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Author Topic: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?  (Read 1217 times)

Steven Avery

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should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« on: October 13, 2016, 02:20:43 AM »
Currently reading the Lifehacker articles as to the basics.
2013 - http://lifehacker.co...rustworthy-508866499
2012 - http://lifehacker.co...t-one-for-your-needs

They go into paid vs. free
Free refs - Hotspot Shield, CyberGhost VPN, and HideMan, 

A few hours a week would cover cafe use, if that is the purpose.

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Companies like Windscribe in Canada (a new company that made a splash) and VPN Unlimited seem to have specials along the usage of one year at $20 or lifetime at $40.

Some discussions (e.g. Reddit) have been fairly favorable.
Reddit has threads here for Windscribe (which may or may not be available now.)
https://www.reddit.c...n_3120_does_not_log/
https://www.reddit.c...n_unlimited_devices/

Could check Wilders and others too.

While TechDirt has something on VPN Unlimited here, which apparently has won various awards:
https://deals.techdi...ifetime-subscription

My VPN questions?

Where does this help? 
What does it mean in terms of speed and stability?
Do I take a free spin to see if I like the interface and such?
Do I have to up my techie level?

Can I tell them to not fudge my home location? I am on forums where I want to say "hey, this is from Dutchess County".
Is that a global situation?

Does anything over 3 years really matter? In a likelihood probability sense.

Am I doing this for "Jade Helm" invisibility protection? 
Financial security in transactions? 
Connections between puters (currently use Teamviewer and stuff like that, on low-key connections.)
To be cool.

There is a thread here about a baked-in Opera VPN.

I am generally just interested in knowing more and hearing what you folks think.
Thanks!

Steven
« Last Edit: October 13, 2016, 02:30:25 AM by Steven Avery »

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 10:40:42 PM »
Opera browser includes now a free VPN.
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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 10:44:02 PM »
Cyber Ghost offer - in my opinion- several offers, but the premium one is more expensive than others.

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2016, 10:49:04 PM »
Cyber Ghost seems to me a little tricky with its offers. But this seems not true : https://deals.techdi...ifetime-subscription

Lifetime subscription ? .

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 01:02:27 AM »
Whatever you choose, I would suggest you make your home page one that tells you your IP address so that you will have a built-in warning if you're in 'direct non-VPN mode' and forgot to switch back to encrypted mode. In fact, if you can configure it, set up your 'new tab' page to also be an IP address checker web page. I use TOR, and every once in awhile I do slip up and get a faithful heads-up warning I goofed up somehow and I'm unprotected.

It's also convenient to put a bookmark in the bookmarks toolbar already set to ask duckduckgo for links to IP finders, like so; what's my ip address. When your usual site is unresponsive, just choose another.
"This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far." (cf. 'Argo'.)
« Last Edit: November 04, 2016, 02:12:51 AM by holt »

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2016, 05:00:29 PM »
Here is one possible scenario which may favor a switch to a VPN or TOR;
"This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far." (cf. 'Argo'.)

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2016, 05:07:29 PM »
Here's another good reason to use a VPN or TOR; a little more fanciful, but there do exist those who would fit the scenario (stalkers), if only they had the ways & means;
"This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far." (cf. 'Argo'.)

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2016, 10:26:46 AM »
Pardon my sarcastic wit, but while alternate news web surfing in encrypted and ad-blocked TOR mode, I was reading a news article when suddenly the following message popped up and blocked the web page;
We've noticed that you are using an ad blocker.
Advertising helps fund our journalism and keep it truly independent. It helps to build our international editorial team, from war correspondents to investigative reporters, commentators to critics.
Click here to view instructions on how to disable your ad blocker, and help us to keep providing you with free-thinking journalism - for free.
Thank you for your support.

While I admit to being curious about the rest of the news article that I missed out on when the pop-up appeared, I'm not the slightest bit interested in disabling either TOR or my ad-blocker. For one thing, there was a recent report that people who were willing to disable their ad-blockers, were promptly treated to a deluge of malware-infested ads which their ad-blockers had been filtering out.
So No, I'm neither tech-dumb enough not to know how to disable the ad-blocker I had installed, nor witless enough to leave myself open to malware, to heed the pop-up's 'how-to' prompt; two blinks and I had closed the web page to web surf elsewhere that isn't so picky.
'So many alt-news articles; so little me'.
  8)
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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2016, 10:32:59 PM »
Anonymous Speech - The IT Law wiki.
Inherent in the panoply of protections afforded by the ((American)) First Amendment is the right to speak anonymously in diverse contexts.[2] This right arises from a long tradition of American advocates speaking anonymously through pseudonyms, such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, who authored the Federalist Papers but signed them only as "Publius."

The U.S. Supreme Court has stated that "an author's decision to remain anonymous . . . is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment."[3] This is because "the interest in having anonymous works enter the marketplace of ideas unquestionably outweighs any public interest in requiring disclosure as a condition of entry."[4] The Supreme Court has also held that there is "no basis for qualifying the level of First Amendment scrutiny that should be applied to . . . [the Internet] medium."[5] Accordingly, "it is clear that speech over the internet is entitled to First Amendment protection" and that "this protection extends to anonymous internet speech."[6]
"This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far." (cf. 'Argo'.)
« Last Edit: November 26, 2016, 10:38:08 PM by holt »

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2016, 11:33:59 PM »
Anonymous Speech - The IT Law wiki.
Inherent in the panoply of protections afforded by the ((American)) First Amendment is the right to speak anonymously in diverse contexts.[2] This right arises from a long tradition of American advocates speaking anonymously through pseudonyms, such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, who authored the Federalist Papers but signed them only as "Publius."

The U.S. Supreme Court has stated that "an author's decision to remain anonymous . . . is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment."[3] This is because "the interest in having anonymous works enter the marketplace of ideas unquestionably outweighs any public interest in requiring disclosure as a condition of entry."[4] The Supreme Court has also held that there is "no basis for qualifying the level of First Amendment scrutiny that should be applied to . . . [the Internet] medium."[5] Accordingly, "it is clear that speech over the internet is entitled to First Amendment protection" and that "this protection extends to anonymous internet speech."[6]

All of which only applies to American Citizens.

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2016, 06:47:15 PM »
Anonymous Speech - The IT Law wiki.
Inherent in the panoply of protections afforded by the ((American)) First Amendment is the right to speak anonymously in diverse contexts.[2] This right arises from a long tradition of American advocates speaking anonymously through pseudonyms, such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, who authored the Federalist Papers but signed them only as "Publius."

The U.S. Supreme Court has stated that "an author's decision to remain anonymous . . . is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment."[3] This is because "the interest in having anonymous works enter the marketplace of ideas unquestionably outweighs any public interest in requiring disclosure as a condition of entry."[4] The Supreme Court has also held that there is "no basis for qualifying the level of First Amendment scrutiny that should be applied to . . . [the Internet] medium."[5] Accordingly, "it is clear that speech over the internet is entitled to First Amendment protection" and that "this protection extends to anonymous internet speech."[6]

All of which only applies to American Citizens.
^True, whereas the Internet is an international virtual reality where everyone is a Netizen endowed with virtual powers, wherein most strive to practice a form of beneficent 'common law' based on 'common good sense', and who naturally strive to self-police the domain for the betterment of all.
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"This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far." (cf. 'Argo'.)

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2016, 06:25:59 PM »
Companies like Windscribe in Canada (a new company that made a splash) and VPN Unlimited seem to have specials along the usage of one year at $20 or lifetime at $40.

I actually picked up one of the VPN Unlimited Infinity Lifetime (Lifetime = 99 years, IIRC) deals late last year for <US$40.  Was less than for a year with the provider I was using, so even if VPN Unlimited die in the next month I've saved money :D

Their software is easy to use, (application for most OSs, an app for Chrome based browsers, and instructions for various other devices), they allow torrents on specific servers, and allow up to 5 devices to connect at once as standard, (Chrome with the app counts as one device, separate from the whole computer).  You can cover more devices if necessary at a monthly/yearly cost, (they have specials on that occasionally).

Speeds are fine for me with no real impact, (only on ADSL2+ at 6-8Mb/1Mb), using the Optimal VPN gateway (the closest).

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2016, 09:05:30 AM »
Companies like Windscribe in Canada (a new company that made a splash) and VPN Unlimited seem to have specials along the usage of one year at $20 or lifetime at $40.

happened across this offer on Techradar -- no idea if it still valid or not -- the article is 14 days old
Get 50GB free VPN bandwidth [Windscribe] every month for life
(Normally free version is 10GB)
Tom

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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2016, 08:07:43 PM »
I just signed up with Windscribe with that offer and it seems to have worked. :Thmbsup:


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Re: should I be using a VPN? why? what about the recent deals?
« Reply #15 on: Today at 04:22:39 AM »
Opera browser includes now a free VPN.
 :-*


No it doesn't.