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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What is the difference between an HTTPS traffic setup with Stunnel and a SSL-VPN

We have a scenario where we cannot connect to our stunnel server running on port 443 on our network, which only allows access to Internet via a proxy server. On the contrary, when we tried a SSL VPN ...
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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, ...
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Is there a way to get OS X to start a VPN connection before allowing network traffic? [closed]

I'm running OS X 10.8 and have Tunnelblick set up so I can connect to my OpenVPN server at home. I've also used this at $WORK in the past. When I'm out and about and want to jump on a public network, ...
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Once VPN is unplugged can work still monitor?

Work provides people from my company that 'work at home' with a separate VPN router which will be plugged into my existing home router. They have also asked for the router model, username and ...
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Where else is IPSec used, besides with VPNs? [closed]

IPSec is most commonly used to secure VPN traffic. Where else is this protocol suite used? What else can it be used for?
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Is my computer being hacked? How can wireshark reveal if I am being hacked? [closed]

So last night I was using openVPN via my personal cloud server to watch some Hulu. About 15 minutes into the movie I noticed my network stats were download: ~250 MB upload: ~1.8 GB This is ...
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How can using a VPN increase network speed? [closed]

There are lots of guides online which suggest that using a VPN or proxy will gain better speed or 'free internet' however this seems unlikely. If my ISP is performing packet shaping on my connection. ...
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Remote network security option

I'm a bit confused with some different network security techniques. Say we want a secure communication with a particular mail server in a remote company network. Reading and sending mails should be ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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IPSec AH + ESP used together

When ESP and AH are used together (ESP transport, AH transport) on the same packet does ESP encrypt the AH's hash, or is the hash left in the clear? If the hash isn't encrypted, there are obviously ...
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How can encrypted traffic bypass the Great Firewall of China when it is being blocked?

The Great Firewall of China is controlled by the government and has put in place a "learning algorithm" to block unapproved encrypted traffic. The only way to get encrypted traffic through the ...
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How do I ensure that a VPS host will keep my information private?

Basically, I want to use OpenVPN on a VPS to browse confidentially. However, I don't know much about VPS hosters and to me, it seems to be a hard choice because there are so many. However, I think ...
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Sniffing on VPN configuration

Our company wants to implement a service based on sniffing for security purposes, since we manage important information this requirement is imperative. The situation is as follows. Everyone in the ...
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VPN using SmartPhone Location

When you VPN using your smartphone as a hotspot, can the VPN tell your location like it can when you VPN over a wireless connection hotspot?
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does the VPN provider know my dedicated IP?

Is it ok for a VPN provider to ask a new costumer to send a log file in order to solve a login probelm? I trusted him and sent him a log file because he said that would be the best way to see why i am ...
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What's most standard way to secure internet connections and protect privacy?

It's common knowledge that Wi-Fi, or other Internet connections, should be encrypted via a VPN to be secure, and to hide our real IP address from intermediary network observers. However, one can't ...
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How to install Cisco VPN Client on Windows 7 64bit [closed]

I have Win7 64bit. Have Cisco VPN Client winx64-msi-5.0.07.0440-k9. Now i try to install it. But after i click first "Next" button in istaller i get error: "installation ended prematurely because of ...
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OpenVPN through company proxy and surfing history

Been trying to find an answer to no avail. Probably I just don't understand the terminology... So if anyone may shed some light in plain English, that would be awesome. I connect to a paid VPN ...
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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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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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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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Best practices for operating a Bitcoin-Qt client regarding netwok privacy?

As privacy is part of security, I know there is a Bitcoin SE here but they couldn't answer my question so I hope it's appropriate to ask it here. I don't ask about how to secure my wallet on my ...
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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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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 ...
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How does the predator network prevent outside control by an attacker?

I read several articles saying some of the command and control fleet for the US robotic attack planes may have been infected with a virus. Does this command and control system communicate with the ...
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Can p2p use be traced by targeting a known individual rather than an offending IP Address?

My understanding of most filesharing lawsuits initiated by copyright holders is as follows: The monitoring agency will connect to a torrent swarm and collect the ip addresses of people downloading ...
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What are darknets, and how can they be used to provide security and anonymity in network communication?

One of the major problems with the internet is that it's difficult to stay anonymous while retaining the ability to communicate with a large number of people. While encryption can be done effectively ...
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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 ...
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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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Anonymous access over SSL

I am using a paid VPN service and I just realized IP privacy does not exist at all when the connection is made over SSL. If I Google "what is my ip" using the HTTP version of Google, it will give me ...
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Is it secure to install RSA SecurID Software Tokens on the same computer that will be used to access the VPN?

My office switched from using the old hardware RSA SecurID key tokens to the RSA SecurID Software Tokens and most users have them installed on the same machines they use to access the VPN. I asked ...
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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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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?
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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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Can I used Google Authenticator with Radius and VMwareview

We're looking to add 2 factor and one of the options is google authenticator and I was wondering if we can attach that to a radius server attached to our VM infrastructure for remote access. All ...
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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 ...
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Safe to make a VPN connection over coffee shop WIFI?

On my work laptop I regularly create a VPN connection that I use to remote desktop to our web server. Is this safe to do on a coffee shop where random people are connected to the same wifi network?
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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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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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Is a VPN the only way to protect against rogue Wifi access points MITM attacks?

Given that it's very easy set up a rogue access point and MITM that connection, is a VPN to a trusted host the only real way to secure my browsing and other TCP/UDP actions? This question relates to ...
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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 ...
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How to keep secure while browsing on open wifi when SSL VPN is blocked?

After a recent visit to a hotel I was surprised to discover that they blocked access to my OpenVPN server. I often use this as a way to secure my internet traffic when I am on public wireless. ...
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Do VPNs provide sufficient protection over public wireless networks?

I know that VPNs are the standard way to secure communication between a remote user and their primary network, but I've never felt entirely comfortable relying on them when using an open wireless ...
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Low level attacks on WLAN/LAN connection while connected to VPN

Is it really secure to connect to a (well-secured) VPN server over an unencrypted WLAN connection (or maybe a hotel Ethernet)? I know, that there have been questions like this - but I'm not asking ...
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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 ...
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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 ...