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VPN Comparison Chart & How to choose the best VPN
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Tue 30 Oct 2018, 21:01    Post subject: How to test and verify the speeds of your VPN
Subject description: a tutorial from PIA
 

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/10/how-to-test-and-verify-the-speeds-of-your-vpn/

Since the repeal of the Net Neutrality legislation, we’ve seen some of the biggest ISPs deliberately traffic shape VPN connections in order to slow down throughout speeds. But what if there was a way to test the capability of a VPN traffic, outside of your network in order to help you identify where the issue lies. Is your ISP throttling your VPN traffic? Is there high contention on the VPN servers?

Further reading :
Manual Testing That’s Updated Every Week
All the speed results that we are going to show were obtained through manual testing, rather than bots that perform automated tests. We did this heavy lifting because no one but bots would be interested in results for themselves rather than humans who are ultimately going to benefit from a VPN in the first place.

We will be updating these speed test results on a continual basis every Monday. The reason we deemed Monday as the suitable test-day is that peak Internet activity worldwide occurs on the first day of the week, according to Firefox’s research. Thus, testing the VPNs on Monday would constitute a real trial by fire for each provider considered here.
Source : https://www.vpnranks.com/vpn-speed-tests/
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Tue 30 Oct 2018, 23:12    Post subject: Indian Porn Ban
Subject description: VPNs to the rescue
 

https://torrentfreak.com/?p=163268

For now, however, they are taking a page from the many pirate sites that have been blocked, launching the mirror site Pornhub.net, so Indians can still get their fix.

“In the meantime, to provide our Indian users with Pornhub content again as quickly as possible, we have set up a mirror site. We understand this has been a hard time for our fans and hope this will provide them with an outlet to help alleviate some of their stress.”

Aside from the mirror, there are of course plenty of other alternatives to bypass the block. Many Indians report that changing their DNS to Google or Cloudflare’s free services does the trick.

Alternatively, a VPN is also an option, including PornHub’s own VPNHub.


This VPN option appears to be on the mind of many Indians already. Looking at the Google trends graph showing the relative popularity of “VPN” searches, we see a clear surge around the time the porn blocks were starting to get implemented.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Wed 31 Oct 2018, 21:25    Post subject: Configure OpenVPN autostart Linux connection  

https://www.smarthomebeginner.com/guide-configure-openvpn-autostart-linux/

Your system should be safe from the moment it boots up. In order to achieve this, your VPN connection should start automatically as soon as you boot your system. This guide tells you how to configure OpenVPN autostart Linux option, in order for your Linux system to be always safe and protected from prying eyes. To start, you should have installed OpenVPN and have it up and running. One of the perks of an auto start VPN setup is that you do it once and forget about it.

The tutorial has not been tested by me.

There is a simpler way to autostart your VPN. Users of AirVPN do not need to use username and password. It is built-in in the ovpn. So you put
your ovpn file in openvpn folder and change its name to openvpn.conf.
Every time your boot your PC, your VPN will start as a service.
Check your new IP with IPLeak.net.

The tutorial above shows you how to autostart VPN using a username and password.

Further reading :
https://www.smarthomebeginner.com/commandline-ip-address-lookup-linux/
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov 2018, 18:39    Post subject: Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data
Subject description: China’s influence on mass surveillance in the Western world
 

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/11/starting-november-1st-chinese-police-can-go-to-any-chinese-isp-to-copy-your-data/

Earlier in October 2018, the Chinese government passed a law that grants local and central law enforcement the ability to enter the premises of any internet service providers (ISPs) or internet service companies (read: VPN companies) to inspect and copy anything. SCMP reports that this new law tightens China’s control of its cyberspace, which already features a Great Firewall. It goes on top of a law passed in 2016 that mandates ISPs store 6 months of IP address connection data and makes it very clear that your internet traffic is available to be monitored. To be clear, these Chinese datacenters are logging way more than just metadata – and this data is now available without a warrant or any semblance of rule of law.

Try using i2p for its built-in privacy and security. VPN optional.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sun 04 Nov 2018, 17:59    Post subject: Kodachi Linux 5.3
Subject description: free built-in VPN
 

Kodachi may help you stay secure while online using wifi hotspots.

There is a built-in VPN. At the moment the OS is booted, VPN is activated and you are ready to go online.

It should be enough to choose Kodachi over other OS, but it comes with a beautiful desktop environment and other privacy goodies.

Finally, this OS is the only one i know which comes with a free built-in VPN. The only caveat i can think of is this VPN is limited to surfing the internet. The developer issues a warning about using it for torrenting or streaming. It is abusing the free service, and you get to be blocked.

You have the option to use your own VPN, as with any other OS.

For a review of Kodachi by its developer, use this link : https://youtu.be/tZiH1jmN3WE It is a 30-mn long demo.

The more i use it, the more i like it. Better than Tails, Parrot, Mofo and lesser known OS. All i was looking for in a privacy-oriented OS is there. You can even change your VPN on the fly, with one click.

UPDATE
If interested installing Kodachi on your desktop or laptop, there is a way.
1-Use Refracta installer. It is provided in the Kodachi menu. But it is missing a bootloader, so i used Super Grub2 disk installed on a USB flash drive. If you have internet connection, installer pauses to give you time to install grub-pc from repositories.

The version i like and use is 4.1, lighter on resources (XFCE on a Debian core).

2-Once Kodachi is up and running, first thing to do is updating and upgrading Kodachi #apt update && apt -y upgrade && apt -y dist-upgrade

3-As a last step, you can use Refracta again (in the menu) this time to make a copy of your system, and installing it back to a USB flash drive (Etcher is available as an AppImage). Developer warns us to use kodachi as username for post-script installation to work.

Now that Kodachi is updated to latest packages, it is more secure to use, enjoying all its privacy goodies.

All of the above can be a long process for a low-specs computer.

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Nov 2018, 14:09    Post subject: Pritunl client
Subject description: Connect to OpenVPN servers with a free, open source and secure client
 

Free and open source alternative to Viscosity. No registration or credit card necessary.

Easily add OpenVPN profiles by importing the configuration or by using the URI available with Pritunl servers.

If you are using Bionicdog, here is how to install Pritunl client :

sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pritunl.list << EOF
deb http://repo.pritunl.com/stable/apt bionic main
EOF

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 7568D9BB55FF9E5287D586017AE645C0CF8E292A
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pritunl-client-electron

Install instructions also available for Debian 9 and Ubuntu 16.04 & 17.10.

Source : https://client.pritunl.com/

What that means is you install open source Pritunl client for free and use it with your configuration file .ovpn
AirVPN client Eddie is also open source, and beta version is available for use with other VPNs.
Both are targeting users in search for open source VPN clients.

Further reading :
https://jeffgrundy.com/one-month-review-pritunl-vpn-server/
10 Best VPNs to Use for Linux
https://topvpnsoftware.com/10-best-vpn-for-linux/?data1=dwndwl01

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Nov 2018, 14:31    Post subject: Creating A Secure Multi-User VPN
Subject description: using Pritunl server platform
 

Oct 5, 2018 @ 1:23 AM
Update – Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu are now blocking Digital Ocean IP addresses. Therefore, this type of self-hosted, private VPN server will not work if streaming from those services is your goal.


The way streaming sites are able to block VPN usage is not any sort of amazing technological feat. No, not at all. In fact, all they’re really doing is creating a list of blacklisted IPs known to be associated with VPN services. Once an IP list gets hit, then you’re done – no more access. This means VPN services have to always rotate their IP pools, which can get very expensive for them after a while.

The workaround, of course, is to simply access the streaming sites with a dedicated IP address that no one else uses. Some VPN services provide this type of service, but it’s expensive; too expensive to suit me. So, I decided to create my own VPN service. I’ve been meaning to get around to doing it for a while now; but, I never did because I thought it would take a lot of time. Surprisingly, though, I was able to complete the whole thing — from start to finish — in less than an hour. Actually, maybe it was closer to half an hour; I wasn’t really keeping track.

While there are a few different options for creating your own free, or very low-cost, VPN service available, there is not a lot of good documentation on how to actually get one up and running. Therefore, I thought I would create a post detailing what I did to not only create my VPN service, but also include the steps I took to ensure it was safe and secure. So, without further ado, here’s how to create your own multi-user VPN service.
Source : https://jeffgrundy.com/how-to-build-your-own-rock-solid-and-secure-multi-user-vpn-server-for-5-a-month/

Part 1 – Creating the Hosting Account and Installing Pritunl
https://jeffgrundy.com/how-to-build-your-own-rock-solid-and-secure-multi-user-vpn-server-for-5-a-month/2/

Part 2 – Configure the Pritunl VPN Server
https://jeffgrundy.com/how-to-build-your-own-rock-solid-and-secure-multi-user-vpn-server-for-5-a-month/3/

Part 3 – Configuring the Service and Connections
https://jeffgrundy.com/how-to-build-your-own-rock-solid-and-secure-multi-user-vpn-server-for-5-a-month/4/

Again, though, if you want a rock-solid VPN for streaming videos, this method works like a charm – and, you will always have your own private IP address that’s not shared with other VPN users. Therefore, sites that are banning VPN services will never know who you are or from where you’re connecting.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Nov 2018, 15:09    Post subject: Online Scam Almanac 2018
Subject description: by Buffered VPN
 

https://buffered.com/scam-almanac/

In order to educate yourself about scams, Buffered VPN has a comprehensive list.

Technology has been improving, but so have scams. In 2017, Canadians lost $95+ million to scams, Australians lost around $90 million, and the FTC registered 2+ million fraud complaints. It's the same everywhere, but with different numbers.

Some scams changed completely, while others stayed the same - but with a more "modern" approach. We scoured the web to outline them all right here to help you keep your money, loved ones, and yourself safe from online fraud.


Further reading :
https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/beware-of-scams-elon-musk-is-not-giving-away-bitcoin-on-twitter-20541.html
7 VPN Scams You Need to Avoid
https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn-scams/

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Nov 2018, 21:06    Post subject: Is Windscribe VPN a trap?
Subject description: Free plan comes with a generous 10GB bandwidth cap. What’s the catch?
 

Final Verdict: Not a Trap

Free VPN remains a controversial subject. They have been exposed many times for logging customer data and selling it to third parties for profit.

But this VPN is different. In fact, it has a squeaky-clean record of keeping absolutely no logs and prioritizing user privacy.

There are some concerns about the jurisdiction and customer service. But they are ignorable in the grander scheme of things.

I conclude this review on Windscribe VPN by vouching for this and recommending it to privacy seekers.

Source : https://www.vpnranks.com/windscribe-vpn-review/

Further reading :
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/11/we-need-decoy-operating-systems-on-smartphones/
Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/11/how-surveillance-can-cause-collateral-damage-to-privacy-three-cautionary-tales/
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Nov 2018, 21:07    Post subject: Re: Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data
Subject description: China’s influence on mass surveillance in the Western world
 

labbe5 wrote:
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/11/starting-november-1st-chinese-police-can-go-to-any-chinese-isp-to-copy-your-data/

Earlier in October 2018, the Chinese government passed a law that grants local and central law enforcement the ability to enter the premises of any internet service providers (ISPs) or internet service companies (read: VPN companies) to inspect and copy anything. SCMP reports that this new law tightens China’s control of its cyberspace, which already features a Great Firewall. It goes on top of a law passed in 2016 that mandates ISPs store 6 months of IP address connection data and makes it very clear that your internet traffic is available to be monitored. To be clear, these Chinese datacenters are logging way more than just metadata – and this data is now available without a warrant or any semblance of rule of law.

Try using i2p for its built-in privacy and security. VPN optional.


Can you connect to this VPN via i2p?
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2018, 12:33    Post subject:  

To answer your question about i2p :

i2p is not a VPN.

With i2p, you do not need a VPN, because of privacy and security mechanisms that are built-in.

You ISP can not see what your are doing while on i2p, even if you use i2psnark, which is the built-in app to download stuff, such as movies, music, books.

It is good to know, because in some countries the use of a VPN is illegal, such as Russia, China. With Deep Packet Inspection, they know you use a VPN.

You can have i2p up and running in not time if using Ubuntu Bionic, i2p being in Bionic repositories, so use Bionicdog or a Puppy based on Ubuntu 18.04.

Look here for more information on i2p, there are plenty of links to learn more about it : http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=112976

If you look for a proxy switcher, it is the one i use : Proxy SwitchyOmega.

If you want to have a preview of what i2p is, Kodachi Linux is the way to go, latest version 5.2 is based on Debian 9.5 and Xubuntu 18.04, with other privacy goodies. Actually Kodachi is the best privacy-oriented OS as of now, and frequently updated as it should be.

Do not forget to switch proxy to 127.0.0.1 port 4444 or you will not be able to go to i2p sites.
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2018, 14:06    Post subject: how to switch to your eddie-ui VPN using openvpn and systemd
Subject description: no need for a save file
 

If your are using Debiandog, you can use systemd to easily switch from no VPN to eddie-ui VPN.

Install openvpn.
It takes a few seconds.
Then open the openvpn folder in etc/
Create a file named openvpn.conf
Copy your ovpn file from AirVPN and paste its content in openvpn.conf.
Save it.
Now you have to restart openvpn for eddie-ui to start and browse safely with your VPN.
Open your terminal.
service openvpn restart

Your ip address will be changed to a new one. Check with ipleak.net.

This will not work with other VPNs. You would have to provide your username and password, whereas AirVPN ovpn files have username and password built-in.

If you want, create a module openvpn.squashfs and a file openvpn.conf both saved for your next browsing session.

It cannot be easier to set up your VPN and it works whatever OS you use with systemd.
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2018, 14:42    Post subject: Noisy
Subject description: make it harder to follow you online with or without a VPN
 

Have a look at this post : http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=114685

If you have used your hosts file to block all links to Google, you may go a step further and use Noisy : Simple random DNS, HTTP/S internet traffic noise generator.

How-to :

The script uses pip and git.

To install pip with Debiandog : apt install python-pip
To install git : apt install git

Puppy should have pip and git available in repositories as well.

Then installation starts :

pip install requests
git clone https://github.com/1tayH/noisy.git
cd noisy
python noisy.py --config config.json

Using Debiandog, you can create a module noisy.squashfs and use it when online even on a fresh install. Copy python noisy.py --config config.json on a saved file next to your module to remind you the command line.

Fast and easy.

If you have made it this far, maybe you are ready to change your mac address as well. This is often neglected but your device mac address can lead to you, as well as an IP address when not cloaked by a VPN.

Install macchanger. If lucky, you have macchanger-gtk in your repositories, this is the GUI for macchanger. The GUI is easy enough to use. The cli tool less so.

Use ifconfig in terminal to see what name your interface has : as a rule eth0 or wlan0, but it can be something else, a series of letters and numbers.
In terminal change your mac address :
macchanger eth0 -r (-r for random)

Finally, did you know you can change your IP address easily? : power off your modem and router. You get a fresh IP after 10 minutes or so. If you do this on a regular basis, you make it more difficult to link you to the sites you visit.
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2018, 19:58    Post subject: Re: How to access blocked websites: 13 useful methods  

labbe5 wrote:
https://fossbytes.com/how-to-access-blocked-websites-6-easy-ways/

1. Use VPN for unblocking

Apart from just web blocker bypass, if you are into exploring ways to enhance your computer security, you can also go for the deadly combination of TOR and VPN.
...

13. Use Firefox from USB drive

If your school or office is known to take steps to restrict site access, I won’t be surprised you’re not allowed to install extensions on web browser to open the websites for your personal use. In that case, you can install a web browser like Firefox portable on a USB drive. Couple it with some good unblock proxy service and you’ve got it covered.

Take advantage of these tricks, they are good to know in case you face some kind of censorship.

Further reading :
Hooktube
https://hooktube.com/
Hooktube is a YouTube proxy, which allows you to unblock YouTube videos, download videos, and get around YouTube censorship restrictions. Watching videos via HookTube keeps your data from Google.
Simply replace the domain in any YT link with hooktube.com. https://youtube.com/watch?v=S6bOkFLrsAc becomes https://hooktube.com/watch?v=S6bOkFLrsAc, etc.
How to configure Tor to use country specific exit nodes
https://is.gd/B8kDu6


Thanks for this one. I'm using hooktube now.

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2018, 18:44    Post subject: Free VPN Apps
Subject description: Chinese Ownership, Secretive Companies & Weak Privacy
 

https://www.top10vpn.com/free-vpn-app-investigation/

We investigated the top free VPN (Virtual Private Network) apps in Apple's App Store and Google Play and found that over half are run by highly secretive companies with Chinese ownership. Very few of these hugely popular apps, which have hundreds of millions of installs worldwide, do anywhere enough to deserve the trust of consumers looking to protect their privacy.

Our investigation uncovered that over half of the top free VPN apps either had Chinese ownership or were actually based in China, which has aggressively clamped down on VPN services over the past year and maintains an iron grip on the internet within its borders. Furthermore, we found the majority of free VPN apps had little-to-no formal privacy protections and non-existent user support.

Apple and Google have let down consumers by failing to properly vet these app publishers, many of whom lack any sort of credible web presence and whose app store listings are riddled with misinformation.

A list of crappy VPNs is provided. If you installed one, you are most certainly providing personal data to be sold to third-parties.
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