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#4520189 - 09/19/17 10:50 AM VPN ?
pkunk Offline


Registered: 03/19/11
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Loc: NM, USA
What can you tell me about VPNs? Good, bad, necessary? Looking at Keenow. Would one interfer with my security cameras?
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#4520192 - 09/19/17 11:00 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Registered: 06/03/05
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I use PIA, Private Internet Access, and have no complaints whatsoever.
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#4520239 - 09/19/17 11:54 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Registered: 05/31/06
Posts: 3288
Loc: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
I do not use one for everyday use. I use one of the many free ones for short periods of time while on public WiFi and should I ever need to spoof my location.

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#4520279 - 09/19/17 12:57 PM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Registered: 01/09/09
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I use Betternet. It helped me stay connected while overseas, where blocks were placed on many social media sites.

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#4520310 - 09/19/17 01:29 PM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Registered: 12/11/09
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I use it, or more specifically I use it on my work computer. It's a must if you are doing anything important on the internet over WiFi that isn't directly from your work or house. I can't even access our corporate home page without going through VPN anywhere except at work.
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#4520487 - 09/19/17 05:05 PM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Registered: 03/28/10
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Loc: Michigan
Nord VPN is what I settled on after looking at the pros and cons with most of the big players in the field. Here is a great article Link to article It gives you a great grasp of the pros and cons of VPNs. I am required by my employer to run a VPN for all my personal electronic equipment (cell phone, laptop and desktop computers). Nord Works for me but you may find another that suits you better. Just be wary of free VPNs, they are in business for a reason. How do they make a profit? Some conspiracy theorists think that some of the free VPNs out there are shell companies run by government entities so they can track their citizens but I'm not even going to go down that road. :-)
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#4520495 - 09/19/17 05:14 PM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Use it when I am doing things that my ISP would not want me to do, or when I want a different physical location so they cannot adjust my prices when I'm shopping. I was in a physical store once, their website change the price I'm looking at on the spot to match the store price so I won't price match to the lower online price. When I got home it goes back to the normal online prices.

Your big data is selling you out.
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#4520896 - 09/20/17 03:23 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: bdcardinal]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
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Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
I use PIA, Private Internet Access, and have no complaints whatsoever.

And happy birthday to you!
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#4521071 - 09/20/17 09:37 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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what are you trying to use a VPN for? Is this for your phone or home?
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#4521141 - 09/20/17 11:00 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: badtlc]
pkunk Offline


Registered: 03/19/11
Posts: 257
Loc: NM, USA
Originally Posted By: badtlc
what are you trying to use a VPN for? Is this for your phone or home?

home internet
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#4521142 - 09/20/17 11:01 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: Garak]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
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Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Originally Posted By: Garak
Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
I use PIA, Private Internet Access, and have no complaints whatsoever.

And happy birthday to you!


Thank you sir!!
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#4521290 - 09/20/17 01:26 PM Re: VPN ? [Re: badtlc]
PandaBear Offline


Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 14220
Loc: Silicon Valley
Originally Posted By: badtlc
what are you trying to use a VPN for? Is this for your phone or home?


To prevent Hollywood from finding out who you are so they can sue you.
To prevent online merchant from pricing you differently because of who you are (Target does this), or the inventory level based on your location (Amazon does this).
To stream Netflix internationally.
To get out of the Great Firewall of China.

I'm sure there are more but that's what I can think of for the typical home users.

Happy birthday bdcardinal


Edited by PandaBear (09/20/17 01:27 PM)
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#4521942 - 09/21/17 07:45 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
garyts95 Offline


Registered: 09/20/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Originally Posted By: pkunk
What can you tell me about VPNs? Good, bad, necessary? Looking at Keenow. Would one interfer with my security cameras?


they can't really mess with cameras. they're just there to mess up the data in transit by adding junk to it. that's what "encrypts" the data so people inbetween can't snoop your stuff. this encryption is handy for browsing when you wanna keep the data or history private; secures from phishing in public places if you're using free wifi and may be useful with transactions and all. i see people all over the webs trying to confuse proxies like hss and hma with vpns like ivacy and express but they're both different because vpns offer encryption while proxies do not and usually just assign a new ip address.

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#4539930 - 10/11/17 08:51 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Registered: 10/11/17
Posts: 6
Loc: NY
I don't know about VPN's interfering with your cameras, but if you want to be anonymous on the web for security purposes and won't be doing anything illegal, then a VPN would be good and necessary. Also, considering subscribing to reputable, paid VPN's to prevent your data from being sold, which is a gamble you'll make if you'd rather go for free ones.


Edited by guysham11 (10/11/17 08:52 AM)

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#4539962 - 10/11/17 09:19 AM Re: VPN ? [Re: pkunk]
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I've been using IPVanish for my VPN for years. They are fast, reliable, have servers in multiple countries, their software for folks that don't want to program the settings into a router etc. is fantastic and you can pick the fastest server based on your area and they also have 0 records and guarantee it. They also register as ISP's instead of a VPN service so that Netflix and others can't tell you are using them. At least not to date anyway. It allows me safe protected downloads and it also lets me watch Netflix US without the darn geo restrictions.

I actually have it programmed into my PFsense router so all my traffic is anonymous and looks like it's originating from the U.S.

They also have 256 bit encryption.
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