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VPN services on the 'Net?

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Are there any services on the 'net, free/pay that provide an encrypted tunnel for browsing the Internet, i.e., like Virtual Private Networking on NT servers.
On Win95, you would have a dial-up connection to the ISP. Then, after connecting, you would activate the VPN dial-up to a server somewhere.
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by:jlevie
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A VPN is used to establish a secure connection over the public Internet between a local machine and some remote server or network that is, to at least some degree, isolated from the Internet. The idea being to protect the data link from prying Internet snoopers. It dosen't seem to make a lot of sense to me to open a VPN to some server on the Internet and use that to browse with.

Why would you want to do that?
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by:dalehend
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I only want to use the local ISP as a connection resource and NOTHING else. I want all content from my PC to be encrypted and I believe that VPN is 1 way of doing so.
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by:jlevie
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Well yes that's what it would do, but if you use a remote VPN server as a gateway to then "browse the Internet" the stream is exposed from that point on. The data would be hidden only between you and the other end of the VPN link. I suppose that would keep someone at your ISP from seeing it, but that's about all it would do.

So far as I know there aren't any "public VPN servers" for you to talk to. There are a lot of VPN implementations set up on the Internet. I've got a handful at work, but like most, they are to allow our people to connect safely to our network without our proprietary and/or sensitive data being seen by the Internet at large.
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by:dalehend
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thanks for the information and the explanation of VPN, but I was looking for a valid resource.  Unfortunately, discovering motive does not qualify for points awarded.
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by:jlevie
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Yeah, I knew this one would be a "lost cause" from the begining. Mostly because it takes a fair bit of resources to implement VPN's and they they cost maintainer twice in bandwidth for what you have in mind (inbound on the VPN and outbound to the Internet). Since there's no advantage to any one (other than yourself), I don't think you'll find anyone providing a service like that for free. Now if you are willing to pay a monthly fee, I can put you in touch with folks who'll gladly provide that as a service.
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by:dalehend
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yes I would be interested. I did state free or pay-based service.
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by:cujavia
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Forgive my intrusion, but the idea behind VPN is to connect two networks via the Internet instead of long distance phone line, eg. New York head office and Dallas branch of the same company, and to do it in a secure way.

What exactly you mean by "an encrypted tunnel for browsing the Internet"?
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by:jlevie
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Yes you did as a matter of fact, my apologies... I really do need to remember to go back and re-read the questions more often.

I'll check and see what they'd want to implement a VPN for you and what kind of cost it would be per month.
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by:dalehend
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THanks. I am only looking at it from the perspective of an end-user. I do not see it being marketable unless the cost was comparable to an ISP dial-up(less than $20/mo.)
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johnsor2 earned 100 total points
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www.zeroknowledge.net has a product called www.freedom.net it is an "VPN" pipe product, only you see your internet content, along your network connection it is encrypted.
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by:dalehend
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I will check it out. It appears to be a great product.
I will also post the same related question for a Linux solution, since I will be installing soon.
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by:johnsor2
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Linux, uses FreeSWAN for VPN. Freeswan.org, Also ZeroK is working on a Linux version.
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I think FreeSWAN is just a server app, although knowing of any available FreeSWAN servers to connect would be good also.
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