How does having A VPN protect you from hackers???

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Bjraxx, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Bjraxx macrumors newbie

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    Does having a VPN (Virtual Private Network) really protect your online browsing like through safari, the default mail app, messaging and other apps like they say they do? If so could you explain how? Cause I don't believe so...and if not what else could you do or download to protect your private browsing?
     
  2. matthew2926 macrumors 6502

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    Jesus what is it with you and security? If you really want to secure your device, throw it in a lake and stop starting new threads asking people how to protect data that you can't be sure is even being stolen. You remind me of the guy from Benchwarmers who is afraid of the sun.
     
  3. Bjraxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I have ALOT of private stuff on my phone that NOBODY should ever see..then I get alerts sometimes that a unknown device logged in my mail or unknown device used my FaceTime..Bluetooth randomly comes on and I feel like the neighbors know what's going on in my phone and think it's some kinda ****in joke or maybe I'm just paranoid..but seriously, can somebody just answer the question I really want to keep my iPhone.
     
  4. eelw macrumors 6502a

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    Ignoring how the OP's tinfoil hat is on too tight, let's answer the question for others who may have this question at least. VPN only helps protect Internet traffic between you and to the site you are visiting. So instead of the site seeing you're surfing from city A, it appears it's that you're surfing from city B. VPN comes in handy if you need to get around regional blocks certain sites may have.

    And for the tinfoiled hat wearing, technically, the VPN can see all your Internet traffic. But how many actually log this info is another story.
     
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    With a VPN you're shielded, like eelw says, from your computer to the endpoint of the VPN.

    I don't know if there is a perfect "anonymizer" solution.

    If you're connected to a VPN everything you do is seen at the other end. Checking your email account or connecting to any other service (like Dropbox or iCloud) for which you have an account pinpoints exactly where you are IP-wise.

    So...in my case...Comcast or Starbucks wouldn't know what I'm doing but anyone with the power to observe the activity at the endpoint would be able to see everything.
     
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  7. matthew2926 macrumors 6502

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    If your data is THAT sensitive, it shouldn't be on your phone. Plain and simple.
     
  8. Bl0ckHe1d macrumors 6502

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    There are many websites / youtube clips that explains how VPN works, a simple google search would not go a miss.

    If may protect you from those using wireshark and the likes viewing packets of information (usually in ones / zeros / and letters!) that is passed via an IP address. Also used by companies to allow employees to access work servers / emails / etc, simple really!
     
  9. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    If you're scared of hackers that much maybe you should just not jailbreak or anything.... Oh and switch to linux maybe?
     
  10. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

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    People consider use of a VPN paranoid?

    Using any sort of public Wifi and NOT using a VPN is just plain stupid.


    And what does this have to do with jailbreaking?
     
  11. Flunkyturtle macrumors 6502

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    That was
    Great explanation - Always wondered who could see what when i use my VPN for...downloading stuff
     
  12. eelw macrumors 6502a

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    In general no. But we're questioning the OP with all this security fear posts. His tin foil hat on way, way too tight.
     

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