I think it's time for a VPN

russkellyrusskelly Indianapolis
Who has experiences with VPNs? With the state of shit right now, it might be time to start using one. I don't do any 'dark web' shit at all. I look at normal porn. I basically just use the internet for social networking. I'm not really sure where to start with VPNs I googled it a bunch, but i'd feel a lot better if y'all could help out. Thanks, fam!
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  • i got windscribe lifetime real cheap a while back (i think it was like $30).  as far as i know it works. :D
    russkelly
  • Well, usually people get VPNs for anonymity. So the 1st question is how anonymous do you want to be? If you truly want to be anonymous, then it's best to set your own VPN up using various anonymous payment methods.
    /r/VPN has a TON of useful information. Especially this thread:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/VPN/comments/4iho8e/that_one_privacy_guys_guide_to_choosing_the_best/

    I chose PIA for my VPN because of the reliable high speeds and semi anonymity (I don't need full). It was fairly cheap and fairly well recommended.

    I don't use it on every device I have, just a few of them. One thing to note is that you'll have to deal with a lot more security checks if you decide to use it when paying bills/etc as your IP won't be "recognized".

    darwinfeeshy
  • russkellyrusskelly Indianapolis
    @KingKobra Cool. That's good to know. Thanks!
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    edited August 2017
    I second king kobra.

    The problem with VPN companies is there's nothing really stopping them from giving up your details to the authorities if they really wanted. You may feel safe, but VPNs are surely going to protect themselves over you and if that means handing you over they will do it in a heartbeat.

    Now with that said, I would try to find one that has some sort of promises they won't work government or law agencies and preferably Ones located outside of the reach of certain agencies. Although their word is only as good as the paper it's written on it's better then nothing.

    Lastly try to find a good one where your speeds are not absolutely destroyed. I'm no expert but I've found that some VPNs have much slower connection speeds than others and that can really impact your streaming/DL experience.
    KingKobraBrawn
  • I mean, unless you're doing things that could get you serious hard time I don't know if VPN companies would care enough to turn you in for something like internet piracy when millions of other people are doing the same thing without even using VPNs.
  • I've used Private Internet Access for a few years. Fast and reliable. It used to let me avoid shitty Canadian Netflix, but now Netflix has cracked down on that and blocked the PIA IP's so I had to cancel my Netflix subscription, *sigh*. They say that they don't keep any logs of your data whatsoever, and would therefore be unable to give anything over to law enforcement. As others have noted, there's really no way to be sure that it's absolutely anonymous, but I think it's at least enough to prevent entities like Facebook and Google from casually spying on every aspect of your life.
    KingKobra
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    edited August 2017

    I've used Private Internet Access for a few years. Fast and reliable. It used to let me avoid shitty Canadian Netflix, but now Netflix has cracked down on that and blocked the PIA IP's so I had to cancel my Netflix subscription, *sigh*. They say that they don't keep any logs of your data whatsoever, and would therefore be unable to give anything over to law enforcement. As others have noted, there's really no way to be sure that it's absolutely anonymous, but I think it's at least enough to prevent entities like Facebook and Google from casually spying on every aspect of your life.

    yea. they did the same thing to me. I had a VPN, paid for Netflix justly for years. then they did the geo block on VPNs and i just couldn't justify the crappy amount of content my local country had. 
  • davemcbdavemcb Melbourne
    Whilst Australia has some of the worst piracy rates per capita (must come from our convict days) a lot of people were using VPN's to access a number of services that aren't available such as HBO GO, American Netflix, even cheaper NBA League pass (I know a few that have NBA LP from India) and some to ensure they don't get caught Pirating. Our Pay TV (Cable) is extremely expensive and there is only 1 company so many resulted in Geo dodging but a lot of people have found they are getting blocked. 


    Dee
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    edited August 2017
    @davemcb Yeah, I used to have Unblock to get all the other countries' Netflix because the Aus one was so dire when it first started. But then that got blocked. Thankfully our Netflix has somewhat improved, but still could be better. Put all the Aussie shows from 90s/early 2000s on there! The Secret Life Of Us, Heartbreak High, Recovery, etc etc.

    And then Murdoch tied up GoT so you can only buy it In iTunes when the whole season is done and there's no way that rancid old fucker is getting my money so once a jolly swagman and all that.
    davemcb
  • i just use it when i increasingly uncommonly pirate something to avoid getting a nastygram from at&t or whoever, i don't keep it on all the time although i suppose i could except that some things i can't connect to with it on, ie steam.   there's an app for the phone as well.
  • voodoorat said:

    i just use it when i increasingly uncommonly pirate something to avoid getting a nastygram from at&t or whoever, i don't keep it on all the time although i suppose i could except that some things i can't connect to with it on, ie steam.   there's an app for the phone as well.

    Steam work with PIA I think. (I've played my steam games while connected.
  • Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
    edited August 2017
    @Dee
    Are swagmen the Aussie version of hippies?
    Dee
  • ahh, aussie hobos!
    Dee
  • it use to be common to use one to play internet poker from a U.S. IP, if you you ever planned on cashing out for large amounts.  But now most sites(in NJ and NV) need IP authentication, and your IP needs to match your billing address.   
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  • it use to be common to use one to play internet poker from a U.S. IP, if you you ever planned on cashing out for large amounts.  But now most sites(in NJ and NV) need IP authentication, and your IP needs to match your billing address.   

    Yea. I used to play Fan Duel but had to use VPN because I was out of the country but they blocked VPN use now too. So can't even do any daily fantasy sports.
  • I use PIA only when I torrent.
    KingKobra
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited August 2017
    Which do you use?  

  • aberry89 said:

    Which do you use?  


    I use Private Internet Access

    It's $40 per year.
    KingKobra
  • AirVPN.

    Not the cheapest, but solid protection and helps me get around Netflix geo-restrictions 
  • redlancerredlancer Seattle
    edited August 2017
    Another vote for PIA, been using them for about 3 years and never had any issues.

    I run the VPN directly on my router so it covers my whole network, but that does take a router with a bit more horsepower. If you're really adventurous look into pfsense and build your own router, I did that about 6 months ago and it's sooo much more powerful/better/fun than an off-the-shelf netgear/linksys/etc.

    beyond that, the desktop app works perfectly, and they have some nice android and iOS apps for when using public wifi.

    As said, you're shifting your trust for privacy from your ISP to the VPN company, but for me that seemed like a no-brainer. At least they are making an attempt to prioritize your privacy. I have no belief whatsoever that the same goes for Comcast/Google/Facebook/Amazon who just want to monetize their user base with almost no regards for privacy.


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  • redlancer said:

    As said, you're shifting your trust for privacy from your ISP to the VPN company, but for me that seemed like a no-brainer. At least they are making an attempt to prioritize your privacy. I have no belief whatsoever that the same goes for Comcast/Google/Facebook/Amazon who just want to monetize their user base with almost no regards for privacy.
    That's a good point, but since so many VPN companies are small companies and it's hard to know who's really behind them, that's where my concern comes from. I don't 100% trust Facebook to guard my privacy, but I also trust that they aren't some kind of shell company set up to purposely do malicious things. I wonder if anyone here who is more knowledgeable can talk about how to find out if your VPN company is trustworthy or not. 
    *cough, cough* take a look at the Reddit link I provided ;) there was a TON of research into building the lists, that section of Reddit is also hesvybwith reviews, etc.
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  • redlancerredlancer Seattle
    edited August 2017
    There are definitely a few bigger players in the VPN world that seem to have built some level of trust with the community. PIA has a large enough user base and a lot of users way smarter than I'll ever be about network science that if anything hinkey was going on it would hopefully come out. Tough to slip anything by reddit these days, too.

    All I know it's nice when this stops happening: your friend sends you a Gmail about a drone he's wondering about, and for the next 2 weeks my Facebook feed has nothing but Amazon ad links for drones. 





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    All I know it's nice when this stops happening: your friend sends you a Gmail about a drone he's wondering about, and for the next 2 weeks my Facebook feed has nothing but Amazon ad links for drones. 





    Correct me if I'm wrong. But I don't think a VPN will prevent that scenario.

    If you read your Gmail, Google knows who you are (whether you use a VPN or not). Same when you log into Facebook. If Google analyzes the keywords in your email communication, and uses that to help Facebook personalise their ads .... there's nothing your VPN can do about that.

    (I assume these companies track you by your username, not your IP address)


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  • FlukesFlukes Calgary, Canada
    I'm in the market for a VPN service. I'm really only looking to manage my location so that I can see hockey games that are blacked out. The NHL thinks it hurts ticket sales in Edmonton if people in Calgary (a three hour drive) are able to watch the game on the NHL app.

    Any new players in this arena (ahem)? For the PIA users - are you still happy?
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