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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 11:24 AM
VPN recommendations please


My Mexican IP address is causing some problems.

Any favorite VPN providers?

Any providers to avoid?




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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 12:13 PM


I know next to nothing about VPN, but this was informative:
https://www.cnet.com/news/best-vpn/
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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 12:44 PM


express vpn works well for me on computer and tv
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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 01:50 PM


I use both ExpressVPN and NordVPN.






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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 04:49 PM


Another vote for Nord VPN



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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 08:08 PM


Difficult to go wrong with NordVPN. Surfshark has wide international coverage and for many might be the better value.

https://surfshark.com
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Look for introductory discount offers on either.





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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 08:59 PM


I use Nord, but occasionally the servers in the Bay Area (need to watch the Giants) can be slow, thus delivering a resolution too low to enjoy the game.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 09:20 PM


I am with Kaspersky. Why? Uncle Sam is reading and listening to everything. Emails. Cellphones. Looking through your Smart-TV into your living room. Well, you might think I do not have anything to hide. Correct! But just the fact that they do it is disturbing. For me privacy is always No 1! With Kaspersky that is more or less impossible. Wrong word? Wrong thinking? Maybe. Nothing is impossible in the cyber world.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2021 at 10:00 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JC43  
I am with Kaspersky. Why? Uncle Sam is reading and listening to everything. Emails. Cellphones. Looking through your Smart-TV into your living room. Well, you might think I do not have anything to hide. Correct! But just the fact that they do it is disturbing. For me privacy is always No 1! With Kaspersky that is more or less impossible. Wrong word? Wrong thinking? Maybe. Nothing is impossible in the cyber world.


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[*] posted on 7-6-2021 at 06:46 AM


Back in 2013 I used something called OverPlay.Net to catch Red Sox games in Todos Santos. It looks like the company is now called StrongVPN, which I know nothing about. NordVPN seems to be the most popular choice from what I've been reading. My workplace uses a product called GlobalProtect from Palo Alto Networks.



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[*] posted on 7-6-2021 at 07:26 AM


I use PIA, Private Internet Access on 4 computers 2 phones and television works fine for me.
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[*] posted on 7-6-2021 at 11:54 AM


Thanks folks. I went with the Nord VPN. $89.00 for three years, up to six devices. Works fine, like it's not even there.



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[*] posted on 7-6-2021 at 01:59 PM


Are the VPN'S used to keep you safe on public networks? I'm thinking when we start traveling a lot next year and use a lot of public WIFI it might be a good idea?
If I'm on private system at home with a password I should be good, no?
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Quote: Originally posted by advrider  
Are the VPN'S used to keep you safe on public networks? I'm thinking when we start traveling a lot next year and use a lot of public WIFI it might be a good idea?
If I'm on private system at home with a password I should be good, no?


That and they make it possible to watch stuff like YouTube TV, Netflix, etc. in other countries.





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Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by advrider  
Are the VPN'S used to keep you safe on public networks? I'm thinking when we start traveling a lot next year and use a lot of public WIFI it might be a good idea?
If I'm on private system at home with a password I should be good, no?


That and they make it possible to watch stuff like YouTube TV, Netflix, etc. in other countries.




I used to have VPN on my laptop for work, when needing to access the servers. But now that we are on cloud storage, VPN no longer needed,… not sure of the why or how, that is for my IT nerds to keep up on.
Are people still using VPN? Or is that going the way of the dodo bird?

Now, the more important question is why do people take laptops on vacation? When I travel for vacation, I rarely watch TV, and then watch what’s on locally. Vacation is time to catch up on reading.
If I have to bring my laptop on vacation, then it means I have planned poorly for vacation. flock laptops on vacation!




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[*] posted on 7-6-2021 at 08:13 PM


Quote: Originally posted by lencho  
Quote: Originally posted by SFandH  
Thanks folks. I went with the Nord VPN. $89.00 for three years, up to six devices. Works fine, like it's not even there.

Anybody know whether there is end-to-end encryption on these services? I've always wondered if they can see your content as it goes through their servers...


The encryption is between your device and the VPN server. Once your data leaves the VPN server and hits the WWW it's fair game. But most websites now use HTTPS connections so there is additional security within that connection. And yes, your content is visible to any switch or server it crosses. Encryption makes it less visible but if a nation state wants to see your traffic it likely will.

We've traveled the world and Nord has worked well for us even in China and other countries with highly restricted internet access.
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Does anyone know whether using a VPN would have allowed Blanca to post pictures while she was in Turkey?



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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by JC43  
I am with Kaspersky. Why? Uncle Sam is reading and listening to everything. Emails. Cellphones. Looking through your Smart-TV into your living room. Well, you might think I do not have anything to hide. Correct! But just the fact that they do it is disturbing. For me privacy is always No 1! With Kaspersky that is more or less impossible. Wrong word? Wrong thinking? Maybe. Nothing is impossible in the cyber world.


Trust the Russians!
Ya, sure, you betcha!


Yep I trust them more than our boys. Ours do read EVERYTHING no matter what. Encrypted? Don`t make me laugh. They know how to de-encrypt. What in the hell is a VPN worth from our boys, those who develop the VPN? They know how to return the damn thing! But if you have a Russian VPN, maybe the encryption is different? Maybe! (makes me laugh as well)
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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  



I used to have VPN on my laptop for work, when needing to access the servers. But now that we are on cloud storage, VPN no longer needed,… not sure of the why or how, that is for my IT nerds to keep up on.
Are people still using VPN? Or is that going the way of the dodo bird?



A couple months ago I instructed my head of IT to setup a 2nd VPN network.

We brought on a big development team from India and I need them to be able to securely access physical devices in LA.

Cloud has eliminated a lot of corp VPN requirements over the last 10+ years. But not all of it.




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