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How are DNS requests sent when using ovenvpn? Are they encrypted?

I use openvpn in thru the gnome network manager. When my computer is connected to the vpn do DNS requests look like they come from the vpn exit ip or from my real ip? Are the DNS requests sent in the ...
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Will the ISP know what sites I visit if I use a VPN? [duplicate]

If I use a VPN, and visit any site on HTTPS, will the ISP know what sites I have visited? Because IP-addresses of websites are not encrypted? And if the answer is yes, are there any ways to solve ...
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How to pick an enterprise VPN provider?

We have always deployed our own VPN using an open source package, but as our company is growing we've become increasingly aware of the importance of scaling this solution, especially now we operate ...
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Shared Office Network Security - VPNs, Firewalls, and systems

First, let me premise this post with the fact that I am completely new to network security. I have done a fair bit of reading up, but I am certainly by no means a professional. If anything I say here ...
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Can an OpenVPN server track the client os type?

I was wondering when I connect to an OpenVPN server what kind of information can the server extract from my client? Obviously the server can detect my user-id, pwd, but can it detect: My vpn-client-...
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Is ExpressVPN using hidden trackers? or spyware?

I have ExpressVPN installed and keep getting strange warnings from malwarebytes antimalware. First odd fact is that XVPND.exe is always running, even after a reboot. I have set ExpressVPN to not ...
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VPN through VPN question [duplicate]

I was wondering about data consumption and VPN through VPN. If I have a router connected to a vpn server within the same country as I am, then create another VPN tunnel through a software on my ...
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Public/private key auth and VPN

If a server uses public/private key authentication to access SSH, will there be any advantage of restricting the access of SSH over VPN? This link describes both approaches to solve brute force ...
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Online anonymity for a journalist in a dangerous country [closed]

I am a journalist in a corrupt country. I am concerned that my online usage will allow my antagonists to track me down, and it wouldn't end very good. I am aware that I may use TOR and VPNs, and ...
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Port forwarding with VPN

EDIT: My VPN has port forwarded a 5-digit tcp/udp port for me. What kind of attacks am I opening the computer to with VPN port forwarding?
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Should I use my trusted VPN for all my traffic? [closed]

I use my trusted VPN primarily for the sake of anonymity (to avoid data being collected about my Internet browsing), although I am aware of its security benefit -- traffic encryption. My question, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 etc....
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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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Should VPN passwords be stored in plaintext?

I know nothing about setting up a VPN, but it happens that I use a VPN add-on for Firefox, and that the VPN provider stores the user password in plaintext. Last week I installed a VPN add-on for ...
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How to know if accessing to a VPN service is safe and won't steal my data

I want to know if a VPN service is safe or not. If the VPN server itself can catch or sneak peek my data? Or as long as it is a VPN service, then the security is protected by the algorithm itself? ...
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How to establish VPN connection through Tor? [closed]

How do I connect to a VPN network via Tor? Is it more anonymous than the other way around (VPN-->Tor)?
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Snoopers Charter VPN advice needed

With the Snoopers Charter coming soon in the UK, I intend to start using a VPN service. Disregarding issues of the VPN logging user details or leaving my IP address discoverable, what other potential ...
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How does WebRTC bypass a VPN Tunnel

While reading about WebRTC I was wondering how exactly the default route through an established VPN tunnel is being bypassed. If I'm not mistaken the VPN tunnel is normally represented in the system ...
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A neighbor took the Mac address from my router

It would appear one of my neighbours is monitoring my internet traffic, I am wondering firstly how is this possible and secondly would using a VPN stop the attacker from being able to read / intercept ...
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Difference between X-Forwarded-For IP, X-Real-IP, VPNs and TOR

I have this Google Chrome Privacy Preserving Extension that I am working on. Where I can spoof the header information e.g user agents and else. When I spoof X-Forwarded-For IP and go to http://...
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VPN multiple IP users anonymity

During a support conversation with my VPN provider, I asked specifically: "is it impossible to filter out a single VPN user since your IPs are in use by many?". The answer was yes, it is impossible. ...
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Possible to use custom SSL or TCP/IP packets to detect VPN use?

What custom TCP/IP packets or other statistics can I use to detect VPN usage? I understand that this may generate a number of false positives, but my goal is to focus analysis on certain types of ...
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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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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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Does VPN remote port forwarding compromise the anonymity of the VPN user?

An anonymous VPN service will typically assign the same public IP address to many VPN users. This procedure ensures that a connection cannot be traced back to the VPN subscriber: behind the veil of ...
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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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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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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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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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How does SFTP work? Please help someone [migrated]

We run a system that automatically sends a swift message at the end of a process. But this messages are sent using FTP. We feel the FTP process is too prone to MITMA and wish to change the sending ...