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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Disadvantages of Using a VPN?

I've got a yearly subscription to a VPN service which is real quick and from the research I did at the time seems to be pretty legitimate, but are there any disadvantages or scenarios where you ...
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I'm using a Cisco ASA as a VPN endpoint. Where do the VPN clients get firewalled?

(Is this too application specific? It seems like a reasonable question that would be useful to other people...) So, I've got this ASA in front of a network that I didn't set up. It's been ...
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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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IPsec: Is AH in tunnel mode secure?

I have a site-to-site IPsec VPN which was performing poorly (10 -20% upload/download speeds as a percentage of available WAN circuit bandwidth) when using ESP in tunnel mode with DES encryption and ...
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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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If I connect to VPN through proxy, who can see what?

I try to understand what happens when I use an HTTP(S) proxy in my OpenVPN client configuration. What's the advantage of an HTTPS proxy over plain HTTP? In any case the encryption takes place on the ...
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Hiding and faking my location?

I read this: Reveal the True IP of a User I am using Hola Unblocker to hide my IP address. This appears to work when I go to netflix as the site treats me as a US resident (which I am not). This ...
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OpenVPN Tap vs Tun Mode [closed]

I would like to know practical difference between TAP and TUN mode when use with OpenVPN. When to use TAP and When to use TUN ? What types of traffic will pass with both mode ?
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Is OpenVPN secure if both the certificate and private key, are publicly known?

My ISP is rubbish and the state of the internet in the UK seems to be heading to 1984. I've started looking at VPNs and stumbled on IPredator as a cheapy test. It gives you the option of OpenVPN and ...
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VPN Appliance Placement Options

I'm currently looking to implement a VPN solution (based on a Checkpoint Connectra) purely to provide remote access to staff (no site-to-site, or customer access), but the one design decision I can't ...
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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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How can I detect if someone is using an ssh tunnel as a proxy to connect to a VPN?

I've got an SSH server setup in a remote location, which I use to tunnel traffic from an android tablet. On the tablet, I have the Cisco AnyConnect app to connect to my company's VPN. We want to be ...
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SSL VPN placement strategies

I wanted to know the advantages and disadvantages of placing an SSL VPN with respect to CIA in different locations: with firewall within the internal network within the DMZ Any reference also ...
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Does portforwarding present a risk to anonymity?

AirVPN by default has all ports closed but allows port-forwarding. I think this is required for P2P. Is this a threat to anonymity (e.g. would the person at the other end of the P2P transmission know ...
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Dedicated Server in Cloud Environment - SSL Remote Login vs Dedicated VPN

Thanks for taking your time to look into this question. Background I have my website hosted in a dedicated server in the cloud. The server is a Windows 2008 R2 machine. To publish I FTP files to ...
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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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BYOD - Confirming that Devices are Approved

We currently run a Cisco ASA 5510 and a RSA token to authenticate users to our network for VPN access. The company is trying to start BYOD but would like to make sure that the PC has been approved by ...
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BYOD - Looking for Secure means of Wiping Data Remotely

We are in the process of implementing a Bring Your Own Device policy to allow our many employees to use their personal laptops and desktops (Windows platform) to VPN into our company's network. These ...
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Setup of Kali Linux for reverse shell connections over the internet

I am running Kali Linux as a VM on my Windows machine which is NAT'd behind my company network, if I wish to pen test a website for a client and believe that a reverse shell is possible, what is a ...
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Would a VPN with changing configs do the same job as different VMs

I was reading this question. So my question: Would using a VPN and swapping out configuration files that change your IP address mask the same as using different VMs?
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Does using NAT-T for L2TP / IPsec VPN pose a realistic security risk?

I'm working on upgrading an old Windows RAS server that hosts PPTP VPN. I want to move to a L2TP/IPsec VPN. Due to the firewall appliance we use, the VPN server has to be behind a NAT. This means ...
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Telnet and vpn - protected or not

I am curious how safe I am if I use telnet through a VPN-tunnel to my webhotel? I thought that the information was encrypted between my computer to the vpn-providers default-gateway. But when it ...
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Does the principle of the CRIME & BEAST attack affect VPNs?

I was recently reading about the attacks on SSL/TLS that CRIME and BEAST were able to exploit by attacking the compression in the secure session. Upon reading this I remembered that OpenVPN has ...
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Can authentication in social networks through VPN defeat the purpose of the latter?

If a person uses VPN and authenticates herself to some social network through the VPN, doesn't she lose her anonymity for as long as the VPN session is used ? By losing her anonymity, I mean that her ...
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Browsec - VPN and anonymizer

According to Browsec's website this application can be used to Bypass firewalls. So in countries like Iran it seems a useful tool to bypass censorship and filtering. For start using this application ...
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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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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 to create an anti-flood mechanism without leaving VPN's out?

I'm trying to protect my applications from some bots that are either malfunctioning or trying to take my sites down (lots of requests from the same IPs in the logs). Every time someone requests an ...
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OpenSSL, x509: what is the correct way to picture signing authorities?

For the purposes of creating a VPN, I can't find a logical explanation of OpenSSL's/x509 scheme. I'm royally confused about these three terms, Certificate Authorities Gateway certificates End-point ...
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OpenSSL, x509: what's the significance of CN (Common Name)?

With regard to these three items Certificate Authorities (CA) Gateway certificates End-point Certificates (client-cert) What is the significance of the Common Name CN with regard to the a VPN? ...
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Intrusion detection architecture

I want to propose an architecture of intrusion detection on the schema shown below. Should I place one IDS in front of each server, or would one be sufficient for all the servers?
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Can my company access my computer via the VPN?

The job I have requires that we have computers at home, a few years ago they had everyone install a VPN on our home personal computers (the company did not provide us with these computer) how safe if ...
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In theory, can a restricted-use ToR network be created with “Verifiable Encryption”? How should I approach learning it?

I have mobile devices (low power, low bandwidth) need to act as a proxy for certain types of P2P encrypted data, such as voting, bitcoin payment, or other specific-purpose usage, and I want to make ...
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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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Foolproof way to hide your IP when browsing [closed]

is there a fool proof-ish way to hide your IP from websites you visit? I heard even if you use VPN, there can be 'leaks'? And one step more secure is Anonymizer or Tor? Can they have 'leaks', too? ...
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Squid proxy and VPN software

I have some questions about squid proxies, we set a squid proxy server to block certain web sites for users. and some users only can access one website that related to our work.but after install some ...
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How to protect iKvM, IPMI, KvM Interfaces from 0day and other exploits

In REF to http://threatpost.com/ipmi-protocol-bmc-vulnerabilities-expose-thousands-of-servers-to-attack and the hacks of several companies and web hosts have been hit and had their servers wiped from ...
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Risks of Microsoft Remote Desktop access behind a secure VPN

This is mostly for my own education, but a scenario has came up at work that has me skeptical. I'd like for the security experts to tell me if this policy is overbearing or not. I remote into a VPN ...
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Filtering In Iran

Since many of you already know the Iranian government aggressively uses internet censorship to block sites such as facebook, flicker, bbc, etc. The Iranian people use various methods to bypass ...
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What is a DNS leak?

I'm planning on getting a VPN service (probably Privateinternetaccess) and read that it is imperative to plug DNS leaks. The only information I found on google describing what these are is here and I ...
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Test Android Secure Encrypted Traffic

For testing android traffic encryption I have configured a VPN client in my phone. What simple test I can perform in my home wifi network to verify that the traffic is really encrypted and secure?
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Is it particularly unsafe to use openvpn or pptp with only username/password authentication instead of certificates?

I use a vpn server (supporting pptp and openvpn) built in to my router at home to make a secure connection back to my home network. I currently use OpenVPN with certificate authentication, but since ...
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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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L2TP/IPSec: Mutual authentication BEFORE user can access VPN

I came across a question You are the network administrator for your company. You have deployed Windows Server 2008 on all server computers in your company. You have deployed the Network ...
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How can I protect myself from the VPN operator when using a VPN to gain free access to the Internet?

I live in a country that the government blocks most ways of accessing to the uncensored Internet (like blocking VPN pptp, l2tp), Luckily there are some very fast services still available like Kerio ...
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Skype Audio / Video Session over VPN?

Basically I'm wondering if a Skype video session along with audio could be logged (or recorded) over a virtual private network? I know whoever hosts the VPN server can log which websites you visit (or ...
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When connecting to internet through VPN what precautions should be taken?

I've read this similar question and it has some very good information. Can a site that has personal information about you be accessed by another site to determine who you are/where you are? For ...
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Are intermediate signing certs the only secure+practical way to manage OpenVPN client certs?

My organization needs to issue (and revoke) OpenVPN client certificates for people working remotely. Our system is based on a standard OpenSSL CA setup and the easy-rsa tools, and the whole directory ...
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Ordering of shared Phase 1/ISAKMP VPN policies

The various Phase 1 settings of a VPN tunnel policy are fairly well-established (encryption, hashing, DH group, lifetime), but in what order are they considered applicable to a more-secure tunnel? I ...
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Analyzing wireshark results (openvpn)

I signed up to Mullvad for VPN service, and manually run OpenVPN from my Linux box. I rebooted my computer and make sure not to start any OpenVPN service. Yet when I did a Wireshark analysis I am ...