Some speed comparisons (rating tests using a combo of P2P, file downloads, and results from )
AirVPN 22.43 Rating: ★★★★★
PureVPN 22.28 Rating: ★★★★★
VPN4All 22.24 Rating: ★★★★★
HideMyAss 22.16 Rating: ★★★★★
VyprVPN 22.06 Rating: ★★★★★
PIA 21.93 Rating: ★★★★½
CactusVPN 21.39 Rating: ★★★★½
PrivatVPN 21.05 Rating: ★★★★½
Kryptotel 20.33 Rating: ★★★★☆
ExpressVPN 20.31 Rating: ★★★★☆
Torguard 20.22 Rating: ★★★★☆
ibVPN 19.36 Rating: ★★★½☆
Hotspot 18.02 Rating: ★★★☆☆
BT Guard 14.13 Rating: ★★½☆☆
VPNDirect 12.84 Rating: ★★☆☆☆
This was highly needed. I constantly see posts like "Best VPN?" then someone goes "CactusVPN has no logs11!!1!1"etc etc. Then I try to explain that what a company says and what they do behind your back are two different things. Hopefully you'll update those sections more often.
Just a heads up for anyone looking to use a VPN to download early: the most popular/simple one, TunnelBear, can be kinda finicky with Origin. I used CactusVPN's
I'm using CactusVPN. It encrypts your traffic so ISPs and other people can't see what you do. No, it won't slow your phone down, but internet speeds can be slower depending on which server you use.
Also, I recommend staying away from free VPNs such as Hotspot Shield and much more. They are garbage ones that sell your data. If you aren't paying for it, you're the product.
You should of course be courteous to your dorm-mates, if you're using a lot of bandwidth I think they might throttle or ban you (that's a question for /u/umdnocguy). The VPN traffic is encrypted though, so to UMD all it looks like is a ridiculous amount of gibberish getting sent between you and wherever your VPN provider is.
The morality and legality of your actions is of course on you. :)
Yeh, pretty much but as blyan said nothing is 100% anonymous on the internet.
I use CactusVPN as my tool of choice, but mainly for when I am out and about with my mobile phone/laptop and am using free wi-fi in a pub or cafe as it gives me an extra layer of security. It also has the ability to kill other programs (such as uTorrent) should the connection break. Here is a review for it as well as some server speed tests. The interface for it has been updated since the article, but the settings are just the same.
If you are going to use a VPN, then it's always a good idea to check to see if you have any DNS leaks as well.
Depends on your use. Different VPNs have different uses. You have filters in place and you can choose what's important to you. For me these were the best choices.
My Private Network
Then in the bad section:
> We loved CactusVPN’s simplicity, encryption, and decent speeds–but unfortunately, they don’t accept Bitcoin as a payment option–making them a bad choice for Bitcoin checkout.
Why list them then?
Best all around (PIA):
Security - 10; Speed - 8; Service - 8;
Best Speeds (IPVanish):
Security - 8; Speed - 10; Service - 7;
Best Budget (ibVPN):
Security - 7; Speed - 9; Service - 7
NordVPN (All around)
CactusVPN (Dirt cheap)
My needs are: minimum slow-down and "good enough" privacy. Do you think CactusVPN would make a good fit for me? It's talked about as having fast speeds, is reasonably priced, and seems to have an honest reputation. What are your opinions?
Honestly I just want to prevent Comcast from easily making a profit off my search history. I play a lot of fast online games and watch a lot of videos, so I don't want a noticeably big ping increase. I'm also not made of money, but I'll pay a few bucks a month to "stick it to the man".
I read through ThatPrivacyGuy's huge posts and am currently looking at the big chart/guide on his website. I think I have a layman's understanding of VPNs and security now. I just need some help or advice at this point.
I just want to be a little harder than normal to steal internet history from. You know, to be not worth the effort, from my ISP's point of view.
Sincerely thank you!
I just got a random pre-load and I already had preloaded the game before. Im using CactusVPN I will update in 5 min
Edit: Nope RIP :( I think you could play it if you got it on microsoft store but doesnt seem to be working on steam
A VPN will encrypt your data and help ensure your privacy online. While Smart DNS is specifically for accessing geo-restricted content. Performance wise Smart DNS is faster because it lacks encryption. Since you already have PIA and plan to do more than just avoid geo-restrictions I suggest you give it a try. It should perform well. If not a few companies (OverPlay, PureVPN, CactusVPN) have plans that include Smart DNS and VPN all-in-one.
The VPN? I use CactusVPN - All internet traffic is routed directly through them and encrypted. It's pretty easy to do. General internet speeds suffer (Drops to about 5mbit from 40) but it makes youtube work!
Sounds like a couple of separate issues, let me try and explain.
If you want to use your VPN for torrenting, make sure you select a VPN provider that allows for this. For instance allow CactusVPN () for P2P on one of their servers (in Amsterdam).
The other question depends on your setup. Say you live in Sweden and are connected to this VPN server in Amsterdam, and you want to access US Netflix. In this case the browser plugins will work absolutely fine.
There are several good ways to unblock Netflix, VPN and browser plugins are two of them:
However, your connection speed might not be good enough for Netflix, if you are connected through a VPN AND downloading torrents while accessing US Netflix through a browser plugin.
I would recommend to do one thing at a time, and use your VPN for Netflix rather than the browser plugins.
I don't think your going to get the all in one for a cheap price. Most services are separate.
Not sure about it, but the free trial only lasts so long, then it will expire. Assuming the paid will give updated, and higher quality DNS's.
Search in reddit (not to any single subreddit), "nfl vpn".
The NFL gives Netherlands free access to their NFL GamePass. So if it thinks you are in the Netherlands, you get it for free.
The $2/mo is just too cheap to pass up on instead of trying to get a new CactusVPN log in every weekend.
Yeah, I figured. In this case it doesn't matter though. I'll only be using it to watch streams and ping doesn't matter there. I'm still using the free trial for CactusVPN right now and the streams I've been watching haven't lagged once.
Here you go.
It would be far better though to get yourself a decent VPN like PIA or CactusVPN. Pretty cheap, and you can pay monthly. That way, at least you are also more secure than you would be.
Jokes a part, I botted, they banned me, I got unbanned, I was legit the whole time then I logged to a vpn and got instant banned... all my accounts. GG no RE. CactusVPN, some people prolly used those to bots.
CactusVPN has servers in LA / Wilmington, DE / Kansas City /Netherlands , and they offer 24 hour free trials that just require you to submit a name and email (none of that "cancel and we won't charge your card crap") so you can see if it works for you!
You should google them up and try it out for a day, nothing to lose type of thing
Honestly it really depends on the VPN in question and which server you are going to connect to. (US/UK/France/Hong Kong etc)
I have done a few VPN reviews in the past along with some basic server speed tests and the download speeds of my main 2 VPN providers (CactusVPN and Private Internet Access) don't really have any noticeable speed hits on my connection when connecting to a local (same country and close location) server. However, and I am from the UK, if I connect to a server in the US so I can check out what is showing on Netflix US, then my speeds are affected due to the physical distance that the connection has to travel. That is something that you just have to deal with. Though even at that distance I don't have any issue with streaming
You could pay for SmartDNS (not a VPN) from CactusVPN which is a region unblocker that runs about $4 A month. It does not affect internet speeds at all. I've been using it with NFLGP all season with no issues. CactusVPN supports DDNS so it is the easiest to use for those who don't have a static WAN IP.
There are some free ones out there, too. Google "region unblocker".
Among the cheapest services are EarthVPN (around £3-4/mo) HideIpVPN ($5/mo and CactusVPN ($4-5/mo).
If you just need to unblock specific streaming services, you'll probably be better off with a Smart DNS service. It's similar to VPN, but only for bypassing regional IP blackouts with hardly any speed loss (note that there is no encryption involved).
Quite a few VPN services also offer Smart DNS either as an add-on or as a separate service. In fact, the above mentioned HideIpVPN and CactusVPN both sell Smart DNS.
Another decent example of VPN/Smart DNS combo service is OverPlay.
Smart DNS Proxy, PureVPN, CactusVPN, StrongVPN, AceVPN, HideIPVPN, Getflix to name a few. I tested a few of them but for me one provider for both hasn't worked out. Most of them either had a great SmartDNS service but poor VPN speed and 'security' or the other way around. With most of these providers you can only use either the VPN or SmartDNS but not both at the same time. I use the combination of PureVPN w/o SmartDNS and Getflix w/o VPN which works great for me. Getflix is the only SmartDNS provider who actually provides a dedicated (Smart)DNS-over-VPN solution with special servers so you can be connected to a VPN and use SmartDNS at the same time.
Yes I have used them. PIA is good since it's cheap and offers good security, but it doesn't work well with Netflix lately. It also doesn't offer as much security as TorGuard VPN, and it's 6 month pricing model is weird. TorGuard is only 29.99 for 6 month. CactusVPN is even cheaper than PIA, but not as good for speeds. I would not use BlackVPN or NordVPN since they don't have as good of clients.
TorGuard, IPVanish, PIA, ExpressVPN are best
I used to use Torguard and I was happy with their service but I recently discovered that the bbc iplayer was blocked. So I am now looking for a new VPN provider.
I've had a look at the detailed VPN comparison chart and I was wondering if I am using it correctly. I have set the fourteen eyes jurisdiction to No, Enemy of the internet - NO, Logs Traffic - No, Log timestamps - NO and it has left me with the following,
Does this mean these providers are the ones I should be considering because they are meeting most of the criteria that one should be looking for in a vpn?
Many thanks for your help!
Looking for a second VPN.
Would like to stay under $3/month (buy annually/biennially/lifetime)
Not in a rush to choose.
Do any of the following stand out to you:
Is there an indiot's guide to the terms used on TOPS. Particularly curious about: PGP key availability, 1st Party DNS servers (vs. open use DNS servers), IPv6 support/block, and whether things like Multihop/TCP 443/Obfsproxy/SOCKS/SSL Tunnel, are a worthy inclusion for average use.
** looks the most attractive so far** in terms of price. Not sure of the costs of all of them (regarding sales). NordVPN is of course usually recommended.
Nobody's mentioned CactusVPN yet. They're based in Moldova, so outside the Fourteen Eyes, and have servers all over the world. I THINK, however, they don't support Netflix proxying, but I don't use Netflix anyway so they work fine for me! Never any downtime (and if there is, another server in the same country picks it up) and affordable - I pay £15 a quarter
VPN services can be found for pretty cheap so if you really are concerned about your security, just pay for one. I use CactusVPN which is $6/month and according to them, they keep no logs of what you're downloading/uploading, sites you go to, or applications you use.
No it doesn't. I have use CactusVPN for a couple of years now, as well as writing a review for it along with server speed tests.
I have also done the same with PIA which is just as good, and has more servers that CactusVPN. That said, I personally prefer CactusVPN over PIA for ease of use and great UI.
They don't block P2P. Use The Netherlands or Romanian servers for P2P (been using CactusVPN for years now and have written 3 reviews along with speed tests over the years as well)
The only logs they retain are on initial connection and disconnection, email (if given) and creditcard/paypal info. The network logs are stored so they can try and help with network issues should a user have an issue. (ALL VPN providers do this, otherwise how would they be able to help you) They don't forward DMCA notices, nor have they.
Please don't spread things about services you know nothing about. They are a decent VPN provider.
PureVPN is $4.16 a month if you pay for 12 months up front.
It has the added benefit of giving you the option of DNS service OR full VPN service, where you can pick your endpoint (in case DNS alone doesn't fix your issue, or you want more privacy). Also very easy to use (has it's own GUI client).
UnoTelly has a DNS service for $4 a month.
CactusVPN has VPN and SmartDNS options for $4.99 /mo
There are plenty of others in the ~$5 market, but lower than that is hard to come by if you don't buy several months upfront.
Yes, there is actually. Let's say for instance, I illegally download a movie and the company that owns the rights wants to sue. They now have that I from CactusVPN and that IP can be traced back to me since they log what IP I was using. That's the problem.
I was just about to recommend CactusVPN. I won a free account from their competition. I must say I am happy with their client program and their services (every time I post a ticket) very prompt and responsive. I might as well continue with their service at the end of the 3 months time line.
Looking for a VPN to use for a first timer, I looked through the chart, and came up with three that I was thinking would be good. This is not saying I will not take other suggestions for VPN's, I certainly will.
I am in the U.S. and the main reason for VPN is just for basic browsing and gaming. I don't do torrenting, or Netflix.
The three I am looking at are CactusVPN, , and MyPricatNetwork.
Again, I am open to any suggestions.
And as a side question, do you need a VPN while gaming? If I log into a game and it already has my information in there, email and name, does the VPN really do anything helpful?
So far I've tried CactusVPN and NordVPN and I've been disappointed with both in terms of speed (Gig Fiber but only getting 1-5mbps). I really just want something for torrenting, and Kodi that doesn't keep logs and is reasonably fast.
I've given up, every list I've looked at including that privacy site seems to steer me in the wrong direction.
Real world experience/suggestions are welcomed.
Thanks for the heads up, and I agree on your last point. It's really stupid they don't take advantage of the demand and make it easier on us that want this solution.
I am using CactusVPN for the smart DNS provider. I'd probably use them for the VPN connectivity if I needed to. What are you using as far as providers out of curiosity?
I just started using CactusVPN and I have to say it is really nice. They may night have a ton of server locations but their speed seems really fast (for me) and I have had no problems.
Plus I really love that they offer the SSTP protocol, which a lot of VPN providers do not.
Surprising, I don't see CactusVPN mentioned much here.
I got lucky by using . They have instant shipping of the code (did need to verify by text btw). Also FlyVPN and CactusVPN worked for me to get the key into origin and download the game. Took 15 minutes to get the installer, so thats pretty decent for a vpn.
and are out of stock. For a european the gmg site was not showing the US version. It did via vpn but i got stuck in an infinite loop after paypal (which thankfully did not complete). I'm guessing other keysites will be sending keys but all the cheap ones take longer.
> VPN are useful for plenty of very legitimate reasons
Indeed they are. But 1) we're not talking about corporate VPNs here (companies do not use services like CactusVPN and PIA); and 2) other than in the case of people who live in countries with repressive regimes, VPNs are mainly used for torrenting (or worse). As I said, this is their bread and butter.
>the location of the server or of the company defines the applicable law
On the contrary, a court in any country in which a service is accessible could claim jurisdiction - as this ongoing case demonstrates:
I use Cyberghost but it's the premium-year-long-subscription. I paid $7 for it during a Humble-Lifehacker-Bundle last month, and for $7, it works flawlessly. I don't know how good the free version is, but the paid version works amazingly well.
Another VPN I have used, in the past, was CactusVPN when they were just a startup company. I've noticed their price has gone up a bit, but when they were first around, they were great as well.
I currently use CactusVPN.
Mostly because they have a good price for VPN+SmartDNS (basically unlocking sites for my PS4 etc where I cant use a VPN and I dont want to use a VPN on my router all the time)
But most of the time I use . Pay once for a lot of "premium accounts" for multiple one click hosters + usenet and a torrent downloader.
Holy shit. I've tried a few different trials as well as the VPN/DNS service I pay for (CactusVPN) and either they didn't work at all or the feed was shit. I was streaming full-on HD within 2 minutes of registering for the trial. Preeeesh.
I've tried CactusVPN and BolehVPN and none of them protect against DNS Leaks, making them practically useless. I also haven't been able to use my torrent program with either, which kinda defeats the purpose too.
this is outrageous! im also been muted for over a month now and i cant believe they are making you buy stuff for unban!
I can testify that making a new account with different Phone + different Google Account & different Wifi Network still starts as chat disabled ..
going further than that (because i thought maybe they banned my whole country lol) made CactusVPN free trial account, ip set to USA, Memu Player changing Device Id, Phone Number, IMEI, Wifi Hotspot, Mac Address.. reaching lvl 15 and still cant talk.. the funny thing is that my main account can talk at server 227 and an alt i have can talk at 229 but any new server i try with those account are chat-disabled as well as any fresh account on any server (including 227 & 229).
If there is a f2p player here that never purchased something I would really appreciate him trying to get a fresh new account and testing on any server if he can talk after lvl 15 (write in chat, relogin and check if msg isnt deleted)
No idea then. Maybe it can drain battery faster since the VPN sometimes has to be reconnected when you turn your phone off then back on.
I'm using CactusVPN and I don't notice excessive battery loss.
What do you mean by online games not working well with PIA? It really does depend on how far you are from the server that you are connecting to and several other things. I doubt that you are gonna get better performance with mentioned CactusVPN but then again I never tried it. They offer free VPN trial for 24 hours from the account sign up so why not give it a try?
I don't happen to have VPN Unlimited, however I do use CactusVPN with their OpenVPN files. From my past experience, standalone VPN clients tend to be poorly written and some are shady (proprietary). If VPN Unlimited offers OpenVPN files, it's probably your best route.
P.S. If you're new to both Linux and Networking, Kali Linux is a bad place to start. Try Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, or OpenSUSE first. You could easily install the same toolset that Kali has with very little work.
You know, that actually makes sense. I will try it from my fiancees parents house tomorrow, after the lockout resets. Thanks for the idea!
EDIT: You think a paid VPN works? I have a subscription to CactusVPN and that might work, ya? Unless it's MAC specific?
No problem! This was just maybe a month ago. I think these are the instructions that I used. The key was going through my computer because I couldn't find a way to do it on my phone. I've been using CactusVPN and it has been working great to watch races on my phone through the Eurosport Player app! Best of luck!
If you're interested, Droid Life's Deals section usually has some coupon codes for Private Internet Access and VPN Unlimited.
I'm currently using CactusVPN. It was well reviewed, had plenty of available options, and had a free trial.
I have used and reviewed quite a few VPNs (paid) in the past including BTGuard. In regards to being able to use P2P, then yes it will allow you to do so. Also they don't (according to them) retain user logs (apart from your payment details which is needed) which is good.
Their support though is non existent (I never received any replies when I used to use them.
If you are going to be using a VPN for P2P usage then I would also try to find one that also has a built in Kill Switch, that will stop your P2P client should the VPN connection fail, but will restart the client when the connection is reacquired again.
CactusVPN is great for this, plus it will give you access to multiple servers in the US/UK and Netherlands, allowing you to access other sites that would be otherwise blocked to you due to geo-restrictions like Hulu/iPlayer etc depending on where you live.
Price wise it is about the same.
If you want I can link a review (eg. server speeds and usage) of it I did.
I use CactusVPN, but I'm just an American living here and breaking the rules. I honestly don't know what I would do if I didn't have that option.
I can back you up on the credit card thing. It took a while to get used to carrying cash on me all the time after I moved.
I ended up going with CactusVPN, they are having a sale now with $1 / month and $4.99 afterwards.. its actually quite nice as i have a desktop client now that i can activate sort of like a vpn which will save me from having to redo the ip changes every now and then.
Thanks for the feedback.
Any VPN (most have support to Android and iOS). Although grab paid one instead of free one - if something is free then the price is your browsing history. Hidemyass, ExpressVPN, CactusVPN - random examples.
It basically cloaks you from your carrier. According to him you are only connected to the VPN provider site via encrypted tunnel. But what goes through that tunnel - ISP can't tell.
Also helps at overriding regional IP locks, for example if you want to watch Netflix in a country not yet supported :P
HBO Now is possible in Canada, but they make it tough since you can only sign up using a mobile device.
That's what I did using Android, I've been using it for months. If you want the smart TV app, you'll need to change the store region of your smart TV. Both my Samsungs are on the U.S. region.