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    VPNs are easy to set up these days and can (1) add to anonymity (but not make you 100% anonymous) and (2) allow you to circumvent certain country-specific Internet restrictions.

    "It can't hurt..."
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    I love Nord. It has a kill switch and even has a Tor Over VPN option. Not that I need it, I don't partake in any any hardcore Dark Market stuff. Nice to know it's available though. Last time I used Tor without a proper VPN, I got some very creepy phone calls. After using Nord, it all stopped. Like anything else, you get what you pay for and Nord is far from being a low tier VPN.

    DISCLAIMER: I'm by no means an expert. Just sharing my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hymee View Post
    If you are referring to CrapCleaner (CClean) it was hacked about two years ago when it was sold .. usually the case
    try bleachbit
    CC CleanER ?

    also i heard nord was a good one tho i'm seeing a paid version when its rated, not free. same?
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  4. A VPN is just an all around good idea for majority of your internet use these days. Now, that we know NSA is monitoring us, and our ISP's can sell our data I recommended using one whenever possible, especially if you are using internet somewhere public. They are not 100% secure however, so don't think they are the only security step needed to be taken.
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    I try to be as discreet as possible so for most things like coming here, going to certain sites, etc. I use a vpn and tor!

    I don't use anything if I am just doing my day to day "clean" things....work, browsing amazon, checking regular email, I don't bother.
    I do have a lot of add-ons for ad blockers, etc. on Firefox.

    Because I am kind of ocd about all of this, I use one laptop for coming here, and those other places, and I have another one that is my "clean" notebook.

    Privacy is important to me. I am not an expert and have taught myself about all of this, and I am sure there are settings that could be tweaked. I just don't have a "person" to check my settings. I keep this part of my life to myself.

    I have 4 back surgeries in my future, 2 are fairly major, 2 are bandaids as they cannot do the 2 major ones too close together. ugh it is complicated and I HATE chronic pain and I do hurt all the time and no doc will rx anything but gabapentin and flexoril.

    Sadly I also have Ulcerative Colitis, which can be VERY painful, so between that and the back...not loving life these days
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  7. There is a new browser called Brave that does not track you. I realize it’s nothing like the kind of anonymity being talked about with VPNs but maybe has it’s uses.

    Recently I’ve been reading some of the privacy policies on some of my mobile apps only to find that many of them explicitly state that they ignore do not track requests. So it’s not only browsers apparently that are watching. Many other apps do too. Yelp was named as one of the worst offenders.
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  8. I've used NordVPN for years, and it has always been reliable for me. It may be more expensive on a month-to-month basis, but they offer a deep discount if you purchase it for 1, 2, or 3 years.

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    @Farley yes, you can use a vpn here, and/or tor.
    @PaisleyDaisy - I will check out Brave...thank you!

    What drives me crazy is when I am doing just regular things on my "clean" computer, sometimes I go into "private browsing" - for whatever reason. And then on the top of their page they say they use cookies for one reason or another.

    I wish I could tell them - hey I went into private browsing so I don't collect a zillion cookies.

    That really bothers me - they are ignoring basic browsing etiquette. Well most of the time when I see that I just move on to another site, even if that one looked interesting. Because they are not "playing fair".

    OK rant over....that felt good LOL!
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  11. I agree. I always make sure to research the VPN extensively to ensure they wouldnt cooperate with certain countries as far as privacy laws. So many will just turn your history over to cover their tail. The good ones I've known would operate from a country that isnt required to cooperate with subpoena and if serious enough, they close shop, move rinse repeat. The free vpns are almost always trash. But the good ones aren't very expensive, and yes it will slow your comp down somewhat but small price to pay.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I've been under the impression that with vpns it is much harder to be hacked. I've heard some of the only ways would be to hack through your actual wifi network, so you'd probably be able to see the person nearby.

    Hope some of this helps

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    I see I posted in this thread back in June of 2019, and I still feel pretty much the same - although I am getting to the point where I feel like I should be vpn'ing all the time and add tor when doing "sensitive" activity. VPN's used to have a stigma that you are doing something illegal, but I think that is changing as people are becoming more aware of how their info is being mined. For some reason I was uneasy from the start with social media, and I purposely never did it. I do have a twitter account but have only used it a few times. I email and text and that is about it. However, some sites do not like you if you are using a vpn. Hopefully that will change as more people use vpn's. It is a message - my info is mine! Sometimes you have to enter personal info in a website, but a vpn (hopefully) helps keep it more private from the...."info hunters". JMHO

  13. 99% of all VPNs with infrastructure located in US friendly territories will burn you in a blink of an eye. Your best option is to use a VPN located on the tor network, with no known location and operations that are guided by a corporate strategy that has the customers anonymity at the heart of the companies. Here is a list of three trusted tour-based VPNs. FYI proton mail has a VPN service that used to be trusted, but reset events have brought their Security for the end-user into doubt .
    If anyone cares crypto storm is my favorite

    Cryptostorm VPN
    http://stormgm7blbk7odd.onion

    IPredator VPN
    https://fwtnuwekoeayj3s7.onion

    Mullvad VPN
    http://xcln5hkbriyklr6n.onion
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by Brax View Post
    IMO all VPNs log. You better know what you are doing when you use a VPN.
    Exactly. VPN services that claim not log are just marketing. Feds have more or less proven this. Unless you someplace like China that controls what you see, I think VPN is overkill for regular folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McChrystals_Pistol View Post
    99% of all VPNs with infrastructure located in US friendly territories will burn you in a blink of an eye. Your best option is to use a VPN located on the tor network, with no known location and operations that are guided by a corporate strategy that has the customers anonymity at the heart of the companies. Here is a list of three trusted tour-based VPNs. FYI proton mail has a VPN service that used to be trusted, but reset events have brought their Security for the end-user into doubt .
    If anyone cares crypto storm is my favorite

    Cryptostorm VPN
    http://stormgm7blbk7odd.onion

    IPredator VPN
    https://fwtnuwekoeayj3s7.onion

    Mullvad VPN
    http://xcln5hkbriyklr6n.onion
    Checked out Crypto. Some good info on there as well.

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    I have used Private Internet Access, PIA as a my vpn for years and have been very happy. Good prices, good speed, servers all around the world, etc.

    Found this info to be helpful:
    https://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-s...ymous-in-2019/

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    Interesting choice

    IME, the top 5 have all have their own issues. Nord seems to bandie about Ip and servers. Never know the server. Cuts off communications at random.
    Says six contiguous server connections, would settle for one.

    still considering others, thx
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    Did my TOR of duty back when Dread Pirate ran the show. Better to fly under the radar these days. JMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seychelle View Post
    Interesting choice

    IME, the top 5 have all have their own issues. Nord seems to bandie about Ip and servers. Never know the server. Cuts off communications at random.
    Says six contiguous server connections, would settle for one.

    still considering others, thx


    One of the reasons I picked PIA is this story:
    https://torrentfreak.com/private-int...-court-180606/

    Some proof that they do not keep any logs on VPN traffic. Found that to be reassuring.
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    Why not they are easy to set up and can save ya.

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