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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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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symmetric encryption session keys in SSL/TLS

This question concerns the session send and receive keys used in SSL/TLS protocol. my understanding is that this key uses symmetric encryption (DES, AES, BlowFish, etc.) I'm wondering, if ...
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Are there any known vulnerabilities in PPTP VPNs when configured properly?

PPTP is the only VPN protocol supported by some devices (for example, the Asus RT-AC66U WiFi router). If PPTP is configured to only use the most secure options, does its use present any security ...
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Understanding OpenWRT LuCI Firewall Routing with VPN

I'm still fairly new to networking, and I'm having a little trouble grasping some concepts of the proper firewall rules I need to implement for my desired setup. I'm setting up a router with OpenWRT ...
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How should I approach learning Verifiable Encryption?

I need to act as a proxy for certain types of encrypted data, and I want to make sure that my service isn't abused. To that end I need to verify the general structure of the data going through my ...
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How to configure μTorrent for a VPN? [migrated]

I am using a VPN connection successfully for browsing but I have trouble when using it for torrents. I am sure that P2P is enabled by the VPN company so I must be missing some configuration. I know ...
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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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Anti-virus anonymity question

Many people pay for VPNs and select the VPN based on whether or not that VPN keeps logs of the user's activities and if so for how long. The motivation is privacy- they don't want their surfing habits ...
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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 to design a right VPN connection for an organisation (Interconnected MPLS link or Individual FW)

Thanks in advance for your advice We have to implement VPN connection for nearly 7 countries Option 1 : As we have private MPLS link to all 7 countries. It is been outsourced Third party. They ...
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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 ...
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Unable to connect to VPN, but can connect to the internet [migrated]

I have a client that is trying to access my VPN server from a newly allowed connection at his work place. He can connect to the internet and browse when he plugs in his laptop, but when he tries the ...
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How to protect iKvM, IPMI, KvM Interfaces from 0day and other exploits

In REF to http://threatpost.com/ipmi-protocol-bmc-vulnerabilities-expose-thousands-of-servers-to-attack and the hacks of several companies and web hosts have been hit and had their servers wiped from ...
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Would a VPN with changing configs do the same job as different VMs

I was reading this question. So my question: Would using a VPN and swapping out configuration files that change your IP address mask the same as using different VMs?
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Prevent location being exposed through VPN

I use the Astrill VPN service to access websites that my country has blocked. There is nothing sinister going on here. Sites like google and youtube have all been blocked. This VPN service offers ...
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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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Differences between using Tor browser and VPN

I can't quite figure out the differences between using the Tor browser and using a VPN (like concretely proXPN). From what I understand the idea is the same, that they both hide the IP address. The ...
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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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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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Can a VPN connection established by running a VPN client from an arbitrary location increase security?

I came across this interesting device called SurfEasy Private Browser. Here's the company's webpage and here's the product page on Amazon.com. I assume it's just a USB stick with a VPN client and ...
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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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IPsec: Is AH in tunnel mode secure?

I have a site-to-site IPsec VPN which was performing poorly (10 -20% upload/download speeds as a percentage of available WAN circuit bandwidth) when using ESP in tunnel mode with DES encryption and ...
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Is a self-signed SHA-1 certificate sufficient security for a company transmitting sensitive data?

We recently decided to pay an ISP (a substantial sum, mind) for a managed internet service up to and including the router in our head office. Part of the initial discussions made it clear that ...
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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 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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How to properly test that an OpenVPN connection is secured?

I have a router (ASUS RT-AC66U) with an embedded OpenVPN server. I'm able to successfully connect to the OpenVPN on the router, as well as, access internal services in my home network; However, ...
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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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How can I protect myself against DNS leaks?

As discussed here, a DNS leak is where DNS lookups ignore your current routing (in the example of a VPN connection) and still end up going out over your normal internet connection. This can ...
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How can I find my home network's vulnerabilities when opening it for VPN connections

I want to open my home network so I can connect to it via VPN to do things™ while not at home. This concerns me because I am potentially opening doors that I don't know about. What tools can I use ...
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Expose the source code repository externally or allow VPN access?

To allow third party consultants, offshore developers and contractors working on the code, we can expose our Git repository externally. Or we can grant VPN access to the external parties and limit ...
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Can First Hop Man in the Middle be Defeated with TOR or VPN?

I was reading this article about a certain in flight WiFi provider issuing fake SSL certificates for Google. This doesn't really surprise me all that much since I'm well aware of the concept of ...
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Is password + second factor more secure than public key auth now? (SSH)

I ask this question because, I think, we now can reasonably assume the following: NSA can break VPN and SSH: This is stated many times in the unclassified slides. Also, GCHQ has demonstrated (and ...
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Can IPs be trusted inside a VPN?

Question I have several linux clients connected to an OpenVPN server. Each client is given a persistent IP based on their X509 Common Name. Can I trust these IPs ? Context I have Client1 and ...
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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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How do people know that IP adress belongs to VPN?

It seems that many servers know that I use VPN. They either block me completely or make me answer CAPTCHA etc. I want to use VPN but seems that many hosts don't want their customers to use VPN. How ...
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iOS VPN profiles - are the signing certificates global? Can this be a MITM exploit?

I have installed an app on iOS to connect to a well-known VPN service. The app requests installation of a profile onto iOS, which as far as I can see are a collection of 7 certificates - 5 of which ...
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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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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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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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Would our company system be more secure using a VPN?

I'm currently building a back-office system for our company [for internal use] that will manage our customers, accounts etc (not interested in don't reinvent the wheel comments today, thank you!). I'm ...
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Why should I use easy-rsa when using OpenVPN?

Reading this guide on how to setup an OpenVPN server on a Raspberry Pi, I saw this line: 4) You don’t want anyone who finds your VPN server address to be able to connect. So next, we’re going to ...
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Is a VPN really secure at the VPN providers side? [closed]

Please forgive my basic ignorance regarding a VPN connection. As I understand it, a VPN connection encrypts all the data between my computer and the VPN provider. Thus preventing my ISP from seeing ...
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What can my university see by installing a CA root certificate on my computer, even when I'm using a VPN?

To use the wifi at my university, you must install a CA root certificate by them. In my case, I am using a Mac computer with a VPN installed. I'm curious, what can they see me do on my computer by ...
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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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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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Is there a way to make Tor network your full VPN?

Is there a way to use Tor network as your VPN, proxy or something alike? I have been gone to their website but I've seen just browser (Tor Browser), bridge, relay and exit. Is there way to tell ...
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How safe can connecting to VPN really be?

I would like to make this story as short as possible since my question is not that long, I have worked with journalists previously in war zone where we investigated the involvement of EU IT companies ...
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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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Security considerations in providing VPN access to non-company issued computers

There have been a few people at my office that have requested the installation of DropBox on their computers to synchronize files so they can work on them at home. I have always been wary about cloud ...