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m (So these messenging apps are the end-all then?)
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:: Meaning that if a government actively has a warrant to request who the other side of a specific VPN IP is at a specific time, they will probably get it - if requested within reasonable time.
 
:: Meaning that if a government actively has a warrant to request who the other side of a specific VPN IP is at a specific time, they will probably get it - if requested within reasonable time.
 
:: which, again, only matters if they have a very specific interest in you. If not, it's not something you really need to worry about.
 
:: which, again, only matters if they have a very specific interest in you. If not, it's not something you really need to worry about.
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What you may think it does, but doesn't:
 
What you may think it does, but doesn't:
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* "VPN makes your internet connection faster"
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:: No. Also,that's vague. See the next two points.
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* "VPN makes your latency lower"
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:: It can't. ''The very nature of what it does'' is an extra step in routing: via the VPN servers
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:: it may not add much at all. And if it adds very little, the tradeoff of what it gives you may be well worth it, but it ''doesn't'' reduce it.
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:: if a test somehow shows this, that test is extremely forced in a way we can, and must, get technical about.
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* "VPNs make for faster download speeds"
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:: Generally not.
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:: may have slight negative effect, depending on the case, but generally not much.
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:: the only reason it would be positive is that someone is specifically slowing that download
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::: e.g. your ISP, based on type of download
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:::: in which case yeah, a VPN would be a good stopgap - while you take country-wide legal action to what is probably illegal for your ISP to do, or that you ''want'' to make a big fuss about making illegal.
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* it may help you be more anonymous, but is absolutely no guarantee, for multiple reasons
 
* it may help you be more anonymous, but is absolutely no guarantee, for multiple reasons
  
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:: As do most others, and most phone apps. Heck, my toy home-hosted server does, because I was interested.
 
:: As do most others, and most phone apps. Heck, my toy home-hosted server does, because I was interested.
  
 
* "VPNs make for faster downloads"
 
:: Generally false
 
:: may have slight negative effect, depending on the case
 
:: unless your ISP is throttling you and/or the specific type of download
 
  
  

Latest revision as of 03:38, 30 April 2022

Security related stuff.

Practical


Theory / unsorted



how to do a login system badly
how to do encryption badly
Disk and file encryption notes

Is it important to use antivirus/malware protection?

Is it important to encrypt my laptop or phone?

Is it important to encrypt my PC?

Is it important to use a password manager?

Is it important to use a VPN?

Is it important to use secure mail?

So these messenging apps are the end-all then?