Whether "a little extra latency" matters depends on how much this extra latency really is. Considering a request in Freenet may require >10 nodes to be traversed, latency adds up quickly, reducing already low network capacity for everyone. I don't expect much impact from a tiny extra bit of latency, e.g. if you live in Paris and your VPN provider were located in Amsterdam. Paris -> Singapore however would probably a bad idea and is definitely not something I would recommend for Freenet.
A properly configured VPN connection transparently connects your computer to the public internet through an ISP that does not actually provide a cable into your home. That's all to it. In general, Freenet should work both functionally and securely over such a connection. The only downsides would be the (already mentioned) additional delay, as well as introducing yet another party that is able to monitor your internet traffic under a jurisdiction that does not necessarily have to be equal to yours. Here, "properly configured" means that at least the following criteria will have to be fulfilled (I may be missing some though): - Your machine should ideally be able to reliably determine its external IP - Your external IP should be relatively stable - Incoming UDP packets on the relevant ports must not be blocked, i.e. ports must be forwarded wherever necessary - Your average ping stays well below ~700 ms (but lower is definitely preferable!) In case your VPN connection comes with a dedicated IP, all security caveats for computers connecting to the internet directly (i.e. not behind a NAT router) may of course apply. -- Bert On 27-03-15 15:45, Eric Chadbourne wrote: > It should be fine to use a vpn, though I have not tried it. I wonder what > the downsides would be? A little extra latency shouldn’t matter. If you > leave it on all the time maybe bandwidth costs? > > — > Eric Chadbourne > http://Nonprofit-CRM.org/ > > >> On Mar 27, 2015, at 6:49 AM, John Verney <johnver...@outlook.com> wrote: >> >> Hello all, >> >> Simple question - >> >> Is it safe and secure to run freenet through a VPN? I use one of the major >> VPN services. >> >> Thanks
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