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Choosing and Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) 01 Aug 2018 17:14 #9560

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Having recently upgraded from Windows 7 to 10, I have bitten the bullet and decided to start using a VPN - that is when I have managed to choose one.

Without going into the boring details, I am stuck with Virgin (not through contract) which is becoming costly so essentially trying to find a free VPN which suits my needs. I accept that I might have to pay for a VPN but resent this somewhat as it seems like I would be pushed in this direction due to usage limitations which are a bit like the equivalent of being back on dial up.

Up to now I have been using incognito browsing on Firefox which of course is not 100% private but practical enough for many everyday activities. If someone wants to know where I buy toilet roll then that is their sad lookout on life and I am not going to get overly paranoid about it, they can collect the second hand stuff if they want to recycle and save on sewerage. Honestly, I cannot imagine what makes me so cynical.

So I would be interested to hear any positive feedback plus any to avoid.

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An idea I have come across is to sign up to a VPN monthly at first ideally one with a 30 day refund option then if it is okay take out a longer subscription to save money.

One other point, I am really interest to hear peoples' experiences of speed loss or gain even when using a VPN as this seems central to the overall effectiveness, practicality etc.

Basically is it worth it?
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Choosing and Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) 01 Aug 2018 18:43 #9561

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Very Important Topic; Wish everyone would Get and Use VPN;
Remember NO Internet web serving is safe, Everyone [ I Very Much Hope ] has the best Anti-Virus software and Firewall they can Get/Afford, DO NOT rely alone on Windows Defender [ Windows 10 ] Its OK as a entry level protection but that is all.

VPN I use all the time, It not only Makes for Safe and Secure Web Browsing, but greatly increases your Safety With On-Line Shopping.

Do Not Forget Under Current Government Legalisation EVERYTHING You do on-Line is recorded by your ISP, Kept for up to 3 years and openly shared between your ISP
And Police [ All Departments ], DWP, Inland Revenue, NHS, And many other Government Departments.
So Making in my view VPN a MUST..



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Lots to think about but Bottom Line;
If You Dont have/Run VPN Get it and Run it every time you are on Line. :)
YNWA: You'll Never Walk Alone
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Choosing and Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) 01 Aug 2018 21:55 #9566

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Hi Verc,

Depends on what you want the VPN to do,or should say why you want to use it for ;)

Cyberghost is excellent and i use to use this when on newsgroups. not free although did offer a free version a while back which was also excellent,bit of a queing system but once locked hardly ever tripped out
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pro.cyberghostvpn.com/en_GB/?media_source=google_adwords&campaign=UK-Search-Brand&adgroup=CyberGhost&keyword=cyberghost+vpn&matchtype=e&extension=&coupon=3Years99&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwt-C7t3M3AIVqL3tCh1HTQfzEAAYASAAEgJjxfD_BwE

Free one here subject to data use: windscribe.com/
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Choosing and Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) 14 Aug 2018 19:31 #9748

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Thanks guys and sorry for the delay in getting back but learning about VPNs is one of the things which has kept me busy.

Of the paid services, I had been looking at NordVPN but really still need to go over everything a couple more times at least. Fortunately there are plenty of reviews out there as you have both already discovered of course.

I had already considered windscribe further down the list for paid versions but it seems the best free one so far.

Potential problems encountered so far include supposed lifetime offers. These should be totally avoided if they are from third party sites. The lifetime is not how long you live but the actual duration of the offer which (sneakily) could be very short indeed. Back to windscribe and an issue I have come across from a previous user was that after quitting it they had to completely reset their computer. Windscribe are also (openly) involved in bitcoin datamining and you have to be careful not to activate this unless you want to take part and use the earnings towards future paid services which might be a good idea if you understand all that stuff - I am planning on looking into it although doubt I could make enough to pay the rent.

One last thing. There is a school of thought that using a smartDNS is better as this is quicker than most if not all VPNs. Counter to that I have read that the claims that smartDNS is secure enough to not require a VPN are somewhat misguided if not false or deliberatly misleading. Apparently there are also VPNs which come with smartDNS to get around the problem of speeds slowing down. This seems very practival as does Paul's choice of one which is combined with other security. I guess the more you have in one place the less conflict incompatibility issues and I have enough of them to take such ideas/plans seriously. I need to check it out but if I have it right firefox offer a proxy if using windscribe with their browser.

A bit brief as probably shows I am still a little in the dark about VPNs which is hopefully going to improve as I get used to using one. I will try and post any useful info and links.
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Choosing and Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) 15 Aug 2018 23:06 #9785

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If your looking for security anonymity for whatever reason that maybe Verc, a VPN is by far the best choice here is why:

Smart DNS does not provide encrypted connections and it does not change the IP address of the device in use. ... Because the Smart DNS does not encrypt data, the connection between website and computer is much faster than the connection established through a VPN tunnel.

A VPN will be very secure as most have encryption set to a very high level and some i think you can set to MOD security standards.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can both keep your internet browsing anonymous, and make you appear to be located in another country. They can also be used to protect your location and personal data from data mining companies, hackers and government surveillance.Some VPN's will let you choose your location when setting the ping.Paid for VPN's give the best choice security but a bit expensive if you dont want it on 24/7 12 months a year and will also slow down your network slightly,probably not too noticeable, i used windscibe on a few occasions and found that to be ok and quite easy interface just click on and your done, most pigs are based in Canada and the paid option can ping from anywhere.

load of stuff here:
uk.pcmag.com/privacy/88655/feature/what-is-a-vpn-and-why-you-need-one
think super firewall and thats a basic explanation of how they work or similarly to.
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