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 https://schub.io/blog/2019/04/08/very-precarious-narrative.html
@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.
@ben yes! this is extremely useful.
@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.
@MissionControl it is long, but i don’t regret reading it!
@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.
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