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VPN Thread Anonymous 19/01/01(Tue)19:03 No. 22634 ID: 1e5fb7

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I've used tons of VPNs and other anonymity enhancing software, and recently got turned on to Betternet. It's free, simple to use, and fast. What VPNs do you use /halp/?

Anonymous 19/01/02(Wed)23:20 No. 22637 ID: a870df

Anything you're not paying for means they're mining your data. Instead of using the product you and every piece of information they can mine from your unencrypted data becomes a product they can sell to others.

Betternet is just a proxy server though, it's not actually VPN. That's to make it easier to mine your data and to avoid legal entanglements with countries & localities that want to maintain access to their citizens data steams.

Anonymous 19/01/02(Wed)23:32 No. 22638 ID: 4ea447

I started using it after using Hotpot Shield for like ever, and them doing a few shirty things. I figured I'd just try it out (only really use VPNs for things like torrents nowadays anyway) and dump it if I found out they were shady. Do you have a recommendation?

Anonymous 19/01/03(Thu)00:56 No. 22639 ID: a870df

Nord seems OK although their US nodes get overwhelmed with traffic from Russia, Europe, and South America, at least according to Google. But you can flip nodes and the problem goes away for 6 to 12 or more hours depending on how desirable your node is in the eyes of someone in a foreign country who has absolutely zero knowledge of US internet topology.

They have dedicated P2P nodes and I do an extra hop on top of them where I bind the P2P client to the VPN interface then force the client to go through a proxy connection to another P2P-enabled VPN server for all data from the client. This stops the P2P client from leaking data when you're changing nodes, provided you don't shut down VPN completely while the P2P client is running (then its possible it could leak via DNS lookups). Be sure you read the proxy section carefully and don't just flake on the "use proxy for all connections" related settings (e.g. use proxy for connection to tracker but skip proxy for connection to peers).

Slows shit down but pffft I don't give a shit so long as I don't get a legalese nastygram from my ISP.

Anonymous 19/01/04(Fri)19:43 No. 22640 ID: 673e4a


I use Private Internet Access, because I paid for others and they were terrible at P2P. Some throttled the downloads if they detected any torrent activity, even when they claimed they didn't. Anyway PIA is a no logs service.

Anonymous 19/01/04(Fri)19:50 No. 22641 ID: 673e4a

I got one of those for accidentally seeding a shitty movie. The legal firm wanted $300 in damages. It would cost them more to fight me to get some restitution of less than $10/year, and they have Harvey Weinstein cases to focus their legal assets on now. I never used proxies for P2P prior, because the DMCA people tended to only go after dedicated seeders.

Anonymous 19/01/07(Mon)20:43 No. 22643 ID: a870df

Mine was from my ISP who was contacted by Paramount. They have the 5 strikes policy in effect now with all the major US ISPs, essentially you get 2 strikes then they throttle your bandwidth, after 3 more strikes they terminate your service.

That was for a single movie I downloaded. I only seed to 5% so most of the time when it finishes downloading it doesn't sit there seeding because it uploaded 5% while downloading. Finally, I only seed/download one torrent at a time so they can't bitch about me seeding/downloading 5000 files.

Nord will nuke your connection if you P2P to a non-P2P node. And their P2P nodes tend to get overwhelmed at weird times so you may have to flip-flop between servers periodically.

I prepaid for a couple years of service to get the cost under $2/mo. For the most part it works fine, though connecting to a new server always fixes it for at least a couple hours when it slows down.

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