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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
(10-31-2019 04:29 PM)gework Wrote:  PrivateInternetAccess is terrible from traveling. It is completely blocked in Turkey, apparently the same in Russia and almost completely blocked in Kazakhstan.

I use it as it has a GUI client for Linux, which works well. I previously used HideMyAss, but they refresh the OpenVPN files once per year, which means you have to set up all the connections again - something which is quite time consuming.

Any other ones with a Linux GUI?

I am now using ZenMate (fee, limited) browser plugin and ProtonVPN (free, via mobile).

Another good one is Mysterium VPN, currently free with good speeds. Decentralised, so the IPs are from a very wide pool. Never been banned, though the client needs a bit of work.

If you rent a dedicated server somewhere you can use "ssh -D..." from anywhere to get your tunnel.
10-31-2019 09:54 PM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
I second Nord
also allot of these vpns have free trials
11-01-2019 11:54 AM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
I recommend ProtonVPN
11-01-2019 12:00 PM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
You can setup your own OpenVPN server on an Amazon AWS instance using this tutorial. This is what I use and it costs less than $4 a month:
https://ttlequals0.com/2015/08/16/openvp...0-minutes/
11-01-2019 02:51 PM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
I use express VPN, since they lowered their cost, its pretty good - google to get the best deal. Lots of servers, that a really quick, it doesn't slow my speed down much.

For the careful minded, can use bitcoin (pain in the US but great option if your in Europe). If in the US I would recommend using OneVanilla prepay credit card (can buy them everywhere, like CVS, dollar general etc, pay cash), go to starbucks, create an email then buy Express VPN or whichever VPN you want ... it ... cost you $5 for the prepay card.
11-01-2019 04:05 PM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
You can rent a cheap server and roll your own private VPN. Get a $2.50 server on Vultr, then use Outline or Algo to set it up.
11-01-2019 06:16 PM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
(11-01-2019 12:00 PM)tomm Wrote:  I recommend ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN is legit. They don't have an affiliate program, so no one recommends them.
11-02-2019 03:05 AM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
NordVPN all the way.
11-02-2019 10:15 PM
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RE: Which VPNs have you used?
https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/21/nordvp...as-hacked/

NordVPN has been hacked. Nord's own cloud based data was compromised. Just goes to show that when it comes to cloud it's just somebody else's computer. Be careful out there. Short of using Tails for Operations System on a Tor browser inside a VM there is no true privacy in today's internet.

Quote:The admission comes following rumors that the company had been breached. It first emerged that NordVPN had an expired internal private keys exposed, potentially allowing anyone to spin out their own servers imitating NordVPN. For its part, NordVPN has claimed a "zero logs" policy. "We don't track, collect, or share your private data," the company says. But the breach is likely to cause alarm that hackers may have been in a position to access some user data. NordVPN told TechCrunch that one of its datacenters was accessed in March 2018. "One of the datacenters in Finland we are renting our servers from was accessed with no authorization," said NordVPN spokesperson Laura Tyrell. The attacker gained access to the server -- which had been active for about a month -- by exploiting an insecure remote management system left by the datacenter provider, which NordVPN said it was unaware that such a system existed.
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11-03-2019 05:58 PM
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Online Privacy Thread
Petitioning to change this thread to the "Online Privacy Thread", as there are 10+ threads for such topics, at least 4 for VPNs.

What email providers are people using?

In the past I used Tutanota, which has a generous offering for 12 euros per year. It's much better value than ProtonMail's $45 / year package. However, I was only using it to a few friends who also used the service and it can only be used via their web, desktop client or app; and none of them can search emails. They also leave all the emails on their server, which I don't want. I only want my mail to exist on my local device once I've picked it up.

Further, a friend who still uses to showed me a few weeks back that the whole team took the day off to go to an Extinction Rebellion protest.

ProtonMail have given lots of data to The Feds. Though it can be hooked up with Thunderbird.

Currently I host my own emails, which is fine. But the problem I've been having is many of my emails go to spam. I'm fairly sure several important emails have gone to the recipient's spam folder; and I am having more important business communication by email.
11-04-2019 01:19 PM
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RE: Online privacy thread (formerly: Which VPNs have you used?)
I still use Gmail as it has been used already for a long time before. I do want to switch to full time proton mail use though. If you have messages that need real encryption and privacy I suggest using your own encryption and sending it as an attachment. This way the only way someone can read the message is if they have the key separate from the email service. Of course key distribution is also a challenge.
11-06-2019 01:19 AM
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RE: Online privacy thread (formerly: Which VPNs have you used?)
I've just finished Kevin Mitnick's "The Art of Invisibility". This book gives a great overview of online privacy, and what to look for with certain services. Definitely worth a read. I'll be giving it a second read to take notes, and implement the suggestions.
11-06-2019 01:23 PM
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RE: Online privacy thread (formerly: Which VPNs have you used?)
I've had Private Internet Access on and off for the past few years and don't have any complaints. Lots of sever locations and good speeds. Works out only a few dollars per month when you pay annually.
11-08-2019 03:00 PM
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RE: Online privacy thread (formerly: Which VPNs have you used?)
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-0...ent-report

"The Tor Project - a private nonprofit known as the "NSA-proof" gateway to the "dark web," turns out to be almost "100% funded by the US government" according to documents obtained by investigative journalist and author Yasha Levine"

......

"By following the money, I discovered that Tor was not a grassroots. I was able to show that despite its indie radical cred and claims to help its users protect themselves from government surveillance online, Tor was almost 100% funded by three U.S. National Security agencies: the Navy, the State Department and the BBG. Following the money revealed that Tor was not a grassroots outfit, but a military contractor with its own government contractor number. In other words: it was a privatized extension of the very same government that it claimed to be fighting.

The documents conclusively showed that Tor is not independent at all. The organization did not have free reign to do whatever it wanted, but was kept on a very short leash and bound by contracts with strict contractual obligations. It was also required to file detailed monthly status reports that gave the U.S. government a clear picture of what Tor employees were developing, where they went and who they saw. "

-Yasha Levine

“The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.”

- V.S Naipaul 'A Bend in the river'
11-08-2019 06:27 PM
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RE: Online privacy thread (formerly: Which VPNs have you used?)
Anyone use NordVPN and having problems accessing Twitter with it enabled?

Never had this problem previously, seems to be occurring now.

Edit - solved. Having CyberSec option enabled in setting was affecting it. Never had this problem previously tho.
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11-09-2019 05:55 AM
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RE: Online privacy thread (formerly: Which VPNs have you used?)
(11-04-2019 01:19 PM)gework Wrote:  ProtonMail have given lots of data to The Feds. Though it can be hooked up with Thunderbird.

I expect all normie friendly email providers to cooperate with the government to some degree. My bigger issue with the major email providers is that they scan emails for targeted advertising. Not to mention that all the major US based tech companies are NSA front companies.
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RE: Online privacy thread (formerly: Which VPNs have you used?)
I've gone for continuing to host my own emails on my own server, which I manage.

I found the reason why a lot of my messages were going to spam is because you need to add SPF and DKIM records to your DNS, which verify what IPs can send emails on the domain.

Does anyone know what level of security there is for general email messages?

I connect to the mail server with SSL (or whatever it's called now) and I would guess most people use web mail or connect via SSL. So I would assume the transmission of emails is fairly safe and that the risk is in either having all your emails in plain text with Google, Yahoo, etc. or on your server.

This is just for business. Almost all other communication is be Telegram now. I don't trust Telegram too much, but more than What's App.

I have a few other emails, outlined here.
11-10-2019 10:59 AM
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