Couldn't they also contact Tor and get that information from them, if they are going to go that route?
Originally Posted by tommo
I don't understand what you mean by, "they don't do anything." Connect to a proxy and go to whatsmyip.com and you'll see its the proxies IP, not yours. Sure they are slow, but it sounds like Tor would be even slower since it is adding multiple hops instead of just one.
It's better than online proxies because online proxies usually don't do anything. And if they do they aren't anonymous. Or they are incredibly slow. Or all of that.
When you said VPN I was thinking of the basic idea of connecting to another LAN over the internet. Which would require you to have two separate networks set up, and since you owned them both it wouldn't help at all, hence my confusion. But then I googled and found this. So basically you pay somebody to connect to their network and connect to the internet through them. But if the government wanted to find you couldn't they just contact whichever service you are using and get your information from them?
Originally Posted by Marvo
I would think a proxy, Tor, or a personal VPN would protect you from the average hacker equally. But I don't see how any of them could protect you from a large corporation or the government.