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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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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Whats the best way to make my internet traffic anonymous?

Recently I have thought more and more about how to make my Internet traffic anonymous. Not for illegal reasons, but just to stop leaving information about me. The methods I know of to anonymize my ...
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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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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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What are the pros and cons of a VPN for privacy

Recently I have been getting more and more interested in the security (privacy and anonymity) issues of my online life. Not that I have anything to hide, or that what I do online is so interesting to ...
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How safe is it to connect to Internet through VPN?

Sometimes I connect to the Internet using a VPN connection to be able to access the blocked websites. I've got a few questions regarding this: Are my important data (like my credentials) vulnerable ...
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How can I detect a VPN connection (even just in some cases) to get the real location of the user

I'm creating a web site, I would like to allow people to sign-up only from their "real" physical location (not using a VPN). I was thinking maybe comparing local and server time... what else...? ...
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What is the difference in security between a VPN- and a SSL-connection?

I would like to design a client-server application where the server is placed on Internet. I assume that I could set up the client-server connection using VPN (is it using IPSec?) or using a SSL ...
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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 logs to the government, some inject ads into your HTTP, some are in other countries, you might not have any ...
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Is there any way for my ISP or LAN admin to learn my gmail address as a result of me logging into gmail's web interface through via their network?

The title says it all, really. I'm Alice, and I want to login to Gmail's web interface through my browser. Ike, the internet service provider, and Adam, the local network administrator, would like to ...
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Connect through two VPN clients

What exactly happens if I connect through two VPN clients on my laptop? For example, I connect using Cisco Any Connect, and then use another VPN client (such as HotSpot Shield or proXPN) to connect ...
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Does a VPN hide what URLs I visit?

It's clear that someone listening on a network could still find out what website I visit over HTTPS (as discussed here) but what about when surfing in a VPN? What exactly can the underlying network ...
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What is a DNS leak?

I'm planning on getting a VPN service (probably Privateinternetaccess) and read that it is imperative to plug DNS leaks. The only information I found on google describing what these are is here and I ...
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My college is forcing me to install their SSL certificate. How to protect my privacy?

My college administration is forcing us to install Cyberoam Firewall SSL certificate so that they can view all the encrypted traffic to "improve our security". If I don't install the certificate than ...
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Anonymity on Facebook - how do they suggest people I should know?

I want to know how Facebook discovers the people who you know in real life or who know you. I tried the following to see if Facebook can still discover my acquaintances in real life and suggest them ...
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Understanding VPNs : How VPNs can be used for anonymization?

Previously, I asked the question Why is it difficult to catch “Anonymous” or “Lulzsec” (groups)? I understood every answer except the VPN thing. Its because I never knew what VPNs were. Any how that ...
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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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VPN tunnel inside other VPN tunnel

This question is kind of asked already but it was asked with different context: VPN tunnel in VPN tunnel Connect through two VPN clients ...
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How can I use a VPN to protect my privacy

How should I configure a VPN in order to access blocked websites and to hide my identity? Usually I use SSH tunneling to protect my privacy and to escape censorship. I know nothing else about VPNs ...
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Is using Tor and VPN combination more secure?

I have been reading more about Tor and its risks to personal data leakage to the exit nodes in the chain. This last node can snatch encryption keys or log in information of websites I may have ...
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Can my company access my computer via the VPN?

The job I have requires that we have computers at home, a few years ago they had everyone install a VPN on our home personal computers (the company did not provide us with these computer) how safe if ...
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How can you be caught using Private VPN when there's no logs about who you are?

I know there are 2 services of VPN (free and paid). Normally, free VPNs need money from somewhere and sometimes they can sell your information to any agency that needs it. Now, if we are talking about ...
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How safe are employee laptops in China against International corporate espionage?

I recently took a business trip to China. Our IT department told me I could not take my normal machine, and instead gave me a loaner. This loaner had MS Outlook and was linked to my normal company ...
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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 the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections

Based on Diffie-Hellman's negotiation of key exchange, why would it turn out that only a few primes are commonly used? What and who determines the prime? Would it not be safer to use a safe prime? ...
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Public wifi security protocols

I should apologise first- this post could seem a lot to ask for, but I am starting to go around in circles. I am interested in securing my laptop for when I use public wireless hotspots, as I am a ...
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How can I tell if a PPTP tunnel is secure?

PPTP has been demonstrated to be broken in many ways, and most installations are insecure. But it is also theoretically not broken if configured correctly. As an end-user, is there a simple way for ...
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Are VPNS vulnerable to active man in the middle attacks?

I know that with SSL/TLS, man in the middle attacks are not possible. For example if Alice and Bob are trying to communicate and Trudy is trying to perform a man in the middle attack, then when Alice ...
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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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“VPN -> Tor: Go to jail” - What's the logic behind this?

The VPN won't see anymore than your ISP already is. So even if the VPN was logging everything you did, shouldn't it just leave you in status quo? How can it ever compromise your identity, that you ...
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Does a VPN provide any security benefits over sshuttle or a vanilla ssh tunnel?

I use sshuttle to tunnel my traffic through one of my remote boxes whenever I'm in a cafe or connected to an insecure network. Does a VPN provide any additional security benefit over this kind of ...
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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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Public AP: How to reduce vulnerability window between Captive Portal and starting VPN?

I always use a VPN on my Mac when I access over public APs (such as coffee shop free WiFi) How much should I worry about the window of time where I am in the captive portal (the agreement screen) and ...
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Does having a VPN service mean accessing my email etc. over public free open WiFi mean I have security/privacy? [duplicate]

Is my information secure over public WiFi if I use a VPN service? i.e. protection of emails and login details.
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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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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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SSL VPN Detection and possible to block

Is it possible to determine the difference between a VPN on port 443 compared to standard SSL traffic? In order to access SSL websites you need port 443 open but if you setup a VPN Service on port ...
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How is a website determining my location even via VPN? [duplicate]

I'm currently in China, and accessing the Internet via a VPN in the USA. When I access Google maps or other location-based web services, they all show my location as that of the VPN server. However, ...
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When connecting to internet through VPN what precautions should be taken?

I've read this similar question and it has some very good information. Can a site that has personal information about you be accessed by another site to determine who you are/where you are? For ...
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Defeating Browser Fingerprinting by spoofing the browser user agent and VPN

I don't want any website to identify me and to know what is my geographical location. As far as a website is concerned, I am always a new visitor who never visits it prior. If I leave the website, ...
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How does my internet look over a public wifi connection? [duplicate]

I am curious. I use VPN over a public wifi. How does my internet traffic look as it is being transmitted over the public wifi connection? Can anyone intercept and determine what websites I visit? ...
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What can IT see and log? [closed]

First of all, I'm a co-owner of my company and I am using my own computer on my company network. Occasionally I'll browse some websites throughout the day to kill some time. My business partner ...
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What are darknets, and how can they be used to provide security and anonymity in network communication?

One of the major problems with the internet is that it's difficult to stay anonymous while retaining the ability to communicate with a large number of people. While encryption can be done effectively ...
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Can an open Wi-Fi hotspot be considered “secure” when using a VPN connection?

There are many open Wi-Fi hotspots scattered around from cafes to airports. I understand that a non-passworded Wi-Fi leaves traffic unencrypted and therefore available for hackers to read. I also ...
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How can I tunnel through an SSH server for application layer protocols such as HTTP/s and FTP?

Are there client programs that allow me to "tunnel" through my SSH enabled server for normal Internet requests such as HTTP(s)? If so what are they and can someone point me in the right direction? ...
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IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) facts

Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) is a successor of the ISO standard Network Layer Security Protocol (NLSP). What are the advantages, disadvantages, other interesting facts regarding the protocol?
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Is it possible to Identify a VPN user by finding relations in traffic?

If I am using VPN service to protect my identity, can my traffic be used to identify all my traffic? For example, if I am accessing two services: Some service A, where I do not leave any ...
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Could I delete .csr files when the key is signed by CA

I'm creating my own openvpn server. The Certificate authority is located on a separated host. There is two kind of clients: which that just send a .csr and to which i send the .crt as an answer and ...
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Why does OpenVPN require securely sharing certs with clients?

The ubuntu docs on OpenVPN have this part in the instructions: Copy the following files to the client: /etc/openvpn/ca.crt /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/keys/hostname.crt ...
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OpenSSL, x509: what's the significance of CN (Common Name)?

With regard to these three items Certificate Authorities (CA) Gateway certificates End-point Certificates (client-cert) What is the significance of the Common Name CN with regard to the a VPN? ...