, mais le fait de simplement activer l’option « traduire automatiquement www.amazon.com » devrait suffire !

Je espère que ceci aura été un guide utile, et que vous savez maintenant comment vous inscrire et acheter sur la boutique Amazon.com, en français ! Les expériences et commentaires sont les bienvenus !


Elftronix.com participe au Programme Partenaires d’Amazon Services LLC, un programme d’affiliation conçu pour permettre à des sites de percevoir une rémunération grâce à la création de liens vers Amazon.com

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David <![CDATA[Fiverr Promo Coupon Code Watch & Real Free Gig Guide! No Fake Discounts]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=3498 2017-03-28T04:22:18Z 2017-03-27T22:00:39Z As the web is littered with fake coupon code sites/discounts and outdated advice — I decided to write my own guide. Explaining how to really get free gigs and how coupon code promotions really works on Fiverr. Hope this helps!

Not registered yet? Use this link to receive a free gig voucher.

  1. How to Use Free Fiverr Gig Offer
  2. How Promo Coupon Codes Work

Fiverr Free Gig Promotion

How to Use Free Fiverr Gig Offer

Fiverr has a fixed promotion to offer one free gig (worth $5) for every new account registration through a special referral link (see above). Also there is no requirement to spend any money on the site to use the promo — so nothing to loose.

Already registered?

If you have already registered but haven’t verified your phone number yet. You could consider opening another account for yourself by using the promo link. I would suggest clearing your browser cache and cookies, as well as restarting your internet connection device to get a fresh IP address.

Unlimited Free Gigs?

A lot of sites are claiming that you can get unlimited free gigs. Fiverr is not stupid however and will not think twice to ban any suspicious activity. Yes — potentially you can register every family member through the promo link but before you do, consider these important points to avoid getting busted.

  • Every account needs to be verified with a phone number — one that has never been used with Fiverr before. Verification takes place with a secret code sent by SMS.
  • You need to clear cookies and preferably use another computer with another MAC address. This is to prevent registrations with the same device.
  • You need a different IP address. Go to your neighbors house or use a dedicated IP — easy VPN connection to make it look like you are connecting from somewhere else.
  • Ditching accounts that are constantly ordering the same gigs is a bad idea. Fiverr has automatic software to alert them to this kind of behavior.

Play by the ‘rules’ and you can enjoy multiple free orders. But unfortunately unlimited free gigs is a myth or just not worth the trouble.

How Promo Coupon Codes Work

Bookmark this page and check back for any possible promotional offers or discount coupon codes. As it stands until now — ‘promo codes’ are offered to mostly VIP customers only. The voucher is sent by email in the form of 20% off discounts to reward old customers or those who are heavy spenders on Fiverr services.

Please note! —» Sites claiming to have public promo codes are fake and a waste of time. Check for active promotions on the official Fiverr Blog.

Get 20% OFF Fiverr Promo Code

New! Active promo September/October 2016:

“Pay with PayPal and get a 20% discount!” use code: “paypal2016“, — valid from September 18th to, at the earliest of, October 7th, 2016.

As Fiverr states: “Promo codes are valid for limited periods and are subject to modification or cancellation at any time at Fiverr’s sole discretion.”

These are possible errors with applying your coupon:

Promo code is invalid

If you get the “Promo code is invalid” message — either it’s outdated as all coupons have their expiry date, or it’s also possible that the discount has already been used by someone as the offer cannot be shared.

Promo code not valid for this seller

If you get the “Promo code not valid for this seller” message — there is an error or bug with your coupon. The message itself is not relevant.

Fiverr suggests using Google Chrome and clearing your cache. If this doesn’t work you need to email the excellent and fast support team and they will refund the discount to your account after purchase.

See below for detailed discussion with support staff.

  • Me (Question): Recently I received a promo code for “20% off” through email but now when I try to apply the code during checkout, I receive the error message: “promo code not valid for this seller”. What does this mean and how can I use the code for my purchase? Thank you.
  • Fiverr Customer Support (Answer): Thank you for contacting us today and your patience. Please clear your cache and cookies and try to use the promo code again making sure to use CAPS. If the code still shows invalid, please contact us again and we will gladly check further.
  • Me (Reply): Thanks for the swift reply. I cleared the cache & cookies, restarted the browser (Safari) and logged in to Fiver again but still the same error message. I also tried another seller, and entering the code manually/copy pasted all in CAPS but problem persists.
  • Fiverr Customer Support (Answer): Thank you for contacting us. I am sorry to hear about this. Could you please try the following: We recommend you to clear your cache and cookies and use Fiverr with Google Chrome. Please make sure your Adobe is updated and your network is working properly. Try logging in/out of your account and using it in incognito mode. If the issue persists, reach us back with the screenshots of the issue.
  • Me (Reply): I’ve done all that now using Google Chrome and problem persists. I am sending a screenshot of the VIP reward email and error message in Incognito mode. Thanks.
  • Fiverr Customer Support (Answer): Can you please advise which Gig you would like to purchase so I can look into this case further and see what solution we can find for you?
  • We ask that at this time that you try and place the order and once you place the order we will then compensate your account for the amount you were supposed to have deducted from the 20% promo. Could you please send us the order number once the order is placed.

I’ll update the guide as necessary, thank you.

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if any questions!

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David <![CDATA[How to Register & Buy .CN Domains — The Easy Registrar Way]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2720 2017-03-25T13:42:45Z 2017-03-25T13:00:55Z Times when only a registered business in China could buy .cn domains are long gone. This created a whole industry of fake registrars that stole your money acting as a middleman to register the domain for you.

Then big companies started showing up.

On the international supply of trusty .cn registrars, I’ve seen only one company stay afloat with cheap, fast registration for businesses and individuals. In my line of experience I’ve found that the best place to get a .cn domain is Dynanot.


Chinese .cn Domain Pricing at Dynadot.com

Despite the convenience of dealing with a US, California based company. You will be under the scrutiny of Chinese law. Not to worry though, just stick with “the rules” and you have a domain for life.

Here are the pointers:

  • You need to verify your domain whois info with an ID scan
  • Processing takes max. a week, usually around 4 working days
  • Save by buying multiple years on first time registration
  • You can use this link to register the domain
  • Price is $6.99 per year for .CN registrations
  • Price is $9.99 for renew and transfer

Note that you can register the domain for you immediately, but changing name servers will not be allowed before your identity is verified.

Having experience with Chinese internet authorities, I am astonished that the verification process is so efficient. Once that is done, you can quickly register new domains by simply setting the whois info to the one that you have verified, with a scan of your ID or passport. Naturally, private whois will not be available.

So there you have it. A cheap and easy way, and most likely we will not be seeing any rivals to match the level of service anytime soon. Godaddy has quit the game and stopped providing Chinese domains already.

Hope this helps and please go a head if any questions arise. I’m planning to do a step-by-step guide for the actual registration process if someone is interested.

David

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David <![CDATA[How to Identify Fake & Trusted Amazon Customer Reviews Guide]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1122 2017-03-23T06:20:39Z 2017-03-23T06:00:24Z Save your wallet and follow my simple, but brilliant tricks to learn to spot the difference between fake and real product customer reviews on Amazon!

There is no definite answer to the question if you can trust Amazon customer reviews or not. But it’s obvious that plenty of fake reviews do exist, and one needs to be careful.

I am going to show you exactly what these fake reviews look like, and walk you through the steps to identifying them. All it takes is a little practice, so please open up the link below so we can get started.

Click here to see such an Amazon review example!

Amazon Reviews


Looking at the customer reviews panel above, the feedback looks promising. But can we really trust it? Let’s break down all the possible clues for a scam being operated here.

Step 1. Look for Non-Verified Reviews

Click where it says: “See all customer reviews“. You will be able to filter the results by “Verified purchase only” and see the total number of “verified purchases“. If a large quantity of reviews are non-verified, it is the quickest & easiest sign to stay away.

Step 2. Compare Customer Profiles for Suspicious Activity

Even if all the reviews are from verified purchases, it doesn’t mean anything yet. You can click on the names of the people who have left a review to see their profiles. Go trough some positive ones, and check if you can see any similarities that would indicate that the person behind them is the same.

In the above example, we can see similarities in the picture, number of votes, percentage of helpful votes and most importantly they are reviewing a similar range of products, mostly from the same sellers. Again, a clear indicator.

Step 3. Check Negative Reviews

Only about 3% of purchases turn into reviews. And even though some negative reviews are unavoidable, they can be pushed down by manipulating the “Was this review helpful to you?” question. So if you see that the negative reviews have a low helpful review ratio, it can be intentional.

Also simply having too few negative reviews can be an indicator.

Step 4. Compare Products from the Same Seller

If you are still not completely sure, you can see the other products from the same seller. Scammers are likely to use the same techniques throughout all their products. Too many similarities can always raise the flag.

Step 5. Read Well Written 2-4 Star Reviews

There are always those who praise or condemn a particular product. But the most valuable reviews are harder to fake because they cover both positive and negative aspects of the customer experience. Some common sense goes a long way.

Good luck and have fun shopping at Amazon.

This trust guide applies to all Amazon stores, including those in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Australia, France, the Netherlands (Holland), Brazil, Japan, Mexico, India and China.

Comments and your tips, suggestions most welcome!

 

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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David <![CDATA[ProtonVPN Discount Promo & Coupon Code Guide to ProtonMail VPN]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=4214 2017-03-22T07:25:46Z 2017-03-21T21:00:44Z This is a real discount guide, where you can check info on currently available promotions, trials and offers to ProtonVPN — no fake coupon codes here!

ProtonVPN

Available “ProtonVPN” Discounts

There are periodic discount promotions offered by ProtonVPN — check the above link and list below for the latest situation; due to the young age of the service, the frequency and tendency cannot be yet estimated.

Active Promos & Tips:

Please note, that no coupon codes are known to exist. If you find any website claiming to offer such coupons, it is simply a waste of time!

About ProtonVPN

The popular end-to-end encrypted email “ProtonMail” based in Switzerland took the next step in 2017 to provide trusted, surveillance free VPN services. Known as “ProtonVPN” or simply “Proton VPN” — it’s a badly needed addition to the small family of security dedicated VPN providers, that you can really trust on to secure all your internet traffic needs.

The services features a highly developed connection client with IP leak protection and access to a multihop network for increased security and global reach through multiple server access points on a single connection. There’s absolutely no data logging of any kind, users are kept strictly anonymous and all servers are privately owned and operated by experience security professionals. In other words — you couldn’t be in better hands with your online privacy and security.

Check this page for a discount or trial before you sign up and don’t be fooled with fake coupon code sites, thank you!

 

This post will receive frequent updates, check back later.
Questions? Drop a comment below!

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David <![CDATA[Italian Amazon.it in English! Easy Italy Shopping Guide]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1466 2017-03-19T12:28:18Z 2017-03-19T12:00:58Z Nowadays, Amazon is one of the most convenient places to do your online shopping in Italy. Except that I always had difficulties with the Italian language itself. But then I found out that you can use Amazon.it nearly entirely in English.

Click here for Amazon.it Italy


Shopping Amazon.it in English

And thanks to the “Sell on Amazon” program where anyone can put up shop, you can find some interesting products that cannot be found anywhere else. With affordable international shipping, I just sometimes cannot resist the temptation! Just that like anywhere in Italy.. English is not their strong point.

I was surprised to find out, that it’s possible as well as reasonably easy to, let’s say convert this registration page:

To the following. So that pretty much every page is in English for the most part:

How I did it, was a simple question of setting up my browser to translate the website from Italian to English automatically as I open each new page. Which was not too difficult, after finding the right browser extension that enables this kind of a feature.

I noticed that most translation add-ons were no good, so after doing a lot of research I have compiled a small list of web browsers and the best way to accomplish this for each browser. Just select yours from the list (which will hopefully grow in the future).

Google Chrome

Those already browsing with Chrome have it easy. If your browser language is set to anything other than Italian, it will ask you to translate pages that are in a foreign language. Works for other languages too, like Spanish & French.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox has a very useful extension that automates the job completely. Just download ‘S3.Google Translator‘ and it will install itself with a click of a button. After a browser restart you will see a new icon on the top right corner. You have different settings, but just enabling the “automatically translate www.amazon.it” option will do!

I hope this has been a helpful guide, and that you know now how to register and buy from the Amazon Italy store, in English!

Experiences, comments are most welcome below!

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David <![CDATA[eBay Spain in English Language! — The Easy Shopping Guide]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1964 2017-03-17T13:52:04Z 2017-03-17T13:00:47Z I have seen a significant change in how Spanish consumers are learning competitive bidding and online shopping habits. An impact which we can clearly see on the biggest growing e-commerce platform in Spain — the eBay.es auction site.

Instructions to access eBay Spain in English!

Click here for eBay.es

Note! Delivery to countries ouside of Spain is limited on the Spanish eBay.es store. To find out more, click here for international delivery to your home country.


Shopping in Spain eBay.es in English

eBay.es in English Language

One of the easiest ways to translate the whole eBay.es site to an English version is the web browser Google Chrome. It enables the technology of Google Translation services to make everything automatic. Just open up a page in a language that’s not your default and it will suggest you to convert the website from Spanish to English. Voila, you have an English version of eBay in your hands.

If your Spanish language skills are in need for a brush up, it might be a good opportunity as well. So just think about it!

About eBay in Spain

From all the European countries where the American auctions giant eBay has landed, Spain has probably been the slowest in its development. But it’s clear, that the situation is changing constantly and in a really big way as customers are catching up on the benefits of their service. The most fast adopted addition to the Spanish online shopping sphere has been Amazon Spain to which eBay is still loosing big time in terms of revenue.

Still the Spanish eBay already is and will increasingly be a great success story as no other company is able to come even close. And it already has been established as the meeting place of modern online sellers and auctioneers. Many great products with competitive pricing is already on their shelves by the thousandfold, bringing a long needed element of security along with it.

Alternatives

There is no other company that can match the services of eBay. But there is still a significant population that prefer “old-school” second hand websites. So there are a few in popular use. With little security and no review system it’s a choice for those who are in for the challenge (only in Spanish). Check out segundamano.es or milanuncios.com of which the former is the most popular.

Another website worth mentioning, which in fact has been acquired by eBay itself. An old classifieds website founded in Barcelona known as loquo.com which still has a bit of a buzz going on. Known for apartment rental ads in Spain but also has loads of used goods for sale.

Any questions, concerns? Let me know, I’m happy to help out!

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David <![CDATA[French Amazon.fr in English! — The Easy Shopping Guide]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1283 2017-03-15T07:17:39Z 2017-03-15T07:00:09Z I’ve found the French Amazon.fr store a very useful place to shop online when in France, or even abroad for making purchases I cannot make anywhere else. Thankfully, now I can browse the website almost completely in English.

Click here for Amazon.fr


Amazon.fr France English

With affordable international shipping, a wide collection of English language books and just about anything ‘entre ciel et terre’. You would think that the French Amazon has better support for the English language.

However depending on your browser, this should not be a problem at all. All one needs is to transform this familiar looking page for example:

Into a translated English version like this:

The tools needed, really depend on the type of web browser you are using. The essential feature is that the pages are translated live, without interrupting the browsing experience. Which is why most add-ons are not suitable for this purpose.

Google Chrome Instructions

You are in luck. The Google Chrome browser is an easy way to translate a web page with a click of a button. This feature is ready installed, and should suggest to translate pages that are different than your set, native language.

Like demonstrated in this screen shot below:

Mozilla Firefox Instructions

My second favourite, a simple installation of the, “S3.Google Translator” extension. Which when turned on, will show a small icon on the top right corner of the browser. There you can set to “Automatically translate www.amazon.fr”.

If you ever need help, there is an English language help section to guide you through the steps of ordering from Amazon France. Also, they have helpful English Speaking help desk staff ready to serve you, so I wouldn’t hesitate to use it.


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David <![CDATA[Cheap TLD Guide — The List of Cheapest Domains & Registrars]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2918 2017-03-13T18:50:21Z 2017-03-13T18:00:36Z This is a comprehensive list of the most cheap (TLD) top level domain names and registrars that maintain these low prices. This does NOT include domains that have cheap one year registration only. This is the real deal.


Update – Cheapest Domains of 2017 available at Namesilo.

Names $1.89/year for Register, Renewal & Transfer. (Tip! First time orders: Use coupon code ‘smartdom1‘ and receive $1 off.)

  • .accountant,.bid, .cricket, .dating, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .stream, .trade, .webcam, .win

Cheapest TLD

These are inexpensive to register for multiple years with constant pricing. Although some might be even cheaper when registered for multiple years.

Country Code TLDs: ccTLD

  • TLD: .com.de
  • Cost: $4.88/year
  • Registrar: Namecheap
  • TLD: .co.in, .net.in, .org.in, .ind.in
  • Cost: $6.40/year
  • Registrar: Crazy Domain

Generic TLDs: gTLD

  • TLD: .work
  • Cost: $4.88/year
  • Registrar: Namecheap
  • TLD: .accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .men, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win, 
  • Cost: $4.88/year
  • Registrar: Uniregistry

This is an ongoing list, with more super cheap domains added over time..

Last updated: March 13th 2017.

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David <![CDATA[eBay.de Germany Site Version in English! — The Easy Guide]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1799 2017-03-11T11:32:10Z 2017-03-11T11:00:03Z I often put my faith on quality German products. But I also love to research for competitive prices and all the possible makers. And there’s a lot of choice here. After the introduction of eBay Germany at eBay.de it has never been easier.

Now here’s how in English!

Click here for eBay.de

Tip! The range of goods is different in each eBay store. This depends on the country of delivery. For outside of Germany, please click here to see international delivery options.


Shopping eBay DE Germany in English

eBay Germany

The domination of eBay obviously has settled in. And Germany is one of the countries that has most welcomed the online auction giant. In 2014 alone, the German version of eBay generated 2.63 billion US dollars in revenue. And interesting enough, it’s a hugely popular place to buy German car parts.

It’s also one of the biggest biggest online shopping platforms in the country, together with Amazon Germany of course. What I like to do, is to compare price and the product range between the two which is great for nitpickers like myself. In most common cases, it is very rare or just not worth the trouble to look anywhere else.

German eBay in English Language

Unfortunately, only the help pages are available in English on eBay.de but that shouldn’t stop you. Either make your purchases at the nearest English language eBay or, simply have it automatically translated into English. Just follow these steps.

Mozilla Firefox

I personally use Firefox and did quite some research on the translating add-ons. There is a lot to choose from, but the best is S3.Google Translator which makes the process completely automatic after a quick install. See the icon in the corner for all the necessary settings.

Google Chrome

If you prefer Chrome you don’t need to even install anything. Just set the default language of the browser to English, or anything else than German. This will automatically display the translation bar where you can get the translation done.


Для русскоговорящих посетителей, пожалуйста, обратите внимание, что лучший способ покупать продукцию немецких продавцов eBay прямо через веб-сайт eBay.de. Мы рекомендуем Google Chrome веб-браузер, чтобы перевести сайт на русский язык.

Questions below are most welcome, always glad to help!

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David <![CDATA[Real HideMyAss Discount Promo Guide! All Coupon Codes are Fake]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1503 2017-05-19T05:42:56Z 2017-03-09T18:00:57Z Live Promos:

Liberty Island: Up to 57% off ## From 3rd May to 31st May 2017


Looking for discount coupon codes for HideMyAss VPN Service, I discovered that all of them are just fake. In fact, HMA doesn’t even use any codes! I was just taken to the front page through their links with no gain, whatsoever.

But of course you can still get a discount from them, – I got my own VPN subscription for $4.99 a month through the sales link which was good enough for me.

Keep on reading for detailed instructions..

HideMyAss VPN Special Promo Discount

Their way of doing business is quite straight forward, and seems it has stayed so for a long time. Judging from their success, it is working for them. Service is what really matters of course..

I have outlined the most important basics here..

How the Discount System Works:

  • They change special promo campaigns depending on season.
  • Sometimes the best promotion is right on their front page. No links needed!
  • There is also a “Sales Special” link that takes you directly to their best, current promotion.
  • Sometimes going through the link can give you a better discount than on the front page. You can see the Sales Special Link for more info.
  • If they don’t have an active promotion at the time, check the page again in some days. Fortunately the campaigns are frequent depending on season.
  • HMA said that they do not and never will use any coupon codes!

Please note: Good luck trying to grab your discount. Even though their VPN service has been just awesome, I think it would be stupid to pay full price. With servers in over 190 countries, and the most IP rich VPN service to date.. HideMyAss is definitely worth the wait.

Hope this helps to clear things up!

 

This post get often updated, check back later!


Past Promos:

Update 1: Summer Special is live. 57% OFF.
Update 2: Offer has been extended until 30th September
Update 3: Black Friday Promo starts Friday 21st November 2016
Update 4: XMAS Special is live for December!

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David <![CDATA[Best Cheapest .CN.COM Registrar (TLD) .cn & .com.cn Alternative]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=3560 2017-03-08T10:33:41Z 2017-03-07T23:00:14Z The .cn.com domain name is the most popular alternative for a China-based Top Level Domain such as .cn and .com.cn, the benefit is easier registration and less strict whois data requirements. With a .cn.com you can use whois privacy or unverified name/address details contrary to Chinese domain law requirements. However .cn registrations are much cheaper and fairly easy!

Related: How to Register & Buy .CN Domains, The Easy Way

Cheapest .cn.com Registrars

I’ve done extensive research on the cheapest registrars offering low-cost .cn.com registration for multiple years. Here are some of the results.

Order in: Price of (1) Registration, (2) Renewal and (3) Transfer.

Recommended Registrars

Namecheap Inc.

(1) $17.88, (2) $17.88, (3) transfer not available

Note! (Namecheap Customer Support): Unfortunately, Namecheap is not supporting incoming transfers of .cn.com domains at the moment. However, it is possible to register .cn.com domains with us.

Vidahost (cheapest transfer, excellent support, no hidden fees)

(1) $27.95, (2) $27.95, (3) $27.95

To transfer your old domain or register a new one with Vidahost you need to first open up an account. Otherwise it doesn’t work. Follow these steps.

My Vidahost

Step 1. – Click on the top where it says ‘My.Vidahost’.

Vidahost Account Register

Step 2. – Select ‘Register’ from the dropdown menu on the right.

Vidahost Client Area

Step 3. – After the registration process, – go back to the My Vida Client Area and select “Renew’ or ‘Transfer’.

 

Other Registrars

Joker.com

(1) $27.90, (2) $27.90, (3) $59.90

eNom

(1) $59.95/yr, (2) $59.95/yr, (3) $59.95

Name.com

(1) $24.99, (2) $39.99, (3) $39.99

Blacknight Solutions

(1) €36.99 (€24.99/y from second year when registered for multiple years)

Internet.bs

(1) $7.99, (2) $34,90, (3) $33,00

101domain

(1) $47.95, (2) $47.95, (3) $47.95

GoDaddy

— discontinued

iwantmyname

(1) $39.00, (2) $39.00, (3) $39.00

Easy Trace Group

(1) €44.90, (2) €44.90, (3) €44.90

EuroDNS S.A.

(1) €42.00, (2) €42.00, (3) €42.00

gandi.net

(1) US$18.00, (2) US$36.00, (3) US$36.00

Netim

(1) €24.00, (2) €36.00, (3) €36.00

TierraNet Inc.

(1) $49.98/yr, (2) $49.98/yr, (3) $49.98/yr

NetEarth One, Inc

(1) $75.00, (2) $75.00, (3) $75.00

Media Giant Design

(1) $60.13 USD, (2) $60.13 USD, (3) $60.13 USD

DomainContext

(1) 77.00 $ / year, (2) 45.00 $ / year, (3) 45.00 $ / year

epik.com

(1) $45.31, (2) $45.31, (3) $45.31

123 Reg (note: not good reputation)

(1) £19.99, (2) £19.99, (3) £19.99

 

Know more related registrars? Please, let me know in the comments.

Updates to follow…!

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David <![CDATA[Amazon.ca Canada en Français ! — Le Guide d’Achat Facile]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1489 2017-03-05T13:49:59Z 2017-03-05T13:00:31Z La boutique Amazon canadienne n’a pas le meilleur support pour la langue française. Au moins c’est ce que pensais jusqu’au moment où j’ai découvert que je peux avoir toutes les pages, y compris les descriptions de produits, en Français !

Cliquez ici pour la version en français de Amazon.ca


Amazon.ca Canada en Français

Le français est la langue maternelle de plus de 7 millions de canadiens, c’est plus de 20 % de la population. Amazon, un des plus grands détaillants en ligne au Canada, a eu la gentillesse de fournir l’interface web en français. Sauf que la plupart des descriptions de produits et commentaires restent toujours en anglais.

Pas tout le monde n’est si bon en anglais, y compris moi-même. J’ai donc été très heureux d’apprendre que je peux avoir accès à la traduction en français de chaque page ainsi que son contenu. Le meilleur de tout, tout se fait de forme complétement automatique !

Par exemple nous pourrions vouloir cette page de produit :

Transformée en cette version bien traduite :

Généralement, selon le type de navigateur web que vous utilisez, il est nécessaire d’installer une extension du navigateur. La caractéristique essentielle est que les pages sont traduites en direct, sans interrompre l’expérience de navigation. C’est pourquoi la plupart des modules d’extension ne sont pas adaptés à cet effet.

Après quelques recherches, j’ai trouvé le meilleur moyen d’y parvenir avec certains navigateurs. Veuillez sélectionner le vôtre dans la liste suivante pour plus d’informations.

Instructions sur Google Chrome

Le navigateur Google Chrome est un moyen facile de traduire une page web en un seul clic. Cette fonctionnalité est déjà installée et devrait suggérer de traduire les pages qui présentent une langue différente de celle que vous avez programmée comme votre langue.

Tel que montré dans la capture d’écran ci-dessous :

Instructions sur Mozilla Firefox

L’option que je préfère en deuxième place est d’utiliser Firefox. L’installation de l’extension « S3. Google Translator » est très simple. Il affiche une petite icône dans le coin supérieur droit du navigateur (voir la capture d’écran ci-dessous). Tout ce que vous avez à faire est de permettre le réglage qui dit: « Traduire automatiquement www.amazon.ca ».

Sachez aussi que, si vous avez besoin d’aide, il y a une Section d’assistance en français, où vous pouvez contacter du personnel extrêmement serviable parlant français. Et je dois dire que le service d’assistance a été très aimable en répondant à toutes mes questions.

Alors j’espère que cela aidera quelqu’un à utiliser Amazon.ca/Amazone.ca en français, la solution de facilité. J’essaie toujours d’améliorer mes articles, donc tout commentaire constructif et de soutien est le bienvenu !


Elftronix.com is a participant in the Amazon.com.ca, Inc. Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.ca.

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David <![CDATA[Spanish Amazon.es in English! — The Easy Spain Shopping Guide]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1402 2017-03-21T09:55:51Z 2017-03-03T11:00:16Z So many times, Amazon.es has been useful for doing easy shopping in Spain, as well as for buying Spanish goods from abroad. Struggling with Spanish language though, has not been that convenient until I discovered that you can use the Spanish Amazon store almost entirely in English!

Click here for Amazon.es


Amazon.es Spain English

When the Spanish Amazon opened it’s virtual doors in 2011, we didn’t think much. Now it’s one of the biggest online stores in the country, with the convenience of free & fast home delivery and highly competitive prices. Call me lazy if you want! But for me personally, going through shops trying to ask for something in Spanish is a thing of the past.

Let’s take this daunting login page on Amazon.es for example:

What we want is that it looks more like, this:

The way we can convert ALL of the pages to English, depends on which web browser you are using. Usually, there is a browser add-on or extension, that enables a feature which automatically translates each page.

Be warned, that most add-ons are not suitable for the task. See the list below for easy instructions on the best way to do it for each browser!

Mozilla Firefox

Currently the only add-on for Firefox that can translate each page automatically is S3.Google Translator. Installation is under a few clicks of a button. You will see a small “S3” Google logo in the corner where you can set translation options.

Chrome

Google Chrome comes with a ready translation feature. Either it gives you an automatic pop-up
window which suggests you to translate the page to your browser language. Or you can set controls with the little icon in the top right corner.

Please note, that this feature is only enabled when the page language is different than the browser language.

If you have any questions, I suggest you contact Amazon help desk. The staff there not just speaks great English, but they are extremely helpful as well.

I mainly use these two browsers to do my shopping in Spain, but I will add instructions for other browsers if I find any. But as you can see, it is not very difficult. Despite the store not supporting an English language option officially, any nationality from any country is most welcome to open an account and make purchases. As long as international shipping is supported for the product.

I hope this guide helped to explain how to use Amazon.es in English and I always welcome new suggestions. Enjoy finding interesting products, and do be careful not to shop too much! 🙂

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