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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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, and I want to make sure that each phone's service isn't abused. To that end I need ...
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Anti-virus anonymity question

Many people pay for VPNs and select the VPN based on whether or not that VPN keeps logs of the user's activities and if so for how long. The motivation is privacy- they don't want their surfing habits ...
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Uploading file with VPN…can they see my real ip?

If I'm connected to a VPN, and I upload a file to a website from my computer via a system similar to this Can they tell that I have uploaded it from my real IP or will they see my VPN IP? Thank you ...
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Are VPNS vulnerable to active man in the middle attacks?

I know that with SSL/TLS, man in the middle attacks are not possible. For example if Alice and Bob are trying to communicate and Trudy is trying to perform a man in the middle attack, then when Alice ...
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How can a VPN use a virtual router and not send encrypt traffic and still be safe?

Today in networking class we were talking about VPNs. The prof got on topic of virtual routers and said that a way some VPNs work is by a client would purchase the service from the ISP and the ISP ...
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VPN disconnection and snooping

When you use VPN, what happens if the VPN server goes offline? Would Windows silently revert to using your LAN connection, without notifying you? This would be an OK behavior if you use VPN to access ...
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Practical way to communicate a pre-shared key?

Company A needs to set up an IPsec VPN with company B, where each side will configure its own devices. Is there a recommended practical and quick way to communicate a pre-shared key from A to B? I ...
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Secure connection between two clients inside a wifi without internet connection

I'm currently trying to understand secure connections inside a WiFi network without an Internet connection. I would like to use some sort of SSL tunneling inside a WiFi network between two clients. ...
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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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Idea for hiding your mobile phones' location, and still be able to place and receive calls. Any suggestions?

The diagram below is a thought experiment that could provide a certain level of privacy to mobile (smart)phone users, beyond what they currently have. Some of it is purely theoretical, but it should ...
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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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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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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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If I use a VPN such as IP Vanish on my office network, can they see [closed]

If I use a VPN service such as IPVanish, will my browsing history appear in office logs. My office sometimes checks on User's network activity to monitor various things. Will using a VPN service hide ...
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Short Lived Email account for VPN signup [closed]

I'm curious about how the process of signing up for a VPN service with a short lived 'disposable' email address would work. Firstly, what benefit (if any) is there to creating the account ...
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Is chaining multiple VPNs a good way to reach anonymity on the internet?

I would like to chain a couple, say 6 or 7, VPNs together to create a sort of "super" encrypted lane on the internet. I'm not too concerned about speeds, all I want is privacy and anonymity. I've ...
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VPN detection with installed client [closed]

I would like to know: How can they detect the VPN? Does installing the client mean they can see background processes and see the VPN software? Or is the only way that they use a blacklist of known ...
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Secure point to point remote access to NAS drive

This question is very similar but also distinctly different (How do I ensure data encryption on Samba transmission on *NIX systems?) I'm looking to set up remote access to a NAS unit locally sharing ...
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What are the practical risks of using IKE Aggressive mode with a pre-shared key?

Our scanning vendor is marking us down because we are using IKEv1 in Aggressive Mode with a pre-shared key. We are using Sonicwall's Global VPN Client to connect to the VPN device in question. I ...
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VPN Tunnel Routing Question

I'm a little confused about how VPNs work ... I read that they provide an end-to-end encrypted tunnel between you and whoever you're trying to connect to but is that actually the case? VPNs let you ...
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Can wifi network administrators see through proxy servers?

I've looked at a lot of VPNs, and "what's my ip address" sites confirm that outsiders can't tell where I really am when I'm using them, but I haven't been able to get my own WiFi yet, so I don't know ...
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Securing a VPS network with a VPN and a DMZ

I've got several VPS boxes (Digital Ocean boxes w/Ubuntu) that I would like to lock down from the outside world. I want to have several private boxes (web servers, db servers, puppet/master boxes ...
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How to post comments on websites without being traced back

Just trying to get some general sense about the security on internet now-a-days. There are so many websites I go and comment on different things. If some comments are political and they don't like, I ...
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Repercussions of hacked router?

I am staying in Thailand right now on a "long holiday" to do some work on my laptop. A few weeks I noticed that at the condo where I am staying, sometimes I am redirected to ad sites. I researched it ...
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how to continuously caputre all my network traffic? [closed]

I've got a Linux desktop that will be a gateway between my private network and the open internet. I'd like it to capture and store all network traffic passing through it continuously, 24/7 (until the ...
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Is QuickVPN Secure

Does QuickVPN create a secure tunnel or how does it work to provide encryption and security? When I did a see my IP it was using the remote locations IP and not my office network's IP so does that ...
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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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Accessing a server through VPN [migrated]

We have a webserver which is hosted outside our office. The firewall of the server limits the access (ssh, sftp, etc) by ip; only the public static ips of our office can access it. Our problem is ...
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VPN protection against ddos [closed]

I am thinking of getting a vpn, for ddos protection and other various things, though what if an attacker knows my real ip already?
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How do nested vpns through VM work?

Let's say I have 2 different VPN services (vpn1 and vpn2) both using OpenVPN and a Linux host running a guest VM. Now let's suppose I connect from the Linux host to vpn1. Then I connect from the ...
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How secure is L2TP+IPSEC?

I understand PPTP is widely used still, but insecure. A convenient alternative is: L2TP+IPSEC. How secure is it? What steps in the server setup can I take to maintain a high degree of compatibility ...
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VPN Server + Anonymity + Adblock for mobile Devices

In order to improve private security and anonymity while browsing the web on my mobile devices I wanted to tunnel all traffic to my own server via VPN and use a proxy software to filter unwanted ...
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Is it possible to combine VPN and TOR on the same connection? [duplicate]

I'm looking into using a Raspberry Pi 2 between my Router and my Modem acting as an VPN and possibly a TOR gateway (two-in-one). It should just be out-of-the-way and passively/transparently route all ...
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OpenVPN bridging vs routing: which is more secure?

I have read about the differences between routing and bridging in OpenVPN, but I haven't found much from a security perspective. Which of the two modes is more secure?
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Websites visited on a VPN network

My residence provide wifi and I'm using my personal computer to connect to it. I use a login and password to have access to internet. Some websites are blocked on it. Sometimes I log into VPN(using ...
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making online transactions over proxy

So I went over quite a lot of topics here and on the internet.. but I still can't seem to completely understand this issue. How secure really are services like proxies, VPN or VPS? VPN is promoted ...
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Configure icefloor to prevent leaks when VPN connected

I am trying to configure icefloor firewall on OS X 10.9 so as to make sure all traffic will go through VPN. I recently notified that even with "Route all traffic through vpn" option in tunnelblick ...
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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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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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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, ...