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I have been considering signing up for one of those seedy VPN services like cyberghost. But I am concerned it is actually a front for some interested parties who want to spy on my connection, and not a true anonymous VPN at all. But the exact opposite. Something set up to see what I'd do if I thought i was anonymous.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Is Cyberghost a legit anonymous VPN?
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I wouldn't pump anything worthwhile or valuable through an unknown third party entity..
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Unless that third party happens.. never mind.

Legit or not, I wouldn't use them. Call me paranoid.
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I use Hotspot Shield. Its pretty good, but i have never used it for anything personal like banking. But i used it for facebook, msn, OCN, youtube, multi account voting on websites

My accounts are still safe, never been hyjacked. So if ya wanna give them ago, they have a nice light client that is configured through your browser. (Well, turn of, turn on. No need to configure anything. And it checks for updates).

Link -> http://hotspotshield.com/
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Trusting your data with any 3rd party is risky. It's just another link in the chain to break.

I use swissvpn, it's not free but it's something like 3 swiss franks a month. I have to use it because my ISPs throttle torrents. I was downloading a morrowind patch yesterday (1.7GB) at 2kb/s.

It also prevents clickjacking if you use a laptop in a cafe or anywhere. I don't do internet banking through it though.
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Make sure it has AES or SSL-based security (like LogMeIn or Team Viewer) and I don't see what the problem is. Are you a spy? Are you transferring large sums to and from Swiss bank accounts? Because if you said no to either of these, then I seriously doubt anyone is snooping on your connection anyway.
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Personally I would just use a VPS and tunnel your traffic over SSH.

1) You have an encrypted link between you and the VPS (prevents clickjacking, etc).
2) You run all of your data through a proxy (appears to be non-ISP IP).
3) You can run other crap on it (Ventrilo, web server, etc).

Also if you ever go to Canada or Europe and your VPS is in the states, you can watch Hulu
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Make sure it has AES or SSL-based security (like LogMeIn or Team Viewer) and I don't see what the problem is. Are you a spy? Are you transferring large sums to and from Swiss bank accounts? Because if you said no to either of these, then I seriously doubt anyone is snooping on your connection anyway.
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Not only Virgin media, BT and any company related to TalkTalk (Tiscali, AOL, Pipex, F2S) have their own thing like that going on.

Im on Tiscali and apparently all customers "Give consent" to this by default. You need to opt out by going through a maze of options and uncheck a box

But i thought encryption (AES / SSL) from my pc straight to the other end could not be like snooped on, even with these phorm, data monitoring systems :S
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