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How To Get Even More Safety With VPNs?

October 18, 2019 by freemexy  

How To Get Even More Safety With VPNs?
Most services are easy to use but there are ways to gain added security on VPNathat you should be aware of. The first concern of secure VPN users is, what if it fails? This is not so uncommon as there are many reasons for this to occur. For the tech savvy it is possible to protect against this in a couple of ways, including disabling any connections not running through your VPN service or altering TCP/IP routes. However, for the not so tech savvy these fixes can cause as many problems as they solve, maybe more, but there is a solution for you too. Leading VPN providers, include a kill switch in their programs. This switch will automatically turn off or disable your connection if the VPN connection is ever lost. Qwer432
Another concern is DNS leak. DNS, or domain name server, is a directory of domain names that computers use to identify websites, the server changes those names into IP addresses that are then used by computers to make connections through the Internet. A DNS leak is when the default DNS server of your device is chosen instead of the server provided by the VPN. This could happen simply due to a lag in connection speed, a phenomenon not uncommon with the Internet. Again, the fix is rather simple. Websites like DNSLeakTest.com can check your system and even offer solutions. One method is to switch to a static IP configuration so that there are no gaps through which a leak may occur. This can be done by using a service like OpenDNS or other alternative DNS service, or by using a VPN service that includes leak protection. Clearing the DNS cache on your computer may also help with this issue.

Clearing cookies can also help stop DNS leaks. Cookies are placed on your computer by just about any website you visit. If you go to one while not logged into your VPN it could, and probably will, save data you do not want to share with others. Even if you only use VPN to access the Internet it is possible for a DNS leak to result in an unwanted cookie so clearing them regularly is highly recommended.
Yet another method of enhancing security over a VPN is to fix flaws in the PPTP. PPTP is point to point tunneling protocol, one of the earliest forms of VPN, and used by many VPN services. While it is usually a safe form of VPN it has been found to have numerous vulnerabilities particularly when using Microsoft or Ubuntu. On it's own PTPP does not include encryption services which, along with issues with the authentication protocols, make is susceptible to hacking and the loss of security. Microsoft has often been criticized for its apparent indifference to the PPTP issues which begs the question... why do they even offer it? The best fix is to not use Microsoft's PPTP but another from a company who takes security seriously.
Using an untraceable currency such as BitCoin can also help with your anonymity. Simply set up an anonymous email address and buy Bitcoins with which to set up your VPN service. Another method may be to use a similar anonymous email address to set up a Paypal or other virtual wallet with which to pay for your service. Of course, many VPN users have pointed out that these methods are unnecessarily complex and can be avoided by using a prepaid VISA card to pay for your services.
In addition, it has also been recommended to use a VPN server from a country other than your own, and perhaps one located in a country that does not cooperate well with your country, to help maintain privacy from governments who actively censor and monitor Internet traffic. This plays hand in hand with the no-logging/anonymity issue. Too often service providers have, unwittingly or not, been the cause for Internet users to be arrested or worse by providing identifying information to government officials.
Here is one fix you don't want to try. It has been suggested to make a secure VPN
even more secure you can use two VPN services. By using this method you will in effect be sending a secure link through another secure link however it is not recommended. Most service providers will not allow this type of connection as it is most often used for illegal purposes. If discovered your VPN connections will most likely be terminated.
More Safety With VPNs
It is often easy, sometimes too easy, to find free services on the Internet and VPN is no different. In the end it is recommended that you DO NOT use a free VPN service because it is likely they are merely phishing for information so they can turn around and sell it to someone else. Remember, you get what you pay for and since privacy is priceless a free VPN is likely not worth your time. . . or your trust. Think about this, Facebook bought a VPN service called Onavo in 2013. At face value, no pun intended, which may seem like a good thing, Facebook wants to protect your privacy. The reality is that the Onavo app allows Facebook access to your entire phone so they can monitor all of your usage, and then use that knowledge for their own purposes.
Facebook's policy:
Here are some things that Facebook collects that you may not be aware of; things you do and information you provide, things that other people do and information they provide in relation to you, your networks and connections, information about payments, device information, information about apps and services that use "our services", information from third party partners and information from Facebook companies. Basically, Facebook collects everything they can about you and they are not the only one doing so.
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