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How to connect safely to the internet (VPNs with firewall)

Surfing with a normal internet connection e.g. via DSL exposes one's IP-address (via which a computer can be scanned for security weaknesses, by third parties). There are two ways to hide it: (1) Using proxy-servers/tools like Tor, and (2) virtual private networks (VPNs) which usually offer encryption for all data transmitted. In case of (1) some plugins (Adobe Flash) nevertheless will connect to the internet with the real IP, so a VPN is necessary. Since both ways circumvent the DSL-router's firewall and offer unfiltered internet, many users will want a VPN with software firewall, additionally to the one of their operating system. This entry below lists all services I could find, which have this feature.

List, in alphabetical order (visit the provider for details, check yourself [list provided without warranty], esp. additional factors like legislation/privacy policy, etc.):

PS: If you know more or how to improve this, please send me a message and I'll add them. Thanks to all who replied! :)
The intro of course is trivial/written for newbies. The motivation for this entry was that many of my friends in human rights activism disclose their IP address, without knowing, so I wanted to make it easier for them to find useful services; and to avoid long explanations on my website. I guess most people aren't interested in technical details, and rather just want to know that the VPN has this feature.
If you liked this - here's a link to an earlier entry (how to setup a home computer, safely).


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