legitimately did not believe it could be done, but it appears that someone wrote a clear, substantive, accurate article about VPNs without fear-mongering or shitting on non-network-engineers

@alana I can think of one additional reason for VPNs:

If you're in some weird system where opening a connection is very slow but you can transmit data on an already-open connection reliably (such as an overloaded NAT), a VPN can be used to multiplex your many connections into one.

@alana This is good. Every time a video says "Your computer is broadcasting your IP address!!" I want to pull my hair out. A friend of mine got suckered into buying a three year NordVPN subscription by one of those.

@BestGirlGrace @alana

"your computer is broadcasting your IP address!!!"

"fuck yeah, it's doing what I told it to do, then"

@ben @BestGirlGrace “your computer and a remote server are communicating as intended for you to view a website!! LOCK THE DOORS!!”

@alana @BestGirlGrace

you can get a bunch of different addresses via

dig +short TXT

@alana Favouring this so I can come back to it later. Seems like an interesting read!

@alana me: turns on vpn facebook, google, birdsite, every privacy-invasive company, NSA, CIA: damn, she turned on a vpn. now that her information is being funneled through another server, there’s definitely no way we can grab it, we might as well give up.

@alana would like to add that when it comes to privacy all the mentioned valid use cases for those "VPN" services are covered by tor and they do it better.

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