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  •  Does VPN block Ads and trackers like AdBlock Plus (1+ / 0-)
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    twigg

    and Ghostery do in Firefox? Or, would you still need those add-ons even in a VPN environment?

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

    by Mr SeeMore on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 08:25:06 PM PDT

    •  Nope (3+ / 0-)
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      sacrelicious, ozsea1, BachFan

      All a VPN does is provide a secure connection between your machine and a remote server.

      It obscures your point of origin, and encrypts the data.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 08:52:22 PM PDT

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      •  Be clear on this (2+ / 0-)
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        PeterHug, cybersaur

        It may obscure your origin to someone on the far side of the tunnel, but it does not obscure the origin to the administrators of your ISP  or, if at work, your corporate IT staff.

        Re-elect Barack Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren "Mitt Romney...utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive."

        by al23 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:47:00 AM PDT

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      •  Ok, so let's say my target is www.xyz.com (1+ / 0-)
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        and I'm using one of these VPN services. I assume that the connection from my computer to the VPN's server is encrypted, but what about the connection from the VPN to www.xyz.com? Is that second leg also encrypted?

        Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. Kin Hubbard

        by Mr Robert on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 11:23:09 AM PDT

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        •  No. (1+ / 0-)
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          There is no need for it to be, and no reason why the client server would have the software installed to perform the task.

          The info you are seeking from xyz.com is public. It cannot be tied to you by the supplying server, that only has the call from your VPN, and an IP that isn't you.

          It becomes anonymous when it is transmitted back to your PC.

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          by twigg on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 12:48:34 PM PDT

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    •  Still need the extensions. (2+ / 0-)
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      twigg, PeterHug

      You should always be running ghostery and flashblock - if only for the benefit of the added security.

      I'll leave adblock as a moral option - some folks feel it's not ethical considering web servers and bandwidth aren't free.

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      by sacrelicious on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 11:02:06 PM PDT

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      •  Adblock (0+ / 0-)

        Adblock is perfectly ethical-- just as ethical as getting up to get a snack when commercials come on TV. No one is under any moral obligation to support any ad-based revenue model.
        Ad servers are a well known and very common attack vector. Blocking ad servers is a crucial part of basic web security IMHO. I would consider Adblock to be a basic security precaution.

        --- Keep Christian mythology out of science class!

        by cybersaur on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 09:03:20 AM PDT

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