Can I be identified when using VPN

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  1. ThatiPhoneKid macrumors 6502a

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    I wanted to visit a person who I knows website, but I didn’t want the website to be able to identify me so I used the Opera VPN, I know the owner of the website so didn’t want them to know I was visiting their site, my question is are websites able to identify visitors who use Opera VPN, or will all of my personal information be kept private. Thanks
     
  2. Scepticalscribe macrumors Westmere

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    I clicked on this thread thinking (erroneously, as it transpired) that this thread might be about opera. Oh, dear. Mea culpa.
     
  3. D.T. macrumors G3

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    A VPN doesn't necessarily have anything to do with your personal info, things that can be tracked by IP will be more prevented, but data exposure could be the same - however, that's only by way of there being a mechanism, i.e., if you're logging in, you're ID'ed, if you're just surfing anonymously, and through a VPN, probably not.
     
  4. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your reply, really appreciate your help
     
  5. Gutwrench Contributor

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    Well this sounds legit!

    Paul, sorry for using your first name, Anonymous just called saying you need to defrag and good luck after you reboot.
     
  6. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I’m confused by what you mean?
     
  7. Gutwrench Contributor

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    No worries. I was joking around. I’ve had too much caffeine today.
     
  8. AgustoPinochet macrumors newbie

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    To be extra safe and to make sure cookies aren't being used, use Opera > New Private Window with VPN on
     
  9. jeyf macrumors 65816

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    you MAC address may be an exposure; i read (this is a maybe) using your iPhone as a hotSpot may mask the MAC adr but there are methods using apple's terminal.
    things might be good enough as is, tho not stand up in federal court.
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  10. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    VPN is not a one-stop solution Your VPN provider knows your IP,,, it must to in order to connect... They may not log, but its in memory... That means they can technically extract it if they choose.. So technically, while more private over encrypted tunnel does't make it invisible.

    Plus no one needs to track an IP anyway, when more people post personal info over encrypted connections as "bait & hook" attempt..

    Who needs to track an IP, when you just just profile people and get the same data?

    Not a direct way, but its much more reliable. If for instance a VPN provider won't co-operate. Still trust.

    This is why i never let info out regardless of connection...You could have the toughest encryption in the world, i still won't trust you unless i want to.
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    So... you have NO online accounts of any kind?
    Not sure I believe that
     
  12. Talukdar macrumors member

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    I always prefer paid VPN like HMA, Express VPN etc. My experience with free VPN of Opera is not so good.
     
  13. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    I have online accounts,,, but i don't have personal identifiable info in them
     

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