I signed up for an account on a VPN and the next morning I was not able to sign in. I’ve been the target of some cyber harassment after I got an instructor fired from the IT Department at Madison College and it’s been a frightening journey to try to get life back (things like this happen to me constantly online). So I try to adapt security measures to keep myself safe online.
Some IT pros are big believers in this, I’m not one of them.
One of my staff triggered our internal alerts, showing she was connected from an unusual location. Turns out she was at a coffee shop and using a consumer-grade VPN to “protect herself”. In reality, there is no benefit. You are trading giving the person who controls the router connected to the WiFi some limited info about what you are doing with giving that same info to the VPN provider.
Part of the way I got this guy fired was posting about what he was doing in forums like this. The next day my post disappeared. I’m not sure what happened with my account here. But these guys are like corporate penetration testers acting like internet protectors for the PR department. I have to post things in a way were people see it immediately or it disappears.
Whatever happened between you and Madison College does not concern the SDMB. We have no affiliation with them and whatever happened there is no business of ours. Do not bring issues with other sites here to the SDMB. That is not permitted.
As for what happened here, according to our logs, your registration IP belonged to a VPN which is on our list of banned VPNs. Your IP did not show up as BitDefender.
Yes, sorry I just connected the VPN and checked my IP. Sorry man they’ve been dealing with this for 5 years and when I start to think (cyber harassment) about it its like my brain scrambles with fear. I’ve tried to contact everyone and no one listens, or is willing to help.