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Re: VPN's: who uses them
I posted this somewhere before.
These are all VPNs that I have used and have heard good reviews from other people. One thing you should know is that you are trusting your data with a third party company. Some providers are there because they believe in internet privacy, while others don't give a hoot and are in it for the money.
AirVPN was made by internet activists who believe in internet freedom. I have had good speeds with them and have had little to no drops in connection with them. The do not log and accept various currencies such as bitcoin. The use AES-256 bit military grade encryption for all connections. Downside is they only support 1 device at a time per account unless you pay a little more and people report of dropped connections.
This is my current vpn. PIA has always been a true believer in internet privacy and is one of the best vpns in the business. They have some of the cheapest prices I've ever seen and their service is top notch. They have servers in multiple locations around the U.S, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Romania, and more. They use shared ip's to further increase anonymity and keep no logs. They have an easy to use client and have apps for android as well so you can have a vpn on your phone. They use 128 bit blowfish encryption but you can increase it to AES-256 bit encryption for free in their pc client. They have a dns leak proof feature so your real ip does not leak and a kill switch so that it kills all unencrypted data if the vpn connection drops. My speeds were fast. You won't even notice your connected to a vpn. That's how fast it is. PIA also supports the EFF. The downside is that is a U.S based company. The U.S does not have data retention laws, but as you know, the NSA is always watching. This has caused great controversy for PIA as to if they really do log. They insist that they have not complied with the NSA and that they rather shut down the business and relocate that to endanger customer privacy.
Proxy.sh is a vpn located in Seychelles with a big dedication to privacy. They have cheap plans just like PIA and have nice apps for android and windows. They use AES-256 bit encryption. They do not log, but will so under one condition, that their service is not used to harm another human being. If they receive complaint of a certain shared ip that is causing trouble, then they will investigate. Recently, they announced that they were going to log on one server publicly in order to catch a stalker that was reported to them via a complaint. They were transparent about everything and even gave a public warning to the alleged hacker, stating that their "haven" does not belong to people who have the intent to harm others and that they would take legal action against the person if he or she would not stop. The person apologized and the logging stopped. If you will not harm another being with their service, then they will honor their word. They are one of the best vpns I've used and will use them again eventually. As of now, they handle problems like this differently. They are trying out new ways to solve problems without logging and have now created what is called a "warrant canary" on their home page. It is updated everyday by the senior system administrator to ensure the company has not been compromised. If they warrant canary is out of date, then users will know that they have been comprised by authorities and are logging. They do this for the safety and privacy of customers.
iPredator is a vpn from Sweden. These guys are truely believers in privacy and do not log. While my experience was short with them, I had alright speeds with them. They were good, but not as good as I expected them to be. I believe they will become better over time and that they need to mature a little bit as a company before I try them again. I am about to try them again and will see how it goes!
My experience was short with them, but they are excellent. Speeds are fast and they support a variety of devices. They are based in Malta, do not log, and are big believers in privacy. They are very transparent and have one of the best privacy policies I have ever seen on a VPN. They are partners with the EFF, a group that fights for internet freedom. Their speeds are really good and I've had a great experience with them. I would still be using their service, but they are a bit on the pricey side compared to others.
Long-story short, pick a VPN that does not log for the best privacy. Almost any VPN can get you around region blocks. I say PrivateInternetAccess is the best, and while I say this, all VPN's from this list are good for privacy and stuff like that. Just please don't use Hidemyass.