Simon brings extensive experience in technology and research from his 15-year career, first as a journalist for the Australian Associated Press (AAP) in Sydney, Australia before emerging as a tech business leader in London, UK and Shanghai, China. He was the first team member to join BestVPNCheap.com and played a significant role in launching the VPN review service, extensively testing all the leading VPN services and writing the first VPN reviews and privacy guides.
Simon has been a long-time user of VPN technology with experience of both consumer and enterprise VPN. His time leading a Shanghai-based team remotely from London and working in China have Simon first-hand experience of relying on a VPN as a vital anti-censorship tool.
Simon’s VPN investigations and other digital privacy and cybersecurity research have been featured in leading news sites, including The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Der Spiegel, NBC News, The LA Times, Fox News, The Times, The Metro, Yahoo Finance, Fortune, Forbes and Fast Company.
His research findings have also received extensive coverage in major foreign-language publications all over the world, such as Sohu, CNet Japan, Repubblica, MSN Norway, Yahoo France, Le Figaro, IGN Latin America, La Vanguardia, ANSA, Detiknet, La Nacion, Novinky.cz, PC for Alla, Al Arabiya, Il Messaggero, Kauppalehti, ZDNet France, and PC Magazin.
His work has also received academic recognition in the Crime Science Journal.
Simon is frequently quoted as a VPN expert in privacy-related news stories and features, such as The Guardian, CNN, Vice News, MSN, Computer Weekly, The Mirror, The New Statesman, The Daily Mail, Information Age, IT Pro, SC Magazine, Infosecurity Magazine, Computing.co.uk, China Economic Review, RT, Verdict, Media Post, The National, The Daily Record, and Computer Business Review.
As well as authoring research for BestVPNCheap.com, Simon has written articles on VPN, privacy and censorship issues for other well-respected sites, including Huffington Post, Hackernoon, Reuters, SC Magazine and TechRadar.