Virtual Private Network (VPN) Software

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  1. clanjones

    clanjones Funster

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    Hi,

    Currently a good deal on VPN software called PueVPN. A good friend has been using it for about year, not fantastically good with PCs i.e. not an IT professional and says support is great and it works well.
    https://www.purevpn.com is the link.

    It is the inevitable 'black Friday' deal and I have just signed up £40.00 for 2 years. If you are not sure what a VPN is, their website is quite helpful as it this wiki page link below. You can use the software on 5 devices which I think is a good deal. I have no relationship with the company just know I will want to use this when we are away next year and will use it in the house from now on.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network
     
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    I use this company and for the past 3 years and to date very pleased. Can watch UK TV anywhere..... and have VPN service thrown in.

    https://www.smartdnsproxy.com
     
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    Seems very good, but as my knowledge of all things IT is sketchy, I am little wary..
     
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  4. clanjones

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    Once I have used it I would be happy to feedback if that is of use. Jenny & Mitch it is essentially a mechanism for creating a secure encrypted 'pipe' between your device and where ever you are connecting too. This is quite useful if you are using 'free' wifi and for example doing some online banking and is much more secure. The other advantage is that if you want to use Iplayer for example, by streaming across the internet, you would not be able to do this if say you were using the local camp site wifi. Why you ask? because Iplayer would know that your connection originated from say France and block the connection.

    So by using a VPN you essentially 'con' Iplayer into thinking that your originating connection is in the UK and hence allows the connection to down load the content through your VPN (pipe). My interest is more the security side of things rather than watching catch up TV!

    There will be people on this forum who are far more knowledgeable about this than I am but that is how I think of it!
     
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    Your understanding and description is correct. We have successfully used ExpatTV for several years now which provides us with a IP address which is deemed to be a UK IP address and therefore we can watch UK TV abroad. PureVPN seems like a good deal - we currently pay £5 each month that we need it. However, we can stop it and start it again any time we want.
     
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    This sounds what im looking for. Any idea how much data it would use for say 1hr of tv.
     
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    Thanks for this sounds good value...maybe someone more knowledgeable can explain how it works, if it's a good choice, how easy is it to use at home if downloading as I am clueless:(
     
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    If using a laptop and google chrome as your browser - an app called HOLA works the same and is free
     
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    I will have a go later today as have visitors this morning.
     
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    Didn't know that Judge!
    But as I have unlimited BB and don't use the laptop much it doesn't worry me. Useful info tho!
     
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    It does but in some cases the channels from the UK get blocked regardless in Spain. The company I use covers them all ( see link ) and can be added to phones, laptops, ipads and best of all routers so you have nothing to do because as soon as any device connects to router it only see's IP address as UK. This works in my MH router as well.
     
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    We use Hotspot shieid elite which costs $30 a year, you can select which country's server to use, it can be very useful for navigating some sites which are blocked in other countries for copyright issues.
    Cheers
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    Be very careful out there. A VPN is not a charity and it needs to make money somehow ask yourself how, especially with the free ones. All of your Internet traffic goes through its servers which gives it the opportunity to capture and store your personal data and detail of websites you visit. There are a number of VPN's for iPhone which I have used when abroad, they are fine for watching TV as you are falling the service provider so it thinks you are in the UK just don't put anything through the VPN that might be sensitive for example if you are going to check your bank account turn the VPN off.
     
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    Thanks Clanjones and the Dude..
    It does sound very good, but then some one comes on and utters a word of warning....
    Still undecided..
     
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    Sorry if my word of warning clouds your decision, all I am saying is there is nothing wrong with VPN's, they can be very useful, just don't blindly trust them with anything confidential.
     
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    I can't get Hola to work anyway.
     
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    Hmm given that VPN connection in PureVPN is encrypted I am struggling to understand why it won't be more secure that just using an unencrypted free wifi connection which you know nothing about. That after all is the point. Here is another link for those that want to do a bit more reading. I'm off to play with setting up and I'll report back!
    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/internet/why-you-need-vpn-3469301/
     
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