VPN and SSL - Expert Held Needed!
March 21, 2011 6:10 PM Subscribe
VPN/SSL question - Expert Help Needed! I would like to connect to a Usenet provider through a VPN. The Usenet provider offers an SSL connection. The VPN will be an OpenVPN connection. My understanding is that, under this scenario: the usenet provider will know what files I download but not my IP address or who I am (setting aside billing information), while the VPN provider will know my IP address and what Usenet provider I connect to, but not what files I download. Is that correct?
posted by trystero to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Obviously, my concern here is personal privacy, and in particular: what if my VPN provider does not keep its promise not to log my activity? By routing my connection through a VPN in a foreign country, it seems to me that I can separate my personal information in such a way that no one party has complete information about me.
To avoid the billing address issue, I intend to pay for these services using prepaid gift Visa cards, purchased with cash, that don't have any billing information related to me, and then provide the service provider with an assumed name and a mail forwarding address in a third country that is not easily traceable.
Please ignore the possibility of a man-in-the-middle attack by the VPN provider: I'm comfortable assuming that risk. Mainly, I don't want to show up in someone's logs.
Despite the extensive nature of these precautions, I promise I'm not uploading pirated material or anything exceptionally risky like that. I just like my privacy (and this has been an interesting challenge for me to work on lately).
Thanks in advance for your help.