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I recently got access to both an SSH and OpenVPN. I was hoping someone could tell me which of these is better.
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I prefer SSH, Secure access, easy, simple. lol.

I use bitvise tunnelier to connect to my SSH.

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Thanks for the answer. Bump for more.
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That's a vague question as they're different tools which can be used in different ways.

VPN is for bridging two networks; usually over a WAN (internet). People often use this as a form of proxy but really that's more a side effect of VPN than it's main point.

Where as SSH is basically telnet on steroids. It allows you to port forward, mount remote file systems (sshfs), transfer / sync files (SFTP, scp, rsync), remote desktop (X11 forwarding) and, obviously, open remote shells (like telnet did).

If I had to pick between the two then personally I much prefer SSH because it's like a Swiss Army Knife. But it really depends on what you're doing. If you're after a way to log into a corporate network, then it should be VPN. If you're after a way to log into your Linux VPS, then you're probably better off with SSH.

What are you looking to do?
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That's a vague question as they're different tools which can be used in different ways.

VPN is for bridging two networks; usually over a WAN (internet). People often use this as a form of proxy but really that's more a side effect of VPN than it's main point.

Where as SSH is basically telnet on steroids. It allows you to port forward, mount remote file systems (sshfs), transfer / sync files (SFTP, scp, rsync), remote desktop (X11 forwarding) and, obviously, open remote shells (like telnet did).

If I had to pick between the two then personally I much prefer SSH because it's like a Swiss Army Knife. But it really depends on what you're doing. If you're after a way to log into a corporate network, then it should be VPN. If you're after a way to log into your Linux VPS, then you're probably better off with SSH.

What are you looking to do?

I'm basically just trying to be anonymous while doing things on the internet. Is one better than the other for this?
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I'm basically just trying to be anonymous while doing things on the internet. Is one better than the other for this?

VPN is like a bubble, the only people that can see you is people in that bubble

SSH is a direct secure connection from point A. to point B.
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I'm basically just trying to be anonymous while doing things on the internet. Is one better than the other for this?

Neither will be any more anonymous than the server you're connecting to
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I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say this here, its kinda skimming the edge, but I think what your looking for is a way to bounce your IP off of multiple hosts, this would be able to technically mask yourself and keep your "anonymity" but don't think its really quite legal without the consent of your hosts you are bouncing off of.

Say I have a array that connects to point A to point F to point B to point C to point D to point G to Point Final. They could technically trace it back to point A, but that would take an excruciating amount of time or maybe just 2 minutes, but that should be plenty of time to ghost and slip under the radar before your hand-off is even complete.

In theory, that's sorta how some torrent clients work, and also TOR toolkit and browser.

In my eyes, this is the only way you can ever seek to be anonymous.

Won't be good as a jewel thief if you leave a trail to trace back to you, but instead lead them off your trail.
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I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say this here, its kinda skimming the edge, but I think what your looking for is a way to bounce your IP off of multiple hosts, this would be able to technically mask yourself and keep your "anonymity" but don't think its really quite legal without the consent of your hosts you are bouncing off of.

Say I have a array that connects to point A to point F to point B to point C to point D to point G to Point Final. They could technically trace it back to point A, but that would take an excruciating amount of time or maybe just 2 minutes, but that should be plenty of time to ghost and slip under the radar before your hand-off is even complete.

In theory, that's sorta how some torrent clients work, and also TOR toolkit and browser.

In my eyes, this is the only way you can ever seek to be anonymous.

Won't be good as a jewel thief if you leave a trail to trace back to you, but instead lead them off your trail.
Torrent clients are incredibly easy to work as you're broadcasting your IP to any and all users on the same tracker; and Tor is somewhere between SSH tunnelling and BT.

@OP

It can be very easy to trace an IP past proxies depending on the host. US laws dictate that a minimum level of logging that servers have to record, which means that using a US server for a proxy (be that via SSH tunnelling or VPN) can still be traced back if any courts / police demand to see the logs. Also the server itself can be traced to it's owner, so you better have permission from the person who pays those bills wink.gif

There isn't such thing as true anonymity online. All you can do is slow down the tracing. But if you're after true anonymity then I have to question what it is you're doing that's making you so paranoid.

If you're just trying to by pass things like Google tracking, then there's easy ways to stay anonymous from those services without having to resort to proxies.
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