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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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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VPN protection against DDoS [closed]

I am thinking of getting a VON, 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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My Ipv6 is under attack by the smurf6?

when i go to whatsmyip.org under my host name i get "Your.Ipv6.Is.Under.Attack.By.The.Smurf6.Info" what does this mean? I'm using private internet access as my vpn so i'm guessing PIA is under some ...
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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, ...
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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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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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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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Anonymity through Tor over VPN [closed]

I want to do some research on network anonymity. Assume that I am careful enough not to disclose any personal information while connected to an anonymous network. If I run a system that uses TOR ...
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Remote administration methods

There is a requirement for users to remotely access one of my corporate servers from internet. Policy wise, i would want them to at least use 2FA for communication,eg VPN Tokens, password+SMS etc. ...
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Is a VPN anonymous enough or do I also need to use TOR?

Is an anonymous VPN (like frootvpn) all I need to remain anonymous online or do I also need to use TOR or take other measures?
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Can you still be tracked when using a VPN?

If I am using a VPN on twitter, can an organisation like Anonymous or Lulzec track me and find out my identity?
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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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Is using an free and anonymous VPN service safe? [closed]

There are VPN services that are totally free and high speed vpn which makes me think, how can they offer such a service for free without ads nor donations? Is using this VPN safe? Regarding my ...
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What does this mismatching SSL certificate hint at?

I'm currently visiting China, and I use a well known VPN service for both my laptop and my phone. Every now and then, I get certificate errors when using my phone when I'm connected to a VPN, but ...
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SFTP or FTP through VPN?

I'm struggling to find out whether or not I should set up SFTP since I already connect to the internet using a secure VPN. Is the security using FTP through a VPN (using OpenVPN, more specifically ...
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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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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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Defeating Browser Fingerprinting by spoofing the browser user agent and VPN

I don't want any website to identify me and to know what is my geographical location. As far as a website is concerned, I am always a new visitor who never visits it prior. If I leave the website, ...
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Help understanding VPN

I've been reading about VPNs lately, and I'm struggling to understand what they do and how they're essential components to upholding anonymity online. The basic idea I have is that a VPN allows two ...
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Should you use a VPN while on the same network as the VPN server?

This questions is somehow connected to this other one, where I asked whether it was better to have a dedicated VPN machine or to use the built-in VPN feature of the router when connecting from an ...
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Why is browsing while logged onto a VPN from public wifi more secure than not?

I've been trying to wrap my brain around VPNs for a while now, but can't find a good source that answers the questions I have. In particular, I can't understand why browsing from a public access ...
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Is there a security difference between remote desktop or VPN?

Is there any difference in security between browsing the internet on a remote desktop and using a VPN to browse the internet on a local machine? In this case assume both use the same encryption ...
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should I not accept cookies for the sake of anonymity?

Let's say I had a Gmail account. Should I just not have a Gmail account, or should I not use their cookies? How bad are the cookies, in of themselves? I obviously wouldn't log into it, with my VPN or ...
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Finding the IP address origin of malware attacker behind VPN and proxies

I have a client that wants me to begin doing research on finding the origin of a persistent attacker to their network and employees. I haven't gotten the specifics yet, but I'm trying to think of ways ...
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How do I know that my connection is really encrypted?

I am using a VPN to ensure to encrypt my browsing. I wonder though if I could check somehow if the datastream really is encrypted?
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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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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 ...