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Old 09-15-2019, 08:47 PM
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Exclamation VPN & Anonymous Proxy Servers

Hi all,

The advent of low cost VPN connections have resulted in an increase of users using VPN. There are two main reasons for this. One is that the connection between the user's computer and the VPN network is encrypted until the final connection to the destination IP. This makes a VPN connection ideal for banking and similar transactions.

The other reason is that a VPN network connection, like a connection using an anonymous proxy server, hides the user's IP address. Basically, there is no way to know where the user is located. This makes these types of connections ideal for those wishing to hide their identity for whatever purpose, be it downloading porn, or copyrighted material from pirate sites.

We recently terminated a user that used a VPN service to create multiple accounts (four that we know of) to harass another member who they mistook for someone else. It occurs to us that this capability could also be used to shill, or literally vanish without trace after a fraudulent transaction in the classifieds.

We are not a financial site, nor a purveyor of sordid material, so the need for strong encryption and anonymity are not needed.

Therefore be advised that, for the safety of our existing members, we will not authorize new registrations that use a VPN network, or anonymous proxy servers.

HH, Rudy

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Old 09-15-2019, 09:57 PM
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Thanks for the added security Rudy! This is why I call this place home

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Old 09-16-2019, 10:31 AM
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Thanks to the Owners/Admins for instituting this policy!!

I would also like to add that Vlad provides this site as HTTPS, much more secure!

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Old 09-16-2019, 06:22 PM
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Not a good idea in my opinion. Some people use a VPN as protection for themselves and that doesn't mean they have sordid motives.

People can and should protect themselves in business dealings here by using paypal and should not use the " Friends and Family " option if it is still available.

While it may make the site easier to moderate it will hurt membership. Membership is in decline across all forums and the main reason is because of the restrictions in place not only to get on a site but also to stay on.

I don't see forums doing anything to promote themselves and try to get a wider range of people to participate. People will generally go where the most traffic is so it's hard, if not impossible, to start a new forum that is more inclusive.

While I believe in the saying " It's their forum,they can do as they wish " I also believe there is some responsibility to be more inclusive and tolerable of membership, which is essential to a forum.
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Old 09-16-2019, 06:53 PM
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Members can share their opinion but we are not going to backtrack on our decision we have made.

We are the ones who have to screen each new member in moderation and we are the ones who caught and are still catching trolls trying to sign up.

We know that some sites are offering VPN services but we discussed this for a week and we are going to stay with our decision.

Our membership is not in decline if anything it has increased.

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Old 09-16-2019, 07:01 PM
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I am talking about online membership. The amount of members online has been decreasing.
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