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Private Internet Access VPN review

Private Internet Access (PIA) is a VPN service that charges $40/year with the promise of giving you anonymity on the internet.

What happens is that your ISP’s IP address gets replaced by a randomly (or maybe not-so-randomly) assigned PIA IP address when you log into their VPN. However, if you are paying by credit card, PIA knows your name, and even if you are paying more anonymously such as through bitcoin or gift card, they still would know what IP address you are logging in from which can then be traced back to you, so you still have to trust that they are not keeping any logs of IP assignments, which they say they aren’t doing.

Anonymous web surfing would provide the biggest benefit to people doing illegal things on the internet, such as using the dark web, or using torrent sites to download movies, TV shows, music, and other good stuff that you’re not supposed to be downloading. Of course I’m not doing any of those illegal things and you shouldn’t either, because it’s illegal.

Even if you are not doing anything illegal, but are paranoid about the fact that your ISP plus many other internet companies (such as Google) can figure out what you are doing on the web, and maybe use that to blackmail you because of your legal but embarrassing porn-viewing habits, or because you are reading “racist” websites, then there would also be a benefit to browsing with a VPN.

Another benefit that even honest people without embarrassing porn-viewing habits can benefit from is the checkbox to turn off advertisements. This type of ad-blocking works at a much deeper level and is not detected by current anti-ad-block detection which is only looking for browser-plugin-based ad blocking. However, the software-based ad blocking is smarter and for example will reformat the page and hide whatever is underneath the ads (which sometimes are alternative static ads); and so far the Brave browser seems to be super-effective at blocking ads so you don’t need this PIA feature if you are using Brave.

Update: As pointed out by a reader, another benefit of a VPN is that it encrypts all internet traffic and makes logging into a public wireless network safer. I have not tried doing this with PIA, however my previous experience using a VPN to access the internal network of my former employer is that the VPN uses too much bandwidth to work well with low-bandwidth public internet access such as the internet on Amtrak trains.

The downsides to using PIA, besides the yearly fee, are:

1. It takes fifteen seconds or so to login, so even though I have it set to run and login automatically, there’s that extra fifteen seconds of waiting, after turning on my computer, before I can surf the web anonymously.

2. It can only make your internet slower (except for ad blocking which would make ad-heavy pages load faster). It is probable that if you have some sort of super-fast internet, you wouldn’t obtain any benefits from the super-fast speed if you are logged into a VPN.

3. Web servers can detect that you are using a VPN. Netflix, for example, blocks you from watching movies if you are logged into a VPN.

4. DNS problems. If you have no idea what a DNS is or how to change your DNS settings, and don’t want to learn, then you should avoid PIA at least. From time to time, while logged into PIA, I encounter websites that won’t load because the DNS is not found, and I need to disconnect from PIA in order to view the website. This is the single biggest annoyance with using PIA.

Setting all of my internet adapters to automatically obtain a DNS server address seems to work OK for me. If you are truly paranoid, you can hardcode the PIA DNS servers (to prevent contact with non-PIA-owned DNS servers which may log your DNS lookups), however when I did that I could no longer use the internet when not connected to PIA, which is obviously a huge downside given that some stuff just doesn’t work when you are connected.

Update: After writing the above, I updated my network adapters with the IP address for Comodo Secure DNS. Then I surfed to some websites I’ve never surfed to before, and it seems to work. I’ll let you know if anything changes or if I continue to have DNS problems. Using Comodo Secure DNS sounds like a good idea even if you aren’t using a VPN. I urge you to change your DNS settings right away.

THE FUTURE OF VPNs

Sounds too good to be true that you can do illegal stuff on the web and hide it from the FBI? I’m sure the government doesn’t like that at all. There already are some countries that block people from using VPNs, so I would not be surprised if companies like PIA are shut down in the future.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. I’ve used a VPN for years now, and find it mostly a boon. There are many providers, some of them with interesting features like VPN-VPN tunneling. I haven’t switched yet though, mostly from inertia. I rely on not being worth hassling, while also making said hassling more difficult. The more practical use is to watch content that is geographically restricted, which is done by connecting to a VPN node in that region.

    You can also look for providers that have mobile/tablet support in some form. I don’t use it, but I seem to recall there are ways to set up VPN access if you dig around a bit.

    I think Netflix et al simply keep a list of VPN suspects (or suspect network prefixes), so if your provider adds more nodes you might be able to get renewed access. Sometimes your VPN nodes have been previously used by bad or annoying people so you’re IP banned right from the start. C’est la vie.

    Glengarry

    December 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    • Hack of DNC and Podesta emails revealed the TRUTH. How does truth hurt democracy?

      Remember it was a leak not a “hack” .

      The boy got “phished” and gave up his laughably simple email password.

      Boris and Natasha are Evil Geniuses I tell you.

      Rifleman

      December 14, 2016 at 3:58 am

  2. Regarding the Dark Web — liberal rag Newsweek has a piece on it regarding a fundraising attempt for the assassination of Donald Trump:

    SITE ON DARK WEB FUNDRAISES FOR DONALD TRUMP’S ASSASSINATION

    http://www.newsweek.com/dark-web-site-fundraises-donald-trump-assassination-529566

    JS

    December 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  3. The so called “dark web” is actually only accessible through Tor net and the Tor browser.

    VPNs can be used to bypass regional restrictions on some sites or IP bans. Netflixs has just figured out what IPs are used by most major VPNs and banned those IPs so they can enforce regional restrictions.

    Access from Tor net is banned by many sites and Tor net is too slow for video streaming.

    There is the famous case of the VPN HideMyAss which co-operated with police in tracking down a hacker that had used their VPN service using IP logs.

    There are legitimate uses for VPN. One of the most important is that virtually all VPNs will encrypt all of your net traffic. This is very important if you are using public WiFi connections where people might be able to observe your traffic and steal passwords or session cookies.

    Mike CA

    December 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    • Here’s a pic of where the dark web is situated in relation to other sites/medium of the internet on the iceberg:

      LoftB would be submerged underwater, but sea monsters don’t lurk here.

      Enter the deep bowels at your own risk, even with a proxy I presume.

      JS

      December 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm

  4. Just subscribed myself. I want to purchase some psilocybin (should be perfectly legal substance) and I need VPN, or something like it, to log into the site and make the purchase. Still don’t know what I’m doing yet. Things are so complicagted.

    Daniel

    December 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    • The legality of psilocybin depends on what country you live in.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 12, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    • Buying drugs on the dark web seems like a good way to get arrested. You can legally buy spores and make your own hallucinogenic mushroom at home. It’s pretty easy. Just search for “p cubensis spore syringes” and look up the Magic Mushroom Growers Guide.

      Horace Pinker

      December 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      • I have a “friend” that buys generic Viagra from an on-line Canadian pharmacy for $2 per pill as opposed to $20 from a US pharmacy w/ a prescription. My “friend” tells me that the generic Viagra works just as well as the real stuff. Oddly, the delivery comes postmarked from India. Should I, err my “friend” be worried?

        E. Rekshun

        December 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      • I am buying the shrooms for personal use, not to sell to anybody, because new research has demonstrated that they are effective in treating depression. If governmental authorities somehow sniff me out and want to make a case, so be it. I don’t give a bleep at this point.

        I do intend to cultivate my own, but I know that there will be some trial and error. All the methods state that the preparation area must by clean room clean or you will contaminate the growings and ruin the shrooms. So I anticipate failure before success.

        Daniel

        December 12, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      • You lack meaning in life like many proles, and thus find escapism with drugs, when your money habits aren’t giving you the things you want in our consumerist treadmill. — That’s according to some researchers who engage in psychological testing.

        JS

        December 12, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      • I have a “friend” that buys generic Viagra from an on-line Canadian pharmacy for $2 per pill as opposed to $20 from a US pharmacy w/ a prescription.

        So how does that work? He has a US prescription and a US address but they’re fine with mailing it to the US?

        Oddly, the delivery comes postmarked from India. Should I, err my “friend” be worried?

        My guess would be, it’s not really a Canadian pharmacy, and it’s probably not really Viagra either. Caveat Emptor and all that.

        Tarl

        December 13, 2016 at 12:01 am

      • Years ago, I took the Burns Depression test, I scored as severely depressed and the catch was, I actually felt a little up at the time. I set about addressing the matter as best I could, I didn’t go to a therapist because I didn’t want to get in the system and the success rates didn’t seem all that encouraging. Frankly it was slow going. Time went on, I was in a normally stressful job compounded by a remarkably incompetent manager during a major transitional period with the company and I was collapsing. At the time I had read about mdma ( I think it was) and I resolved to try that so I ordered some off the original black market board and surprise, it never came, but during the interim I had read about ayahuasca and I thought why not. I ordered that, it came and I stared at it for a few weeks not knowing what to do and more than a little frightened to be honest.

        Eventually, I got to a critical point so one saturday afternoon I prepared it and drank it down. It was almost robotic on my part. What followed was an 8 hour trip that remains to this day the most remarkable experience I’ve ever had. Eventually I vomited, crapped myself and was wiped out for a couple days afterward. About a week later, I was curious and took the BD test again and scored normal. I went from an almost physically painful severe depression to normal seemingly overnight. Granted, this was self testing, I was also heavily engaged with the usual self help literature and was familiar with rational emotive behavioral therapy, all that helped lay a solid foundation I think but frankly I wouldn’t have gotten over the last hurdle without the ayahuasca.

        Time went on, I ran out of my supply, the black market board got shut down and the effects wore off to an extent. I had become aware of the research done with psilocybin and was intrigued. I knew a guy, and eventually tried Golden Teachers. I found the experience to be meaningful and much more gentle than the ayahuasca. Since then I’ve found them to be very effective (if aya scores a 10 , GTs score an 8), I’ve never had a bad experience, although there have been some painful experiences to work through, I believe they allow a direct access to the subconscious and they are remarkably palliative with the depression. Currently I’m in the midst of a ten week microdosing regimen and I am finding the experience to be remarkably positive. So yeah, they want to throw me in jail over this, fine, f’em.

        As far as growing, it’s not as difficult as it seems, my first experiment used a cracked aquarium I bought from a thrift store, I barely misted the cakes, how that worked I have no idea but, they do grow in shite in the wild. Humidity is the key.

        It’s not my place to encourage anyone to use a schedule 1 narcotic and commit a felony, all I can say is that in a very real way, the 2 things saved my life in an immediate sense and in a long term sense put me back on the right path (funny, I’m probably a better citizen). I really can’t imagine a life now without the GTs even though I don’t trip every week or even every month, criminy, I drink wine just about every night though! If all they offered were pretty visuals, I would have lost interest long ago.

        2 Minutes Alpha

        December 13, 2016 at 12:27 am

      • @E. Rekshun

        Nice name/post combo

        ScarletNumber

        December 13, 2016 at 12:43 am

      • Daniel, the guy who writes this blog is a psychiatrist and this is a good post about seeking help for depression:

        http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/06/16/things-that-sometimes-help-if-youre-depressed/

        Horace Pinker

        December 13, 2016 at 8:19 am

      • Seems like a scam by the medical-industrial complex to make you spend thousands of dollars on tests, doctor visits, and expensive pharmaceuticals which barely work any better than a placebo.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

      • ” expensive pharmaceuticals which barely work any better than a placebo.”

        Scott Alexander makes a pretty compelling case for SSRIs:

        http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/07/ssris-much-more-than-you-wanted-to-know/

        If you’ve gotten to the point with your depression that you’re trying to treat it on your own with psilocybin, I hope you’ve tried SSRIs first and found that they don’t work for you. I have major depressive disorder, or something like it. SSRIs don’t work for me and I don’t take any medication, but I do smoke pot at night if I’m having a bad day and that seems to work for me. If I know that I can enjoy a couple of hours at the end of the day, the rest of the day doesn’t seem so bad.

        Horace Pinker

        December 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

      • @Daniel, @2minutes: Why not try Wellbutrin (bupropion) to treat depression. It’s a mild anti-depressant. It’s an NDRI not an SSRI. Fewer side effects.

        @Scarlet: LOL!

        E. Rekshun

        December 13, 2016 at 11:23 am

      • For generic viagra you can use All Day Chemist or Cenforceonline.net You can get 100MG generics there for 1/50 the price that you’d pay in the USA.

        Both are 100% safe and you can even order using a back acocunt or debit card. I’ve bought many times and it arrives on time and unmarked in bubble packs live over-the-counter cold medecine. Both are administered by UK companies who handle all of the commercial portion, but the drugs are shipped from India.

        You can also buy streroids at All Day Chemist and others.

        Just don’t use any main $$ account you have, I used a secondary checking account where I don’t keep much value in case something goes wrong and account is compromised.

        Camlost

        December 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      • I have been on Prozac, Paxil and Lexapro. The results have been disappointing. Don’t even think about suggesting talk therapy. I can bullshit with people in the bar and it will do as well as sitting with a psychiatrist talking about my personal feelings. I have tried Ketamine infusion therapy and there was a positive response, but 1) there is no clinic in my city that offers it. I have travelled to Los Angeles, Phoenix and New York to receive treatment, 2) it is very expensive (insurance doesn’t cover it, and I don’t have insurance anyway), approximately $650 per session. Ideally, sessions should be administered every 2 weeks. So, you see, Ketamine is prohibitively expensive. I can’t travel every two weeks, spend money on hotels and drop $650 for the session, not with the money I earn. Additionally, I would have to repeat the initial regimen again (6 sessions over 2 weeks) because I have been away from it so long.

        Daniel

        December 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      • I’m sorry to hear that, Daniel. I hope psilocybin or something else works and I wish you luck. Please remember that there’s usually a great LOTB post waiting for you to read tomorrow, and that this is Trump’s America now.

        Horace Pinker

        December 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      • Wellbutrin – some side effects versus shrooms – no side effects other than feeling a little run down the next day, I used to be involved with a girl who was on different medications and I couldn’t understand there not being a game plan to eventually get off them, just spend the next 60+ years going to doctors, popping pills and never really getting past managing it let alone thriving, surrendering to a demon and asking to be its servant, Thank you, no.

        A baseline 4 grams, 4 times a year keeps things in line, even if that was for the rest of my life (and I doubt it would be) it beats the alternative, and anyway, shrooms are paleo.

        David Burns “Feeling Good”, Richard Franklin “Overcoming the Myth of Self Worth” are very useful towards getting a handle on the self talk, couple that with nutrition and exercise, persistence, get a cat, a fellow can punch through just keep getting back up after a tumble.

        2 Minutes Alpha

        December 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    • You can order from Ralphs Spores, he only takes cash, write out the invoice and mail it in. I heard about someone who ordered from Spore Depot, used his debit card, no problem, they sell shitake, lions mane, etc so it seems like that would create some kind of cover but really I think the worst that happens nowadays is the post office confiscates the spores and sends you a letter. As long as its personal use that is. BRF tek, make your own spore print, no problem. go for the Heroic Dose (not the first time though, if you’re not experienced James Fadiman “Psychedelic Explorers Guide”). I think one can still buy the components for ayahuasca on ebay for goodness sakes. Freedom Now! Legalize Shrooms!

      2 Minutes Alpha

      December 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      • You do not need a clean room to grow shrooms. You get a sterile sealed “grow bag” and inject the spores into the bag through a self healing little bit of rubber.

        Total cost when my friend did this about 15 years ago was under $40, and the result was $300+ worth of fresh and very potent mushrooms.

        Ytt

        December 13, 2016 at 1:59 am

  5. This is also a good option. Knew a person in IT security that used it.

    http://www.giganews.com/vyprvpn/

    map

    December 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    • Giganews is amazing if you want to download obscure old music TV and movies that are not on torrents.

      Ytt

      December 13, 2016 at 2:03 am

  6. As far as I know Private Internet Access VPN was founded by FBI specifically to collect data of illegal internet activities.

    Tor is operated by GRU of Russia with the same aim.
    And from time to time Russians exchange data with Americans and others.
    Intelligence business as usual.

    Aixa

    December 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    • “As far as I know Private Internet Access VPN was founded by FBI specifically to collect data of illegal internet activities.”

      I’m not sure where you got this information. PIA is owned by London Trust Media (LTM), which in spite of their name is apparently a US based corporations. Contact address on their web site is in Los Angles. Andrew Lee is the co-founder of PIA and LTM and is currently the CEO of PIA. There was another executive, Sung Park, who was hired as CEO of LTM in Oct 2014 and fired in March 2015. Park is being sued by LTM for fraud and misuse of company funds. There is some speculation that PIA may be having cash flow problems because this fraud.

      “Tor is operated by GRU of Russia with the same aim.”

      Tor is a decentralized, multi-level network. Anyone can operate a node of some type in the Tor network. It is known that the NSA and/or FBI have operated some nodes in the Tor network and it is quite likely the Russian intelligence services are operating Tor nodes too, along with law enforcement in other countries. The Tor network uses multiple levels of routing and encryption so simply operating a few nodes in the network does not really compromise the network. Law enforcement in many countries is almost certainly operating or monitoring traffic at Tor exit nodes. If you connect to a website through Tor that does not use HTTPS, then the traffic from the exit node to the website will be not be encrypted and can be observed by anyone monitoring that exit node. This will, however, not give them the information about who is originating those requests, unless you have your name or address in the un-encrypted data.

      It is possible that someone like the NSA could be operating enough Tor nodes to compromise the Tor network, but there is no indication that this has happened. The trial of Ross Ulbricht for operating Silk Road did not indicate that the FBI had compromised Tor in order catch him. (Silk Road was a marketplace for drugs and other illegal goods and services that operated as a Tor hidden service).

      mikeca

      December 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      • I think “Aixa” was trolling.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      • Even if Tor is compromised, they are not going to compromise the compromise by using it to prosecute hipster geek libertarian drug dealer Ulbricht.

        Ytt

        December 13, 2016 at 2:07 am

  7. They plotting a coup. This is for real, guys!

    gothamette

    December 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    • I am looking at the twitter feed on my computer.

      Bunch of people actually calling Podesta a pedophile and linking him to McAnn and a network of convicted pedophiles. They are also making fun of pizzagate. They are featuring the Portugal computer composites.

      Very harsh.

      The threads do not show up on my phone.

      map

      December 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    • Something is definitely afoot, “war hero” John McCain, Mitch McConnell are calling for an investigation, what happens then?
      Let us pray that the Trump abides and takes the advice of Conan the Barbarian with these traitors.

      2 Minutes Alpha

      December 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      • 2 Minutes,

        Yes, the fact that Republicans are in on this is noteworthy. Also, I provided a link to Podesta asking for electors getting access to classified info. Since when did this happen?

        This is very serious. I don’t care what some anonymous commenter here says, when senators from the Pres-Elect’s own party do this, it’s serious.

        gothamette

        December 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    • It’s not gonna happen. There would be a civil war.

      I hope they try it, it would be the best thing to ever happen to us. But they won’t.

      Otis the Sweaty

      December 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      • “Not gonna happen”

        Sure of that?

        Otis, pay attention to the elites more than the scrubs on Kos. The elites are fuming. They will never accept Trump as president and will do everything they can to delegitimate him, to show contempt for him and his voters, down to saying nasty things about “not dressing” Melania, and invading Barron’s privacy. (Which is one of the reasons I think Lion should lay off Barron. Criticize Trump’s policies and picks all you want, but lay off the kid.)

        “There would be a civil war.” I don’t think so, but I should think that may of Trump’s enemies would relish the thought of slaughtering Trump supporters. They would have the armed forces, wouldn’t they? If a Democrat, or better yet, a cuck Republican, were President.

        You scoff at this stuff. I don’t. I think this is serious mischief-making:

        http://www.npr.org/2016/12/12/505286051/is-hillary-clinton-trying-to-question-the-legitimacy-of-donald-trump-winning

        gothamette

        December 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  8. anonymous, huh? they’ll sell you out the second the Feds subpoena them

    Brendan

    December 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    • I’m bit worried about these Word Press Blogs that have a contrarian nature that might raise an eyebrow from the Feebleye, where they warrant a shutdown. It’s one thing to make a free speech, it’s another thing, when you inspire and enable an anti-establishment.

      JS

      December 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

  9. Lion, is reading sites like THIS BLOG really that big of a detriment to our long term future? Do we have to be ashamed of our politics? Mainstreaming conservative populist arguments should be our main goal, lol.

    Dave

    December 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    • I would like to take this opportunity to avow all LOTB readers and the blogger himself.

      I am, was, and ever will be a devout cuckold.

      The Philosopher

      December 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

  10. 0. use linux
    1. tails
    2. tor
    3. opera mini
    4. opera max
    5. opera browsers via opera’s web proxies
    6. xmpp
    7. telegram
    8. threema
    9. linux + icecat w/ublock, noscript etc
    10. check eff.org
    etc etc

    barton parker

    December 12, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  11. I have a VPN and also pay for a separate dedicated VPN ip address all with TorGuard. This is all for work purposes, not really privacy, but I know TorGuard will make sure your dedicated ip address will work with Netflix if you ask for it.

    PerezHBD

    December 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm

  12. VPN seems like a good idea when using public wifi to access the internet, although making sure you are using HTTPS probably is enough, especially if you are connecting to your banking or other sensitive sites.

    There is a comparison list of services here: https://thatoneprivacysite.net/

    This one in particular seems privacy oriented: https://www.mullvad.net/

    While my porn habits are mundane, I do visit subversive sites like LOTB and I’m interested in low/moderate effort methods I can use to increase privacy.

    R P

    December 12, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    • Do you really think LoftB is subversive? It’s listed publicly on Google.

      JS

      December 12, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      • I believe that Google has a soft ban on my site which is preventing a lot of traffic.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

      • Well everyone knows Lion is a Russian propaganda agent. Ever notice the way Lion never criticises Putin but always makes up vicious arguments against Hillary and the open borders white cleansing party?

        Thought so.

        The Philosopher

        December 13, 2016 at 9:01 am

      • Your blog and a few others on your blog roll are anti-establishment which could be a focal point of the Feds.

        However, I don’t think we are sending a direct message that reads let’s start trouble.

        JS

        December 13, 2016 at 11:43 am

      • JS you are in la la land my friend. Lion is effectively a shepherd. He round up alt righters and tones down their hateful and vitriolic beliefs, mediating the tone to suit Russia. Putin was lying in bed next to me last night smoking a cigarette, and I said to him: Why Lion?

        And he said: Why not Lion.

        Truly, a philosopher.

        The Philosopher

        December 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      • This site is a hateblog. Hatesblogs will be dealt with you cisgender racist.

        Vincent

        December 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

  13. There are free VPN services. Usually they have monthly data caps or slow down your connection unless you buy their subscription service. I would not trust free VPN to provide much anonymity. I suspect many of the free VPNs are tracking your web usage and selling the info to big data companies.

    mikeca

    December 12, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    • You get what you pay for. VPN costs a lot of money to operate. There’s no “free” VPN.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

    • The free VPN plugins use your bandwidth as proxies for other people.

      Ytt

      December 13, 2016 at 2:10 am

  14. I started using PIA recently as it is very useful for any type of financial transactions carried out on hotel Wi-Fi connections. As Lion mentioned, it will be shut down eventually, as it makes it more difficult for governments to track users.

    You can also trick some internet settings with VPN and listen to NFL games on the radio and whatnot.

    The Shepherd

    December 13, 2016 at 1:43 am

    • “As Lion mentioned, it will be shut down eventually, as it makes it more difficult for governments to track users.”

      Public WiFI hot spots makes it more difficult to track users. Many people that use the internet for illegal activity use it on public WiFi so they are difficult to trace.

      I could easily see the government requiring VPNs to keep records, but very unlikely they will be shut down.

      mikeca

      December 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm

  15. VPN’s are very useful for getting around any security issues like criminals, internal corporate networks, or generally keeping snoops away from your system.

    A VPN will not protect you from law enforcement because you have login credentials that connect you to your activity. Granted, it’s more secure compared to the internet in general, but caution is still necessary.

    It may not provide protection from an intelligence agency because they may either operate their own nodes on TOR and the Dark Web or they may have compromised existing VPN providers. Of course, this may not be a concern, since most intelligence information is not admissible in ordinary criminal proceedings.

    Keep in mind how this works. The idea behind TOR and VPN’s is to bounce your packet data around enough nodes so that your originating ip address is kicked off of the transport headers. IP routing is normally designed to pick the fastest route, usually around 16 hops or less. Transport headers are contained in every system and you can route them back to the original sender. By increasing the number of hops beyond 16, the earliest data, like your originating ip address, is removed from the transport headers. The result may be that the originating ip address is another node in the network instead of your computer.

    It’s easy to see how this can be compromised.

    map

    December 13, 2016 at 3:13 am

  16. The closest I’m ever going to get to doing any of these things is watching “Mr. Robot.”

    peterike

    December 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    • I’m still using a $25/mo unlimited talk & text flip-phone. Oh, but this comment was typed on a 3-year old $170 Acer Chromebook.

      E. Rekshun

      December 13, 2016 at 11:25 am

  17. I’ve figured out #pizzagate.

    It’s a sad, pathetic attempt to register opposition to the near total gayification of US society. The gayification (what the fusty late Larry Auster used to call “homosexualization”) is a face.

    Last June, every promo email I got from Macy’s celebrated gay pride month. Chase ATM’s celebrated gay pride month. Oh wait, it’s LGBT pride month.

    I clicked on a travel website and there was a pop up banner advertising “LBGT travel.” And so on.

    The 2nd Obama Administration was Peak Gay. Except it’s not peak, it will keep going on.

    And the only answer is pathetic #pizzagate.

    This will end badly. Or it won’t end at all.

    gothamette

    December 13, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    • Lion is talking about VPN to distract us all from the Russian email hacking.

      The Philosopher

      December 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      • I know. But I had to give you my genius insights.

        No one here pays attention to MSM news. So I will report that it is Aleppo Aleppo Aleppo.

        gothamette

        December 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    • “Except it’s not peak, it will keep going on”

      We are only just starting the ascent. We are at Base Camp.

      prolier than thou

      December 14, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      • Where do you think it will end? Normalizing pederasty?

        I really don’t think that gay marriage has been normalized. People just go along with the program because, what else are they going to do?

        gothamette

        December 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  18. PIA has gotten too popular, and many sites will refuse or impede signups/comments from PIA-owned netblocks due to abusive conduct by other PIA users. For instance try editing a Wikipedia page, commenting on Disqus, or signing up for Twitter from a PIA address. At best it triggers mandatory phone verification, at worst you’re blocked entirely.

    Also, some of the PIA hosts send your queries through OpenDNS, even if you explicitly override your DNS addresses. This results in content blocking of sites like archive.is.

    Raped by Tony Podesta

    December 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  19. Saw your puzden tweet. Puzden is the cuckold’s cuckold. This time I’m not joking. Puzden has repeatedly called for open borders and abolishing the minimum wage. You would have to be straining really hard to identify anything remotely on the Trump platform of trade, immigration and foreign policy this man does not abhor. Why are you covering his ass? We need to shiv the cucks, not entertain them and give them covering fire to distract Trump. If Trump comes out with a Medicare repeal bill and HB1 Visa increases, this is the type of stuff you’ll regret.

    The Philosopher

    December 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    • Relax. Stephen Miller has gotten a promotion. Steve Bannon is still there. Al this detracts from the attention given to Bannon. Kanye visited. Jim Brown visited. Everyone is making a pilgrimage to Trump tower. Tilleson is SecState….

      …The point is, they are all working for God Emperor Trump now. Trump has them on his team to control them.

      As long as he delivers on immigration, all is well. And all these cucks have consented to work for a man who is going to crack down on immigration. What does that say about them, and their true attitudes? Don’t they have any principles?

      Of course, all is not forgiven if Trump cucks out on immigration.

      gothamette

      December 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      • That’s a fair interpretation.

        The Philosopher

        December 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      • Steve Bannon is still there.

        Here’s a speech by him that gives you some insight into his Goldman Sachs yet pro America mindset.

        Tilleson is SecState….

        Not quite yet. Remember the Republican scum have not given up.

        Paul Ryan is still an open borders La Raza activist.

        Hysterical queen Lindsey Graham is still running his Russophobic, pro war agenda.

        Lil Marco is still waiting to prove himself to the war party.

        And Insane John McCain is still gritting his teeth with Putinphobia!

        The goofy old leftwing losers – Liz Warren, Bernie, Pelosi are still out there but for Trump the bigger problem is going to be the same old sinister GOPe, The Bush clan, the Sell Out America Firsters etc.

        The left can hate and demonize “White male conservatives” all they want but many of those types are actually allied with the left AGAINST Trump.

        Bannon, Conway and others need to get more black, Asian and Hispanic MEN on the team as voters and supporters.

        The woman are, meh, the White boy liberal/left, useless, the White boy right obstructionist.

        Rifleman

        December 14, 2016 at 3:47 am

      • Good article map, but correct me if I’m wrong…Puzden is for illegal immigrant labour, so why would he bin the equality masquerade?

        The Philosopher

        December 14, 2016 at 8:30 am

      • The point is, they are all working for God Emperor Trump now. Trump has them on his team to control them.

        Check out Trump “Alphamaling” Paul Ryan here:

        LOL. Paul Ryan is like the new Jeb now!

        This is something Ann Coulter doesn’t get. She’s used to being an outsider just writing hit pieces. Trump actually has to get things done in a real world. He can’t go 24/7 smashing his enemies.

        He has to draw them in, build rapport, trap them into contracts where they do what he expects of them.

        It’s going to be fun to watch.

        Rifleman

        December 14, 2016 at 9:42 am

      • @Rifleman,

        Re Coulter, it’s surprising that as the one sister in a family of boys, Coulter doesn’t understand the ethos of team building.

        Future historians will study Trump’s campaign playbook, and his unique style of team-building, which mixes private scheming with public grandstanding brilliantly. And the mix of personalities. Tillerson seems to be the nominee. I think he’s a genius choice. The CEO of the world’s biggest energy company IS a diplomat. Plus, i t triggers the left.

        Here is some fun reading from Salon:

        https://www.salon.com/2015/06/29/ann_coulter_has_fallen_from_grace_%E2%80%94%C2%A0and_the_reason_why_is_actually_terrifying/

        I hate the left. Oscar hates his trucons, I hate the left. How I would love to get a leftist on the ground and shove a lefty face into a puddle of wet

        gothamette

        December 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

      • puddle of wet mud.

        gothamette

        December 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

      • Re Coulter, it’s surprising that as the one sister in a family of boys, Coulter doesn’t understand the ethos of team building.

        She’s suffering from PTSD. You have to understand the amount of both disappointment and public hatred she has to deal with.

        At this point the poor woman just has a tough time with any good news. LOL.

        She can’t relate to it.

        I hate the left. Oscar hates his trucons,

        Otis, sometimes William.

        Rifleman

        December 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      • Otis, William, whatever. For some reason, maybe he’s joking, he hates the trucons. I don’t. I hate the left. I hate the left almost as much as David Horowitz does. He probably hates them more, because he was a leftist, while I was just a kid and watched leftist crimes. He took part in them. But we both hate the left.

        Anyway, as far as the cabinet picks are concerned, I don’t think it’s healthy to obsess about stuff I can’t control. It’s not my cabinet, but um, I only ran in my mind. (LOL.) Trump ran his ass off. He gets to pick who is on his team, amirite? So I think he’s doing a great job. Tillerson has shocked everyone. I like the shock value.

        It’s interesting the way he deals with black men. James Brown “fell in love” with Trump. He doesn’t treat them like poor little babies in need of a handout. I think in Trump’s dreams he’d love to put all these unemployed black men to work on Trump’s New Deal Pork Barrel infrastructure super duper public works programs. Maybe he can do that, I don’t know.

        We need to register half of those 47 million unregistered white voters, and shove all of this in a nice big bundle up Trevor Noah’s anus.

        gothamette

        December 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      • Good article map, but correct me if I’m wrong…Puzden is for illegal immigrant labour, so why would he bin the equality masquerade?

        The Philosopher

        December 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

      • Puzden was for illegal immigrant labor when he was CEO of a company that benefited from it. You are making the mistake of liberal Trump-haters, confusing his job as CEO with his own personal opinions. As a member of the Trump team, he will not work in the interests of American citizens and work to restrict immigration, just as he previously worked for the interests of shareholders.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 14, 2016 at 9:09 am

      • He’ll work for the fast food industry that he was president of. He’s a cuck. Point and laugh to discourage their limp wristed tomfoolery.

        The Philosopher

        December 14, 2016 at 10:57 am

      • ….he will not work in the interests of American citizens and work to restrict immigration

        LOL. He will NOW work….

        He was vetted, told what was expected of him and he agreed. Simple.

        Does anybody think Donald Trump will have trouble publicly firing ANYBODY who doesn’t do what is expected of him?

        Rifleman

        December 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

  20. So with VPN I can watch all the porn I want and nobody will ever know?

    Vincent

    December 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm

  21. Stephen Miller gets his job:

    IHTG

    December 13, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    • JUST IN: Trump taps Stephen Miller to run White House policy shop

      Influential Jews restricting immigration: Doing the job gentiles won’t do.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      December 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      • Agree. All Jews need to step up and work for immigration restriction. If a gentile does it the gentiles are accused of anti semetism!

        wencil@mailinator.com

        December 13, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      • If a gentile does it the gentiles are accused of anti semetism!

        Not really. They’re accused of xenophobia by elite gentiles, but usually not antisemitism.

        I do agree that it’s time the gentiles start doing their part to act in Jewish ethnic interests by restricting immigration instead of pushing for open borders on disproportionately Jewish urban areas.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        December 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      • “I do agree that it’s time the gentiles start doing their part to act in Jewish ethnic interests by restricting immigration instead of pushing for open borders on disproportionately Jewish urban areas.”

        Oh but they can’t do that. The poor gentiles are under the big greasy Jewish cultural Marxist capitalist thumb, quivering and quaking.

        gothamette

        December 13, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      • You don’t think jews and gentiles share a common interest? Interesting.

        destructure

        December 14, 2016 at 12:14 am

      • Yes he does. He’s pointing out it takes a Jew to finally restrict immigration because the gentiles previously running things were SJWs.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 14, 2016 at 9:05 am

      • I agree that Jewish people need to step up on calls to restrict legal immigration. Trump is literally being called the next Hitler for wanting to build a wall. The ironic thing is that Trump would probably be treated more fairly by the media if he were more vocal about the need to reduce all immigration, legal and illegal, rather than singling out Mexicans with his repeated call to build a wall. If he said we needed to restrict everybody and not single any groups out, the media might actually have compassion for his argument. He made it much harder than it had to be. You don’t have to muscle your way through. There was this winning argument that Americans were waiting for, right there, and he wouldn’t fully make use of it.

        Dave

        December 14, 2016 at 7:06 am

      • Miller’s got one card in his hand, the liberals can’t call him a Nazi, though, they can still call him a racist and islamophobe.

        Daniel

        December 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      • Oh but they can’t do that. The poor gentiles are under the big greasy Jewish cultural Marxist capitalist thumb, quivering and quaking.

        The big greasy Jewish thumb is in control of the Trump administration.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        December 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      • You don’t think jews and gentiles share a common interest? Interesting.

        Their interests are the same, it’s just Jewish interests are more immediate because urban America has borne the brunt of demographic transformation far earlier than the heartland has.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        December 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

  22. I discuss replacing the F-35 with a multirole version of the F-23 prototype that lost out to the F-22 in the Airfoce competition for Advanced Tactical Fighter in the 1990s:

    https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/replace-the-f-35-with-a-multi-role-version-of-the-f-23/

    The Undiscovered Jew

    December 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

  23. gothamette

    December 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Sounds like good news:

    –(CNN) — The Syrian government has established control over eastern Aleppo, Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.—

    Vincent

    December 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm

  24. OT – the Triumph of HBD continues. HBD aware Jewish boy from Santa Monica was just named the head of all policymaking in the Trump Admin http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/stephen-miller-donald-trump-2016-policy-adviser-jeff-sessions-213992

    wencil@mailinator.com

    December 13, 2016 at 8:49 pm

  25. And more OT:

    “Norwegian police reportedly began their investigation after a tip-off from the FBI.”

    From this paper: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-paedophile-ring-police-arrest-51-men-a7432441.html

    I didn’t know the FBI operated in Norway…

    Vincent

    December 13, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    • It doesn’t but I think all these security apparatii give each other intel. Sometimes the intel is accurate.

      gothamette

      December 13, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      • So I’m guessing the NBI (Norwegian Bureau of Investigation) is here operating in the US. Fascinating. I wonder if they’re investigating any pedophilia here.

        Vincent

        December 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    • Well that’s just silly, the FBI is a domestic law enforcement agency, yes? and for them to come across evidence would have been the result of a domestic investigation, yes? but everybody knows that it is simply ridiculous to believe that perverts group together and how ridiculous is it that a Norwegian pervert would have some sort of contact with an American pervert? What is this, some sort of Conspiracy? This is all nonsense, clearly this is Trump trying to discredit the FBI after slandering the saintly CIA, if I wasn’t surrounded by mexicans (less today though) I would no longer support Trump.

      2 Minutes Alpha

      December 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm

  26. Rifleman, I like this guy already:

    “The Russian Federation was the only country that was against the resolution: Churkin issued a veto on his country’s behalf at the UN Security Council on the 8 July 2015.[15] Numerous countries condemned Russia’s negative vote at the UN. US representative Samantha Power compared deniers of genocide at Srebrenica to Holocaust deniers and said: “So long as the truth is denied, there can be no meaningful reconciliation.”[16] Amnesty International condemned the negative vote as well.”

    Vincent

    December 14, 2016 at 11:12 am

  27. OK This is very helpful – i signed up for pia vpn and pay them $40 a year i now need to install on a chromebook and can not get it to work – anyone get it working on a chromebook and want to help me – i followed the instructions but not working

    wencil

    December 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm


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