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Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by Big Boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:24 am

I've been happily using Betternet Free VPN as an extension to Chrome ever since it was recommended on this Forum.

In the beginning I regularly checked my IP Address to ensure what it was doing was what I wanted it to do. As time moved on, I became complacent. It has been playing up recently, regularly dropping me out of the Internet. I've uninstalled/re-installed it several times in recent weeks. The downside is that it has stopped hiding my IP Address. I've confirmed this with a series of tests today.

I'm not saying this has happened to all Betternet users (things often seem to happen to just me), but I now realise that I've probably been downloading for a couple of weeks with my true identity on show to the world. :shock:

I'm now using the Hola VPN extension for Chrome, which is a little harder to use than Betternet, but a lot more flexible. Several tests, and all seems well.
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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by sateeb » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:28 am

Last couple of days having connection problems with TOT. Pretty sure I'm not using any proxy settings but I keep getting a proxy setting warning. Internet works fine if I use my mobile hotspot.
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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by Big Boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:45 am

I'd been having connectivity problems for a few weeks - in particular with this forum. I've had a few ding dongs with forum admin, but in the end they were right (they usually are :D ), the common denominator was Betternet. Switch it off, and everything was fine. Switch it on, and grind to a halt (although downloads continued at a rate of knots).

The upshot of it all is Betternet is toast, long live Hola (and check that it is working regularly - don't become complacent).
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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by HHTel » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:10 am

Question: Does anyone know of anybody being caught downloading or streaming movies etc using their real ISP? I've never heard of it happening in Thailand.

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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by Dannie Boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:20 am

HHTel wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:10 am
Question: Does anyone know of anybody being caught downloading or streaming movies etc using their real ISP? I've never heard of it happening in Thailand.
When I tried to download a programme using PirateBay it immediately gives a warning that your IP address is available to anybody to see and that in Thailand you run the risk of prosecution- probably loaded by one of the VPN companies!!

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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by Big Boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:25 am

HHTel wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:10 am
Question: Does anyone know of anybody being caught downloading or streaming movies etc using their real ISP? I've never heard of it happening in Thailand.
I don't, but I've heard of people receiving warnings from their ISP.
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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by HHTel » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:15 pm

The reason I ask is that I've downloaded over 1,000 movies without using a VPN and never had any warnings except on the download sites advertising various VPN's. I use a VPN to access blocked sites (The Daily Mail until recently) and to access 'catch-up' TV programs in the UK.

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Re: RE: Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by hhinner » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:36 pm

Big Boy wrote:
HHTel wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:10 am
Question: Does anyone know of anybody being caught downloading or streaming movies etc using their real ISP? I've never heard of it happening in Thailand.
I don't, but I've heard of people receiving warnings from their ISP.
In Thailand??

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Re: RE: Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by hhinner » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:38 pm


Dannie Boy wrote:
HHTel wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:10 am
Question: Does anyone know of anybody being caught downloading or streaming movies etc using their real ISP? I've never heard of it happening in Thailand.
When I tried to download a programme using PirateBay it immediately gives a warning that your IP address is available to anybody to see and that in Thailand you run the risk of prosecution- probably loaded by one of the VPN companies!!
I think that's an ad. Seen similar on several sites.

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Re: RE: Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by Big Boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:13 pm

hhinner wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:36 pm
Big Boy wrote:
HHTel wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:10 am
Question: Does anyone know of anybody being caught downloading or streaming movies etc using their real ISP? I've never heard of it happening in Thailand.
I don't, but I've heard of people receiving warnings from their ISP.
In Thailand??
Yes, a friend 'claims' to have received a message that he is being tracked. True or false, I don't know, but I'd rather not take the chance, whilst hiding is so easy.
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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by HHTel » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:34 pm

That often comes up. Usually an ad to buy 'switch off tracking' software. All the 'warnings' I'v seen are linked to buying something!

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Re: Warning for Betternet VPN Users

Post by Big Boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:43 pm

No, he claims to have been warned by his ISP - as I say, true or not, I don't know. However, it's no effort to install a freebie extension these days and be sure.
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