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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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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Which one will give me the best VPN security when choosing Encryption algorithm in pfsense?

I want to setup an VPN server in pfsense and I can choose a lot of Encryption algorithm types ,alot!! What I have read is that the AES 256 (512 is not an option) is the best. Well even then there are ...
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Can VPNs prevent information from being stolen by keyloggers screen readers?

What role, if any, do VPNs play in preventing information being stolen by keyloggers and mouse/screen readers? Here's my thought process: Even if malicious software is present on your device, for ...
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Can I VPN a phone's connection to my home network, and then apply my home firewall to my phones network connections?

I have a decent firewall/router at home, and I was wondering whether it would be possible to use my home firewall for the connections that my phone makes, even when I'm not at home. It would mean ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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VPN using SmartPhone Location

When you VPN using your smartphone as a hotspot, can the VPN tell your location like it can when you VPN over a wireless connection hotspot?
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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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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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Protecting yourself against DNS spoofing?

Are there any things which the user can do, on their own machine, to protect against DNS spoofing? I was just thinking when I was at the airport last and I wanted to check my email I used a hotspot ...
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OpenVPN redirect-gateway def1 bypass-dhcp not working on 3G

Edit I followed @begueradj advice in comments and posted the question on ServerFault : http://serverfault.com/questions/709340/openvpn-redirect-gateway-not-working-on-3g-cellular Original Question ...
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How can secure email be used while avoiding government attention?

Presumably all unencrypted email is available to federal agencies including IP addresses, header information, and email content (eg, through SMTP with or without SSL and TLS -- thunderbird has an ...
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Route outgoing traffic through whonix gateway/tails, allow incoming vpn traffic (me->my vpn server-> tor) [migrated]

Basically I want to do VPN -> tor, but with all outgoing traffic from the VPN server going through tor, and the Virtual Machines only on the VPN server, not on my PC. So I will have a VPN which will ...
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vpn and strong authentication, how does the two work as a pair? [closed]

Dont know. maybe I was to unprecise.... I basically am asking if a SSL-VPN solution is solving both the encryption and the authentication, like that the user authenticates himself to the vpn-client ...
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Theoretical VPN and Tor Encryption Chain

Okay, so I've been looking around at the benefits of using tor to access you vpn and vice versa. Here's what I've come up with: VPN -> Tor Pros: Hides Tor usages from isp Hides your activities ...
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Tracking who is using VPN [duplicate]

Is it possible for a company to track who logs into work using VPN? How is this information tracked. I use a RSA token that is installed on my cell phone. I enter a code into the RSA app, then it ...
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Is a VPN enough to hide my trafic from my schools IT department? [duplicate]

At my school we log on WiFi with a personal login. If I wanted to hide the traffic from my computer from the network administrators would it be enough for me to use a VPN service like for example ...
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TLS Authentication with OpenVPN Server [duplicate]

I'm looking into VPN service providers and trying to find one that provide OpenVPN using certificates for authentication. I've been advised that one provider uses TLS auth and does not require ...
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Could someone compare basic anonymity vs basic computer hacker anonymity? [duplicate]

So, let's say one just doesn't want the government/corporations to know what they are doing online. Let's say, for example, that they just don't trust the NSA, FBI, Google, etc. So what are the steps ...
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Taming privacy threats using VPN [duplicate]

For privacy issues, I decided to subscribe in a VPN connection using one of the known VPN providers. However, I am still have some concerns regarding the privacy and the connection security using VPN: ...
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Remote Desktop - Can my company see web browsing in other applications while connected? [duplicate]

I access work on my personal mac via a remote desktop connection..I do this on a mac and access it via safari. My question is, can my company then see what I am browsing in Firefox while connected to ...
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How to get rid of geolocation info on linux?

First of all: I HAVE read the "Why does Google know my location?" posts but still in my case it is a bit weird / the solutions cannot fit. The Setting: Fresh installed linux. Never ever logged in ...
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MAC changer and VPN can be trusted? [duplicate]

I must spoof my identity for some reason. Are Technitium Mac Address Changer App on windows and VPN is a trusted way to be anonymous?
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What are security risks of connecting to my home vpn from my work?

I connected to my home-made VPN, which uses OpenVPN and 2048bits encryption keys, from my work. What are the security risks of doing so, given the fact that the servers are in the same network my ...
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How are some sites able to bypass vpn? [closed]

I have seen many sites which I couldn't open even if i try to access using VPN. Eg: deezer. Any method how to access the website in such cases? Well I use free vpn mainly open vpn.