Interesting opinion on VPN's

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    Dan
    Keymaster
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    I found this interesting…

     

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    divinenews
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    To Dan (or anyone else who wants to respond,)

    I am not interested in illegal activity or streaming videos, so this guy is implying I do not need a VPN unless I go to a site that does not have https in the URL, right?

    I ask this because I use a google extension called “HTTPS EVERYWHERE” and sometimes it warns me that I am going to a site that does not have HTTPS protection.  …. My understanding from this video is this is where I could be hacked for personal information if I am not using a VPN.

     

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    pkillpeers
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    divinenews:
    To Dan (or anyone else who wants to respond,)

    I am not interested in illegal activity or streaming videos, so this guy is implying I do not need a VPN unless I go to a site that does not have https in the URL, right?

    I ask this because I use a google extension called “HTTPS EVERYWHERE” and sometimes it warns me that I am going to a site that does not have HTTPS protection. …. My understanding from this video is this is where I could be hacked for personal information if I am not using a VPN.

    Well, if the connection is not https, i can capture your traffic from my android phone with an app like “z
    ANTI” and i can see the website you’re seeing. so if you input passwords or whatever there, it can be captured.
    Avoid websites not using https, unless you’re on a secure network

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    gorblimey
    Participant
    none
    Truth can somethimes be very funny 😛 I suppose I should start using “SecureDNS” at some stage… Before I’m caught?

    Interesting thought. Is there an email client that can work with a VPN? (It’s often more a case of who you talk to rather than who you look at.) But then, does the email server use a VPN? Oy vey!

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    TerrakionSmash
    Participant
    I use VPN as a proxy for anti-censorship purposes. OpenVPN: the technology and the client has the most options for that.
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    Geri123
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    divinenews: To Dan (or anyone else who wants to respond,)I am not interested in illegal activity or streaming videos,

    E.g. In some country’s just being gay/lesbian is a crime. So maybe a vpn could be a good idea?
    Depending on country/law it could just be about protecting your privacy. I wouldn’t say you only need an vpn for illegal activity.
    For http sites I wouldn’t enter any data there which I didn’t want to share with the whole world.

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    TRS-80
    Participant
    AU
    G’day Dan and Members,

     

    I’ve watched the video and, read all the responses so far in this topic.

    I do regularly use a paid VPN service.

    Up until a few years ago I hadn’t believed in them. That has changed as of a couple of years ago.

    Due to some idiotic behaviour on behalf of a “housemate” the home network was compromised. He suffered a severe case of identity theft as a result. My equipment was being “probed” quite regularly without success.

    The now “ex-housemate” was advised, by police, to replace every item he owned that was connected to the network at the time of the crime. He was also advised to change all of his online accounts; email addresses, site logins, plus his cell phone and, phone number.

    I had to change my router. No biggie.

    I did receive a large number of phishing phone calls on my cell phone(I believe my cell number was harvested from ex-housemate’s equipment.) I just blocked and reported all calls of that type.

    There was further advice from police that I should consider utilizing a VPN. I did so and the probing ceased.

    It may merely be a coincidence that the attempts ceased, however, for now I’ll be keeping the VPN. It’s a lot easier to change VPN servers than it is to shut down the router, for in excess of 4 hours, waiting for the connection to refresh to obtain a new IP address.

    I’m happy to “wear” the approximate 10% @100mbps drop in connection speed as a result of running the VPN; for the time being, anyhow.

    I suppose it’s a case of “horses for courses.”

     

    Take care Everyone.

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