VPN's. What are they?

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  1. DemonAV

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    Hello all. I'm interested in setting my Wi-Fi internet as a VPN. The reason for this is so I can have a certain amount of security when using Kodi. I run Kodi on both my Apple Mac mini that is wired to my router & a FireTV stick running from my Wi-Fi network. I have BT fibre optic and my Wi-Fi is via a BT hub 3 router. I have no knowledge of VPN's and how to set one up. Are they secure? Are they free or expensive? Etc. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
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    VPN is a technology that allows you to connect to another network privately over the internet, for example connecting to your workplace's network when you're on a business trip so you have access to the intranet and office hardware.

    It's not usually the sort of thing you'd use for streaming video files from your home network when you're away, why are you interested in them?
     
  3. DemonAV

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    I use kodi so I'm concerned about my viewing being logged from my IP address.
     
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    Stop streaming and pay for the content instead?
     
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    If all you're concerned about is disguising your IP for some reason, sign up to a VPN provider that also offers SOCKS proxies as part of the package. One provider that offers this is NordVPN (note: my refer a friend link) and is the only one I have experience with, but I can say they have been great for me and almost always max out my 10MB/s downstream. All you'd need to do then is enter the credentials into Kodi's settings page.

    The above solution would also give you access to their VPNs. For that, you'd need to either run the VPN client on your computer or router, which could be more work, but everything gets fully encrypted as opposed to simply hiding your IP.

    Hope that helped a bit.
     
  6. DemonAV

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    Thanks guys. I've sorted it already using private internet access. Once again thanks
     
  7. ChuckMountain

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    Not even sure what you mean that? How can internet access be private?
     
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    I think he means the VPN provider: Private Internet Access (PIA).
     
  9. DemonAV

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    Yes exactly. Privateinternetaccess.com a vpn . Sorry for the delay in responding.
     
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    Ah ok that makes sense I thought you had found a different method and was ensuring it wasn't a con etc.
     
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    I dont believe VPN's are as secure or private as some people like to think.
     
  12. ChuckMountain

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    You can't really say that without then providing some more information or a link that disputes or gives some facts about why.

    Its like saying I believe the earth is flat.
     
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    OK sorry it was a bit of a lazy comment, it seems using a VPN can make you a target of the FBI

    FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN - Slashdot

    Who knows what info Microsoft, ISP's and other companies involved in the Digital world collect.

    It's possible that VPN's coral people into a convenient body for the FBI to observe.
    It's even possible that some VPN's are deliberately set up to entrap people.
     
  14. ChuckMountain

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    There is that and the FBI eventually got granted that right to do that. However its a weird one as granting somebody approval to "hack" in somebody elses jurisdiction does make it legal in that jurisdiction.

    Given that most corporations use VPN for anybody remote to the network then its quite an invasion.

    Also most VPN services have been around since long before this ruling and yes some could have been modified or honey potised but I very much doubt it.
     
  15. avfrms5032

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    That the FBI are able to observe VPN use means that they and other organisations can penetrate the anonymity of VPN's and/or have the ability to collect info on who registers for VPN's directly from the registration process.
     
  16. ChuckMountain

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    It doesn't work like that though, they still have to get a court order to look at a particular it just easier and its now. They are also not breaching the VPN they are effectively hacking your computer, if you take control over the host computer then it doesn't matter if VPN is there or not.

    Also its very US specific too so I can imagine a number of EU providers telling them to go jump.

    TOR is different to VPN as you could see incoming traffic and map it against outgoing traffic and derive who was sending what.
     
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    thanks that's very helpful
     
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    I personally wouldn't worry about it, if anything they are going after the people supplying the services if at all
     

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