Do you care about using a shared IP on VPN?

When using a VPN you will almost always share your IP with others (several members connect to the VPN server and all members on that server now share the server’s IP address).
If someone using the same IP address gets flagged, it could pass on to you as well.
A lot of companies have incorporated IP address filters. For example your PayPal account could get limited because you share an IP address with a scammer.

Has using a shared IP resulted in problems for you?

It’s possible, but probably pretty unlikely. IP address filters are generally used to block DDoS attacks, an attack originating from a VPN server is unlikely.

Companies generally avoid blocking IPs unless they really need to (i.e under attack), as they have no idea how many individuals they may actually be blocking. VPN is one example, but also corporate networks with a single public IP that use NAT internally. The IP address may also be dynamically assigned.

If this does happen, you can also try a different VPN server in the same region. My VPN provider (TorGuard) has multiple servers per region to select from.

In short; I wouldn’t worry too much about it!

VPN encrypts traffic between two end points on the Internet creating a secure tunnel that does not let any external entity to intervene. If you use a dedicated I.P VPN provided by Ivacy, then you don’t have to share your i.p with any one else.

I have both shared & dedicated IP VPN. Costs ~$100/yr.
I login pretty willy nilly. For some things I’ll use dedicated, other times I’ll use shared. In general though a lot of the time you’d rather your general browsing be spread out so it’s not all under the 1 IP!

I am using share IP but did not get any problem but if you want to take extra precations then you can use dedicated IP which most of paid providers are allowed.

I don’t trust a shared IP VPN, it’s so not safe for me

Who else uses a VPN? I tried one last year, and coincidentally (?) my credit card info was stolen and duped (into an actual card they tried to use at retail) after trying one. Any advice on these services appreciated.

VPNs are considered to be safe. Which provider did you use? It might be a really shady one or really just bad luck. Credit cards aren’t really safe, there’s many ways someone could’ve stole the data.

I know! Ironically I did a trial for one called “SaferVPN” - now maybe the credit card being stolen was a coincidence, but my gut somehow says no. Anyway, I was considering a VPN again for other reasons and just wondering about others’ experiences.

I wouldn’t recommend using a VPN service, especially not for PayPal! Build your own instead, it takes 15 minutes and you won’t have to worry about sharing IPs. Plus, you’ll save money.

Get a Digital Ocean or Amazon EC2 account and deploy a basic Ubuntu machine. Then simply run this code in a SSH terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade
wget -O

Then use an FTP client like Filezilla to get the OpenVPN certificate from the home folder of your server. Use the OpenVPN client to connect. If you need to connect more machines, run the “bash” line again.

I would agree with @nomadtax maybe it would be a good idea to avoid using VPN for Paypal.
In the past 5 months I was traveling around Asia (I’m from Europe) and was regularly getting payed trough Paypal. I was logged in for sure in every country I and had no problems.

Few weeks ago I came back to my home Country and I was testing some VPN (ivacy).
I’v logged in to my account and have withdrawn some funds to my credit card.
But instead that my money is withdrawn like usually, I got notification that for security reasons my transaction needs to be checked and it will delay withdrawal for up to 2 business days.
If they confirm it’s ok, I get my money, if not they will return it back to my Paypal account and charge me some fee (probably something like ~ 5$ US).

Then after few hours I got long distance call from Paypal office, they were questioning me about my transaction. Usually if I talk to them, then they call from Ireland, but this call was from some bunker, it was a very bad reception and it was for sure very distant.

They said they are calling me because there is some suspicious activity in my account.
I already knew it should be because I login with different IP address ranges in short period of time.
I had to explain them what I do, and what is this money for.
Since I use Paypal invoicing I have a history, and usually all the same clients trough years now, so I used that as an argument that the money is for the services I provide.
We spent around 10 minutes talking on the phone and I was explaining myself, how I work and travel, and I also stated that if I’m on a public WiFi and I need to use banking or Paypal, then I log in trough VPN service.
Then they asked, when do I travel, will I travel more this year, to which countries I will travel, will I use Paypal again for invoicing, will I have regular monthly invoices.
Of course they say it’s for your own safety.

I’m not sure does VPN emits some kind of unusual traffic, or they have IP blacklist in Paypal.
But it sounded like they were very concerned.

Anyway, after 2 days they have release my funds and my money landed on my credit card as usually.
But I would avoid that type of call.
It’s like when you get to immigration and they start to ask questions …

I was the owner of HideMyNet (now IronSocket).

I started and regularly used the service for the needs expressed in your original post. The worst problem I ever experienced was google asking for captcha codes because so many people would be using the same IP address on google.

If you’re looking for your own dedicated address I would second others above in saying, just get a cheap VPS to setup your own VPN on. I use linode for my own private nodes, but digitalocean would be fine as well. It’s relatively (if you have CLI experience) easy to get PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN and SoftEther all running on the same node for multiple connectivity options.