This tag is applied to questions related to various VPN types such as PPTP or IPSec.

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How does a website know my location? Checked with ipleaks and VPN seems to work correctly

Recently I have been using a VPN to watch a free web series available only in the US -- on a website called https://go90.com. Until a few days ago everything was running smoothly with just Hola VPN. ...
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How can html5 geolocalisation bypass my vpn?

About two months ago I've decided to use a VPN all the time (it's launched at startup) for various reasons, privacy being the first one. But recently I realized that if you agree to share your ...
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Two Factor Authentication VPN

I have a VPN connections Site to Site VPN, for security reason, I want to add 2FA Can I set up 2FA on VPN ?
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Should a VPN user be allowed to bypass a SSH jump host?

I am setting up a computer network for software engineers. I currently have all SSH connections run through a jump / bastion host, with access to production servers requiring SSH agent forwarding. ...
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What exactly does L2TP (over IPsec) mean?

I understand that one of the ways in which a VPN can be implemented is via L2TP over IPSEC. What does this mean exactly? I know that IPSEC is a network layer protocol. On the other hand L2TP is a data ...
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How VPN software apps work?

I have seen cases where people install a VPN app on their phones to circumvent governments which bar access to certain websites (I have heard China is an example of this). I am curious how these apps ...
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Wondering about open port found while using VPN service

I have noticed during port scanning that my "anonymous" IP has an open port (111) while I am using VPN. Does this make me vulnerable as user or is it the provider's failure? Should I change ...
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See the traffic from my own Android phone

My employer (a Dutch university) gave me an Android phone. I am not allowed to root it. Still I want to know what traffic goes through it. Also I want to protect myself when I am in public places. ...
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Most likely a compromised system, but is there a way around it? [duplicate]

I think my home computer has been compromised. My question is, does my intruder have access to my computer if I set the firewall to block all traffic? Will editing documents in this mode prevent him ...
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How safe is accessing HTTP traffic(non-SSL) when using VPN and connected to public WiFi?

Suppose I am using public WiFi and connected to my office network through VPN. I am accessing some applications which are not SSL enabled. How easy it is for an attacker to see the traffic if he is ...
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Tunneling through 2 VPN's [migrated]

My university has recently instituted a no public VPN policy (basically to stop piracy) and I was busted for it but managed to scape off without any fines by pleading ignorance (my school really loves ...
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How does SFTP work? Please help someone [closed]

We run a system that automatically sends a swift message at the end of a process. But this messages are sent using FTP. We feel the FTP process is too prone to MITMA and wish to change the sending ...
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How can VPN providers end violating accounts when “they don't log any data”?

VPN providers can end accounts which violate their terms of use. If you look at https://nordvpn.com/terms-of-service/ for example, you see that they will terminate accounts violating their ToS. The ...
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Should a corporate laptop client-server VPN connection last for days?

I was experimenting over the past few days with letting my laptop hibernate vs. shutting down on a daily basis (I have always been a shutdown guy, but am trying to update myself). While on business ...
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My school is making everyone install a SSL certificate. Will my VPN still work? [duplicate]

My public highschool is having everyone with a non-school rented device install a SSL certificate provided by Securely. Nothing has taken place yet but they threatened that personal laptops without ...
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Are there any benefits in using VPN service for application with SSL pinning?

I understand how using a public VPN service can make network connectivity more secure in case of HTTP, or even HTTPS a without certificate pinning in place. Suppose we have a fat client application ...
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Secure way to store openconnect password?

I'm running OpenConnect on my MacOS (10.11 El Capitan) box to access my university VPN servers which run Cisco AnyConnect. The Cisco AnyConnect app has a clunky GUI which doesn't store the password ...
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How can OpenVPN be free? [closed]

Who supports OpenVPN and how do they pay for their servers if it is free? I am interested in using it but feel I should know how they profit so that I know it is not a scam.
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VPN / VPS and IP logs

Here's the situation: 1) I rent a VPS at a hoster and install VPN on it. 2) Completely disable all logs. Those logs that can not be disabled - permanently delete. 3) I connect to my VPS via VPN (...
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Can I trust DNS servers?

If I use my own VPN and use third party DNS - can I trust it? For example, is there any possibilities that an attacker can track the requests by contacting the DNS-hosting (assume that attacker have ...
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OpenVPN Client Id appearing in emails

I use OpenVPN to connect to a server. I just found that in a series of emails I sent and received to and from the same person the following line appeared after every message I sent: [cid:{a long ...
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Why is Home --> VPN --> TOR worse than Home --> TOR?

I've read lot of questions asked on various websites about the pros & cons of using a VPN with Tor. As said on Tails website VPN make the situation worse by introducing a permanent entry guard or ...
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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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Does altering the routing table to my hub defeat the purpose of a VPN?

I am running a VPN on my server with openvpn. When running openvpn I have a shell script that runs afterwards: ip rule add from 192.168.0.19 table 128 ip route add table 128 to 192.168.0.0/24 dev ...
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How difficult is it for ISPs to understand a user is using VPN?

If a user is using VPN, how difficult is it for an ISP to know that a user is using VPN ? If the government demands, isn't it possible for the ISP to provide a list of customers who could be using VPN ...
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Connected to my server through VPN. Should I change my key?

I am using an SSH key to connect to my server (I've got Pageant to authenticate my key) and I forgot that I had the VPN on so I connected to the server (SFTP) while I was on it. Should I change my ...
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Make my SSH I treat like VPN more anonymous [closed]

I have a VPS (although I could easily upgrade to a dedicated server) which I use as a "poor man's VPN" by tunneling through it. My aim is to improve this server so anyone attempting to track me has ...
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Can my VPN provider see the name of my WiFi?

Can my VPN provider track the wireless network name, besides the IP? If I'm connecting from home to the VPN via my WiFi called "Whatever" - do they see that my WiFi is called that?
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How do I protect myself when using a public network? [duplicate]

I'm in a hostel with plenty of software engineers. I want to make sure I have some protection. I quickly read about dnscrypt and some VPN solutions. What measures can I take to ensure my data ...
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How are DNS requests sent when using ovenvpn? Are they encrypted?

I use openvpn in thru the gnome network manager. When my computer is connected to the vpn do DNS requests look like they come from the vpn exit ip or from my real ip? Are the DNS requests sent in the ...
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How did this site prevent me from creating multiple accounts?

Disclaimer: I just realized this question may read a little bit as if I'm trying to promote this site. I'm not. Now that I think about it, I'm unsure whether this site even has a proper license from ...
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Can VPN provider see my data?

I have a 2 questions: If I use a VPN and I go to any websites via HTTP - does VPN provider will be able to see the traffic? Those. logins, passwords, all the texts that pass through the channel (in ...
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VPN chain in one machine without VM natively

Is it any way to make VPN chain in one machine (MAC or WIN) without VM natively (L2TP/IPsec)? I need this for obtain an extra layer of security. For example - if one VPN turns off I still have ...
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Is anyone held responsible if a VPN/proxy that doesn't log is used for illegal purposes?

How do the anonymous VPN services work? It’s my understanding that if an internet connection is misused for something (such as downloading copyright material or hacking a network etc) then the person ...
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Does unsecure delivery of keys and certs make a VPN useless?

I had to install an OpenVPN service onto a fresh, disconnected computer, but the keys and certs were delivered through an insecure computer with a highly suspect connection. Let's assume that the ...
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Will the ISP know what sites I visit if I use a VPN? [duplicate]

If I use a VPN, and visit any site on HTTPS, will the ISP know what sites I have visited? Because IP-addresses of websites are not encrypted? And if the answer is yes, are there any ways to solve ...
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IP leakage on Skype through VPN

Does anyone know how the traffic behaves if you configure a VPN natively through SSTP (WIN or MAC)? Because most applications use the TCP, but Skype uses UDP. I try to formulate more specific ...
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Security hole when bridging OpenVPN tap interface with the same ethernet interface used to connect to the internet

I currently have the following network set up: A few desktops connect to my modem (which doubles as a Wifi router) via Ethernet cables. A few laptops connect to my modem via Wifi. All PCs are in the ...
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How secure/safe should I feel when using a vpn? [duplicate]

I am looking about buying a year pass from Private Internet Access. I am wondering how secure using a vpn is? I have a basic technical idea of how a VPN works, but I still would like to put my mind at ...
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Is there a point to Dnscrypt when using VPN?

If a computer is already connected to the internet through VPN, is there point in encrypting DNS queries? From DNScrypt: DNSCrypt is a protocol that authenticates communications between a DNS ...
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What is this Polish IP doing on my internal WiFi?

Lately I've seen many strange events in the logs of my wifi router / cable modem. Many are linked to the IP address 83.0.68.240 from the ISP, Orange Polanska. Events like "DoS attack: Ping Of Death", "...
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Can someone know that I'm using a VPN if they have my MAC address? [duplicate]

My university has a web filter, so I use a VPN to access blocked sites. They also have my MAC address. Can they identify that I'm using a VPN and what I'm doing on the internet?
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How can meta data be used to identify users through chained VPNs?

Online privacy is a big issue for many people nowadays. Using VPNs is the usual suggestion as a means to stay anonymous. More often than not, somebody comes up with the point "just chain multiple VPNs ...
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Can you login to Facebook through a VPN or a proxy?

I've heard that there's a new type of security in Facebook. When logging in they automatically check if the IP Address is similar to that of the original IP during registration. That's in order to ...
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Should VPN passwords be stored in plaintext?

I know nothing about setting up a VPN, but it happens that I use a VPN add-on for Firefox, and that the VPN provider stores the user password in plaintext. Last week I installed a VPN add-on for ...
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Is DNS leak really an issue?

I'm reading about DNS leak and what threat it can pose to VPN users, for instance, this question. But generally, there's tons of similar topics on the internet. But what are people afraid of? I just ...
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Is HTTPS (and other asymmetric security protocols) still secure when using a VPN?

When I am on "public networks" that I don't trust much (for instance in my school) I use a VPN to ensure my privacy. From what I understand, any non-HTTPS connection could be read by the VPN company, ...
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VPN - TOR can VPN provider see the data?

If I switch VPN on, then use TOR browser, can the VPN provider still see what is passing through TOR? I am thinking it can't, right? Because the TOR browser encrypts the data into the Onion layer ...
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Is it a bad idea to have a public facing server being logged in in my Windows Server 2012 Essentials VPN?

I've got a home network setup with a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials which is accessible via the *.remotewebaccess.com service. I'm also having a Windows virtual server that's obviously publicly ...
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Is the VPN provider's ISP able to spy on traffic?

Traffic between a VPN client and a VPN server is encrypted on the client, and decrypted on the server. As the VPN server passes that traffic through the internet, can the VPN server's ISP see that ...