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VPN - yes or no
« on: December 13, 2021, 09:45:34 PM »
Does anyone use a VPN and if so, what would be considered a reasonable cost please?

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2021, 10:31:36 PM »
Hi,

I use one at work, it's free to me  :)

Why do you want use use a VPN? I used to have a personal subscription so that we could spoof the Beeb into letting us watch the BBC iPlayer, but since they launched Britbox with ITV I subscribe to that instead. I think you shouldn't be paying more than £10 per month, probably nearer £5.

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2021, 10:34:49 PM »
Wots a VPN?  ???
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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2021, 10:47:56 PM »
Virtual Private Network

You could try https://store.computeractive.co.uk/p36254-avg_secure_vpn_2021_10-d_1-yr

which is pretty cheap or google many other options

Computer Active is a long established computer magazine so would not likely be risky.

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2021, 11:10:21 PM »
I also have a VPN for work on my work laptop because the company requires it, but frankly I don't feel the need for a VPN for general home browsing.
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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2021, 11:56:14 PM »
A VPN is essential if you want to read The Economist online while on a trip to China  :D

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2021, 12:00:11 AM »
John, this was @Newportnobby asking. I can't see him reading The Economist or travelling outside Lancashire either.
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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2021, 04:56:54 AM »
A VPN is essential if you want to read The Economist online while on a trip to China  :D

When I was working there (in China, not at the Economist) the choice of a good VPN was a hot topic among the expat immigrant community. As I wasn't actually based there I ended up running a SOCKS proxy via SSH.

But yeah, unless there's a specific purpose, like setting up an alter ego to spam a web forum without being rumbled, a VPN doesn't seem to be of much benefit.

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2021, 06:09:34 AM »
I know I shouldn't ask, but wots a SOCKS proxy via SSH?

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2021, 06:19:29 AM »
I know I shouldn't ask, but wots a SOCKS proxy via SSH?

Baically you set up an SSH tunnel to an end point (such a server located on the outside of the Great Firewall of China) and configure your client (e.g. browser) to use that tunnel rather than the default route. Back in the day it also came in handy when dealing with public wifi which wants to charge money for browsing but had less-than-robust filtering of outgoing ports. Does require access to a suitable endpoint, which limits its general usefulness.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOCKS
https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-route-web-traffic-securely-without-a-vpn-using-a-socks-tunnel

Any other questions?  :beers:

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2021, 06:25:53 AM »
Yes.... I've scrolled right through that link (albeit quickly), and nowhere can I see what SOCKS and SSH stand for  :confused2:
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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2021, 06:59:23 AM »
Yes.... I've scrolled right through that link (albeit quickly), and nowhere can I see what SOCKS and SSH stand for  :confused2:

SOCKS = SOCKet Secure
SSH = Secure SHell

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2021, 07:02:51 AM »
Thanks, mate. That's really enlightened me  ;D
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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2021, 08:23:16 AM »
I pay for a VPN on my company laptop in case I am working away from home and I want to feel secure on the internet.
It  :censored: up my network at home which struggles with speed issues, and I am already using a booster to get wifi in my garden office (we are in a small village in the Shires) so I have to switch it off at home.

More trouble than it is worth at home.

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Re: VPN - yes or no
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2021, 10:17:32 AM »
Why do I want a VPN?
I don't necessarily but Avast pesters me to buy one. Maybe I should class it as 'junk mail' :laugh:

 

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