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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HeartBleed and Closed Source Hardware like Cisco

With the release of heartbleed how does one protect themselves with closed source networking hardware like cisco? Especially hardware with VPN variety. Would it be best to replaced such systems with ...
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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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What can my university see if they have my MAC address?

when i first got to my university i had to provide my MAC address to get access to the internet. What i want to know is what information can they get from having my MAC address linked to my name. i ...
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Force all traffic through VPN [migrated]

I am using PfSense as a firewall, with its VPN functionality. The client I use is Shrew Soft VPN client. As it is a split tunnel, is there a way I can force all traffic through the VPN connection, ...
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Is there any point to connecting to a VPN server while on the local network?

I plan on installing a VPN server on one of my computers that is running Ubuntu for purposes of connecting to my local network while I am not at home. At home I also have a desktop computer (separate ...
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BYOD - Looking for Secure means of Wiping Data Remotely

We are in the process of implementing a Bring Your Own Device policy to allow our many employees to use their personal laptops and desktops (Windows platform) to VPN into our company's network. These ...
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What's the difference between VPN over TCP vs UDP?

My VPN provider gives me the option between using UDP and TCP for connections. According to this site UDP is faster for short distance. I'm on the same contentent as my server, is that considered ...
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Vpn Vs Hotspot-Sheild

i have learning some basic stuff regarding intrusion/hack.to elaborate more a VPN is a virtual Network that is used to hide IP address of the attacker. A Hotspot sheild is also used to change IP ...
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Does using NAT-T for L2TP / IPsec VPN pose a realistic security risk?

I'm working on upgrading an old Windows RAS server that hosts PPTP VPN. I want to move to a L2TP/IPsec VPN. Due to the firewall appliance we use, the VPN server has to be behind a NAT. This means ...
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Skype Audio / Video Session over VPN?

Basically I'm wondering if a Skype video session along with audio could be logged (or recorded) over a virtual private network? I know whoever hosts the VPN server can log which websites you visit (or ...
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Online collaborative team, connecting to 1 or more servers [migrated]

I have a team of partners working from different locations in the world. We all are connecting to our own VPS, as well as to a bunch of customers websites via http and ftp to other shared or vps ...
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Multiple VPN clients in parallel

If I were to run more than one VPN clients on my machine, simultaneously, what risks would be involved? E.g. are there technical conflicts, such that it wouldn't work right? Could there be ...
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What does a Remote Desktop Connection risk for both computers?

I recently had a malware issue called "mysearchdial" that installed itself into my home computer's browser because someone didn't pay attention to what they were installing. I RDP'd into my work ...
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PFS incentive during IKE Phase 2

I'm trying to see the actual point in implementing Perfect Forward Secrecy during Internet Key Exchange Phase 2, if it had already been used during Phase 1. Quoting the IKEv2 RFC: RFC 5596 ...
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Can HTTPS or VPN connection be sniffed through UTM device?

Someone told me that if my device communicates with a server on Internet via VPN connection or HTTPS, all the contents that I have sent can be sniffed and decrypted by the UTM device (or more ...
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Setup of Kali Linux for reverse shell connections over the internet

I am running Kali Linux as a VM on my Windows machine which is NAT'd behind my company network, if I wish to pen test a website for a client and believe that a reverse shell is possible, what is a ...
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Alternative to VPN

We have a network that is completely closed to the outside world. It needs to be. Problem is we need to remote into a server on this network once in a blue moon for diagnostics. We've discussed ways ...
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How can I protect myself from the VPN operator when using a VPN to gain free access to the Internet?

I live in a country that the government blocks most ways of accessing to the uncensored Internet (like blocking VPN pptp, l2tp), Luckily there are some very fast services still available like Kerio ...
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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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How to hide real IP from browsers while using VPN?

You probably know that even when you use a VPN service, browsers like Chrome and Safari can still somehow provide your real location to Google Maps etc (if you give it a permission). My question is: ...
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VPNs vulnerable to MiTM because ANY certificate goes

I spoke to a sysadmin in a business center today who intended to basically perform a MiTM (as he called it) on every connection in his network because people in his office building are using VPNs and ...
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Open VPN has DNS leak

Since using www.dnsleaktest.com I have found that any VPN service using Open VPN will leak my DNS through the tunnel. I have tried and tested several VPN providers, even those who say that they have ...
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Howto pass overly protective corporate firewall

My Corporate Network was always being monitored, but a few days ago they started to block and censor all HTTPS traffic. Recently IT guys forged certificates for all major HTTPS web sites and acts as a ...
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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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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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If I use a VPN, who will resolve my DNS requests?

Will they be resolved by my VPN provider, or by my original ISP (if left on "automatic" settings)? Would I have to manually configure a dns server, to make sure my requests will not be resolved by my ...
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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 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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Duration of torrent activity and ISP tracking [closed]

The only reason I use BitTorrent is to download Linux distros, Open source apps and large documentation files. My ISP contacted me once and warned me: Ok, you aren't downloading anything illegal ...
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Does the principle of the CRIME & BEAST attack affect VPNs?

I was recently reading about the attacks on SSL/TLS that CRIME and BEAST were able to exploit by attacking the compression in the secure session. Upon reading this I remembered that OpenVPN has ...
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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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How is Facebook locating me when I use a VPN?

I am using a private VPN network for my internet connection. But it seems that if I go to http://m.facebook.com and try to check in, Facebook sees my location properly. My IP address seems to be from ...
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Can authentication in social networks through VPN defeat the purpose of the latter?

If a person uses VPN and authenticates herself to some social network through the VPN, doesn't she lose her anonymity for as long as the VPN session is used ? By losing her anonymity, I mean that her ...
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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 can I detect if someone is using an ssh tunnel as a proxy to connect to a VPN?

I've got an SSH server setup in a remote location, which I use to tunnel traffic from an android tablet. On the tablet, I have the Cisco AnyConnect app to connect to my company's VPN. We want to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I protect files on my personal home PC for when it is connected to my employers network via VPN? [duplicate]

I think my employer uses Citrix product to supply VPN. I have files in My Documents folder on my home PC that I would not want my employer to be able to access when I am connected over their VPN. I am ...
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ISP role with VPN & VPS?

I have notice online that many people get a VPN so that ISP can not view the sites you visit, create a profile of you and so on. Reading How safe is it to connect to Internet through VPN?, Jonah ...
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How do I pick a VPN provider?

There's a lot of VPN providers out there. Some are free, some are for a fee, some report to the government, some inject ads int your HTTP, some are in other countries, you might not have any real ...
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How does Google Maps know where I am, when I'm using a VPN?

How does Google Maps determine my location? I've gotten some understanding of Google Maps' geolocation methods from here: http://friendlybit.com/js/geolocation-and-google-maps/ In the newer ...
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How does VPN (IPSec) work?

Let's assume both, my VPN client and VPN gateway has public and private keys. I encrypt my request with VPN gateway's public key. VPN gateway gets the request, decrypts it with private key. Then, VPN ...
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Is setting up my own VPN more secure than buying from third party vendors?

When Googling for the most trusted VPN provider (for keeping your anonymity), some users say that the best way to go is to just setup your own (e.g., OpenVPN) using a dedicated server. How is this ...
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Is my information secure when using Private Tunnel? [duplicate]

I am using Private Tunnel to do some tasks involving sensitive data like logging in to PayPal and online banking. Is my data safe or can it be retrieved by other users of the Private Tunnel service?
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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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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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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 ...