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  • (Score: 2) by Fnord666 on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:21AM (2 children)

    by Fnord666 (652) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:21AM (#952185) Homepage

    Honest misunderstanding. The singular noun in your statement "from your local machine" made it sound like you were talking about your local client machines, not any random server (whether Linux or not) attached to your network. The Pi Hole uses standard packages available on a ton of distros and other OSes can run those or their own alternatives and accomplish the same thing. There really isn't special sauce behind the scenes.

    In that light, I suppose its real selling point is that it is a slick and easy way to set it up with a nice frontend interface. It is literally so easy to set up that my octogenarian father went from nothing to protecting the entire network from ads, phishing, and malware domains in 15 or so steps, including opening the packaging. Can't quite say the same about a random Linux box, at least without consulting reams of docs, man pages, and conf files.

    The only issue I have with this is that unless you (generic, not you personally) always VPN back to your local network, you lose all of those features if you ever leave the basement. Of course you should be doing defense in depth, but your have essentially just filled in your moat.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @04:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @04:52PM (#952749)

    It's probably enough if you do your internet shopping/taxes/important stuff from your home and don't do anything you want to keep private on your phone or outside networks. For most people, this is enough. People that need a VPN are probably already using one.

  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Wednesday February 19 2020, @04:45PM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 19 2020, @04:45PM (#959906) Homepage Journal

    There is already a pronoun to use for the you(generic) that avoids confusion.

    one.

    as in
        ... unless one always VPNs back ...