SlickWilly

Using Vpns

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With the recommendation of the Irish Republic's (where I live) committee on prostitution law reform to equate looking at any escort related site whether it's fully legal where it originates eg Punternet or not with a Paedophile downloading child porn, which I think will get diluted by forcing ISPs to block access to them, my question is how can I get around this resrtion to view Puntenet, EI and other such escort sites.

In Ireland some people use Ex Pat shield to access the BBC i player, but it explicitly states your ISP still knows your address despite it being shielded from the website itself.

My service provider is UPC wireless in Ireland.

Are VPNs useful in this task and has anyone used them to access foreign television some advertise access to American. Canadian, French, Dutch TV etc? Do you recommend any?

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VPNs can be very useful if you understand their limitations. I use http://www.banana-vpn.com/ and found it to work well.

 

Yes, your ISP always knows your IP address, and they can tell that you accessed the VPN, but they can't see what you did after the tunnel was established.

 

The VPN company can see what sites you access via their tunnel, so don't use them for anything that could get you arrested.

 

They are very handy for accessing sites that are blocked where you are, and for adding a layer of security when using public wifi. Since VPN traffic is encrypted, it makes it next to impossible for login passwords etc. to be sniffed.

 

And yes, it works very well to watch BBC TV content from outside the UK.

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whats the diff between using VPN ans using proxy servers?  or are they the same thing?

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So where does TOR fit into this ?    It sounds very similar to a VPN

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To give a simple summary:

A Proxy service, is a service which creates a tunnel to an outside network, whilst having some encryption. Proxies are good for getting around company firewalls, or networks where there are a lot of traffic that is blocked. They are usually free.

 

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. When secured, it basically makes the outside world think your computer is somewhere else than it should be. You can tell the territory someone is from by using their IP address, what a VPN does is move your connection to another computer which then connects to the outside world.

 

In both sets of circumstances, remember to use a proxy/vpn from outside of Ireland, as the company hosting the VPN or proxy can see your content.

 

TOR is a peer to peer masking service. It is community based, which means that the more people using TOR, the faster and more secure it becomes.

It connects through multiple machines to get to your target website, with each TOR route being encrypted. Eventually it will select a machine to connect to the outside world with.

This route changes every time you look at a new website, or a new part of a website, meaning it's incredibly hard to trace.

TOR has many users, which basically results in diminished, distributed responsibility, meaning that you could say that all TOR users have varying information, but it would be very difficult to associate with any individual.

 

Hope this helps,

 

-H

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Not quite, TOR is a separate tool that can mask murky online activity and preserve anonymity.  It runs packets of encrypted traffic across a global network of relay routers, supplied voluntarily by users, and it makes third party traffic analysis and network surveillance much more difficult.  Using GPG will enable you to encrypt the contents of your communications before despatching it to your intended recipient thereby reducing the risk of interception from the security and law enforcement services.  

 

It's perfect for those of us who object to our browsing experience being shaped by the likes of Facebook and Google and reduces the targeted advertising that plagues the clear-net.  

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Ooops, sorry HGD.  I was responding to Bert.  Didn't see your post.

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