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by ScottDLS
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Technical Tips, Questions & Discussions (Computers & Internet)
Topic: VPN recommendation for Chromebook and iPhone
Replies: 14
Views: 4071

Re: VPN recommendation for Chromebook and iPhone

texas yankee wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:45 pm
"If the Feds are cracking them regularly, it is probably through workarounds like inside the firewall "taps" or cooperation of the entities you're doing business with" - at this point, I assume that anything and everything I say or do, and places I go, are being watched or listened to - as in "Enemy of the State" - the old crime bosses had it right, they only communicated on substantive matters by speaking face to face, and only with people they trusted. I want a VPN to keep my ISP and cellular service out of my business - as well as some guy with a WiFi sniffer in a Starbucks when I'm on the road somewhere.

FWIW, I'm leaning towards NordVPN - thanks for the thoughts.
Understandable, though Verizon or ATT are unlikely to kick your door in and kill your dog or drone strike you :shock:

With Chromebook you’re also at the mercy of your cloud providers for keeping their paws off your data. There are some email providers that don’t keep any keys to the information you have on their servers. Only you have the key. Google and Microsoft on the other hand likely mine your data to sell you stuff or sell your (hopefully anonymized) data. I have a Chromebook too, but Google gave it to me because I am consulting to them for my company ;-) . I assume anything I do on it they’re watching and they have it locked down so I can’t install any unapproved apps, like VPN. Tor browser is also very secure, unless you believe as some do that it was created by the US government originally, US Navy with a back door. Anyway I’ve heard NordVPN and ExpressVPN are very good and OpenVPN if you’re computer tech savvy and like to set up your own stuff. Also think about getting a router for home that supports a vpn directly on the router if you want to lock every connection in you’re home down, though you’re still at the mercy of WiFi encryption protocols.
by ScottDLS
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical Tips, Questions & Discussions (Computers & Internet)
Topic: VPN recommendation for Chromebook and iPhone
Replies: 14
Views: 4071

Re: VPN recommendation for Chromebook and iPhone

von Clausewitz wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:21 pm
I use NordVPN and like it...but understand that you will need to turn it off for some banks and other services...

One of my banks will not allow me on at all without shutting off VPN, while other banks wil not allow me to use certain services because they “cannot determine if you are U.S. based”...

I’ve had a few problems with this site too, and while I haven’t gotten it officially from the mods, I will wager it is because of my VPN...

Nothing is the perfect fix...get VPN and then if you go to a site that blocks you, or partially blocks you, turn off th VPN and see if that fixe it.

The NordVPN app makes it easy to transition back and forth...
I've used ExpressVPN which is a little more expensive, but haven't noticed issues with bank sites. You can choose servers and they have a lot of US and non-US. Unless banks are blocking IP ranges that they "know" to be associated with VPN's they're going to have a hard time maintaining a service level for their customers, or frankly the usefulness of their online banking. This site blocks IP ranges associated with large amounts of SPAM activity, particularly from overseas from my experience. www.computerprivacy.org has quite good reviews of major VPN's with pros and cons. I work in a related field and I can tell you these VPN's are quite secure. If the Feds are cracking them regularly, it is probably through workarounds like inside the firewall "taps" or cooperation of the entities you're doing business with (banks, e-mail hosting, cloud providers, etc.).

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