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AxelWolf
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May 13th, 2022 at 2:26:04 AM permalink
Quote: BleedingChipsSlowly

Excellent VPN service can be used on your cell phone and computer for less than US$3/month. Assuming your DNS lookups are done over the VPN connection (very important), the WiFi or Ethernet provider has limited information about your activity. They know when and for how long you connected to VPN service, plus the volume of data sent and received. They do not know which sites you visited. The data is encrypted. They might guess correctly, based on the data transfer rate, that you are streaming video. The will not know whether you are visiting a naughty site, watching a Game of Thrones episode, or viewing a sporting event. Cheap peace of mind. Especially if your are working with your finances on a public service.
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Hotel Wifi oftentimes feels like you're on a dial-up connection.... and now you want someone to add a VPN to that?

People should just use their phones as a hot-spot, assuming you get fair service in the room.
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Dieter
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May 13th, 2022 at 3:29:00 AM permalink
Quote: BleedingChipsSlowly

The will not know whether you are visiting a naughty site, watching a Game of Thrones episode, or viewing a sporting event.
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... or are remotely accessing your corporate intranet to mitigate some petty crisis that is disrupting your vacation, although that doesn't usually go through CyberSud Discount Privacy Pty LTD VPN.
May the cards fall in your favor.
BillHasRetired
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May 14th, 2022 at 9:03:44 AM permalink
Like every damned vacation I took in the last fifteen years I worked for the company.

Once they offered hotspots, I was on one like a flash. A few years before retirement, the company instituted "work from home" one night a week. Everyone fought for Friday, nobody wanted Monday. I took Mondays.

By then, my ratings were to the point where I had a free room 10 months out of 12, every night of the week. I'd begin "working from casino", where I'd gamble Sunday night, crash, get up Monday five minuted before the start of work, and log in. Check out was noon, so I'd do that, stash the overnight bag, then hang out in the elevator lobby on one of the floors. Had a window with a view, a wall outlet, some nice comfy chairs, and a table. Sure, people came by, but nobody ever hassled me, some of then smiled and gave me a thumbs up. At quitting time I'd play for a few hours, then head back home. Tuesday was back in the office and no fun.
BleedingChipsSlowly
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May 14th, 2022 at 9:31:05 AM permalink
Quote: BillHasRetired

Like every damned vacation I took in the last fifteen years I worked for the company.

Once they offered hotspots, I was on one like a flash. A few years before retirement, the company instituted "work from home" one night a week. Everyone fought for Friday, nobody wanted Monday. I took Mondays.

By then, my ratings were to the point where I had a free room 10 months out of 12, every night of the week. I'd begin "working from casino", where I'd gamble Sunday night, crash, get up Monday five minuted before the start of work, and log in. Check out was noon, so I'd do that, stash the overnight bag, then hang out in the elevator lobby on one of the floors. Had a window with a view, a wall outlet, some nice comfy chairs, and a table. Sure, people came by, but nobody ever hassled me, some of then smiled and gave me a thumbs up. At quitting time I'd play for a few hours, then head back home. Tuesday was back in the office and no fun.
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Many employers now track where you are connecting from when working remotely. Using a VPN, my location is always New York City as far as anyplace I connect with can tell. I could work from a café in Estonia and my IP address would appear as located in NYC. That said, I have not used that tactic; it is not worth risking my job. There is always a chance a coworker on vacation will spot you.
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Dieter
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May 14th, 2022 at 9:31:47 AM permalink
Quote: BillHasRetired

Like every damned vacation I took in the last fifteen years I worked for the company.

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I was typing how great it is to not get tech support calls while on time-off anymore when I got interrupted by a tech support call while on time-off.

I am not in a tech support role.
Fortunately, it was quick.
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BillHasRetired
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May 14th, 2022 at 6:14:49 PM permalink
Quote: BleedingChipsSlowly

<snip> I have not used that tactic; it is not worth risking my job. There is always a chance a coworker on vacation will spot you.
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From 8am until noon checkout, I was in my room. From noon until quitting time, I was on (example) the elevator lobby of floor 17 of Bayside Tower. Since it was afternoon, everyone who was going to checkout was already gone, and since checkin wasn't until 1600, I was relatively safe from new, incoming folks. Everyone else was down in the casino or out and about. If I saw five people in the afternoon, that was crowded.

I didn't start doing this in earnest until after I had made the minimums in retirement, plus, I always told my supervisor what was going on. He remains a cool guy, and we keep in touch.

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