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Old 11-11-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Help! What is VPN?
Virtual Private Network. That's all I know about it other than it is a way to a more secure life on the internet. I bet there is an article on wiki, eh?
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:57 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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What it is:
Most of this is based on Nord VPN, but they all work in a similar fashion. Basically, the VPN software takes over the data moving in and out of the computer, and routing it all into a tunnel that goes to the VPN provider's servers. From there it can be rerouted to any other server the VPN provider has under their control, and that is where any web site or other service you use sees the data as coming from. The tunnel prevents your ISP, or anyone attempting to eavesdrop on your local network from knowing what you are doing, and the websites you access see only the address of the server your data is coming from.

How it works for me:
So each day I log on, I get provided with a list of servers (Nord has well over 1000 of them) and how much traffic they are currently handling. I can allow the system to choose a server for me, automatically, or I can choose any of the servers I like, but if the server has too much traffic my service will be slow. If I allow them to choose the server, it will be one of the faster ones. They do a good job of choosing. Over the past couple of weeks I have connected through about 50 of them, partly to see the effects each different server would have on my traffic.

Speed is reasonable, but I don't think it is good enough for streaming movies. I don't do that, so I don't know if it would work or not. It works well for everything I do.
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:01 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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TRex2, do you have your own internet service or are you using a hotspot? If you do have your own internet service, do you feel that they, too, perhaps are not secure? If so, crikey! What next? Just lie down and let the criminals take over, I guess.

I will have a look at this Nord thing. Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:15 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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TRex2, do you have your own internet service or are you using a hotspot? If you do have your own internet service, do you feel that they, too, perhaps are not secure? If so, crikey! What next? Just lie down and let the criminals take over, I guess.

I will have a look at this Nord thing. Thanks.
There are several VPN's out there. I wrote about Nord because
I have experience with them, but not with the others.

I am not worried about my service at home, but
when I am on the road, I use various WiFi networks,
some secure, some not. Most are not.

Again, running on the InterNet without security is like driving
without seatbelts. You won't get hurt very often, but it is still
not a good idea.
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Old 11-12-2017, 06:59 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Thanks, TRex
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