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  1. Borderland

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    Following a suggestion from Gromett I am starting a new thread to ask about VPN's. There is a lot of information on-line but how do you choose a VPN provider as some are offered free and some are chargeable.
    All I am looking for is something to improve security.
     
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    Well, I use express VPN. It does have a charge but I like to think that it is more secure than something that is free.
     
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    Some vpns are so slow that sites time out before you can connect. Tunnel Bear is very user friendly and has fun graphics but the free version doesn't always work with some https sites (not tried the paid for version). I suspect the problem is that you start with an already pathetic site wifi download speed and then add in another level of encryption and two laps of the planet before reaching your chosen site. I expect there is someone on here who will be able to explain/solve these issues.
     
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    Just tried the link posted by Gellyneck only to find it is blocked by the C&MHC. Something about content filtering.
     
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    I found the link worked okay. A lot of information and a helpful website.
     
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    Another who uses Tunnel Bear because of its ease of use and relatively good value, however, as noted, they all need a half decent internet connection
     
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    I have Nordvpn as an option to VPN through my home router.
     
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    I expect the link would work fine at home. Just puzzled why the C&MHC should feel the need to block it.
     
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    If using site wifi most sites with sophisticated equipment are able to automatically detect streaming and throttle speeds via their routers/firewalls.

    I can recommend Ivacy as a good paid (low cost) VPN provider. Most of the free ones are useless.
     
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    I’ll second Express VPN. Excellent software and workable platform. Their customer service is very good also.
     
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    I too am with ExpressVPN. Had a VPN for added security but it's also handy for accessing UK sites when in Europe.
     
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    Thanks for posting this question. I had been asking about UKTV in Europe and had come to the conclusion I needed a VPN. Having read about security issues I am even more convinced. Had thought about one of the free ones like Tunnel Bear and had even got as far as downloading the app. Looking at all the comments on this thread it would seem I would be better paying for one. Also looks like Express VPN will probably win as it is mainly so I can use I player. The added security is a real bonus. Thanks to all for your advise.
     
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    Thank you for all the contributions to this thread.
    Reading the replies it seems to be a choice between Express VPN and Nord VPN. Not yet sure which one to go for so any more comments would be appreciated.
     
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    The VPN I use is Hotspot Shield (HSS). The free version pipes through a server in USA. That's OK for security issues, and streaming US stuff, but no good for Iplayer etc.

    The paid version allows you to choose the server. There is one in UK, in the London area. Iplayer works fine through that. There's a number of servers to choose from in different countries. You can swap countries in a couple of clicks.

    I use HSS for normal web browsing. When not in UK, this is useful. Otherwise the sites know your location and bring up the local site in the local language automatically. Great if you speak Portugese, Hungarian and Danish, but I prefer the option of English.

    Also the standard BBC web site is different depending on where it thinks you are. So I use the VPN to get the standard UK version wherever I am.

    The latest news is that Wifi encryption WPA2 has been cracked, so no connection is now secure, until it's fixed. But it's a very fundamental flaw, in the protocol itself, not just a software bug. Looks like it will take quite some time to fix. Using a VPN adds a layer of encryption, so your web browsing, keystrokes and passwords are safer.
     
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    Sorry, didn't notice @Grommett's thread on this. Even the latest news is old news on MHF.
     
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    Which are you leaning towards @Borderland. I have asked a couple of questions of Express VPN and had prompt and helpful replies so tending towards them. Not sure why I haven’t taken the plunge yet though!!!?!?!
     
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    Yes, Express VPN is favourite at the moment but Nord VPN is cheaper.
     
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    Yes, until I looked again I hadn’t realised by how much. Deciding between the 6 month plan to see how it goes and to cover whilst we are away from home or just get the offer that Nord are doing which works out the best deal. It’s just taking the plunge!
     

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