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    No, I really couldn't care less if the government can trace me back to the porn sites I visit.
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    Yeah a bit. I now do most of my personal email from Posteo.de instead of Gmail (though I keep that account open for my subscriptions etc.) The servers are in Germany which isn't perfect but it's a hell of a lot better than Google's in the US. I also try and use open source software wherever possible, like Firefox and Thunderbird. My android phone runs Cyanogenmod which is also open-source, and the phone's storage is encrypted as well. My task at the moment is working out how to install a linux distro on my MBA with enough space on that partition but leaving enough on this OS X partition to play games. It's not as easy as it might be on a PC. Hasn't changed in a major way, I just use a bit more open-source software these days and it only took an hour or so to encrypt my phone.
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    (Original post by Darth Stewie)
    I use https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/, in my opinion it is by far the best commercial VPN available today for under $10 a month. They have gone to a lot of effort to ensure that there is minimal speed cost when connected and have a variety of extra features which you can make use of. The biggest criticism i have of it is that it isn’t very user friendly, the UI is very simplistic and although installing and using the client is not a difficult task if you want to play around and tweak the VPN for whatever reason you are pretty much on your own.

    Just in case the above breaches TSR rules on advertising (or if you are interested in some other candidates) here is a good run down of the better commercial VPNs available today.
    http://uk.pcmag.com/software/feature...uld-know-about

    So you have to pay for it?

    Doesn't that defeat the purpose - I use hotspot.
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    Please explain to me how TOR works.
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    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    Please explain to me how TOR works.
    From what I can tell it is lots of computer magic that allows you to hide behind 5 proxies servers which when traced come up on the map as "Torland".

    Either way it works.
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    From what I can tell it is lots of computer magic that allows you to hide behind 5 proxies servers which when traced come up on the map as "Torland".

    Either way it works.

    https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

    Is it this?

    Thanks for the info.

    Is it legit?
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    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

    Is it this?

    Thanks for the info.

    Is it legit?
    That is the one. It is really good. And simple to use. You can also use it for deepweb stuff if you ever get bored of the clearnet.
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    That is the one. It is really good. And simple to use. You can also use it for deepweb stuff if you ever get bored of the clearnet.
    Thank you, I will use it to good effect
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    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    Thank you, I will use it to good effect
    Just be careful of honeypot sites.
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    Just be careful of honeypot sites.
    LOL, this is on my info section as interests.

    Don't worry, I don't have security and I'm only interested in Abdul Karim, nomsaying :sexface:
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    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    So you have to pay for it?
    Doesn't that defeat the purpose - I use hotspot.
    Not really with most VPNs designed with privacy in mind there are no logs of what you accessed while using it, so someone could uncover that you are using a VPN via payment trails but not what you were doing while using it (using a VPN is in no way illegal). It's also worth noting that it is usually pretty obvious when someone is using a VPN from the ISPs side as it will show you constantly connecting and sending/receiving traffic to a single of small group of servers, with some investigation it would not take very long to find out who owns that server thus they have the same level of information that they would get from following the payment trail.

    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    Please explain to me how TOR works.
    The software that went into and made up the important parts of TOR was originally designed by the US navy however they decided not to continue the project and through various financial sources it become an open source network with the goal of allowing people to communicate via the internet with complete anonymity. TOR is a fantastic invention and despite its bad press is used for things other than paedophilia and arms dealing, a huge use of it is to allow whistle-blowers and informants to pass on information. I would say however it is not a suitable alternative to a VPN for a number of reasons. The first is speed, the way TOR is set-up means it handles congestion incredibly poorly and as TOR has gone from a very unknown thing to something anyone with a dislike for American security agencies is more than aware of and the network has suffered immensely. The problems come down the design, paths are poorly selected, clients don't handle latency well, it lacks funding to increase its capacity and the TOR protocols are extremely inefficient on low bandwidth devices. I have heard the TOR project is addressing these issues however at the moment you will probably have to deal with dial up speeds when using the network thus every day tasks such as streaming (which you should not do on TOR, more on this in a minute) or even browsing face book (again don't do this on TOR, not safe) would go very very slowly.

    The second is that TOR is not as secure as people think it is. If you use plugins such as adobe flash player (what you tube uses as a default for showing you videos although there are tricks to force it to use HTML5) your real IP address can be revealed which is why TOR browsers disable plugins as a default. Security agencies are coming down like a ton of bricks on TOR and although its highly unlikely (i hope) you would be involved in the kind of thing they are targeting it still means you wont be achieving your level of desired privacy. The tor browser bundle (which is the only TOR browser you should be using) has gaping security flaws which can and have been exploited by not only agencies such as the NSA but criminals after personal and financial information which pose a much greater threat to you. If you want to genuinely become anonymous on TOR then first of all get rid of Windows and install a linux OS, Make sure you never use TOR from your home or close to your home, always move location after 24 hours, never use any pre-existing email or login of any kind while on TOR, NEVER pay for anything on TOR with bitcoin, creditcards, paypal or any other form of online payment.

    Sounds excessive? It is, keep in mind those tips are given to people using TOR to report on despotic regimes or organized crime so may be a bit excessive for you but those are the lengths you have to go to to become "reasonably" anonymous online (even at this point i wouldn’t say you are completely anonymous or even if such a concept exists when dealing with the WWW). Anonymity is hard and i would say by far the easiest and most hassle free way to protect yourself to a reasonable degree is the use of a VPN.
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    No, nothing to hide.
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    Time to bring out the Pratchett quotes again :cool:

    "Cheery was aware that Commander Vimes didn't like the phrase 'The innocent have nothing to fear', believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like 'The innocent have nothing to fear'."
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    I've only ever used a VPN to tunnel out of halls to play blocked video games online.

    The paranoia required to actually believe the general TSR user requires Tor, VPN or anything of the like for security is borderline pathological.
 
 
 
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