What is. A VPN?

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What is. A VPN?

Post by Cheshire Lad » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:59 pm

I’m hearing/ seeing a fair number of adverts telling me that I should have a VPN

What is a VPN? Should I have one? Would it interfere or restrict my IPTV supply in any way, or constrain the supplier ( one of the companies known to this board who operate in the Paphos area)

What are the benefits?

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Post by Dominic » Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:44 pm

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.

It is a private network (so nobody else knows what is on it) that exists within a bigger network (in your case, the internet).

For your purposes, you would connect to the VPN and from it, access whatever it is you aren't supposed to be accessing or want kept hidden. So for instance, if you connected to a VPN in the UK, you could access the BBC website, and they would think you were in the UK.

The downside is that the output from the BBC would first get sent to the VPN before being routed to your PC.

The VPN we recommend is Nord. We are affiliates to them, and anybody signing up to them through the link below will help Paphos Life.

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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by trevnhil » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:30 pm

Re "Would it interfere or restrict my IPTV" My Internet and IPTV supplier tells me that when a VPN is switched on it does reduce your bandwidth..
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Post by JimX » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:12 am

I have used a ''virtual private network'' and yes it does reduce bandwidth, for security they maybe worth the money if you do not use a free VPN, plenty out there, my daughter never uses any streaming devices other than a PC she misses nothing regarding TV shows and films etc, easy enough to do once you get used to watching any TV without a MAG unit, I prefer the ease of use with my MAGs and you do not need any VPN, of course if you try to run several Internet streams at the same time through the same Router inevitably it will reduce MB speed.

Free TV no VPN needed
https://tvmucho.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuNbs ... PIEALw_wcB

https://www.google.com/search?q=free+uk ... e&ie=UTF-8
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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by Jimgward » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:40 am

More and more people are using VPNs now, as they object to particularly Google, Amazon’s and Facebook using data collected about them.

Google even broke the law multiple times, by having Safari on Apple devices to allow them to track people’s browsing. The UK is prosecuting them.

These companies only make money from selling on your browsing history. Ever wondered why you can look at an ad on Facebook and suddenly similar items are all over web pages? Or something discussed in a room with Alexa, suddenly appears on your browser?

These companies are now far too powerful. I’d argue that Facebook has actually made society worse. Amazon shopping is a terrible experience. They have a massive range, but try dealing with them when something goes wrong months down the line and the seller has buggered off. Don’t assume amazon take any responsibility for your purchases and warranties. They’re not a retailer in the true sense. They’re a bonded warehouse with other people’s goods.

So, a VPN can offer you more privacy and also protect you from snooping.

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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by Les Bean » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:29 pm

There are also a couple of search engines which are better than Google from a privacy point of view. Duck duck go, and Swiss cows

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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by merchant_banker » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:40 pm

Using a free VPN is a crazy idea.

How do you think the companies make money?

Answer: by selling your data - simple.

Many videos on YouTube about this.

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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by Devil » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:17 pm

The same applies to free anti-spam, free hosting, in fact free-anything (or low-cost). I willingly pay for security.

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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by Dominic » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:26 pm

Jimgward wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:40 am
More and more people are using VPNs now, as they object to particularly Google, Amazon’s and Facebook using data collected about them.

Google even broke the law multiple times, by having Safari on Apple devices to allow them to track people’s browsing. The UK is prosecuting them.

These companies only make money from selling on your browsing history. Ever wondered why you can look at an ad on Facebook and suddenly similar items are all over web pages? Or something discussed in a room with Alexa, suddenly appears on your browser?

These companies are now far too powerful. I’d argue that Facebook has actually made society worse. Amazon shopping is a terrible experience. They have a massive range, but try dealing with them when something goes wrong months down the line and the seller has buggered off. Don’t assume amazon take any responsibility for your purchases and warranties. They’re not a retailer in the true sense. They’re a bonded warehouse with other people’s goods.

So, a VPN can offer you more privacy and also protect you from snooping.
It's all a consequence of people wanting the internet to be free. Businesses have to get money from somewhere, and if people aren't going to pay to subscribe how else can they get money but advertise?
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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by JimX » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:18 am

merchant_banker wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:40 pm
Using a free VPN is a crazy idea.

How do you think the companies make money?

Answer: by selling your data - simple.

Many videos on YouTube about this.
I bet you think man did not go to the moon? I do not use a VPN have no need now, I get my TV through a couple of MAGs but if you feel the need just pay up...Conspiracy theories are rife on the Internet, they always have been. :)
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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by Jimgward » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:03 pm

Dominic wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:26 pm
Jimgward wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:40 am
More and more people are using VPNs now, as they object to particularly Google, Amazon’s and Facebook using data collected about them.

Google even broke the law multiple times, by having Safari on Apple devices to allow them to track people’s browsing. The UK is prosecuting them.

These companies only make money from selling on your browsing history. Ever wondered why you can look at an ad on Facebook and suddenly similar items are all over web pages? Or something discussed in a room with Alexa, suddenly appears on your browser?

These companies are now far too powerful. I’d argue that Facebook has actually made society worse. Amazon shopping is a terrible experience. They have a massive range, but try dealing with them when something goes wrong months down the line and the seller has buggered off. Don’t assume amazon take any responsibility for your purchases and warranties. They’re not a retailer in the true sense. They’re a bonded warehouse with other people’s goods.

So, a VPN can offer you more privacy and also protect you from snooping.
It's all a consequence of people wanting the internet to be free. Businesses have to get money from somewhere, and if people aren't going to pay to subscribe how else can they get money but advertise?
Very true. Personally I’d rather pay than be spied on and then sold out!

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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by Dominic » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:06 pm

Most people say that but when given the option keep their wallets in their pockets.
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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by trevnhil » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:42 pm

I must admit during the small percentage of the time that we need one we use a free one.

We have in the past used a 'paid for' one, but it did not cure the geographical restrictions on some programs we wished to use..
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Post by PhotoLady » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:43 pm

I still use a free one from time to time - mostly for things like GoT etc.
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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by JimX » Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:26 am

http://www.freeintertv.com/Main/?fbclid ... FpZ3PxJwgc

This is an excerlent free TV site.No VPN needed at all.
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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by trevnhil » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:58 am

I checked out that TV site a few weeks ago. Unfortunately most of the UK programs are powered by Filmon. This means that when you are watching BBC1 for example, every 4 minutes or so it goes to a black screen for 10 seconds and then restarts / re boots ..
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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by emma0103 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:21 pm

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Re: What is. A VPN?

Post by JimX » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:12 pm

trevnhil wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:58 am
I checked out that TV site a few weeks ago. Unfortunately most of the UK programs are powered by Filmon. This means that when you are watching BBC1 for example, every 4 minutes or so it goes to a black screen for 10 seconds and then restarts / re boots ..
Not sure what is going on Trev, but I use it on a fairly regular basis to listen to Sky news on my PC, it never goes off for me? Oh well..
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