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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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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Is there a legitimate reason I should be required to use my company's computer? (BYOD prohibited)

I just got a new job at a medium-sized (~100 employees) company and one of the first things I was told is that I cannot use my own computer, because I need to be able to connect to their network, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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Safe to make a VPN connection over coffee shop WIFI?

On my work laptop I regularly create a VPN connection that I use to remote desktop to our web server. Is this safe to do on a coffee shop where random people are connected to the same wifi network?
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Is a VPN really required with free Wi-Fi on a train?

Our local train service has added free Wi-Fi. I have been checking GMail and logging into a few apps. Then logging into websites using HTTPS. Is this secure, especially if done via app? The network ...
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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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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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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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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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Is my phone carrier monitoring my traffic?

Today I started using a VPN on my phone (nexus 5), and after I switched on mobile data and turned off my WiFi, I received a text message from my carrier offering me roaming packages for Europe (which ...
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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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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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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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How can encrypted traffic bypass the Great Firewall of China when it is being blocked?

The Great Firewall of China is controlled by the government and has put in place a "learning algorithm" to block unapproved encrypted traffic. The only way to get encrypted traffic through the ...
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If an attacker is intercepting all of my traffic, will he be able to listen on my VPN session?

If I am a remote user, connecting to my firm from home, using IPSec VPN tunnel or through SSL, and an attacker is intercepting all of my traffic, will he be able to watch my VPN session on the clear ...
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Do VPNs provide sufficient protection over public wireless networks?

I know that VPNs are the standard way to secure communication between a remote user and their primary network, but I've never felt entirely comfortable relying on them when using an open wireless ...
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What's are the advantages of L2TP/IPSEC over plain IPSEC?

As the title says, my firewall (Sonicwall) can do either IPSEC or L2TP/IPSEC for VPN connections. One advantage of L2TP/IPSEC I can see is that the client computer get allocated its own IP address on ...
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Does IPSec use IKE or ISAKMP?

Does the IPSec protocol suite use IKE or ISAKMP? RFC 2828 states ISAKMP is the protocol used in IPSec to handle SAs, key management and system authentication. Other sources say IKE is the protocol ...
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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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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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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 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 a VPN avoid the Prism Surveillance Programme?

This is causing me major concern and i can understand it is for a lot of users as well. I have nothing to hide but it's the moral aspect of snooping which has ticked me off. Can a VPN avoid the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to tunnel all network communication?

I'm looking for a way to tunnel all network communication from my laptop through another computer. I can control the software on both the laptop and the computer. The connection between them should be ...
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Does Microsoft Remote Desktop require a VPN to be secured?

I am connecting from my home Windows 7 machine to a hosted server Windows Server 2008 R2. I am connecting to it using Remote Desktop on a non-default port. I am wondering if I should go to the effort ...
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Are services like Hide My Ass and UnoDNS reasonably safe to use?

While in Germany, I want to keep using my Netflix account, watch PBS, CNBC. I have found following services: A VPN: https://hidemyass.com/vpn/promo/1/5/ A DNS: http://www.unotelly.com/unodns/ I an ...
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3DES vs DES for VPN connections

I'm trying to get Android 2.1 phones to connect to our corporate VPN, but it would appear they only support DES rather than 3DES for encryption. Is it safe to use DES, am I going to get hacked if I ...
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distributing files to VPN partners

suppose i've created VPN certificates for a certain VPN-RoadWarrior-Client, expressed in the files VPN-RoadWarrior-Client.key and VPN-RoadWarrior-Client.crt*, however VPN-RoadWarrior-Client is ...
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NFC used in place of contact based smart card two-factor authentication

My organization is trying to move away from contact based smartcards (because our hardware vendor is no longer integrating them into their current systems) to some other form of two-factor ...
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Prevent network users from creating an unauthorized outgoing VPN connection to avoid network policies

Is it possible to prevent network users from creating unauthorized outgoing VPN connections to avoid network policies? Edit- What is the best way to detect unauthorized outgoing VPN connections while ...
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Once VPN is unplugged can work still monitor?

Work provides people from my company that 'work at home' with a separate VPN router which will be plugged into my existing home router. They have also asked for the router model, username and ...
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How to keep secure while browsing on open wifi when SSL VPN is blocked?

After a recent visit to a hotel I was surprised to discover that they blocked access to my OpenVPN server. I often use this as a way to secure my internet traffic when I am on public wireless. ...
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Should you use VPN if the website uses HTTPS?

If I visit the website which uses https, is there a point using an VPN? In places like coffee shop where internet is not secure. Because I think https already encrypts data?
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Can a VPN decrypt my SSL traffic?

Are VPNs able to decrypt SSL traffic originating from my use of services such as Gmail, Dropbox and Skype, Google Talk and HTTPS-enabled websites? I'm asking because I always turn off these and other ...