Is your VPN Legit or Shit?

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DeepDotWeb   8 Jul 2014   316

Those of you who frequent the darkweb should be familiar with VPN (Virtual Private Network) services and have done some research to find a trustworthy provider. For readers who are just starting to explore the darker catacombs of the Internet a VPN is a mandatory tool for online anonymity.

But not all VPN services are created equal.

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For n00bs

A VPN provides a secure connection between your computer and the VPN servers. All communications between your computer and the VPN are encrypted and sent through a secure tunnel over the Internet, preventing outsiders from spying on your web activity. You can securely connect to a VPN service and surf the web from their servers, using their IP addresses.

There are lots of reasons to use a VPN service such as establishing a secure connection over an insecure network, accessing censored or region specific web content, or hiding p2p sharing activity that is often frowned upon in the US. But if you’ve made it to DDW you’re probably starting to understand that there are parts of the web where more nefarious things happen (which DDW acknowledges but does not condone) and anonymity is of the utmost importance.

The connection between your computer and the VPN is secure, but the connection between the VPN and the rest of the web isn’t. Your activity on the web can be monitored and traced back to the VPN IP addresses, but cannot be traced back to your own IP address. When you use a VPN no one can trace your web activity back to you (insert obligatory meme).

In theory.

On the internet

For Everyone

A VPN service’s main selling points are security and privacy, but privacy is interpreted differently among VPN providers. Just ask former lulzsec member Cody Kretsinger (a.k.a. recursion), how private his VPN service was.

Kretsinger used a popular VPN called HideMyAss and engaged in activity that linked him, and his online persona “recursion,” to several high profile hacks, including unauthorized access to servers controlled by Sony Pictures. As it turns out HMA keeps logs of users’ IP addresses and logon/off times. A UK court order was issued to HMA to turn over the logs related to the offending account, which were then used to identify and arrest Kretsinger.

VPN providers can log web activity over their network, but it is more common to see VPN providers log users’ IP addresses, logon/off times and bandwidth usage. This logging activity allows providers to identify individuals abusing the service for fraud and spam, but in doing so they acquire information that can be used to identify individual users.

You can be absolutely sure if a VPN provider is pressured to cooperate with authorities and they have any information to identify you as the suspect you will be up shit creek and you will be there without a paddle. No one is going to go to jail for you.

This is why some VPN services go out of their way NOT to log any information that could possibly identify their customers. They cannot be forced to hand over incriminating information that they do not have.

The Devil is in the Details

It is mundane but it is so incredibly important when considering a VPN to read the company’s Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy, and these documents need to be in plain English not lawyer-eese. A VPN provider who legitimately cares about customers’ privacy will lay it out in black in white what information, if any, is recorded and for how long.

Good VPN providers state that they store “personal information” necessary to create an account and process a payment (for example: name, e-mail address, payment data, billing address), but state that they do NOT log users’ IP addresses, logon/off times, or bandwidth usage.

Great VPN providers go a step further to minimize the amount of “personal information” required by accepting bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, eliminating the requirement for billing information. This further insulates the user’s true identity by requiring an as little information as an e-mail address to create an account.

An honorable mention must go out to VPN provider MULLVAD who do not even require an email address. Visitors to the website click “create account” and they are given an account number without entering any information at all.

VPN Providers to Avoid

If you intend to use a VPN to hide your p2p activity on the web or go to the other side of the great virtual divide we recommend that you steer clear of these VPN providers. We want to be fair, VPNs who make this list are not “bad” VPN providers but they do participate in logging activities that put their users at risk. These VPNs do not provide true privacy on the web.If you intend to use a VPN to hide your p2p activity on the web or go to the other side of the great virtual divide we recommend that you steer clear of these VPN providers. We want to be fair, VPNs who make this list are not “bad” VPN providers but they do participate in logging activities that put their users at risk. These VPNs do not provide true privacy on the web.

Bad vpn Providers

Privacy Focused VPN Providers

The following is a list of ten VPN providers who openly state that they do not log any information that may be used to identify anyone using their VPN service. To be considered as a privacy focused VPN provider the service must have the following qualifications:

  1. Does NOT log any information that could be used to identify the user.
  2. Requires minimal personal information to sign up.
  3. Accepts cryptocurrency.

You will note that there are VPN providers based in the USA on this list. It is a common misconception that US VPN services are legally required to log activity on their network. This simply isn’t true, but they are still required to cooperate with US law enforcement while other countries are not. Required cooperation is partly the reason they dutifully do not log activity on their networks. These companies cannot be held liable for withholding information they do not have. Choosing a VPN service, and which country it is based in, is up to you, but we do not want to discourage people from supporting small businesses in the US based on hearsay

Anyone concerned with their privacy for any reason should consider one of the following VPN services. As a DDW Disclaimer: You shouldn’t rely on a VPN provider to protect you from the authorities. It’s really best if the authorities don’t have a reason to be looking for you at all.

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Best Vpn Providers

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  1. October 14, 2018 at 6:36 am dweeb

    +1 on ExpreesVpn in terms of speed but right now i’s Protonvpn is the dog bullocks as they have several TOR servers in different countries it speeds up when ur deepd in d catacombs

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  2. October 3, 2018 at 5:48 am George Soros

    Your take on ExpressVPN doesn’t sound anyhow fair or based on reality of the company.

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  3. August 14, 2018 at 10:20 am Joohhnnyy

    You can try Surf Shark. They are quite new so the speed is quite decent. I usually use this one for nêtflïx or BBC player as it offers VPN technology which is optimized for fast video content delivery.

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  4. August 14, 2018 at 9:35 am I

    There is a new VPN called Surf Shark. I use it for couple of weeks new. Cannot really complain about it. They got Windows app now, I guess they are working on IOS too. In general I am quite happy about it. Speeds are quite stable, as still not many people are using it. Plus you can connect it to unlimited number of devices, so all my devices are secure now ;) If someone is interested to try my good buddy shared discount code with me: GETVPN. Hopefully you gonna like it.

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  5. August 7, 2018 at 9:58 am James Bahu

    Does anyone know if accounting firms like Pricewaterhouse, Ernst & Young, Moss Adams, etc. are able to trace the user of a VPN?

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  6. August 6, 2018 at 12:31 am leeroy

    I’m just curious if you have any plans to update the list anytime? There are so many new providers in the game and the older ones have updated many things or made fatal mistakes that placed them at the bottom by now. I’m currently looking for a new subscription myself and just realized how many VPNs there are now. I’ve already tested few and Surfshark seems like it will be my pick as I haven’t had such great speeds in who knows how long but I still have few left to test out before I make a decision.

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  7. August 4, 2018 at 6:23 am NoOne

    I would chosoe protonvpn over all of those mentioned above. I believe everything swiss based is better, and i have great experience with them… also their email service is awesome ;)

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  8. June 13, 2018 at 6:28 am Arxi

    What of ProtonVPN?

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  9. February 13, 2018 at 7:32 am Na

    Check CyberGhost. Doesn’t keep logs, and the information that is used is kept on Romanian servers: ie one of the few countries that doesn’t follow US or UK court orders to release information.

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  10. January 31, 2018 at 9:40 am Richard Smith

    I use NordVPN and ExpressVPN. Both are good VPN but in Nord, I got the issue about internet speed but in Express I didn’t. That’s why my opinion Express is the best and fast VPN I read the ExpressVPN reviews via ReviewsDir and know it is the best VPN service.

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  11. December 25, 2017 at 10:35 am Justerini Brooks

    F-secure Freedom, buy from shop with cash, no need to register. F-secure Safe to use on your computer, there should be no backdoor.

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  12. December 7, 2017 at 1:31 am Kumpulan Remaja

    i think vpn premium PureVPn is not a good choice. I have been using it for 2 months and almost every thing got stuck, their app their client

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    • June 14, 2018 at 4:14 am Peter Boldt

      Hello! I have used PureVPN for a while, and there was huge problem with some servers (Hungary and Germany) that was to slowe or even offline. Have changed to residentialinternetaccess.com and am now happy. Thay have more exit nodes and are not blacklisted as VPN provider on gambling sites.

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  13. November 1, 2017 at 12:23 am krtejteydjrytyj

    need a free vpn with no ads unlimited bandwidth no time limit

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  14. October 14, 2017 at 4:59 am Foggetabouit

    Vafancull aha ah

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  15. September 25, 2017 at 3:33 am Norton

    Nord vpn is a good service provider.

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  16. July 17, 2017 at 1:58 am James Mccreary IV

    NordVPN is from James Mccreary IV a informant from the LE.

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  17. June 26, 2017 at 1:11 am A clever Golly-Wog

    Use a mixture of protocols, methods and from several providers. Use anonymous payments where possible. You can make it VERY hard to be tracked. NEVER use dedicated servers, use the SHARED option and better, one with ONE IP address. All traffic from all customers is routed through that. If it is caught, multiple datasets from multiple IPs and you cant make heads or tails of where exactly it came from.

    If you can get SSH, use that with your OpenVPN. Use 2-3 cascaded servers if you want to be more secure and preferably from different operators or via different multiple accounts. Use anonymous proxies aswell before hitting TOR.

    Remember your operating environment. Prevent all the logging on Windows, page files etc etc. So long as your not a real slime, nothing too much to worry about. Most of us wont need all this security. A modest setup would suffice. But yes you can really beef it up. Even multiple virtual windows, more vpn accounts. End of the day, you could have say 20 VPN connections all at once from 5 providers. This all being run on both normal and virtual environments. SSH also used at both. Proxys used to connect into TOR. Becomes so difficult to be monitored effectively.

    Goodluck

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  18. June 21, 2017 at 7:32 am The baker

    Well everyone here if you answer it would be greatly appreciated . I no how to be anonymous on my computer but not on my phone . My computer is in for repair and I can’t wait so long .can anyone find out what tthe best and cheapest credit card printer will cost .and where I could aquire one anonymously or just aquire it . It does not matter

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  19. May 30, 2017 at 8:22 am fear no man thing

    What’s the anonymity of free vpn turbo vpn. seems to be fine but i have my doubts. Any advice please. Have tunnel bear aswel buT data ran out.

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  20. May 30, 2017 at 6:49 am markhascole

    VPN mean freedom

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  21. May 24, 2017 at 11:40 am Amanda

    I am on my first 2 weeks(i bought a 3 month sub to test run Astrill)and it was working flawless

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  22. May 21, 2017 at 4:52 am Betternet User

    I’ve been using Betternet for a couple of years now and have been really happy with them.

    According to the ‘Web Surfing’ section of their privacy policy , they “[do] not collect, log, store, share any identifiable personal information of Users.”

    They do, however, say that they “may collect the connection times to [their] Service and the total amount of data transferred per day.”, stating their reasoning for this as a way “to be able to deliver the best possible network experience to you.”

    Tl;dr:

    Betternet is a VPN that doesn’t collect, log, store, or share any identifiable user information, but they may log connection times and amount of bandwidth used.

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  23. May 1, 2017 at 11:01 am Paul

    anyone have experience/thoughts on VPN Unlimited?

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  24. April 26, 2017 at 4:44 am Sr-Willian

    After reading all the comments and queries, i have came to a decision that we all must use VPN for our own safety. Previously the security thread was the hackers and dark web users. But now the government is interested in tracking us. Not only the US but also Australian government. I am using ivacy vpn for 11 months. its cheap and its good. i would suggest you guyz to try it out as it offer money back guarantee in two weeks i think. It your financial and personal security in the end and you are responsible for it . Make a wise decision by choosing the write VPN. PS i you find some thing cheap plz let me know.. Thank-you

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  25. March 16, 2017 at 7:58 am Ibin Yerkinoff

    To the author “IBURNEZ”, your article is informative but outdated and you might wanna research again sir. There’s no mention of Pure vpn, CyberGhost or Anonymizer vpn, all three promise to keep no logs however, WILL BE powerless and cooperative when police show up with a warrant from the court (I’m not making this up, it’s in their privacy policy, go read it), so their goes your privacy or anonymity!

    Actually my allergic reaction is caused by ExpressVPN (based in British Virgin Islands) being on the list of “log collectors”. I don’t know what they were thinking or doing when this article was written, but as I type this (and I just checked their website) I can comfortably argue that ExpressVPN has a strict NO LOGGING POLICY!. On top of that, their privacy policy section doesn’t even mention sharing customers’ activity with police, when presented with a court order. So may I ask where you got your facts about ExpessVPN collecting logs from?

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    • March 25, 2017 at 4:13 am Luther E. Bradley

      Actually ALL VPN services will be powerless against the court, but good remark.

      And I agree with you about this article. There should be no reason to be worried about those three vpn services being “powerless” against the court, because there is no such thing as full privacy. Even if you’re an exclusive member within the vpn services, your information will be stored no matter what. VPN services are nothing compared to a multi-billion facility. Should the client-side do something sketchy, then something like structured analysis would occur and problems occur.

      Everyone this is computer science knowledge. This whole anonymous VPN aspect is basically the black market. Let’s say you can’t buy that one thing you really want, but you’d get in trouble if people knew you’d bought it. So you go to the black market to buy that one item…however the government is aware of this black market and if they want to investigate you- they are going to find you.

      I would say that their encryptions are fairly formidable and safe for everyone to use, so the paid services are good for private chats or something innocent. Free vpn services is dangerous…it’s like someone asking you to do something for free…wouldn’t you put more effort if they paid you? The vpn services don’t let you know if your account would be protected if you got it for free or paid so the customer is confused on which one it is, leading to the question “Is my CPN safe”

      So the whole “free” vpn…I personally would stay away from. If you want to have private chats or restricted websites that are blocked like facebook or youtube, then go for it. But try not to use it frequently cause that’ll cause a lot of traffic, which would raise some concern. I mean if you think about it everyone is using vpn and no one will be constantly looking at your computer or tcp gonna be tracked..they don’t have time. But their encryption is legit so use it! My opinion…only difference in vpn is the price and speed…there are lots of encryptions and they are equally strong so don’t worry about that!

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    • April 11, 2017 at 11:12 am Aleks

      A no-logs policy would mean data would not be there when the authorities come to collect it. That’s only possible if you’re not based in the US (not sure about the UK) because at least USA requires providers registered in and operating from US to produce it whenever there’s need. I can cite ivacy’s example in this case where because no logs are kept since it’s based in Singapore, there will be nothing to produce when any authority demands it. Of course, i don’t think it should take off all the ethical liabilities on the user’s end and make him free to access forbidden stuff and something that can actually mean downtime.

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  26. March 1, 2017 at 11:06 am 10liltoes

    Use TunnelBear VPN and if you tweet about how good they are they will give you an extra 1 GB free!

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  27. February 27, 2017 at 2:04 am nand

    does anyone know anything about PureVPN, they say they do not keep any data logs of my tor browsing, but now reading this you have shit me up . Shall I cancel Pure VPN and go for one of the ones in the top ten listed above

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    • April 20, 2017 at 3:32 am William

      I don’t find PureVPN reliable at all. Me and my friends are using Astrill works like a charm. they do not respond to DMCA and does not log confirmed by their support. I don’t know why it’s not listed above but definitely a must-try too.

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  28. January 31, 2017 at 9:03 am bing bong

    Is Hotspot Shield any good?

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    • March 6, 2017 at 4:26 am Carol Madsen

      I’d say just to Astrill Bing Bong. I tried their free trial first and it works fine so I decided to get their service and it is okay.

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    • March 27, 2017 at 6:28 am Riza Dangsil

      Hotspot Shield is a pretty lame choice. Go for Astrill. They have been around for years now and I can pretty rely on them.

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  29. January 21, 2017 at 11:54 am Mike

    What do you guys think of PureVPN? Thats what ive been using for almost 2 years and works great but i just want to make sure its not logging any info

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    • January 26, 2017 at 3:55 am Adam

      Hi Mike, I am not sure if PureVPN logs user info. What I knew is that it really lags. I only had it for three months including a free trial. My experience was not great so I switched to Astrill. So far so good and I’d been with them for 18 months now.

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  30. January 12, 2017 at 3:07 am wh

    But after reading the comments here I’m not sure if I should be using any of them because I don’t have the technical know how to use them “right”. Heck, I can’t even make OpenVPN work with hide.me to try out different countries offerings.

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  31. December 24, 2016 at 12:34 am Xenophon

    The big truth of this article lies in the sentence ‘Nobody will go to jail for you’. Regardless of what the companies say, if enough resources are thrown at the problem and the law comes looking for you, they can find you. It takes only one slip and VPN is merely a small piece of the puzzle. The best you can hope for in VPN-land is to slow them down or have them decide that the benefits of grabbing you don’t outweigh the effort. Pick a VPN provider with a good reputation and with servers which they own themselves. Both provider and servers need to physically be in a jurisdiction with which the place where you live doesn’t have LE exchange of info agreements (which is hard enough). Forget ANYTHING based in the US or the EU if you live in either (all the big fans of Mullvad have obviously never read the complete SE legislation). Access ONLY those servers. The darker you go, the harder the going gets, mostly in terms of your own usage comfort.

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  32. December 7, 2016 at 6:02 am BennyLamarcha

    “If someone tells you ‘you will be completely anonymous, [because] you’ll have VPN running all the time’, that’s a lie.” -> SpiderOak, VPN, privacy and anonymity

    “…you have absolutely no way to know for sure how safe a “No logs” claim really is. Trusting your life to a no logs VPN service it is like gambling with your life in the Russian roulette.” -> Wipe Your Data, “No logs” EarthVPN user arrested after police finds logs

    Those “good” and “bad” vpn rankings are simply bullshit, yep. I’ve found mine and I couldn’t be more satisfied :)

    chupacabra gringos

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    • December 14, 2016 at 8:41 am LateralVanguard

      I use IPVanish, which isn’t that expensive. Has a great UI, and the only reason i am even using it is because THIS SITE claimed it was the #1 VPN for the DN.

      I’ve found no fault with it. My door is still on its hinges after a short while of exploring the DNMs’. 6 months i’ve used it, 5 of them on the paid version. Which does offer alot of servers, and it’s quick as racehorse. I’ve downloaded bluray films in 1080p in less than 2 hours, with as little as few seeders, somewhere in the high 80s or 90s. I cant recall exactly, it’s not something i take much notice of unless there are so few, it will always be stop/start, with never a steady consistent core group of seeders. Or it makes me believe the film’s shit, or bunghali.

      I didn’t even realise that i had left the VPN on until after seeing it had DL’d. But i tend to stick to servers closer to home, when downloading torrents. They are almost nearly the fastest, and IPVanish kindly provides you the information to see which is fastest on a given day/night.

      When i searched on Chrome at regular tech mags, i’d rather not say any for fear of giving away my location. They recommened ExpressVPN as the #1 VPN. There is no free trial, you put up, or shut up. IPVanish was a lowly 6th, 7th, 4th, 5th at various places, but always middling, and not standing out for much bar their number of servers, and they don’t keep logs.

      Perhaps rashly on my part, i’ve used TunnelBear, before i signed up with IPVanish for 3 months again. So it’s perhaps as much down to luck, whether that door ever flies off the hinges, and what level your DN involvement goes. Joe Bloggs over here likes to buy abit of old skool handrubbed charas, from the Himalayan foothills, or some head buzzy maroc or leb sativas looking like chocolate cake, and smelling of . Or perhaps he likes to sell kilos of Heroin & Cocaine, and should perhaps do alot more research than the vast majority of us here ever did. But i suppose, if you’re into that game, you’re pretty on point with security, or you’d be in a maximum security fedeeral prison, or even, the black hole of Calcutta, or better yet, the prison they escpaed from in south america in prison break.

      My love is for the people that actually do many of these things, outta sheer will to spread the love. But you’ll usually only find them on hidden forums, needing a sponsor, sometimes two, to vouch for your credibility. I learnt that on the old weed forums. I was growing bck in the 2000s for 8yrs, had 2 4.5m x 1.5m grow tents with electronic adjustable ballasts, cranking an extra 10% lumens out of 16 inline aircooled reflectors. and a 1.2m x1.2m veg tent. And a variety of smaller veg areas, and propergation areas. It took me so long to build up all that equipment, that when my ex missus grassed me up after i left her, i not only lost 1 of the flower tents, ripened like a plant only something like the pyschodiesel cutting could, FFA 1 of my all time top puffs, C.Gold x Lowryder, Seni NL#5. My favourite smoke. Hash Plant, NL#5xHaze and Jack Herer, two of my other alltime top 5. And just for my amusement, as i lost thousands alot of BTC i’ll call it. I’ll tell you my other 2 favourite smokes of alltime, the original bubba kush, not the fire cut which i grew, or the white, or the other one of 3. The proper deal, i was lucky enough to score a Q of when i was back swapping cuttings and seeds, learning tricks and tips on how to dial in a grow, then give each plant a seperate feeding schedule because some would eat the flies off shit. sweetseeds afghani was one of em, or bve like a hzy pheno and not eat much at all. They had me bang to rights. but i was always very careful about it. I used the top of the range rhino filters, accoustic ducting. thermo/humidity sesors connected to the fans, so as to always maintain negative air pressure, within the tent. You want those sides sucking in a little, so you know there are no leaks. but i was a plankj, as i kept detailed logs of every grow i ever did, after my 3rd crop. didnt keep scales or baggies at the house, but they did find some of my old logs, which proved id been at it alot longer than i would of liked them to believe.

      And remember, yahoo, biung, google. they are you enemy. go get duckduckgo right now as your search engine. Yahoo are fukiun bitch fraggle grassing cunts, and all the big social media shit is. They dont want you to have any control. because then they’d have less. They dnt wnt you have cryptocurrency because they cant manipulate and corrupt for profit this currency. the world is waking up, but adly, it may already be too late. everybit of data that flows thgrough fibreoptic cables under the sea to give us internet, has to make landfall somewhere. and guess who’s right thgere to meet it? answers on a piece of dirty shit paper.

      But i digress. My final alltime smojke is the cali orange bud cut i had sent from a guy on one of them forums. i loved that shit. chemdawg i had was average, ukcheese got old quick. psychosis was a much better exodus cut. and the moma to pschodiesel. HUGE yielder.

      I’ll still never forget heath_robinsons 32ounce chronic grow, in a DWC, using only cann a n b and canna pk 13-14, and a little rhizo i think at start. under a 1000watt hps. EPIC!!!!!

      So the forums are where the real security is at, especially with a vpn and pgp added ontop. Now which way are they?

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  33. December 4, 2016 at 5:19 am lady

    Is orbot and orfox good for VPN and tor?

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    • April 11, 2017 at 6:17 am ukdrugsc

      Yes it is and very trusted. It comes with the Tor install package from the official sites. It allows bridging through Amazon etc.

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  34. November 27, 2016 at 6:53 am Peter

    According to the documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and GCHQ can compromise VPN with relative ease, so if you are up to serious mischief, then you need to consider alternatives.

    Do a Google search for the De Spiegel article “Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security”, and you’ll get more info there.

    I use an anonymous VPN for general security in the same way people have an alarm on their house. I know it won’t make the house impenetrable, but it just gives another layer of security on top of the locks and security lights, and will deter the casual prowler.

    In terms of anonymous VPN providers, I have tried a few. I have used TorGuard and found the customer service excellent, and altogether a first class service. My concern with them is that they are located in a US territory, so in the NSAs back yard.

    I recently switched to BlackVPN as they are located in Hong Kong. So far so good, but it’s too soon to give a verdict.

    I also tried VikingVPN and Private Internet Access. Viking had quite slow and unreliable connection speeds, and with PIA I kept getting CloudFlare captcha requests.

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  35. November 10, 2016 at 10:52 am Hilda

    As the ISP (or the NSA)can see that you use a vpn, is it possible that you get automatically blacklisted and even if you don’t do anything illegal you draw the attention only by using a vpn?

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    • November 27, 2016 at 6:59 am Peter

      It seems unlikely because businesses routinely use VPN for security. The NSA wouldn’t have the resources to analyse every VPN user.

      According to the Edward Snowden documents, accessing Tor and Tails are more likely to flag you on the intelligence agencies systems.

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  36. October 18, 2016 at 2:24 am john darius

    Nordvpn has been great. Avoid HMA absolutely worst, tech support is a joke and if a company needs good techs its them cause their programmers put out crappy beta versions as bullet-proof.

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  37. October 9, 2016 at 10:51 am Spiggs

    I love PIA. I’m using it right now. It’s extremely fast and they allow P2P to your heart’s content. I HIGHLY recommend them. I also purchased my PIA year access using Bitcoin which is another HUGE benefit. I’m like a fucking Internet ninja ghost.

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  38. September 30, 2016 at 7:11 am j0ker

    idiots…use cracked hotspot shield… :rollseyes:

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  39. September 30, 2016 at 6:54 am Lee

    Hi i am new to VPN,s people say do not use Google Chrome if you want to stay anonymous on the internet, my question is if you are using a VPN, why would you not be anonymous? when using Google Chrome? Lee

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  40. September 28, 2016 at 9:12 am anonymous_pls

    Though this option might be tricky for some folks, it is possible to setup your own VPN server on a cloud service like Digital Ocean or Amazon AWS on Ubuntu or CentOS linux server. The server & client software is called OpenVPN. Digital Ocean has a few tutorials on how to do this. A VM with 512MB of memory is sufficient. You should take extra precautions to harden the server. I use it when at cafe’s mostly. You never know if a publicly shared wifi is running a proxy that captures everything that passes by.

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  41. September 6, 2016 at 11:38 am John Smith

    DO NOT TRUST THIS WEBSITE. I have independently verified some of their claims in the “list of VPN’s that share your info, or are DMCA compliant… Just visit the websites of the services listed and ask if they are in the USA. Like ExpressVPN – They are NOT in the USA like this website stated, and they used shared IPs so they can’t even track yours. They also do not collect when you use their service, or how much data you use. WEBSITES LIKE “Top 10” services, and even ones like this website are getting kickbacks to promote certain services. TEST THEM YOURSELF AND RESEARCH THEM YOURSELF. Even if you have to pay for several trials – isn’t your security worth it? Can’t wait to see if this website deletes my comment. It will just reaffirm my statement.

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  42. September 6, 2016 at 3:57 am illeyra

    How good is VIP72?

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  43. July 1, 2016 at 11:00 am Alice Simone

    Very useful article, thank you. It’s better to use a trial version at first and if you use anonymizer then check its efficiency in percentage rate with the help of free services. For example, here vpn test http://2ip.io/privacy/. Don’t be lazzy to check the VPN efficiency before paying for the full and long-term package of services.

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  44. June 20, 2016 at 6:28 am sendado

    I’ve been looking for actually a good VPN service that is not based in the US, UK, or Australia, for known reasons. It was kind of a hassle to find one, find VPNTOAST.

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  45. June 14, 2016 at 2:26 am Mr. Bear

    Pick a vpn in a big country hostile to your government. Even if they keep logs they wont cooperate just to fuck with your country.

    Use a prepaid lte dongle to connect.

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  46. June 14, 2016 at 12:05 am Edwardo

    Newshosting one of the best Newsreaders out there, now has a VPN as well. They say they keep no logs.

    Any review on that VPN service?

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  47. May 29, 2016 at 12:15 am YoussefSh

    for vpn from a professional view simple things but if we came to serious and illegal things carding cashout vpn + proxy or just vip72 recommended

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  48. May 23, 2016 at 9:48 am anonymiss

    I’ve personally not used ipvanish, though I’ve heard the speeds are quite good, etc. for me personally the “glitch” is that it’s a U.S based service no?

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  49. May 23, 2016 at 5:47 am harry stylez

    is ipvanish any good as ddw has it listed as number 1 on there chart but i cannot see any comments about them

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  50. May 20, 2016 at 12:17 am anonymiss

    My Take on the Several I have tried:

    BufferedVPN: (Hungary) great service, dependable, avg speeds however they have since removed Bitcoin payment (was always a PITA to get to work decently anyways) was my fav until this)

    VPN.AC: (Romania) Slow speeds except on U.S West Coast Server

    Cyberghost: (Romania) solid service, however their malware and adblocking reeks of network interference and could be a cause for concern, lots of abuse via free service

    Mullvad: (Sweden) Zero Information needed for signup, avg speeds but tiny server choices and sometimes difficult to connect to any server

    AirVPN: (Italy) good solid service, needs a few more countries added to the list however, seems very privacy oriented, takes a stand against ICANN, Verisign, etc

    Proxy.sh (Unknown) slightly below avg speeds, snitched on a user by using wireshark on their own network

    ExpressVPN: Just signed up to test it, however on the receipt after signing up, noticed Corporate headquarters are U.S located!

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  51. April 10, 2016 at 4:07 am Jax Teller

    Why hasn’t IVPN implemented Anonymous Tokens? Cryptostorm has done this. There’s no reason for them not to do this and as of right now, they haven’t which makes me incredibly eery about their service. Not really good for anonymity.

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  52. March 30, 2016 at 2:18 am Tony

    Have never had issues with Hotspot Shield but do they actually store logs of visited websites? I have heard they store logs of IP addresses…

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  53. March 23, 2016 at 12:14 am Arex

    It’s funny how my favorite VPN- “AIRVPN” is on the bad list. I’ve been using it since 6 months and it’s awesome. One more thing I liked about Airvpn is the fact they provide quick support via their forums. I previously was using PIA and their support totally sucked.

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    • November 27, 2016 at 3:09 am ecadre

      AirVPN are on the “bad” list because the “journalist” doesn’t know what they are talking about.

      AirVPN do not log IPs, they simply (and correctly) mention that a server would need to know your IP address whilst you are connected to it. It would literally be impossible for a VPN server operate without knowing an IP address to route to.

      Incidentally, you can connect to AirVPN using Tor if you wish, they even tell you how and configure their systems to make it work correctly.

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      • December 20, 2016 at 12:06 am Sal

        Do you know if it works in China?

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  54. March 1, 2016 at 6:36 am Bhavinder Rao

    The VPN services are hiding a lot and the main part is the storing logs so guys beware of that as well

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  55. March 1, 2016 at 10:37 am Anno

    It is so funny that all are thinking when they do not log that they are safe. Maybe the VPN provider will not log, but at least the ISP will always log the traffic. They can maybe not see the right connection, but it is much simpler to trace 100 IP’s than when they have no information.

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  56. February 29, 2016 at 2:25 am noname

    What about JonDonym? Any comments?

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  57. February 25, 2016 at 7:29 am Anon

    I simply don’t trust AirVPN. They require you to give your email, create a username and password before you can pay for their service and there is no cash payment option provided.

    What I would recommend is creating your own VPN on a WRT powered router and if you still need a third party VPN, I recommend chaining it with Cryptostorm.

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    • August 15, 2016 at 1:16 am tt

      Geees, just use an encrypted email like safe-mail.net and who cares about a username and password.

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    • November 27, 2016 at 3:13 am ecadre

      Actually, AirVPN do not require a valid email address.

      Your comment about cash is ridiculous, a kind of straw man argument … they also don’t accept smarties round the back of the bike sheds.

      AirVPN do, however, accept a myriad of different payments systems including just about any “crypto-currency” you can think of.

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  58. February 24, 2016 at 7:29 am Ibwiseguy

    I would not recommend NordVPN. Trying to connect is worse odds than flipping a coin. Constantly dropping connections when trying to connect even after turning off my windows defender…I just started using them in October 2015 and I am stuck with their unreliable service until next October. I am definitely not renewing..

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    • February 5, 2017 at 7:11 am Pissedofwiththisvpn

      Have to agree with you there. Always having problems with connecting and poor speeds with NordVPN.

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  59. February 20, 2016 at 12:51 am dats-a-spicey

    SKIBBZ, I really hope your not suggesting privatepipe, the permissions list alone scares the hell out of me, location, stick broad casts, photos?

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  60. February 18, 2016 at 11:49 am fbh

    any views about Ivacy VPN?

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  61. February 1, 2016 at 3:56 am skibbz

    Worth a butchers: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.privatepipevpn.app

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  62. January 22, 2016 at 3:36 am hello

    I don’t belive it’s safe atm. I trialled it a few days ago. I got DNS leaks from just touching the client with my mouse. It’s buggy so not safe.

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  63. January 2, 2016 at 7:38 am stifler

    Are there any experiences with hide.me?

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    • January 3, 2016 at 1:09 am oompaloompa

      IHMO – Just stay away. During trial period was all ok. Then I subscribed a Plus plan to circumvent the bittorrent ISP throttle, unbearable considering the band I pay for (0.1 – 8kB vs. 10Mbit). Well, continuous disconnections, torrent client disconnecting after 1 or 2 ours, and bandwidth that peaks very rarely to a reasonable speed. Also, at getipintel.net servers seem to be marked / banned. I sadly suspect that this is for most if not all VPN servers. Actually, I agree with the last part of core title: SHIT.

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    • January 22, 2016 at 3:39 am hello

      EDIT: Ref: Hide.me

      I don’t belive it’s safe atm. I trialled it a few days ago. I got DNS leaks from just touching the client with my mouse. It’s buggy so not safe.

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  64. December 27, 2015 at 10:25 am Joe

    Most of you need to realize that if you use a VPN you are going to experience a loss in internet speed. You’re never going to get your 100mbps connection through a VPN. You are going to be limited to the speed of the server you connect with, and your ping times with that. It takes time to bounce your connection around…

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  65. December 24, 2015 at 7:50 am Hunk MaCoi

    Private Internet Access may be in USA but they keep no logs.

    Doesn’t this mean they have nothing to provide to the NSA or with DMCA?

    Nothing to worry about right?

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    • December 30, 2015 at 9:26 am D

      @HUNK MACOI, yeah, pretty much comes down to “they can’t share what they don’t have”, according to their FAQ “we don’t keep any logs of any kind, period.”. Whether you choose to believe that or not is up to you. But I will say, false advertisement is a pretty good way to guarantee your business fails, word of mouth, ESPECIALLY in the age of social media can be the kiss of death, and investors tend to not back companies that shoot themselves in the foot. So regardless of comments above e.g. “they can say anything, blah blah blah” etc, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet they’re on the level. They’re in the US, so to that extent, they have to cooperate with LE, there are, however, no data retention laws in the US, http://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2013/11/do-vpns-fall-under-the-data-retention-requirements-of-the-stored-communications-act/ , so again, they can’t share what they don’t have.

      Taking latency into account I get pretty decent speeds, the only annoying thing is they seem to think Ubuntu is the only Linux distro out there, so “tech support” for me, is essentially non-existent.In OpenSuse I have to manually configure openvpn and connect from a terminal, because their app won’t work, but it’s not too horrible, just add –daemon argument and you’re good to go. Other than that, connection’s been up for a week or two presently, no interruptions, so I dunno, for 7 bucks it’s ok, ya ask me, but I don’t approach these things expecting miracles either. :)

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  66. December 24, 2015 at 4:42 am Paul

    Hey,

    Has anyone used SurfEasy before. I’ve been using the free version on my phone and was wondering if anyone else has any recommendations about it

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    • January 8, 2016 at 6:15 am Ziad Rida

      I am using it but it does not work like it used to. I have not been able to access website using Surfeasy VPN for months now. It does not seem to be able to resolve host address. Funny thing, problem started as soon as I purchased the 1 year subscription!

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      • February 14, 2016 at 9:06 am Glouthfri

        I am glad I read this, also their privacy policy contradicts itself in different statements on the same page.

        1. Paragraph: “The SurfEasy network is a no-log network. That means, except for the limited exceptions below, we do not collect any information transmitted through our network. More specifically, we do not collect any information regarding the websites you visit or the IP addresses assigned to you when you access the SurfEasy Private Network, and with respect to our VPN service, we do not collect any data stored on or transmitted from your device, including any data that applications on your device may transmit through our network.”

        2. Another Paragraph: “It may become necessary to temporarily maintain usage data to assist in debugging a problem with the service. This usage data may include such information as the date and time of your login and the IP addresses you visited.”

        “We may also collect information such as your name, address, phone number and payment information in connection with your purchase of our products and services. This information is used to fulfill your purchase and to bill you as necessary based on your service plan.”

        3. We may collect and disclose personal information, including your usage data, to governmental authorities or agencies, including law enforcement agencies, at their request or pursuant to a court order, subpoena or other legal process, if there is a good faith belief that such collection or disclosure is required by law

        Basically they do not have any real privacy, just on a surface

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        • April 19, 2017 at 10:00 am Phil

          how do we know if our usage data is given to governmental authorities or agencies, including law enforcement agencies, at their request or pursuant to a court order, subpoena or other legal process. What process do we have to help us (the client) to acquire knowledge of such event happening behind our back…is in it a form of wiretapping??? in which case it is an illegal action from any parties that are legal or illegal in nature… keeping track and tap-wire of any kinds,and i mean the word ‘ANY’ of its kind is illegal in the entire Canadian land east to west north to south. It is a federal LAW!! one can refer to bill c16 if my memory serve m right…look it up your self here is the link to The Evolution of Human Rights in Canada

          http://www.chrc-ccdp.ca/sites/default/files/ehrc_edpc-eng.pdf

          and if you like to know what you are about to loose as a Canadian ….here is the Bill C-16..

          http://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-16/

          so again i’m asking with blindness and stupid written all over my forehead,no really… To whom maybe able to answer my questions on how would one go about to find out if its personnel data usage is under scrutineer. **as a foot note…let me add that identity theft is a very present concern in our everyday internet where about even with antivirus and anti-malware that frankly if you ask me …the certificate of trust is quite often bogus and too often **PAST** its expiration days… go look your self in your own computer ….i hope i woke up a few stealth bezy computer leaders out there cause we sure can use some help in those departments if you ask me? and what if someone was posing as one of us and doing illegal actions how do we protect our self from …well…let me check my certifications of trust…..hmmm all side i guess!!

          p.s. sorrey for my typo and miss spellings and thank you for reading or forwarding this the the proper experts

          Thank you, Phil

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  67. December 22, 2015 at 3:47 am Gg

    Torguard seems to have gone downhill the past few weeks with unable to connect and statesbility issues with just about every server, my friends had simular issues.

    Also had isssues with expressvpn with slow downloads.

    So currently with vpn.ac and it seems to be the best vpn so far i have tried and they keep next to no private information that is logged.

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  68. December 11, 2015 at 6:56 am Get Saved Now!

    And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2:7-20)

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  69. December 11, 2015 at 6:21 am Saved_By_im

    And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2:7-20 KJV)

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  70. December 8, 2015 at 6:00 am Kerry

    I love this TOR thing. Now I can find the Truth about UFOs and Aliens.

    Gotta go now. My boyfriend is angry because I am on the line with my ex, Bill and my skype is ringing cuz David Wil. is pissed.

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  71. November 23, 2015 at 4:19 am lixfe

    is there any information about hotspot shild VPN and Sumrando Cybersecurity??

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  72. November 16, 2015 at 10:18 am VPNTunnel

    Is VPNTunnel any good? I’ve been using it for a while, but now I’m questioning it.

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  73. November 10, 2015 at 9:14 am Mateo

    Hi, Can someone tell me please why you recommend VPN for safety when nsa can crack?

    freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/haldermanheninger/how-is-nsa-breaking-so-much-crypto/

    Which one above, not get cracked??

    Sorry for my bad English.

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  74. November 3, 2015 at 11:27 am sony

    Nice article here…I decided to drop my hma to Nordvpn after reading this article but it seems they have few servers available(in France). And their servers have been blocked by few sites I was trying to connect to.Support service is very good though..SO here come another question: shouldn’t you consider number of servers as well to make your review

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  75. November 2, 2015 at 10:47 am Redemption

    How in the world is there no mention of IPVanish which is the most used VPN in North America? Whats the full legal stats on them?

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  76. November 2, 2015 at 10:39 am john6x9

    It is a point that no one has mentioned yet. If you use a vpn to connect to a service that you have used in clear (gmail etc) then you have blown your privacy for that session. Each of these services also keeps logs and if you connect to your email and log in you are now tying the 2 IP addresses together and that is not even mentioning the people who know you in RL that also appear in your email list who will certainly be susceptible to rubber hose decription techniques. Other places this might also be a problem are things like windows (or even linux) updates.

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  77. October 20, 2015 at 1:14 am ob-1kanoby

    What about flashrouters?

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  78. October 18, 2015 at 4:49 am hide ip software

    vpn is very important now for any internet user i am use expressvpn from 2 years … it’s great vpn service, very speed and easy to use ….

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  79. October 4, 2015 at 9:43 am J

    Could you look into PureVPN as well?

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  80. September 28, 2015 at 10:58 am water

    AIR VPN doesn’t work.. I was logged on and connected to server in Netherland, but I tried to log into gmail and it didn’t recognize my computer because I reset it. Since I don’t remember my secret question i tried to log on thru ipad.

    I got on in ipad and gmail sent me a letter saying someone was logging in from such and such address that address was my accurate IP address and not the rerouted airvpn address.

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  81. September 26, 2015 at 6:30 am Fery

    Is avast VPN reliable?

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  82. September 20, 2015 at 8:38 am Ali

    Last year we had joined spotflux, paid for a year subscription and used for a while the service (less than 4-5 months), until it stopped service and we had never been able to get service anymore. More interestingly, recently I had seen they charged me on my credit card, without any notice or confirmation 30 USD! I didt get any of the services, morever I am charged for no service. I strongly criticise, how can they save my credit card details on their system and how can they deduct any amount they desire not feeling any need to ask confirmation? I want them to return back the amount to my credit card and cancel my membership.which is connected to [email protected] mail address

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  83. September 15, 2015 at 4:36 am Trent

    Bitcoin payment (or any other anonymous payment) will NOT help you if your VPN service keeps IP logs.

    Why not?

    Let’s say a copyright holder (or their agent) traces you during torrent use, and tracks it to address W.X.Y.Z.

    1. They’ll see the address range belongs to the VPN provider and contact them.

    2. If you paid via Bitcoin, the VPN provider won’t have your name/payment details, but IP logging will show that you originally had address A.B.C.D. when they gave you that W.X.Y.Z.

    3. The copyright holder will then see that range A.B.C.D. belongs to a specific ISP.

    4. Just as in step 1 above, the copyright holder will then contact the ISP, who WILL have all your details.

    At best, paying via Bitcoin only adds an extra step. So, beware that if your VPN service keeps an IP to IP log, nothing will truly protect your anonymity.

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  84. September 2, 2015 at 5:36 am jazz

    I used Cyberghost (paid) for 1yr…heard a lot about ipvanish & used the code SUMMERSALE to get 25% off…used it & my speed dropped from 160mb to 60mb at best, some were only 10-20mb. I cancelled during the trial, re-downloaded cyberghost & a speed test on free gave me 60mb The same as paid ipvanish !!.

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  85. August 19, 2015 at 3:59 am Jim

    What do you all think of disconnect . me?

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  86. August 15, 2015 at 4:09 am CKP

    HOTSPOT SHIELD IS SH*+T BECAUSE WHEN U UNINSTALL FROM WINDOWS 10 IR DELETES THE ETHERNET & WIFI IP ADRESSES AND MORE! BASICALLY I’VE HAD TO ROLLBACK WINDOWS TO LAST BACKUP.

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  87. July 20, 2015 at 9:30 am Daniel Simmons

    I’m an old non tech person but I’m curious about stuff and pretty private. On the suggestion of my nephew I decided to try a VPN. I just started using (1 month) hide.me VPN. But after reading the comments here I’m not sure if I should be using any of them because I don’t have the technical know how to use them “right”. Heck, I can’t even make OpenVPN work with hide.me to try out different countries offerings. After reading the comment about using a seedbox.

    I realized I am in WAY over my head.Can’t teach an old dog new tricks so, I’m stopping. *tiptoes quietly away*

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  88. July 12, 2015 at 7:03 am fred sandfoort

    if anybody has issues concerning connection making through vpn’s like cyberghost,just download a great freeware software named “windows repair” (download from majorgeeks)run al 6 steps and you’ll see everything works again because windows repair repairs windows settings,one of the best freewares ever

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  89. July 11, 2015 at 2:13 am bshake

    What about Anonymizer? That’s what I’m using for the sole purpose of disguising my DW activities but just checked their privacy policy and it kind of reads like not a good idea to keep using them?!? Could anyone give their two cents on how this reads? Maybe being a little paranoid but I’d like to know if someone could help :)))) c&p’d this section from their privacy policy:

    “Apart from this, we disclose personal information only when we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site (b) enforce applicable terms of use or other contract rights, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues (including abuse of our products or services by spamming or other abuses of netiquette, and use of our products or services to attack other systems or to gain unauthorized access to any other system) or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Anonymizer, our customers or the public.”

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  90. July 3, 2015 at 6:17 am Crowley

    I used to use FrootVPN. im a limited budget at home. no cable so I would get tv shows from torrents. now frootvpn went money account only. what program would you guys recommend I run so I can be a little safer when I get my tv shows from the interwebs? I was trying sptflux but none of my downloads would download. I just tried OpenVPN but again my torrents aren’t moving. as soon as I disconnect from them. they light up green. but I rather be safe than sorry. I don’t want my isp sending me a letter for getting tv shows. I am used to downloading at 400kb max speed. so speed isn’t an issue for me. anonymity is. what would you guys recommend I get? besides a better paying job. haha

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    • July 5, 2015 at 1:23 am bb

      I’m in exactly the same position, I also used frootVPN up until they closed all free accounts. Their service was great though. But I’m thinking either mullvad or nordvpn they seem like the best choice for me.

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  91. June 22, 2015 at 12:58 am Sally Croft

    If I have to choose one VPN, it would be PureVPN.

    Very much reliable VPN service. Been with them for 5 years.

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  92. June 18, 2015 at 4:46 am Stan

    I like Privatoria VPN, it does not keep logs and lets me pay with Bitcoin privatoria.net/blog/pay-for-vpns-anonymously-with-bitcoin/

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  93. June 17, 2015 at 11:38 am Justin (@MichealJustin3)

    VPN’s are legal in most of the countries especially it become atleast legal after NSA and Prism program. Apart from bypassing the restrictions on the internet VPN is all about security and privacy of your internet connection. do let me know one thing, would you use loud speaker on the road to tell your identity to one person, seamingly once you are on the internet, there are hackers, snoopers, evesdroppers and most of all NSA prism to get everything you do and say, in this regards protecting yourself is not a crime. but to some extent using it illegal is a crime.

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  94. June 16, 2015 at 3:57 am PeterS

    Is ironsocket good?

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    • August 14, 2015 at 2:13 am NAME

      Good. Using it one year. Connections are stable with any server. Many servers they have all around the world. Not sure about logging. Have seen one review indicate they keep 72 hours log. p2p available with many servers. Speed wise no probs. at all – depend how far are you from chosen server. Main con. for me is NO OpevVPN Client provided by them. Community OpenVPN client to be used. Hard to do initial configuration. Hard to “start-up” with Windows Task Scheduler. Not for average user. Might be I am not aware about good OpenVPN client existence. But I did study a lot to find one w/o success. Any way I would recommend it to advanced users. Also all the features like Smart DNS, Un-blocking Country specific media and etc. are describes on their web site. I do not use anything other than basic internet activity over OpevVPN. Support looks like good. No much issues to call support.

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  95. June 13, 2015 at 4:33 am sure my name is...fuk off

    Short but sweet. Mullvad is by far at the top. You can just mail them cash with an account number you can create with them using no personal info ..even create it with another vpn through tor if you really want to….then cut and paste your number from newspaper clippings to a piece of paper …lol… then send the cash to their address along with your “clippings…lol.. account number” in an unmarked envelope(no return address) and download the certs(note:- this can be done while you originally create the acc number)… run openvpn or their(mullvads) app if u want or ddwrt or many other methods actually and your about as far as you can be. Bitcoin is not untracable for those who do not know.

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    • November 26, 2015 at 4:11 am booboo

      do u check to see what their app does in your firewall when you connect? i found especially with Earth VPN that they actually download maybe 90MB of data from you everytime you launch their app, very strange! i blocked earthVPN’s autoupdate everytime and never renewed my subscription due to this suspect activity on the firewall. They also have a txt log file which is left on your own PC detailing every connection made, times dates etc etc. so not very good for a company that deals with privacy, surely they would leave the PC logs out of that app they use! there is an option for connecting direct to openVPN but i give up on VPN completely, you are only as safe as your provider and if you don’t know them in person how can you ever be sure regardless of what is written on their website terms they can tell you anything. Let’s hope a safer form of privacy comes along soon.

      Just another note, many people forget even if using VPN’s and TOR if you have cookies in your browser or browser addons google or any of these sites can ID you, you only need to watch a youtube video of visit a website that has a google advert and your instantly exposed! there are so many pitfalls and other ways you can be tracked, sad how the internet has gone, can’t fart without them knowing…

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  96. May 26, 2015 at 1:35 am *** My (bad) experience with PIA ***

    I have used during the last two years VPN services from a quite well known player in the market. I decided that I wanted to change the VPN service provider since I had the impression that my privacy and anonymity was not being guaranteed anymore.

    I decided to go for PIA since there were some good references on the internet. I signed up firstly for a monthly package since I wanted to be sure that service provided fulfilled my expectations.

    Unfortunately I cannot say that I am satisfied with the service since PIA’s VPN still does not work on my DD-WRT router after several E-Mails/chats to/with customer support(9 days so far).

    Technical support is bad since they haven’t really understood that having customers waiting for approx. 6 hours until they get an answer which does not solve any problem at all is not the way to go. Neither having an incompetent online chat support which does not even know the kind of support they offer or instead solving issues request customers to send an E-Mail to customer support.

    It doesn’t benefit me at all if I PIA offers privacy, anonymity and great speeds if you cannot even use it ! For sure it is possible to install PIA’s VPN application on windows and most likely it will work. However, if you offer VPN for DD-WRT based routers it must work as well.

    Keeping new customers happy is not so difficult. Just invest some additional time to help them get their VPN running and that it ! Having another point of comparison I can grade PIA’s customer support as 1 out of 10 (one because they do respond to E-Mail support requests).

    Needless to say that using my current VPN account with my current provider works seamlessly.

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  97. May 23, 2015 at 5:25 am mrrrnjau

    if you want to check vpn, just use them to visit jihad forums and tor drug markets, and if you are followed after that by cops or secret service, VPN provider made fake statement about privacy. I used cyberghostvpn but romania is good for NSA and CIA (secret prisons, what to say about spying servers), hide.me looks like better option but… I tried but can’t find owners of hide.me and I read somewhere they worked in the past for government, in such case, it is risky to use them, they could work for secret service. incorporation in malaysia (eVenture Ltd) doesn’t mean anything, humans are security problem and not company. they wrote on their site they use google analytics (a small snippet of javascript code is executed within your browser which submits information about the device from which you are connecting such as your browser user-agent, language, screen resolution, referring website, etc. to the Google Analytics service. To enhance your anonymity, hide.me have opted to only allow Google to collect only a portion of the IP address. Google Analytics may also store a web cookie to facilitate the identification of users who revisit the site. If users are concerned with being tracked by Google analytics scripts on hide.me or any other site running Google analytics, we recommend installing a browser add-on which allows you to opt out)…

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  98. May 21, 2015 at 12:02 am jeff

    Should i use one caz i haven,t all this time,seems to be ok thou i,m only a small peronal buyer

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  99. May 19, 2015 at 12:29 am Someone

    Iron Socket!!!!

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  100. May 18, 2015 at 9:32 am FRIM

    Ok, going to say it again but PIA, and most of the above list of “good” vpn’s should not be trusted.

    My picks are mullvad and airvpn, along with cryptostorm.

    To put it briefly i got pinched a little while back due to a minor glitch in my own opsec that i paid dearly for. The pigs had numerous bits and pieces on me but no clear connection to me actually doing anything naughty. And thanks to mullvad and airvpn, neither of these providers (mullvad and airvpn) rolled over on ANY of the requests, formal demands and subpoenas issued. A wall of deafening silence so to say.

    so take it from someone who knows first hand not some fucking nerd computer geek that mouths off about some fucking privacy policy being “vague” or says fucking mullvad support never got back to them…. yeah whatever asshole, fuck off back to dungeons and dragons cunt

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    • May 20, 2015 at 12:33 am QWERTY

      What about NordVPN or CyberGhost? Do you have any experience with them?

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  101. May 18, 2015 at 5:15 am Andresh

    hide.me for me is one of the best, the only “flaw” is that it requires email for registration, but does not record log, excellent Privacy Policy, accepts BTC, server very fast and stable, and especially is based in Malaysia, which I believe is the safest country for Privacy.

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  102. May 17, 2015 at 12:07 am john

    IPVanish is the worst payment VPN that I’ve ever try, contantly disconnections with no killswitch or WebRTC protection at all,terrible bad software.. if you are using IPVanish for download torrents when connections down the torrent client still downloading showing your real IP, IPVanish is the best way to drop your many to the garbage.

    Any VPN server file (.opvn) used with the OpenVPN freeware software and some kill-switcher like (VPNcheck pro)it works thousand times better than IPVanish,

    VPNbook is a Interpool-NSA-Private companies honeypot, DO NOT USE IT!

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    • June 14, 2015 at 1:24 am M00t

      Seems you’re chatting shite. I use IPVanish client on a mac. It now has a Killswitch and i’ve never had a problem using torrents either. First thing I checked tbh.

      WebRTC is a browser based issue, and nothing to do with your choice of VPN provider.

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      • December 14, 2016 at 9:24 am LateralVanguard

        Agreed. You can set IPvanish to change to a different server every 30/60/90 mins or something. Or not enable it at all. I’ve downloaded torrents so fast i was suprised when i saw IPVanish had been left on, after i thought i turned it off.

        The worst i ever endured, was while i was getting to grips with the new updated version of the UI. And then the computor told me IPVanish is disconnecting, then before i even had time to exit what i may, or may not have been doing. my memory is not good. feds hate that. lol. it was bckup on the fastest server it could find, of the 90+ IPVanish servers there are strewn all over every continent, bar Antartica.

        And ive certainly never seen my IP on any torrent file. You must be fuking shit up your end. IPVanishs’ best traits bar all the different server locations is how fast it is, with no disconnections, unless you want to chnge your IP every 30-90mins, for extra protection. The new, not long released version of IPVanisah, is intuitive, easy to understand, and packed with helpful features. If i thought for a second it was anything but the best, as it was the TOP RATED VPN on this VERY SITE, not more than the end of summer.

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  103. May 16, 2015 at 1:55 am dark dante

    can we have is your vpn legit or shit 2015 edition, please? i wish you also estimate f-secure freedome.

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  104. April 27, 2015 at 4:47 am Lyle

    TOR has been US government developed from day one. Those using it, should consider EVERY action they take visible to the US government in real time. That doesn’t necessarily defeat the purpose they had in developing it as a free tool to breach the Great fire-Wall of China, but it does make it a worthless tool for folk concerned about keeping their activities from from the prying eyes of the NSA or FBI.

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    • June 14, 2016 at 2:13 am Mr. Bear

      So far there has been no proof that they can. They can find a few servers/people (this has been shown to be true + there are publicly published ways how to do it). The ability to monitor the entire network automatically…. many people have claimed it but the proof just isn’t there. Which doesn’t mean it’s impossible but so far this is just a rumor.

      And don’t forget, if we go by the same logic, the internet was developed by the us government too… can they monitor all traffic automatically? They, love to and the nsa is trying but so far, there is no evidence that it is possible.

      Feel free to believe what you want.

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  105. April 26, 2015 at 6:16 am trustless

    what do you think of this statement?

    ———– VPN’s do *NOTHING* to provide anonymity. That’s a very common and dangerous misconception about the technology. What a VPN (Virtual Private Network) does, is provide a path across public infrastructure with a level of confidentiality equal to a private path. This is mainly used for groups of people (companies mostly) that are geographically spread apart but need to operate as a whole, requiring confidential communications links. In the past big companies would get hugely expensive leased lines from a telco to connect their locations. The internet makes this much easier. Communication between points on the globe is already possible by default, the VPN technology just adds a layer of cryptography on top of that to provide confidentiality.

    The VPN crap you see offered on the internet these days does nothing for you really, apart from evading very local law enforcement for content pirates by shifting your connection’s apparent endpoint away from your home and to some VPN provider instead. Useful for evading region-locks on streaming video, but not much else really. You have *NO REASON* to trust any of these providers. The only way a VPN is useful, is if either you or a truly trusted party control both ends.

    For example, I run a VPN between my home and a couple of close friends to exchange digital media and have a resilient online backup scheme amongst ourselves. The outside world, like the NSA, is easily able to see this pattern of traffic flowing between our group. The anonymity of this construct? Damn close to zero. Confidentiality of the information we share? Very high.

    You want anonymity, you use TOR and a number of safe practices while on there. VPN’s won’t help you.———–

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  106. April 26, 2015 at 6:13 am trustless

    I read this on a forum, what do you guys think? ———————

    I dunno I’ve looked through your comment, pia seems like a honeypot as most do other VPN’s. I can write anything in my privacy policy, doesn’t mean I abide by it. I like cryptostorm the most but the owner’s past is shady.

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  107. April 21, 2015 at 1:44 am PeterS

    Is IronSocket a good vpn provider?

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  108. April 15, 2015 at 11:02 am Dave

    What about Netshade for mac. Been a lot of VPN lists lately but NS is never mentioned?

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  109. April 14, 2015 at 1:48 am swank

    hide.me best VPN service

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  110. April 7, 2015 at 10:48 am I3oHicA

    I use IPVanish. lil higher priced, 8 a month i think? But has never did me wrong, cept every time I use it it adds a Link to net … up to like 80 now…

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    • April 7, 2015 at 10:49 am I3oHicA

      OH… Sorry an I seen a recently posted comment. I can an do USE it from my Iphone.

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  111. March 31, 2015 at 12:28 am hawke

    CryptoStorm = the best VPN service I have ever used. No logging. None. Crypto-currencies accepted. No PII needed. Connections are rock-solid and customer service is great (actually the best service I have ever seen from ANY VPN service). Highly recommended. Enjoy… cryptostorm.is

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  112. March 17, 2015 at 12:22 am dude

    What about privateinternetaccess.com ?

    good or evil?

    do we need VPNs if there is TOR?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network)

    An extract of a Top Secret appraisal by the National Security Agency (NSA) characterized Tor as “the King of high-secure, low-latency Internet anonymity” with “no contenders for the throne in waiting”,[9] and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology deemed it, with approximately 2.5 million users daily “by far the most popular anonymous internet communication system.” [10]

    donate to those guys running those servers! :)

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    • March 17, 2015 at 12:25 am dude

      there is even an easy and free to use TOR app called “ORBOT” for your Android :) GO AND GET IT! NOW!

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  113. March 13, 2015 at 4:10 am FYI

    wilderssecurity.com/threads/mullvad-just-got-usa-servers.344111/

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  114. March 10, 2015 at 8:50 am Robert

    I don’t know where you got your info but BoxPN claims that they do not log anything. Why are they on the list of bad VPN’s?

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  115. March 6, 2015 at 1:14 am mike77

    I currently work at ActiVPN company. Firstly, we never had a request from authority for a complaint ! Secondly, logs are not recorded except for a period of 3 days in order to monitor our network only for that.

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  116. March 4, 2015 at 9:51 am michael davis

    Logs or not, for me speed is more important and I found speeds of HAM and PIA not great, tried few of the smaller VPN providers and ended up with the free trial from monkeyvpn.com which turned out to be much faster, FWIW.

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  117. February 26, 2015 at 7:25 am tauseef

    Depends on the vpn provider if tool is paid so it is good for a long time and if it is free means there is no good benefits. I am using vpnranks for choosing known vpn tools and trust me it is good.:)

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  118. February 13, 2015 at 10:05 am Iam

    I would like to recommend BadAss.Sx. It is the first VPN provider where you have access to your own log files. So route them to /dev/null or throw them away whenever you want.

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  119. February 11, 2015 at 1:52 am Donald

    I’ve used Private Internet Access for about 3 months. My internet has been turned off twice now for downloading specific torrents (Both times for episodes of 2 different tv shows). Currently looking for a new vpn service.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 5:10 am lolduh

      That isn’t the VPN’s fault if you torrent files. It is actually your fault for not researching first! Most clients like uTorrent will actually include your REAL IP ADDRESS in the packet itself and not just the header. Application-level leaks are a serious matter and no VPN (nor TOR) can prevent this!

      That means it will expose you not only with whatever you are transferring via bit-torrent but also associates you with any other activity you are engaged in during that period of time!

      The bit-torrent protocol was specifically designed to be RESILIENT not ANONYMOUS. Do NOT use bit-torrent over VPN or TOR. You are not safe doing so and again… doing so associates your post VPN/TOR IP with your REAL IP… which completely exposes you!

      Here is what you can do! Get a seedbox(much like VPNs do choose carefully one that doesn’t log and takes bitcoin or pre-paid cards etc). The seedbox does the downloading and seeding for you(nice on private trackers that have a ratio requirement) and your computer simply directly downloads from the seedbox thus never exposing your IP address as having downloaded anything.

      Your ISP will thus be none-the-wiser. Connect to the seedbox via VPN if you are extra paranoid, but that probably isn’t necessary.

      If you intend to use bit-torrent without a seedbox, then at least don’t attempt it over VPN or TOR. Also go into your client settings and enable forced protocol encryption and maybe random ports. It won’t protect you much, but at least you will less likely have your ISP interfere with your torrenting (they won’t know what you are sending)

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      • September 5, 2015 at 9:53 am CM

        THAT is amazingly important advice that I never heard before.

        I am dismayed that I haven’t read it before because I spent hours learning about how VPN’s work and I never saw any warning about the use of torrents. In fact I have seen three articles about recommended “Torrent friendly” VPN’s!

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  120. February 5, 2015 at 5:51 am Jimmy Joe

    Privateinternetaccess worked well for myself, as far as their logging/compliance who knows. Never got any problems with torrent downloading or anything of the sort. For the people who had ‘slow speeds’ you had to r-e-a-d their FAQ’s to learn of their 3-4 ‘gigabit’ servers that were recommended for faster speeds. Don’t forget, latency will happen if you are not physically located close to the server you pick. You won’t get 100mbit service but it was decent.

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  121. February 5, 2015 at 12:12 am someone

    shadeyou comply with dcma they have stopped my account and they kept a log of what movie I downloaded , warner bros requested them to.

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  122. February 2, 2015 at 1:39 am Alex

    Why such articles never mentions Hideninja VPN? It’s a great service!

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  123. January 26, 2015 at 8:01 am Bob C.

    I’m new to VPN, but I’ve used a free service (privateinternetaccess.com) a few times without problems, although my email won’t work while connected to it. There’s probably a fix for that, but I haven’t looked into it yet. There’s no privacy policy listed on the site and there’s no registration. You simply use the servers and password listed on the site and use your OS to set up the VPN. I may try other VPN’s in the future, but I’ll see how this service works for a while.

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  124. January 11, 2015 at 6:57 am steve

    ipredator.se

    Just wondering whys Ipredator on the hate list i always thought it was safe?

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  125. January 10, 2015 at 5:19 am jan

    anyone know anything about SwissVPN

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  126. January 7, 2015 at 9:55 am puw

    Anyone use/d or know of connectmine? Got to the homesite and the site looks intentionally blank (it says under construction), so there’s no info online. Got plenty of contact info, prices are reasonable, but a speed test screen shot (in an advert) shows amazing speeds up and down, and yet omits the locations LOL.

    Hope someone can relay good or bad feedback. Thanks

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  127. November 27, 2014 at 11:53 am VioX

    And what about VPNSECURE.ME ? Can you test them please ?

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  128. November 27, 2014 at 8:28 am Phx

    Hello,

    Tell me how Private Internet Access can be trust if their location is in USA. If something really happened they will be forced share data and even servers. The same with CyberGhost with based in Germany ?

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    • December 18, 2014 at 3:40 am Vae

      PHX, I have the same question.

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  129. November 9, 2014 at 5:49 am puw

    Interesting article, but one that doesn’t bother me too much, living in Asia where other more difficult issues arise, such as blocked access and the continual anti-vpn fight that goes on. Just trying to find a provider that can get me out of the GFWofC is enough of a headache. Many VPN sites are either blocked or refuse connection from my location, and using a VPN to get to them to sign up, means that if the service fails, I cannot get any assistance (since things like email are lost as well as the website).

    So to me, your problems are chicken feed LOL.

    Thanks for the article.

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  130. November 8, 2014 at 11:58 am Steve

    Do I have it correct? Start my TOR first, then use IPVanish for my connection to Darknet Websites?

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  131. November 8, 2014 at 2:08 am Review

    I recommend Private Internet Access, great reviews and super fast :)

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    • November 27, 2014 at 8:14 am Tom

      I’ve been a Private Internet Access customer for nearly a year, on multiple machines (Macs, PCs, Android tablets, Ipad), and in multiple cities in the USA. I’ve noticed consistently slower Internet access with PIA, and on contacting their support team, am always given the same “fix it,” which doesn’t help (change ports). And the VPN frequently disconnects from my machines when they sleep. I’m so dissatisfied with them I’m now looking for a new VPN.

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      • March 14, 2017 at 11:42 am Alex

        Did you find a better solution? I am eagerly looking as well for a new VPN provider….

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  132. October 30, 2014 at 10:03 am Dave Taylor

    I use VPNcompany.com as they keep no logs.

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    • October 30, 2014 at 11:08 am DJ Dan

      vpncompany.com/logging-policy/

      I like the fact they say they keep no logs and encourage you to use bitcoin. I’ve been using these guys now for 3 months and have done a load of p2p and other stuff and have never had any issue. They seem to allow you to do just about anything as if they don’t care. This is what I want.. freedom to do as I want. The price is really good too and the connections are solid. I run a home seedbox server 24/7 to the London gateway using OpenVPN and it’s hardly ever gone down. I highly recommend these guys.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 1:33 am Vae

      Dave, Dan, did either of you find any consumer reviews on VPNcompany.com before signing up with them? Would you mind sharing why you trust them? Thanks…

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  133. October 20, 2014 at 4:31 am Markus

    I am wondering why IPVanish isn’t on the list? They don’t log, they allow anonymous payments, they own their own Tier-1 Network and they seem to have no problems with torrents (source: http://www.vpntips.com/hidemyass-alternatives/#ipvanish). Sure, every VPN provider could potentially access your data and cooperate with law enforcement, IPVanish is no exception. At the end of the day it all broils down to a matter of trust, doesn’t it?

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    • October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am surfsafe

      Agreed! IPVanish is surely being overlooked; and I guess it’s mainly because they are a U.S. company.

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  134. October 19, 2014 at 9:40 am B

    I personally wouldn’t use Google Chrome if you wish to stay “under the radar”. BTW, CyberGhost allows Paynearme which is another anonymous payment option. Another one that appears to be a great option is hide.me vpn. I second one of the earlier comments about PureVPN being bogus. They require documents to prove who you are when you sign up! They attempt to block all P2P and then delete your account with no refund if you manage to access one.

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    • June 9, 2015 at 4:19 am Maria

      PureVPn is not a good choice. I have been using it for 2 months and almost every thing got stuck, their app their client. Then I switched to IPVanish through VPnAnalysis, since now I am very happy with their services specially their gaming servers.

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      • January 21, 2016 at 12:22 am Emma Robert

        i don’t think so maria, in fact you had a bad experience so its doesn’t mean that purevpn is bad because, i am using it form last more than 8 months through vpnranks_com and i didn’t find any sort of hurdles. This is also the best vpn for gaming.

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  135. October 16, 2014 at 8:27 am Bob

    Does anybody know about this Chrome Extension DotVPN – Free and Secure VPN or the site dotvpn.com/en/ How does it stack up to others on this post?

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    • September 8, 2017 at 8:12 am Anon

      The free version constantly rotates what server you use, whether or not you enable/disable. It’s also hella slow, and if you have something else that runs a proxy, it’ll quit working entirely until you solve the clash issue. Paid wise, it’s cheaper than most others, but I’d have to look at what data they collect.

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  136. October 13, 2014 at 2:43 am Kalkada

    Hi,

    IPVanish has just come to my notice. Appears to be a free service. Any comments about it?

    Regards

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    • December 2, 2014 at 12:02 am Gary

      Not free. I’ve been using it for a month and I’m still looking. My speeds are just OK – around 15 mbs without IPVanish, about 9 mbs when IPVanish is running. I also no longer have internet access unless IPVanish is running. To get internet going without IPV I need to delete my NIC from manager and reboot to rediscover the hardware. Is this normal behaviour for a VPN?

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      • April 12, 2015 at 4:50 am Alain Litha

        When I connect with Ipvanish and then disconnect, I still have INTERNET access. The issue that I have is that when I connect with IPvanish, my 100mbps goes down the tube when I connect to Malaysia, Signapor, Russia, etc… from the drop down list. The connected speeds are in (ms)… for example, Malaysia connects at 448 (ms) , thus rending my connection almost useless… Frustrated.

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        • June 14, 2015 at 1:27 am M00t

          Congratulations on discovering that the internet has latency the further you go outside your network. You might have 100mbit, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get it at every point on the internet. Its all to do with routing, and some counties have bad routes, purely because they can’t afford peer with as many people as others.

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      • June 12, 2016 at 9:50 am Jimmy

        Yes, it’s normal. You have to run a separate computer or a virtual machine in order to have it separate from your “regular” internet.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 9:58 am Maria

      IPVanish is not a free service. You have to pay for it and believe me it is worth to pay for IPVanish services. I have been using it for mmo rpg

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  137. October 12, 2014 at 11:10 am Cat in the Hack

    I notice Cyberghost and some other VPN venodrs allow more than one device to be used per VPN account.

    With this in mind, how do Cyberghost (and other providers that claim to keep no logs) monitor how many devices an account holder is using with their account?

    Surely the MAC address or something must be logged somewhere?

    Can we get clarification on this point please?

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  138. October 8, 2014 at 9:24 am maaaoccc

    You can add Toonux.net in the “privacy focused VPN providers”

    toonux.net/confidentialite/

    They collect only what you give them : your name and email.

    The owner, Bluetouff is a well known journalist on the internet, he has done several papers on internet censorship. Example : reflets.info/freeanouzla-maroc-telecom-tu-es-vraiment-trop-con/

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  139. October 5, 2014 at 11:34 am chevy snow

    Thanks for the article Iburnez.Why using a VPN when you can use a DNS service like UnoTelly? The DNS option is much faster and easier to use.

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  140. September 22, 2014 at 1:44 am Alien-James

    Ok, so what about a free service, “vpnbook” that runs with the ip in Romania? Does anyone know if they log ips,bandwidth use and on/off times? They change passwords every two weeks and can do something about spam. They seem ok but didn’t make your list. No currency hassles of any kind since they are free on the “basic” service.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 3:02 am Panic Moon

      VPNBook is free but we presume monitored, either for marketing data, or for government, or both. Maybe it’s also a non-Tor pool for government to hide some activities, nobody is sure.

      Cryptostorm’s Cryptofree is a 256k service that is 100% free with an exit in Iceland. I have used this for chat and various Tor/I2P adventures, it’s plenty fast enough and stable for that.

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  141. September 14, 2014 at 8:16 am Mike Wilkerson

    As previous commenters have pointed out in regards to the AirVPN service provider, they do not store logs of any kind and as anyone with any technical knowledge should know the IP of the connecting computer is required to enable access to those services provided. AirVPN has stated throughout their forums that the connection information is purged once the client disconnects.

    I have cited several forum links below that the AirVPN staff have taken part in to address these issues directly, and even offer tips for creating a ‘partition of trust’ between the company and the user.

    http://airvpn.org/topic/9717-logging-on-vpn-servers/?hl=logs http://airvpn.org/topic/10171-logs-get-deleted-after-disconnect-so-better-to-do-regular/?hl=logshttp://airvpn.org/topic/54-using-airvpn-over-tor/#entry1745

    I hope this helps to clear up any confusion as this can be misleading to prospective readers and cause a loss of business for AirVPN.

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    • December 28, 2014 at 6:58 am Biff

      Why is airvpn still on the list of VPN providers that log then?

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  142. September 8, 2014 at 11:12 am bastard0

    Where is perfectprivacy.com it’s one of the worlds best and safe vpn provider and u even dont write a word of it. and cyberghost will give out all the data they have need to be on stink list.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 6:02 am Vae

      Bastard0, I looked up Perfect-Privacy’s pricing, and notice their monthly price, even on a year membership, is many times more than the monthly prices of several competitors who also don’t log (beyond, apparently, what’s necessary–thanks, Mike Wilkerson) and yet appear to offer comparable services. Any idea what justifies the significant (relative) price increase?

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      • November 19, 2015 at 4:06 am TYQQMA

        also in their Legal section it states

        “Perfect Privacy will not protect your identity, if you violate the Perfect Privacy Domain Name Registration Terms and Conditions or the Acceptable Use Policy.”

        so they do keep logs of your identity, for legal purposes, not trustworthy…

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  143. August 27, 2014 at 12:21 am badass

    Ok , just use a Virtual Box with a bridge conection , so you can change MAC and others when you want, than use free VPN’s at least 3, ultrasurf, spotflux, hidemyip at same time, thats must keep you safe, but remember even if you got the best conection ever is gonna be laggy …

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  144. August 21, 2014 at 12:45 am rob

    mull vad sounds good, No logs of anything!

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    • December 18, 2014 at 1:19 am Vae

      Rob, I tried Mullvad about a month ago. It didn’t play nicely with Tunnelblick, and even after I sent their support department 3 messages, I never heard back from them. EVER. I remember trying them (trial membership) about 2 or 3 years back with the same results–would stay connected on my machine (then I used a PC laptop, now I use a MB Pro running latest OSX), and they’d never return any of my messages. Customer support/service is as important an aspect of business to me as the quality of the product. I want help when something goes wrong, and I’d be willing to pay for that. Also, from what I recall, Mullvad has only a very few servers to choose from. That would have been OK with me if they’d just gotten back in touch with me to help me solve the connection issues. I tried them solo & with Tunnelblick. No dice either time.

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  145. August 20, 2014 at 3:33 am ViziTor

    I am with Private Internet Access VPN Service They do not LOG & they have a great way to pay anonymously They accept GIFT CARDS from many leading retailers (shops) all over the world Big List on Their Site You just walk into the shop & buy a gift card ( No Questions Asked @ Shop so no Identity is Compromised ) then pay with it to the VPN site privateinternetaccess.com

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    • October 10, 2014 at 11:04 am Sensor747

      Hadn’t heard of this company (privateinternetaccess.com) seemingly located in Colorado. Looks like they indeed don’t keep any logs and more importantly allow pre-paid cards. AirVPN really dropped the ball when they initiated relationships with US based payment processing firms as they require all your private info to use a pre-paid card (pre-paid cards need to be registered using real info for international purchases). I also like that they have a contingency (like a self destruct button) if they are every unlawfully pressured into breaking confidentiality and would rather close up shop than betray the trust of their customers. This is how to operate!

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    • December 18, 2014 at 1:14 am Vae

      Vizitor, I’ve been using Private Internet Access for a year now and while I’m encouraged they have a no-log policy, I agree with others that being a US company bound by US “laws,” PIA hasn’t earned my trust. I’ve also had a lot of speed issues (from over 50 Gbps without to 1-4 Gbps with PIA, and quite a few disconnection issues that have prompted me to contact PIA customer support. I don’t know why every time I get in touch with someone he is rushed, very rude, and unhelpful. I make it a point to be very polite when the chat begins, but the other person doesn’t give a blank; they just want to get rid of me. The person usually just IMs me a long list of the same instructions for whatever problem I’m having–involving changing ports or some complex routine then has never proved helpful. And unless I say “thank you” immediately and sign off, the person disappears, I imagine to “help” other customers, for upwards of twenty minutes, by which time their system disconnects me and I have to start all over with a new customer “support” rep. I’m grateful there are VPN companies, but my experience with customer support has been universally negative once problems arise. I’d pay a LOT more for a reliable service with excellent customer support. The only reason I’m still with PIA is that I cannot find a more reliable service–and I’ve tried Mullvad, BlackVPN, and at least a half dozen others whose names slip my mind. There are always technical issues requiring too much of my time to “fix.” While I’m not a computer technician myself, I’m reasonably competent with computers so don’t find the technical complexities I encounter acceptable.

      All in all, I’d love to leave PIA as soon as I can find a more reliable service, regardless the cost.

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      • January 23, 2015 at 8:29 am Brainbuster

        I have the opposite experience with PIA. That’s strange. They’ve always been very helpful in the CS chat.

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        • January 23, 2015 at 1:45 am Vae

          Buster, I wouldn’t call it “strange.” We just had different experiences with the same company. Congratulations that you’ve had good luck with PIA. My family used them on two separate occasions, and we had bad luck both times–drastically reduced speeds (different parts of our state), curt technical “support” via chat, always the same lengthy and impotent cut-N-paste fix-it advice that never solved our problems, and an Internet block on VPN disconnect that highjacked our computer so that we eventually had to reformat our hard drive even after following PIA’s instructions on removing their software from our machine. PIA made using the Internet for us unpleasant, and obviated paying for an Internet connection in the first place. Our experience today without them on our machines is a much happier one.

          Hope you continue having good luck with them.

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      • March 14, 2017 at 11:40 am Alex

        I am suffering the exact same experience with PIA. My speeds are crap, and they have provided me with nothing but a list of steps to follow that should resolve the issue. None of which actually have.

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  146. August 12, 2014 at 9:22 am nkryptchin

    Cyberghost5

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  147. August 10, 2014 at 6:30 am Suicide Sheep

    hotspot shield should be put on that stink list. They also log IPs and logon/logoff times

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    • January 7, 2015 at 8:50 am Anon4Lyf

      Are you 100% sure? Anchorfree implies they do not collect that info. but if you have information to the contrary I’d luhhh to know: anchorfree.com/privacy.php

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    • January 13, 2016 at 5:07 am Someone

      And it’s also malware (for me it opened 40 pop us in 5 minutes after which I deleted it)

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  148. August 9, 2014 at 9:56 am BTCGuy

    ivpn.net Based in malta, bitcoin payment, non-logging, Fastest speeds of any VPN provider I have ever used

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  149. August 6, 2014 at 9:19 am com

    Why SecurityKiss and AirVPN is bad? I used SecurityKiss by a long long time and its good VPN.AirVPN? its enough to configure with bridges and running Tor trough socks proxy so how can they store personal data?

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  150. August 4, 2014 at 7:59 am Dale Gribble

    I started using Cyberghost almost a year ago. And you Can download the trial version and It never stops working. It just keeps offers for you to upgrade to pro or whatever..

    But u can DW it and use the free trial NON stop as long as you want..

    Great List btw

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  151. July 27, 2014 at 10:05 am Jason

    TorGuard is double-edged sword.

    Pros – Loads of servers and server info (current status) as premium user – TorGuard VPN Client = very easy to use and automatic server update on start up – Knowledgebase = Lots of simple to setup guides e.g. general how-to’s, proxy how-to’s, vpn how-to’s,… – User Support = 24/7, BUT not always helpful…

    Cons – DNS = If you just connect with your TorGuard-Client to the internet (without extra config.), you’ll be assigned DNS from GOOGLE! = Make a test on dnsleaktest dot com and read the txt. below! Now you’ll understand how dangerous that is, especially that we are all aware about the connection = Google-NSA… = “Solution” = TG is offering “secure dns”, which you see, when you’re premium user. Bad thing about = They are the ONLY servers, which seem to be secure, so lots of users have set them up and web-browsing on clearnet is damn slow… 3-5 Mbit/s…

    = So, if you’ve know other secure dns, which are faster, there’s no reason to disdain TorGuard.

    – Located in USA = I would like to link to what the author of this article said:

    — You can be absolutely sure if a VPN provider is pressured to cooperate with authorities and they have any information to identify you as the suspect you will be up shit creek and you will be there without a paddle. No one is going to go to jail for you. —

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  152. July 19, 2014 at 4:27 am lordkookoo

    Astrill is a good VPN provider, inexpensive and a lot of options. They do not keep any user activity logs.

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  153. July 18, 2014 at 2:11 am conrad

    They all keep logs. Petraeus they are responsible since its their ip

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  154. July 18, 2014 at 1:03 am Bobby

    FYI your info is wrong about AirVPN. There is no ip logging and have some of the highest levels of encryption out there, esp for ios.

    Bit shady your results are in a flat file that can’t be crawled.

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