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Who uses a VPN?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gunslinger, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Trusted.Member

    How worth it is to have one installed?
     
  2. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Administrator Staff Member

    That really depends on how you use your computer and how important it is, to you, to hide your IP Address.
    Also there are three similar services with different levels of security and costs.
    VPN
    TOR
    Proxy​
    I have VPN but I don't use it with this forum. I use it to get around the delays between free downloads at the various hosting services. I can also use more than one computer to simultaneously download from the same host by giving each a different IP Address.
     
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  3. am666

    am666 Trusted Member

    vpn, good
     
  4. SecretWishes

    SecretWishes Moderator Staff Member

    Very, but also understand that if you use VPN for illegal activities, you potentially can be hit with international charges as well as local ones.
     
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  5. NataSis

    NataSis Trusted.Member

    I always use one, I have to to get on the Forum anyway with my country's current internet policies. It's always been worth it for me but it does depend what kind you get as some are differently priced due to different standards.
     
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  6. Holy Deviant

    Holy Deviant Trusted Member

    I use NordVPN
     
  7. PeterThePiper

    PeterThePiper Trusted.Member

    I use TOR if i am wanting additional security, and it seems to work well.
     
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  8. Chochabuena

    Chochabuena Trusted Member

    Nord has worked fine for me.
     
  9. Vitro13

    Vitro13 Trusted Member

    Ditto. The question should be: "Who's foolish enough not to use a VPN?"
     
  10. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Trusted.Member

    thanks you all. i dont use a vpn, maybe it's time to think about it.
     
  11. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Administrator Staff Member

    I'm on my third VPN service. The first two were unreliable . I don't remember their names. Both of them would indicate a VPN connection was active when it wasn't.

    I suggest subscribing monthly at first. You can use an IP checker like www.ipaddress.com to confirm the VPN actually changed your public facing IP address.

    I'm currently using Private Internet Access (PIA).
     
  12. Jamie

    Jamie Trusted Member

    Agood VBN is a must-have. I use one every time im online.
     
  13. FlawlessCowboy

    FlawlessCowboy New Member

    NordVPN, PIA (Private Internet Access), and the baked in service provided with BitDefender have all been serviceable for me in the past. Personally I liked Nord the best but only because I found PIA’s name a little silly. Their service was roughly on par with Nord.

    I mainly only used it (outside of some testing is do for work where I’d need to pretend to be viewing sites as though I was in various EU locales to ensure ads and other media were actually being served properly) to skirt regional YouTube or Netflix blocks, and of course when using BitTorrent but I’ve moved off that completely and instead now use SSL and Usenet/SABnzbd to download whatever content I would have gotten via BitTorrent. SSL provides enough encryption, the download speeds are better, and I don’t have to worry about the VPN or its killswitch failing on me. Did cost me about $20 to get access to all the various services, open a metered Usenet account in addition to my unlimited usage one, get on with a good Indexer, but it’s hands down been the best tech change I made in the last year.

    I could still toss the VPN on top of that but I feel it’s unnecessary at this point.
     
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  14. joep

    joep Trusted.Member

    I use Hotspot Shield but only with my mobile devices on unsecure networks.
     
  15. Heresmy2cents

    Heresmy2cents Trusted Member

    I mainly have my VPN for peace of mind. Depending on the service used it can be simple to complex depending on how and where you want it to be installed.
     
  16. londonboy49

    londonboy49 Trusted.Member

    I use avast.
     
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  17. Brutus58

    Brutus58 Trusted.Member

    All of what is being said is Greek or ancient Egyptian to me. I am computer illiterate. Where can I go to find out what any/all of this means.
     
  18. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Administrator Staff Member

    Go to wikipedia.org and look up ...

    Virtual Private Network (VPN)
    The Onion Router (Tor)
    Proxy Server (Proxy)
     
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  19. Akbloke

    Akbloke Ex Pig-Fixer "Videmus Agamis"

    Yes, I also use a VPN. Absolutely have to to get onto this forum, as where I am, and where I was previously, the countries block all access to such Forums. I have used a couple of different ones in the past, but the one I'm using currently is Windscibe. It has been very good so far, and I get a renewed 10 Gig every month, and that has been quite sufficient so far. I can upgraded it if I need to.

    Cheers everyone.
     
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  20. Brutus58

    Brutus58 Trusted.Member

    Thank you very much for the info!