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#1 ReginaldJeeves

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:57 PM

Are software VPNs as good as hardware VPNs?

 

I ask because I'd like to use one for added security etc but with there being so many to choose from it is a difficult decision.

 

I am in the UK. I've looked at a tiny box VPN and it is inexpensive although there are ongoing costs with it which add up. 

 

I need some advice in laymans please. All I have ever had is avast and zonealarm so want to up my security but don't know which way to proceed.

 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:28 PM

In general, "hardware" VPNs are designed to fail closed: when the VPN connection goes down, your machine is no longer connected to the Internet.

While "software" VPNs often fail open: when the VPN connection goes down, your machine continues to be connected to the Internet, but not over the VPN.

 

So if you don't notice the VPN goes down, your traffic is no longer encrypted by the VPN.


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:41 AM

Hardware VPNs are considered more secure because the hardware device's sole function is to manage VPN connections.

Software-based VPNs often are forced to share a server with other applications and operating systems, which makes them more prone to attacks and less secure. For example, a server running other applications can become vulnerable due to bugs or exploits, especially if these applications 'listen in on' various TCP/UDP ports and accept connections from the Internet. In such cases, a hacker can use the application's weak points as an entry point and obtain direct access to the operating system, exposing the whole VPN infrastructure.



#4 ReginaldJeeves

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:33 PM

I'd therefore like to go with a Hardware VPN. Can anyone recommend one that works in the UK? I need one that will connect to my home PC and I can then disconnect it and use it via my phone when I am out so my mobile data is secure. 

Can anyone point me in the right direction for the hardware? Thank you so much for the replies 



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:05 AM

I'd therefore like to go with a Hardware VPN. Can anyone recommend one that works in the UK? I need one that will connect to my home PC and I can then disconnect it and use it via my phone when I am out so my mobile data is secure. 

Can anyone point me in the right direction for the hardware? Thank you so much for the replies 

I think you are looking for this. https://www.keezel.co/how-it-works.php

I'll share a detailed guide with you as well which'll help you decide better, have a look; http://www.tomsguide.com/us/keezel-portable-vpn,review-3412.html

Hope it helped.



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Posted 05 February 2017 - 05:21 AM

I have never used hardware VPN, but it must be better than software.






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