Does VPN/OpenVPN really 'capture' 3rd party applications?

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by 80B2vkI, Feb 3, 2008.

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  1. 80B2vkI

    80B2vkI Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I've recently tried a couple VPN anonymity services based on OpenVPN (goldens.com / netherlands, and VPNtunnel / UK). Stated privacy policies are clear and reasonable in both cases.

    But...I've just installed the excellent Online Armor2 with HIPS which has raised some questions: I see OpenVPN using ports 1194 and 4899, both UDP. However, other applications are making incoming AND outgoing TCP/UDP connections on a number of other ports. These include IDMan (internet download manager 5.12, full), Windows Media Player (9 and 11), and DivX, as well as my malware/antivirus apps.

    I confess my ignorance about VPNs, OpenVPN, and most other computer security and privacy issues. I've looked at the OpenVPN site and wiki pages and remain ignorant. My questions are:

    1) Are these applications really being routed through the VPN service, inbound and outbound?

    2) When I download or use these applications, do they identify my IP as the download or user destination, or the VPN service?

    3) Is there anything specific to these issues I should do to improve my online security and privacy?

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. SteveTX

    SteveTX Registered Member

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    1. Yes

    2. Your external IP, the one the VPN service gives you. However, Flash, Java, etc. can be employed to discover your internal network IP address, but I do not yet think the attacks are sophisticated enough to determine your true external IP yet.

    3. You can use xB VPN, which is a portable version of OpenVPN. You can take your VPN settings with you. I have discovered a vulnerability in OpenVPN GUI for Windows, so we are writing a new opensource GUI from scratch for OVPN.
     
  3. MikeNAS

    MikeNAS Registered Member

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    Where I can download that xB VPN?
     
  4. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Registered Member

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    go to xerobank.com, pay 35 dollars a month and then you can download the vpn software :rolleyes:
     
  5. SteveTX

    SteveTX Registered Member

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    You can download the latest beta here, and hook it up to any OpenVPN service.
     
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