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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

6
votes
1answer
12k views

How can I tell if a PPTP tunnel is secure?

PPTP has been demonstrated to be broken in many ways, and most installations are insecure. But it is also theoretically not broken if configured correctly. As an end-user, is there a simple way for ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

How effective is the iOS “Send All Traffic to VPN” setting at deterring Wifi-based attacks?

iOS version 5 and newer has a setting for VPNs to "Send All Traffic" over that VPN. I think that sending all data to a trusted VPN target would ensure privacy of all communication sent over that WiFi ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Can remote LogMeIn Hamachi users access our local LAN?

Unknown to me, one of the kids has installed LogMeIn Hamachi on his PC so that he can access and play on his pal's Minecraft server, and vice versa. However, my lack of fu when it comes to these ...
6
votes
1answer
128 views

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 ...
5
votes
6answers
3k views

Is it possible to locate Tor/proxy users? Spam is getting on my nerves

I'm managing a huge forum (over 15k posts and 500 users) and lately some guy uses a VPN (probably) to spam my forums with topics such as: "GAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAY" "FRIGHT IS GAY HAHAHAHHAA" "ADMINS ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Ways to monitor someone's internet traffic

If some authority for whatever reason decides they want to monitor your traffic on a wired DSL connection, how would they do it besides exploiting your OS? What are the other ways assuming the OS is ...
5
votes
2answers
419 views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
3k views

Encryption laws in India — is it allowed to use ssh and VPN?

I have a very similar question to the one asked here (regarding Iran). However, I would like to use ssh and vpn while being in India. I found already this survey of cryptographic laws but I don't ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Pros/Cons to OpenVPN vs “VPN over OpenSSH”

What are the major differences between using OpenVPN and using VPN over OpenSSH? Does adding a virtual tunnel interface to a SSH connection offer the same benefits of OpenVPN? Can PuTTY be used on ...
5
votes
1answer
6k views

TLS v1.0 best cipher for OpenVPN setup

I'm trying to setup OpenVPN with as much security as I can. I'm in the process of selecting a cipher for OpenVPN. Which is the safest one, tls-cipher DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA or tls-cipher AES256-SHA? I've ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

How is a website determining my location even via VPN? [duplicate]

I'm currently in China, and accessing the Internet via a VPN in the USA. When I access Google maps or other location-based web services, they all show my location as that of the VPN server. However, ...
5
votes
2answers
373 views

Security risks of leaving open a VPN connection

We have older firewalls that don't allow for scheduling up/down times of VPN connections, and we're working with a client that will need to connect to it at different times each day. What are the ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Can a VPN decrypt my SSL traffic?

Are VPNs able to decrypt SSL traffic originating from my use of services such as Gmail, Dropbox and Skype, Google Talk and HTTPS-enabled websites? I'm asking because I always turn off these and other ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

SSL VPN Detection and possible to block

Is it possible to determine the difference between a VPN on port 443 compared to standard SSL traffic? In order to access SSL websites you need port 443 open but if you setup a VPN Service on port ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

OpenVPN Why CBC mode is recommended?

I just set up my installation of OpenVPN on my server. I am curious why the OpenVPN manual recommends CBC mode. I heard that CBC is predictable and not secure; is that true?
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Is EAP-MSCHAP v2 secure?

I am in a process of enforcing more strict VPN access policy after learning about the attack on PPTP with MSCHAP v2. Basically this I will be disabling the traditional PPP authentication methods and ...
5
votes
1answer
527 views

What level of anonymity do VPNs provide?

When I use VPN is entire Internet usage protected or only some subset of traffic? For example, Is my IMAP email provider only going to see VPN's IP address? Is my DNS provider only going to see ...
5
votes
2answers
4k views

When is it posible to sniff VPN traffic?

I have created a VPN service using Routing And Remote Services on Windows Server 2008 and I haven't configured any Server Network Policy yet. There is only one user for connecting to VPN and all of ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

What is the difference between encrypted data and data sent through an encrypted tunnel

I am looking at different VPN protocols. [1] L2TP does not provide encryption so require IPSec to encrypt the data [2] IPSec tunnel provide encryption to the tunnel What is the difference in terms ...
5
votes
3answers
289 views

Prevent location being exposed through VPN

I use the Astrill VPN service to access websites that my country has blocked. There is nothing sinister going on here. Sites like google and youtube have all been blocked. This VPN service offers ...
5
votes
1answer
108 views

Chaining VPNs to increase privacy?

I was wondering if it's possible to chain many VPNs, and if it is, if it increases privacy at all? My thinking was that each country has data retention laws. If all VPN keep logs (even if most lie ...
5
votes
1answer
809 views

What is important when selecting a VPN provider?

I am new to using a VPN service and came across the past at How do I pick a VPN provider? however am unsure if I need to use a personal VPN service or if OpenVPN fits my needs which are as follows; ...
5
votes
1answer
211 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
828 views

SSL vs IPsec what's the difference [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference in security between a VPN- and a SSL-connection? Which is more secure? And offer better access control?
5
votes
3answers
109 views

Can a website detect my local WIFI network I am in?

I have two computers, both of them locate at the same local WIFI network ( ie: connected to the same router). I use VPN on a computer to visit a website, and don't use VPN on another to visit the ...
4
votes
6answers
3k views

What can my university see if they have my MAC address?

when i first got to my university i had to provide my MAC address to get access to the internet. What i want to know is what information can they get from having my MAC address linked to my name. i ...
4
votes
3answers
244 views

How can an outsider tap into communications between two physical sites?

When referring to 'Sites' - I am not talking about a website, but of a physical place where a company resides. Today, to secure communications between two sites - Let's say between an office in ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Could I delete .csr files when the key is signed by CA

I'm creating my own openvpn server. The Certificate authority is located on a separated host. There is two kind of clients: which that just send a .csr and to which i send the .crt as an answer and ...
4
votes
3answers
342 views

The safest way to circumventing Iran's Internet censorship

We usually buy services like VPN, SOCKS, Kerio [Kerio Connect?]... to circumvent Iran's Internet censorship policy. Recently, one of the shops started selling [one of] Kerio's products, for which I do ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How does VPN encryption work?

I've been searching and searching, but I can't seem to find a good-enough technical explanation. From what I've gathered, there are two "things" able to secure VPNs: 1) Pre-Shared Key: This handles ...
4
votes
5answers
941 views

Does using ssl matter if I am connected using a VPN?

Say I have an internal server that I am using for source control. If I only access that server through a VPN connection, do I still need to have SSL setup on the source control server to ensure that ...
4
votes
1answer
582 views

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, ...
4
votes
2answers
759 views

Is setting up my own VPN more secure than buying from third party vendors?

When Googling for the most trusted VPN provider (for keeping your anonymity), some users say that the best way to go is to just setup your own (e.g., OpenVPN) using a dedicated server. How is this ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

I'm being followed on the web. Explanations for mysterious behavior

Am I being stalked? I was recently doing some basic Python development scripting. Python has a nice feature where it can run a simple HTTP server that serves the contents of the local directory, on ...
4
votes
2answers
353 views

Does the password you use to sign into a VPN determine the strength?

I subscribed to a VPN service and need to change the password. Does the password I use to log in determine the strength? For example should it be 64 characters long or can it be 10? I'm thinking of ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Is L2TP as secure as IPSEC for VPNs?

Is it as secure to use L2TP for VPN access, rather than IPSEC? Am I introducing any risks by using L2TP?
4
votes
1answer
215 views

Is it a security risk for users not to logout of a website?

Is it a security risk to myself that I am not logging out of Twitter, Facebook, StackExchange, and a majority of the sites which I am using? Is there a chance for someone to hijack my session or cause ...
4
votes
4answers
952 views

Are there consumer-grade VPN services that support two-factor authentication, like SecurID?

I'd like to increase my VPN security, and Google hasn't turned up anything with regard to VPN services and SecurId. Does anyone know of services like this?
4
votes
1answer
249 views

REST API communication between two Web Servers - VPN or https?

We have two servers that will be sharing data and communicate over a REST API: our main application server will communicate with the server of our client that is managing some assets. In short: Given ...
4
votes
1answer
259 views

HeartBleed and Closed Source Hardware like Cisco

With the release of heartbleed how does one protect themselves with closed source networking hardware like cisco? Especially hardware with VPN variety. Would it be best to replaced such systems with ...
4
votes
2answers
182 views

Privacy/Security with SSH Tunnels and QuickVPN

I currently use QuickVPN, however, it does not seem to route my web browsing traffic through a tunnel. Am I correct? It only opens up a tunnel for accessing windows shares and documents back at the ...
4
votes
1answer
245 views

Store To Store communication through MPLS VPN

In a PCI environment with an MPLS VPN network setup should you allow store to store communication? Do you think that an MPLS network would be consider secure enough for this? why or why not?
4
votes
0answers
649 views

How is it possible for threatmetrix to detect VPN? [duplicate]

Threatmetrix is a fraud prevention SaaS aimed at preventing fraud. Their company website states: ThreatMetrix is also uniquely able to uncover hackers and fraudsters trying to cover their true ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

L2TP/IPsec shared secret: Can it be public?

My university provides a VPN service to gain access to internal services to all members. They are apparently using an L2TP/IPsec solution by Cisco. I'm able to connect just fine, but I'm a bit ...
3
votes
5answers
8k views

How is Facebook locating me when I use a VPN?

I am using a private VPN network for my internet connection. But it seems that if I go to http://m.facebook.com and try to check in, Facebook sees my location properly. My IP address seems to be from ...
3
votes
5answers
471 views

Securing data transfer between public network and personal accounts

I would be traveling soon and I am looking for all kinds of ways to encrypt the data transfer (usernames, passwords, emails ...) between the new networks to which I will connect my Laptop, that is ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

How do a VPNs route SSL traffic and do they compromise security?

If my understanding of how VPNs operate is correct, all traffic between me and the Internet at-large is routed through the VPN's servers. So an attacker would only be able to see encrypted traffic ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I make it more difficult for a user to create multiple accounts?

I would like to know the best way to increase security on a website so that the a single user can't create multiple accounts. What all of a user can be traced? I'm thinking: IP address Mac address ...
3
votes
2answers
403 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
9k views

Understanding VPNs : How VPNs can be used for anonymization?

Previously, I asked the question Why is it difficult to catch “Anonymous” or “Lulzsec” (groups)? I understood every answer except the VPN thing. Its because I never knew what VPNs were. Any how that ...