VPNs

How can I encrypt and anonymize my web use?

Anonymous

Episode 1485

Jim from Indianapolis, IN

Jim called in to talk about how the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring not only the free press, but also bloggers, podcasters, and vloggers. Jim wonders if he should use a VPN as a hedge against that. Leo says that while anonymizing his content is a natural reaction, and while a VPN could be a useful tool, but it's not a privacy tool. In fact, encrypting his traffic shines a light on him more than just being a part of the "background noise." Also, a VPN only encrypts the traffic along the way.

What's a good VPN?

http://blackholecloud.com/

Episode 1480

Larry from California

Larry went to NAB and saw the SONY Crystal LED (CLED) video wall - 18x32' 8K display. This is likely going to be a technology for billboards, video walls, movie theaters, and other hugely expensive applications.

What's a good, secure VPN? Leo recommends Tiny Hardware Firewall's Blackhole VPN. They don't log anything, nor do they report stuff.

Why can't I use DropBox as a file server?

Synology DiskStation DS218play

Episode 1476

David from Austin, TX

David works with about ten other people in a small company, and they all share files using DropBox. They're getting conflicts, however with certain database files that they have stored on DropBox. Leo says if he has two programs accessing the same file at once, they will have problems. David wants to set up a VPN, and he was able to configure Hamachi. Leo says this won't fix the fundamental problem, though — it has to support record locking. David says that Microsoft Access supports locking, but it doesn't work with DropBox because people are accessing the file on their local systems.

How can I get around work's locked down internet?

Computers

Episode 1462

Rick from Irvine, CA

Rick's wife is trying to get around her job's internet restrictions with a VPN. Is there any way to do that? Leo says probably not. They will likely have it locked down to the point where she can't get around it. Leo recommends using her mobile phone in hotspot mode. She should turn off Wi-Fi though because she'll still be under their policies even when she's on her phone using the Wi-Fi. The company has the right to not only prevent her from using her own devices on their network, but also to spy on her. So she should be careful.

What is a reliable Virtual Private Network?

Tiny Hardware Firewall

Episode 1453

Manny from Mt. Carmel, CA

Manny wants to know how he can find a reliable VPN product to keep his surfing private. Leo says that what he's looking for is a strong privacy policy that's very clear what it can and cannot do, particularly with logging access. Leo likes Tunnel Bear since they have it in their privacy policy that they won't log his access and activity. He also uses a hardware firewall like Tiny Hardware Firewall which will do it.

Should I use a VPN while on a cruise?

Tiny Hardware Firewall

Episode 1391

Charles from Sugarland, TX

Charles and his family are going on a cruise and want to know if his devices need to run through a VPN. Leo says there are some risks, but not as much on an iPad. Google has been pushing for https everywhere, meaning that his search activity is encrypted. But that's not stopping someone from using a Wi-Fi sniffer called a Pineapple or Wireshark to figure out what his access point name is. A wise thing to do would be to forget his home network before he goes. Another option is the Tiny Hardware Firewall.