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great news!! the 2nd one was a flop (movie anyways - the book was amazing), but they recovered fairly well with the 3rd - i\'m surprised it took so long to make another

Anyone use Hola?

at 9:28 - 30th, May 2015
This is very interesting if you didn't know about it. Have you ever heard of Hola? It's a browser extension which acts as a simple VPN to fool websites into believing you are actually in a different country than where you are. It's free and works pretty darn seamlessly. But here's the thing, they don't have dedicated servers all over the world, they probably have just one which connects people to the computers in the country they want to connect to. So lets say you want to connect to a site from Germany, turn on Hola and choose Germany and it will do the work for you, the issue is, and this is something that most people don't realize, the computer you're connecting to is just some random users computer in Germany. So now, if you're in Canada and have Hola open and I want to surf a website from Canada, my mac with hola will connect to your computer and surf using your bandwidth.

Oh, it get's worse. The connection is not secure, can and more than likely is monitored and the worst part is Hola can even sell your bandwidth to paying corporations. Hola basically has the largest known and admitted to having the largest botnet in the fucking world.

Luckily I'm in St. Kitts where no one wants to surf from, so no one uses my bandwidth, but I keep hola turned off all the time if I'm not using it anyways.

This is all stated in their terms of use, they don't even deny it.

“When a user installs Hola, he becomes a VPN endpoint, and other users of the Hola network may exit through his internet connection and take on his IP. This is what makes it free: Hola does not pay for the bandwidth that its VPN uses at all, and there is no user opt out for this,” Brennan says.


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Tay Tay
News comment 1 | User comment 32 | 9:42 - 30th, May 2015

I just read about this, it makes sense. Still crazy though.

andrew andrew
News comment 2 | User comment 1354 | 13:06 - 30th, May 2015

The usual motto stands. Don't trust anything that's free.

Even using your credit card to get around Netflix limitations while being connected to this is risky. Especially since you are sharing your connection & god knows what other people could be tunneling through your ISP. *inserts chris hansen picture*

I use NordVPN, couple bucks a month. Totally worth it - especially since Harper in Canada tightened the ISP rules in terms of torrents. It's even worse in the US.

It's also pretty fun to connect through random countries & see google update itself.

Alex Alex
News comment 3 | User comment 4946 | 15:43 - 30th, May 2015

what do you mean about google?

And I mentioned to eric about the law changes in Canada and he wasn't moved by it yet. I think you previously weren't that intimidated by it either Andy.

andrew andrew
News comment 4 | User comment 1354 | 17:19 - 30th, May 2015

Well like if i VPN to South Africa, then when i load google it brings me to .. Doesny really change anything other than being neat.

I know about the rule changes & how they dont have any real impact. Honestly, i just dont want to think about it - 3-4 bucks a month is worth it IMO for peace of mind lol

Alex Alex
News comment 5 | User comment 4946 | 21:47 - 30th, May 2015

As far as I know google has changed a lot more too, it will bring up results more geared towards your region and even surfing habits. I just wonder if it looks your cookies and browsing history or if it can find some way to check your isp's network traffic to fill results.

js js
News comment 6 | User comment 1050 | 22:32 - 30th, May 2015

Read about this online, luckily i don't use the service. One guy apparently used that botnet to launch a DOS attack on 8chan. I just change my PS3's dns settings to access US netflix. That's pretty much all i use it for these days.

andrew andrew
News comment 7 | User comment 1354 | 12:03 - 31st, May 2015

mix of the two, google will look at your cookies (mmm cookies) but also take your location information... jerks

it's like when you go on youtube sans-adblock in quebec in porn/cheap flight mode. all the ads will be in french.. bastards! THEY KNOW

Alex Alex
News comment 8 | User comment 4946 | 12:08 - 1st, Jun 2015

you use chrome or firefox?

andrew andrew
News comment 9 | User comment 1354 | 20:22 - 1st, Jun 2015

I've been mostly on Chrome these days. Still use Firefox fairly often though. No IE, and definitely not Safari! lol

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