Father Nemo Needs A VPN Service

Father Nemo (all of them) thanks all of you for the invaluable help you are giving him. As the discussion about Father's Notebook goes on, he has asked me to ask you for input about VPN services.

Besides having a computer “clean” of “hackable” personal data, Father told me he considers a VPN a second indispensable line of defence. Possibly, in fact, even more indispensable than one's own dedicated blogging device. He will, in fact, construct the blog as an entirely foreign entity; say, if he is German, he could blog exclusively from blogs in Australia, and in English. This way, the German Gaystapo could not unleash the Gay Prosecutors against him, because last time I looked english was not covered by the German anti-freedom, SodoNazi laws, and German Faggot would first have to persuade the prosecutors the offender is from Germany. Still, even for a British or US Father Nemo a VPN is indispensable if he wants to protect himself from Google fags and other criminal perverts.

Father asks the following:

1. What are the best *free* VPN services. “Best” means here not “fast”, but giving an excellent level of protection, equal to or comparable to the one of the paying clients. If the service is slow or the choice of servers limited, so be it for Father Nemo; albeit Vater Niemand, the German, may want to have more flexibility.

Far more important is, for example, that the service does not store any data at all about him and his surfing activity, or that they are located in a jurisdiction that does not require them to store such data, much less make them available to the government (I do not mean prosecutors of a Free Country here; I mean the police of less free ones, like Belarus, or Germany).

2. What are the best *paid* services. Father has no problem paying his $50 or so a year, but he is more worried about the VPN service having his own data and identity. Possibly an excessive worry, but still…

This leads us to Father's next question

3. Which services you would recommend, that can be paid with bitcoins.

(Alas, Father knows nothing of Bitcoin; this is for another day).

Now we must consider this, that Father Nemo lives in a Western Country; but he also lives in Countries like Cuba, Hong Kong, or mainland China. He might live in a Country where speed connection is suboptimal, or the Internet heavily monitored. His VPN must therefore be as anonymous as possible, but at the same time reliable.

Ideally, the worthy commenter should have two Fathers in mind: Father Nemo, located in, say, UK, and Padre Nemo, located in Cuba, or Venezuela. Vater Niemand – the German priest – should be seen as nearer to Padre if he plans to ruffle the feather of the German, or Austrian, Gaystapo. Which he obviously should, at least in English.

Father Nemo might, importantly, be located in the Vatican, and the factual disappearance of pageviews from Vatican servers after I mentioned that I receive visits from there tells you a lot about the climate over there.

Waiting for your valuable input, Father Nemo thanks you heartily.

M

 

Posted on October 9, 2014, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. By VPN is one to assume Fr. means “anonymous proxy server”. Russian servers tend to be the most “reliable”. Let he who hath search engine understand…

    • Not an expert, but from what I know a VPN is much more than a proxy server. The former completely shields you – meaning: all that is in your computer – from preying eyes, whilst a proxy will only shield your internet connection. Basically – and hoping I do not say something stupid – imagine that with a proxy only your browser is covered by a mantle, but leaving a wealth of information available about you (your operating system, the programs and apps you are running) in the sun. This may seem trivial to you, but is a lot to a person who has evil intent even against you personally, or of other sorts (eg. one who goes around seeking your passwords, etc.). In your hard drive is probably enough to steal your identity: address, date of birth, social security number, previous addresses; plus, email password, recovery password, very often banking app passwords , etc.

      Whenever you go on the internet, it’s a great brother out there. It’s like in the worst neighbourhood of a port at night.

      The VPN shields (save the leakages, hopefully minimal) the entire machine instead: not only your browsing, but all your software, apps, files, are covered by a cloak of secrecy.

      This is why we were talkign about encrypting, and not using the device for anything else than blogging: the baddie wants to know what’s in your hard drives, what software you run, etc.

      if I am wrong, I will be corrected…

      M

  2. I also will be interested in reading comments from your readers.

    “Possibly, in fact, even more indispensable than one’s own dedicated blogging device.”
    I think that is certainly true.

    • I have been using VPN for years now.
      But honestly I had not thought of a dedicated machine, as I am an oldish man who thinks that computers – particularly laptops – are “expensive”.

      The reality is that a place-saving, fully practical, fully functional laptop is now, basically, dirt cheap.

      M

  3. Quick story: I saw a hackers convention talk about a guy in Spain who set up a free, anonymous proxy and then advertised its availability to the world. Many users came to use the proxy, while he himself listened in on everything. He soon had a lot of the users’ login ids and passwords – with which he spied on their emails and other accounts, and created havoc.

    Lesson: never trust anybody and always use SSL whenever possible, regardless of what you are doing. The appropriate addon for PaleMoon (though it’s really made for homo-worshipping Firefox) is called “HTTPS Everywhere”, and is very simple to use – just install it and it runs itself.

    • Thanks, I will make a note of that!

      Is Pale Moon seen as Firefox to possible spies, or Pale Moon?

      I like Waterfox, too. I do not know whether it is “read” as a Firefox browser, though…

      M

  4. Mundabor, please keep this concept in mind: one day in the future, there is a Catholic VPN service. Approved priests use it for free, so no danger of the service betraying their identity, and no need for anon payment system. The necessary software (for the priests and the server) itself is free (OpenVPN). The cost to operate it is fairly low, and the organization providing the service includes a Catholic lawyer who fends off subpoenas etc.– but there are no logs kept whatsoever and no user info can be gotten anyway. Also, there is no one using it to trade pirated movies and bog down the system.

    P.S. Try Tor again just as an experiment, it is noticeably faster these days since more people are against internet spying and therefore donate “nodes” that carry the Tor traffic.

    • But being a small service it is easy to snoop on, so the concept need enhancement.

      (Btw, I assume you are aware of stories where a VPN promises not to keep logs, but they do anyway.)

    • I am thinking of PIA or TorGuard, actually.

      What is the “small service” you are referring to? Tor? The imaginary Catholic service?

      I must read a bit more about Open VPN.

      M

    • I will try Tor again one day, but my past experiences are simply atrocious…

      I hope the Catholic VPN service is not run by a Diocese…

      The SSPX would do.

      M

  5. Torguard uses a middleman called Cloudflare (a CDN) … I’d have to think about that, seems to be a bad attitude on their part regarding privacy. They also allow google to spy on their home page, so they have a bad attitude all around. The Bittorrent they trumpet is probably used mainly to pirate movies and music and software – that fits with Torguard’s unlimited bandwidth and this shows what customer they want to attract.

    VPN review sites probably get paid for referrals (which affects their objectivity) — especially the ones who have links “click to visit the site”.

    I wouldn’t announce my VPN to the world, then bad guys might know immediately who to subpoena.

    “Is Pale Moon seen as Firefox to possible spies, or Pale Moon?” Pale Moon announces itself as Pale Moon, but that can be changed – but then that probably needs rechanging after every Pale Moon update. Waterfox announces itself as Firefox. Use a site such as this to see what is announced: http://whatsmyuseragent.com/

    Let me know if you ever want to know how to change the browser’s “useragent string”.

    The “small service” I spoke of is the Catholic VPN service and would perhaps ideally be funded by some Catholic benefactor, who maybe had grown up with TLM — or alternately is run by Ferrara or another lawyer member of ACLA.

    OpenVPN is software only, that does for you personally no good but can be used by the small Catholic VPN service. IOW, don’t waste time reading on that.

    Let me know what questions I’ve missed replying to.

    I wish others would reply on this topic. VPNs are certainly not my forte.

    To visit a bad guy website (you probably don’t want to let them know what your VPN service is) you can add a proxy like this one: http://www.cyberghostvpn.com/en_us/proxy?u=http%3A%2F%2Fip-check.info (it is 2/3s the way down that page)

    Use your VPN to visit that page, to then visit the bad guy site – this would be called chaining. Btw, Ixquick and Startpage also offer a similar simple proxy. Any of your readers can use such proxy pages, with no VPN required.

    • Many thanks, Bigfred!

      I wonder if the “specialised” Catholic vpn would not be counterproductive, as anti-Catholic government would target it immediately and particularly priests could bein hot water once it is clear they subscribe to the service (if it ever becomes clear).

      Speaking of the latter, have you ever occupied yourself with the issue of anonymous payment? I do not want to abuse your patience, but every contribution would be welcome.

      M

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