How to deal with time zone difference while using VPN?

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  1. zmechys

    zmechys Registered Member

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    When I use a/any VPN, there is one thing that gives you away - it's the browser's/computer's time zone and the VPN's server's location time zone.
    If you are in Chicago and using some Los Angeles VPN server, any "check my ip" apps or software can easily tell you that you are not from Los Angeles due to the time zone difference.
    How to resolve that issue while using a/any VPN?
     
  2. mirimir

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    I always use UTC.
     
  3. VecchioScarpone

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    As long as the snooper cannot get hold of my Ip what good is to the snooper to know that I am in Chicago and not in LA?
    Can the snooper extrapolate my Ip from the time zone of my browser, though when using VPN my own Ip is not showing on IpLeak site ?
     
  4. mirimir

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    It's true that time zone doesn't reveal a lot. But at least, I'd make sure that it's not your actual time zone.
     
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    @mirimir
    Don't mind me asking, how do I change my actual time zone without affecting my computer clocks, calendar etc?
    Thanks.
     
  6. zmechys

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    The easiest way to "adjust" the computer clock is to manually change it to the VPN's server time zone you are going to use.

    P.S. How to get around the following message?

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  7. mirimir

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    That's the downside of changing local time zone. But really, using VPNs in the same machine that you use without VPNs is iffy. Especially if you're also using other personas. I use VPNs in VMs, and changing time zone in a VM doesn't affect other stuff.
     
  8. imdb

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    spot-on :thumb:

    no further discussion necessary,because that is the one and only safe & convenient way to do it.
     
  9. zmechys

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    I would not say, "That's the one and only..." about anything in our fast-moving/fast-developing computerized world.

    In short.
    I would be more than happy to pay for that kind of app/software.
     
  10. imdb

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    @zmechys

    my bad,add "for now" to the end of that statement please.

    as for the kind of app you'd be more than happy to pay for,i think you should make a request to your vpn service provider for that.maybe they can implement that with their latest client sw, no?
     
  11. imdb

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    if you're not stateside,buy a smartdns subscription.vpn ip blocks are blacklisted regularly.
     
  12. mirimir

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    It's really easy. Install VirtualBox. Create a Debian VM. Install your VPN client in said Debian VM.

    There are tons of guides for doing that. You can use this one of mine -- https://www.ivpn.net/privacy-guides/advanced-privacy-and-anonymity-part-2 -- and ignore the step of installing a VPN on the host machine. It's somewhat dated, but the basics haven't changed.
     
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    Thank you.
    As always, a lot of solid information about VPN's from mirimir.
    Thank you.
     
  14. VecchioScarpone

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    Thanks.
     
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    Ah, the multi-hop configuration answer to everything. Me too! TOR seems to work slick on UTC as well. I even set my host to UTC but then I don't use my host for any workspace. VM's and UTC handles it all!
     
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    Just curious. . . anyone know of Firefox add-on that can easily change/spoof your system time zone?
     
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