Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I VPN into a network daily. I'm currently in the USA, but will relocate soon. I am looking into buying a dedicated IP address located in the USA and setting up my router to use that from the other country.

Is there a way those operating the VPN network could tell my location through whatever information their VPN sees?

I already know the time/date stamp on my computer is an issue because I don't have admin rights to change it – so I'm working on a solution for that.

share|improve this question
You should sign up for a Super User account, otherwise you could lose your cookie again and will be forced to "answer" a question instead of just being able to comment. I've merged your unregistered accounts for now, but please register an account. Thanks! – slhck Sep 17 '12 at 20:50

EDIT: Based on the information you added in the comments you fall under the first scenario. Even leaving it behind in the US with LogMeIn installed (which im not actually sure you can do without admin access) will not ensure your location being hidden. I don't believe it likely they will notice, it would have be one very vigilant system admin to catch you, but again due to you not having root it is technically impossible for you to fully conceal access from another country regardless of what method you use.

Given your situation the 'leaving it behind in the US with a remote tool' option is the most viable/secure/hidden way to go should you decide to chance it. Proxies are not applicable since those generally only hide web-based traffic, based on your description you need a full point to point tunnel of ALL network traffic originating from your machine. All kinds of headaches come from trying to create 2 VPNs layered on top of each other, one to first hide your address and then trying to initiate a 2nd VPN to the corporate network, add the fact that they essentially own the box you're on and it starts really not looking so good.

Original Answer:

Not enough information about your setup to make a detailed recommendation but here goes. Answer is dependent on what you meant by not having admin rights:

  • Scenario: You dont have admin rights on the machine behind your router, the machine that will originate the VPN connection.

There is no way to ensure your location is hidden.

  • Scenario: You do have admin rights on the machine behind your router.

It can be done reliably, however now it depends on what type of VPN connection you use to connect to their network. One option that will work for almost any situation is leaving a PC behind with a friend or relative with LogMeIn or some other remote tool installed, and then just remote into that machine and originate your VPN connection from there. Fairly fool-proof, as long as you can trust the person you're leaving it with.

There are other options such as a dedicated VPN provider based in the US, but can't say it would work without knowing what type of services you're accessing over the company VPN.

share|improve this answer
I will try to post the type of VPN connection soon. But the full details are I work on a computer given to me from my job that has the VPN software on it and I use that to connect to my job's network. From there I use Lotus Notes, connect to their intranet, their servers, etc. I have no choice about using this VPN, I am required to be connected Via the VPN daily from 9am to 5pm. Once I VPN in I log in to Lotus Notes and must dtay logged in for the day. – Tankgurl Sep 16 '12 at 13:18
Also i cant look like i am trying to hide myself in any way - that will get flagged. A proxy or IP randomizer will look suspicious. I also did think of leaving my work computer with a friend in this country and connecting to that but its too much responsibility for a friend to monitor it all day 5 days a week. – Tankgurl Sep 16 '12 at 13:28
@Tankgurl - Why are you worried about connecting to the VPN from another country? The purpose of the VPN is to ensure your connection to the network in question is secure. Besides couldn't you in theory use any computer you wanted provided you were connected to the VPN in question? – Ramhound Sep 17 '12 at 14:57
@Ramhound - the reason im concerned about the VPN is I thought my job could tell through my computer's IP address when I connect through the VPN what country I'm in and since I thought your IP indicates the country you are in I would get in trouble for not being in the USA. I dont have a choice in how i connect to my job - I must use their laptop and VPN in using the software on the laptop. Sooo all im trying to figure out is how to diguise my computer so when i am VPN'd in there is no way to tell im out of the USA from their side. – Tankgurl Sep 17 '12 at 20:24

If you're concerned about your IP address and want to hide where you are, VPN may help but it's only HALF of the bigger picture. But quite frankly, you really don't even need to deal with VPN if all you care to do is hide your location based on IP address. You should probably be looking into something like TOR if you want/need anonymity with your connections and IP address.

All VPN is going to do is provide you a more secure way to deal with whatever remote server you want to connect to. So if that remote server then provides you a internet connection then that's pretty much where you appear to be. But a VPN is not necessarily going to help hide you! VPN-ing to a service in another country will only make it look like you're in that country. But there are still ways to trace you if your VPN exit point isn't set up right. So if you want to truly randomize your IP address then you probably shouldn't even care about VPN. Look at dealing with proxy connections and definitely consider TOR -

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.