Cloaking WiFi connection

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by cameo, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. cameo wrote:
    > On 3/4/2013 5:55 PM, Paul in Houston TX wrote:
    >> cameo wrote:
    >>> On 3/3/2013 1:24 PM, Paul in Houston TX wrote:
    >>>> By its very nature, Public wifi means Public wifi and open to all
    >>>> regardless of computer maker.
    >>>> However, you can make a secure connection through a public wifi
    >>>> using your own vpn or sslvpn.
    >>>
    >>> Yes, but vpn presumes cooperating processes on both ends of a
    >>> connection, right? But public access WiFi might not have that.

    >>
    >> True. Public wifi is open and public. Packets are observable.
    >> A secure connection can be made through a public connection but
    >> requires code / decode on both ends.

    >
    > Why even bother with that when https is much simpler and probably just
    > as secure??


    It depends on what you use networks for.
    HTTPS is for web browsers and https websites.
    VPN is o/s level. A vpn will encrypt all traffic, including
    email, files, whiteboards, web meetings, ftp / tftp, RS-232,
    and many proprietary communication protocols such as
    used by scada systems.
    Of the 12-16 hours per day that my work computer is online,
    maybe 30 minutes is web browsing.
    You can also open a vpn through a https website, assuming
    that you have access to do so. Its a bit slow though.
     
    Paul in Houston TX, Mar 5, 2013
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  2. cameo

    cameo Guest

    On 3/4/2013 9:01 PM, Paul in Houston TX wrote:
    > cameo wrote:
    >> Why even bother with that when https is much simpler and probably just
    >> as secure??

    >
    > It depends on what you use networks for.
    > HTTPS is for web browsers and https websites.
    > VPN is o/s level. A vpn will encrypt all traffic, including
    > email, files, whiteboards, web meetings, ftp / tftp, RS-232,
    > and many proprietary communication protocols such as
    > used by scada systems.
    > Of the 12-16 hours per day that my work computer is online,
    > maybe 30 minutes is web browsing.
    > You can also open a vpn through a https website, assuming
    > that you have access to do so. Its a bit slow though.


    I've got it. Thanks.
     
    cameo, Mar 5, 2013
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  3. cameo

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    On 03/03/2013 3:55 AM, Paul wrote:
    > Apparently, Windows 7 has a VPN server built-in. I think
    > that would allow the following.
    >
    > http://www.ehow.com/how_7418436_turn-home-desktop-vpn-server.html


    Another problem I ran into recently is that after turning on this VPN
    server, it created an unforeseen conflict with my TVersity DLNA media
    streaming service. All of a sudden, the TVersity service stopped
    responding to start/stop commands, and was very slow to start. As soon
    as I removed the VPN setup, TVersity went back to normal. According to
    the TVersity forums, another individual also had a similar problem after
    installing a different VPN software, Hamachi. So if Hamachi and the
    Windows 7 VPN are similar, then that might be in conflict with DLNA
    media streamers. At least PPTP-based VPN would be. PPTP uses TCP port
    1723, don't know if DLNA software uses the same one?

    Yousuf Khan
     
    Yousuf Khan, Mar 8, 2013
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  4. cameo

    Paul Guest

    Yousuf Khan wrote:
    > On 03/03/2013 3:55 AM, Paul wrote:
    >> Apparently, Windows 7 has a VPN server built-in. I think
    >> that would allow the following.
    >>
    >> http://www.ehow.com/how_7418436_turn-home-desktop-vpn-server.html

    >
    > Another problem I ran into recently is that after turning on this VPN
    > server, it created an unforeseen conflict with my TVersity DLNA media
    > streaming service. All of a sudden, the TVersity service stopped
    > responding to start/stop commands, and was very slow to start. As soon
    > as I removed the VPN setup, TVersity went back to normal. According to
    > the TVersity forums, another individual also had a similar problem after
    > installing a different VPN software, Hamachi. So if Hamachi and the
    > Windows 7 VPN are similar, then that might be in conflict with DLNA
    > media streamers. At least PPTP-based VPN would be. PPTP uses TCP port
    > 1723, don't know if DLNA software uses the same one?
    >
    > Yousuf Khan


    There's a claim here, that the DLNA uses a broadcast to reach other
    devices. (On some other site, it mentioned a particular port and UDP?)
    So that might have something to do with it ?

    http://www.techsweden.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=224879

    In that example, they used IGMP to connect two subnets
    together, so DLNA could be seen.

    Paul
     
    Paul, Mar 8, 2013
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  5. cameo

    AdrianH

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    Well, you can always try a VPN to establish a secure tunnel between your computer and the sites you want to access. I would suggest not to go for a free VPN since they're not that great at protecting you online. I had a terrible experience with a WiFi hotspot once coz I was using a free account.
    4 days ago, I renewed my subscription to Ivacy VPN which is great for online security and also anonymizes my online activity. They have this great Cyber Monday deal that gives you 2 years of subscription for $36. It's a really great deal imo.
     
    AdrianH, Nov 30, 2016
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