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So how did I get to New Jersey ?

With all of the crazy background activity on my internet, I have FINALLY decided to get a VPN.
I'm amazed that this is faster than going DIRECT ????

It has become important because I have much suspicious activity on the internet. I am dealing with Chinese manufacturers and at least one individual with "hacker" as his handle.

i HAVE THIS FOR at least 15 MONTHS.

I'll see after that if I want to keep it up.

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I work remotely (but in the same city) for a company that manages rentals and Condo/HOA Associations. The owner has significant holdings in rental complexes and Association Management (where I work) has over 60 Associations and 3,000+ doors.

Our server that I connect with to do my job is on a VPN. It's reasonably fast considering the number of users. We have an outside contractor who does IT for several companies and he takes good care of us in terms of service, updates and protection from the endless barrage of evil that is the Interwebz.

If you need one, get it. The people who are selling a chunk of space over time cannot afford to allow intrusions, that will mean loss of business. A chunk of your service cost will be spent on protection, as hacks begin to be effective new code is written to thwart it, that is not free.

We save considerable outgo by not having to own or lease business properties but some of that goes to keep us safe.


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Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
A chunk of your service cost will be spent on protection, as hacks begin to be effective new code is written to thwart it, that is not free.

I'm not sure I understand. Is this in addition to the cost of a VPN, or something that's included in a paid VPN package?

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Originally Posted by Anderton
Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
A chunk of your service cost will be spent on protection, as hacks begin to be effective new code is written to thwart it, that is not free.

I'm not sure I understand. Is this in addition to the cost of a VPN, or something that's included in a paid VPN package?

First of all, current Covid mandates in Washington state have engendered a remote "work from home" culture that may become the new normal. I hope so, I like it.

Lots of variables there. Where I work, some of us use cable for our internet access. That can be hacked but it's pretty rare. Others use WIFi, hacking that is a bit more common. Neither is really wide spread and it is the individual computer that would be the target so yes, you probably need to protect it yourself.

This is to say nothing of the fact that some workers will log out of the network and surf the internet on their own. At one point I was forced to do that, the VPN connection was not stable and I had some fairly urgent company business that needed immediate attention so I used the email account on my iPhone and the Appfolio account on the cloud but fully logged out of the VPN.
I'm a maintenance coordinator, we've had a wet season and leaks are NOW. The longer it takes to fix the leak the more damage and cost will be accrued.

In Techchristian's case, if he stays on the VPN all the time he should be fine. I would expect they'd have a fee that included them protecting all of their clients (and themselves!).

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Originally Posted by Anderton
Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
A chunk of your service cost will be spent on protection, as hacks begin to be effective new code is written to thwart it, that is not free.

I'm not sure I understand. Is this in addition to the cost of a VPN, or something that's included in a paid VPN package?

Re-reading the thread I see where you could ask that and what I meant was that "Part of what you pay for a VPN goes to the cost of proctection."

Nothing on the internet is totally unhackable.


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Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
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Nothing on the internet is totally unhackable.

True, but being a more difficult target will make you somewhat safer - depending of course on the reward the cracker (nefarious hacker) will get if he/she gets in.

It's the cost (time and effort) vs. gain (money and/or prestige).

If you are logging into your account at Starbucks without a VPN, you are a very easy target. On the other hand, if you are using a VPN and 20 other people in Starbucks are not, chances are the cracker will probably go for the low-hanging fruit. That is unless you drive up in your Rolls and look like you are worth a fortune.

If you are a huge corporation with the credit card credentials for a million customers, you probably aren't low-hanging fruit, but the extra time and effort to crack the system would be worth it in monetary gain.

There are multiple levels of security, and none of them are foolproof. However, each adds a bit of extra protection.

Smart surfing and e-mail habits are essential. This morning I got a very official e-mail that said I was close to exceeding my e-mail cap and I could click that link to free up space. The other day I got one about an unpaid invoice. And of course the well-worn-out "I have been watching you through your camera doing something embarrassing" e-mail. We all know that clicking one of these is the easiest way into your computer. But enough people do so that sending out zillions of them brings in a profit.

All the VPNs, Anti-Malware, and other devices won't help if you don't use your brain. But I think all of us here know all that.

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Notes, I agree with you 100%, in the end caution will serve us all well.
It was the following, quoted from the OP, that is concerning.

Originally Posted by techristian
and at least one individual with "hacker" as his handle.


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