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Real Estate Agent with Innovative Realty Solutions Group BK3158345

Many of you know I lost my Facebook page including groups and pages connected to them which was nearly 16 years of information. You can check out my blog on this topic here.

I am seeking two different pieces of information from my friends. First, do you have a VPN? Which one? The good, bad and ugly, please. I appreciate any information you can provide.

Second, I am most likely not going to risk rebuilding and losing on social media again. I am looking for recommendations for a web provider that is inexpensive and easy to use that will allow me to create blogs with an individual link to them. What do you know?

Thanks for the recommendations and comments.

Comments (12)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dee- I remember your post about Facebook!!! I don't use a VPN but many do. Let's see if we can get you some answers!!!!!

Jun 16, 2023 07:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dee,

I too remember your post about your Facebook experience and even reread your post. I don't use VPN but have heard of so many that do. I'm going to check back to see if you have any answers to your dilemma. 

Jun 17, 2023 06:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 17, 2023 07:05 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

While I have heard the term VPN many times over the years, I could not even tell you what it means unless I go to the internet and search it.

So...No...I do not have a VPN.

Jun 18, 2023 07:04 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I don't know of anyone and I too don't have a VPN.

Jun 18, 2023 08:47 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dee Toohey - My husband is my tech guy.  He created my website and keeps us protected from malware.  A VPN - is a virtual private network. It masks your IP address.  I use it on my computer and phone all the time, especially when I am out of the house.  Unfortunately, you can get hacked even if someone is parked in front of your house.  We use NORDVPN.  Some of our malware and antivirus come with a VPN, but I have been using this for a long time and find it fast.  Some VPNs are slow in connecting and with the speed of the internet.  I don't see a difference with NORDVPN.  There are 5700 server sites.  I connect to Phoenix.  I started using it when there was only one server site in the USA!  Here is the link Nordvpn.

Jun 18, 2023 10:41 AM
Dee Toohey

Thanks much. I'll check it out.

Jul 05, 2023 01:37 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi Dee Toohey 

I use Proton VPN.   There is a free version, or pay for an upgrade.  I recommend it.

As to your second question, I got completely off Facebook several years ago, for a host of reasons.  I also abandoned Twitter (my account had 54,000 followers).   I lost a lot of contacts ("reunion groups" on Facebook, political allies on Twitter).  I deeply regret that.  Today I am on some social media sites (Reddit, Gab, Rumble, etc.), but I won't ever depend on social media to keep my contact lists or important info.  

  Suggest, create some email accounts (use MailFence or Proton, NOT Gmail or Yahoo or Outlook).  Cut and paste the HTML for your blogs, save as either Notepad or PDF, email it to your own accounts.  Store it in files/folders there.

Jun 18, 2023 06:20 PM
Dee Toohey

Thank you for the helpful info.

Jul 05, 2023 01:38 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jun 19, 2023 06:52 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I use Norton for my VPN, and security. I do notice using the VPN some sites do not play well with a VPN, like my company connection at work in the office, I need to turn off the VPN to print things etc.

Jun 19, 2023 09:22 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don’t have a VPN so can’t help you there, Dee. 


Jun 19, 2023 03:12 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I am so sorry this happened to you. How frustrating. Best wishes as you pick up the pieces.

Jun 20, 2023 05:24 AM
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Thanks everyone. Some of you have great suggestions. Thanks for the downside info too. I appreciate you.

Jul 05, 2023 01:39 PM