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VPN Comparison Chart & How to choose the best VPN
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Dec 2019, 07:46    Post subject: NordVPN special offer
Subject description: 80% off
 

https://nordvpn.com/special/brand/?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_term&utm_content=0_1&utm_campaign=off20&utm_source=aff24683

This is the time of year for great deals. NordVPN is one the best and among the most popular VPNs.

Privacy as a Christmas gift.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Dec 2019, 21:56    Post subject: Hummingbird 1.0
Subject description: AirVPN client based on OpenVPN 3
 

https://airvpn.org/forums/topic/45631-hummingbird-10-airvpn-client-based-on-openvpn-3-airvpn/?tab=comments#comment-102299

We are very glad to introduce Hummingbird, a new client software for:

Linux x86-64 bit
Linux Raspbian 32 bit (frequently installed in Raspberry PI)
Linux ARM 64 bit (tested under Raspberry 4 Ubuntu 19.10)
Mac (minimum required version macOS Mojave)


Linux x86-64 64 bit version :
https://eddie.website/repository/eddie/hummingbird-1.0/hummingbird-linux-x86_64-1.0.tar.gz

How to install AirVPN client for Linux x86_64, Raspberry and macOS

Linux x86-64 Installation
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Download hummingbird-linux-x86_64-1.0.tar.gz
[optional] Download hummingbird-linux-x86_64-1.0.tar.gz.sha512 This file is required to check the integrity of the above tar archive. It is not mandatory but it is strongly advised to download this file and check the tar archive
[optional] Open a terminal window
[optional] Check the integrity of the tar archive by issuing this command: "sha512sum --check hummingbird-linux-1.0-x86_64.tar.gz.sha512" (without quotes)
[optional] Make sure the command responds with "hummingbird-linux-x86_64-1.0.tar.gz: OK"
Change your current directory to a convenient place, such as your home directory. This can be done by issuing the command "cd ~" (without quotes)
Extract the tar archive by issuing this command on your terminal window: tar xvf hummingbird-linux-1.0.tar.gz
A new directory will be created: hummingbird-linux-1.0
Move into the new directory with command "cd hummingbird-linux-1.0" (without quotes)
[optional] Check the integrity of the binary file hummingbird-linux-1.0. Issue this command from your terminal window: sha512sum --check hummingbird.sha512" (without quotes)
[optional] Make sure the command responds with "hummingbird-linux-1.0: OK"
[optional] Check dynamic library availability. Issue the command "ldd hummingbird" and make sure all the required dynamic libraries are available. No line of the output must contain "not found"
the Linux client is now ready to be used and possibly copied to a different directory of your system.
Please note the client needs root privileges. Your user must therefore be included in your system's "sudoers" (depending on specific Linux distribution)

Further reading :
Tixati Portable Edition
https://www.tixati.com/download/portable.html
Tixati is a peer-to-peer file sharing program that uses the popular BitTorrent protocol.
Fopnu v1.42 Portable Edition
https://www.fopnu.com/download/portable.html
Fopnu is a New and Powerful P2P File Sharing System.
Torrent Trackers List – January 2020 (90+ Working Trackers)
https://torrenttrackerss.com/torrent-tracker-list/

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sat 04 Jan 2020, 20:38    Post subject: IPTV, VLC & VPNs
Subject description: M3u lists
 

https://pclosmag.com/html/Issues/202001/page09.html

You can now stream your favorite channels online. It will require some diligence on your part to be sure you can continue to receive your favorite channels, but in the end, it just may be worth it.
It could hardly be much easier to implement, too. Download the m3u playlists off of the internet, and play those playlists in VLC.
So where do you find the IPTV playlists?
You will have to find a playlist provider that has a good track record, and you'll have to download a new playlist every day.
Fortunately, I've found one such playlist. It is out of Germany, and their playlists have a high percentage of playable channels. It's at a site called GratisIPTV. The playlists are sorted by country, so you should be able to find the most current playlist for your locale.
Once you have the playlists downloaded, launch VLC. I find it easiest to simply drag the playlist I want to play from my file manager (Thunar in my case, since I'm running the Xfce desktop), and drop it into the VLC window.
Most of the channels are presented in high definition, and you're likely to be quite amazed at the quality. If you're doing this on a HTPC (home theater PC), it's unlikely that you'll even realize that you're not watching it from cable TV.


Legality
The legality of doing this will vary, depending on the laws of your locale. Thus, I recommend streaming your channels through a VPN ... let's say, to avoid any "legal entanglements."

Gratis IPTV.com : https://www.gratisiptv.com/m3u-lists/
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labbe5

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Location: Canada

PostPosted: Mon 06 Jan 2020, 18:45    Post subject: GL.iNet Slate OpenWrt Travel Router : Mudi
Subject description: Supports Tor, Wireguard VPN, and Cloudflare DNS over HTTPS/TLS
 

Mudi is a Tor & VPN Enabled Portable 4G LTE WiFi Router
GL.inet has made routers for a long time, and its latest product is called Mudi which they promote as a “4G LTE Privacy Router for Road Warriors”.
Mudi is battery-powered, and designed to improve security and privacy compared to using only public WiFi access points, and comes with Tor and VPN support – the latter turned on/off with a physical switch – out of the box.


Mudi runs OpenWrt, and supports either WireGuard (Up to 50 Mpbs) or OpenVPN (up to 10 Mbps) and allows connection to a choice of over 25 commercial VPN providers, as well as the Tor network. The router also implements DNS over TLS or DNS over HTTPS using Cloudflare DNS.

GL.iNet Slate travel router can be purchased for $69.99 on Amazon.
https://www.cnx-software.com/2020/01/06/gl-inet-slate-openwrt-travel-router-supports-tor-wireguard-vpn-cloudflare-dns-over-https-tls/

Further reading :
IPFS and Torrent Paradise : decentralized innovative torrent site
No logs are kept, but for total privacy, use IPFS.
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=112935
Torrent-Paradise launches a Pirate Bay alternative that takes decentralization to the next level
https://betanews.com/2019/01/21/torrent-paradise-ipfs/
Torrent Paradise Creates Decentralized ‘Pirate Bay’ With IPFS
https://torrentfreak.com/torrent-paradise-creates-decentralized-pirate-bay-with-ipfs-190120/

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Jan 2020, 21:07    Post subject: VPN Awards 2019  

https://vpnpro.com/blog/best-vpn-awards-2019/

Best VPN For Privacy

A VPN provider’s privacy practices are difficult to gauge, yet extremely important. After all, many people get a VPN specifically to take their privacy back! Thankfully, some VPNs go all out to ensure you can’t be compromised. Here are our picks for 2019.

Winner : Mullvad
Runner-up : AirVPN
AirVPN has an impeccable privacy record complete with anonymous sign-up and payment options, a refreshingly transparent privacy policy, and the right features to tie the package together.

Further reading :
Free streaming sites
https://vpnpro.com/blog/alluc-alternatives/
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labbe5

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Location: Canada

PostPosted: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 16:58    Post subject: I2P vs VPNs
Subject description: Privacy by design vs privacy by policy
 

Any of you know what i2p is about? Privacy by design instead of privacy by policy is what can be said of i2p vs VPNs.

Here is a good start to learn one or two things about i2p :
The Invisible Internet Project - i2p
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=112976

VPNs really are optional using i2p.

Try I2PSnark. A built-in torrent client. Slow, but for a reason. To make you invisible.
It is great if you can not afford a good and reputable VPN.

What's more, you can download i2p browser for Linux, as well as for other platforms :
https://geti2p.net/en/browser So that you do not have to install Java. Think of it as Tor browser, but for i2p.

Let's get rid of dubious free VPNs and try out i2p.

Further reading :
Torrent Freedom
http://torrfreedom.i2p/

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 17:39    Post subject: ProtonVPN goes open-source
Subject description: The news should not come as a surprise
 

https://vpnpro.com/blog/protonvpn-goes-open-source/

The news should not come as a surprise to those who are at least somewhat familiar with the company and their values. The main goal of launching ProtonVPN back in 2017 was to provide a trustworthy VPN service based on transparency, ethics, and security. It seems the company works hard to keep its word.
According to the ProtonVPN team, blatant issues related to Android VPNs were the main incentive for ProtonVPN to offer the latest update. Studies have shown that more than 30% of Android VPNs were prone to containing malware and experiencing grave security problems. Not to mention the fact that plenty of free VPN services instead of protecting privacy were secretly selling user data to third parties.


From the official press release:

When you connect to a VPN, your Internet traffic is encrypted between your device and the VPN server, protecting it from local network surveillance. Even your DNS lookups (the names of the web domains you visit) are protected. And your IP address is masked to help protect your identity and location. However, the VPN provider effectively becomes your ISP in that it can see your browsing activity, IP address, and location. This is why choosing a trustworthy VPN service is so important.

Dedicating more effort to third-party security audits and making the apps 100% open-source suggests that ProtonVPN is sticking to their initial promise: ensuring a safe and secure browsing experience.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Jan 2020, 20:23    Post subject: RusVPN
Subject description: Free version : Proxy for Chrome and Firefox
 

RusVPN for Firefox : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/rusvpn-free-vpn/?src=search

Overview

Based in: Commonwealth of Dominica
Servers and locations: 330+ servers in 30+ countries
Logs: no activity logs
Encryption and protocols: main protocol OpenVPN, military-grade encryption (AES-256)
Netflix: Yes
Torrenting: Yes
Apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox
Support: 24/7 live chat
Price: from $2.99/month
Free version or trial: Proxy for Chrome and Firefox
Website: rusvpn.com

For some reason I believe that RusVPN has some potential and will climb up the VPN ranks in 2020. Until then, it’s probably best to join the users of its free proxy for browsers and wait for its value-per-dollar to rise.
https://vpnpro.com/vpn-reviews/rusvpn-review/

Further reading :
The Ultimate Guide to Tor Browser
There’s a lot of confusion about its pros and cons, and especially about how it relates to VPNs
https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/tor-browser-work-relate-using-vpn/

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B.K. Johnson

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Posts: 810

PostPosted: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 09:40    Post subject:
Subject description: A differnt perspective on free VPNs
 

Goodday
I am not a VPN user, but try to be knowledgeable about the topic. In recent browsing, I came upon a different perspective on free VPNs:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/best-free-vpns-5-reasons-why-there-are-no-such-things/

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sun 02 Feb 2020, 09:18    Post subject: VPN Switch
Subject description: A simple GTKDialog front end for OscarTalks VPN-ONOFF script
 

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=118013

VPN Switch pet : http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?mode=attach&id=126529

Further reading :
A Chinese company secretly behind 24 popular apps seeking dangerous permissions
https://vpnpro.com/blog/chinese-company-secretly-behind-popular-apps-seeking-dangerous-permissions/
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Wed 05 Feb 2020, 19:52    Post subject: Surfshark: the most cost-effective VPN  

https://vpnpro.com/surfshark/free-trial/
Surfshark is great for Netflix and other streaming platforms. It’s also good for torrenting, which is allowed on all the servers. One of its biggest selling points is the unlimited amount of simultaneous connections – so you may use Surfshark with all your smart devices.

Also, the longer-term plans are very cheap – you can get a subscription for as little as $1.99/month. When you consider the pricing and the features that you get it’s a pretty good deal.


Surfshark is based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a jurisdiction that doesn’t belong to the Fourteen Eyes alliance and has no data retention laws. Our investigation results also show that as a service Surfshark indeed very safe to use.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Feb 2020, 19:23    Post subject: Open Source VPNs  

https://fossbytes.com/best-open-source-vpn/


OpenVPN
Libreswan VPN
SoftEther VPN
Openswan VPN
Freelan VPN

Most of the VPNs we’ve mentioned in our list of best open source VPNs are available for all popular operating systems. Besides being open source, these also offer excellent features like ethernet bridging, SSL-VPN tunneling, and tunnel networks over NAT.
You can choose and pick from this list if you prefer an open-source VPN over custom close-source VPNs available out there.


Further reading :
How to Set Up IPsec-based VPN with Strongswan on Debian and Ubuntu
https://www.tecmint.com/setup-ipsec-vpn-with-strongswan-on-debian-ubuntu/
What watching “You” on Netflix taught us about privacy
https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/you-netflix-privacy-tips/
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Feb 2020, 17:01    Post subject: The PIA Android app is being open sourced  

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2020/02/the-private-internet-access-android-app-is-being-open-sourced/

Private Internet Access (PIA) is open sourcing its Android VPN app and dependencies code to the public as part of its commitment to open sourcing all clients in the name of transparency and privacy. The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community is a cornerstone of everything we enjoy on the internet.

Private Internet Access is proud to be able to give back to the FOSS community by open sourcing the hard work of our developers, for the benefit of all. The roll out of all the Android-related PIA repositories will take place over the next couple of weeks and is starting today with PIA’s slightly altered Android OpenVPN repo. The next repo will be PIA’s Android VPN tunnel libraries and the final repo will be the PIA Android app itself.

Private Internet Access first announced their plans to open source their VPN client software on all platforms in 2018. Over the last few years, PIA has open sourced its Chrome Extension, Firefox Add-On, Private Internet Access tunnel for Apple Platforms, and Desktop client. The open source PIA desktop client even includes the code for how to allow users to resolve Handshake names. It is with great pleasure that the PIA team releases the code for the PIA VPN Android App to the public for anyone to review.


Further reading :
All of IVPN's VPN clients are now open source
https://www.techradar.com/news/looking-for-an-open-source-vpn-weve-got-the-answer
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Feb 2020, 18:53    Post subject: The paranoid person’s guide to online privacy & VPNs  

https://www.fastcompany.com/90316917/the-paranoid-persons-guide-to-online-privacy
Increasingly, the most important issue for everyday internet users is privacy—and rightly so. In today’s connected world, we’re being tracked and surveilled more than ever by everyone from search giants and social media companies to ISPs and advertising firms. These organizations don’t just record what we click on or share, but analyze our online activity to compile complex demographic and psychographic profiles about us—so they can manipulate us into doing their bidding, whether that’s clicking on ads they serve us based on the data they hold about us or getting us to interact with their sites more and share even more information about ourselves.

To a large extent, your average user can claw back some of their online privacy by using ad blockers or more privacy-focused browsers like Brave and Firefox. And for most of us, that will be enough to balance our desire for online privacy versus being able to take advantage of all the web has to offer.

But what if you’re not the average person?

1) Ditch Facebook and anything to do with Facebook
2) If you want to use other social media, like Twitter, make your accounts anonymous and private
3) Use a burner phone for two-factor authentication
4) Say goodbye to Google
5) Use a secure browser, preferably Tor
6) Use a VPN
This is, without a doubt, the easiest and biggest step you can take to protect your privacy online. VPN’s aren’t just for tinfoil-hat hermits. Indeed, they should be used by everyone from the most ardent privacy enthusiasts to your dear old grandma. You can’t hope to get the most online privacy possible without using a VPN. So get one today.
7) Say goodbye to smart home products and Android devices
8) Use a secure messaging app
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Feb 2020, 19:22    Post subject: SuperVPN Free VPN Client and 9 other popular free VPNs
Subject description: very dangerous
 

https://vpnpro.com/blog/major-vulnerabilities-found-in-top-free-vpn-apps/
SuperVPN Free VPN Client is one of the most popular free VPN apps you can find on the Google Play store, having gained more than 100 million installs already.

But besides being a very popular app, there’s something else you need to know about this free VPN: SuperVPN Free VPN Client is also very dangerous. You see, our analysis shows that this app has critical vulnerabilities that opens it up to dangerous attacks known as man-in-the-middle (MITM) hacks. These vulnerabilities will allow hackers to easily intercept all the communications between the user and the VPN provider, letting the hackers see everything the user is doing.

This is actually quite the opposite of what a VPN is supposed to do. A VPN is supposed to keep your online activities private and secure from all snooping eyes. In fact, a VPN is supposed to be so safe that, even if a hacker could intercept these communications, it would take them longer than the age of the universe to even begin to decrypt the data. But that’s not what SuperVPN has done here.

The implications here are pretty dire. Based on our research, more than 105 million people could right now be having their credit card details stolen, their private photos and videos leaked or sold online, every single minute of their private conversations recorded and sent to a server in a secret location. They could be browsing a fake, malicious website set up by the hacker and aided by these dangerous VPN apps.

In our tests, we noticed that SuperVPN connects with multiple hosts, with some communications being sent via unsecured HTTP. This communication contained encrypted data. But after more digging, we found that this communication actually contained the key needed to decrypt the information.

We also discovered that SuperVPN had been called out before in a 2016 Australian research article [pdf] as being the third-most malware-rigged VPN app.
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