Do I need a VPN’ is a question I have pondered for a long time and finally gave one a chance last night – Mozilla VPN. Cancelled it a couple hours later ‘n submitted a refund request for their “30-day money-back guarantee.”

I have HughesNet for my satellite ISP ‘n later discovered that the System Control Center wouldn’t connect to the server?! Weird, since it always works during storms ‘n such even when the main internet connection is down and no other web pages will load in the browser (System Control Center works in a browser). OK … maybe it’s just a ‘tHiNgIe’ with satellite connections and/or just something that happens with VPN whilst it masks/hides your IP address.

Can I run a VPN over my HughesNet system?

A VPN will work with HughesNet. However, using a VPN connection that encrypts data interferes with your modem’s ability to compensate for delay. You may see overall speed reduced by 50-70%, depending on the type of VPN you are using. After your session, disabling your VPN client will restore your connection to full speed

Time-sensitive applications aren’t recommended. These include twitch gameplay and real-time equities trading.

Speed reduction was something I noticed when connecting to my credit card site – site didn’t recognize me and had to send a security code for me to use before being able to connect. After connecting, no other pages would load or were too slow to wait on. I don’t want that happening to my Bank Account web site…I do a lot of online shopping, and guess I would have to turn VPN off to do that (?). Fantasy Football – how will it react?

Speeds seem fine for regular surfing, but definitely slower than usual. WIN10 already provides all kinds of security ‘n Firefox provides some privacy already + some security. VPN’s are probably not a necessity for home networks, but apparently useful outside the home. Stealing other people’s property also seems like something VPN is used for, but I can buy $3-5 movies almost anywhere or spend $15-30 for a series that provides hours of TV viewing ‘n entertainment. Forget how much I paid for Game of Thrones 1-6 set, but found a good deal in the UK for it.

Mozilla VPN also worked with the Chromium browser…but didn’t test it on other browsers. It was extremely easy to set up:

WireGuard® was another reason I wanted to try Mozilla VPN:

The Mozilla VPN runs on a global network of servers powered by Mullvad using the WireGuard® protocol. Mullvad puts your privacy first and does not keep logs of any kind.

WireGuard is apparently free anyway, so I may just test it in a day or two, but don’t feel I really need a VPN at this point. Will probably run some Linux ‘n Win10 tests to see how it installs ‘n works. Maybe set it up on one of my Linux USBs in case I’m ever ‘out and about’ wanting to surf with the laptop.

I also have the Tor browser, but it is incredibly slow on HughesNet. I can also use Kodachi:

Linux Kodachi operating system is based on Xubuntu 18.04 it will provide you with a secure, anti-forensic, and anonymous operating system considering all features that a person who is concerned about privacy would need to have in order to be secure.

Kodachi is possibly the most secure ‘n private OS around, and is #7 on Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page.

May do a follow-up if I test WireGuard