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  • Steve, you're right.

    Black, I get VPNing slows things a bit, right?

  • Steve, you're right.
    Black, I get VPNing slows things a bit, right?

    Well, a VPN adds a couple of servers in the path to/from the destination, and it adds both encrypt and decrypt processing to the data flow, so there's bound to be an increase in latency. How much depends on the VPN service itself and the coding efficiency of the local encrypt/decrypt module.

    Indeed, at this point, Russia isn't a major problem. However, over the years, I've learned that other eyes may read threads like this at some moment of time. Particularly for users in certain locales of the Middle East and Asia, cautionary VPN/proxy notes are always prudent, just in case. I know personally of doors kicked in and people dragged away in such places, so it's a most serious issue for folks in those locales to fully understand the ocean in which they're swimming before they simply blunder into truly dangerous waters.

    1. Does it add to the CPU?
    2. Can they always know someone is using a VPN?
    1. I don't know, but I'd suspect it adds at least some loading, if only for the encryption/decryption activity.
    2. Your up-bound IP connection data has to be routed to the VPN proxy server, so if the snooper has up-to-date records of which IP's are associated with various VPNs, he would know a VPN was in use and which brand. The key questions really involve the quality of his snooping mechanisms, whether he tracks all the new VPN IPs out there, and whether he has incentive or interest in immediately blocking them all. In repressive locales where snooping is very extensive, two things can set off a snooping system's alarm bells: use of encrypted connections and accessing a known VPN or proxy IP. The two occurring together usually implies a user is probably trying to end-run the snooping system, so it becomes a matter of the authorities' policy in such cases as to what would happen next: block, simply ignore and allow, wait-and-watch, begin compiling a dossier, or kick down the user's door. Depending on locale and the current political atmosphere, YMMV.
  • So what should it look like really to use this VPN?
    I mean 1) should I "Sign up to Windscribe" as its icon wants me to?
    2) If there's 2GB or 10GB "cap", what exactly does it mean in terms of usage? Does it mean I can switch it on and off to save those 2 or 10? Or does it mean that I use it switched on default/automatic for a couple of hours/couple of days --- then what???
    😕

  • As I understand it, the 2GB option is free and requires nothing on your part other than setting up an 'account'. If you supply your eMail address, you would get the free option with a 10GB cap. The WS control panel updates a meter to show the remaining GB left on your plan as you go along. How readily and effectively one can switch WS on or off, I don't know. There are options to install just a browser extension/plug-in and an option to install into Windows to force all online connections through WS; there's also a firewall feature that includes a tunneling port. The problem is that it's unclear to an 'outsider' like me just how easily or cleanly each (or all) of these can be switched off. Ordinarily, a mere browser extension should be able to be readily disabled and have it drop out of functionality, but I've been unable to find any clear references to how easy it truly is to kill or bypass use of WS's VPN once it's been set up.

  • So, you mean it seems, that once I ''activate'' it somehow, it'll just tunnel everything - meaning I'll "cap" it all in a day. I've "capped" it - IT has 'capped' it -- then what?
    Well, and... Usually an extension, once installed (and 'turned on') plainly works by itself. Here you seem to mean, that one should ''register'' there first to '''activate''' it? So if I'm not ~registered~, the thing is just a decoration?
    I downloaded it, it kinda installed itself here (no reboot required), icon appeared, items in menus...
    In the icon menu though, there's only a ^screen^ to - as you say, log in or register. 😕

  • It's hard to tell with any certainty from the material I've read about it. To get it to work at all, you have to first register/create an account with WS which gives the product access to WS's servers thereafter, based on what I've read. The cap size depends on whether you give them your eMail address (or even pay for their service). As to what happens when you hit your cap, I don't know. Probably you'll be offered an option to raise the cap by doing whatever would be required to enter that category of service. Whether or not the product 'gracefully' gets out of the way (or how you manually move it out of the way) if you're at the cap limit, I again don't know.

  • Thanks, Bird.:)

    Now I think I'll just keep it installed. For a rainy day. 🙂

  • Oh now, there's this tub.
    Windows task manager.
    In my XP, when I open it, in its third tab there are 5 screens in 4 sections - the upper right section called something like "CPU's Chronology", has 2 paired ones: so just now, watching a video (trying to) I got surprised they showed very different data... I can see neither captions nor any tooltips around them, so I wonder - what the heck are they for and what is the difference? 😕

  • Since I don't have an XP system at hand, I'll make the educated guess that the paired ones you see are displaying a chronological record of your CPU usage, and that you have a dual-core CPU in that computer (hence 2 'screens' in the pair). In that case, the cores tend to run mostly independently of each other in the processing each is doing, so their history will differ as it unfolds. In multi-core processors, the computing tasks are split up and assigned to different cores, then brought back together for what you see on-screen.

  • Wow! :happy:

    Dual core. Kinda cool. 😉

  • In Opera 36, when I open a mail service (logged in), I'm getting a bar asking "Allow blah-blah.com to open all email links?", with two buttons on the right - Allow and Deny.
    My question being: what happens if I choose one of them? Well, there is a "close" cross next to them there, so far I usually just close it, but it reappears anew with every loading and reloading page.

    I use more than 1 email service. And currently I choose never to remember my login...
    😕

  • It wasn't clear from your post, but is the bar appearing for each of the eMail services or just for one particular one? In any event, I'd be extremely careful about ever opening any link in an eMail, let alone all of them, even if only to see what happens. It's far too easy for a malicious 'bar' to open a custom malware link of its own choosing, whether it was actually in an eMail or not.

  • Each?
    Both of my most used.

    Well, it seems I can take it that no harm will come if I deny. Links in the messages do work anyway; though it doesn't seem to appear crystal clear what the bar exactly wants, I won't remember logins anyway so there'll be no "one click" I guess.

  • Not every one...

  • If I'm not wrong, the bar message it's to use the mail service as a default mail every time you click an email address on any contact option on any website, not sure if then appears a another message to enable also desktop notifications on new mails once you accept.

  • What are those notifications some websites are always asking to send to me? It's usually in Firefox (more browsing), but I guess it might be elsewhere as well.


    That was first!
    A new task tab of the same program or application seems to have always appeared next to its other ones - regardless of the actual "timetable", right? Now in my Firefox, I'm having a new window task separated by a document one. Funny! Is it? :yikes:

    @davehawley
    Well the 52esr offer appeared at last -- I had checked several times since - was nothing.
    It didn't upgrade though yet. Maybe because of a browser crash. I seem to remember a similar incident with updating: as I remember, it updated next time... Ah! yes, I clicked the offer; but it seems the Fox couldn't handle itself: it seems to tend to crash after prolonged sessions.

    PS: I know it was in another thread, but I reckoned to do with one and the same post, especially for the thread is funny - and related to almost anything! 😃

    PS-PSSS: Yikes! The :yikes: smilie seems to have been stolen! O.O
    Report to the authorities immediately! 💣 I need NATO cruisers deployed AT ONCE! :chef:

  • There's my thread "Internet Connection", but it got closed...

    Should I open a new one or ask Leo to open that one back?
    @leocg

    For now, funny using Turbo.
    The other day I "was" in another Russian city far-far away, now I happened to appear in Bahrain :beard: Stest'17.05.07 :party:

  • Should I open a new one or ask Leo to open that one back?

    Better open a new one and try to keep it active.

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