What is VPN?

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  1. Chris51

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    Been told about a thing called "VPN (virtual private network) which makes more secure and helps with watchin /streaming films etc .Anyone used it?
     
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    we have one at work and when working remotely have to turn it on before attempting access the server.
     
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    Its when you can see Knickers through a thin skirt. Oh no, thats VPL, sorry. I prefer VPL myself.
    Phil
     
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    Handy if you're abroad and want to hide your location. Some UK sites won't let you in if they know you're overseas, NS&I and the National Lottery are just two which won't let you in if you want to check "winning" emails.
     
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    That's because the lottery website allows you to purchase tickets and according to their rules you have to be physically present in the UK when you do this.

    If you mask your IP to get into their website, buy a ticket, win and they find out you were abroad when you bought the ticket then you won't get the prize.
     
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    Virtual Private Network.

    Simply, you route your net connection through their server and so are allocated an IP address that hides your's.

    Additional security includes firewalls and trace-back protection, your physical location is also hidden, as far as the rest of the internet is concerned you are at the server.

    If you want to watch USA tv / Netflix then use a US based VPN service; if you are overseas and want to watch UK TV (eg Sky Go), then use a UK VPN service.

    I'm lucky because I can use my work VPN to access TV while overseas.
     
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    Using a VPN will help you to use certain websites while you are abroad but it doesn't increase security, in fact it can be a weak link. never use a VPN for online banking
     
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    Most if not all VPN services such zen VPN & pure VPN offer locations around the world so that you can 'pretend ' to be anywhere

    I use both of the above and can recommend either
     
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    Imagine this analogy, you need to plug in you computer to your home network, but you are many 100's of miles away. You could lay a very long cat5 cable, or you could use this thing called the internet. That's all it is really, it is a virtual link to your own network.
     
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    While it can certainly be just that, for secure remote to head office connections, in general use these days it is more for anonymity and location spoofing
     
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    One can spoof the IP address without a VPN :whistle:
     
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    How?
     
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    Oh like I'm going to give you hacker tips in a public forum! :rofl:
     
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    If you have to ask you wouldn't understand what to do even if he told you (y)
     
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    I would :D
     
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    I realise that Nick but as said if you get an " exciting news" email you may have to wait weeks before you get back to the UK to log in and find out you've won £2.74.
     
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    Just adds to the suspense (y)
     
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