Surfing anonymously (TV/Torrents/etc)

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Thanks for the heads up. I was about to subscribe to HideMyAss, but will check this out first.

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Will it allow me access to BBC I-Player and the like??

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... Until this year a server in the UK was also included (useful for BBC iPlayer, etc), but alas no more.

 

You can pay money to include UK servers...

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Thanks for that tip!

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The big brother have an army of dudes that are tracking all those backdoor, proxy servers and software users at the level of your ISP

When you sign on line, they know who you are. Is check also by remote, your email and your ''digital fingerprints''

If you use an stolen computer and hack in somebody internet, they will try to get, who stolen the computer

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Thanks, great tip, I will definately try this as I am checking different options for a VPN.

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Hotspotshield is very invasive, is of dubious provenance and is funded by advertising. You can't compare it to a paid-for professional product as Cyberghost is.

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I've had decent results with vpntunnel (vpntunnel.se) for both TV watching via iPlayer and torrent downloads. Supports OS X and Linux as well.

(Like all the decent ones you have to pay for it)

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This is a good tip. Unfortunately when I connect to VPN services (and I've tried a few 'paid for' ones) my connection goes really slow. Normally I have a 50Meg connection through t-online but when I connect to a VPN it goes down to about 6 or 7 Meg if I'm lucky.

 

Does anybody know any fast VPNs?

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From an internet security standpoint it really depends on what you are doing. For simple stuff Hidemyass or other VPN's may work, but for actually anonymity you will need something more heavyweight like TOR(google it). For thinks like filesharing and the such, a seed box may be an even better option than VPN.

 

Just my 2 cents.

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@Schnee: TOR and HideMyAss have OS X specific clients that work well. I've tried both.

 

I'm not sure about the one YL6 recommends, but HMA is good for low-tech person, TOR is a bit more effort but is free! :rolleyes:

 

HMA only cost about $80 for one year and I'm happy with it. Of course the performance on VPN is always slower than normal, this is the price you pay. Particularly after 8PM the speed is miserable, that said so is normal ISP service at that time! If you jump to a more quiet VPN server in other countries, things aren't so bad... depends what you are trying to achieve.

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you will need something more heavyweight like TOR

 

Tor has severe limitations and flaws, read this for an understanding of why:

 

http://dailyanarchist.com/2011/02/02/tor-yes-or-no/

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Cyberghost (and most of the like) is just a public VPN service. It will encrypt your packets, and give you a private cyberghost registered IP addresses. This will prevent hackers from sniffing your location, capturing your data or passwords, and likely prevent things from being installed on your computers (zombies, keyloggers, ETC).

 

But if you're looking to hide yourself from the copyright owners of the DRMs you're cracking and uploading to your pirate site, or protect your connection information while you hack the UN website...it's not going to help at all. The most you could hope for is that cyberghost could, potentially, use legal methods to delay giving up your completely-trackable connection information for a little while when the hacked parties track your IP info back to their VPN source.

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P.s. TOR is better. It constantly wraps and unwraps your encryption packet and reroutes it through a bunch of unnecessary routers with different IP addresses (and spoofing maybe...don't know about that) which would definitely make it a pain to track. But certainly not impossible.

 

"Privacy protection" is like any other form of security. How "good" it is depends entirely on how badly the people wanting to get past it...want to get past it.

 

Again, if you want to protect your identity while you bootleg a 1979 copy of the BeeGee's live world tour...you probably have little to worry about int he first place. If you're thinking these things will be you "ski mask" while you hack NATO. Well, have a nice stay at the penitentiary :-)

 

As for protecting your data...TOR is an interesting concept, because (from end to end) each time the packet is re-encrypted...the odds of your data being seen is reduced by a factor of how hard the encryption is. However, pragmatically, I wouldn't think constantly un-encrypting and re-encrypting the packet would help much. If the packet is captured, it's going to be captured at one instance...meaning only one of the encryptions has to be broken (unless they layer the encryptions...encrypting an encrypted pack inside another encrypted packet. Although, the way VPN encryptions work...I don't think that's really an option that would provide much additional security.)

 

For most instances though, just using data encryption on your PC is probably as solid as anything. I don't know that the performance hit taken from all this re-encrypting and rerouting is worth it...unless you're transferring the passwords to all your Swiss Bank accounts every couple of hours :-)

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Has anyone done a DD-WRT flash on a router and used that for Netflix etc via AppleTV? I am thinking of getting me a cheap Linksys WRT54G or similar (need to check the dd-wrt database) and putting that behind my router so that all of my devices can VPN (haven't decided which service yet either) to watch US programming. Anyone out there got this kind of setup going?

 

As for Tor, a colleague of mine has used it on 100 Mb KabelBW connection but the problem is usually the routing to servers across the world which could be on much slower connections or using slower hardware. Add the encryption time lag and the lowest common denominator in your tor route and it can be excruciatingly slow. But if you can live with that kind of performance, then it appears to be quite untraceable as to who you are and where you come from. Good for the Iranians and Chinese who get worse than slapped with a fine for doing the "wrong" thing on the Internet.

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lol, things have just got way too technical for me. I was hoping the Cyberghost offer could work on OSX but, apparently not. I have just downloaded Tor (and it seems it is already out of date). I'm not sure I'm doing it right, and as someone mentionned, I'm not sure it will protect me against the man, should I break my misery and decide to torrent again..

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Has anyone done a DD-WRT flash on a router and used that for Netflix etc via AppleTV?

 

No, I considered it, but didn't want to risk bricking the box. Remember there are only certain iterations of the WRT54 that come with open source capable firmware, apparently Tomato is the best to flash it with. If you try it, please report back here.

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