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Anonymous VPN v.s. Proxy Server for anonymity?

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by N0H4T, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. N0H4T

    N0H4T Junior Member

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    Hi All,

    I'm interested to obtain an paid elite proxy or VPN service. I'm still quite new to all of this and I wondered if anyone would be kind enough to explain to me the finer points of anonymity.

    What is the difference between usung a VPN service and a Proxy service? (Rhetorical, I know basically how both work) more to the point:-

    What are the issues of using either and which is better?

    Maybe it is a case of horses for courses or maybe if you could afford it, you should use both if money were no object (Thinking out loud:confused:).

    Maybe I'm missing the point of how they should be used respectively?

    I found an ok sounding VPN service and a Proxy service that I'm interested in, anyone have any experience with them? What do you all think?

    Virtual Private Network Service
    Code:
    http://www.e-tunnels.com/
    They have a broad range of VPN services costing between 15 USD to 30 USD + extras costing between 5 and 8 USD per month.
    
    The Service im interested in provides the following:
    
    "SuperStealth"
    OpenVPN encrypted tunnels 2048 RSA/ 256 AES Tunnel
    Choice of Multiple US/EU Servers
    Random IP pool when logged on
    P2P config (What ever that means)
    Price 
    Number of months 	Price
    1 to 2	                $30.00
    3 to 3	                $20.00
    Unlimited bandwidth $8 / Per Month! 
    The Anonymous Proxy Service.
    Code:
     http://uniqueinternetservices.com
    
    NEW 759 servers each using it's own static ip from a mix of 7 different ip blocks.
    
    Regular Static Proxies $34.95
    Fast 20K (static) http and socks5 proxy servers that are always up and working. These proxies can be either manually configured into your Internet programs that have proxy options, or used inside proxy firewall for easy automatic setup. This account allows 15 sockets to be opened at one time.
    
    Broadband Static Proxies $49.95
    This account is the same as the one above, only it is uncaped with broadband speeds often reaching over 130K download. It allows 25 sockets to be opened at one time.
    
    Web Proxies $24.95
    Easy to use regular and SSL Web Proxy pages used for surfing the web anonymously. We provide over 500 web proxy servers to choose from and change on the fly. Each web proxy will give you a unique identity and hide your personal information. This account allows 15 sockets to be opened at one time.
    
    Needless to say that I'm not affiliated to either companies in any way, I look forward to your replies.

    Regards,

    Dave "N0H4T"
     
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  2. xiphre

    xiphre Regular Member

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    Well... I am a bit tired but I would go for the VPN. The VPN is safe, as in SSL, but an elite proxy wouldn´t be.
     
  3. frostbyte

    frostbyte Registered Member

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    The VPN would always be the safer choice as it is working on the network layer (of the OSI), as opposed to the proxy, which is working on the application layer. In the case of a proxy, it's possible for the IP to leak via stuff like java applets, flash, etc, but if you're using a VPN, you'll always be secured.

    Just in case you need a reference on OSI, here's one
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_model
    
     
  4. N0H4T

    N0H4T Junior Member

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    Hi Frostbyte,

    Thanks for the tip about OSI, now it is becoming a little clearer. I think I will go for the VPN as well as it is logical and now its a case of shopping around.

    Best Regards,
    David
     
  5. justone

    justone Elite Member

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    Both will lead to the same anonymity, they are good to protect your IP from the destination server.
    VPN is usually encrypted, normal proxy servers are usually not encrypted.
    Authorities can still track you when you use a private proxy or vpn, keep that in mind when doing stuff. Don't break laws or cause damages that might fall back on you.
     
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  6. sherly21

    sherly21 Junior Member

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    i think VPN service more safe
     
  7. Cyb3r Don

    Cyb3r Don BANNED BANNED

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    Me too, proxies are vulnerable, Personally i will recommand each and every one who are looking being anonymous.
     
  8. justone

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    vpn is heavy weighted compared to a small proxy.
    the main advantage is that it is encrypted and usually works as default route
     
  9. ann007

    ann007 Newbie

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    Thanks for this thread.
    Once I buy an anonymous VPN, how do I set up my browser to use it?
    Do i follow the same instructions as if i were setting up a proxy for a browser?
     
  10. Rarez

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    Most VPN services have guides most of the time if you are using a newer version of windows you can connect from your Network settings in control panel otherwise they will point you to the applicable VPN client which works well with they're service. Same applies to Linux they all have guides if not posting on the service's forums or submitting a ticket should get you the answer.

    I have used a few VPN services perfect-privacy,privacy.io,torrentfreedom they all have one thing in common they provide a high degree of safe communications on the internet.

    I would personally take a look at VPN services which do not log your activities for the safest bet (ie. http://www.ipredator.se/ ). Which is The Pirate Bay's VPN service which does not keep logs. Just remember if someone wants to find you bad enough you best knowing what your doing before attempting it like in a game of chess there might be that one or two people one or two steps infront of you. :wave:
     
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  11. nathanabel

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    I will suggest VPN,it is more safe
     
  12. ann007

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    Thanks have you looked at e-tunnels ? is their vpn service recommendable?
     
  13. gurudynamics

    gurudynamics Newbie

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    Proxies can leak your IP, PPTP based VPNs fails with IPv6.

    Any VPN provider supporting 'OpenVPN' who doesn't keep logs should be good.

    PPTP works on most phones. OpenVPN is starting too, I think I saw a blog that it works on iPhone now.
     
  14. kaiseng

    kaiseng Newbie

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    Nice tips i will use vpn instead of proxy.
     
  15. ecraigzon

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    Who needs to know?!?!?
    I would have to concur with everyone, I have had good luck with AlwaysVPN, never use it up when your surfing but you may blow it on one torrent.
    ;)