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VPN for iPhone

I am wondering if I should get a VPN app on my iPhone before leaving on my trip, either a free one or a subscription. Any forum users out there with experience on that subject?

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I haven't added a free VPN to my phone yet. I looked at the free ones on google play and all had complaints. I suspect that paid is the way to go here but maybe some others with more knowledge will chime in for you. I was reading about VPN's on this site: vpn

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Well, I didn't end up using any VPN and we are back. So far so good. I only used my phone for email, posting pictures in Photostream, texting, calling and google maps. I didn't look at any credit card, bank stuff until I was back home on my desktop.

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My Linksys router has OpenVPN server capability built into it. I downloaded the free OpenVPN client to my phone and now I can VPN to home from anywhere, and from there out to the web.

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My Samsung Android (we use Verizon) has something called "VPN" among its apps. But if Verizon sponsors it, how can it be private? I was looking at "Signal" app; going to research it further. But I probably won't need to access any banking stuff either. And this will be the first time I don't buy a SIM card, just going to use Skype to call my family from my Hotel room.

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I like to set up "alerts" on my bank accounts as well as credit card accounts. By doing so, I'll get an email when any transactions take place. Then I don't have to access my bank accounts or credit card accounts while traveling which might expose my user name and password.

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I like to set up "alerts" on my bank accounts as well as credit card accounts. By doing so, I'll get an email when any transactions take place. Then I don't have to access my bank accounts or credit card accounts while traveling which might expose my user name and password.

Same. I have alerts sent to my email. If something looks that suspicious, I'll use my data and see what needs to be done.

I have looked into VPN's, but I don't know which one(s) can be trusted.

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Like Peter, I setup my own VPN at home. Get someone to set one up for you if you don't know how to do it. Once it is setup, no monthly fees. Obviously you can trust your own home network.

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I use ExpressVPN on all my devices. I have no complaints. It is not free, but less than $10.00 per month. As I use only wifi when traveling, it does give me some peace of mind when using public or hotel wifi.

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I use ExpressVPN on all my devices. I have no complaints. It is not
free, but less than $10.00 per month. As I use only wifi when
traveling, it does give me some peace of mind when using public or
hotel wifi.

Wray, do you only use this service when you travel? Can you cancel and restart the service any time? I just started looking into this for my upcoming travels.

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Pilgrim, We now use this service all the time, even at home. What the heck? It can't hurt... I'm sure some of my neighbors are technological whizzes... We have 5 devices on it. As I have only a flip phone for emergencies, I use my iPod often outside of the house locally on wifi. We have no complaints and no problems. Whether it works...I would never know unless something bad happened. LOL. It seems to me I checked Consumer Reports for the best VPNs before I decided which ones to use.

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Thanks for the response, Wray. This task is on my "to do" list for my upcoming travel.

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Wray:

Pilgrim, We now use this service all the time, even at home. What the heck? It can't hurt.

Depends what you mean by "hurt." It would certainly "hurt" me. A VPN most certainly slows down your internet connection. You're directing all your internet traffic from where you are through the VPN provider to the destination. Say you're home watching Netflix. Instead of having a direct network connection between you and Netflix, with the VPN everything must also be routed through them. If you pay for fast internet at home, you're probably slowing it way down by going through the VPN.

There's really only one good reason to use a VPN from home: to hide your identity. Some people want to mask their true identities from anyone who might be watching; when you visit various websites, your IP address is recorded. That may not give the websites your exact name and email address, but it records a piece of information that could be tracked back to you (to your cable company or whatever). If you use a VPN provider, the website visits is trackable only back to them. (But if there's a criminal investigation, the VPN provider might be asked to provide the information anyway - who knows?)

The only other reason to use a VPN at home is that you have a poor home network setup - no WiFi security or someone didn't set it up right. If you believe that's OK and don't care about masking your identity from the government, then you should probably stop slowing down your internet connection at home by using the VPN.

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Andrew, We can turn our VPN on and off, on each device, as we please. We don't have it on the streaming device. I don't find it slows my devices down significantly. It is just one more piece to my security system. Depending on the year, my wifi varies from new/secure to old/secure and then back to new/secure. Maybe it is over the top, but it is just one more layer that I use. As long as I'm going to have it on our 4 portable devices, I might as well be in the habit of using it.

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Using a VPN overseas means you assume the VPN provider (in the US?) is a safer bet than the dodgy hotel WiFi. But using it from home makes no sense, unless you are trying to hide your identity. Your home network really ought to be secure - if not, make it secure. Using a VPN from home adds an unnecessary "middle man" to your connection - one additional point of vulnerability - and could make you LESS secure than using your secure home network without it.

One other reason I wouldn't do it is that I believe people using these VPN services are also targets for surveillance and hacking, because many people using one might have something to hide. Obviously the reputable VPN providers should be vigilant in protecting their users and their networks - but who knows? I don't know who these companies are. Everyone can be hacked, and I don't want to raise my profile by using a VPN service and putting myself on some list of possible targets.

You can run a speed test with and without the VPN on to see the speed difference. But if you don't have really fast internet it's probably not going to make much difference, though. DSL users may not see any difference.

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