VPNs... who uses one and which one is best?

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  1. SanPedro

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    I'm pretty new to the world of VPNs. I needed one recently as I was unable to access a work related website from here in Spain where I'm staying at the moment. It was via a mobile internet connection and I guess the traffic routing back to the UK was lousy. It just wouldn't load. Ditto other secure sites. Downloaded a free trial of 'privatetunnel' which did the trick.

    Anyhoo... it will also come in handy for watching Netflix and iPlayer. And the security aspect of a VPN is a big plus when I'm travelling and using hotel and other wi-fi hotspots.

    So... who else is using one and which offers the best in terms of speed, privacy (ie. recording logs etc)

    I notice that some VPNs rstrict torrent usage, for example.
     
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    I used HMA Pro for years. Simple GUI set up on PC plus an app for Android or you can manually configure with a server list plus username and password.

    Has a huge list of foreign proxies and has some virtual proxies where you can connect to a US server which is actually hosted in London so get geo obscurity without the additional lag.

    I've also used them to torrent over and had no problems.

    Used it to watch US and Brazilian netflix on my phone and to watch UK based TV when on holiday.

    The only negative is that they have shown they will give up their users to law enforcement as they are UK based and have to comply with UK court orders. Famously, a few members of Lulzsec got arrested after using their service. If you plan to visit the darker side of the dark web, you might want a VPN based outside the US/EU.
     
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    ExpressVPN, never had a problem, great 24 hour customer support, although it runs at about $100 a year. But I am out the the country a lot and still like to watch netflix etc.
     
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    I use Unblock US which is pretty good and is easy to set up. It is only CAD $4.99 per month so is about £3.20 or so each month. No problems using the US library of Netflix or getting on other US based websites
     
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    Unlock US isn't a real VPN though. It's a DNS referrer. All it does is send DNS request from your PC to it's servers which then send a server IP address back to your PC that won't perform a geo check on your location for the service you are trying to reach.

    The data still travels unencrypted between your target service and your device. It does not hide you IP, it does not obscure the destination address or the type of data you access.

    It's great if you just want to access geo locked content but it won't bypass ISP filters or traffic shaping, or anything that restricts speed of access based on the type of data you're accessing.
     
  7. The Dude

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    For anybody with a UK base it's worth mentioning that a lot of the 'better' home routers (All Draytek & Billion, most of the higher end Netgear/Linksys models) come with a built in VPN server, as well very nearly all of the major NAS boxes. QNAP & Synology both definitely run ther own VPN server.

    No point paying for a VPN service when you can run your own for free. :)

    Anybody who has managed to successfully install their Synology/QNAP on their home LAN is more than capable of setting up the VPN server with a bit of advice (6 steps max). There's a native VPN client built into every operating system since the Windows2000 days so no need to install any extra apps on your devices if you go this route.
    It can be especially beneficial in certain circumstances as you're always working through your home router, wherever you are. :)

    Free DDNS and free VPN = safe public wifi ;)

    Shout if you need any help with settings etc... :)
     
  8. SteakAndCake

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    But running your own VPN server on your own home equipment won't allow you to circumvent geo restrictions or IP blocks.
     
  9. The Dude

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    Really, you sure about that? ;)

    In Windows world it's the 'use default gateway on remote network' option in the VPN client that you need ticked, this forces ALL traffic over the VPN connection, and out through your home routers WAN port.

    The terminology is almost exactly the same on OSX, IOS and Android... a quick google will turn up some screenshots. :)
     
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    SoftEther VPN client is excellent. It was coded for a Japanese university project and is ongoing with daily updates and support. Best VPN I've used and I've tried a ton of them :smashin:
     
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    Another vote for this one, works great for me, on and off at the click of a mouse.
     
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    @The Dude
    I have the Hola app installed, and also use a free service called CyberGhost5.

    I rarely use either so if I've something already installed on my PC that will do the same job I'd be interested in how to set it up.
     
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    I use PIA, decent price, simple interface, works with Torrents :thumbsup:
     
  14. The Dude

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    @ dony There are three main stages to it.. I'm a bit busy just now so here's the baiscs to try work your way through..

    Stage1
    Create a free DDNS hostname eg 'DonysfreeVPN.ddns.net' with NOIP.com and then configure this DDNS host (hostname, username, password) in your router.

    Stage2
    Setup the VPN server on your Router/NAS (router is preferable (easier) if you've got the option)
    Choose a VPN type of PPTP as this is the easiest to setup and more than adequate security wise.
    You then need to create a VPN user, which is basically just choosing a username/password.

    Stage3
    Create a VPN client connection on your device.
    In Windows7 >> Network and sharing center >> setup a new connection or network >> connect to a workplace >> Connect via my internet connection >> enter your (Stage 1) ddns hostname as the destination server and give the connection a friendly name such as 'homevpn' etc>> tick the 'do not connect now' box >> enter the (stage 2) username & password (remember password) >> create.

    Then click on your wifi icon in the systray, you should see 'homevpn' up at the top of the list, above wifi connectons... right click and choose 'properties'
    On the 'options' tab un-tick 'prompt for username' and untick 'include windows domain'
    On the 'security' tab changee the 'VPN type' to 'PPTP'

    Click OK, and you're done.

    To launch the VPN, just click on the wifi icon in systray, click on 'HomeVPN' and click connect.

    Jobs a good'un. :)
     
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    3rd party VPN providers are all well and good, but they are also the mechanism of choice for Credit card fraudsters. Most of the free ones ARE credit card fraudsters.

    Why route all of your data through unknown 3rd party servers?? It beggars belief really, when you stop to think what you're actually doing. :eek:

    Who's more likely to sniff'n'steal your credit card data....... Starbucks/Mcdonalds, or Myfreevpnrunningonadarkwebserverinthephillipinesgoodluckfindingme.com :facepalm:
     
  16. mij

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    Would like instructions for Synology please, I have Synology nas & apple time machine with a Virgin Super Hub and use an iMac.

    In idiot language please :D
     
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    I sprung for the paid version of no-ip ($1.50pm) just to make it hassle-free. I don't get up to any dodgy stuff like you lot though :devil:
     
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    No dodgy stuff going on here! TorGuard for me, no issues
     
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    Thanks Dude, but it's one of those easy if you know how type of things. I'll give it a try later when I've more time.

    Are any of the other suggestions in the thread free to use?
     
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    Expressvpn, however you can only use two devices at the same time, what happens to the other devices are they able to be used but are not protected? That is I have a number of devices that may be used at the same time
     
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    Managed to set up the Synology VPN using the Synology DDNS, thanks for the nudge.
     
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  23. SanPedro

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    Had a quick look at this. Seems you can use one account on up to 5 devices. How does this compare to other services that you know of? Means I could get the all the family sorted under one account, barring phones.
     
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    Works well for me, but I was looking at a change to Expressvpn however despite the rave review s you can only have two devices on the go, so I may we pass
     
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    Lol is that a joke?

    OpenVPN is one of the best distro's going.
     
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    I did a lot of research into this towards the end of last year and ending up parting with £20 for an annual subscription (for 5 devices) to Hotspot Shield Elite. Easy software for PC and iOS apps, been with them for over 7 months now and had no issues, highly recommended
     
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    No! Most, not all, most free VPN's will sell your soul if asked
     
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    Quick question... would using Ghostery alongside a VPN be a good combination? I notice some VPNs don't eliminate trackers.
     
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    Yes they are able to be used, but you can't mask your true location, which is no real issue unless you're a spy/a nefarious character/a dissident.

    If you are any of them and on here for advice, I'd say get a new profession, as you will get caught.
     

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