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Just wondering, does the average Joe Soap like me need a VPN? I'm not up to anything dubious or "bad" online, so I was wondering why do people need VPNs in the first place? 

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I use IPVanish so I can watch TV in Australia.. SBS has some great movies and TV series.. can't view unless it looks like I'm in OZ.. lots of reasons to use one..

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9 hours ago, RichCor said:

You're in luck. This topic has been brought up on ThaiVisa before   ...and while the forum search function may not work so well at finding them, google search will reveal them to you no problem.

 

If you want to constrain your results to just the thaivisa site, then head over to google.com and type:

 

site:thaivisa.com why VPN

 

VPN in Thailand: necessary from a security perspective?
By Sambora, February 24, 2017 in IT and Computers

 

VPN info required....newbie
By Kenny202, February 22 in IT and Computers


VPN doesn't work for Australian catch-up TV
By Nemises, July 10, 2017 in Audio/Visual

 

Is it really necessary to have a VPN?
By giddyup, December 4, 2019 in Audio/Visual

 

Is it really worthwhile getting a VPN
By Brer, October 29, 2019 in Audio/Visual

 

How does utorrent connect to the internet? Should I use a VPN?
By johnnybgood, February 22, 2019 in IT and Computers

 

etc., etc., etc.

...and similar ThaiVisa results should appear.

 

I use VPNs for remote work (to utilize the Virtual Private Network tunnel as if I were actually there).

Sometimes I need to force my "public Internet physical location" to view websites that block overseas users, or to bypass a slow International trunk (by forcing my public Internet connection to start from Singapore).

 

Others use VPNs when using 3rd party WiFi connections to maintain security and privacy (even if most of the stuff you do is https:// encrypted), avoiding hackers and spying;

or when wanting your connection to appear as if it's local to a certain country to bypass geolocation lockouts when streaming; or NOT to give your actual location away (google services may know your actual location if anyone has ever connected to your WiFi using a GPS enabled phone);

or when torrenting shared content

Thanks! I'm hopeless when it comes to typing in search functions. 

"geolocation" - that's a new one for me. 

Thanks again for the links. 

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Quick answer without reading anything but the title. 

 

Everybody needs a VPN for many different reasons. If you can afford $10/month then buy one. 

If you can't then don't bother because free ones just give you a false sense of security. 

 

This topic has cycled through the forum several times a year. 

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14 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

I find it odd that so many tv companies spend millions on producing programmes and then block you from seeing them. All it does is cost them worldwide revenue and encourage piracy.

 

First, we had Napster which made the music industry wake up and offer music legally on-line, and now it's a massive business. Then we had DVDs that you paid for and then could only play in restricted parts of the world. So, people made them available on torrents for free. Now we have IPTV, pirated feeds, as the tv companies can't organise themselves to tap a worldwide market. The pirates can, but the billion dollar tv companies can't.

 

Just imagine how many expats around the world, and others just interested in their content, that could subscribe if the companies got their act together. And think of the money they'd save not having to play cat and mouse with those providing the service that they refuse to.

I think that's more of a licensing issue. Certain companies are only allowed to broadcast/show/sell in certain territories. 

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Thanks to all the members who posted. I think I'm getting the bigger picture now. Always assumed this was only for people who were up to dodgy stuff. 

 

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21 hours ago, RichCor said:

You're in luck. This topic has been brought up on ThaiVisa before   ...and while the forum search function may not work so well at finding them, google search will reveal them to you no problem.

 

 

Far above and beyond the call of duty, sir!! But well done!

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17 minutes ago, djayz said:

I think that's more of a licensing issue. Certain companies are only allowed to broadcast/show/sell in certain territories. 

 

Probably closer to the case -- the content creators, wanting to make as much money as possible, sell the rights to whatever jurisdictions they choose on a case by case basis. And there aren't that many truly worldwide/international movie/TV distribution sources, Netflix probably being as close as anyone gets to that. So beyond that and Amazon to a lesser extent, it's usually divied up country by country, which accounts for the patchwork of licensing rights.

 

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2 hours ago, djayz said:

Always assumed this was only for people who were up to dodgy stuff. 

No, no.  People that are up to no good, doing dodgy stuff, are accessing the Deep and Dark Webs using TOR/TAILS. Totally different.

 

Us VPN users are innocent angels just trying to avoid being caught up in all the dodgy stuff that goes on around us. Don't mind us, we were never here.

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I don't like the thought that my online activities can be hacked, tracked and traced without my knowing so I'm almost permanently in a VPN.  It's also useful for geolocation purposes as others have stated.

 

I don't recommend free VPN services, though.  No such thing as a free lunch, if you get my drift.  

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