Raptor VPN anyone got any other info them?

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  1. bzrwon

    bzrwon Registered Member

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    Firstly let me say that for the last few years I've been lurking silently on these forums and I've got some really good info and tips from a lot of threads and posts, so thank you all.

    I thought I'd break my cone of silence by asking about Raptor VPN over at http://www.raptorvpn.com/whmcs/

    I've seen a few other ppl mention them on here but not a whole deal of info or any reviews about them.

    Here's what they say on their home page;

    RaptorVPN is the worlds only FREE VPN service. Our service allows you to use the internet in total privacy without the threat of eavesdropping from Internet Service Providers, Nation States, Hackers, Advertisers, and others.

    - Unlimited Bandwidth
    - No Disconnect Times
    - No Ads
    - PPTP and OpenVPN
    - Always FREE

    OK I'm always sceptical about Free VPN's especially one's based in the US, pretty sure these guys are running it:

    Spotflux LLC
    10070 Darnestown Rd
    Suite #141
    Rockville, MD 20850
    USA

    The fact they offer PPTP isn't exactly inviting either but they do offer OpenVPN which to my knowledge via lurking through this forum means stronger encryption, less dropping of packets, access to more servers & the ability to modify ports, compared to PPTP that is, correct me if I'm wrong?

    Anyway, I await some replies, cheers guys and have a great day/night, where ever you may be :)
     
  2. DasFox

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    I try to get everyone to keep as much VPN here as possible;

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=285780&page=22

    Free VPNs in the USA, I think the questions to ask are, why is this being offered for free, what are they getting out of it and digging around like mad to figure out who these people are.

    Things like this could be HoneyPots so I always says steer clear, if you need free that bad, until you are 100% positive about these people, then stick with Tor.
     
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    I've been reading a lot of posts blasting these services for offering PPTP. If it's offered along with OpenVPN, it's a good thing. The reason they do this is to meet demand for VPN services for smartphones, iPads, mobile devices of all kinds. With the iPad, using a VPN is as simple as going to "VPN" under 'general settings' and putting in the PPTP information. No, it's not perfect, but it's what we have for these devices now. So when you see "PPTP" understand they are meeting a very high demand for these for the mobile devices.
     
  4. DasFox

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    Yes you are correct about PPTP and meeting it for demands on other devices, so I shouldn't of been blasting it, I just blasted it as far as computer users go to stay away...
     
  5. marktor

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    PPTP is not necessary if you have an IOS Device (Iphone,Ipad etc.) that is jailbroke or an Android device that is rooted. You can use one of the following to use OpenVPN on these devices:

    IOS: http://www.guizmovpn.com/

    Android: http://vpnblog.info/android-openvpn-strongvpn.html
     
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    No question. But the percentage of rooted iOS devices is? ____. That's why they market the PPTP.
     
  7. Victek

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    I tried to install the service however Norton Internet Security identifies spotflux.exe (the executable that runs the Raptor VPN client) as malware. Using google I also found a Prevx (Webroot) page saying the same thing. I temporarily disable NIS and scanned the installer with MBAM which did not flag it so perhaps it's a false positive? I opened a support ticket with Spotflux folks - we'll see what they say.
     
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    I tried to find out how many servers they have and where, though they had an article a year ago that more servers were coming, there was no follow through.
     
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    Did you try scanning it with WinMHR?
     
  10. DasFox

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    Don't waste your time just scanning it with a few apps, do an online scan that uses a lot more then you'll ever use... ;)

    https://www.virustotal.com/
    http://virusscan.jotti.org/en

    Or just Google to find others you might like to try as well...
     
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    I'm interested as well, there has been a lot of interest shown in this area as our privacy is being invaded we need all the support we can get. I found this using a new search engine.. :thumb:

    http://duckduckgo.com/?q= raptor vpn

    Hogndog
     
  12. bzrwon

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    That's why I'm asking, to see if anyone has any other dirt on these guys, cheers for the replies, I was just curious, I'd probably never use them, or any free VPN for that matter, the only thing I would really want to use one for is downloading torrents, with some level of "anonymity" something like BTGuard but I guess the chances of ever getting a legit free VPN that would do this is next to 0?

    Been curious for a while, especially since one of my mates got a letter from his ISP about downloading torrents, mainly TV shows, so I've been doing some research into the matter.
    To be honest I personally try to steer clear of torrents, they're usually my last resort, I mainly try to use third party hosts, sure the dl times aren't nearly as fast (unless you use something like Jdownloader, Cryptload, Freerapid Downloader etc) but the chances of getting a letter from your ISP are significantly reduced, I can't recall a time Rapidshare or Megaupload ever sent me a cease and desist letter for downloading anything, lol. Finding things is generally just as easy I've found, if you're a member of a few different forums (good ones that encrypt their links) you can find just as much, if not more, than any torrent.

    Anyway kind of going off on a tangent there, so is the general consensus not to bother with "free" VPN's like this and ones generally based in the US?
    Cheers again for the input :)
     
  13. hogndog

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    Just remember whatever you decide keep in mind the chance of infection. They come in all varieties in many formats Keygen's Cracking I've worked around a Malware removal team and seen many people bring their infected machines in to the forum, some were bad enough they couldn't be cleaned. Just remember to be careful out there, and i hope you find what your looking for.. :D

    Hogndog
     
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    Other than them using Rackhost for their servers, which are based in Ohio, and them registering with Namecheap with Whoisguard to protect their identity. :shrugs:
    Raptorvpn's website design looks familiar, just can't put my finger on it.
    Oh well, not a big deal.
    Curiously, he is hiring programmers? So he must be well funded in other areas and this VPN is just a hobby, hence the FREE.
     
  15. marktor

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    Guess I should have posted this here to. I posted this over in the VPN thread

    A note on RaptorVPN if you are a p2p user forget about them. This from their TOS:
    Also I am guessing they keep logs? They have a VERY unclear privacy policy.
     
  16. bzrwon

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    hogndog I like to think I'm pretty good when it comes to overall pc security, I haven't had malware/spyware, virii for years, well any that I know of, knock on wood, lol. I'm pretty conscientious when it comes to that, been lurking in this forum for years and like I said have got some great tips and tricks, just by reading. Not saying I'm an "expert" in the field but I know enough to keep myself out of trouble, using Linux predominately has been my main defence, I seldom use windoze for browsing the net but when I do I have things like no script, HTTPS Everywhere, Malwarebytes, Hitmanpro, Spyware Blaster, Avast IS etc.
    9/10 if I'm not sure on something I usually use scroogle/ixquick it and or check or send it to virus total, so I like to think I'm doing alright on that front.
     
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    Yeah that's what I thought marktor, I read that as well, which pretty much cemented my initial thoughts about them, anyway guys thanks for the replies, much appreciated, I think just needed some reassurance and what better place to find it! :)
     
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    RaptorVPN here - I'm not sure that's a fair assessment of our policy. The use of bittorent itself does not constitute a violation of our TOS. Infringing copyright materials is a violation of US law and as we are a US company we must abide by those laws. Logs are kept but do not track where you are going and what you are doing, the logs we keep are for managing traffic and maintaining quality of service as any infrastructure provider would need to do. Bottom line, if your thinking of doing something illegal then we are not the right service for you.
     
  19. Victek

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    Is there a "right" service for illegal activity? :cool:

    Regarding the RaptorVPN, I find the client (spotflux) very sparse. Are there multiple servers in the US? I don't see a way to select a server - how is that handled?
     
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