VPN = Virtual Private Network.
Instead of doing this:
You <-> Internet
You do this:
You <-> VPN <-> Internet
You route all of your internet traffic through another server. It's encrypted, meaning nobody can see what you're connecting to or the data you're sending except for the website you're connecting to.
Most VPNs will have their own program that you download on your computer, and there are free VPNs out there. But I wouldn't recommend using most free VPNs. I recommend AirVPN or PIA.
Fellow brits, AirVPN is having a sale currently and you can get a year's subscription for about £30. No logs stored, company not based in a five eyes (or 15 eyes) country, you can pay with btc, and it's relatively fast. Start protecting your privacy now. This country is fucked and its not heading to any place better by the looks of things.
>I recommend AirVPN or PIA
I can't say enough bad things about the latter - used to be with PIA for 2 years. Apart from it being terribly slow (which I can totally live with), it absolutely contradicts any idea of privacy by storing all your billing info apparently for an indefinite period of time (how did I know this? Huh, I received a warning email from my bank that PIA tried to charge the card I used 2 years before that to buy their services, so they absolutely stored all my payment info, not just for a period of time required for refunds/chargebacks, but likely indefinitely - I stopped using this service that very second)
I moved to a different service, but I will refrain from posting its name, because it will inevitably attract dozens of PIA shills downvoting me (they still will) and trying to explain me that billing info is stored by ALL companies, it's usage logs that matter :)
PIA is pretty well respected they charge $3.33 if you pay by they year. I have AirVPN and paid around the same when I signed up, though the Euro conversion is slightly higher now. Again, a very well respected company.
Yes, assuming they dont throttle VPN...which is certainly a possibility, but other then that it should mask everything your doing.
It is important to note that the VPN can now throttle you, they know what your doing, also, just the connection to the VPN can slow things down significantly. If you are going the VPN route (which i recommend if for nothing else then to piss off ISP) make sure to get a good one that doesnt care what you do and doesnt watch, keep logs, etc... My go to VPN client is are privacy advocates and it is the cheapest and best VPN i have ever had.
Also, while you got your handy VPN, make sure to bring up your bit torrent client and seed the fuck out of everything. Us common people cant do much individually, but if we all start fucking with them, it will hurt.
I like AirVPN DNS servers. They support SSL VPN connections, too. They even support integration with Tor, DD-WRT, pfsense, and so on.
AirVPN and NordVPN have both done a good job in the past. They don't keep records and have plenty of servers around the world.
They also don't have bad prices. I have used both in the past. Nord is great if you can pay upfront for 2 years. It was $70 last I checked. If that's not an option you can get 3 months at a time from AirVPN for about $15.
There are other price tiers but those are the 2 I use.
Yeah; using work/university is even worse. I use AirVPN.
Speedwise, it ranges around 1 mb/s, but that's only because our ISP is that slow. I'm not sure what the maximum possible speed could be. In their terms, they say the guaranteed minimum is 4 Mbits/s (0.5 mb/s), and that the max depends only on their current load.
AirVPN - 54 € for a year
Has plenty of servers around the world
It's the one I use and it's always been reliable with near enough the same speeds as my broadband without the vpn on
VPN and Tor will help hide your activity from your ISP and the destination server respectively. Don't use Tor for videos and torrenting, though. It would be slow and it would bog down the network.
A VPN service like AirVPN and setting your router to use alternate DNS servers would be sufficient to hide your activity from the snooping of your ISP. It would all take place behind encryption, which would help counter this legislation by depriving the ISP monopolies of the data they wish to violate your rights by selling.
Hmm. Why not pay $3 a month for proven services like PIA or AirVPN and protect up to five devices (including mobile) instead
For someone who actually cares about privacy, this built in service is likely inadequate. If all you want to do is tunnel to avoid geo restrictions, you can spoof with other means
Besides unless you frequently use public WiFi on your phone this is not very useful
Edit: where does it even say it costs $2?
I can recommend AirVPN, but there is a subreddit dedicated to VPNs and privacy, so you guys should check it out, too:
The people on that sub are very helpful.
Why I recommend AirVPN:
They are as "real" as you can get. Not entirely "1-Click to win" user-friendly, but you get a cool open-source software (named "Eddie") and a very very skilled dev/support team.
No "have you tried turning your Computer off and on again" bs. Plenty of customization in their OpenVPN wrapper.
Just take a look at their forums to see what I mean.
From the last thread on the Snoopers Charter, here are 2 VPN services to get around the data collection.
How to make your own VPN
Here is 10 dollars in Bitcoin (BCH) to get you started.
You will need to withdraw the BCH to a wallet ( Wallet is a good one if you use Android, but there are many other options)
Good luck getting in touch with your folks and fuck censorship.
Ik zit al een tijdje bij AirVPN en ben erg tevreden over stabiliteit en gebruiksgemak. Ze hebben ook hun eigen open-source VPN-client, waarmee je zonder technische kennis met een van de VPN-servers kunt verbinden. Plus je hebt ~~vijf~~ drie gelijktijdige verbindingen tot je beschikking. Je zou dus je account kunnen delen met vrienden/familie.
What? As long as you don't use a VPN with no encryption/and from a reputable source (e.g. AirVPN, PIA, etc...) then VPNs are significantly safer than having no VPN. Everything is encrypted from the moment it leaves your PC to the moment it leaves the remote server.
It was probably compromised because OP had a virus, or he used a shitty VPN that was setup for the sole purpose of obtaining login details. (unlikely)
Your ISP is dropping the connection.
GTA Online uses P2P, your ISP probably thinks its a torrent so it is throttling it/dropping the connection to conserve bandwidth.
It's a scummy move, only way around it is to use a VPN really.
I would advise against PIA, they dropped my GTA:O connection more than my ISP, AirVPN haven't once.
VPNs only cost a few dollars per month. If you're not willing to pay even that little to get basically unlimited content for free, then you're just being cheap for no reason.
You can also pay per-use if you don't need it often, so it can be even less than a few dollars per month. (AirVPN btw)
I use IVPN and have previously used AirVPN. Both are good.
Do not trust PiA. It's extremely suspicious that the highest rated comment always seems suggests them, even though they are a US based service. My guess is they push their affiliates programme extremely aggressively.
There's a website with great comparisons, use that.
Just wait til you figure out how to use a Trezor with Mycelium, no centralization, hold a gajillion BTC in your pocket without relying on ANYONE (not even circle).
But yea, been doing BTC transactions from day one, ez pz.
Also checkour AirVPN, used PIA but I thought Airvpn has a nicer setup.
Did you do all the leak tests like IPV6 and DNS leak tests? Did you have some kind of killswitch that killed your internet connection when you disconnected from the "proxy"? Were you using a proxy or a VPN? There is a big difference.
I've been using a VPN for the past 3+ years and haven't got a notice from anyone and i use public trackers quite often for music when i don't wanna seed stuff.
Get rid of BTGuard (Over priced anyway). Get PIA or AirVPN and set it up with the Kill switch they supply and the leak protection.
I just found the AirVPN response to the TorrentFreak questions on their forum. It doesn't fully answer the two questions I posed, but it seems to assuage some concerns, so I posted it here for others that are concerned:
Bin mit AirVPN sehr zufrieden, bin dort seit einigen Jahren Kunde.
Würde aber empfehlen jetzt nur einen Monat zu kaufen und dann falls es dir gefällt bei den BlackFriday Angeboten zuzuschlagen. Da kostet ein Jahresaccount dann ca. 35€.
In the past they've recommended AirVPN. I've been using them and I think they've been great, so I'm concerned that they're not mentioned. Anyone have any idea why they weren't included in this, or if there is a reason I should stop using them?
Even in the best-case scenario, which involves Cloudflare's magnanimity and honesty, this will be abused into the ground and the IPs will be blacklisted from everywhere and everything, making it essentially useless.
The best option for security continues to be spinning up your own VPN on a VPS; the best option for privacy continues to be not using the internet (lol) or using Tor in combination with a proven, for-pay commercial VPN - I'm thinking Mullvad, AirVPN, or ProtonVPN - depending on threat model.
Well if your business is running malicious servers over their network they are in no way beholden to be a third party to such shit if they don't want to.
If you're an asshole with malicious intent then I guess AirVPN isn't the one you want to use.
You don't need use exit nodes to access onion/hidden services.
Tor has other uses than just privacy. It's also a tool for purely circumvention of firewalls and other forms of censorship.
You can actually set what countries exit nodes the Tor Browser Bundle will connect to.
Using HTPP and other unencrypted shit will let anyone fuck you over on the regular internet, exit nodes have no difference in this aspect. Use HTTPS and the proper encryption always on the normal Internet and Tor.
Some VPNs like AirVPN work through/inside Tor, so that means that your traffic is encrypted VPN traffic when passing through the exit node.
Development of Tor is continuous, some of the best minds in the world are actively working on every aspect of it. I suspect over time the issues with exit nodes will gradually be solved.
I'm a big fan of AirVPN.
I really like that they let me statically assign port forwards. With this, I don't have to make arrangements in clients to change the port they listen on each time I start a new vpn session.
I don't know how you'd verify that about any company. At some point you have to put some trust in the company you decide to do business with. I don't trust my government (I'm in the US) and I definitely don't trust my ISP (AT&T). As I said, I can't fully trust my VPN but I definitely trust them more than the other links in my connection chain and I do that because of their online reputation. That's really all we have to go on.
I use AirVPN, by the way, if you care. But I don't know why you would because you can't trust me either...
It's not a bad idea. On my piracy server (Black Pearl) running Centos 7, I have 10 containers set up (8 specifically for pirating) the host machine is running the openvpn client through AirVPN. All traffic to/from the interwebs goes through openvpn.
Spot on, my friend. I simply have different personas (VM's) for different tasks; nothing downright nefarious, but some things are for my eyes only. Other than that I'm selective about cookies (Privacy Badger is alright), use https consistently (HTTPS Everywhere), and eliminate popups and such (uBlock Origin). And ofc VPN (AirVPN) is mandatory. Firefox is a no-brainer still, right?
None of these are perfect in any way, shape or form; BUT it costs me very little time and effort, and makes life for those that want to make money on my online presence all the more difficult.
Why the downvotes? Should I stop using AirVPN?
Edit: AirVPN's privacy information page states that personal information (e.g. IP address) is collected for the functioning of the service but deleted upon the termination of data transmission.
Is this comparable to other VPN services?
It's a gray area. I have cox cable as well and have used a private tracker with no VPN for about 12 years. No issue. My first copyright claim came from rarbg and the Fargo series. I looked at PIA and other VPN's and ended up choosing AirVPN. My reason was speed, reliable killswitch, and servers located outside the U.S. I say just research on your own because people love to shill specific VPN's in this sub and honestly it's more often than not PIA.
Been experimenting with providers for a while now. Settled with AirVPN. Pushed around 12TB of bidirectional traffic in my first 2 weeks via SG and NL and while latency can be an issue, it is freaking solid. PM for refferal for a shameless plug. 50EUR per year, and you can try for 3 days for 1EUR
Eihän tuo toki mene noin, en täysin ymmärrä mitä tarkoitat "Kyllä se hakutieto tulee näkymään heillä mitä on etsitty" koska jos tarkoitat ISP:tä (Elisa/DNA/Sonera jne.) niin he eivät voi nähdä tuota salatun VPN-tunnelin ylitse.
Toisaalta myöskään VPN-palveluntarjoaja ei voi nähdä mitä olet hakenut netissä niin kauan kun käytät HTTPS-sivustoja (olettaen ettei palveluntarjoaja ole tehnyt / yritä tehdä MITM hyökkäystä jonka käyttäjä havaitsee).
Lisäksi ainakin AirVPN tarjoaa mahdollisuutta VPN over TOR jolloin myöskään VPN-palveluntarjoaja ei voi tietää mistä IP-osoitteesta olet yhdistänyt sinne mutta tuo toki hidastaa kaikkea tosi paljon ja varmaan ei oikeasti ole hyödyllinen ellet ole tekemässä jotain todella laitonta (ja toki pitäisi sitten maksaa anonyymisti ISP:lle sekä VPN-yhtiölle.)
Tuossa on yksi esimerkki aiheesta miten tuo menee TOR over VPN vs VPN over TOR
It's crazy how much people ride the PIA train here. I don't get it. Personally I use Airvpn. The reason I chose AirVPN is for speed, located outside U.S., reliable killswitch. I learned my lesson with mega upload and neighboring countries the U.S. likes to fuck with.
It is illegal almost everywhere. That's why you use a decent VPN. I have been using AirVPN for 5$/month for two years now and speed is about 6MByte/s (not MBit/s). You can port-forward and they don't throttle and the actively allow file-sharing. Also they have servers all over the globe so you can get IPs in USA or UK or Netherlands, etc
The privacy community has a convoluted relationship with logging.
Real time statistics are not logging if the data is not retained.
We tend to take the most prudent approach possible and use a stripped version of Linux that only gives us the basic functionality that we need to operate. We try to disable / remove / break everything else. Even with this approach we can see real-time statistics about the network.
I wouldn't be comfortable with live sensitive information coming to me in that manner, but in practice, this is not logging and if everything is being handled properly it is not a danger to the user.
Edit: Because this blew up and a lot of people are reading it. AirVPN is one of the best in the industry. They take privacy and security very seriously and actively participate in the privacy community at large. This particular feature is something that users have asked us for in the past. Everything privacy related is on a spectrum, and AirVPN is still a very good choice.
Or get a paid torrent-friendly VPN that does not keep logs? That's the standard procedure, anyway. (something like PIA.
> If enough people are interested, I would love to make a video explaining how I set everything up from the ground up.
build it and they will come. Also if you are going the video route, consider having text instructions too. It's much easier to follow along than a video where you have to pause / rewind to catch things.
> Some topics I would cover:
> AirVPN vs PIA
Leave it vendor neutral.
> Right, but to my understanding VPN's don't hide from MPAA trackers.
Who told you that crazy nonsense? That's the whole point of a VPN, to establish an encrypted connection to another IP address (that IP address would be the one appearing to be torrenting, not your own home IP). Just make sure it's a paid torrent-friendly VPN that does not keep logs (PIA.
> If you want them to respond to you, it is.
I'm sorry you have had a difficult time navigated their website but here is their contact page.
>For the last time, I'm not talking about whatever post you are fixated on.
That would be the first time. And I'm "fixated" on the only real piece of information you have provided, an image of a comment by AirVPN staff. Who responded very reasonably, with information on a possible fix and a request for further information to help you fix your problem.
Why are you alluding to something else but not providing any information about something else?
Well, we all know it is based in sweden but then its the one of the vpn which gained popularity in reddit. They dont do any marketing, paid reviews or affiliate.
If you have not use it, you should try it out. They offer 3 hours free trial without having to subscribed.
I am using it for more than 5 months much better than the ones you have seen in several tech review websites.
Edit: I dont know why you explicitly mentioned Mullvad, AirVPN is also based in Italy which is also a part of 14 eyes yet AirVPN is also one of the reputable VPNs out there. Same goes for AzireVPN.
I've been testing AirVPN and it's been great. I tried using their zip files with stunnel and OpenVPN to encrypt the initial VPN connection but I couldn't get it to work - kept getting a certificate error in the stunnel log file. The "Eddie" client from the AirVPN website works well. It's 1 Euro for a 3 day trial. I just wish they had an easy anonymous pay option as with other VPN providers. You can use Bitcoin if you have an account with Coinbase (I do not) or, I suppose you could just buy a Visa gift card as well, but I believe you still have to create an account and provide some identifying information now, so there's still a trail if you're concerned about TNO (trust no one) mentality. Otherwise it's a fine service with good server selections and fast speeds.
Not really. That is a reasonable inference, if he thinks you are halfway smart. Free services are complete shit.
I run a device on my home network that monitors and manages what my kids do. Check out . If anyone on my network uses a VPN, I can see that. I can also block access to VPNs. I've tried it with my own VPN services. I'm still able to punch through using AirVPN's SSL/SSH tunnels because the device doesn't know it's a VPN connection.
Food for thought.
I used to use Hidemyass until lulzsec issue then I stopped, I noticed they now claim they may log activities up to 2 years. I also used to use Witopia for several years which I also stopped, I think they log for a week but that isn't the issue, issue is they are located in Virginia, heartland of alphabet agencies.
So far I tried AirVPN, BolehVPN & PIA all are obviously good enough.
Ones that I previously tried but gave up even though they claim not to log are Torguard as they had frequent hiccups while I was a customer as well as IPedator which is safe but at times slow and even worse speed was CryptoCloud. Not sure if they improved now.
Here is list of some VPNs that you could consider
Make sure to get one that is based in a country that doesn't have problematic laws. For example, if the VPN company is based in the US or UK, even if the servers are in a different country to those two, the governments could still force the company to hand over data.
I'm in the UK and I use AirVPN which is based in Italy. (using servers in the netherlands)
I've been using AirVPN since almost 2 years and I couldn't be more satisfied.
You can pay with bitcoin. And they have a howto explaining how to use TOR with bitcoin to process the transfer. You should not trust a VPN provider that doesn't use bitcoin.
It's EU based (Italy). US laws don't apply. And it is run by a political hacktivist, Paolo Brini. They don't keep logs and I trust them on that.
Their understanding on how VPN works and the surrunding technology is top notch. Very tech savvy staff. Check out their forum, you'll find some of the best piece about openvpn technology there.
Lots of exit nodes in different countries.
I'm always able to max my VDSL speed using most of the exit nodes (50Mbits/6Mbits).
They only use openvpn.
get and use a credible paid vpn...
ExpressVPN, AirVPN, IVPN, Torguard, mullvad
ensure it works...
ensure your torrent client only works with the vpn tap connection Tixati can do this. I dunno bout any others
AirVPN is good, they are not based in the US or UK and they do not log. The speed and range of servers is as good as you can get and I've had no problem with DNS or WebRTC leaks so far.
I used PIA for a few months as my first foray into protecting my privacy online and while they were a good reliable service, they are based in the US and that raises issues with trustworthyness.
a VPN is just the first step in privacy online, you'll need to configure your browser and get a few add-ons if you want to make sure you're completely protected.
You're not the first, search through Reddit. VyperVPN is known to log & respond to DMCA requests (in your case, forward the complaint to your ISP). They'll just tell you copyright infringement is against their TOS.
Get a better VPN. PIA, AirVPN, or others in the TF article. Also check out /r/VPNTorrents.
EDIT: Some related posts
AirVPN is already marked as not logging traffic. Connection duration and bandwidth from your screenshot is real time connected, not long term stored. As soon as those users disconnect, they presumably drop off that list.
AirVPN. They don't keep logs, you can pay in Bitcoin if you are really paranoid, they have great speeds and uptime, multiple servers from many regions, and they basically just throw away any copyright notices they get.
AirVPN, it has a open source client but they only support openvpn which for me doesn't matter. The company is run by people who care, that is why they are an organisation. They include port forwarding and ddns support if you would like that
How did make it into your shortlist? I don't think many people would consider them, aside from them being cheap they offer nothing special. The rest you post don't have many servers and are quite expensive for VPNs but offer a good service. I've not used them but they appear quite slow according to the comparison chart.
Edit: I'm also in the UK and used VPNs for quite some time now. I have found AirVPN to be the best I have used. They offer a free trial if you email them. Most of them do, so make use of that.
Not the guy you messaged, but BlackVPN, AirVPN, IVPN and even PIA (even though they're US based, they say they have zero logging) are the ones I hear good things about. Although TorGuard is cheap as fuck with that 50% off forever thing.
With a gigabit connection you are basically out of luck, you wont be able to find anything that can sustain that speed for a reasonable price. I had good speeds with NordVPN and AirVPN but you will never reach 1gbit with either of these
You need a VPN in the UK regardless because of this legislation that means that your internet browsing history is recorded and made available to vast numbers of government employees:
Look at the list about halfway down the page. Utter the wrong opinions in the pub and some random guy who works for one of these departments overhears you? He could ruin you.
I've had AirVPN for the last couple of years, it's pretty good (torrents seem to be rate capped though), I'm sure NordVPN as recommended by CableDolt is also good.
For anyone looking, I would recommend AirVPN
I don't work for them, but they're so good that I feel they deserve some PR.
They don't keep logs, the owner is really cool, and it's dirt cheap. In 3 month packages it's a few cents over $5 a month, unmetered access, and you can pay with Paypal or Bitcoin. There are 100Mbps and 1Gbit servers in various countries, and you can choose which one to connect through.
You can see how busy the servers are here, so it's quite transparent in that regard.
I am happy with AirVPN and they seem more reliable and trustworthy than the others I was considering. Personal customer support and plenty of advanced features + network lock. I am still relatively new to it though, others probably have different and more informed opinions.
Mullvad, one of the first business ever to accept bitcoin. AirVPN, donates to many worthwhile profits from its proceeds.
for detailed information on pretty much everyone.
Ja, ist eigentlich immer an außer ich schau Netflix.
> Sind die für 5€ schon gut ?
Die sind gut. Ich hab AirVPN, hab aber auch gutes von NordVPN gehört.
Geschwindigkeit ist meistens gut. Hängt vom Server ab.
You should check out AirVPN. Transferred from PIA to AirVPN in a heartbeat last year. Way more privacy and it is not in "5 eyes country" as PIA is.
Strong encryption (including Perfect Forward Secrecy)
Open source client with DNS leak protection, killswich and WebRTC “bug” protection
VPN over Tor
SSL and SSH tunnelling
Accepts Bitcoins (and other crypto-currency)
DNS routing to evade VPN blocks
3-day free trial
Fast and stable
3 simultaneous connections
Website is a fantastic repository of VPN knowledge
This sub is about preserving privacy, not helping people in positions of authority (whether it be governmental, educational, corporate, parental, etc.) violate it. OP is an individual whose privacy is potentially in jeopardy and I, for one, am not going to allow the presence of a parent-child relationship nor a homeowner-guest relationship to stand in the way of what I consider a fundamental right.
OP, I recommend getting internet access temporarily from a coffee shop or library and downloading Tor Browser Bundle or a VPN client like PIA or AirVPN and saving it to a flash drive to bring home. Alternatively, you can try a privacy-oriented live Linux environment like Tails. I echo the sentiment posted elsewhere in the thread that you should also mix in some snoopable but innocent traffic so that they don't get suspicious.
It depends. Many big content providers (Netflix, Hulu, BBC, etc.) have begun identifying and blocking IPs originating from known VPN exit points.
It can be hit or miss, not just by VPN provider but by server within that VPN's selection.
e.g. I use AirVPN and frequently hit Canadian servers (from the US) for performance reasons. Depending on which Canadian server I'm connected to, Netflix may complain that I'm using a VPN and must disconnect it in order to access their app at all... or they may give me access to the Canadian Netflix catalog (identifiable because all the US shows I want to watch are missing!)
Zelf gebruik ik AirVPN op mijn PC en laptop, en OpenVPNConnect met een AirVPN-regel op mijn telefoon. Ik ben erg tevreden. Natuurlijk is het iets minder snel dan een reguliere verbinding, maar dat neem ik graag voor lief :)
(Tip: je kunt ook gebruik maken van de zoekfunctie. Dit onderwerp komt namelijk vaker voorbij
All VPNs can potentially spy on and record all of your internet traffic. Does that mean they all do that? Of course not.
My point goes back to the old adage, "if you're not paying for a service, you're not the customer, you're the product." Paid VPNs are much less likely to try and spy on their users and/or sell their data because their customers are their actual revenue stream rather than some third party.
TorrentFreak publishes a yearly article on the promises VPN providers make, and you should absolutely do some research before choosing a company whose servers you're going to use as a funnel for all your internet traffic. I use AirVPN and have used PrivateInternetAccess in the past.
True, but to be fair most people end up using the VPN vendor app & PIA does do port forwarding with their app.
Nothing against AirVPN (they're awesome IMO), but realistically both services can do basic port forwarding.
Assume all SMS, phone calls, internet history etc is being logged by the NSA. Because they are.
If you want to keep your shit private download TextSecure and Redphone on Android or Signal on iOS. They're compatible with each other, use the same protocol and servers, and come from the same developers. There was a leaked NSA slide that said Redphone alone was "catastrophic" for their surveillance efforts. If NSA can't monitor it the cops certainly can't do shit.
For general web browsing use a VPN based outside of the Five Eyes. I like AirVPN.
I switched to pfsense because I needed something that could provide routing for vlans and be a firewall between them. On top of that I now run a pair of VPN tunnels (AirVPN, PIA) and use pfsense to force traffic on their respective VLANs down those tunnels.
Head over to /r/VPN and see their comparison chart. It is excellent. There are just as many good, and even better ones that provide you with more safety for a similar price. I use AirVPN and it had been a better experience then when I had PIA.
/u/thatoneprivacyguy we need you!
I can recommend AirVPN. Their client temporarily blocks all connections through the firewall that aren't being tunneled through the VPN. So if the VPN suddenly disconnects, all traffic stops. I'm sure plenty of other vpns offer this too, though.
I use NordVPN. The service is alright. They have a few fast servers near me and some cool privacy enhancing features like double VPN servers and Tor over VPN servers, but many of the servers go down frequently, or experience connection issues at various times of day due to volume. This is to be expected of course, but it happens quite a lot more than it should. I have been thinking of switching to AirVPN for a while now, it seems to be the best option as far as far as no-log high-security VPNs go.
If your VPN provider's application has a "kill switch" setting or similar then that's what you need to enable. The kill switch disables the internet connection if the VPN goes down, which will prevent qB from torrenting since it'll think the internet went out.
PIA, etc. all have VPN applications with kill switch. Not sure on what you're using but that's the general idea.
AirVPN user of more than a year now, I don't think I could recommend them more. There are many dozens of gigabit servers, port options, and many location options along with a great GUI Linux client w/killswitch and an active and helpful development team.
Best of all plenty of cryptocurrency options to pay and it's a non US-based company
Copyright trolls are going to be on every tracker except fully-private ones (sometimes those too). If you download enough content, a VPN will pay for itself. I've used PIA in the past (generally the Switzerland server), and I've heard good things about AirVPN.
If you don't want to install third-party software, many providers offer the OpenVPN config files separately. The OpenVPN client isn't very straight forward to configure, but I can give a brief walkthrough if you are interested.
This is great work and good for a summarized view but I want people to know that choosing the right provider is more than looking for the row with the most green cells. There are many factors to consider, like crypto algos used for handshaking and transmission, what parameters the provider uses for ovpn and ,(perhaps most importantly) open source. For example, AirVPNs client is completely open source so you know exactly what the client is doing. For those who are TRULY security concerned, they will look at providers with open source software first.
Adding a column for open source clients and software used by providers would be a good idea.
AirVPN is among the top VPN providers and I was considering to subscribe with them. However, I've just learned with this spreadsheet that they are logging IP address apparently. I know that there are no perfect commercial solution but this point is worrying me.
I pulled down close to 200TB via Usenet (with TLS, of course) over the course of the past year in the dorms at my University. I've gotten emails from campus IT about my data usage (unsurprisingly enough, I used more bandwidth than most departments on campus… combined.) but they didn't really do anything.
The best thing you can do for yourself is get a decent VPN (I use AirVPN, but there are many solutions out there) for like $6/month and just running Usenet through that.
The bad advice on here is amazing. Tor usage will only only attract attention in corrupt countries that block access and even then you use obfuscated bridges to hide your usage first.
Ipvanish is not a well reputable VPN and use to log in the past. Many superior options exist like PIA and AirVPN although they are not needed and are a risk. Tails is an amnesiac bootable OS that only connects to tor and is not recommended to use a VPN with. Tails is recommended for every dnm user and advocating against it is dumbassery it is far superior to the TBB in everyway. If you are a small time buyer tails is all you need and the only thing you need. This guy is an idiot.
Personally, I use AirVPN. Wide range of servers, decent speeds, great uptime, no logging and good price. Also, they are based in Italy which is plus unlike many other providers based in the US.
For app, I use ~~OpenVPN Connect~~ OpenVPN for Android, you set it up with AirVPN by downloading their configuration files. One file is for Europe servers and the other is for US servers.
Edit: I would advise against free VPNs. As has already been said many times, if you are not paying for the product, you are the product.
Endpoint Protection: Cylance (most home versions of AV blow ass)
VPN: AirVPN - no exceptions.
Browser Extensions: Origin
Network Enhancements: PiHole
Backups: Synology with CloudShare
I'm in the US and I'm looking for a VPN that'll let me stream Netflix, do online PC gaming, won't cripple my download speeds, and is good with a little pirating. I don't mind paying a little extra a year.
I'm leaning towards AirVPN, but other recommendations are welcome.
No offense, but I'm not sure you're going to get a good response here as this is kind of off topic.
Drop in on /r/trackers , /r/seedboxes , /r/Invites for better info.
In short though , get a VPN provider preferably with openvpn support and they will have instructions and forums to help you.
Personally I'd recommend AirVPN or PIA.
If You seeding from Your local computer, make sure VPN provides capability to map ports. Other way You will be unable to seed Your torrents from behind VPN.
I tested a lot VPN providers... and as almost everyone ended up with AirVPN. No fancy website, but Air VPN is just exceptional. I really recommend this one.
I have it set up exactly like that, purely to accommodate OpenVPN for AirVPN which doesn't work with USG. If/when Unifi updates USG with current OpenVPN version, I'll switch back as I prefer a single controller for all devices.
One thing to watch with AirVPN (and maybe others): I've connected to one of their servers which was supposed to be in a European country, but it actually turned out to be in the US. This was perhaps some kind of glitch, I reconnected and it was the correct country, but it's something to keep an eye on.
I like AirVPN. They use a client that locks your network down so only the VPN is used, that way if you lose connection you don't start auto-connecting to every damn thing out there. Caveat: It's run by commies. Only use if you don't mind giving money to pinkoes.
though it is kinda funny to see commies engaging in capitalism by running their own company...
Nothing better. Although this new one has my attention:
Need to read more about it and let those smarter weigh in on it before taking the plunge.
Indeed. It is also noteworthy that AirVPN has started out as a free service then migrated to a paid service in order to keep their service running. I usually switch between AirVPN and PIA because I was always a little worried (well... paranoid) that AirVPN was logging because of the session statistics but this really cleared everything up. I think I will switch to Air full time.
Sign up for a VPN like AirVPN (paid, but no logs are kept whatsoever) or another one, get setup, browse as per normal. That will get you around getting legitimately caught.
Nothing you can do about it if they flag you incorrectly other than pay them 30 dollars (seriously) to prove your innocence.
I made another comment in the thread explaining it but it basically boils down to the fact that they were severely throttling several users for several months starting sometime in late 2015 (go look at the PIA subreddit and you'll see what I'm talking about) and it was still like that when I left. I was lucky if I could get 5MBps down and 1 up when my actual connection is 150MBps down 75 up (and this was on their nearest server mind you - I tried nearly all of their NA and EU servers with the same speeds) with atrocious 500+ ms ping.
I'm comfortably using AirVPN now with no problems at all. I get 30/15 down/up without issue even on their Canada servers (which are no where near my house) and a max of maybe 200ms ping with 100 on average. Literally the only advantage to PIA is that its slightly cheaper, but you're definitely sacrificing quality noticeably when you pay their cheaper price.
Holy shit every reply here is jerking off fucking AirVPN. This was the last good sub on reddit that wasnt biased and now its just a shitfest about AirVPN. Topics like "Need a decent free VPN, logs dont matter" get replies that are irrelevant like BUY AIRVPN!!!!! ITS BETTER!!!! OTHER VPNZ SUX!! 5 EYES COUNTRY BAD!!!! Honestly do you think your shitty little $5 VPN will protect you from the 5 eyes? Like really?
Ik ben zelf erg tevreden over AirVPN en je kunt gebruik maken van servers over de hele wereld. De snelheid valt ook niet tegen, dus streamen van programma's via de BBC iPlayer gaat prima.
Je hebt meer VPN-services, zoals PIA.
/u/thatoneprivacyguy can you please help explain to people in here the benefits etc, you are far better at it than me.
Check out the comparison chart on the VPN sub. I use AirVPN it had been excellent so far. There are many many good ones out there for very cheap. Most offer free trails.
Unfortunately it's not that easy, there is no "best" choice as it's hugely dependent on preference and location. It's really dependent on what you need, I know it seems a bit daunting but once you look into the chart linked above it helps to narrow down your choices. Personally I use AirVPN, I've been happy with them so far but I wouldn't recommend them to everyone as they won't suit everyone's needs.
Articles like this one have always a highly chance to be biased or a affiliate bait. This is especially if the don't list and compare objective criteria. E.g. I really would like to know, why AirVPN isn't even mentioned.
Hide My Ass as number one is a bad joke.
Torrentfreak is a more reliable source.
AirVPN is a really nice service. It's a bit more expensive than what you linked, at 54€/yr. But I also haven't noticed any significant slowdown from it. It fully saturates my connection, at 75/10 Mbps down/up. I'm sure it's capable of more.