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Topic # 196080 18-May-2016 15:39
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I'm trying to decide which VPN to get for travel to Vietnam next month. I'm over making sure banks don't block access to online accounts etc, and as the country has heaps of free WIFI  it seems like a good time to get one. 

 

Needs to connect 2 devices - IPad and Laptop (windows) 

 

Plus I wouldn't mind using it once we get home to expand our telly watching. 

 

So looking for a paid option which runs fast and has the option of a NZ (or at least an Australian) node for travel 





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  Reply # 1554961 18-May-2016 16:13
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I've heard PureVPN is excellent, and they appear to be having a special at the moment (get a year for free). They work on both mobile and laptop devices and have a huge range of servers to choose from.





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  Reply # 1555033 18-May-2016 17:38
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https://thatoneprivacysite.net/simple-vpn-comparison-chart/ doesn't look great

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/VPN/comments/3wqx0l/purevpn_should_you_use_it/ (TL;DR, No)

 

Also it's not on  TorrentFreak's list of VPN's, I'd personally avoid it. 

 

https://torrentfreak.com/vpn-anonymous-review-160220/

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1555040 18-May-2016 17:49
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Oops. They were recommended by a couple of reputable PC mags so I thought they'd be the business. 





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  Reply # 1555043 18-May-2016 17:51
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For surfing from work, McDonalds, or countries you need an injection to go to, I just set up a VPN endpoint on my home router. If your router can't handle it then certainly your home PC can. Obviously you need a good upload speed to make this viable but if you have UFB of any sort it is the way to go.





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  Reply # 1555046 18-May-2016 17:55
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Lias:

 

https://thatoneprivacysite.net/simple-vpn-comparison-chart/ doesn't look great

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/VPN/comments/3wqx0l/purevpn_should_you_use_it/ (TL;DR, No)

 

Also it's not on  TorrentFreak's list of VPN's, I'd personally avoid it. 

 

https://torrentfreak.com/vpn-anonymous-review-160220/

 

 

 

 

 

The review site isn't that bad: get's a yellow for being based in HK jursidicition and a red for logging time  stamps. I'm not torrenting or doing anything illegal - so I don't really care about the timestamps 

 

 

 

The fact that torrent freak didn't include them is a good thing from my point of view (I am a writer - torrents are thieves ) 





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  Reply # 1555048 18-May-2016 17:57
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littleheaven:

 

I've heard PureVPN is excellent, and they appear to be having a special at the moment (get a year for free). They work on both mobile and laptop devices and have a huge range of servers to choose from.

 

 

 

 

Pure is quite good but I really prefer Astrill. Have been using Astrill for 5 years and Pure for 2 years.


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  Reply # 1555050 18-May-2016 17:59
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I use Witopia but since having fibre installed at home I run a L2TP server on my router. This is good for home access and to encrypt data traffic when using public WiFi.






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  Reply # 1555052 18-May-2016 18:11
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freitasm: I use Witopia but since having fibre installed at home I run a L2TP server on my router. This is good for home access and to encrypt data traffic when using public WiFi.
 

 

Yeah stuck with VDSL until I get out of my contract with WXC   :-( At the moment the priority is security when travelling and  not showing up as logging in from Vietnam on varioius sites like banks and Paypal! I know this ain't quite the right forum but I figured there would be plenty of VPN opinions here! 





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  Reply # 1555161 18-May-2016 20:30
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lissie:

 

 

 

The fact that torrent freak didn't include them is a good thing from my point of view (I am a writer - torrents are thieves ) 

 

 

I think you mean "Torrent users are thieves" or possibly "Torrenting is theft", to which I'd respectfully disagree. There is nothing inherently illegal with the technology.

 

That aside I think you'll find people have been reading books they didn't pay the authors for for quite some time. The whole lending your book to a friend, buying second hand or god forbid using a library. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1555212 18-May-2016 21:35
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PureVPN does have a nice website, few servers in NZ and OpenVPN support, looks pretty good for your purposes
I haven't really ever used VPNs when travelling but sounds like a good idea


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  Reply # 1555252 18-May-2016 22:52
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Lias:

 

lissie:

 

 

 

The fact that torrent freak didn't include them is a good thing from my point of view (I am a writer - torrents are thieves ) 

 

 

I think you mean "Torrent users are thieves" or possibly "Torrenting is theft", to which I'd respectfully disagree. There is nothing inherently illegal with the technology.

 

That aside I think you'll find people have been reading books they didn't pay the authors for for quite some time. The whole lending your book to a friend, buying second hand or god forbid using a library. 

 

 

 

 

my views too sorry.

 

As with VPNs, Torrents arent inherently bad. they are simply often used for not so nice purposes. think of online filelockers, they all have legal uses too but are also used for other purposes.

 

VPNs are also sometimes used to hide traffic or identifying figures when getting up to no good.

 

 

 

as to your question itself, i use 3 VPN endpoints constantly and if need be would fire up temporary instances.

 

I trust my existing agreements with network providers over the many vpn services out there. Thats not to say many of the services are bad but I prefer to use ip space i have ownership over outside of home IPs and such as i can recognize the IP off the bat if any issue does come up.

 

Not being on torrentfreaks list is actually something to consider more deeply as to why, is it simply that they log data for legal purposes of their own or is there a more serious reason torrentfreak see them as not so flash.

 

 

 

i run an endpoint on my home connection, this is mainly for the purpose of remote administration rather than a full vpn service, but in a pinch would be as simple as unticking an advance option or two for the routing to pipe all the data.

 

Other than that, i have endpoints on my personal servers which i trust, within both US and Netherlands.





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  Reply # 1555254 18-May-2016 23:01
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Lias:

 

 

 

That aside I think you'll find people have been reading books they didn't pay the authors for for quite some time. The whole lending your book to a friend, buying second hand or god forbid using a library. 

 

 

 

 

Libraries pay authors in some circumstances http://natlib.govt.nz/publishers-and-authors/public-lending-right-for-new-zealand-authors 

 

Sharing a book is fine to one or 2 friends - torrenting a book is far more like running off a few thousand copies at the local printer and then selling those. It's always happened - but it's still  illegal. 

 

 

 

Yes I know bittorrent is just a protocol and has legitimate users - most of whom are not likely to be buying a a cheap monthly VPN 





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  Reply # 1555257 18-May-2016 23:22
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lissie:

 

Sharing a book is fine to one or 2 friends - torrenting a book is far more like running off a few thousand copies at the local printer and then selling those. It's always happened - but it's still  illegal. 

 

 

Given that I've yet to see anyone manage to profit from seeding a torrent, I don't think it's a terribly accurate analogy. Even more so when you consider seeding a torrent costs virtually nothing, whereas printing off several thousand copies of a book would be rather expensive. 

 

For the most my views align with this article: http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/23/book-piracy-a-non-issue/

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1555262 18-May-2016 23:33
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Could we please bring this thread back on topic folks?

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