Is it possible I was hacked through my VPN?

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I have a hacker problem. I am using a VPN that specifies it is USA on an iPAD, and is Apple approved. When I log into my email it always gives a California or Texas IP address, with one exception: Once a week it says I have logged  in from Dubai. I was actually logged in when this happened and the email was very slow. I tried to refresh it and it would not refresh for me. I logged out and logged back in and it came back as California. Is it possible I was hacked? How can I have an IP address of Dubai with a USA VPN? I was using hushmail.com for email. I use hushmail because I know my Gmail accounts have been hacked. The stalker is very persistent.  Can he piggyback into my account through a Dubai VPN if he has hacked my router?

I greatly appreciate any advice you can give me on this matter.

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  • TomLiotta

    I am using a VPN that specifies it is USA on an iPAD...

    I have no idea what that means. There should be nothing related to "USA" as far as a VPN is concerned.

    Also, a geographic location of an IP address often has little meaning as far as most end-points are concerned. See How accurate is GeoLocation? for some background. No geolocation service will guarantee above 99% accuracy, and 95-99% might be likely. That means that perhaps better than one out of every hundred requests will give an incorrect 'Country' result. And as the request gets more specific, the result is less certain. Most times, results are reasonably accurate.

    I got three different results a few minutes ago by making requests from three different services. I'm in western Washington, USA, but I often show as being in New York or Louisiana. It takes some education to understand why that is.

    But all of that aside, yes, your VPN could be hacked. It's almost certain that you won't find out if it is by asking on an on-line forum. Someone who is qualified will need access to your machine to find out. It's not likely that hacking is involved.

    Tom

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