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When using a VPN , can my ISP see what websites I visit ?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by Laptopaddict, Sep 6, 2009.

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  1. Laptopaddict

    Laptopaddict Notebook Deity

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    If so, what can I do about this ?
     
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    kegobeer 1 hr late but moving fast

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    How much do you know/understand about VPNs? Do you have a lot of experience, or do you have little or no experience with them? Have you done any reading about how a VPN works, and what you need to utilize a VPN?
     
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    Damnit , I ask the questions here :)

    No seriously, I just know that a VPN creates a encrypted tunnel...
     
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    Bumping this thread
     
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    If you have "use remote gateway" enabled, use your own DNS and are using an encrypted protocol then no they have no idea what you are visiting.
     
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    That sounds like chinese to me ...:) Can you elaborate a bit ?
     
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    If technical jargon sounds like greek to you I will give you a free program link to how you can hide surfing from your ISP. Keep in mind that hiding your surfing habits stretches much deeper than just using some proxy and/or encrypted protocol.

    http://www.the-cloak.com/

    To answer your question however, yes it is possible for your ISP to know which websites were visited. Some evil-doers are aware of being between parties and use packet sniffers to try analyzing all kinds of information. An example of such a packet sniffer is WireShark ( http://www.wireshark.org/ ).

    If you are ever curious to know how many servers your data jumps through you can use a program on Windows called tracert ( http://kb.iu.edu/data/aihy.html ). Anyone of those hop's could be an eavesdropper so just be cautious. I wish you the best of luck and happy surfing.
     
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    So whem using a VPN , my ISP won't see the websites I visit...
     
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