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  1. bgoodman4

    bgoodman4 Registered Member

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    The article linked to below is about how to get Internet service if your ISPs DNS server goes down. I found it interesting from this respect but even more interesting was the info available from checking into pages for services mentioned in the article. These were for Open NIC and Hotspot Shield. In addition the following statement was made in the article

    It sounds to me as if this is a way to get free Internet service since you can bypass your ISPs network,,,,,or am I misunderstanding something. Also, is using a service like Hotspot Shield a good idea? Are there any benefits or negatives that you would know of,,,,well, the supposed benefits are listed on their web site,,,,are they exaggerating or are they legit?

    The article the above came from can be found at

    http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/504377/how-to-stay-connected-when-internet-goes-down/
     
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    The DNS servers are just basically a directory service. When you type "www.google.com" into the address bar, your system calls up a DNS server to find the numeric (IP) address of the server so that it knows where to go. Your ISP generally hosts DNS servers, but you can use any available DNS servers that you want; many here use the Norton DNS servers which block known malware domains. This doesn't affect your service.

    The main benefits of a VPN are to anonomize your traffic and/or to provide a more secure connection when using a public hotspot (people sharing a public hotspot could potentially intercept your internet traffic).
     
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    bgoodman4 Registered Member

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    Understood, thanks for the info.
     
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