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Posted by:

JP
23 Apr 2018

When using public wi-fi, a VPN helps secure your connection, doesn't it?

Posted by:

Paul
23 Apr 2018

I believe the main reason average users use a VPN is to keep their connections from being sniffed on an free public open wi-fi network.

My router has built in VPN server capability which I use to setup OpenVPN access for situations like the one described above.

Posted by:

Mike
23 Apr 2018

Opera isn't the only mobile browser equipped with a free VPN. I use a browser named Aloha that offers a free VPN as well, and there are a few others. Though I haven't heard of a desktop browser with a built-in VPN.

As for a VPN's usefulness to the average surfer, there are quite a few benefits. A good, logless VPN offers privacy from snooping ISPs like Verizon, not to mention the security enhancement when connected to public Wi-Fi networks. VPNs also protect users in countries that don't enjoy the same internet freedoms as we do here in the US.

Posted by:

Kenneth Heikkila
23 Apr 2018

You seem to have forgotten 4) general paranoid hysteria.

Posted by:

Bob Deloyd
23 Apr 2018

I was one of your readers who thought you were quite harsh on the Opera Browser. Opera was another choice we had over the others and there's nothing wrong with choice, is there Bob?
Your erroneous failure to mention the free VPN had me wondering about your bias against Opera or any other product you review.
I am a victim of the Equifax fiasco, they kindly sent me an email telling me all my personal data has been stolen and is now on the dark web (they really didn't say Dark Web) and offered me a free year of their protection service... HA HA HA!
But obviously I need what security I can get... we all do, and it is our choice what precautions we take, even using a VPN.
Using a VPN is nobody's business but ours, THAT'S why we use IT!!! :)

Posted by:

thenudehamster
23 Apr 2018

Much like not using my real name for many postings on the net. I like a VPN because it is one more thing that at least slows down, if not stops, other people's nefarious activities. I do nothing illegal or immoral (or fattening) on the net, but many others do, including trying hard to discover MY personal details, MY Bank records, MY credit cards and more. If a VPN puts a large concrete block in their way, I'm all for it!
You may trust the security offered by your ISP and others, but in light of all the millions of personal records known to have already been illegally acquired. I want all the protection I can get.

Posted by:

Joe M
23 Apr 2018

Been following you for years, Bob. No longer. I don't need a supposed techie telling me that valuing my privacy isn't worth it.

You would have been better off providing factual data, rather than your misguided opinions.

Posted by:

Narada
23 Apr 2018

Fifth, since security and privacy-oriented Norwegian company Opera sold it's name and browser to Chinese conglomerate Qihoo 360 two years ago, it should be expected that it's business principles would change to be consistent with the totalitarian internet control required by the Chinese government. If Opera desktop VPN should continue, know that it will likely be run through a gov monitoring station.

Posted by:

Bob K
23 Apr 2018

I use TOR.

I don't do anything illegal, immoral, or such. But when I visit a web site looking for some information, and get endless advertisements from them, I need a little protection.

Example, I am looking for a newer cell phone. One visit to a company (that has my email address due to prior purchases) has produced many emails pointing out they have just what I'm looking for.

TOR is difficult to use at times. Many sites sense visits thru them and throw up all kinds of roadblocks, or just plain deny access. Is this true of other VPNs?

Posted by:

Duane
23 Apr 2018

ALL offers VPN with membership but Win10 will not install it for they say safety reasons.

Posted by:

bill
23 Apr 2018

My Deloyd:

Bob never claimed that there was anything wrong with choice. He did say that is was one of the losers in the browser wars. The Beta video tape system was significantly better than the VHS system but it lost the VCR war.

Your use of a VPN would have had no effect on the Equifax issue.

Posted by:

peter eugene sinclair
23 Apr 2018

Thank you i was looking at VPN's but the speed loss was terrible i will give up on them now and not bother with one now.

Posted by:

Robert
23 Apr 2018

We have lived in different countries in Europe (Germany and Spain) for approximately 17 years off and on. Their are lots of programs we can't watch unless we use a VPN. While livening in Germany we had to use a VPN to watch certain US shows. It also protects you when using a hot spot in a coffee shop.

Posted by:

Carlos
23 Apr 2018

i think VPN still plays a roll. I don't want COMCAST and may others to monitor and block what website i go in order for to tell me so.
i will handle that myself even without a VPN.

Have you made an image of ur OS lately?

Posted by:

RN
23 Apr 2018

I work at a large university. I use a free VPN when I am on campus to test if a connection from off-campus will work.

Posted by:

Frank D
24 Apr 2018

I'm in the US, but can't watch the BBC without a VPN.

Posted by:

Danny G
24 Apr 2018

Actually you don't need a VPN to watch the BBC from another country. You can use a service like Getflix that changes your DNS.

Posted by:

Stoneage Man
24 Apr 2018

When I go to some countries or areas where there are known to be individuals that are trying to get my info, I prefer to use a VPN. It gives me the feeling that my communications will be more secure. Speed has not been a problem for me. Another reason is that I live in the USA but need to do banking (legally) in another country, those banks in the other country do not want to deal with persons located in the USA. The US government wants those banks to enforce US law. It is really those banks don't want to set-up a compliance department because of the cost and who could blame them.

Posted by:

Butch
24 Apr 2018

After MS tried to force Win10 on people, I set my update download so that I picked what to install. Then I decided that maybe you were right to just let MS do it all. Now we have the KB4093118 fiasco because I **let** MS present me with problems. How the heck was I supposed to know *not* to install a particular update **before** another? This KB installed nine (9) times on my computer and wanted to keep installing. I called MS and had the situation clarified in just a few minutes. Never again am I just letting MS "loose" with updates. (Uh..the original update was listed as "optional"; then it was later listed as "important." Bugs in the MS system tells me to **beware** updates from now on. I don't believe you've covered this just yet. If it says "preview" as part of the name, SKIP IT, folks--unless you're a tech's tech!

Posted by:

marge201
24 Apr 2018

The only reason I have the slightest interest in VPN is because the owner of a website related to my work banned me from her site because I dared to defend a member of our industry who was getting trashed on the site. I jumped in to say I had worked with that person and had no problem. The owner accused me of being paid to say that. I objected very clearly and politely to that (meaning no cursing), so I'm slightly curious about VPN because I lost a good work resource and I'm certainly not going to beg the owner to let me back in.

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