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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Setting up a Secure Home Proxy for VPN Service Providers

VPN service providers such as ProXPN offer a service in which you pay a monthly subscription, allowing you to download an app for Windows or Macs so that your traffic goes to the internet via this ...
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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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What are the risks in using a VPN tunnel

I live in a small town and I know my ISP in person. I don't like the idea he can read all my unsecured communication (if he wanted to do so). I know I can use a VPN tunnel such as SecurityKISS.com to ...
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VPN - Unique client certificates? [duplicate]

Currently installing the OpenVPN service on my Linux box and stumbled across this in a guide: All of our clients will also need certificates to be able to authenticate. These keys and ...
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How do shared IP addresses work and do they give privacy?

I assume "shared IP addresses" work by NAT, because obviously two devices with the same IP address need someway to distinguish them. I've seen some privacy advocates boast they have "shared IP ...
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Basic question about why it's useful to have VPN encrypt traffic

There may be a basic flaw in my understanding of how the internet works so sorry if this is a simple question. What type of attack does VPN protect against? For example if a local area network (let's ...
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VPN on laptop/PC monitoring

I work from home and use a VPN to connect to work. Can my company tell which time I'm using my laptop and which time I am using my PC? Is this something easy for them to check? The VPN is through ...
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Secure communication End-to-end with android and Server

I´m building a enterprise application and I need to create a secure communication between android and a server. What is the most secure way to do End-to-End communication? Should I use HTTPS or VPN? ...
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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 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 ...