a Virtual Private Network is a private network that is built upon a public network, typically using encryption for to secure the private communication.

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VPN Server + Anonymity + Adblock for mobile Devices

In order to improve private security and anonymity while browsing the web on my mobile devices I wanted to tunnel all traffic to my own server via VPN and use a proxy software to filter unwanted ...
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How to properly test that an OpenVPN connection is secured?

I have a router (ASUS RT-AC66U) with an embedded OpenVPN server. I'm able to successfully connect to the OpenVPN on the router, as well as, access internal services in my home network; However, ...
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Is using an free and anonymous VPN service safe? [closed]

There are VPN services that are totally free and high speed vpn which makes me think, how can they offer such a service for free without ads nor donations? Is using this VPN safe? Regarding my ...
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How can I protect myself against DNS leaks?

As discussed here, a DNS leak is where DNS lookups ignore your current routing (in the example of a VPN connection) and still end up going out over your normal internet connection. This can ...
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How can I find my home network's vulnerabilities when opening it for VPN connections

I want to open my home network so I can connect to it via VPN to do things™ while not at home. This concerns me because I am potentially opening doors that I don't know about. What tools can I use ...
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Expose the source code repository externally or allow VPN access?

To allow third party consultants, offshore developers and contractors working on the code, we can expose our Git repository externally. Or we can grant VPN access to the external parties and limit ...
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Can First Hop Man in the Middle be Defeated with TOR or VPN?

I was reading this article about a certain in flight WiFi provider issuing fake SSL certificates for Google. This doesn't really surprise me all that much since I'm well aware of the concept of ...
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Is password + second factor more secure than public key auth now? (SSH)

I ask this question because, I think, we now can reasonably assume the following: NSA can break VPN and SSH: This is stated many times in the unclassified slides. Also, GCHQ has demonstrated (and ...
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Can IPs be trusted inside a VPN?

Question I have several linux clients connected to an OpenVPN server. Each client is given a persistent IP based on their X509 Common Name. Can I trust these IPs ? Context I have Client1 and ...
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Is a VPN enough to hide my trafic from my schools IT department? [duplicate]

At my school we log on WiFi with a personal login. If I wanted to hide the traffic from my computer from the network administrators would it be enough for me to use a VPN service like for example ...
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How do people know that IP adress belongs to VPN?

It seems that many servers know that I use VPN. They either block me completely or make me answer CAPTCHA etc. I want to use VPN but seems that many hosts don't want their customers to use VPN. How ...
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iOS VPN profiles - are the signing certificates global? Can this be a MITM exploit?

I have installed an app on iOS to connect to a well-known VPN service. The app requests installation of a profile onto iOS, which as far as I can see are a collection of 7 certificates - 5 of which ...
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Is it possible to combine VPN and TOR on the same connection? [duplicate]

I'm looking into using a Raspberry Pi 2 between my Router and my Modem acting as an VPN and possibly a TOR gateway (two-in-one). It should just be out-of-the-way and passively/transparently route all ...
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Uploading file with VPN…can they see my real ip?

If I'm connected to a VPN, and I upload a file to a website from my computer via a system similar to this Can they tell that I have uploaded it from my real IP or will they see my VPN IP? Thank you ...
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Remote administration methods

There is a requirement for users to remotely access one of my corporate servers from internet. Policy wise, i would want them to at least use 2FA for communication,eg VPN Tokens, password+SMS etc. ...
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Would our company system be more secure using a VPN?

I'm currently building a back-office system for our company [for internal use] that will manage our customers, accounts etc (not interested in don't reinvent the wheel comments today, thank you!). I'm ...
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Why should I use easy-rsa when using OpenVPN?

Reading this guide on how to setup an OpenVPN server on a Raspberry Pi, I saw this line: 4) You don’t want anyone who finds your VPN server address to be able to connect. So next, we’re going to ...
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Is a VPN really secure at the VPN providers side? [closed]

Please forgive my basic ignorance regarding a VPN connection. As I understand it, a VPN connection encrypts all the data between my computer and the VPN provider. Thus preventing my ISP from seeing ...
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What can my university see by installing a CA root certificate on my computer, even when I'm using a VPN?

To use the wifi at my university, you must install a CA root certificate by them. In my case, I am using a Mac computer with a VPN installed. I'm curious, what can they see me do on my computer by ...
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OpenVPN bridging vs routing: which is more secure?

I have read about the differences between routing and bridging in OpenVPN, but I haven't found much from a security perspective. Which of the two modes is more secure?
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What does this mismatching SSL certificate hint at?

I'm currently visiting China, and I use a well known VPN service for both my laptop and my phone. Every now and then, I get certificate errors when using my phone when I'm connected to a VPN, but ...
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Is there a way to make Tor network your full VPN?

Is there a way to use Tor network as your VPN, proxy or something alike? I have been gone to their website but I've seen just browser (Tor Browser), bridge, relay and exit. Is there way to tell ...
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How safe can connecting to VPN really be?

I would like to make this story as short as possible since my question is not that long, I have worked with journalists previously in war zone where we investigated the involvement of EU IT companies ...
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VPN - Unique client certificates? [duplicate]

Currently installing the OpenVPN service on my Linux box and stumbled across this in a guide: All of our clients will also need certificates to be able to authenticate. These keys and ...
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Security considerations in providing VPN access to non-company issued computers

There have been a few people at my office that have requested the installation of DropBox on their computers to synchronize files so they can work on them at home. I have always been wary about cloud ...
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How are some sites able to bypass vpn? [closed]

I have seen many sites which I couldn't open even if i try to access using VPN. Eg: deezer. Any method how to access the website in such cases? Well I use free vpn mainly open vpn.
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How do shared IP addresses work and do they give privacy?

I assume "shared IP addresses" work by NAT, because obviously two devices with the same IP address need someway to distinguish them. I've seen some privacy advocates boast they have "shared IP ...
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VPN tunnel inside other VPN tunnel

This question is kind of asked already but it was asked with different context: VPN tunnel in VPN tunnel Connect through two VPN clients ...
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Firewall and Torrent

I use my university internet network and all incoming connection is blocked on every port.(they use netasq firewall) They have no other restrictions which stops me from using a torrent client. Using ...
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Is it a bad idea to use a domain name to access my VPN?

I'm using a VPN mainly as a way of limiting access to my servers as it has a static IP address. Is it bad practise to use a domain name to access my VPN? That is, is it fine to use vpn.example.com, ...
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Are VPNS vulnerable to active man in the middle attacks?

I know that with SSL/TLS, man in the middle attacks are not possible. For example if Alice and Bob are trying to communicate and Trudy is trying to perform a man in the middle attack, then when Alice ...
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Should you use a VPN while on the same network as the VPN server?

This questions is somehow connected to this other one, where I asked whether it was better to have a dedicated VPN machine or to use the built-in VPN feature of the router when connecting from an ...
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Is using VPN on a router more secure than using a dedicated VPN machine?

I was looking at the features of the Asus RT-N66U router and noticed the built-in VPN feature. I am currently running an OpenVPN server on an ESXi VM, but I was wondering: would using the VPN feature ...
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Why is browsing while logged onto a VPN from public wifi more secure than not?

I've been trying to wrap my brain around VPNs for a while now, but can't find a good source that answers the questions I have. In particular, I can't understand why browsing from a public access ...
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How can a VPN use a virtual router and not send encrypt traffic and still be safe?

Today in networking class we were talking about VPNs. The prof got on topic of virtual routers and said that a way some VPNs work is by a client would purchase the service from the ISP and the ISP ...
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What are the practical risks of using IKE Aggressive mode with a pre-shared key?

Our scanning vendor is marking us down because we are using IKEv1 in Aggressive Mode with a pre-shared key. We are using Sonicwall's Global VPN Client to connect to the VPN device in question. I ...
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SFTP or FTP through VPN?

I'm struggling to find out whether or not I should set up SFTP since I already connect to the internet using a secure VPN. Is the security using FTP through a VPN (using OpenVPN, more specifically ...
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Does having a VPN service mean accessing my email etc. over public free open WiFi mean I have security/privacy? [duplicate]

Is my information secure over public WiFi if I use a VPN service? i.e. protection of emails and login details.
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What are the pros and cons of a VPN for privacy

Recently I have been getting more and more interested in the security (privacy and anonymity) issues of my online life. Not that I have anything to hide, or that what I do online is so interesting to ...
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How would an attacker know the Gateway IP's of 2 VPN endpoints?

My office has two Sonicwall Routers each at a different physical location and with two different ISPs. There is an SSL-VPN tunnel between the two. Today I noticed that the same Chinese IP address ...
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How to hide my ip and browsing history from others on my network?

I need to hide my activity and IP address from those I share this network with. I'm unsure if a VPN will serve my needs, because I'm not concerned about the sites I access tracking me. I'm concerned ...
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What can IT see and log? [closed]

First of all, I'm a co-owner of my company and I am using my own computer on my company network. Occasionally I'll browse some websites throughout the day to kill some time. My business partner ...
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Does IPSec use IKE or ISAKMP?

Does the IPSec protocol suite use IKE or ISAKMP? RFC 2828 states ISAKMP is the protocol used in IPSec to handle SAs, key management and system authentication. Other sources say IKE is the protocol ...
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Websites visited on a VPN network

My residence provide wifi and I'm using my personal computer to connect to it. I use a login and password to have access to internet. Some websites are blocked on it. Sometimes I log into VPN(using ...
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What information can be taken by submitting an online form?

Sorry I'm pretty clueless with this stuff.. I know that vpn hides your IP address when just browsing websites, but how about submitting an online form, such as when you send an inquiry? Would my IP ...
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What are the advantages to using a VPN over secured/trusted wifi

It's often recommended that you should use a VPN when using unsecured or untrusted networks, such as open public wifi or secured wifi that you don't control. What are the advantages to using a VPN on ...
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TLS Authentication with OpenVPN Server [duplicate]

I'm looking into VPN service providers and trying to find one that provide OpenVPN using certificates for authentication. I've been advised that one provider uses TLS auth and does not require ...
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Is a VPN anonymous enough or do I also need to use TOR?

Is an anonymous VPN (like frootvpn) all I need to remain anonymous online or do I also need to use TOR or take other measures?
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VPN Tunnel Routing Question

I'm a little confused about how VPNs work ... I read that they provide an end-to-end encrypted tunnel between you and whoever you're trying to connect to but is that actually the case? VPNs let you ...
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Can you still be tracked when using a VPN?

If I am using a VPN on twitter, can an organisation like Anonymous or Lulzec track me and find out my identity?