Forum Thread: Are VPNs Useless?

Are VPNs useless? A friend told me that one could ping to the VPN's IP and reveal the IP underneath it. What does he mean by this? Is this preventable?

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Not true, VPN do work. Your friend doesn't know jack about vpns

Your friend is not an everyday script kiddie... He is of the advanced kind...

-Phoenix750

LMAO i agree with Phoenix750, your friend is a professional script kiddie, but hold on, just to clarify you, if the company or person you hacked wants to invest time and money on finding your real ip, they might be able, all they need is just a permission from the court and if your vpn company keep their logs! "i wish to you a good staying in prision".

My personal opinion is that vpn can become useless when they keep the logs and the company or server ip is in my country..my advice is before you buy a vpn read they terms of use and privacy policy

hacked by Mr_Nakup3nda

Agreed. Everything is possible when it comes to anonymity, really. If they really wanted to, they could even find you if you have a log-free VPN.

You can't make the tracking process impossible, you can only make it harder.

-Phoenix750

its not all about logs. Even if they save them, they might not give them away. E.G: Russia

No, they're not useless. Your friend doesn't know what they're talking about.

ghost_

For a moment it seemed believable, but it's not. There are multiple users using the the VPN server at a time. Through something like this is possible on tor and other Firefox inspired browsers.

-The Joker

Not true

VPNs now are hard to rely on because every service has a different security policy, the key is just finding one that suits your needs. That I would say is the only downside when it comes to using VPNs other than that they are very powerful but they are not for anonymity, they are for security.

They provide more security because you can bypass the VPN and find the real ip with enough skill.

How do you bypass a VPN?

It is not possible to find the underlying IP address just by "pinging the VPN". If the server used has some specific vulnerabilities it may be possible to perform HTTP Request smuggling, in which case your worst fear wouldn't be that they know your IP address...

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