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Do VPNs really mask your identity or is it a facade? [duplicate]

Disclaimer: This is NOT intended to educate myself or others on carrying out illegal activities. I am interested in security topics and as a craftsman I pride myself on continued education. THAT SAID: ...
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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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Basic question about why it's useful to have VPN encrypt traffic

There may be a basic flaw in my understanding of how the internet works so sorry if this is a simple question. What type of attack does VPN protect against? For example if a local area network (let's ...
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Is it safe to access HTTP sites from Tor?

Somewhere I read that you should only open HTTPS links on Tor because otherwise your ISP for example could read the webpages you visit. I searched on the subject and somewhere else I read that the ...
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How to increase anonymity of Tor

I need some system to gain a high level anonymity - nobody should have the possibility to figure out my IP. I can use Tor, but I do not completely trust to it. So I have an idea for a system with high ...
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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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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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Onion routing vs crowds

I have been studying about computer security and at some point i came across the terms of onion routing and crowds. From what i have understood they are very similar in their usage (interchangeable). ...
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How secure is VPN addons for browsers [duplicate]

I regularly uses VPN addons like browsec, Zenmate etc in my browser. These addons/Plugin boast about hiding IPs, bypass firewalls, faster and encrypted services, tracking protection etc which they ...
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How to make google chrome completely untraceable like tor browser

I am using the following extensions on google chrome for complete privacy and to avoid tracking: VPN Extension to hide actual IP WebRTC prevent extension for disabling WebRTC What other extensions ...
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2answers
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Could my DNS requests get manipulated while using tor?

I just downloaded Tor Browser Bundle and extracted it. I had no copy of my Tor Nodes Settings so i just browsed using the standard nodes and i forgot to disabke Java Script. I did not notice ...
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Hiding my activity from mobile service provider [duplicate]

Ok there is mobile service provider which also happens to be providing mobile internet. Now, I am interested to hide my activity from that provider. e.g. it can't see my browsing habbit. Basically ...
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Using VPN on Android, Necessity of Rooting

I have just gotten a new phone and would like to protect my privacy better than I have in the past. I have read about rooting and then installing OrWall, OrBot, and OrWeb. If I understood correctly, ...
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Are VPN tunnels really completely private? [duplicate]

I've been considering a VPN tunnel, specifically PIA. These types of companies make bold claims of complete anonymity and privacy, with no one in the world (ISP's, governments, school or corporate ...
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1answer
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Where does the encryption happen with an encrypted VPN?

I have been trying out ExpressVPN to connect to the internet. I have mostly used this at a coffee shop that I use regularly. I see this question with answers: Differences between using Tor browser ...
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1answer
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Decrypting TOR traffic?

Is there any way to decrypt tor traffic from an exit node or relay? I know it's possible to analyze the traffic using something like tcpflow or tcpdump, but it comes back as encrypted giberish. Is ...
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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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1answer
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Which is more secure - a VPN, a proxy-server, Tor, etc.? And why so, exactly? [closed]

I want to know how to ensure the most complete anonymity when browsing the internet and connecting to remote servers: I want to be as anonymous and secret as possible. I don't know exactly how VPNs ...
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1answer
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Am I traceable if the VPN I am using keeps turning on and off?

Let's say Bob is on network A and he decided to use a VPN service. Unfortunately he is using a poor VPN service which keeps turning on and off. But the Active downloads of packets are still ongoing ...
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1answer
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on which layer do the interception happens using the proxy tools like burp, either in application layer or network layer?

we intercept a request using any proxy tool(burp) and modify the content and resend the request, during this process whether we are intercepting the request of the application in browser level or in ...
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1answer
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How much of your web browsing behavior is VISIBLE to the administrators when you're behind HTTPS or VPN? [closed]

For example. If you're behind a VPN and want to get on on facebook and youtube. Will all outgoing traffic need to make a request to the firewall first? I don't really know extensively how well a ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Deanonimizing VPN/tor traffic [duplicate]

What a VPN does is take the encrypted traffic from the client, decrypt it and forward it to the server, while tor bounces the traffic in multiple nodes decrypting a layer at each node. I have some ...
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How can I send an email from my laptop anonymously?

I have a vpn, if I connect it and create an email account while connected to the vpn, and then send the email to the desired recipient, what other levels of protection/anonymity am I missing? I use ...
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1answer
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Does the server administrator see what sites I visit

I have seen a lot of answers but here is the peculiarity of mine. In the office we all have a login to the WiFi, First with that login, if I use Tor will my visited sites still be logged by the ...
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How to prevent my ISP from seeing what sites I visit without a VPN

I use opera browser, and while the built-in VPN has been working relatively well it's been preventing me from joining discord voice calls and using omegle. Is there a way to hide my activity from my ...
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How secure is the TAP Windows Adapter V9? [duplicate]

I use Cyberghost to browse the web on public wifi. How secure is the network adapter? Cyberghost uses OpenVPN which utilizes TAP Windows Adapter V9. I am asking this, because I believe at the ...
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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 ...