This is a great time to switch!
Get yourself the latest version of Firefox with the following add-ons:
uBlock Origin (and EasyList
Privacy Badger or Privacy Possum
Those are, imho, basic add-ons EVERYONE should have. They're pretty much set 'em and forget 'em.
If you wanna go further:
NoScript Security Suite
uMatrix (some use with NoScript, some use in lieu of)
NetCraft Anti-Phishing Extension
Combine that all with a PiHole and a trusty VPN (Mullvad, PIA, Nord, Proton, etc.) and you will be set!
** Semi-Unrelated reminder: while you're thinking of security, get a good password manager (BitWarden, Lastpass, KeePass XC) and use 2FA whenever you can!
EDIT: Thanks for the gold, kind strangers! <3
EDIT 2: Forgot to mention that you should change your default search engine in Firefox to DuckDuckGo.
I think nord VPN has a gag order on it so the government monitors all the traffic or something, I would recommend Mullvad VPN it’s cheap and doesn’t log anything EDIT: I might be wrong about the gag order
For real. If you're not willing to spit some cash for a good VPN you WILL get fucked. A serious VPN like Nord or Mullvad will most definitely protect you.
The only real dangers are human errors (but that's your own fault then) and law enforcement physically tapping into the VPN servers. The latter is highly improbable though since some VPN services literally rent more than a thousand different servers all over the world
Just sign up for a vpn.
Here's a good TF article on which VPNs log your traffic, what jurisdiction they operate under, and if they share whatever information they hold with a 3rd party.
I'm currently using Mullvad with no complaints; no speed drops or sudden disconnects or anything so far.
They still have your IP and traffic details. You are trusting them to live up to their assertion that they don't log.
I like Mullvad, I just started using them and they're pretty fast. Their connectivity works fine with OpenVPN. I don't believe they would log my details, because their business depends on trust - employees talk, and if it ever got out that they were lying, they'd be dead. But let's not delude ourselves that a VPN provider would not at least technically be capable of fucking over someone who trusted them for anonymity.
I've been using Mullvad for over half a year now and think they are great. They have (in my opinion) the most user-friendly ToS, focusing heavily on privacy. They actively support Wireguard and they even had a guide on how to get their VPN to run under QubesOS.
Here's a very basic guide for anyone who wants to fuck with these criminals.
Get a reliable VPN like PIA or Mullvad
Use and make sure it works
Only ever connect to anything related to your scambaiting while using your VPN now. This includes your VM.
Download virtualbox, and obtain a Windows ISO
Make your windows VM. Make sure your VM's network is configured to NAT.
Make a FireRTC account. Use throwaway info, they've been getting legal threats from a scamming company called myphonesoft. Of course, use your VPN.
Get numbers from and enjoy wasting these asshats' time.
I''m not try to push my agenda onto you but if you do get a VPN, get one that is usually out of the spying countries like the US or UK.
A good one that I am using is Mullvad, it's swedish, doesn't keep log, you can pay by cash anonymously and no email to sign rather a random account number.
It as any VPN can retain data but their ethical business policy proves a lot.
After weeks of research i recommend Mullvad or due to the following details.
Yes, your VPN could technically store and sell your data just as much as your ISP but the difference is that you can change VPNs at any time and are not limited to providers under US government jurisdiction.
There are even VPNs like Mullvad that are based in Sweden and don't require any personal information for creating an account. They provide you with a generated User ID that is used for everything and if you don't like it anymore you could just generate a new one. If you want you can even send them cash in the mail to pay for your service.
It depends on if they block your VPN or not. If not, or if a "plan" that allows for VPNs is cheaper than one which unblocks every website, then it will work.
As for which VPN you should use I can't help but Mullvad seems to be pretty popular among some people I know.
Voor meer informatie over VPNs wil ik graag iedereen doorverwijzen naar r/VPN.
Zelf gebruik ik Mullvad, komt volgens als één van de veiligste/betrouwbaarste (en bovendien goedkope en snelle) VPNs uit de bus, ook al zitten ze in een Fourteen Eyes country (jurisdiction in Zweden).
PIA is overigens Amerikaans en zou ik dus niet aanraden.
I don't know about american laws. Regardless, if I were you, I'd do the following steps:
Install a GNU/Linux distribution with LVM-Encryption. That way, nobody without a password can boot UP the PC.
Get a VPN. Mullvad offers one for 5 € a month. Completely anonymously.
Forget Skype. Use a free/open-source, encrypted VoiP such as Jitsi Meet
Before she does the deed, tell her to run "sudo shutdown -h 60", so that the computer turns off after 60 minutes. When all is done, nobody will be able to follow the traces to you.
It might be overkill. But once you set all up, you can have a dignified last moment without any outer distractions.
I've been using Mullvad for a couple of years now it's so far been the best one I've used yet. Speeds are great, good amount of features, and it doesn't even ask you for an email address. They also have a pretty useful FAQ page on their website full of tutorials
Mullvad supports WireGuard (server list some WireGuard development. Works very well.
Mullvad 3 hour trial. and you get unlimited transfer at a very quick speed. You can select the exit country, and it is OpenVPN & PPTP compatible.
PIA has been served papers with which they were unable to comply, which is a good sign.
I like Nord, PIA, and Mullvad, personally.
Edit: not sure what the downvotes are about. Downvote, kids, then write. I'll upvote you for the sake of debate.
A lot of the industry is kinda shifty TBH. Unfortunately it's hard to tell what VPNs are actually highly recommended because the ones you'll find promoted everywhere like Nord, Express, PIA, Pure, etc. have affiliate programs, so there's an incentive for websites to recommend them over others. PIA has at least proved in court that they don't log so they have that going for them.
Personally I use Mullvad for the reasons listed here.
I also highly recommend that you check out this comparison site. It deals only with objective information and doesn't use affiliate links. Look through the tables for something that fits your criteria, ideally with a refund policy or trial, and test it to see if it gives you the speeds you need.
Whenever I travel, I always make sure to have a VPN subscription that lasts at least until I come back, and use that the entire time. Also /u/happinyz, if you need a good VPN but you don't want to pay for an entire month, IIRC Mullvad VPN lets you pay for any amount of time if you use cryptocurrency. If money is an issue, Mullvad also gives you 3 hours of trial time with every account number that you open, and using Rabbit you should be able to open an infinite number of accounts.
There are many VPNs that don't log traffic. I use Mullvad and it's great. Just whatever you do make sure you don't use a free one, because they are probably logging and selling your information. Especially don't use HideMyAss because they're notorious for handing logs over to authorities. If you have questions feel free to ask and I can try to help.
Mullvad is my personal recommendation. They have an app for pretty much every system and support for WireGuard if you’re on a system that supports it.
Best of all, their price is £5 a month. Flat. No need to pay for a years worth. I pay once a month when I can pay to top it up.
Their speed on pretty much every server hasn’t bottlenecked my 100mb internet either. They’re Swedish and if you really want privacy you can even pay for your vpn in cash (euros), in an envelope with your randomly generated registration number (or by credit card, PayPal, bitcoin etc).
I pretty much run it 24/7 on my phone as WireGuard barely sips battery power (and it can be used on 3 devices at a time iirc).
1- go to PrivateInternetAccess or Mullvad and purchase a VPN subscription. $35/year isn't bad. There are dozens of services you can research, but these are the popular ones. Mullvad is european based, so not subject to bogus NSLs from the US government
2- Download and run their client software. This will route your traffic through their network and encrypt it
3- google What's my IP to confirm your IP address shows a different geographic location
Nothing is 100% safe, but this goes a long way toward maintaining your privacy. You can do a number of things to increase the effectiveness as well. Using an offshore VPN provider that at least says they keep no records is a start. I like Mullvad since you can fund your account anonymously with bitcoin. You can also use multiple VPNs for redundancy. This is achieved using virtual machines or configuring your router to connect to one vpn then connecting the seed-box to the other.
Essentially you are really just making yourself so difficult to track down that it is not in anyone's best interest to put the effort in to find you.
Mullvad is my favorite of those since their servers are pretty stable and they have WireGuard support (a new VPN protocol which promises better stability, more bandwidth and less CPU usage compared to OpenVPN). They also accept many forms of payments including cash.
Their main disadvantage is that they are located in Sweden which is part of the "14 eyes", but if I am doing something that sensitive I would use TOR anyway and accept the huge performance cost.
I don't think you know how VPNs work, dude.
The VPN can be based in the Sweden (like Mullvad) but allow you to connect to the internet using servers in the United States or Hong Kong or wherever, having an IP address from those places.
Jag använder Mullvad för att jag vet att personerna bakom tjänsten är ideologiskt övertygade försvarare av yttrandefrihet. Det är killar som tar sitt jobb på stort allvar och inte bara är ute efter att tjäna snabba pengar.
The porn sites in the protest are blocking only California IPs since it's a California ballot initiative.
But really, Prop 60 is an existential threat to porn as we know it. Most porn is made in California, so this is a big deal. It'll open the door to censorship and lawsuits that could cripple the adult industry. So, if you like & support porn, vote NO on prop 60!!
But to fix your current dilemma, other users have suggested VPN. This is a good option (I recommend either Mullvad or NordVPN, but there are others). All you need is an IP outside of California and you should be all set.
I recommend moving to Mullvad and paying in cold hard cash if you want to improve your setup, also the wireless extender might be a weak point (you don't really provide any information about it)
The way you operate online is also important, you can be doing all the right steps but if you login to your Gmail, start scrolling on Facebook and check up on your colleagues on LinkedIn you're no longer private online.
Last of all, this is the wrong sub, check r/privacy or r/vpn
Use MullvadVPN. It’s a super fast VPN service and is known for not saving any data at all.
As some guys mentioned here already - if the service is free, you are the product! No one is giving away a VPN service just for free. No one.
I have an active sub with NordVPN, no one shared the result because:
The Report you about to see was prepared to enable NordVPN customers to verify that a report by an independent auditing company has been issued in connection with the no-log NordVPN service.
By proceeding further you agree that the auditing company will not be held liable nor responsible for any loss or damage suffered or costs incurred by you, arising out of or in connection with the Information provided in the report. You also agree not to copy and distribute the content or results of it.
And then the audit is done under the name of "Tefincom S.A's NordVPN service to the Management of Tefincom S.A. Nicosia, Cyprus"
Yes done under the country Cyprus, not Panama. I say screw Nord! Thank god I changed to Mullvad a few months ago even though I have still have an active sub with Nord.
Do not reply, they have no way of proving it was you that downloaded the file if you don't reply to the email.
If you want to keep torrenting, getting a paid VPN (they cost $3-5/month) will encrypt and hide your traffic as well as give you a random IP address.
Make sure the VPN service doesn't keep any logs of their customers, Mullvad or Private internet access are both good. And whatever you do avoid free VPN services.
I've been using Mullvad for a while now and currently see no reason to change my VPN provider. Your list is an excellent way to form a solid first opinion. Before deciding on a provider a while back during my research, I was bothered by the "sponsored" reviews on reddit and the overall lack of in depth information on the web.
Privacy, privacy, privacy ! Anonymous !!!
Do a Google seach and read the first page of résults for Mullvad review
And you can pay with Monero if I remember correctly
You can buy for a year or more, cheaper, I think
Browser: Firefox with ublock origin, https everywhere, privacy badger, cookie autodelete (all w/o whitelists)
Search engine: Duckduckgo
VPN: Mullvad - with SOCKS5 proxy over OpenVPN (I've researched this a lot and I really find Mullvad to be the most trustworthy/safe provider. Only grey spot is Swedish jurisdiction, but I can leverage it with a no-log policy I can actually trust. I also appreciate that they do not aggressively advertise - if they advertise at all - and that it's 5eur/month flat. Cherry on top is the fact you don't need a user account - you get a random generated number instead)
Using RSS to bypass the need to log in to services to get content updates (i.e. Youtube/Google account to get subscription feed)
Mullvad seems likely to be trustworthy. It is a Swedish company, but they seem pretty serious about never logging anything and about supporting work on improving VPN technology. They work with the creator of WireGuard to improve it and they were one of the first VPN providers to adopt it.
>Don't need to read it to know Mullvad is objectively the best.
I agree. I've been using Mullvad for over a year and it's been as reliable as any other service I've used. Plus, it doesn't require an email account to sign up and you can pay with Bitcoin or even cash. also gives Mullvad his top rating.
Mullvad is a great VPN service. They don't collect ANY information about you when you make an account. You get a random account number and that's how you're identified--no email, no name, no contact information, nothing. Also, if you connect to a near server, I haven't noticed any speed decreases compared to no VPN connection with 70mb/s service.
There's no getting around the license really unless you want to delve into the world of fakes, which I wouldn't recommend.
What I mean by a middle man is something that is between the site and you. So you link cam site > middleman > you. Patreon, for example, would be a middle man because you are linking you account to an entirely separate service, so if something happens and the cam site leaks all or your information, they leak the patreon information and not your actual bank details. It's much easier manage the middle man than it is close down a bank account.
Note: I also used Patreon as an example. I have no idea how Patreon works or if it's an option.
Also, as another user mentioned, a VPN should be high on the list. Mullvad is a good option as it's about five bucks and it can be paid for anonymously.
Are you looking to switch? If you are, I'm curious what you end up switching to. I've personally used PIA, but disliked that I ended up with really slow speeds most of the time. I also had issues connecting to a banking website when using PIA.
Currently using Mullvad, which works it works. Sometimes it'll just straight up lose connection and I have to go and find another server to connect to. Speeds are decent though. I've also not had any issues connecting to websites with Mullvad, which is nice.
I was looking to try Nord next, but if it's getting blocked by places like Amazon, I don't know where else to look. I just want something stable, relatively secure, with good speeds. Mullvad is everything I want except stable thus far.
Mullvad is fine. I use PIA, that works too.
Guys, just use any of thees 5 VPN Services recommended by other Redditors if you are looking for one.
Most of them are best with torrents, watching NFL, anime, cartoons and other regional shows that are blocked in your country.
For you, probably not. It would depend on what kind of a financial situation you are in. If you can afford ~6$ a month, then absolutely. Some cheap ones I would recommend that don't keep logs: Mullvad
Every bitcoin transaction can be traced back, it's pseudonymous. The best is probably cash. Some offer that. I actually did test Mullvad a while back, and sent them 5€ cash via anonymous letter an anonymously created acc number in it. 5 days later the account received a month of runtime. Really liked that system, though it adds cost for postage stamp. I am not sure who else does this type of anonymous payment.
Mullvad is recommended on r/privacytoolsio and doesn't record logs nor belong to 14 eyes jurisdiction. Also has a kill switch meaning the internet will stop all together if the VPN connection is lost.
I can chime in and say their services were (as of about a year ago) absolute dog shit. They sucker you in with big "sale" prices or "coupon codes" that are always active which is shady already, but then the speeds were fucking horrible. Every server was capped at 2MB/s and had horrible latency. It didn't start out this way either. I had used them for 3 years and on the 3rd year they turned to shit slowly but surely before I left.
I can't speak for today, but there are plenty of better alternatives out there. Siga is great if you're cheap (they run on donations, $2 being the minimum last I checked but they have free slower servers) and Mullvad is great if you can afford it (like $70 a year iirc, one of the pricier ones I've used).
I have tried a few of your mentioned providers in the past, quite liked PIA, but it wasn't a great option for streaming Netflix, so I moved to NordVPN. If I remember correctly Mullvad also doesn't work with streaming services, so have that in mind if it's important for you. If you're planning to torrent often, then Nord should be a pretty fine fit as security is one of the main things they focus on: based in Panama where no mandatory data laws exist, the mac app has a kill-switch, and I never heard anything about data leakage or smth. Btw, I should mention that it doesn't have port forwarding, it would be a nice addition to the package but insecure. Maybe that's why many VPNs that are heavily based on privacy don't even offer this feature. Anyway, IMO Nord has the best price/service quality ratio, but maybe read more reviews and decide for yourself.
Mullvad offers bridges for this exact purpose of getting around restrictive firewalls.
You can also try using Wireguard servers instead. Sometimes they work behind firewalls that auto-block OpenVPN.
This is so much better than what we've gotten. Honestly one of the few reasons I haven't fully switched from Mullvad. Mullvad's Linux client is the exact same as their Windows one. We need more Linux love from the protonVPN team!
Really great job dude.
If you are a UK citizen or resident, please contact your representatives in parliament and explain why this is not a good idea.
(I have not used this site myself, but it seems helpful)
This does not affect Mullvad because we are incorporated in Sweden, but I'm sure some of my colleagues are incorporated there. The fewer jurisdictions privacy-friendly companies can operate from the worse for all of us.
har servrar i Sverige, nederländerna, tyskland, usa, och Kanada. 50kr i månaden om jag minns rätt, de erbjuder ett flertal betalsätt och är de enda jag känner till som erbjuder anonym kontant betalning.
Hastigheter jag får ut ligger kring 10-16 mbps och svarstider ligger för mig inom acceptabla ramar. Men dock kanske inget man spelar spel som är känsliga för höga svarstider med.
Givetvis finns det andra alternativ, men det här är ett, och i min åsikt ett av de bättre.
If I remember correctly, NordVPN has had a few legal cases for which they had to reveal logs but revealed none under the claim that they don't have it. Unless if they really want to get arrested or pay huge fines, I don't think they'd lie to the feds. So I do think it is the case that criminals can use it to do illegal activities. Also, if NordVPN spooks you, try Mullvad. They don't even take your name, they just generate an account number for you and you must save that somewhere, you can use a VPN or Tor to get their services, then just keep using their services without it and that's decent enough to throw any possibly identifying information of you off. But again, they don't even take your name.
I remember watching a list where they had like green, yellow and red boxes for several characteristics of each VPN and out of all, the VPN with the most green boxes was Mullvad and decided to use that one
NordVPN's speeds are absolute garbage, it seems. I've been using Mullvad for a couple of years and I recommend it to everyone. Here's a review by a rather respected person in the VPN community, so don't take my word for it:
After about a month of research, I determined that as a member of the USA, PIA was best for me because it's the only proven one with those court records. Don't trust people's recommendations (and I encourage you to do your own research instead of trusting mine) though, because it was really fucking surprising how many VPN shills on reddit. I'm not even joking, there's that many.
PIA is shilled for a lot but it's proven not to log, and in my experience had decent speeds. For some reason, I think I also trusted Mullvad but I don't remember why.
Use TOPS (thatoneprivacysite, owned by the owner of /r/VPN) as a guideline but not a final resource.
EDIT: PIA is five eyes. I think this was a disadvantage for people not in the five eyes, but I don't remember if that was the final result of that research. Mullvad is 14 eyes, which is less of a threat.
The people who own O2.
At least they don't outright block stuff like a lot of UK providers. And not just them.
I recommend VPN providers like Mullvad, or tor to anyone who'll listen.
for people that can't afford a paid VPN service, there are 3 that I would recommend:
protonvpn, riseup's VPN, and maybe windscribe
use these, and donate what you can to show your appreciation for them
save up and then use a paid VPN service. the only one I have ever felt comfortable recommending is Mullvad
The laws would apply to VPN providers who are based in Sweden, like Mullvad. So I would say it would be affected with the current language as described in articles:
> A legislator has also attacked VPN services in the inquiry, Karlung claims, with a demand that ISPs log the first activation of each new anonymisation service.
Also, Sweden is Fourteen Eyes, not Five Eyes.
I chose Mullvad as my client after comparing it to others I had heard of, ironically on Reddit. I used , and it's charts and reviews, to narrow down my search and make my choice.
If you do nothing else, get a paid VPN based outside of a "five eyes" country. Everyone you ask will be biased in their own way, you already know where mine lies.
Avoid any and all free VPN clients, any based in the U.S, and any that have active scandals (NordVPN).
Feel free to contact me with additional questions!
In addition to the torrentfreak link provided by several commenters, commercial VPNs are also a good solution.
I keep recommending Mullvad for Windows, OSX, and other platforms, don't log anything, accept Bitcoin payment if you want, and are pretty fast.
I actually believe their no-logging claims, since that's one of their main selling points, and if it ever came out that they were full of shit, it'd pretty much kill them.
Costs 5 Euros / month, and IMO is very very very worth it - I've had them for about a year now and am super satisfied (geez, they should give me a discount for the number of recommendations I've made).
Sky in the UK appears to be soft blocking VPN's. When on WiFi, can't access any VPN's website and my VPN (Mullvad) can't access it's update servers or server list...
Switch to mobile data/phone hotspot, the site will load with no trouble, instantly.
But they're not admitting they're blocking it, as they do with streaming/piracy where you get a notice telling you it's blocked, you just get connection timed out...
I was looking at NordVPN, AirVPN, and Mullvad. I changed my dns server and my ISP still tries to redirect google searches to their in house “search engine”. Pisses me off like no other and really hits my core that they will try to packet sniff my traffic and filter and throttle whatever they want.
That’s not a really straightforward answer as it depends on how you use it and how much you care about your privacy. ThatOnePrivacySite has a very detailed and unbiased table that can help you in deciding, and r/vpn can probably help answer any questions.
I ultimately went with Mullvad since they seem to be one of the best in terms of privacy, and It’s been working great so far.
Couldn't agree more with you. Especially since they have gateways in many different locations, for just a few bucks a month you can pretend to be almost wherever you want, and take advantage of local services (e.g. TV). I've been using them since the start of the month, and the performance is like nothing I've seen. Definitely better than my old & more expensive VPN provider (Mullvad). They don't do any logging whatsoever, and they promisse that if they get subpoena'd, they will do everything to keep user data privacy, even if they have to shut down that gateway.
Mullvad VPN is the most privacy focused VPN out there and has lots of different VPN servers within the US and lots of other countries. You can geographically select the one you like. Also Mullvad comes with a free test use period. Check it out
+1 for Mullvad. I’ve been using them for about a year (~3 terabytes/month) and I haven’t had a single issue.
They don’t store logs, there are no email logins (you’re given a randomized account number—no password), you get a 10% discount for paying with crypto, torrenting allowed, and a 3 hour free trial.
Same for me. Started with Proton; ended up with Mullvad. But the OpenVPN iOS client frequently disconnected without reconnecting, so I now use Wireguard, which requires much less intervention on my part.
I'm a current user, only because of the 99 USD for 3 years deal they offered. If you care about speed then I wouldn't recommend Nord. If you have the money then go for Mullvad, or Proton for their email+vpn bundle (haven't used their vpn but their email service is fantastic). PIA is a no for me because they are US-based.
Start your vpn with Network lock and DNS leak protection ( Refer to your vpn )
Use one of the known good vpn ( Mullvad , air vpn , pia , express vpn , cyberghost , torguard ,perfect privacy , nord vpn )
follow the rule
Bind your vpn to the bittorent client
Settings > Advanced > Network interface ( The one of your vpn )
go to any of the known websites ( With vpn on ) and get your stuff.
I'll have a go at this question! They're not US based, no email sign up, you can pay in nearly any currency (including cash), it tunnels IPV6, has a lot of options for servers, supports wireguard iirc, and works great. They also don't have annoying/spammy/suspicious advertising like Nord and PIA do. I researched VPNs for a long long time before choosing one and Mullvad checked all the boxes I needed, as well as some I wasn't even thinking of at the time (wireguard). There's really no reason to use another VPN service in my opinion
Yes, VPN prevents your ISP from seeing your connections (websites). You want to choose a trustworthy VPN that does NOT log (at least claims so). You mentioned Mullvad in another comment, and it is perfectly fine. There is also VPN from creators of ProtonMail that offers a free plan, but it doesn't allow P2P and the speed is limited.
But VPN won't help with text messages and phone calls but end-to-end encrypted messaging platform, such as Wire can handle them.
Well it's quite easy actually. Just block ports 1149 UDP (OpenPVN), GRE (PPTP) and a few others, and you're screwed.
That is, unless you find some provider that can serve VPN on nonstandard ports.
For example, Mullvad offers its service also on TCP 443, which is indistinguishable from an HTTPS connection. They also happen to offer a "try before you buy" service.
So yeah. Go to , get their software and try to connect over TCP 443. See what happens. Do it for science.
If they drop that too... man, fuck these guys
I used to work for a cam company and I just so happen to know that IPs from various VPNs are blocked. This may just be the case for customers as opposed to performers (because of obvious reasons) but I am not certain. In any case, there are several other things your friend can do – such as ordering a webcam cover from Amazon – if she really wants to go through with this.
I know this is not my place but if I may, I would like to suggest that you talk to your friend about this and make sure she is absolutely set on doing it. The money seems okay if you are in a country like Ukraine or Romania (some place where minimum wage is atrocious) but it really is not worth it in the long run.
P.S. My personal recommendation for a VPN would be Mullvad.
Mullvad has never let me down. I find basically no impact on speed (unless I'm gaming), cost is 60 euros a year. Their logs are minimal as fuck and they allow you to pay in Bitcoin AND actual hard cash for complete anonymity and they have something like 300 servers in 50 countries.
Mullvad is based in Sweden which is part of the Fourteen Eyes but they have had a security audit conducted on them, verifying their minimal-as-fuck-logging policy and their servers are also using Qubes (which... yeah). I trust them even beyond ProtonVPN.
Mullvad has a kill switch on by default. You will not be able to connect to internet until your VPN is on and working (unless you disconnect Mullvad).
PIA has a killswitch option, but it gave me a bunch of network issues on my Mac so I disabled it.
The only semi-decent VPN provider not based inside 14 eyes is IVPN. I still wouldn't pick them over a provider like Mullvad, because they block P2P on US servers. I'm not paying a VPN provider to censor me.
PIA doesn't have shills on Reddit, because they wouldn't make money from it as they aren't able to link their referral code. The "shills" are people who have used them for years and see that they are good for the average user. Having a provider based outside the 14 eye countries doesn't really mean much since it's dirt cheap to register a company in countries like Panama. It's not going to give you a get out of jail free card. The provider actually has to care about privacy and the fact is that most providers who actually have been out for a while and were the first VPN providers who had no logging from the start are based in 14 eye countries. Most of these providers based outside these countries only recently changed to "No Logs" once they saw that they can grab some cash.
What you need is a VPN service. Some will allow you to change your apparent location at will. Be wary that some will record all of your internet usage for later use, notably . I can recommend Mullvad. It runs me $6 a month I think.
There are no good free VPNs. A VPN isn’t something you want for free. You are the product when using a free VPN. I recommend Mullvad, which is a flat €5 per month. You only get what you pay for. You can give them only €5 and you’ll get your one month. You can even send them the €5 in the post. They require zero information from you, not even an email.
They have been proven not to keep logs as of about 2 years ago, but that can change. In terms of marketing, PIA is one of the shadiest VPN companies out there. They are also based in the US which is a big no-no. I don’t trust them after they were caught trying to spread rumors about ProtonVPN. One of their high ranking executives has also been caught selling data at a different company.
The only real advantages of PIA is that they’re dirt cheap and they accept gift cards as payment, so you finally have something to do with that subway gift card aunt sally gets you every birthday.
ProtonVPN and Mullvad are two superior companies but they’re a buck or two more expensive.
There's a vpn-service that's quite popular here in Sweden called mullvad that promises that they don't store any log files and let's you by that surf "anonymously". Their first gateway was located in Amsterdam (now they have many more exit nodes in many countries) so maybe the jurisdiction regarding cyber crimes are more loose there?
is the address. (And I am in no way associated with them, I just happened to know about their service.)
Adguard isn't a VPN. It is just an adblocker which uses the "VPN service" to route your traffic so it can do its blocking. Blockada is the same as Adguard and uses the same VPN service to block ads and trackers. Blockada is open source and free, whereas Adguard has a subscription. These apps DO NOT encrypt/alter your traffic and improve your privacy in any way, as a real VPN would do. They will only block ads systemwide and need the VPN service to be running all the time to do so.
Also at the moment, it is not possible to use a real VPN and one of these Adblockers simultaneously since only one app can use the VPN service at a time. So if you use a real VPN like Mullvad, Azure, Express etc then you won't be able to use Adguard or Blockada at the same time.
If you want to know which one of these two is better then according to me Blockada is free and open-source and does almost everything that Adguard does for free, so i would definitely recommend trying it out first.
Not sure about PIA but Mullvad has all sorts of connecting options and not just openVPN. They have socks, proxies, tunnels and my favorite wiregyard. So if collage ever blocks vpn you can use other methods to connect.
There's a few good ones on this list, and a few not so good ones. You get to evaluate them yourself, based on their word. Jurisdiction and the ability to pay with bitcoins were my two major concerns.
I went with Mullvad, as it worked on a wide array of devices, has an extremely easy to use client software, and allows me to pay in bitcoins. Mullvad will also let you try them for free for like an hour, if you want to test your speed and connections and all that.
I should also note, a VPN doesn't guarantee you protection from the NSA spying. While the VPN will encrypt your traffic connection to the VPN server, thus preventing any data collection from your ISP, your connection out from the VPN server is normal internet traffic prone to snooping, it's just anonymized now.
I'm currently writing a security roundup on 38 different VPN providers, including both of them.
Mullvad has very serious security flaws. PIA is "average."
I can't disclose more than that, because we plan to approach a few publications before self-publishing the story, sorry.
I just signed up with Mullvad for the first time. They don't ask any personal information, not even an E-Mail address. You get three hours for free to try it before you buy it (no need to ask for refunds that way). Speeds are great and the app is perfect. Can highly recommend it so far.
Mullvad is by far my favorite and I've tried them all. They were one of the first to implement wireguard and now the desktop app actually has wireguard functionality built in if that is something you want to try. You can also sign up with them anonymously if that is your thing.
My second choice would be ProtonVPN.
Mullvad. I used Nord for 2 years, but was unsatisfied with the speed. Also, there was a big dustup a ~year ago (?) about Nord user logs/data, or something along those lines. I think there was a lawsuit, I can't remember the details
This is super impressive, but I don't know enough to interpret it. What on here is most important to choosing a VPN?
I currently use Mullvad on the recommendation of a friend who knows more than I. How can I determine how Mullvad stacks up to its competitors?
I use AirVPN for 4 years now and am pretty happy. 15 Eur per 3 months. I have a 100 MBit/s connection and get the speed through the VPN, too. They have servers in several countries and different options to connect (UDP, TCP, many ports, VPN-over-ssh, VPN-over-TLS). They also allow port forwarding for torrenting and rDNS for if you want to run some server. They don't save data.
I also hear good stuff about Mullvad. You can even pay with cash sent to them in a letter.
You might like Mullvad.
It can disconnect the internet on VPN connection failure. Reconnection is automatic. There is a client for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS and Android. It uses OpenVPN by default underneath, which is widely scrutinized and trusted (stay away from PPTP if you are worried about adversaries). Mullvad can also be sort of anonymous if you want; you can send cash or Bitcoin so they only know your IP address. Like others, they strenuously claim no logs are kept.
You may also be interested in this article at TorrentFreak, where many privacy-conscious VPNs are described. Not all VPNs claim to protect your privacy. Read the small print.
If you keep pissing off a well-resourced adversary they can always break into your house and compromise your hardware. There are no completely secure solutions.
I agree. I just wanted to point out that you can address some of the issues you mentioned. VPNs having just you IP address may help in a situation where you need plausible deniability.
For torrenting I think Mullvad and similar services are fine. For activities that may require more anonymity I would recommend ToR or multiple VPNs (if you need speed).
Research Mullvad VPN. They have a strict no-logging policy, but even if they aren't honoring it, they don't collect any identifying information about you. No name, no phone number, no email address, and you can pay with Bitcoin.
Despite Mullvad being in a 14 eyes country, they are actually considered one of the most, if not the most privacy focused VPN’s.
They don’t require any email or password or username.
The user (registers, pays, & logs in) via a randomly generated 16 digit number.
Then you have the option to pay by bitcoin or even cold hard cash mailed in with your 16 digit account number.
All their VPN clients are open source. Which is pretty rare to find among VPN providers and arguably of the most crucial things in order to verify the claims of the provider.
Mullvad works very closely with the QubesOS Project and is designed to integrate with Qubes easily.
Check them out
Download OpenVPN, than go to
Unlimited 3-hour free trial, all you need to redo the captcha every 3 hours. OpenVPN + Mullvad, much more secure and privacy respecting than a generic free VPN. OpenVPN is available for mobile phones, too.
I used Mullvad until recently. Their client sucks but all their servers work over OpenVPN (which is better anyway). I maxed out my connection speed in every scenario and it was super reliable. They are out side any of the eyes territories and have a heavy emphasis on privacy measures. They even let you pay in cash! Any questions PM me.
Here is a list of recommended VPNs
I used to use StrongVPN until I discovered they keep logs. I've used Mullvad and BTGuard. Both offer great service.
If you don't plan on hacking the US/UK government or planning a terrorist attack, then you would be perfectly fine using PIA. The US doesn't care what porn you watch or that you're downloading the latest One Direction album off torrents like the people on this Subreddit think that they do. They aren't going to force a VPN provider as big as PIA to log their servers just to catch you downloading that One Direction CD. It would take something huge for them to force one of the biggest VPN providers in the world (PIA) to log their servers and it's clear that PIA cares about privacy and they have the money to fight it.
If you don't want to risk it, then Mullvad and AirVPN are both good. I personally plan on switching to Mullvad at the end of the month after being with PIA for over 4 years. It has nothing to do with PIA as they are great. I just wanted to switch it up and support Mullvad for making a lot of great changes over the past few months.
I'd say its okay to upload, from what i've read of the rules on the subreddit atleast, then comes the question of how to release them "Safely":
The "safest" alternative, in terms of takedowns would be something P2P based, neither a regular old torrent or something more fancy like an beaker browser page. Thereby no one thing can take it down.
In terms of getting in trouble, protect yourself behind a VPN before uploading. I've heard Mullvad is good, even gives you a 3 hour trail.
Otherwise, just put them all in a zip file and upload them to or something
Well, saying I'm happy if they are as far away from me as possible is a slight exaggeration. There are just a couple of things that are pushing me away from them, like not supporting Open Source, claiming a VPN is 100% effective and their rather bad review here. It's nothing big, but I'm happier with Mullvad right now.
Well, I use NordVPN, because it has a zero log policy and is out of the fourteen eyes jurisdiction (it is based in Panama with no mandatory data retention laws). It is also pretty fast and you can even route TOR or another VPN connection for extra security with a sacrifice for speed. Paying with cryptocurrency is a plus too. Don't really know about Cyberghost, but I've heard that Mullvad and PIA are nice too (even if they are in the fourteen eyes). Read something like this and decide for yourself.
Nice review. Used to be in almost the exact same situation, contemplating between PIA and Mullvad.
The thing you don't really mention, is price.
- Mullvad is €60 per year ($70?)
- PIA is €34 per year ($40)
You state "both are cheap" but Mullvad is almost double the price compared to PIA.
Now this may not be a financial disaster for most people here, but considering long term usage of a good VPN, this may be significant, at least it was for me.
Say you're gonna use the vpn for another 10, or maybe 20, years. The prices would be the following, assuming the prices stay the same:
-Mullvad €600 (10years) or €1200 (20 years)
-PIA €340 (10years) or €680 (20years)
You can see where I'm getting at. (In dollars it would be about 10% higher.) It comes down to this question: do the advantages of Mullvad outweigh PIA's ridiculous price offer and reputation of good speeds? For me not. For others it could be. Hope this is of added value.