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Old 10-23-2017, 08:28 AM   #1
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openvpn/VPNBook opinions on security


Hi altogether,

I have installed openvpn in order to occasionally connect to the internet via VPN.
All in all this works fine, at least if I connect via the network-manager.

As I intend to use it only from time to time I really don´t want to pay for the service. So I decided to look for free ones.
That way I found VPNBook ( https://www.vpnbook.com/ ).
Looking a bit further I also found some how-to´s as far as implementation is concerned (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcx2-EkYYDg ).

What I´d like to know is:
has anyone got any experience with using VPNBook? I mean is it a trusworthy service?
If I remember correctly I read somewhere that a VPN service can also take some sort of malware to your system. Yet I don´t know whether that statement referred
to Windows OS only.

Thanks a lot in advance for your opinions.

Greetings
Rosika

P.S.:
system: Linux/Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, 64bit
 
Old 10-30-2017, 02:01 AM   #2
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Openvpn is secure and alot of people use it, including myself but vpnbook is another story....Basically, it comes down to this: if it’s good and free, then it’s too good to be true. Ive heard many opinions including that its a scam/honeypot that hosted by the feds, etc. but who knows. Better off paying for a decent service u can trust but because you wont use it that much, should look into hosting your own vpn server on your home network.

I would check this out in regards to vpnbook:
https://vpnreviewer.com/vpnbook-honeypot-scam-service
 
Old 10-30-2017, 12:52 PM   #3
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Hi Jackpot,

thanks a lot for your opinion and the link.
I just read the respctive page and it seems one cannot be sure to be on the safe side when using it.
To be honest, that´s what I thought as well.

So hosting my own vpn server on my home network would be an option......

Thanks again and many greetings.

Rosika
 
Old 10-31-2017, 06:16 PM   #4
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Yea no problem. I was also looking into vpn's not too long ago myself and trying to find a decent setup with no logs, supported protocols, speed, etc can be a hassle.

That said, I still know a couple people that use vpnbook so can always still try it out if not doing anything that can bite you in the ass if traced back to you but if just surfing and what not, it wouldnt be a bad choice I guess. In regards to hosting your own vpn server, I would look into your router settings first as some of the newer ones already support a vpn service by default. Mine standard Netgear router didnt and only supported vpn passthrough (For setting up a secondary vpn server on network that can pass through your router) but I ended getting a hold of an old router and re-flashed it with DD-WRT and works very well. Just something you can look into if interested

Good luck
 
Old 11-01-2017, 11:05 AM   #5
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Hi Jackpot,

thanks again.

Quote:
In regards to hosting your own vpn server [...]
Yeah, that seems to be an issue with me.
As a matter of fact I have no internet connection of my own.
I´m surfing the internet via my neighbour´s WLAN-router. We have reached an agreement regarding that matter.
So it comes down to this: I have no real control over that and any modifications regarding settings are not an option.

At other times (when my neighbour´s WLAN isn´t accessible ) I use my UMTS-stick.

I think the best for me would be to refrain from using VPN as I still would be dependent on services like VPNBook.

Have a nice day.
Greetings.
Rosika
 
  


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