Privacy – 2018 VPN products review for home users

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    [size=5]PC Magazine shares an informative article. VPN security is a “must” for those who travel or frequent access the internet in public networks. It can also make activity via ISP more private & secure. There are minor additional costs, performance impacts, and even a few compatibility issues. Still, this is a valuable tool to be more anonymous and secure with e-commerce transactions.

    https://www.pcmag.com/article/352757/you-need-a-vpn-and-heres-why

    What Is a VPN and How Does It Work? — Simply put, a VPN creates a virtual encrypted tunnel between you and a remote server operated by a VPN service. All external internet traffic is routed through this tunnel, so your data is secure from prying eyes. Best of all, your computer appears to have the IP address of the VPN server, masking your identity. When your data reaches the VPN server, it exits onto the public internet. If the site you’re heading to uses HTTPS to secure the connection, you’re still secure. But even if it was intercepted, it’s difficult to trace the data back to you, since it appears to be coming from the VPN server.

    VPN Privacy Benefits — A virtual private network, or VPN, can help you secure your web traffic and protect your anonymity online from snoops, spies, and anyone else who wants to steal or monetize your data. If you connect to that same public Wi-Fi network using a VPN you can rest assured that no one on that network will be able to intercept your data—no other users snooping around for would-be victims, nor even the operators of the network itself.

    What a VPN Won’t Do — We should note that there are multiple ways your behavior can be tracked onlin ase cookies allow web services (Amazon, Google, Facebook, and so on) to track your internet usage even after you’ve left their sites. VPNs also only anonymize your online activities so much.

    Open Source TOR network alternative — If you really want to browse the web anonymously, and access the dark web to boot, you’ll want to use Tor. Unlike a VPN, Tor bounces your traffic through several server nodes, making it much harder to trace. It’s also managed by a non-profit organization and distributed for free. Some VPN services will even connect to Tor via VPN, for additional security.

    The Complications of Privacy — There are some notable complications that arise from using a VPN. Some smart home devices simply cannot run VPNs. The solution for both problems is to move the security up a level by installing a VPN on your router. Do you like Netflix? That’s too bad, because Netflix blocks many VPNs. Another major concern with VPNs is speed. After all, a VPN is making your internet connection jump through many more hoops than normal.

    Protect Yourself With a VPN — When the internet was first being pieced together, there wasn’t much thought given to security or privacy. At first it was just a bunch of shared computers at research institutions, and computing power so limited that any encryption could have made things extremely difficult. If anything, the focus was on openness, not defense. Today, most of have multiple devices that connect to the web that are vastly more powerful than the top computers of the early days. But the internet hasn’t made a lot of fundamental improvements.[/size]

    #15124
    Assistanc3
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    informative
    any extra layer of security helps

    #16791
    The
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    In case anyone hasn’t seen, the following is an alert by the FBI issued on May 25, 2018 about home and office routers to stop Russian malware .

    Foreign Cyber Actors Target Home and Office Routers and Networked Devices Worldwide

    https://www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180525.aspx

    Article about how to resolve the malware placed into home and office routers around the globe by Russian cyber-military group Fancy Bear (Forbes: It is believed to be directed by Russia’s military intelligence agency.). “The advice to reboot, update, change default passwords, and disable remote administration is sound and in most cases requires no more than 15 minutes.”

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/fbi-tells-router-users-to-reboot-now-to-kill-malware-infecting-500k-devices/

    An article by Forbes about the malware. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomcoughlin/2018/05/28/fbi-says-you-should-reboot-your-routers-and-nas-devices/

    “The vulnerability is serious because the FBI says the malware, called “VPNFilter,” can interrupt internet access, steal information (to include personal information) from users, and use the device/router to spread malware.”

    Sure CI and A3 can tells us more. ;>) According to what I read online, by doing a reboot of one’s home or office router it will also help the FBI determine how many routers in the USA were compromised by the Russian malware since the FBI has seized control of one of the sources which the malware reports back to.

    #16810

    [b]^^^+ 1 & Thank you 🙂 – yes, Symantec IN DEPTH TECHNICAL ANALYSIS & FAQ of VPN FILTER threat :ohmy:
    https://www.symantec.com/blogs/threat-intelligence/vpnfilter-iot-malware%5B/b%5D

    #16811
    The
    Participant

    Just wanted to let others know in case they hadn’t seen the “FBI Alert” on the link posted above.

    Over the weekend did multiple “reboots” of my router, to include a cold boot of the router, then definitely changed the password for the router.

    Putin is out of control … again. Fancy Bear, the Russian military intelligence cyber-unit, infecting routers in numerous nations with malware which can be used for many improper purposes. Then just read the following about an arrest warrant being issued by Putin/Russia for a British businessman/investment fund manager who has been exposing Putin and Russia’s financial corruption and organized crime. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-russia-arrest/spanish-police-detain-then-release-putin-critic-browder-idUSKCN1IV0YL?il=0

    #16812

    [size=5]^^^ +1 – excellent comments 🙂 … The good news is that FBI shut down the command & control servers … so what the reboot does is to clear out any malware “hooks” back to the now “inactive” C&C server — on a just in case basis.

    For those who have issues coming back up after a router reboot, it could be that there was either a router was “OWNED” by the malware & it’s settings are possibly now “bricked” … https://www.pcmag.com/news/361431/is-your-router-vulnerable-to-vpnfilter-malware

    #16813

    A C&C server is a powerful “puppets :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

    #17564
    The
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    Just out of curiosity CI, what’s your favorite VPN?

    In recent months have been using the VPN called “ZPN”. The primary reason why is they offer 10GB per month for free VPN usage. Then I select servers they have in Europe or Canada to connect through.

    Also heard the following on the news. Ohio will become the 1st state in the USA to offer thousands of free online training courses at every library in the entire state, to anyone with a library card. Included are “a six-course path toward becoming a Microsoft Excel specialist, or a 15-course pathway to become a front-end web developer”. Anyone with a library card in the state of Ohio can take the free classes.

    https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/first-its-kind-ohio-program-offers-thousands-free-training-courses-from-libraries/CXs5PI5U64HJghVQckT6LP/

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