Jump to content
BANGKOK
Kenny202

VPN info required....newbie

Recommended Posts

I think a VPN might be a good idea for me. I think I have the basic gist, masks your IP etc.

It seems many on here are using them? What are the advantages apart from hiding from questionable websites lol.

 

Just wondering how it works?

 

1) Can I use the same VPN on my notebook and smartphone?

2) Is it an app you use, turn on turn off as required?

3) Any downside? Does it slow your connection down?

4) I assume it gives the appearance of browsing from another country? Can you select the country?

5) Is it totally anonomous, I assume you still have history etc on your device? Does your provider still have history?  

6) Last and not least what company are everyone using? Best and cheapest of course 🙂

 

Anything I have missed or any other advice welcome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Kenny202 said:

1) Can I use the same VPN on my notebook and smartphone?

2) Is it an app you use, turn on turn off as required?

3) Any downside? Does it slow your connection down?

4) I assume it gives the appearance of browsing from another country? Can you select the country?

5) Is it totally anonomous, I assume you still have history etc on your device? Does your provider still have history?  

6) Last and not least what company are everyone using? Best and cheapest of course

1. Generally a license will allow 2 or more of your devices to be used under the same login.

2. Often there is an app, but now some VPN suppliers have created add-ons for Browsers to avoid the need for apps in some instances. You can also directly set up VPN through your operating system settings in Windows, Android or Apple if you have the skills or can follow detailed directions.

3. It can slow your connection depending on where the server is located and a tonne of other variables, but it can work the other way, too. For instance I regularly get higher download speeds when I connect to certain servers.

4. Yes. Depending on the company you choose, of course. Different countries have different quality and number of servers.

5. Sometimes. Check that the VPN company does not keep log files. But for all intents and purposes all VPN are basically anonymous if you aren't doing anything seriously illegal. If you are doing seriously bad things a VPN won't help you, nor should it.

6. You are better using trial and error. Sign up to a VPN and they often have a free grace period. What works for others may not work for you due to numerous variables. The VPN company I use is actually very lowly rated in this region and I find it's service stellar. That might be because it has low uptake here due to bad results. Who knows.

 

Do a search for top 10 VPNs try to look for semi independent lists. Often VPN companies set up their own 'list' website to put their VPN name at the top of the list. It is all a bit nefarious... They will always have deals so look for them before you sign up.

 

Lastly, VPN companies sometimes specialise in different things. Some have a lot of gaming servers for people who like online gaming, some for streaming free to air stuff or paid services from different countries etc. Check it out. I think the last time I paid for a VPN it was less than $100USD for 5 years.

 

I hope that gives you a starting point.

 

 

Edited by Farangwithaplan
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If anyone has a reliable reasonably priced VPN provider you can PM me

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i like protonVPN, you can use it for free but the free servers can get busy and slow some times. if you pay they have servers everywhere with lightning speed.

the login servers are in switzerland and they don't keep logs, very reputable company for privacy i believe.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why would you use a VPN for gaming? Is it only avail to some countries, maybe not Thailand so the VPN makes it look like ur in another country?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The "no logs" sales pitch is often used by VPN providers and is not necessarily accurate. A lot of jurisdictions legally force these providers to keep logs (which is hidden from the users until there's a legal reason to pull the logs).

 

Swiss Protonmail is probably one of the best choices for VPN, and it also comes with encrypted free tier email. Their level of VPN security is hard to beat, and this is not only relevant to prevent someone from tracking your internet activity, but also to avoid vulnerability for hacks of your devices.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All the folks have advised you plenty.

the only thing i might add is when u r shopping around, u might like to opt for a lifetime license.

if you google it you will find a few sellers, not providers, that sell u a lifetime license.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/22/2020 at 4:56 PM, Kenny202 said:

If anyone has a reliable reasonably priced VPN provider you can PM me

'Browsec' is FREE. You can use 1 of 4 free countries. UK, USA, Netherlands or Singapore. Just download it and ..............It's not fast but I find it acceptable and never a problem.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are using Mozilla Firefox as your browser it already has a VPN add-on. The basic version is free. Just go to add-ons, select the VPN add-on and follow the installation instructions

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A VPN will allow you to fool a website into thinking your location is elsewhere or penetrate a national firewall to access a program that is otherwise blocked in the country your in.  An example of the former, when I am in Thailand I can write a check to myself from one US bank account and scan and deposit it into another US bank account to transfer funds, if I VPN to a US server, even though most banks don’t allow such transfers from “outside the US”.  If I don’t use a VPN into the US my bank will either block me or send me a warning that they will lock the account.  In the latter case, I’ve come across a few websites that are blocked in Thailand but most notoriously, and aggressively, in China they will block Instagram, Facebook snd Google.com unless you use a VPN.  They also constantly update their firewalls as the VPNs change addresses.  Since I also travel to China a lot, and having tried several VPNs, I’ve found Express VPN most reliable and have it on my phone, 2 laptops, and iPad.  Works great.
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use Express VPN, has one of the highest rating for speed. Over 160 locations and 94 countries. I take the yearly rate at around $6.00 a month. Can down load on as many devises as you like but can only use 5 at a time. I have a router with Express VPN Firm ware so everything that goes through the router is using the VPN. Check out all the different ones on Google and select. ExpressVPN is a BVI (British Virgin Islands) registered company but the support is located in different places.

They are a privacy-focused VPN company and do not log customers' activities.

Has a 30-day free trial.

 

Like was stated above, I use for US banking and watching sling and other programs that will block if an IP from another country shows up. I use LA 3 for watching TV.

Edited by allen303

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Like was stated, if you are doing something that attracts the FBI or some agency, they can track. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm a virtual newbie to VPN's - I signed up with Nord VPN almost 6 months ago and it works well. They don't keep logs but it can slow your connection down a little - changing servers (very easy) usually improves that.

 

It can be used on multiple devices.

 

One thing I learned when I was deciding which VPN to go for is that some are better than others for connecting to certain services. So, if you are wishing to access XYZ TV - do a search on which VPN is best for accessing that service.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...