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Re: VPN

Postby milor » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:52 pm

To Ian 2009
I advice not to change the DNS settings on the router as recommended in the set up instructions. A lot of Spanish ips are changing the router password to stop people messing around.

Just change the DNS settings on the device that you are using for catch up etc.

We have a UK prime address and Prime movies and music work fine with Smart DNS. There is a seperate section in DNS setup for the region on Prime.
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Re: VPN

Postby Jack Harkness » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:56 pm

I tried a couple of vpns before settling on purevpn. havent had a problem with streaming bbc iplayer yet
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Re: VPN

Postby Ian2009 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:31 pm

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milor wrote:To Ian 2009
I advice not to change the DNS settings on the router as recommended in the set up instructions. A lot of Spanish ips are changing the router password to stop people messing around.

Just change the DNS settings on the device that you are using for catch up etc.

We have a UK prime address and Prime movies and music work fine with Smart DNS. There is a seperate section in DNS setup for the region on Prime.
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Re: VPN

Postby milor » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:49 pm

To Ian2009
Just seen you have a firestick.You are correct about the address, however
the Smart DNS instructions say...

Make sure you have a 1-click US address in your Amazon Account. Also on Amazon.com go to Your Account > Manage Your Content and Devices > Country Settings and set country to United States.
I believe timezone has to be US as well.

You dont need to do this with Android or PC, however never set up a Firestick so was not aware of this. Will check this out to confirm.
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Re: VPN

Postby Jonb » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:05 am

I also use Smart dns. I had it loaded onto a Netgear router, which is then connected to the ISP router. It covers the whole house that way and all devices.

IPlayer and all uk catch up services work, plus Netflix US too.
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Re: VPN

Postby Dfash01 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:32 pm

Just installed PureVPN and paid £56 for 3 years subscription No problem in logging onto BBC I player and watched catch up programme No buffering clear picture So far impressed
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Re: VPN

Postby PeteKnight » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:59 pm

Dfash01 wrote:Just installed PureVPN and paid £56 for 3 years subscription No problem in logging onto BBC I player and watched catch up programme No buffering clear picture So far impressed



So all of your data is now going through servers in Pakistan and/or China, and the company claims not to log any of that data, but clearly they do:

https://restoreprivacy.com/purevpn-review/

PLEASE make sure that you turn off the VPN every time you access any site that requires a login (including this one) and before you do any online banking or purchasing.

I’ve said it before, and no doubt I’ll say it again. I’m a retired IT manager and I would NEVER use a VPN - I value my data privacy and cyber security too much. I use Smart DNS Proxy, but there are alternative DNS Proxy services available.

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Re: VPN

Postby Ian2009 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:08 pm

:text-thankyouyellow:

milor wrote:To Ian2009
Just seen you have a firestick.You are correct about the address, however
the Smart DNS instructions say...

Make sure you have a 1-click US address in your Amazon Account. Also on Amazon.com go to Your Account > Manage Your Content and Devices > Country Settings and set country to United States.
I believe timezone has to be US as well.

You dont need to do this with Android or PC, however never set up a Firestick so was not aware of this. Will check this out to confirm.
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Re: VPN

Postby Ian2009 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:11 pm

marcliff wrote:BBC, Sky and, to a lesser extent, ITV have software which detects when a VPN is being used and blocks them.
As time goes by, their database on "dodgy" IP addresses gets bigger and more and more VPNs are being blocked.

I have had so much trouble with installing and uninstalling VPNs that I don't bother anymore. I subscribe to Amazon Prime in Spain
£79 a year on the uk site but you can't use the free, next day delivery in Spain.
€19.95 a year on the es site and you get access to all the films, TV etc plus free delivery on most things if you order from the es site.



Does this mean the films / tv can be inEnglish?
Sounds a much easier way to go if that is the case.
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Re: VPN

Postby PeteKnight » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:10 pm

It’s not just PureVPN, the same applies to many other VPN providers.
The thing is that there’s almost no traceability to the location of hacks and data breaches that take place. If you’re a user of xxxVPN and your PayPal, Amazon, eBay or whatever account gets hacked, you won’t automatically make the connection. What’s more, other users of the same VPN won’t necessarily suffer the same data breaches, because the method that worked for your data won’t necessarily work for others.
I said before that it’s like the code-breaking techniques that were used at Bletchley Park during the war. Even strong cyphers can be broken when you know the language that’s being used, and can identify the Patterson of common words that are frequently used in that language.
One person’s sloppy use of the same password for multiple sites can make the hacker’s life easier, whereas someone who uses stronger passwords may not have their data compromised at all.

I worked in senior positions within the IT industry for more years than I cate to mention. Internet security and penetration testing wasn’t my speciality, but I learnt enough from colleagues and consultants in that area to be able to know what I’m talking about.
In the past, VPNs were only really used by companies as a way of connecting remote offices, or allowing access to staff when working remotely. Now, all sorts of people want to use VPNs for all sorts of reasons, but primarily to either hide their geolocation or hide their identity. Some companies are now even advertising VPN services on prime-time TV.
This explosion of private users, and the desire to get something for nothing has led to a proliferation of dodgy VPN providers popping up and offering services that are free to users. The people who pay for these services are the people who buy the data that is being intercepted.
Some of the dodgy VPN providers have recently sought to position themselves in a different part of the market place, providing paid services so that they appear to be more legitimate. These appeal to the people who realise that you very rarely get something for nothing, and who take the “you get what you pay for” approach.
This means that it’s impossible for VPN users to know if they’re using a legitimate supplier or not.

The other issue is that VPNs aren’t actually a very good way of overcoming either the geolocation or privacy requirements that they’re being used for. The primary issue is that your connection to the service that you’re accessing (BBC iPlayer for example) is only as strong as it’s weakest link, and the bandwidth that you get is only as good as the worst bandwidth in the link.

I actually have my own private VPN tunnel between my Spanish and UK computer networks, which is double encrypted at each end. It works fairly well, but I still prefer to pay $50 for a couple of years of SmartDNS Proxy service, because it’s a much better overall solution.

Having said all of that, you should feel free to make your own choices about which flavour of service you use to hide your geolocation. It makes no difference to me, as I know that my data is secure. I’m simply trying to educate people about the very real risks that exist when using some (if not many) of the VPN services that are in the marketplace.

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