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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Configure OpenVPN as a local proxy to use it only when needed

First, I think it is the proper place to post my question (and not serverfault or networkengineering). If not, please tell me what's the correct place. I used FreeGate. I configured the Firefox ...
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Is it safe to use VPNbook or similar sites? [duplicate]

Sometimes I need to use Internet from cybercafes or restaurants. I'm concerned about the security when accessing critical sites such as my bank, Paypal or just my Facebook. Besides the typical ...
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Is it necessary to use PEAP for L2TP/IPsec?

This is a sister question of Is EAP-MSCHAP v2 secure?. Based on my understanding, IPsec should have authenticated the server (we're using PKI) and secured the rest of the protocols before the user ...
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Manual DNS change

If I manually change my DNS setting in the router or in Windows settings from the provider's one to, say, 8.8.4.4 by Google - will it mean that my ISP has no idea which sites I am going to? Maybe it ...
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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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Is there a router that acts as a VPN to get into the network but also sends traffic out through a VPN?

I have several servers that I want to lock down so they're only assessable from inside the network so I need a router that allows me to VPN in. On top of that I want certain ports(22,8022) from my ...
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Is there a difference between a VTI and a regular VPN tunneling process?

Is there a difference between a VTI (Virtual Tunnel Interface) and a regular VPN tunneling process? Or have I got the whole concept wrong?
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What security protocols provide point-to-point confidentiality?

Am I right in thinking that VPN doesn't protect until you're out onto the external network (assuming you're connecting from within an internal network)? Or does VPN provide confidentiality from the ...
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Which is more secure - a VPN, a proxy-server, Tor, etc.? And why so, exactly? [closed]

I want to know how to ensure the most complete anonymity when browsing the internet and connecting to remote servers: I want to be as anonymous and secret as possible. I don't know exactly how VPNs ...
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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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How to securely delete an OpenVPN connection profile

I store my OpenVPN profile (keys) in an encrypted drive but I run OpenVPN inside an OS that is not encrypted. When I finish my OpenVPN session and disconnect, the connection profiles are still there ...
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What does a Remote Desktop Connection risk for both computers?

I recently had a malware issue called "mysearchdial" that installed itself into my home computer's browser because someone didn't pay attention to what they were installing. I RDP'd into my work ...
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VPN Client - Addtional Security Layer or a Useless Feature

I have a corporate web portal which is used for staff collaboration including a web-based mail interface connected to MySQL Database, corporate calendar, file storage, customer contacts data with ...
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Are VPNs using shared secret susceptible to trivial MITM attacks

I'm looking at a few VPN providers and many seem to offer L2TP VPN but they seem to share their shared secrets publicly on their website, for example : Goldenfrog ...
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What's The Easiest Way To Maintain Remote Users Access to a Webapp

Here is a real world case: A chain of high schools (several hundreds) has many websites (~ 3x number of Schools) that are content driven by users (the students). Every school maintains about 2-4 ...
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How did these websites see through the VPN tunnel? [duplicate]

I'm using privateineternetaccess to VPN my internet connection. Recently I've noticed some web sites appear to know my real location and IP address. The most alarming incident I've seem to have been ...
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How to uniquely identify / tag client devices to whitelist VPN access?

I'm just wondering if there is any way to uniquely identify or tag client devices like laptops and towers in order to whitelist them for vpn access. (Note: This is a thought-experiment at the moment, ...
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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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How am I able to use Input Director when one machine is VPN'd into work?

So - I don't actually have a problem, but I'm really curious, because apparently VPN's don't work the way I thought they did. It was my impression that when I VPN into my office, my computer is ...
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Protecting yourself from a malicious VPN

I am connecting to a VPN server that has been compromised and is under the complete control of an attacker. The virtual network itself contains numerous attackers waiting for a new target. What ...
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understanding the point of VPNs

I can't really understand the concept of VPNs, since we already have various secure transmission protocols. Isn't the point of VPNs that people using its 'channels' can send encrypted data to each ...
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Can someone tell if you are using a VPN by your IP address?

I am wondering whether a website you are accessing can tell if you are using a VPN or not based on your IP address? I have done some Google research and it appears, that this is the case. However, I ...
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How to sniff traffic on my wireless network?

For educational purposes, I want to see what packages are sent over my home wifi with VPN on and off. What program should I use for this?
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Is OpenVPN secure in this way?

I'm familiar with OpenVPN because my home router has a builtin OpenVPN server. I would like to use OpenVPN all the time, but how do I deal with situations where I don't own the routers? ex.: in a ...
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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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Are VPNs/proxies legal? [closed]

Are VPNs/proxies (and VPN/proxy software such as Tunnelblick and Hola) legal in the U.S., assuming that you are doing legitimate activities on the Internet (i.e. nothing illegal)?
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Can people use AES VPN tunnels to hide their activities from authorities?

I have read an article about programmers who use AES VPN tunnels when working remotely with clients from other countries. The article writes that this way their countries are unable to track their ...
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Questions on IDS, IPS, VLANs and VPN [closed]

I have a network that has a single point of entry the WAN. The WAN exposes about 10 static IP's that resolve internally to servers that are in the same subnet. Meaning that if you RDP over 3389 to ...
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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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need network level security alternatives to a VPN

We have a set of servers hosted at a tier-1 provider, and they are currently behind a VPN running on a gateway machine and not accessible to the open internet. Due to VPN instability issues we've ...
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Should remote access (RDP/SSH) only be allowed for VPN clients? Or should RDP and SSH be opened the public?

I am about to push hard against the powers that be and strongly recommend that we shift our many (20+) consultants from direct public access to RDP & SSH to VPN clients (connecting to a ...
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Monitoring user use VPN

If there is an employee uses the internet through an internal proxy in his company, and he use a paid VPN service to browse safely, can IT side be able to monitor his behavior?
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Remote Desktop over VPN to access other VPN

My current situation is: Site 2 can connect to site 1 via VPN. I'm on site 3. IT at site 1 doesn't allow creating a new VPN to site 1. I'm thinking of using a Remote Desktop via VPN from site 3 to ...
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Can I use a vpn to securely use prototypes of webapps from my phone or laptop?

I want to experiment with web development (using django) for both desktop and mobile. Server, phones and desktops could all be part of the same virtual private network. The VPN will be from some ...
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Is PPTP VPN ever secure? Under DD-WRT? [duplicate]

PPTP is not an open, ratified standard the way that, for example, SSL/TLS is. (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security#TLS_1.2 and http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/rfc5246/ ) The ...
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Secure the Datacenter, untrust the LAN?

In a scenario where you have a Wireless network provisioned as untrusted behind a firewall, using VPNs to reach the trusted Datacenter. Does anyone have an reason why this should/not be expanded to ...
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VPN and Firefox proxy

What happens if I use VPN and then configure my firefox browser to use SOCKS proxy? Am I then behind both or just proxy?
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How secure is split tunneling on a VPN?

What protocols get encrypted and go through the VPN? Is it just port 80 and DNS traffic that does not go through the VPN? Does this impose any security risks by running a split tunnel? Making the ...
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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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VPN tunnel in VPN tunnel

I'm wondering if there is an easy way to establish VPN tunnels through other VPN tunnels to get onion routing like properties (sender anonymity). Since VPN builds a tunnel, it should be easy to set up ...
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How to hide real IP from browsers while using VPN?

You probably know that even when you use a VPN service, browsers like Chrome and Safari can still somehow provide your real location to Google Maps etc (if you give it a permission). My question is: ...
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If someone has access to VPN and your computer, is there a point of using VPN?

If someone sniffs requests coming from my computer and my VPN's computer, there's no point using VPN, right? Because they can see the time when I made a request to my VPN and they can analyze all of ...
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Cellular Mobile Network Vulnerabilities - Is VPN the solution?

Do current mobile cellular networks like 3G offer enough security? The article from Info-Security states that 3G encryption cracked in less than two hours. Could a eavesdropper or ...
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Shall I enable 'send all traffic over VPN' on my Mac?

I want my Mac to be as secure as possible, but I don't know if the send all traffic over VPN option is safe or not. Please can someone explain if it is more secure to enable it or not.
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Sniff HTTP(S) from PPTP VPN server

I've setup an PPTP VPN server on my Debian 7 server. I'm using this VPN in combination with my Android phone to ensure a secure connection. However, i'm getting curious of what my phone is sending ...
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PPTP and Split Routing

If I uncheck the "use default gateway on remote network" to be able to browse local shares and the internet at the same time, does that void encryption?
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What methods are there of protecting a VPS from DDOS attacks? [duplicate]

I was just wondering what would be the best way to stop a VPS from being attacked, bandwidth would be a problem in this case so methods that reduce the amount of incoming attacks and stop sending ...
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Are there any known vulnerabilities in PPTP VPNs when configured properly?

PPTP is the only VPN protocol supported by some devices (for example, the Asus RT-AC66U WiFi router). If PPTP is configured to only use the most secure options, does its use present any security ...
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Does the VPN provider will have access to my content? [duplicate]

I am planning to buy a VPN service just to circumvent the filtering applied by the government. However as I am planning to use OpenVPN on my dd-wrt router, all of my data will pass through this ...
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A thought experiment about obfuscating the location of a smartphone when it is in use, is it possible? [closed]

I was thinking about how smartphones are very difficult to use in a way that does not transmit your location, with all the networks it has to connect to (and let's say a 'burner phone' is too ...