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Private internet connection as part of anti-virus software

The latest version of my anti-virus software includes a new "Phantom VPN" function, which, when active, creates a "private connection" to a "virtual location in the USA." When active, it lists a "% used" statistic determined by a ratio of KB to MB. For example, right now it tells me I'm using "0%", or "219.38kb KB of 500MB Secured Traffic" I would like to know: A) In terms of security, what does a private/Phantom VPN connection accomplish, and is it worth using every time I connect to the internet? B) What does "% used" have to do with functionality? Is the percent KB/MB something I need to pay attention to? Thanks
posted by BadgerDoctor on Nov 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Best practices for using an iPhone on a public Wi-Fi network?

I'm looking for best practices for using our iPhones and iPads on public Wi-Fi networks. That is, what can we do to best protect/secure/encrypt the data that is transmitted over such networks to/from the devices (aside from not using the public networks in the first place)? Would using a VPN accomplish this? Any recommendations for one? Something else? These are iPhone 7's and iPad Pro's, all running the latest version of iOS 10. Thank you!
posted by jroybal on Sep 29, 2016 - 6 answers

How to VPN while traveling

I'm going to be traveling a fair amount over the holidays which means I'll likely be on public WiFi a lot more than usual, and with all of the various security and privacy issues that have popped up in the news recently, I figure the time is ripe to figure out a VPN strategy (since not everything I do is over SSL/HTTPS). [more inside]
posted by Aleyn on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Explain VPN to me, and advise me of its worth and possible providers.

How does VPN work? How well does VPN protect me? Should I get a paid VPN account? If so, from what provider? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Safe Travel Practices - Digital Edition

I'm taking my laptop on vacation, for the first time. What do I need to do to be sure my info stays safe? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Easy way to make a website accessible only by VPN?

How can I setup a website accessible by VPN but by multiple users at different locations? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by thorny on Dec 6, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the best way to keep your web access on a network untraceable?

What is the best way to keep your web usage on a network hidden from anyone who might be snooping packet traffic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 7 answers

VPN for someone w/minimal IT skills?

Secure VPN for a novice? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 29, 2012 - 8 answers

I much like my head. I don't want to see it removed just yet.

Given that the copyright landscape is about to change in Canada, educate me about VPN services and securing my connection like I'm a n00b! [more inside]
posted by liquado on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How to remotely access a doctor's office's files?

I am looking for advice to come up with a technological solution for a physician’s office in NB, Canada. The scenario is that I would like patient files to be accessible remotely while still satisfying health privacy laws (PIPEDA), especially the part about patient records having to be stored in Canada. [more inside]
posted by carolr on Nov 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server!

Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server! I am building a low-ish power home file server, which will likely run Ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10 (possibly server edition), and I should be able to set up a basic samba share easily enough. But I would also like to use the same computer to serve a few basic webpages, and I would like to provide ssh and ideally VNC or RDP-like access from outside the LAN. I can probably get the basic software set up, but I'm a n00b when it comes to NAT stuff, firewalls, and security issues generally. I would also appreciate help with setting up dynamic DNS. [more inside]
posted by dilettanti on Oct 7, 2011 - 6 answers

VPN on iOS - app restart needed?

Sort of interesting Apple security question: I have a VPN that I trust. When I use an iOS device (4.2.1 on iPad or 3GS) I often have Safari running most of the time. If I use Safari for an innocuous task, background it, initiate a VPN connection, and then go back to Safari to use eg. internet banking, does my web traffic pass through the VPN, or should I "kill" Safari and restart it? I use IP-restricted academic journal access sometimes and have noticed I have to restart Safari sometimes to be allowed to see articles, and it got me wondering. Clever paranoid opinions much appreciated!
posted by cromagnon on Jan 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Losing my (free WiFi) connection

When I start a wifi session (at a coffee shop for instance), the bubble will say "additional login may be required" which, when I open a web page, is just an "I accept" disclaimer. BUT, when I have to turn off the computer (reboot for windows update, go to the bathroom, etc) and then try to re-establish contact, it won't work. I can't get connected and I can't get the login screen. I've tried everything I can think of to get it to work but it just seems like I have to come back the next day. Any tricks to get me back on?
posted by CodeMonkey on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me choose a VPN provider.

Help me choose a VPN provider. [more inside]
posted by blacksky on May 3, 2009 - 4 answers

DIY Secure VPN/SSH connection?

I've been unsuccessful in getting an old pc up and running with Ubuntu or some other *nix OS. I am wondering. Is it possible to use VPN or ssh from my computer to my Dreamhost account to create a secure tunnel to their servers into to the internet? I'm using 0.00 gb on my account for bandwidth. Sound doable? [more inside]
posted by BoldStepDesign on Jan 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Can I force wireless to only function via VPN?

How do I force WiFi to only work through VPN on company laptops? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jan 14, 2008 - 4 answers

Triggering stuff after connecting to a network

OS X: Automatically trigger actions after connecting to a network. [more inside]
posted by uncle harold on Jun 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Strategies for securing VPN Access?

I'd be interested in hearing strategies for allowing employees' personal computers access to a company VPN. [more inside]
posted by chill on Oct 30, 2006 - 6 answers

Wireless network Security

Wireless Network Security: I'd like to know more about keeping my info safe on OS X. [MI] [more inside]
posted by fionab on Oct 25, 2004 - 6 answers

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