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Old 05-16-2019, 08:05 AM   #16
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i use PIA, 80 bucks for a 3 year contract.
 
Old 05-16-2019, 10:52 AM   #17
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The PIA homepage states they are a US based corporation - which for everyone else in the world concerned with privacy is very bad news. The US laws (even those passed after the Snowden releases) provide specific exclusions for non-nationals.
PIA supply scripts for Linux which work for apt based distros like Ubuntu - less well for rpm based; I had to write my own Network Manager dispatcher. They have sufficient exit ports for my needs (plenty actually), but they are becoming less useful over time - sites now seem to be able to ascertain I am using a VPN so no bypassing geo-blocking for example. Maybe they just know the PIA IPs.
Support is ok if you can get past the first line.
Wow, so PIA is a VPN in the US. And the US laws are actually less suspicious of foreigners and afford them greater privacy?
This would be good news if there was currently no active mass surveillance programme headed by the US.

Is there not a VPN provider in Oz? But then again Oz is a member of the Five Eyes.

I think there are sites on the net which give advice on 'how to bypass VPN blocks' because the blocks are seen as taking away privacy and access to info.
 
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Hey carlito. I've been a Windows user for a long time but recently I had an interest in Linux so right now I'm trying out Mint. Mostly I used Nord on Windows and my Android phone and only a little bit on Linux but so far it seems alright.
Good to see you're on a linux distro. Once you make the change you never go back!
I think Richard Stallman said both Windows and MacOS weren't the most secure operating systems. It seems linux distros are a little more dependable.

Also not all VPNs offer linux support - which is a pretty big failing.
So it may be helpful to find a VPN which is most supportive of linux distros. You could find out which VPN is most popular with Linux Mint users.
 
Old 05-16-2019, 11:34 AM   #19
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i use PIA, 80 bucks for a 3 year contract.
Sounds like a great bargain.
But I heard it's best to avoid VPNs offering low cost 3 year plans.
A VPN is more reputable if it's costs are similar for the short and long term.
 
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You misunderstand - US citizen get some privacy protections, foreigners get none.
 
Old 05-17-2019, 09:36 AM   #21
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You misunderstand - US citizen get some privacy protections, foreigners get none.

Yes, that sounds more like it.
Although it becomes rather confusing when we recall when Snowden used his 'boundlessinformant' tool with his NSA friends and they were all 'astonished to learn we are collecting more in the United States on Americans than we are on Russians in Russia'.(Washington Post - scroll to sub-heading 'front page test').

Even so, PIA vpn (which is US-based) is offering a two year plan for just 84 bucks. And it can be installed onto any linux distro.
 
  


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