Yup, I have to disable my VPN to make purchases here. Perhaps Audiogon needs some software updates?
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I believe they are using VPN's- Virtual Private Networks in order to shield their IP addresses.
Something I should do also, perhaps they can provide a good VPN company, but I digress...
I know that Audiogon has a protocol that uses IP addresses in order to screen potential misuse. For the longest time, when I used my laptop instead of my desktop, I had my account blocked, until I completed a confirmation of my identity.
This probably makes sense, especially when purchasing equipment, as Audiogon will have a trail to follow in case something goes wrong.
I use a free software program called Psiphon it connects to a random server in 20 some odd country's and serves as a direct like between your computer and the and the web site you are browsing. Very safe and untraceable.So how come the Psiphon website states:
"Psiphon does not increase your online privacy, and should not be considered or used as an online security tool."
Psiphon is for circumventing censorship. Its not for privacy.
I'm using a VPN right now and 'privacy badger', on firefox, along with ABP. (AdBlockPlus)
This combination disallows any search mode changes from stock mode..and disallows images from 'boosts' to load. The software goes into a loop.
This makes it impossible to do quality searches of the website, unless I submit to looking at the boost images, so that A****gon can take the money from the people who paid for boosts, by me being registered in the system as a 'view', for an advert I refuse to see and don't care about. (changing search mode has been forced to be dependent on the boost images loading first)
They've got the 'take the money' part nailed down perfectly, but can't be bothered to fix the forum system whatsoever.
Treating the WHOLE internet as just a space where there is nothing but evil intent is depressing in my view.
Of course there are plenty of sharks out there who if they turned their talents to something productive to society would lift all of civilization up and one must be wary and careful and perform your own due diligence.
That is no reason imho to have a Debbie downer on the complete system.
I don’t understand why exposing one’s IP address to sites that are visited would be any more risky than exposing it to unknown proxy servers in unknown foreign countries.
Also, one’s IP address as well as the encrypted data that is used for communications with many and perhaps most major sites these days is exposed to the servers of the ISP and various other servers on the Internet regardless of which approach is used. And virtually all communications involving financial or other sensitive data are encrypted; even viewing pages at this very forum is accomplished with encrypted data in recent times.
I've been a member here for 19 years and stopping selling on the web a few years ago. Too many snakes these days. If I buy used, I pick it up. A'gon offers a good level of protection to the buyer and seller but I just don't trust people on the web, I've been snake bit once to many times. I've had good luck buying from the B&M stores selling on this site.
Either I have been extremely lucky in my online dealings or we just seem to have the 0.001% affected all in one place on this site.
No I don’t know that is the number, just a figure I used for an example.
Last couple days I have probably made 30 online transactions from various sites.
Let’s face it, it is now an online world and sticking your head in the sand is not going to change the facts.
I ain’t Skeered!