Ultrasurf is a free VPN, and as such they might be harvesting and selling your data and doing a whole host of unsavory things FYI. I would recommend getting a paid inexpensive VPN, such as Private Internet Access or BolehVPN, where you can pay in MYR. Alternatively, any paid VPN will do.
What do you suggest? Buying a carrier pigeon with carded gift cards, training it to relay your messages to a third party in North Korea and tying a PGP encrypted message to it's leg "bruh"?
Nobody needs to go to jail (see ). What jurisdiction does my government have over NordVPN in Panama? Or BolehVPN in the Seyshelles? Absolutely fucking none "bruh".
Would my ISP give me up? Yup, in a second.
So... using a privacy focused offshore VPN is vastly superior to using nothing.
Unless you can come up with a better realistic solution to checking clearnet sites for nefarious activities you can just go back to your homework. (And no I'm not going to McDonalds every 2 hours to use their wifi "bruh"... anyone who suggests that as a realistic solution is either a 12 year old or a moron... probably both)
PIA is US-based, which means that they can still be compelled to release data on users by the US government.
Tunnelbear got acquired by McAfee, which isn't the most trustworthy antivirus company in the world and is also based in the good ol' US of A. I wouldn't use that.
Go local (BolehVPN) or non-Eyes European (NordVPN).
NordVPN is reliable and reasonably fast. It uses heavy grade encryption that does slow performance quite a bit and will kill some routers that you run OpenVPN on, but it's a good compromise. Their only problem is they lack a simple round-robin autobalance setup like a friendlier VPN would use. With NordVPN, you must choose a server manually and it will not change servers automatically if the one you choose goes down or is overloaded. NordVPN is powerful, but you have to be involved and watch its performance.
BolehVPN is friendly and reliable. I used to use them until I had some incompatibility between my router's built-in VPN client and their servers. They've fixed that though, so I might switch back to them one day. Simple setup, simple to use.
I don't trust free VPNs. Who knows what they are doing with your data, maybe even sharing it with the good old government, gotta make the business somehow. Get a premium non-logging to be more secure, at least that's what I do. I use NordVPN, but there are others like BolehVPN and such. Just be sure that it has a zero log policy and is based out of the 14 eyes jurisdiction.
To summarize all 4 incidents:
Went ahead and bought a trial of BolehVPN just to get a feel for it. Doesn't seem to slow my internet down much, and it seems to be working according to . (I have no idea if that's an accurate test or not) $10 seems well worth it for a VPN, but I don't think I torrent so much that I need a seedbox.
Are your speeds ok for other things, and just going down when torrenting? If so, it's likely that a VPN could help. There's a small handful of free providers out there that you could use to try it out with first and then maybe move to a paid solution for peace of mind. I haven't used BolehVPN personally, but there's a few providers who people in here will recommend if you ask around :).
There is no such thing as a good free VPN.
A VPN can either be free or be good or neither. This is because a free VPN needs to make ends meet somehow, which means they have both the motivation and opportunity to grab whatever data passes through their servers and sell it. And a VPN that you cannot trust to do shit like that is in no way a good VPN.
I advise setting aside some money per month to pay for a good VPN if you really need it. BolehVPN, NordVPN, and Private Internet Access are some decent ones that are more or less trustworthy. See this site for more data.
What you are describing is actually called VPN over Tor. To do this you specifically need a VPN that works with Tor in this manner in their settings. I know AirVPN and BolehVPN do. Express VPN might. First have to adjust the settings in your VPN to work with Tor. Then you’ll be able to connect directly to Tor, which will anonymize you before you get online. Once you’ve connected to Tor, you can turn on your VPN and mask your IP address. Now you have anonymity from your VPN and you are protected from malicious Tor exit nodes.
I can vouch for BolehVPN. I was one of their earlier customers and their service is top notch (even in the early days before they had their fancy schmancy client with the auto download scripts) . I'm currently not watching Netflix so I'm not subscribed :P hehe. Waiting for Orange is the New Black 2nd season lol.
Yeah, I think maybe I should just stick with PIA. The other one I was interested in too was BolehVPN. But it's double the price. 40 bucks isn't much to lose if I don't like it. I just wanted to see if there were any that were better, and were around the same price point. Thanks everyone!
If you're looking for one that is geographically close to Singapore, that also supposedly does not log, you can try BolehVPN. They are a Malaysian company, but will supposedly move operations if the data retention laws change. Personally, I haven't used them, but I've heard good things.
You can also take a look at this. Take it with a pinch of salt and do your own research as well, because some providers were caught lying.
I've been using BolehVPN for a few months and it's pretty good, my torrent download speeds even went higher. They have a trial of 3 or 7 days which are priced at USD$2 and 3.70 respectively. Plus, if you get the 30 days package or higher, you will gain access to a website which has private trackers.
I call bullshit on most of these. If the business is based in any country with surveillance 'caring' laws, you're not protected. A U.S. VPN may not have logs on everybody, but they're sure as hell required if they're told to, they're not going to fight a losing court battle over anybodies account. If it's based in U.S., Canada, U.K, France, Mexico, or any country similar, you're only protected from local and ISP data tracking. If you want something worth-while, BolehVPN is one of the better solutions.
If Google DNS can’t do it, change to OpenDNS. If that still doesn’t work, I would recommend BolehVPN, which is based in Malaysia and you are paying in MYR. If you don’t trust them, try Private Internet Access.
It's not really protection against MITM attacks. It's just that I don't want people to know what financial / trading sites I visit on a regular basis.
If you want to be more paranoid, SSL is pretty useless unless you use your own CA. The government can "request" for a CA private key in the name of national security. I realize the limitations of VPN and I know if I visit a compromised site, no amount of security will protect me if I willingly give in my details.
At work, I use an SSH proxy to home and don't do anything but regular browsing (Reddit). At home, I use BolehVPN / StrongVPN. If I am at a cafe, I either use BolehVPN or VPN into work where I use the proxy to home or directly use the SSH proxy to home depending on if I am getting real work done.
My personal choice in BolehVPN. They cost more than PIA at $85 a year but still worth every penny. They have servers all over. Some for torrenting. Some general usage. Some for video streaming. Even some for getting around china's firewall and the like. No logs. No bandwidth limits. Most importantly of all is I trust them and what they say.
I need something that does torrents well, has decent speeds, won't leak my data, and is based in a country that doesn't cooperate with the West. From what I looked at, NordVPN and BolehVPN were two good options in that area, what are some other choices.
We're an offshore VPN based in Malaysia with servers in 11 countries. We keep no user logs, support P2P, and were ranked by TorrentFreak as a VPN that takes privacy seriously.
Thanks for the amazing support when we were asking feedback on whether to accept DogeCoin :D We hope to have fully automated DogeCoin integration once there's a decent amount of DogeCoin transactions!
You should definitely do the research yourself.
Acknowledging that there is no substitute for your own research and that my preference isn't an indication of which is best for you, I currently use BolehVPN.
PPTP is still widely used in the Middle East and I am in agreement in general with cryptocrackaddict. I run a VPN service called BolehVPN and have done some research on this. Bruce Schneier's article on this also indicates is that it is more on leveraging on already known weaknesses or weak cryptography or inbuilding weaknesses into a protocol especially with commercial VPNs. OpenVPN being open source is arguably not subject to this.
tl;dr: PIA is generally an ok choice if you're okay with them being under US jurisdiction. If you're not okay with that and want more or less all the most paranoid factors to be favourable, according to the site BolehVPN is pretty much top of the pack. I haven't verified that information elsewhere and you should consider the motivation behind someone maintaining a site like that. If you're going to be paranoid, might as well go full retard.
How many BolehVPN competitors live on reddit waiting to downvote any mention of them?
If you are a legitimately dissatisfied BolehVPN customer, please come out of hiding and tell us why they are shit. I have been using them for some time and can only report good things. Please tell the community why you have a problem instead of sending the Armies of Downvote.
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El VPN ideal depende qué exactamente estás buscando y que estás dispuesto a ceder. Personalmente ocupé BolehVPN cuando estaba en China
Then consider BolehVPN. Malaysian outfit (but registered in a non-Eyes country, which is good for VPNs). They allow payment via bank transfer. I used to use them before I switched to NordVPN because of the larger amount of servers NordVPN has. They're reliable and trustworthy.
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I've been subscribing to BolehVPN since the Streamyx 4MB days when TM started throttling the torrents, haven't got an issue with BolehVPN then and am surprised it's still going strong nowadays when I haven't been subscribing to it ever since I switched to UNIFI
I use BolehVPN.
in addition you get access to private torrents.
I am at 1.5/1.7MB/s max (out of a theoretical 2MB from my SP which I never reached anyway)
Also very reasonable priced
The only answer. I don't know about the others but I like to judge based on their website design as well. Seems like BolehVPN is the only one who knows their shit. Also, been a customer for almost a year, no problems here.
BolehVPN is a very good VPN service. Runs fast and keeps no logs, however it is kind of pricey. It costs almost same for 3 months as PIA does in a year, IIRC. I've actually been considering switching to PIA though to Save some money.
I am one that uses a VPN but its not only for the reason of downloading from astraweb. I am quite content knowing there is almost no chance someone will take the time to break the SSL encryption to see what I download. Where my worry comes from and why I use a VPN is because not everything else I do comes with that encryption to hide what I do. Say Sickbeard goes out and gets the nzb for that new TV show you like. I don't see anywhere that tells it to connect up using https. The way I see it, the government couldn't get Al Capone for bootlegging, prostitution and gambling so they got him for tax evasion. Same thing applies here.
As for the VPN I use, BolehVPN it turned out to be my ISP or astraweb.
If I am wrong on something here please let me know. I always like to learn new things.
If you mean VPN service, I've been using BolehVPN, so everything on my network goes through it without additional configuration.
The bandwidth seems to top out around 4Mbits on all the gateways I've tested so far, but the latency has always been excellent. I occasionally disable it for large downloads but it is enabled 99% of the time.
Note: If you go ahead with a VPN service, don't forget to get alternative DNS servers. Your ISP will probably not allow you to access theirs from outside their network. I used Google's public servers (22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199) personally.
Bitcoins are the ideal compliment to online anonymity and security.
I pay for both my VPN and Seedbox using them
I can vouch for both services. If you pay with Bitcoins they have no idea who you if they did keep records (the two I mention don't)
Glad to see BolehVPN on that list. Gave them a try a few months ago, was impressed with their CS and communication, and signed up for a year. There's a nice little bonus that came with it that I'm really enjoying.
I would go with BolehVPN. They accept bitcoin and have configurations made specifically for people living in countries with restrictive access. Their "cloak routed" configurations in their client will bypass these restrictions.
Check out this page to read more about it.
I have been with BolehVPN for 6 months and they are awesome!!! I get much better speeds than with my old VyprVPN service. And these guys don't keep records!!!
I asked Reuben if he would implement Bitcoins and he did (Others probably asked too).
I have no idea why its being downvoted here either.
Bitcoin users are presumably both security conscious and interested when new suppliers take Bitcoin as payment.
I would recommend these guys to anyone.
I've been using BolehVPN for a good while now and have been super happy with it. It's super cheap, has a wide variety of different geographic exit points and connection types and is super easy to setup. No restriction on concurrent connections either.
I mainly just use it for Hulu, HBOGO, Amazon, BBC, etc. HDMI connection to my TV and the streaming quality is pretty consistently great. I only ever bothered to torrent TV shows that take 2+ years to come out in Japan, so for me this was far and away the best solution.
Thank you for voicing this. I wasn't sure if I missed some obscure rule on the sidebar or it was a duplicate post (don't think so). I was tempted to say something before this, but I didn't want to be that guy: "Why you no like my post?!"
If people have had bad experiences with BolehVPN, instead of just downvoting, I'd like to hear about them. I switched over from HideMyAss because I wasn't too impressed with HMA's privacy policies. So far I've been really happy with Boleh and the fact they now accept Bitcoin is a huge plus. Of course, since I'm a relatively new customer, I'd like to hear others' experiences with them. I'll jump ship in a heartbeat if I get a bad feeling.
> BolehVPN also offers excellent mobile device compatibility, but the downside is that there are no dedicated VPN apps for either the iOS or Android. This is actually a drawback, as most VPN service providers offer a dedicated VPN app for mobile devices.
Why is this a problem? I never understood why every vpn provider needs to build their own closed source, and usually quite low quality vpn client applications. And they always have to do it for a bunch of different operating systems: windows, mac, ios, android, ... There are plenty of perfectly fine, high-quality applications out there for all of those operating systems. I know, you have to configure most of them 'by hand' but if you have some .ovpn files (which are provided by most vpn providers) configuring is as simple as pointing your application to the correct file.
Yea, at this stage probably it's too late because they're flagged. Does anyone have more information about the bank policies? I think this is not a general ban against VPN providers but instead the banks distancing themselves from businesses who are openly anti-government because of the increased risk.
About changing the pitch, for idealistic reasons maybe but I would think it's a sound business decision. Reubster would have a better idea about his customers but I'm a customer myself and did my research on about them before becoming one. From what I read, most of BolehVPN customers use it to overcome torrent throttling and access sites like Netflix locally. So using overcoming government censorship isn't that good of a value proposition or USP because most customers don't use BolehVPN for this reason and the same can be done using Google Public DNS for free
BolehVPN had a good blog post on encryption.
As did AgileBits, the makers of 1Password.
In short, 128-bit encryption is secure, perhaps more so than 256-bit encryption in some cases. And if you're looking for speed, AES is faster than Blowfish.
I don't know if rewording the pitch would solve the problem at this stage. I mean, the bank already know that BolehVPN can be used to circumvent censorship; I think it would take a significant change in policy towards compliance with MCMC censorship orders before the bank would consider BolehVPN "okay"... and I don't believe that those changes are something Reubs wants to do for both idealistic and business reasons.
Wow, thanks for doing this!! I used BolehVPN for a couple of months when I was working in China to get through the Great Firewall of China... I still needed my Facebook and YouTube fix while I was there! BolehVPN support is superb and the service easy to setup. Highly recommended for shibes!
I frequent torrentfreak and remember the VPNs that would log and sell out its userbase when the service was suppose to keep you "anon" to a certain degree. I think they sold out their userbase to copyright trolls while advertising no logging but the fine print actually stated otherwise and turns out you were paying to have yourself tracked.
TF then got to a yearly review of VPNs that actually did their job for its paying customers and while I was scrolling the comments BolehVPN popped up and came highly recommended. Have a yearly special plan with them now, iirc the company is located in Malaysia so by law they don't need to keep logs and unless certain countries force their datacenters to do so they will keep this policy or simply move out (they're pretty on top with customer service).
My next renewal was going to be BTC again but even better I can do it in DOGE!
Because BolehVPN promotes this on their site
> Unblock Sites and
> Get free and unfiltered access to the internet overcoming restrictive governments, geo-specific requirements and certain types of bandwidth shaping.
It would probably be okay if they remove that and reword their pitch so it's like any other VPN sites and not make overcoming government censorship a selling point.
BolehVPN is a good one not mentioned... use them and the others that do not log, and then vpnchains if you are extra paranoid (or attractive to intelligence agencies).
They accept BTC, but you have to email them to send it is all. I can vouch for them.
Streamyx is notorious for blocking/throttling BitTorrent and other P2P protocols. Back during the DDL site (Rapidshare/Megaupload/etc.) popularity of the mid to late 2000's, they also throttled HTTP downloads based on the hostname and file extensions. It's one of the reasons VPN services like BolehVPN and seedboxes became popular in Malaysia.
AFAIK, only FTTH services like Unifi are free from protocol specific throttling.
So, first thing first. BolehVPN and a running a VPN server aren't related. Setting up your distro to connect to a VPN doesn't require anything beyond importing the config file, or making a new VPN connection in NM.
As for the DigitalOcean guide; you need SSH access because you don't have physical access to their servers. So if you're setting OpenVPN on your Ubuntu at home you don't need to enable SSH (because you can just use your terminal). I don't recommend opening your SSH port and having the daemon running if you're not completely familiar with the security aspects of it.
If you wrote the wrong rules, just go back and fix them. Restart UFW and that's it. What sort of error is UFW returning? This is an important piece of information that you've left out.
On a side note, ditch BolehVPN. They're terrible. Check out the VPN section in That One Privacy Site for a better provider.
I used to use a different VPN for BBC access successfully for years but last year the BBC got more active at blocking VPN providers and mine (BolehVPN) stopped working for the iPlayer. Could this be the problem? Since then I use a Smart DNS service with the fire stick and other devices and it works perfectly. It's also a lot cheaper than my VPN used to be.
I’d be weary of BolehVPN. They didn’t update their warrant canary for 2 months very recently.
Maybe try Mullvad, iVPN or AirVPN.
New to VPN here. Been meaning to get to this for years. My main purpose for a VPN at the moment is privacy and security from ISPs, tracking, and data mining. I don't know a lot of about much of this. I'd say connection speed, exit node to browse another country, and killswitch are important as well. At first glance, the ones that jump out to me are BolehVPN, IVPN, Mullvad, NordVPN, PIA, and ProtonVPN. Any of these or any others you guys can recommend?
Also, reading through some of these resources and reviews, a lot of this info is going over my head. Is there a resource you guys can recommend for a primer on how all this internet connection stuff works in detail?
Thanks a bunch.
Well, welcome to authoritarian regime I guess. If that doesn't triple usage of TOR and/or VPNs then I don't know what will. And I agree with specialfae, for everyday usage TOR seems too slow, at least for me. VPN is more practical in that regard. Of course, gotta research the jurisdictions. I think highly of NordVPN (Panama), BolehVPN (Seychelles) and Surfshark VPN (British Virgo Isles), because these countries have no mandatory data retention laws.
Also, do you think more countries will follow the Australia's example? I hope not, but you never now nowadays.
In a free world that would be called "opinion". If you are not in a free state you and everybody is spied on. I wouldn't have said that on or with my Facebook profile (even in a free state) for privacy reasons.
1) Avoid political opinion or related not in a "4 eyes" conversation.
2) Use a VPN, check on the one that is the most suitable for you. (PIA, Windscribe, Mullvad, BolehVPN are good ones, just DONT USE a free one unless is an serious EMERGENCY)
3) Everybody was, is and will be spied on. Learn how to protect your privacy.
PS: You won't be "beat up" by anyone.
The two most popular VPNs amongst people here on Reddit appears to be BolehVPN - both allows for P2P and keeps no activity logs
For alternatives to VPNCheck Pro, I always prefer a firewall solution such as Comodo which is more foolproof which is what we recommend at BolehVPN.
You may also take a look for DNS servers the German Privacy Foundation and Swiss Privacy Foundation servers:
May be a little slow though.
I've been a member of BolehVPN for a couple of years now and it's been great. They allow P2P, have servers in 6 countries (usa, canada, luxemburg, sweden, uk, and hongkong) and are OpenVPN based. They don't keep logs either (except for the us server).
Their best package is $85 for a year, ~$7 a month
+you get a bonus PERMANENT FREELEECH account at iPT :D
I used Hotspot Shield a couple of years back and it was down for a long time so I switched to ExpressVPN instead. Don't think it still works though, but better test it by yourself. If not then I recommend BolehVPN
The individual events are region blocked.
Some people are watching on ESPN3 without a password
Some people have signed up for a Sling TV trial to use on ESPN3
Some people are using a proxy
Personally, I have an annual subscription to BolehVPN, which I use daily for different purposes.
Are you able to show me the screenshot? I don't currently have a full understanding.
EDIT: I think they mean all ports are open and available to be used by users, however when a port is used by one user, it cannot be used by another. I may not be able to help due to not being a BolehVPN customer, but I'll give it my best shot. What's your final aim?
I know you said free, but I really recommend buying a subscription. is a free project.
Also, check out this link for a run down of many providers. I have only used a couple and BolehVPN was the better one.
Reuben | reuben[a]bolehvpn dot net
Co-Founder of BolehVPN
Reuben is in charge of the day to day operations of BolehVPN and ensures everything is running smoothly from customer care to server hardware. He also deals with mid-level support.
Rose | roselyna[a]bolehvpn dot net
Co-Founder of BolehVPN / Director - BolehVPN
Corporate communication and public relations for the company
umm, no. Those are the configuration files that you use with your VPN service. You will obtain those from whichever VPN you choose to subscribe to.
I recommend you check out BolehVPN. I have some buddies in China that hack luck with them.
I'm no expert on the subject but you should be fine. I'd recommend using a VPN too, like BolehVPN, just to be safe. It all depends on how far you're willing/wanting to go with OPSEC. You could get a PO box too which would help. I'd consult vendors or more experienced people for better advice though.
I've had a very good experience with BolehVPN, which is just my 2c. For all I know they'll be breaking down my door tomorrow.
But, it's cheap, just works, and speed is practically as good as my normal connection.
ever tried switching to random ports for every start of utorrent? or tried using a private VPN? but you have to pay like BolehVPN. But I don't know if that'll will fix the problem. but some of my friends use it.
I have one of BolehVPN's t-shirts, they are really excellent quality!
(I've had a quick look but I can't find BolehVPN on Reddit)
Check out BolehVPN. From their Privacy section:
Q: Under what jurisdictions does your company operate and under what exact circumstances will you share the information you hold with a 3rd party?
A: We’re a Malaysian incorporated company which is not subject to any mandatory data retention laws. As we don’t keep logs, there is not much information to share even when requested.
I haven't used either personally. I have heard good things about NordVPN. Never heard of BolehVPN.
This site has a lot of info on it
If I had to recommend another PIA Private Internet Access is good. But in the end it depends on what you want to use it for and what you value most (speed, money, netflix, torrenting, logs etc)
I've done a little bit of research and I drew that either NordVPN or BolehVPN are the best options. Both are essentially identical. I've seen a good amount of folks recommend Nord but no one seems Boleh all that well. Do you happen to know how they are like?
I definitely agree about using Tor, and further recommend a VPN (Virtual Private Network) such as BolehVPN.
>If you are EVER worried about sharing your location (via email headers especially!), you should use Tor.
Gmail and Yahoo have gotten pretty good about not sharing your IP address in their headers, although the system is definitely not perfect.
USA looking for a vpn so my activity is hidden. This would include torrenting and streaming. I don't want the government to know what I'm buying or anything either.
I looked at the vpn comparison chart and I liked BolehVPN, IVPN, and since they have a lot of green and only 1 yellow tick. I don't really want to pay a ton of money, but I want a service that is reliable and not super slow so I can still stream and stuff. Thanks!
That's why the names given to the servers should be descriptive. BolehVPN isn't well-known like Nord, Express, PIA etc. I like the way this company makes its OpenVPN servers much easier to guess. Like "FullyRouted-Luxembourgh" - The DNS will be strictly of this country. On the other hand, "BolehGEO-EU-Netherlands" may result in DNS servers not limited to Netherlands. As long as our real DNS isn't displayed when testing at and such, there's no leak problem.
If your router supports it, you can actually connect to the VPN from there and then the router acts like a proxy for your PC, XBOX, etc. I'm not sure about this capability because I just run the VPN client on my PC, so the VPN encapsulation is happening at my PC, not the router.
It all depends on your router. I think DD-WRT supports VPNs but I'm not sure which protocols, exactly. The BolehVPN client is OpenVPN-based I believe.
Netflix subscriptions are universal. The content you see depends on which IP you connect to the Netflix website. There is no Canadian or US-specific account. It all depends on where you are.
If you look at the chart of ThatOnePrivacySite, you'll quickly noticed it is good and safe from hackers, but since it's based in Canada, you are not protected from the government watch.
From the list, the safest option is BolehVPN
Currently, all they'd have is proof of the fact that I paid for a VPN. That in itself isn't illegal. And while CISPA will allow companies to share information with each other/the government with impunity, that's a far cry from forcing the VPN companies to keep logs on what all their subscribers do.
But even if they do (and I'm not saying it can't happen), that's when you start looking for VPNs that do business out of countries that don't have mandatory data retention laws. I've been using PIA, but I've been considering switching to BolehVPN, as they're Malaysian (so they have no data retention laws), keep no logs, and have good exit locations.
After looking through it seems to me like BolehVPN is an extremely solid VPN provided you look past the cost and their website (My thinking is that the website is only once used and the cost doesn't worry me).
What do you guys think of it?
I just gave BolehVPN a shot for a month. I'm on week 3 and I'm liking it so far. Support is excellent and very responsive(which to me is a big plus in an age where most could care less). I'm about to do some testing with wireshark which will be the deciding factor to if I renew or not(if interested I can let you know the outcome).
You need to purchase one if you can (Paid ones are way better), most come with an installer - just follow that through and connect using your ID/PASS.
You can also do it through a variety of different ways but I would need more info to assist you on that.
I recommend BolehVPN or AirVPN.
That's a big shame, I e-mailed them a lot of technical questions and they were able to provide informed answers to all of them.
As for the no torrenting policy, that's another great shame but my guess is that they want to ensure they're not made liable for any infringement - since they don't display any address on their website and their WHOIS is private, we can probably assume they're not a registered company and therefore have unlimited liability.
Check this out for alternatives. The first service on that list, BolehVPN, also uses OpenVPN and it sounds like their customer service is good at providing a service tailored to your usage too.
Yupe, I signed up for BolehVPN and a free trial for Netflix, liking it so far. And for me, the combination provides me more content and value than Astro. Granted, that I don't watch Asian/Taiwanese/Korean series...
It's called "avoiding risk". The bank in question probably doesn't want to deal with what it sees as a business with huge potential legal liability, which is very responsible of them since who knows what the effect of such action may be on their share prices and stockholders' interests.
What I'm interested in knowing is why the bank sees BolehVPN this way; is there something in the pipelines that would criminalize VPNs and other similar methods?
There's a lot of VPN providers nowadays and some of them are very good. There's actually no 'best' in this aspect. Everyone uses it according to their satisfaction. I personally like BolehVPN.
And, I'd consider myself lucky even if I get only one warning. You've got 'em twice. So, yes, use this opportunity. Get a seedbox and a VPN. These may cost you bucks but then again you'll be having content worth hundreds of dollars without any sort of headache. To me, paying 25-30 dollars per month and getting stuff worth more than five times that amount is completely savvy.
How reliable would you say is this list, guys? I had high hopes for Express VPN but looks it has its hiccups too.
I'd love to get some feedback on BolehVPN or VyprVPN if anyone's used them..
(says here hidemyass VPN is blocked, Stem)
I'm happy with BolehVPN, using it for exactly these purposes. Tons of servers and locations, speeds are very good and haven't a bad word to say about them at all. I tried PIA and had speed issues, but Boleh has been solid.
I've been using BolehVPN (Australian here). They don't have any servers in Australia, closest one would be Hong Kong. But nonetheless I've been having no problems with them at all. Mainly use it for watching Hulu/Netflix and for torrenting (my ISP throttles torrents).
BolehVPN has a setup called Proxied whereby a socks and http proxy sits within the VPN and only programs configured to go through the proxy would be passed through the vpn route. This keeps things secure within the vpn tunnel while not routing your entire connection through it.
It isn't known yet. For example, there are no-logging VPNs like NordVPN, BolehVPN, ExpressVPN which are also based out of the 14 eyes jurisdiction. I doubt they would give away information that easily. Furthermore, they are legally based in their own respective countries so there's that. Unless Australia wants to be like China and ban all the VPNs -- see how that turned out for them. It is like fighting with windmills. I think this will be bypassed -- if there's a need, there will be a way,
Check with your VPN first if any settings need to be changed on your Torrent client (apart from just running the VPN) because BolehVPN had a specific setting on my uTorrent client to be changed as well. I cant remember exactly what though and if it still applies today, they could have improved it already to be automatic
Time to use a VPN!
I have tried a few, and I settled for BolehVPN, which offers servers at multiple locations (UK, US, NL, CH, LU), uses openVPN and do not keep logs. The speeds are fairly good! Prices range from $10.50 if you take one month, down to $7.2/month if you subscribe for a year. Hope that helps!
I use BolehVPN for my downloads. Pretty good GUI for windows and good instructions for MacOS and Android. Costs me about £15 for 3 months, and most importantly they dont keep logs!
I'd recommend anyone torrent anonymously, better safe than sorry! Also the benefit of a vpn over a seedbox is that I can encrypt all my traffic when browsing, not just for torrents.
Well combining Tor and VPN can improve security and privacy, there are also VPNs that have Tor/Onion over VPN servers (NordVPN, BolehVPN, Privatoria) that hide your activities from your ISP. There are pros and cons in using both VPN over Tor or Tor over VPN
Try BolehVPN. It's about $8.00 a month for access to a number of servers and configurations located in the US, Canada, UK, and some other smaller countries.
They provide a GUI so it's extremely easy to set up. It's as simple as picking a server from a drop-down list and clicking "connect". They also support L2TP and PTPP services if you're interested in connecting your Android devices through VPN.
I use it mainly to watch US Netflix content in Canada, but the fact that you're much more secure while torrenting is definitely a big advantage of using VPNs.
You get what you pay for, so I can't vouch for any of the free services floating around except to say that they're risky. Anything you're tunneling through a VPN can be accessed on the other side, so when you're trying out these "free" services you may be risking more than you want, which is why I prefer a paid service; that way someone is accountable to you.
NordVPN or BolehVPN. I would recommend NordVPN for its privacy and good price for long term plans. However, for the cheapest plans, you can try PIA, but it is based in the US, so privacy could be an issue.
Yeah, I elaborately used thatoneprivacyguy's website to review every VPN and I narrowed the "best" VPNs down to NordVPN and BolehVPN. Went with NordVPN since they seemed more professional, had excellent customer support and a 3-year plan for only 99USD. As you said they are based in Panama and they don't keep logs.