Help Me Select a VPN.

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by Wendi, Aug 17, 2021.

  1. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    They usually don't and I believe that this discount will end in a few days.
     
  2. zmechys

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    I've been using HideAway for several weeks.
    Just recently, HideAway got an update.
    Now I don't see any DNS leaks.
    Also, YES, HideAway is using a serious encryption.
    Here is my connection to the Wilders Security site.
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    HideAway VPN is using Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol, not some Wireguard, OpenVPN, IPSec.

    Here is what I really like about HideAway VPN - it's the ability to use HideAway with Local Networking.
    There are some issues and/or delays while using Wireguard/OpenVPN, etc... with LAN traffic.
    HideAway removes all those issues.

    When my license expires, most probably, I'll buy a new HideAway subscription.
     
  3. khanyash

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    Thanks for all the info. I also like and use HideAway; its speed is fast, it has a good selection of countries, and it is the only VPN that connects instantly. I am looking forward to the next major version that will have new features and settings.
     
  4. zmechys

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    I forgot to add a very interesting thing.
    While connected to HideAway servers in a different time zone, my tests at DoILeak dot com show that I'm in the same time zone and don't use any VPN.

    Here is my test result with Brave.

    It's a big plus for the VPN app.



    HideAwayTimeZone.png
     
  5. khanyash

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    I tested HideAway and Windscribe VPN with Vivaldi and Firefox. The doileak test (Timezone Difference) displayed both my and VPN locations.

    I do not use the Windscribe browser extension but tested it too, as it has location protection. The test did not display my location.
     
  6. zmechys

    zmechys Registered Member

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    I've just tested my Brave.
    1. ) Only HideAway desktop VPN:
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    2.) HideAway with added FastestVPN browser extension:

    (The same Brave, the same browser extensions)

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  7. zmechys

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    I do have Windscribe VPN. I like it but...

    It takes some time to get it - Windscribe - going. HideAway it's almost instant.
    I see a big difference in speed.
    Without any VPN, my download speed gets around 900Mbps.
    With HideAway, it's above 500Mbps.
    With Windscribe, around 290Mbps.
     
  8. IvoShoen

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    I have Ivacy which has Wireguard and is really fast. Has killswitch and split tunneling.
     
  9. zmechys

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    My speed with Ivacy Wireguard is about 140Mbps.
     
  10. khanyash

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    I tested HideAway and Windscribe VPN with Brave. The doileak test (Timezone Difference) displayed both my and VPN locations.
     
  11. zmechys

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    Here is my results from DoILeak web-site.

    HideAway connected to Miami.
    Browser: Brave with all extensions off but WebRTC protection.

    Miami is not(!) my time zone.

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  12. khanyash

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    I tested HideAway and Windscribe with Brave defaults and Brave with location-block, fingerprinting-strict, cookies-block all, and WebRTC-disabled, but the doileak test displayed my location.
     
  13. BoerenkoolMetWorst

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    I have a faster internet subscription now. Previously I was able to max my 200mbps connection just fine with AirVPN using OpenVPN protocol, now I get about 300mbps using OpenVPN protocol.(Using an old 3rd gen Intel CPU.) Now that Wireguard is out of beta for AirVPN, I'm trying it out and get about 450mbps over Wireguard. Without VPN I get about 460-465mbps so I'm quite content.
     
  14. BoerenkoolMetWorst

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    I wanted to try Mullvad out once as well.
    OpenVPN download speed is about 416mbps, quite a bit higher than AirVPN. WIth Wireguard it is about the same as OpenVPN, so a little lower than AirVPN. WIth Wireguard multi-hop it is only 184mbps which is to be expected. But maximum speed is not all, latency is important too. I found with AirVPN using OpenVPN, loading websites is slower, but this when using Wireguard the lag is not noticable. With Mullvad the lag is not noticable both with OpenVPN and Wireguard single-hop. Mullvad is also faster in setting up the initial connection, both for OpenVPN and Wireguard.
    There are some remarks. While their client is really userfriendly, compared to AirVPN's Eddie, it is really basic and does not have much advanced settings, detailed statistics and logs(at least no logs in the client, maybe in a log folder). To see more, I tried to connect to Mullvad with the official OpenVPN software. But it failed, because Mullvad wants to use AES-CBC and those ciphers have been deprecated in recent OpenVPN software. AirVPN switched to AES-GCM and Poly-Chacha quite a while ago.
    Mullvad also does not use tls-crypt or even it's predecessor tls-auth with OpenVPN.
    It is really nice that you can just create an account with unique ID without registering through email. But you cannot set a password for your account. While someone with access to your account can not gain access to your private keys, afaik they could turn on port forwarding for your devices to make them reachable from the internet and thus easier to hack.
     
  15. jdd58

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    I found a couple of things that may be of interest. One is a detailed relationship map between Tesonet, a data mining company, and Nord and Proton.

    NordVPN-and-Proton-companies.jpg

    The other is a website showing the relationships between VPN companies, review sites and publications. Clicking on the VPN icon in the map brings up info including ownership, country of origin, and dirt/issues. Some are more complete than others. Looks like the good ones are in the upper right corner.

    https://embed.kumu.io/9ced55e897e74fd807be51990b26b415#vpn-company-relationships
     
  16. imdb

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    i stopped using commercial vpn's long time ago.
    thanks for sharing, jd. :thumb:
     
  17. BoerenkoolMetWorst

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    Correction: It failed because of another reason. It connected later. Mullvad does use AES-GCM, but there was an informational warning about AES-CBC being in the list as supported cipher, which has to be changed in a future OpenVPN version.
     
  18. dogbite

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    Hi guys, thoughts on AdGuard VPN? There is a good deal on stacksocial, but I could not find any reliable review. Company is trustworthy but one red flag is that they use their own encryption protocol which is not also clear what it is.
     
  19. zmechys

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    Just a note.
    I've been using HideAway from Firetrust for almost a year - I got it as a generous "giveaway."
    I've been testing it for any leaks, any issues.
    After several months of constantly using it on my computers, I have come to the conclusion that HideAway is a good (way above average) VPN app.
    (I've posted several comments about Hideaway VPN in this thread.)

    Currently, StackSocial is offering a lifetime deal for $49.99 ($53 with taxes) of Hideaway VPN.
    1 customer - 3 devices.
    I've purchased it immediately.

    From the Hideaway VPN web-site.

    What encryption does HideAway use?

    HideAway uses AEAD. AEAD stands for Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data. AEAD ciphers simultaneously provide confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. They have excellent performance and power efficiency on modern hardware.

    Specifically, HideAway uses ChaCha20-Poly1305 encryption with 256bit key size, 96bit nonce size and 128bit MAC size. Secret keys are generated randomly per every connection and a nonce to keep data confidential. This verifies data has not been tampered with and includes replay protection.

    HideAway also encrypts the destination IP address and port and DNS queries.

    ChaCha20 is around three times as fast as AES on platforms that lack specialised AES hardware and is also not sensitive to timing attacks. Poly1305 is a high-speed data authentication code.
     
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