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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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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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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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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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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HTTPS or HTTPS within VPN for WIFI security?

I read that HTTPS can be comprimised and is not as safe as you think. With a free VPN you have to put some trust in a free VPN server with your data, and surely your data from when it leaves the vpn ...
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IPSec VPNs and symmetric keys

When dealing with IPSec based VPNs, I understand that there is a slight "problem" with symmetric key exchange. Obviously, you can't send the keys over the VPN, since they are used to guarantee the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Is it possible to Identify a VPN user by finding relations in traffic?

If I am using VPN service to protect my identity, can my traffic be used to identify all my traffic? For example, if I am accessing two services: Some service A, where I do not leave any ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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VPS logging issues?

So people recommend a VPS (cloud) offshore, in order to ensure that a VPN provider is not logging or doing anything malicious. But isn't VPN provider = VPS hosting company? There is still a third ...
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ISP role with VPN & VPS?

I have notice online that many people get a VPN so that ISP can not view the sites you visit, create a profile of you and so on. Reading How safe is it to connect to Internet through VPN?, Jonah ...
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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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Securing a VPN connection

I'm new to this we want to install a new VPN connection that will be used to connect using Internet to some networks in the office the contractor want to use a" Cisco NAC Network Module or Cisco IPS ...
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Client side scripts through proxies

If you're trying to hide your IP address using VPN/proxies can a website using client side scripting record your real ip? If yes is there any alternative to blocking all scripts as that breaks ...
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How does Google Maps know where I am, when I'm using a VPN?

How does Google Maps determine my location? I've gotten some understanding of Google Maps' geolocation methods from here: http://friendlybit.com/js/geolocation-and-google-maps/ In the newer ...
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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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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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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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What's the safest way to access my US-based bank's website from within Mexico? VPN vs SSH vs HTTPS?

I will soon be moving to Mexico and living there for an extended period. During that time I will need to occasionally access my US-based bank's website. I'll always be connecting using my own laptop, ...
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If I use a VPN, who will resolve my DNS requests?

Will they be resolved by my VPN provider, or by my original ISP (if left on "automatic" settings)? Would I have to manually configure a dns server, to make sure my requests will not be resolved by my ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Are services like Hide My Ass and UnoDNS reasonably safe to use?

While in Germany, I want to keep using my Netflix account, watch PBS, CNBC. I have found following services: A VPN: https://hidemyass.com/vpn/promo/1/5/ A DNS: http://www.unotelly.com/unodns/ I an ...
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Whats the best way to make my internet traffic anonymous?

Recently I have thought more and more about how to make my Internet traffic anonymous. Not for illegal reasons, but just to stop leaving information about me. The methods I know of to anonymize my ...
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What are the risks of removing ISATAP from the default global block list?

The process of installing Microsofts pseudo VPN called Direct Access requires me to remove the ISATAP name from the default global block list by running this command: dnscmd /config ...
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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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Why does OpenVPN require securely sharing certs with clients?

The ubuntu docs on OpenVPN have this part in the instructions: Copy the following files to the client: /etc/openvpn/ca.crt /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/keys/hostname.crt ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Prevent network users from creating an unauthorized outgoing VPN connection to avoid network policies

Is it possible to prevent network users from creating unauthorized outgoing VPN connections to avoid network policies? Edit- What is the best way to detect unauthorized outgoing VPN connections while ...
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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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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 ...
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If an attacker is intercepting all of my traffic, will he be able to listen on my VPN session?

If I am a remote user, connecting to my firm from home, using IPSec VPN tunnel or through SSL, and an attacker is intercepting all of my traffic, will he be able to watch my VPN session on the clear ...
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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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Public wifi security protocols

I should apologise first- this post could seem a lot to ask for, but I am starting to go around in circles. I am interested in securing my laptop for when I use public wireless hotspots, as I am a ...