Domestic security/privacy: Do you use a VPN service, for internet?

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    Domestic security/privacy: Do you use a VPN service, for internet?

    Are you a VPN fan? Use it for normal internet, or occasional/special uses?

    Got a favorite service, hardware and/or software product you've used or prefer for this purpose?

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    VPN, def: Virtual Private Network, used to provide secure and private computer communications to/from a hosting site.

    Related to less tracking, greater privacy: IXquick search engine; DuckDuckGo search engine; TOR tunneling software.

    Note: Certainly don't divulge anything if you prefer not to. Am not seeking to 'out' anyone's techniques or tactics, here. Am simply interested whether, in light of the security and privacy risks we all face, whether some folks are taking VPN type steps to help reduce the threat of such risks.
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    Question Vpn??? What's a vpn?

    IDK what a VPN is. Is that a new type of flash drive or a faster modem or what?
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    Well Mister CCW9mm you just answered my ??s. Ever since I started surfing in Private I haven't been continually clobbered by pop up ads.
    Firing a suppressed is on my Bucket List.

    I'm just a spoke in the wheel but not a big deal.

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    I've been using a VPN for 2 years or so now. Not necessarily because I care about my privacy (which I do), but because I was into network security and computer hacking at the time and cared about not being traced. Obviously then I had other security measures too but nowadays I just use a paid VPN in general because I'm used to using one and also because I trust the provider I use. Check out nVPN, they're a paid service but if you care a out your privacy and want a true service that doesn't store logs they're your go-to..and they're outside of the US and aren't push-overs to law.

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    I first wore the +10 spiked boots of Network Security Administrator almost 20 years ago. I don't do anything online that would be embarrassing harmful to me if it was exposed to the world, and I don't keep anything of importance on any machine exposed to the internet.

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    For the typical residential user, a VPN is a waste of money. Avoid the marketing gimmicks and have your home computer set-up by someone who knows what they're doing.
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    I sneak into OD and SIXTOS houses and use thier computers
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    I sneak into OD and SIXTOS houses and use thier computers
    Ahhh. So, that's why SIXTO has such a bee in his bonnet all the time? That explains a lot.

    The real question is: was it you who disabled his VPN, or the one-armed man?
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    Yes I use VPN. Is it prefect no. Will it fool or stop NSA no just makes them take another step or two. Can it make you a target yes.
    Where is that bill board of Bush miss me yet. I know this NSA spying was not on us when he was around.

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    There's a lot of foolish things you can spend money on. A VPN is one of them. It does absolutely nothing for you.
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    Those claiming uselessness and pointlessness of VPN-type security: got info on that, for the discussion participants?
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    I sneak into OD and SIXTOS houses
    We know. They're the Trojan Horse Mods. You took the bait. You've been out a long time ago.
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    Those who think a VPN is a gimmick, foolish, not needed, adds no additional layer of security or privacy simply doesn't understand what a VPN is.
    In today's age of NSA snooping, data leaks, hacked databases, trojans, CC and identity theft, A VPN isn't a choice for me. It's a requirement. 100% of my online traffic is encrypted or tunneled through a VPN.
    $5 month is a pretty cheap price to pay to know my traffic, browsing habits, locations, or information isn't watched by neither my ISP or any other 3 letter agencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Those claiming uselessness and pointlessness of VPN-type security: got info on that, for the discussion participants?
    I think those claiming that don't realize how vulnerable they are to hacking, spyware, malware, man-in-the-middle attacks, etc. The internet is not secure at all. Virus protection programs are not foolproof. I think a VPN is a good idea.
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