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Old 23 August 2017, 03:03   #1
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Lightbulb VPN and other wonders....

With certain changes, I am thinking to start using VPN tunnel for anonimity.

I am looking at building openvpn local servers, and have it tunel to some vpn service, but not sure yet what service. Reason for this is that I like all my devices to use VPN, such as PS3, PS4, droid phones, tablets, computers and servers.

I followed Hak5 instruction on creating Ubuntu OpenVPN server and managed it to connect to in test environment.

I wonder if anyone else is using VPN and if yes, who, what and how? Any links with tutorials are welcomed!
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Old 23 August 2017, 04:23   #2
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I use VPN with my work computer to connect to customer sites for security.

Then once I'm finished on site I disconnect.

I don't use it for anything else I'm afraid.
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Old 23 August 2017, 08:49   #3
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I tried VPNs but none come close to being fast enough to cope with my connection. I value instant porn delivery more than my anonimity lol

As with everything on the internet, the more a company brags about being the best, the more likely they are to be shit.
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Old 23 August 2017, 14:34   #4
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I know jmmijo is not worried about call phone connecting @ public wifi, Ian, are you worried or you just avoid connecting?

VPN makes your connection secure and untractable, no matter where you connect to.

I have 3 phones (wife, daughter and I) to worry about.
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Old 23 August 2017, 17:34   #5
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Don't really do anythng I need to hide.

Don't get me wrong if a service covered my 30mb/s connection I'd have one, but as they don't (last time I checked) I don't see the point.

I pay extra for more speed, then reduce paying for something else. seems stupid as I don't use torrents unless it's pleasuredome.
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Old 23 August 2017, 19:49   #6
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I'm using VPN to directly connect with my company's LAN. Most employees use it while travelling with their notebooks and tablets.

I have also set up a private VPN between the router of my parents and mine, so both LANs are connected as well. Both routers are small NetBSD servers, which have a dynamic DNS entry at FreeDNS, and the following script is run every morning to establish the new IPsec VPN from my net 192.168.41 to 192.168.45 (names and keys changed, of course):
Code:
#!/bin/sh
# Establish an IPsec tunnel to LAN 192.168.45 behind router2.name.tld.
/sbin/setkey -FP
/sbin/setkey -F
router1=`/usr/bin/dig +short router1.name.tld`
router2=`/usr/bin/dig +short router2.name.tld`
echo "
add $router2 $router1 esp 1234 -E aes-cbc \"0123456789abcdef\";
add $router1 $router2 esp 5678 -E aes-cbc \"0123456789abcdef\";
spdadd 192.168.45.0/24 192.168.41.0/24 any -P in ipsec esp/tunnel/$router2-$router1/require;
spdadd 192.168.41.0/24 192.168.45.0/24 any -P out ipsec esp/tunnel/$router1-$router2/require;
" | /sbin/setkey -c
unset router2
unset router1
IPsec-FAQ:
https://www.netbsd.org/docs/network/ipsec/

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VPN makes your connection secure and untractable, no matter where you connect to.
Yes, as long as you can trust your VPN provider not to log your connections. I never used any public VPN provider and prefer other means to protect my privatesphere, like using safe operating systems and application configurations. I also don't like to pay for every extra service.
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Old 23 August 2017, 23:42   #7
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I use a VPN from https://www.ivacy.com/, it's a good deal too at the moment as you get 2 years subscription for the price of 1.
I've had it for a few month now and haven't noticed any slowdowns or had any problems with it. You can connect 5 devices at the same time and it has plenty of exit nodes all over the world that you can choose and change between at the click of a button.
There is some tutorials for various things on their website, but if you can't find what your after their support is pretty good and worth contacting.

Edit to add:
Their software also integrates with openVPN for some tasks so you just might find what your looking for.

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Old 24 August 2017, 15:59   #8
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Don't really do anythng I need to hide.

Don't get me wrong if a service covered my 30mb/s connection I'd have one, but as they don't (last time I checked) I don't see the point.

I pay extra for more speed, then reduce paying for something else. seems stupid as I don't use torrents unless it's pleasuredome.
You don't do banking on PC or own tablet/laptop/cellphone?

Surprisingly some folks managed to get better internet results with VPN as they had direct link to faster internet and ability to access server through less loops then if they go through provider.

Internet speed is at point that little slowdown does not make much difference for everyday usage, imho.


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Yes, as long as you can trust your VPN provider not to log your connections. I never used any public VPN provider and prefer other means to protect my privatesphere, like using safe operating systems and application configurations. I also don't like to pay for every extra service.
I agree about free offers and VPN provider issue. Recent review of VPNs reviled that many of them are not keeping promises of no logs and some are not encrypting all data and/or DNS requests. (Heard this on radio - NPR show)


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I use a VPN from https://www.ivacy.com/, it's a good deal too at the moment as you get 2 years subscription for the price of 1.
I've had it for a few month now and haven't noticed any slowdowns or had any problems with it. You can connect 5 devices at the same time and it has plenty of exit nodes all over the world that you can choose and change between at the click of a button.
There is some tutorials for various things on their website, but if you can't find what your after their support is pretty good and worth contacting.

Edit to add:
Their software also integrates with openVPN for some tasks so you just might find what your looking for.
I was not able to find anything on my router to edit VPN settings - will check with provider and might have to upgrade modem/router. Thank you for link. ivacy looks interesting and cheaper then some others I checked.

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Old 25 August 2017, 00:05   #9
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You could setup OpenVPN on a Digital Ocean droplet. I have one I use to host git services and use it as a VPN when I need to access stuff that is US only such as some Alienware giveaways. It's cheap as chips, I only have to throw $10 into it every now and then.
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Old 31 August 2017, 02:36   #10
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I have MSDN Azure subscription, so I just used it to install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS server, and installed OpenVPN there. It works well and establishes secure connection without much loss in speed.

Still might look at subscription, if I get my ISP to allow router VPN setup.
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Old 08 September 2017, 13:34   #11
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And as my long time friend, I am more likely to listen to you.

Thank you for post, welcome to EAB!
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Old 12 September 2017, 16:38   #12
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I have been a VPN user for quite some time now. I don't do anything without being under a VPN.
I actually want to hide everything from prying eyes. Why wouldn't I? I value my privacy very, very much. That does not mean I am shady. I don't get people that "don't mind" others snooping on their shit. These must be the same people who don\t use shades on their windows, I dunno.
Using the Internet is the same as the stuff I do in my own home, it is for me and its inhabitants ONLY to see and know, nobody else.

At first I thought speed would be an issue, but to be fair, SOME times, routing through a VPN is even faster. Especially if you from time to time use a public hotspot that might have service blocked/filtered, using the VPN feels faster.

Look at this.

With VPN:


Without VPN:


As you see the difference is almost nothing. As it is I am not even getting 100% of the speed my fucking ISP sells me (I can only get the max if I directly connect via Ethernet to the modem).
This is on one of my regular servers, which I chose specifically to be located the nearest to my location. I have a script that pings all servers and then I chose the one with the lowest response time.

My main problem, at least with my provider (NordVPN) is that sometimes I experience random drop outs, but only on a certain configuration. Works solid on my phone, tablet and Linux box.
Something else that refuses to work properly is Netflix, but I watch that from a device not connected to the VPN. I guess the government agencies can enjoy my watching habits :P My VPN provider advertises compatibility with Netflix but it depends on you using their app to connect from your computer, and I refuse to install that (I use OpenVPN), so this is why it doesn't work for me.
It also helps me connect to sites from my home country that I wouldn't be allowed to reach otherwise because of geoblocking.

My VPN provider is NordVPN, I chose it because it is based on a country beyond the reach of shitty spy-prone governments. I can recommend it. Good value and plenty of options. Another one I was looking at when deciding was ExpressVPN, but that was noticeably more expensive so I went with Nord. I avoided any provider with businesses based in Europe, Australia or the US.

Don't use the "free" stuff, it's full of holes. Never trust it. Unless your only use is to avoid geoblocking. But the free stuff gets abused SO much that it is super slow.
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I have to agree on everything mate.
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Old 15 September 2017, 23:30   #14
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Think you would if your download speed without was 240 mbit and with was less than 100 though lol
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Ian, did that happened to you when you tried VPN or this is just a guessing game??
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Ian, did that happened to you when you tried VPN or this is just a guessing game??
I think he was referring to the free VPN's, they are as slow as molasses in winter. Very oversubscribed and better avoided!
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No, it was a paid one, cannot remember which one, maybe purevpn.
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No, it was a paid one, cannot remember which one, maybe purevpn.
That's bad then. I'd never heard of Ivacy before when I came across it but I have no regrets, there has been no performance problems.
I was looking at PureVPN among others, before I took the plunge with Ivacy so I guess I was lucky.
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Ive taken more intrest into security, but atm Im a complete novice on the technical aspects of networking.

Currently Im on Windows 7 and 10 on my laptop and stationary computer, but Im thinking about moving over to Linux. Ubuntu or Mint seems like the go to distros for novices, but if you are concerned about security, Tails seems to be the distro of choice.

And expiriences and comments in that regard, and how limiting is it? Like; when I post here, I log in with a user, same as I do when doing my internet banking. Tails or not, wont that leave a trace since I log in with personal identification...?

And the choice of VPN for example, how to make it? NordVPN is located in Panama isnt it? Do we have any backstory on the people running it?

Its a very intresting topic, of which Im borderline criminally incompetent in.
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This is a good site for everything to know about: privacytools.io
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