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Old March 9th, 2019, 02:36 PM #531
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VPNs the way to go.

Some WiFi will substitute the secure site's cert with their own, allowing them to snoop your traffic. Narita's WiFi is notorious for that. They even inject themselves into email imap and SMTP traffic.

A VPN will fix that nonsense.
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Old March 9th, 2019, 04:09 PM #532
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So for the non-technerds among us, how technically demanding is it to set up a VPN? How much does it cost?

Rush Limbaugh has been plugging Norton VPN, which seems targeted to the mainstream non-nerd horde. It's advertised as "starting at $3.33 per month."

Does anyone know how Norton VPN at $3.33 per month compares to Proton, or VPN For All, etc.

Norton advertises that their competitors collect and sell marketing information from their users, by the way.
Switch to the Opera browser. VPN and ad blocker are built in.
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Old March 9th, 2019, 06:43 PM #533
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So for the non-technerds among us, how technically demanding is it to set up a VPN? How much does it cost?

Rush Limbaugh has been plugging Norton VPN, which seems targeted to the mainstream non-nerd horde. It's advertised as "starting at $3.33 per month."

Does anyone know how Norton VPN at $3.33 per month compares to Proton, or VPN For All, etc.

Norton advertises that their competitors collect and sell marketing information from their users, by the way.
I'm not familiar with Norton VPN, only Proton. I also use Proton for my email.

For Proton's VPN it's easy, just click on app setup then click the "connect" button. Then visit a page that tells you what country you are from and verify it's working.

Proton does have a free tier but you get limited service. Basic is $4/month.

The things to remember are:

1) VPNs do reduce bandwidth, so things will be a little slower.

2) Some websites do not like VPNs so they will display a message telling you that you are banned or at least banned from your country. Proton has exit points throughout the world so you can find one somewhere that gets around this if you pay for it. The free tier has limited countries you can appear from.

3) You have to remember to start and stop it. Occasionally it runs into a problem and you have to restart the device. This will reset the network settings and then your good to go.


The big thing to remember is you just need to be sentient of your online identity and what's going on. It's not hard and I am happy to help any (or most) MDS members if they have questions. I believe online privacy and identity is become more important. Having another option, like a paid vpn, gives you more control over how you use the internet and who gets to view your data.
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Lots of good tips in the above post. With some of these programs, the experience is seamless. You turn on the VPN and do everything else as normal ... your web browsing, your separate email client (if you use something like Outlook), and other internet using applications. If you run into hiccups, follow the advice in the post above.

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VPNS only change your IP and secures your traffic. It doesn't change your "fingerprint". Unless you're running some obscure, non mainstream OS to stand out, anyone (most)could be running a basic MACbook(PC0 with X resolution, no java installed,etc... could be anyone. However, there are programs out there that will alter your fingerprint.
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