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SargeW

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Is anyone using a VPN?
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:57:26 PM »
If you don't know what a VPN is, you most likely are not using one. With the recent news releases that some hackers have found a deficiency in WPA2, I found it reasonable to add a layer of protection.  Anyone else?
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Re: Is anyone using a VPN?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 07:34:54 PM »
I was using one for a couple of years. I found that some web sites wouldn't load when the VPN was activated. My browser would also slow down at times. But the reason I gave it up was it didn't load automatically like it was supposed to. I may look for another VPN company.
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Re: Is anyone using a VPN?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 07:50:28 PM »
I am using Norton, as they already had my virus protection. I considered dropping it when W-10 came out, but better safe than sorry. And some of the recent hacker attacks just go to show that the threat is still out there.  So far I haven't noticed any degradation in performance since implementing it.
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Re: Is anyone using a VPN?
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 09:52:05 AM »
I use IPVanishVPN.  Good speed, good support, but not the cheapest.
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Re: Is anyone using a VPN?
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 11:37:58 AM »
WPA2 with AES encryption and using a "STRONG passphrase" is the best way.  The only way WPA2 has been hacked is by brute force password guessing.  A strong passphrase goes a very long ways in guarding against such an attack.
I'm not wireless network engineer but have 21 years as a wireless network admin in a university environment.  Cracking a strong passphrase is next to impossible.
Most times folks just give away their passwords to spammers in emails and web pages.  Home networks are not a big target.  Big corporations that have a lot to loose are the targets.
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Re: Is anyone using a VPN?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 01:45:52 PM »
WPA2 with AES encryption and using a "STRONG passphrase" is the best way.  The only way WPA2 has been hacked is by brute force password guessing.  A strong passphrase goes a very long ways in guarding against such an attack.
I'm not wireless network engineer but have 21 years as a wireless network admin in a university environment.  Cracking a strong passphrase is next to impossible.
Most times folks just give away their passwords to spammers in emails and web pages.  Home networks are not a big target.  Big corporations that have a lot to loose are the targets.

You might want to read up on this:
https://www.krackattacks.com/

I agree that the average little guy has little to worry about, most of the time, and some simple defenses will go far to protect most people.
My wifi is not broadcasting and passphrases are pretty strong, and I have set the router to only recognize specific MACs.
It will not authorize just anybody.

I have the corporate VPN for when I am working. Other than that, I've not played much with VPN.
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Re: Is anyone using a VPN?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2017, 01:54:44 PM »
Huh? VPN is a tunneled protocols could be encrypted or not. To allow you privacy like a proxy...funny what some think a VPN is.
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Re: Is anyone using a VPN?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2017, 01:58:20 PM »
Yup. Seems to me VPN is really more useful if you are planning on accessing your devices within your home network from outside.
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