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Jonr515

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I am curious about VPN's. Does anyone here use some of the services/apps offered? If so which one and what are the pro's/cons?

Thanks,
Jon
 

raison

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It depends on what your goals are with VPN.

I use Private Internet Access as a way to bypass country restrictions on some sites, and I have set up a VPN server on my router so I can connect to my home network from outside.

If your goal is anonymity, you can check Tor. I wouldn't trust VPN or Tor to access sensitive sites such as bank ones though.

For general privacy, any VPN provider would do. I've been with PIA (Private Internet Access) for many years and I'm not aware of any cons except for, sometimes, during peak times, connections could be slow. This doesn't happen often and I usually get full speed though.
 

thisismyusername

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It would help to list what your goals are as there are different reasons why one would want to use a VPN. I run my own VPN server so I can access my home network when I'm away and securely use the internet when I'm connected to a public wifi. I run an OpenVPN server on my router and use the OpenVPN app on my iPad to connect to it. It works great.
 
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Jonr515

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I just ran across and article saying it was a good idea to use a VPN while browsing it claimed you had access to more on the internet while using. Does it get you around data limits imposed by wonderful ISPS by chance?
 

MacDawg

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I just ran across and article saying it was a good idea to use a VPN while browsing it claimed you had access to more on the internet while using. Does it get you around data limits imposed by wonderful ISPS by chance?
Given your location I'd say "nah" to both of those
 

CE3

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I primarily use F-Secure Freedome VPN.

Last year CSIRO (Australian government agency) did a study of nearly 300 VPNs for Android, and Freedome was one of the few to actually work:
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/01/majority-of-android-vpns-cant-be-trusted-to-make-users-more-secure/

One of the few apps to be lauded in the study was F-Secure Freedome VPN, made by the Finnish security company F-Secure. In keeping with F-Secure marketing promises, the app blocks all traffic from a pre-defined list of Web- and mobile-tracking domains, including Google Ads, DoubleClick, Google Tag, and comScore. The researchers found at least one site, nytimes.com, where Freedome interfered with embedded content video because the app blocked some of the JavaScript served by the domain. Other than that, one of the researchers told Ars, Freedome had no issues.
Download the app on iOS and you’ll get a free trial to check it out.

You can buy a subscription in-app, but you want it on multiple devices you should subscribe on their website.
 
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jeyf

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you might consider a public VPN that dosnt keep logs.
Maybe they do their banking in a neutral country outside your own country.
better if they have local servers you can log into
do they have an ios app
how many simultaneous log ins are you allowed
 

Szczelec33

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I think when you see the vpn icon on the upper left it means it is working and it shouldnt matter if you are just browsing or within a specific app because that icon is still there (the vpn services websites I researched even claim to worka cross apps and network traffic in general). I do wonder, however, if you say disconnect and reconnect if these apps record this or if messenger or social networkng apps only record sent messages or logins like if theyd still be able to if you or your original ip. However, I usually work or do stuff from publci wifi anyway as an added security on top of the vpn so if I forget to turn vpn on for some reason thr govt or anyone snooping like if I tslkc rsp on other forums for isntance will only see the public ip. I domt think a mac number would shot at all but i heard fbi still somehow getting people by comparing all mac numbers connected through a particular public wifi at a particular time frame so who knows. It is an interesting topic being totally untraceable or anonymous.
 

JemTheWire

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It would help to list what your goals are as there are different reasons why one would want to use a VPN. I run my own VPN server so I can access my home network when I'm away and securely use the internet when I'm connected to a public wifi. I run an OpenVPN server on my router and use the OpenVPN app on my iPad to connect to it. It works great.
Ditto.
 

CE3

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Do VPNS work with apps too as well as browsers/safari on ipad
Yes, most do, but some video streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon are good at detecting VPN servers and usually won’t play content until you turn them off. You may also want to turn a VPN off for sensitive things like making banking deposits. I know if I have a VPN on the Capital One app, for example, it will make me verify my Touch ID login with an additional code they text or email.
 
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an-other

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I can also confirm the BBC is blacklisting VPN servers. It's a bit of a cat/mouse game with VPN providers changing ips as the beeb blacklists them.
 

kierennyc

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How about using a vpn for secure browsing on public WiFi? Any recommend apps? I used to use the paid version of cloak but it became less reliable after some updates.
 

Gaelic83

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How about using a vpn for secure browsing on public WiFi? Any recommend apps? I used to use the paid version of cloak but it became less reliable after some updates.
I use TUNNEL BEAR and it has been good. I still get good speeds and no hassles to date. I have it turn on when I start my iBook Pro. You can download for a free trial to get a feel for it.
 

MacBH928

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a VPN basically encrypts your data from your ISP so it makes your ISP (or anyone monitoring your connection) not know what you are doing but the VPN provided themselves CAN know. So you have to use a trust worthy VPN provider that does not keep logs of you data or report anything about you.

VPN is good to access blocked sites (depends which country you are in) and it gives you security when using public Wifi's like College, Hotels, Cofee Shops, Work..etc.

There are a lot of VPN providers and most of them are shady. You can check out TunnelBear VPN they give 500MB free each month, very easy to use, and probably the most trust worthy ones and most legitimate.
 
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dukebound85

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I just ran across and article saying it was a good idea to use a VPN while browsing it claimed you had access to more on the internet while using. Does it get you around data limits imposed by wonderful ISPS by chance?
Nope. It just makes so what you are doing isn't monitored by ISP. They can still see the data totals being transmitted
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Do VPNS work with apps too as well as browsers/safari on ipad
yes
 

thadoggfather

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I feel way safer using a VPN to surf the web and check email at a coffee shop/public wifi, in general.
 

dk21

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I’m sorry to say that you’ll go mad trying to find the best option. There are so many variables and what works well for one person may not for another due to any number of reasons.

I’ve used Private Internet Access and NordVPN and have had good luck with both, however, the Private Internet Access MacOS app disables the MacOS firewall without telling you, which I found unacceptable and led me to switch.

Read some reviews, take a look at https://thatoneprivacysite.net/ as mentioned above, and pick one. Most that I have seen offer a certain number of days to request a refund and termination of service if it doesn’t work out.
 
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petsk

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F-Secure Freedome VPN as someone else mentioned works great. You can find very cheap licenses on eBay, 13-14€ for a full year.
 

Duckit

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I prefer Private Internet Access as it seems to be the most reliable for me on both iOS and MacOS. I mostly use my VPN when I'm on public Wifi networks.
 

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I prefer Private Internet Access as it seems to be the most reliable for me on both iOS and MacOS. I mostly use my VPN when I'm on public Wifi networks.
In my opinion, you should use it all the time. Your ISP provider is tracking everything you do on the internet, and selling your info to other companies, which can include targeting ads to you.