As per this post on /r/VPN, I would recommend the below website as a comparison tool for the different VPNs out there.
From experience IVPN, NordVPN, Private Internet Access (PIA) and Tunnelbear (my personal fave) are popular and well known options.
Does this mean I can go ahead and cancel my VPN for torrenting?
*apparently not! I use IVPN since I was asked, and I'm very happy with it. I've even played FPS games with it active. Not sure why I don't just keep it running 24/7, I guess it's the old competitive quake player in me, desperate for every ms of ping.
You can also use a VPN and their wifi. I also have a big data plan (30 Gb) but your ISP can still see what you do. Use a VPN on the iphone and your home connection and all traffic is hidden from everyone. There's a ton of options to choose from and they are pretty affordable. I use IVPN right now,
PIA is half-decent, NordVPN is slow and fakes reviews/has other ethical and technical issues. True high quality VPNs would be like Mullvad or (My personal choice). Also r/vpn isn't a good resource, it's heavily censored and has paid shills.
I like ExpressVPN. I evaluated a bunch of VPN services while traveling Southeast Asia earlier this year. I chose ExpressVPN because they have servers in lots of countries, apps for all the popular platforms, and it works well and is easy to use. I want a VPN for security (not anonymity.) Still using it now after more than a year and like it.
IVPN also sounds good but I haven't tried it.
The Wirecutter has a nice article on choosing a VPN that I found helpful.
Your chart is better than that interview torrentfreak does by leaps and bounds. Really appreciate the time and effort you've put into it.
Looks like IVPN is in the top 3 in terms of quality too. Good to know.
FYI if you ignore those letters and don't get a VPN they can just cut off your service and charge you a 30 dollar reinstatement fee.
At least that's what Spectrum did to me. They never even went as far as to actually accuse me of piracy, they just kept insisting that I need to secure my network...
So I clicked through their temporary service disruptions and eventually had to call them up, figure out their extortion scheme, and then pay 30 bucks to get my internet turned back on.
Now I just pay the 15 a month for IVPN :/ I guess I should go ahead and opt for the yearly fee...
Get a credible vpn.. eg ExpressVPN, IVPN, Private Internet Access.
A credible American based VPN is perfectly safe
proves PIA is safe, and it is based in America
proves ExpressVPN is safe.
Do not use 'free' or 'cheap' VPN's.. PIA is credible.. but when I had it for a year, I had lots of problems with websites blacklisting its ip's due to spam. Non stop captcha verifications every time I wanted to use Google..
Jeg bruger Private Internet Access. Kan godt anbefales - den er forholdsvis nem og bruge og koster ikke alverden så vidt jeg ved.
Kig evt disse hvis du er lidt mere interesseret i anonymitet:
Har nu abonneret til Mullvad
How is NordVPN not even named?
Oh yes, found it stealthily cited
So what is the vast superiority of IVPN ( UK based assets, not Gibraltar ) over a panama-based one?
Also naming ExpressVPN is a joke: its more like FEDexpress: they'll happily hand you metadatas to whoever agency needs.
You tell me.
Yeah, trust them:
>Although signing the declaration makes it impossible for a third party to produce arbitrary declarations, it does not prevent them from using force to coerce IVPN to produce false declarations. [..] As of 2018-04-03 no warrants have ever been served to IVPN or IVPN employees. No searches or seizures of any kind have ever been performed on IVPN assets.
I don't want to be rough on IVPN, but they are UK individuals, based on a UK dominion, where English laws can reach them ( English Law (Application) Act of 1962 )
Check out Mullvad I'm currently with IVPN. But, will be swapping over to Mullvad when my subscription runs out later this year.
There's a site someone's created that let's you compare how trustworthy a vpn is and last look that was Mullvad. If I can find the site I'll link it here.
Edit: credit to /r/Captain_Arrrg for finding it.
With VPN's, there are good, and there are cheap. Pick one.
For the average user PIA is good, IVPN is better, VPN.s is also good.
AES-256 OpenVPN at minimum, RSA-2048 Handshake Encryption if you want everyone to stay out of your shit.
Use a VPN. That will keep you anonymous and hidden. I use IVPN, but I've use NordVPN and VPNUnlimited too. Easy to install and use on all your devices, the cost will run you from$9 to $15 a month depending on your choice of billing. And they will slow you down some.
I have all my tv's, game consoles and media devices wired. It's better and faster - running a cable takes an hour or so. Not a bad investment for secure and fast service.
Tu demandes un service de qualité mais gratuit.
Forcément c'est pas facile.
Je renvoie sans hésiter vers ce lien qui est ma référence en matière de choix de VPN. Et on ne plaisante pas avec l'anonymat sur internet, c'est TRES important. Donc on hésite pas à payer quelques dizaines d'euros par an.
De mémoire, j'avais préféré IVPN et Mullvad.
Et pour vérifier que ça marche bien : , avec une option pour les torrents.
small list of vpns to not use-
Dont use Windscribe or any free vpn
I suggest ExpressVPN, PIA, Mullvad, Airvpn, IVPN.
as for browser anonymity, and privacy.
Note one thing. those browser fingerprint test results are messed up right now... because Chrome just updated.. so the numbers are all out of whack when you use ScriptSafe, as the numbers are based on PREVIOUS tests. Since the update though the #'s have been improving greatly. My screenshots were from before the update.
>Mit PIA würdest du in manchen Kreisen ausgelacht werden (die loggen völlig offensichtlich Daten, es rafft nur keiner).
Ui, elaboriere, das interessiert mich jetzt!
Ich hab gerade ansonsten noch IVPN gefunden, die scheinen EFF-Mitglied zu sein, das dürfte auch ein ziemlicher Adelsschlag sein, oder?
I know of VPN providers that claim not to give any data away: ProtonVPN, IVPN, NordVPN, etc. You'll have to decide if you trusr them or not when they say they don't keep logs. I'm inclined to believe them, but I won't do it blindly. I pay close attention to any scandal involving them
I don't know if this is verified to be true (I've heard both sides and haven't done my own research), but I've always gotten the shady vibe from them. I use IVPN currently, but beforehand I still steered clear of them on my search. YMMV but that's been my experience.
tor is useless
free vpn's are useless
your best bet is to use a good paid vpn like Expressvpn or IVPN or mullvad or Airvpn
likelihood of having download being monitored by lawyers depends on what you download
using a vpn will prevent you getting caught as long as the vpn is working right, while you download..
use a good virus scanner.. and scan everything
I despise Hollywood. The vast majority of movies suck. Over a decade ago, I stop going to the theaters. I sacrificed my morality of honesty, and now I pirate everything. Fuck Hollywood.
Also, if you want to pirate, make sure you check your VPN (if you are using one) for what is called IP6 bleeding (it is how the libbies that are oddly anti-capitalist catch you). You don't want that. I got two DMCA notices from a USA VPN; dropped them. Get a (unfortunately) non-USA VPN. Not shilling, but IVPN from Gibralter works awesome.
Thanks, I read that you're managing this sub yesterday through one of your cross posts to another sub and I wanted to write a review that would do the sub justice and I also noticed there were no other reviews of IVPN here either so it was a good opportunity.
I'm changing providers in a couple days and that spreadsheet has come in very handy, thank you.
Silly question: do you feel like the cost of the providers has a big effect on the quality of their services? I mean, something like Privatoria runs about 20 bucks a year while IVPN goes up to 100. I guess I'm a little troubled when it comes to finding the right balance between price and trust. I have a hard time trusting a super cheap service but I can't really spring for something too pricey.
I just cancelled my PIA acct (USA servers primarily. Tried several in and out of the country) because the speeds have been crap for several months. Switched to IVPN which seems great so far and has a better kill switch in my experience.
Personally I really like Private Internet Access on Android. They have a one-tap button you can put in the pull down settings menu, tons of servers, good speeds, a proven privacy record, and a good price. It's US based though, which some people really don't like, but since they've satisfactorily proven to Federal investigators several times that they don't have any logs to turn over for criminal investigations, I'm okay with it. IVPN and VyprVPN are others I like too, and they're outside the 14 eyes countires (Vypr is Swiss and IVPN is in Gibraltar, which is a UK territory but has independent privacy laws).
Been using IVPN for a bit and I ought to say the service is absolutely fantastic, no issues on connectivity or speeds. Customer support is solid and I believe IVPN have a public PGP key if you want to work with that. Your initial simultaneous connection limit is set to 3 however if you ask nicely they'll grant more.
From what I've read on reddit, the most liked VPNs seem to be IVPN and Mullvad. But there are many others that are ok, too and will do just fine.
However, I don't know much about this subject. So all my knowledge comes from reading reddit comments and posts and . Which I believe to be the least likely to be biased, but they still could very well be.
So, my actual suggestion is that you just search for “vpn reddit” and see what you think is best for you.
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Real talk. Use someone like Mullvad or IVPN. Anyone who is free and/or has an affiliate program is not to be trusted.
That's weird...where are you? If you can use it in the USA, you can use it anywhere.
But just use a VPN. You can pay with BTC for IVPN or AirVPN or others. Then set it for wherever you want and it should work.
You can try Changelly as well. I've heard some bad things about them, but no issues yet myself.
US based companies don't have the greatest privacy record, which McAfee is. Generally McAfee doesn't really take care of their software either. I think there are much better options out there for the money.
Edit: Especially for TunnelBear on the privacy/USA side of things. I personally recommend IVPN for for a VPN.
Some of these things I mention are extreme, but here is what I think you're looking for:
If you have to connect to the public WiFi, use a VPN. If you can't afford a year of one, find one that you can pay a month for. I use IVPN, but there are plenty that work very well. Check out NordVPN, PIA, etc. DO NOT CONNECT TO THE PUBLIC WIFI WITHOUT A VPN.
If you have an iPhone, make sure to turn off AirDrop. If you have Android, make sure to turn off NFC and enable it when you need it.
If you have an Android, encrypt the device if it isn't by default.
If you want to, encrypt any laptop you might be bringing across.
Turn off your devices before reaching border control.
>I don't know how safe is to restore, but I have been restoring it on a daily basis and hoping for the best
If that's your approach to security why bother with a VNP?
Anyways, try backing up the removed file (which is caller "IVPN ", not , uninstalling and reinstalling your VPN, and checking if the freshly installed "IVPN " file is identical to the one that was quarantined.
If they are identical, it's probably a false positive and you can add it to the exceptions in windows defender (it should be under scan options).
If they are different, you might be in trouble, or IVPN might have simply updated.
Yes. It's called routing. ELI5 version: your VPN programs will create routes to the outside world that other programs will use.
If you build a tunnel to IVPN first, and slap a big "ALL DESTINATIONS" street sign on it, every program will run through that tunnel, and then at the end of the tunnel only, go towards their destination. Your "public IP" is then that where all your communications seem to originate: in IVPN's land.
You can then build another tunnel, and choose whether you build this tunnel inside the first one (after all, it has a big sign saying "ALL DESTINATIONS"); or if you build it next to the first tunnel.
NordVPN saa painua helvettiin. Lupasivat vuosien ajan port forwardingia ominaisuudeksi mutta aina kun lupauksen deadline lähestyi niin vaihtoivat hiljaa FAQ:ssa vaan aikataulua eteenpäin.
I appreciate that you took the time to help people out with your privacy guide which seems pretty good for the most part, but why go through all that trouble just to end up supporting Google products like Chrome (perhaps for security purposes?), and G-mail, why not get a free ProtonMail account? the Five Eyes is real concern but I do agree that IVPN is an excellent product, and AirVPN looks good too tho I've no experience with the latter. I don't trust PIA they're too big and always promoted on SlickDeals, their use of web analytics and the photo of the family on their main page doesn't exact inspire confidence either.
I dropped them a couple months ago after several months of near dial-up speeds. Prior to that they were great. I've switch to IVPN and have been happy.
The kill-switch/client config tool is better in my opinion too. PIA's would "often" (maybe 3 times is 2 years) stop working and would give me no indication if I was connected or not (I was, I just couldn't tell at a glance) until I uninstalled and reinstalled.
Don't use any free VPN's - If they're free they're selling/snooping on your data or doing some other shady stuff.
It is safe to use VPN's on a Mac, just not free ones. You have to pay for a decent provider. Check out /r/vpn for more info on choosing a good VPN.
If you just want a short list of some good ones I recommend in no particular order, AirVPN, Mullvad, IVPN, PrivateInternetAccess. They all work on Mac but they all cost money. PIA is the cheapest out of those four, AirVPN is second cheapest I think.
F30 doesn't support wireguard out of the box. It's not in the VPN options and dnf search wireguard returns "no matches found". Looks like still need a COPR package or something.
btw, I'm using IVPN for wireguard.
Post em sticky. Mais info:
No entanto, se só queres recomendações de VPNs, o que te aconselho é uma sem política de logging, preferencialmente fora dos EUA, tipo IVPN (100€/ano) ou Mullvad. Dentro dos EUA tens soluções mais baratas (40$/ano) tipo a Private Internet Access. Se queres um bom equilíbrio entre protecção e preço, vai pela PIA. Se queres maximizar o nível de protecção vai para IVPN.
I use IVPN and get good speeds no matter which server I connect to. They have quite a few servers world wide. They are in, I think, a "Fourteen Eyes" country as stated by but they really seem to be legitimate in their no logging policy, which is a huge plus that kind of negates the effect of whatever jurisdiction they're in. They've also stated a commitment to pack up and move should the jurisdiction they're in try to require logging.
So I have PIA and just spent a bit of time looking into IVPN. It is my understanding that PIA does not log bandwidth, and IVPN does log the number of connections. Have I misread the vpn websites' information?
If you get a seedbox your ISP will only be able to view what you transfer from the seedbox to your home computer (if the transfer isn't encrypted). The lawyers won't be able to see your home IP downloading stuff so they won't report you to your ISP.
Instead they will perhaps report your seedbox IP to your seedbox provider or to your seedbox providers data centre (if they use one, which they will be.)
My advice: Get yourself an actual good VPN. For example, IVPN, Mullvad, AirVPN or if you want to pay significantly less, PIA.
You can torrent all you want with these from your home computer as your IP will be the VPN's and all of these offer total protection (OpenVPN, strong encryption, DNS Servers etc) and likely cheaper than a Seedbox.
However if you want fast speeds for your seeding files, get a seedbox just remember your ISP will be able to see you downloading from your seedbox if you use FTP without encryption or HTTP without encryption.
I'd suggest everyone on this subreddit, since we are sensible people, to AT LEAST
1- Use a paid VPN service (Like NordVPN, IVPN, Mullvad)
2- Try to use free software (like qbittorrent instead of utorrent)
3- Use firefox with privacy addons (Decentraleyes, HTTPS Everywhere, Random Agent Spoofer, uBlock Origin)
4- Quit using any of the google products (use startpage as search engine).
5- Use instead of big brother corporate shit.
Those are the first baby steps to privacy.
Cyberghost is from Romania, TigerVPN is Slovakia, VPNArea is Bulgaria, NordVPN is from Panama, IVPN is from Malta, Mullvad is from Sweden.
Shall I continue? All have servers around the world most of the above have several countries and Canadian servers as well.
Get the ace player hd top right. Be careful during install what you click, its not virusy but it likely has adware.
Like a poster said above though, its not recommended to use it without a vpn as you are also hosting the stream when you connect. I recommend IVPN its really fast connecting to low ping servers near me and has a zero logs policy based in Gibraltar although it is a little expensive compared to most.
I hear IVPN is a good choice. I'm also making the switch although my reasons are because PIA has become almost unusable for me due to their blacklist issue. From another comment I made today:
> I've been using PIA for about 2 years now. I'm overall super satisfied with their speed and service, except one huge caveat which is causing me to leave the service, they've been blacklisted by a large number of services.
> I can not log into ANY of my bank services, nor netflix, not my utilities. I'm guessing due to a high level of malicious activity coming from their IP addresses, PIA has become almost unusable for me.
> Very unfortunate, as I've had great speeds and nothing but good things to say about PIA up until this issues :(
> Are you also experiencing this issue?
I use IVPN.
> But my VPN testing site recommends several VPNs, not just IVPN. Even though IVPN did pay me well for the work. That speaks well of them, doesn't it?
The SEO work I was referring to in regards to your new site is the fact that while the testing site mentions a number of VPNs they are all done in images which won't be picked up by search engines. The only vpn provider mentioned as text / links on the site is.... you guessed it, the provider that pays your wages. Very conveniet, eh? ;)
Time and time again VPN providers prove that they are just out to look after them selves in any way they can.
No, it's ridiculously easy. Just get the WireGuard .conf file from your VPN that supports it. Mullvad and IVPN come to mind, but there must be others. Import the profile from the .conf file. Set it to connect on demand. It's as easy as importing OpenVPN, and so far it:
So basically all my problems with using a VPN on an iOS device are gone.
If you get the option to use a second server (to hop you --> server 1 --> server 2 --> internet), don't bother yet. Maybe it was my provider's config, but the iOS app didn't like it. It's happy with a single server setup.
I’m not familiar with most of those Mac applications but the few others I’ve heard of or familiar with look fine.
One concern is PIA VPN, considering how hostile law enforcement is in the US towards user privacy, I wonder how ambiguity those court documents actually are, Everyone keeps some type of logs or else the engineers wouldn’t be able to troubleshoot any service issues with their PoP’s. Another thing I ask myself is why hasn’t PIA had pin testers audit their code and applications for vulnerabilities by now? Considering how popular they are among advertising deal sites this should be a no brainer…and why use Google analytics? I’m not saying PIA is untrustworthy but the jurisdiction alone makes it difficult for them to provide real privacy. I recommend you look into Mullvad who recently had their applications audited by pin testers, or IVPN who’s located is outside the 14 eyes and provides pretty good desktop and mobile clients.
Peace of mind is worth something to me. I earn that much in about 20 minutes, and enjoy leak-free connections for an entire month on MacOS. IVPN and OVPN are the only two services (tested so far) that can claim this. If you want to be a cheapskate with your security, don't "Jesus Christ" others because they don't feel the same way.
Of those choices I'd say stick with PIA, it's the most reputable & well known. IVPN might also be OK, someone that uses it regularly with torrents can better comment on it.
re: the third VPN provider you mentioned, that service employs many spammers on Reddit so perhaps that's how you heard of it. Strongly advice to stay away from them, the fact that they repeatedly spam Reddit makes them the opposite of reputable. In fact it is likely you'll get a few spammers replying in your post here too.
EDIT: Earlier post about [IVPN] (/r/VPNTorrents/comments/5pbxzi/ivpn_p2p_issues/), seems to work OK with torrents once you port forward.
Good price, easy to setup, good service/speed. It was between it and IVPN after reading
Both IVPN and privateinternetacces are also supporters of the EFF
Both terrible. Some of the worst you can pick. One time payments make no sense either, how can they afford to keep their servers running if you only pay once? Look at some legitimate providers, IVPN, AirVPN, Mullvad, even PIA is miles ahead of those two.
Yes. I'm a consultant. IVPN is an old client, and I've talked about doing something like this for years. I do a lot of pro bono work, but this was real work, like boring work. And I wouldn't have done it unless IVPN agreed to pay me.
It is true that IVPN didn't leak. And I knew that before I proposed this, because I had written a "how to leak test your VPN" guide for them. But I didn't know how any other VPN would do. Because I don't use custom clients, and not in Windows or OSX.
I use nested VPN chains, and IVPN is the final VPN for my Mirimir persona. I use several other VPNs, but I'm not going to say which :)
So, I looked into VPN providers from some info on the sidebar over at r/VPN. IVPN looks like a good choice.
I have to admit, using a VPN seems like a bit of an ordeal, if you will. Do you use one personally?
I've been with PIA for over than three years, but for the last year and half or so with the growth of Cloudflare surfing has been basically a maze of CAPTCHAs and blocked access, due to abuse coming from the users of the anonymous IP ranges
I'm looking for a VPN with similar speed and quality, but one that's lower profile and has clean IP ranges
Edit: Are IVPN IPs clean?
I'm sure IVPN is the client. But two things:
The tinyurl was completely unnecessary and automatically flagged his post as spam.
Just use a trustworthy VPN. Use this google docs Check for DNS leaks. Make sure the VPN has got a kill switch and IPV6 protection. I use IVPN and it has got DNS, IPV6 protection and kill switch.
> What VPN do you use?
I use IVPN personally, good price, great service and easy to use application. It starts when i boot, auto logs in and works wonderfully.
But i'd recommend you check here first and check out what interests you and what you deem as important.
The vast majority of VPN's are super easy to setup and most come with their own application.
Jeg anbefaler IVPN, PRQ, PIA eller Torguard alt efter dit behov.
De gemmer ingen former for logs og det vil derfor være umuligt for dem at udlevere noget som helst uanset hvem der måtte forespørge.
De modtager bitcoin betaling.
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Edit: Der er så sandelig nogen der skiller sig ud fra mængden - rigtig mange udbydere er efter min mening intet værd, da en retskendelse ville få dem til at udlevere alt.
The mostly work, are very cheap, and have court documents proving their no-logging policy. However if you're avoiding governments, a hardcore privacy supporter, or having trouble with their software you might look outside of 14 eyes countries. IVPN has been much more stable in my experience
I have a similar question, but about IVPN in particular - it is based in Gibraltar, which operates under English (UK) law, and there is mandatory data retention in the UK, yet IVPN claims to not keep logs. Are they straight up lying to their customers?
You and IVPN both deserve our thanks! You, for doing the research, and bringing the issue to their attention. And them, for following up and doing the honorable thing. I'm convinced that they are genuinely committed to online privacy.
I have never used the custom Android client. Can you customize the encryption etc. you want to use?
You can choose the default encryption/authentication/etc. for normal use. This is adequate against usual packet filtering and throttling by your provider, DMCA letters (or similar measures in your country), eavesdropping while connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot etc. and doesn't need that much CPU capacity. Of course you can use higher settings and if you want to protected in a more "dangerous" environment you really should.
Better encryption and authentication is always safer, but depending on your hardware it might influence your tablet's performance.
PIA is alright and works fine but they have handled security issues really poorly in the past. My recommendations: IVPN, Mullvad & IPredator
The idea of the chart is to let people choose a VPN that is most appealing to them with all the factors listed in mind. IVPN has some drawbacks as well, you just have to choose which one works best for you.
I rate IVPN very well.
It's likely you'll need to pay something for a reliable one - but it depends on what you need one for as to the kind of service you need.
Though if it's just an IP address of those countries - IVPN doesn't have options in all of them - so worth looking over.
/r/vpn can help too!
That's a really good effort and a very detailed identification of features. Thank you /u/Memcon
Having read the chart, my TL;DR understanding is that IVPN is the most recommended option if one is to choose a VPN service based on these criteria?
Not a perfect solution, but try to use a VPN to hide p2p traffic from your ISP.
If you want to play while using the VPN, make sure you choose a good service. (try IVPN or buy a $5 vps on digitalocean and setup openvpn-as).
I have tried some of the services often mentioned here (IVPN, PIA, Mullvad, IPredator, BlackVPN etc.). And they are all really fast. You won't max out your speed (encryption takes a little time, you ping gets a little higher), but you probably won't realize the difference when browsing, streaming or torrenting. Some connections might even get faster because your ISP can't shape your traffic anymore.
The only thing you won't want to use a VPN for is gaming. Your ping will be worse and there is no good reason to turn on the VPN.
Just from what I've read in the past, I'd say IVPN and NordVPN are the most privacy focused. Especially NordVPN, I don't personally use it but I have many friends who use it and would recommend it. But remember, don't trust a VPN exclusively with your privacy and security, nothing's invulnerable.
I've been using IVPN for over a year and I have zero complaints. They have multi-hop, take Bitcoin, are outside of 14 eyes… amongst other benefits. They also have a money-back guarantee, which is essentially a free trial. Give them a shot.
I tried IVPN for about a year and was quite pleased with them. I set up the connection on my OpenVPN router and mostly forgot about it (although it was slower than I'd like, but I now know that's most probably due to running on a router).
I later went with PIA due to recommendations here and price, but I think I'll be searching elsewhere once my subscription runs out: I've often had speed/connection issues and I have similar privacy concerns to you.
It's cheap. (~40$/year)
You increase your privacy everywhere (by making your IP an unusable identifier).
It's an insurance against copyright trolls. They won't be able to legally slap you with some kind of lawsuits (or however this works in holland).
You will be safer when using a VPN in an open Wi-Fi network at starbucks/the airport.
Those open Wi-Fi networks (and your uni/employer, their providers as well as your own provider) won't be able to see your traffic anymore.
You help other people connecting through the same server by increasing their privacy as well.
Ofc, this all depends on the VPN you get. My recommendations: PrivateInternetAccess, IPredator, Mullvad & IVPN.
EDIT: Those are just the arguments that came first to my mind. There are more advantages, also depending on your personal situation.
NordVPN can suck a massive dick as far as I'm concerned. I subscribed for a year because their FAQ stated they had a port forwarding feature coming next month. Well, after a month they quietly changed that statement to point three months to the future. And after three months they changed it once again.
I then decided to use to see if they had been doing this previously and yup, for the past two years they had used this bait-and-switch tactic of promising and not delivering. And to top it all off I couldn't get a refund because they don't refund bitcoin payments.
I'd recommend IVPN instead.
Why even consider using a VPN service that doesn't have a known reputation? You need to be very careful with the recent influx of VPN services popping up post snowden. I would personally recommend AirVPN or IVPN as a paid VPN service that has the customer's privacy as a priority.
Is it possible to nullify this problem by encrypting all the data before it is stored in the cloud?
I think that The Pirate Bay host their website in an encrypted form on the cloud. This would be an example of live data being encrypted and hosted in the cloud.
Nevertheless, I am grateful to lifeguardoflove and IVPN (great privacy advocates) for bringing this to my attention.
If we want to redirect users to That One Privacy Site, we need to recommend criteria, due to -- like you said -- the low/zero amount of all green VPNs.
Also, the red/green are biased by TOPG's opinions (in my opinion). For the same reason, I wouldn't recommend IVPN. (Yes, I'm an AirVPN user, so I did some research)
I don't recall exactly, but I remember it being a little slower, maybe 70-90% of my regular internet speed, which seemed reasonable. 10-20% is definitely problematic, but not sure what's going on there.
Good luck getting help from BTGuard with that, I'd love to know if they're actually responsive now.
Fwiw I use IVPN now and notice no difference in speed or responsiveness vs no vpn.
If you are going to use a VPN then spend the money for a decent one. The free ones have a lot of security flaws that can be malicious.
I use IVPN purely because a Reddit user made a guide on various different VPNs on the market and some dude just asked him which one he used.
Even a cheaper VPN service like PIA could fit what you need. Using IVPN for me is about consistent service and speed. I was willing to pay double PIA's costs to get that extra performance.
I would highly recommend you to shop around, try a few trials from different providers and make your own decision, you may find cheaper providers that tick all the boxes and not need to spend more than you want to.
There is no ongoing "IVPN backing". They funded the testing that I've done. But that was a one-time deal. Any further testing will be pro bono publico, unless VPNs pay me to test them.
Yes, you can test VPNs yourself. There's a link to the IVPN guide on leak testing that I wrote. And I described what I did pretty thoroughly in the Methods sections.
Signed up for a VPN last week, and even convinced my dad, a staunch Trump supporter, to use one as well. That One Privacy Site is a great resource for finding one that works for you. It contains a spreadsheet of all the major providers that compares all of their pros and cons so that you can decide which one works best for you. After some extensive research I've come to the conclusion that either Mullvad or IVPN are your best choices, but your opinion may differ. I implore you to do your own research and make an informed decision.
Don't use Hola or any other 'free' in browser VPNs. Hola has had issues with their privacy.
I personally use IVPN but there plenty of others that you could use. search VPN on reddit and you'll find a few list and recommendations from other users.
Search for Open VPN on the Play Store. Get .ovpn (Open VPN configuration) files form Express VPN and load them as configurations.
If you don't want to enter your password for each one, optionally create a file "" in the same directory as the .ovp file(s) with contents as follows:
> [your username]
> [your password]
Edit the .ovpn files you'd like to use with this username/password, you'll see a line:
change it to:
You can also set a VPN connection config as default and make it so that it loads when AndroidTV starts up. Also you may set excluded apps, so you can still watch Netflix while enjoying the VPN for other apps. Also check out the advanced options.
P.S. if you need an emulated mouse cursor, there's an app called Mouse Toggle.
P.P.S. if you want privacy, I suggest IVPN. If you want to bypass geolocks, I suggest whatever gives you a private IP. In neither case would I suggest ExpressVPN.
Enabling DNS Leak Protection from PIA seems to make web browsing noticeably slower. I tried a few other VPN clients to confirm it was DNS Leak Protection. Right now I'm using IVPN (with their DNS Leak Protection), and I didn't experience the same speed issues.
I can vouch for IVPN as well, been using them for almost a year. No problems. Only real downside to them is that they are a little on the high price range when it comes to VPNs, but you get what you pay for it seems, as I've had no downtimes or connection issues.
You should probably encrypt your laptop. I suggest using Veracrypt to encrypt it. I would suggest you use tor on your laptop, it really isn't hard to install. If in Saudi Arabia they block tor then you should use a bridge. For simple browsing you should use a VPN, I suggest IVPN because they are all around good. For on mobile, I believe you are using android, you should encrypt your phone. In the settings theres a setting to encrypt it. Use the same VPN for daily browsing on your phone. If you want to extra secure I would use Orbot and Orfox (Tor for Android).
Thank you for your kind response. I was perturbed because I had also attempted to post this to r/vpnreviews only to receive an automated message informing me that I was not permitted to post anything until I had 'contributed positively to the Reddit community'. When I tried to contact the mods my message wouldn't go through. I unsubscribed from the subreddit. As you say, "Ain't no one got time for that."
Obligations have kept me away from Reddit for a while. During that time I read that there were serious changes cascading through the organization. It seems as though this isn't the same community that I recall. That's a shame.
Nevertheless, I appreciate your taking the time to respond and thank you for not deleting the post out-of-hand. The responses I have received from the community thus far have been helpful. I haven't heard anything about Perfect-Privacy yet. It looks like IVPN is the provider of choice.
A compromise of a node in say the US is more feasible than say in a location like Iceland or Panama simply because of the power the US has in comparison to these other countries. That being said, the servers all run on shared-ips so your traffic is mixed fairly well. I would assume the IVPN administrators keep a close eye on their servers and even possibly deploy tripwire/file change detection systems to thwart a compromise.
I don't really consider which server I am connecting to because anything sensitive is also done through Tor or a VM by connecting to a different VPN provider in a different location. I would think that connecting to IVPN's server in Switzerland or Iceland would be safer than France, Canada, US, etc. But maybe the margin for compromise based on their setup is so minuscule it doesn't matter. I don't have root on their servers to know for sure.
Good privacy focused VPN's are IVPN, AirVPN, and Mullvad. I've tried all three, I get 60mbps download here in Canada, picking the closest server resulted in each VPN giving me about 15 ping and 50mpbs download.
@ThatOnePrivacyGuy : Would you mind telling us which VPN you are using and why ?
BTW I have both IVPN and NordVPN and I am just very confused about all the recent and very negative comments about NordVPN when clearly it has good ratings on your chart.
I have posted a fair share about IVPN on /r/vpn_reviews. They are my personal favourite and the one I use on a near daily basis. Never had any issues. Paid in cash. Administrators actually have a "clue" when I email about more in-depth questions. And they use/recommend PGP over email for correspondence. Doesn't get much better than that.
After all of the research I've done (which, in my book, was a lot), including thatoneprivacyguy's contributions, I came to three, with the 3rd being the best:
1) Nord VPN
I rated these to be the ideal 3 for my personal needs, and for someone looking to protect sensitive information. Much of my work is in the U.S., and I have a high threat-model to adhere to.
Note: If I were you, I'd advise you to visit , compare on both comprehensive and simplified charts the services you have in mind, and the ones you've been recommended towards. From there you'll have a better understanding of what the hell is really going on.
P.S. VPN services can be shady af; take your time and know you're not alone.
I've been looking into VPNs, and have narrowed in on PIA, AirVPN, Mullvad, or IVPN.
Is there any major reason to, or not to, get any of these VPNs? I've been looking into Private Internet Access as a possible VPN to get, but also curious of the other ones.
Just so I get the correct place to purchase them, what are the correct places to get these VPNs?
Yeah I can say IVPN have been pretty solid. I've used them for a the last month, and aside the cost I can't complain. I found them based on the comparison chart /u/ThatOnePrivacyGuy put up. The only thing that does niggle away at the back of my mind is the whole jurisdiction thing with relation to Gibraltar and the UK.
If these guys were to relocate and set up shop somewhere like Panama (like Nord) then they would be pants down a AAA+ service IMO. Non the less, I have used them and really liked it. Fast speeds, but I do find that changing servers can be a hassle. For some reason my client does not play nice when I disconnect from one server and try to connect to another.
According to your chart, the best privacy is Nordvpn, IVPN etc.
If you look at , you see that they will end accounts violating their ToS.
Very satisfied with IVPN here. Used for years on different continents. Blazing speed and low latency most places. Only bottleneck I've experienced is Thailand through Hong Kong. However Thailand has horrible internet, so probably not IVPN's fault.
I too use IVPN and I see what he is talking about. If you visit the website he mentioned with most of their IPs you see a lot of CP being downloaded. Using a vpn to download public torrents is one thing, but using a service that lumps you in with that kind of stuff makes me hesitant to continue.
There are two things from two different VPN providers that i like:
1.) OpenVPN configuration file generator. Select ports, servers, porpose, whatever. Mix and match. The page then spits out custom generated configuration files to my purpose.
2) Multihop. IVPN implements this in a fantastic way(i'm not personally sure how it's implemented but i do know that it works fantastic). They have set it up so that i can connect to VPN1 with username@VPN2 (username@NL for example) and then they tunnel the traffic ME->VPN1->VPN2-INTERNET.
So... either something like that or tools/configuration files that makes it easy to multihop!
I personally like as well(they are fantastic!) but the fact that IVPN has servers in at least a few more countries make it feel a bit more useful. If you like to use multihop that is included at IVPN while OVPN charges extra for it. A whole 40 SEK/month!