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Topic # 173615 29-May-2015 13:02
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From here http://lifehacker.com/hola-better-internet-sells-your-bandwidth-turning-its-1707496872 


Since it’s a peer-to-peer VPN, users in one place (say, Europe) that want to “appear” in another place (like America) are essentially routed through a user in their desired location. That means, unless you pay for Hola premium, you act as an “exit node” for other users, similar to services like Tor.

Unlike Tor, however, Hola users can’t opt out of being an exit node in the free version. The problem with being an exit node, of course, is that when someone is connected through you and does something illegal or against your ISP’s terms of service, you could be held accountable—and since Hola makes no promises to encrypt your traffic, it carries the same risk that using a service like Tor does (even if that risk is slight.)

This would all be fine if you were just an exit node for other users, but it turns out that Hola has been aggregating and selling the bandwidth of its user “exit nodes” through a service (which Hola also owns) called Luminati. This means anyone who wants to can essentially buy the bandwidth of Hola users, then direct it as they see fit—and that’s what one user did. He bought up a ton of bandwidth from Luminati and used it to attack anonymous message board 8chan. Hola says this was a mistake, and the user just got through their screening process, but you can see why this is incredibly sketchy behavior.




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  Reply # 1314100 29-May-2015 13:22
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I'd heard this a while back but kept Hola in its own instance of Firefox - addons can't run when the browser isn't running so it was only ever "open" when I was watching Hulu. I subsequently switched to Global Mode, and then Unotelly, so Hola is completely gone from all of my systems.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1314103 29-May-2015 13:27
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I use hola every now and then when I want to buy a game from nuuvem and it wont accept my payment.   I install firefox, install hola, buy the game, uninstall hola, uninstall firefox :)

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Of course the other reason not to use Hola is that it doesn't work half the time!

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  Reply # 1314551 30-May-2015 12:03
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I wonder how many people are wondering why their bandwidth is being used up so quickly because of Hola






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One more for the folks who go "I haven't changed anything and my allowance goes really fast even when I am not using my PC"...

Adware, spamware, DDoS via DNS amplification now add Hola. 






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  Reply # 1314599 30-May-2015 14:07
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yikes. thanks (not that i use it, but had tried it before and it's one of my "apps", which is usually inactive)




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reven: I use hola every now and then when I want to buy a game from nuuvem and it wont accept my payment.   I install firefox, install hola, buy the game, uninstall hola, uninstall firefox :)


This exit node thing is interesting and thank you for bringing it to my attention.

hmm... it's almost like you need a dedicated machine for anonymous/security insensitive activity online.

I have used it in the past and when it works it works, and when it dosent it doesnt. I find it alomost works better than unotelly or some of the other vpn services out there for accessing some of the stuff that I want.

I really would like to understand it better.

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