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Old 04-07-2016, 08:13 PM   #15
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I feel much more comfortable with it rather than without it. I also run it on a Synology file server and haven't lost a connection for months. Perhaps I'd feel differently if they were using a non-standard protocol, but they support the latest VPN protocols.
I admit that some parts of the conversation are a little over my head.

My scenario again if you please. In my Airstream, on public WiFi using a VPN, for example PIA.

Given that there exists nothing else under my control in the pipeline that leads to my bank, will my connection be secure?
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:23 PM   #16
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As I understand it, if you're only using your browser to access your bank via public Wifi using https, the connection is already secure. The VPN adds an additional layer of encryption that will make it more difficult for other folks on your shared public WiFi to hack back into your computer. If I am mistaken I'm sure others will shine in to correct me
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:50 PM   #17
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Here's another Leo discussion on the topic: http://techguylabs.com/episodes/1268...hile-traveling

Good info. The internet is a really scary place these days. Not to deter anybody....just trying to through the information out there for thought.

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Old 04-07-2016, 09:14 PM   #18
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So I get the issue with public WiFi. But unless you are tethered (hardwired) to your MiFi device and simply connected via WiFi if someone really wanted to sniff your connection you are still exposed between your MiFi device and your laptop. VPN still isn't going to help unless you are hardwired to the device with your WiFi on the laptop preferably turned off.

Or did it get it wrong?
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:19 PM   #19
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Any device, either hard wired or WiFi, with a VPN software connection is secure. So if your laptop has VPN software connected and your passing data via MiFi to a public WiFi, your data packets are secure.


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I use PIA at home and when travelling. www.privateinternetaccess.com. It's quite affordable and very solid. You can determine which exit point you prefer - even in other countries. This is quite convenient if you travel abroad and still would like to access Netflix/Hulu, etc.
+1. I use PIA as well, more for anonymity than security, but it does a good job of both. I've used it for 2 or 3 years now on a daily basis with my home server without issue.
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I guess I was under the impression that the VPN provided a secure network from your computer all the way along the line to the end of the tunnel and used their network to securely connect you to the web address that you desired, i.e.: bank.
Only if your bank provided the VPN service to their servers - not likely since most believe that they are immune to an attack with just SSL - remember heart bleed a couple of years ago?
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+1. I use PIA as well, more for anonymity than security, but it does a good job of both. I've used it for 2 or 3 years now on a daily basis with my home server without issue.
+1 on PIA - but we're thinking of moving since the service is susceptible to a national security letter.
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So I get the issue with public WiFi. But unless you are tethered (hardwired) to your MiFi device and simply connected via WiFi if someone really wanted to sniff your connection you are still exposed between your MiFi device and your laptop. VPN still isn't going to help unless you are hardwired to the device with your WiFi on the laptop preferably turned off.

Or did it get it wrong?
Just ensure you have strong encryption turned on between your laptop and MiFi - WPA2 at least.
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Here's a good picture depicting what a VPN does:

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I use PIA at home and when travelling. www.privateinternetaccess.com. It's quite affordable and very solid. You can determine which exit point you prefer - even in other countries. This is quite convenient if you travel abroad and still would like to access Netflix/Hulu, etc.
I just spent 5 months abroad and you can not access Hulu or Netflix using PIA, or any VPN as I understand it, anymore. Hulu "knows" when you're using one of their servers IP addresses and blocks the content. Netflix started doing the same as of January/Febraury of 2016. Netflix went "international," except China and Syria and you can access Netflix "normally" as you would at home. The major difference is there is a limited catalogue depending on where you're located. For example, in the United Arab Emirates I couldn't watch Friday Night Lights or the new season of House of Cards. I had PIA btw.
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I just spent 5 months abroad and you can not access Hulu or Netflix using PIA, or any VPN as I understand it, anymore. Hulu "knows" when you're using one of their servers IP addresses and blocks the content. Netflix started doing the same as of January/Febraury of 2016. Netflix went "international," except China and Syria and you can access Netflix "normally" as you would at home. The major difference is there is a limited catalogue depending on where you're located. For example, in the United Arab Emirates I couldn't watch Friday Night Lights or the new season of House of Cards. I had PIA btw.
Good Information!

My current usage is on my home server, and occasionally on my cell phone (there's an app for that) if I'm on a public wifi network and doing online banking, for example.

I'm in Canada, and my future VPN usage with the AS will be in Canada and the US, and my use case will be the same - mostly to provide anonymity when necessary, and security for online banking, etc. I'm not worried about Netflix, etc - I pay for an account, and I expect it should work whether I'm in Canada or the US without the VPN - although its been about 2 years since I've tried to access Netflix inside the US (hotel with free wifi, from my iPad), and it worked fine at that point.
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While the connection from your laptop to a VPN server is safe the connection from VPN server to the internet isn't safe. Having VPN is just like if you are working from your company network and you have access to the public internet. You can still hit a site that is infected. Happens at my job occasionally. My colleagues and myself have hit infected sites without knowing and have received a call from our network security department instructing us to unplug the laptop from the network immediately and then shut down. The laptops were replaced.

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Excellent picture that shows VPN is a tunnel between you and a facility (business, school, home network, etc.) There has to be a VPN connection on both ends, that's what creates the tunnel. What passes through the tunnel is secure.

With unsecured public wifi networks, when you aren't in the VPN tunnel, you are at risk. People, if they want to, can have access to your computer, regardless of whether you are at an HTTPS site because while your connection to the HTTPS site is secure, your computer on the public network isn't. Some bad people even set up "free wifi" spots that will allow you to connect and get to the internet while they are looking through the files on your hard drive.

When you are on your home network you can see your other connected devices. The same is true for an unsecured network. If you connect to it, your computer can be visible to others on that same network.

So unless you're using a VPN connection to another network, it's best to leave public networks alone. You never know who is on there.




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