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.
NordVPN - Based in Panama
ProtonVPN - Based in Switzerland
IVPN - Based in Gibraltar
This website is the best if you're trying to privatise your online life -
Edit: Changed Mullvad to NordVPN
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...
I use IVPN since 2 years now and its amazing.
In those two years I had maybe 3 disconnects for like 15 minutes (no problem because killswitch).
They actually keep their word with no bandwith limitation as long as the server can handle it.
If you need more devices connected to the vpn you just ask support and they raise the maximum for your account.
The only downside for a lot of people is the high price, but it keeps the server usage on a normal level which is nice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
>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 already have openvpn running on a Pi that I intended to use for this purpose. I use IVPN (not here to debate VPN providers, I have used this one for awhile with no issues). Where should I find the best files to seed?
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.
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.
>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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
NordVPN saa painua helvettiin. Lupasivat vuosien ajan port forwardingia ominaisuudeksi mutta aina kun lupauksen deadline lähestyi niin vaihtoivat hiljaa FAQ:ssa vaan aikataulua eteenpäin.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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
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.
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
> 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.
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.
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
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.
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’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.
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?
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 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?
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.
I'm sure IVPN is the client. But two things:
The tinyurl was completely unnecessary and automatically flagged his post as spam.
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 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!
I use IVPN.
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 :)
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.
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?
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.
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.
If you're torrenting, I highly suggest a VPN, or at the very least a seedbox.
VPN will help to protect your internet activity from your ISP, governments and media companies (in regards to copyright). The VPN may be able to see your some of your activity (mostly just your connections), but some companies are more trustworthy than others.
Tor is great for hiding your internet activity but is not recommended for torrenting and can be a little slow. It also only hides your browser activity, not all your internet traffic.
For VPN's there are many providers worth checking out and I've dealt with pretty much all of them. The best ones in my opinion (in terms of price and privacy) are Mullvad, IVPN, OVPN and AzireVPN.
> 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.
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.
Raspberry Pi 3B+, running Raspbian Buster with desktop. You need openvpn (and a good VPN provider; I use IVPN but do your own research) and Transmission (the torrent client). That's really all there is to it. Flip on VPN, open up Transmission, find torrents to seed. I don't think the sub allows you to link sources though.
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.
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 $5 vps on digitalocean and setup openvpn-as).
I have tried some of the services often mentioned here (IVPN, PIA, Mullvad, IPredator, BlackVPN etc.). And they are all really fast. You won't max out your speed (encryption takes a little time, you ping gets a little higher), but you probably won't realize the difference when browsing, streaming or torrenting. Some connections might even get faster because your ISP can't shape your traffic anymore.
The only thing you won't want to use a VPN for is gaming. Your ping will be worse and there is no good reason to turn on the VPN.
I tried IVPN for about a year and was quite pleased with them. I set up the connection on my OpenVPN router and mostly forgot about it (although it was slower than I'd like, but I now know that's most probably due to running on a router).
I later went with PIA due to recommendations here and price, but I think I'll be searching elsewhere once my subscription runs out: I've often had speed/connection issues and I have similar privacy concerns to you.
It's cheap. (~40$/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.
I love the plus bundle for the price but hate Encrypt. It’s not a great VPN and I wish they would use someone else. Even going down to lower plan and then pay separately for 1PW I’m already at the plus plan price again. I wanted to use PIA or IVPN but not pay a lot more. Suggestions?
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.
I'm switching to a different VPN service next month and I have it down to either PIA or IVPN. Ive heard nothing but good things about PIA especially since the recent attempt of LE to get info from them and PIA not complying with them because they have no logs/information to give them. Ive also heard great things about IVPN despite the short list of servers they have, everyone says their great and love that they offer multi-hop. I really want to go with IVPN but $100 a year is a lot compared to PIA $40 a year. So can anyone help me out here? I hear people all the time say to never get a VPN based in USA but I dont understand why because we dont have any data retention laws, to my knowledge anyway and PIA is based in USA. So people with experience about this stuff can you please help me out? I really need to switch from the VPN service I have now ASAP as I recently found out they leak DNS and IPv6 which is horrible so someone please help me as fast as possible.
Read the mega thread it list a bunch of useful sites and information, always use a VPN when downloading or torrenting files. Look up the hated one on YouTube he’s got a lot of video about privacy and being safe. As for VPNs it’s up to personal preference but some of the better/more trusted ones I believe are protonVPN, windscribe, bolehVPN, cryptostorm, IVPN, Mullvad, , sigaVPN, . Using a paid VPN is better than using a Free VPN. This is because some free VPNs sell your info for their income.
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?
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.
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.
Yeah, Mullvad. We just redid the VPN section on and Mullvad was the only provider to meet the new criteria.
NordVPN is suspicious because they don’t have public-facing leadership or ownership though, I wouldn’t trust them with my data. If I absolutely had to pick two more providers besides Mullvad, I would say ProtonVPN and IVPN are also good.
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.
according to the list i feel as though IVPN is the better option, i have looked at them on their website and it seems pretty good, at $100 for a year seems more expensive than i though, is that a normal price?
Just a heads up, you're recommending IVPN on the page which is based in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory and subject to the FVEY restriction on the page.
Might be worth putting a jurisdiction section no the IVPN bit.
Unfortunately I cannot test that as I am not subscribed to Netflix. I used them as an example in my post but it was actually other non-content sites I use that block VPN use.
I can tell you though that Hulu does detect IVPN servers and I would assume if they do that Netflix would also.
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.
Not at all, soz dude. When picking out a VPN T&Cs and small print is something we pay a lot of attention to, IVPN checked all the boxes.
Very in depth guide here -
The short version is some VPN companies straight up lie about keeping customer details and logs etc which, if you're wanting to hide your Tor usage, is 100% a deal breaker.
I am moving into my first apartment soon, I am set up for Comcast and want a solid VPN for torrenting. Is IVPN a solid option?
I'm new to all of this stuff, I'm hesitant to go for a free option. I want something that works reliably!
Yea I see what you mean but I'm still skeptical about PIA and IVPN regarding the claims they make regarding no logging and no monitoring, because how do they deal with abusers or even know who is abusing the service if they don't monitor or log? Or do they just say that for legal reasons?
That's the only thing that's keeping me on the fence about subscribing to either of them which is why I also looked into Airvpn and Bolehvpn
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.
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?
If IVPN only logs for 10 minutes, that means that authorities are able to notify IVPN when a certain IP address is accessing servers and have them gather the information in real time. Heck, they don't even need help from a third party, they can just use a simple script to find a user accessing a a location that has complained about abuse.
Edit, sorry corrected an instance where I placed the name of another VPN into the comment for no reason.
Sure you are welcome also I forgot to mention that IVPN is fairly expensive but you gotta understand they gotta pay the bills somehow and they are not as big as PIA or anyone else really (which is in my opinion a big plus; bandwith wise). Afaik their servers are hosted @Linode which is by far one of the most reliable (and pricey) hosting out there. I'd say IVPN is very solid when it comes down to encryption and users PRIVACY. If you look at their page and just read a little you can see that they are actually being honest with their customers which is in my opinion quite rare nowadays.
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.