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Let's discuss using VPN to anonymize browsing/downloading

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Drjones, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. I want to use a VPN or other method to anonymize and secure my daily browsing.

    What's the best way to do this and how does it work?

    Could I do something like setup a server at another location and VPN to it? What traffic/IP gets logged; the remote location?

    If that remote location is in any way tied to me; i.e.; if I pay for the internet connection there; then there's no point to it, right?

    How do I do this?

  2. harrygunner


    Sep 4, 2010
    A VPN only provides authenticated, encrypted traffic between systems. Autonomy isn't a feature. Sites log connection IP address, source/destination ports, agent (browser type or other software) used to make connections.

    Search "autonomous proxy". A list of proxies:

    But autonomy still may not come. A proxy company needs to deactivate logs and not cave into government pressure. Good luck with that.

    It's sad to say, but proxies outside the U.S. might be in countries that respect privacy more. Tor seems to be committed to ensuring privacy. Traffic through their sites can be slow.

    I installed a secured virtual machine with an unregistered IP address on one of my company's servers to act as a proxy. I use a VPN to get the VM. Didn't do it for autonomy. It's a way of avoiding idiots at hot spots, hotels, etc. from being able to look at any traffic from my laptop.

    Also keeps people from directly accessing my "smart" phone. I activated the VPN capability on my Android phone to connect to Internet only through the VPN.

  3. Don H

    Don H

    Dec 9, 2005
    I use: but they are somewhat spendy. I also use a couple different paid VPN services along with separate browsers that I keep on flash drives.

    Some good sites for testing:

    If you're just looking for a decent VPN to keep your ISP from seeing what sites you are visiting and also to keep sites from data mining you I would do something like this:

    I have used many different paid vpn's and securitykiss is one of the best for the price. Nice thing is that jondofox is totally free, securitykiss also offers a free service that allows up to 300mb of data usage per day. There are other VPNs that offer faster speeds and multi hop servers however you will pay for them.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012
  4. gemeinschaft

    gemeinschaft AKA Fluffy316

    Feb 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    If it is a VPN service in the US, they are required to log traffic. is my choice. They are out of Sweden (no logging) and they have a very reliable service.

    That said, if you are not using a VPN when using a WiFi Hotspot, then you are putting all of your transmitted data at risk of being intercepted.

    I would highly recommend setting up a VPN service for the sole purpose of protecting your own data. Whether you want unlogged traffic or not, that's up to you.
  5. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    If you visit a website using Java run time (and maybe Flash Player too, though I'm not certain about Flash Player) your true, original IP address will show up through Java.
  6. Don H

    Don H

    Dec 9, 2005
    This is true when using a proxy however a good VPN (since it encrypts all traffic) should not leak / reveal your IP even when java & flash are used. If one decides to use flash / java etc. with a proxy then I would recommend using a Socksifier like proxycap as well so your real IP is not leaked.
  7. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    Does anyone have a proxy in England?

    I want to watch Doctor Who and the BBC will not allow me to because I am in the USA.
    BBC America doesn't have full episodes online.
  8. GenX


    Aug 8, 2009
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  9. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
  10. Don H

    Don H

    Dec 9, 2005

    If you need a little help configuring just go to youtube and search for:

    Ip port proxy firefox

    Ip port proxy internet explorer

    Ip port proxy chrome

    Depending on what browser you are using.


    Or you could just try this, I got it to work but it's very slow. Just click advanced under the search bar and select UK and then select an IP address.

  11. If you are interested because you just got ahold of or decided to get around to tethering through your data plan, you may disguise what the traffic is and where it's going, but they'll nail you on a sudden jump in quantity used.

    It's like throwing a bedsheet over yourself and walking down the street. Everyone knows it's a person under there. Who you are may be a mystery, but the only one you are fooling into thinking you are a ghost is yourself

    The movie "grandma's boy" comes to mind when the elite designer hides against the wall.

    If you do want to disguise tethering through vpn, you have to gradually and incrementally increase data consumption over a handful of billing periods.

    Not saying this is necessarily your endgame, but on the off chance it is saved you from having to come out and say it.
  12. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    If this is the case, you need to ramp up your data useage over the course of a couple months.
  13. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    If this is the case, you need to ramp up your data useage over the course of a couple months.