Torguard 50% off

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  1. Less

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  2. mirimir

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    Oddly enough, they won't let me purchase through Tor :thumbd:
     
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  3. Less

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    still undecided to get as i have 3 vpn subscriptions which expires in about 10 months . Do Torguard give promo occasionally? say Black Friday?
     
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    I checked out where the Torguard website is based. It is on a server in Costa Rica. This includes https payments. This limits anonymous payment options a bit from the US other than Bitcoin. There are visa gift cards that can be bought with cash but they are not allowed to process payments to entities outside the US. This means I can go to many retail outlets and buy either visa or other dedicated gift cards like Starbucks and pay with cash and then use them to buy access to PIA but it won't work for Torguard.

    The price is great and you can pay in $14.99 semi annual payments too. I'm thinking about it but I will have to pay in form that is not anonymous and I am limited to using it for privacy. Torguard does support router level access which is something that interests me at the moment and I would like to play around with it. So I might do $15 for 6 months just to check it out and experiment with a couple of spare Tomato routers I have lying around.
     
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    That is weird.
     
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    They sell routers that are preconfigured. http://torguard.net/store/
     
  7. mirimir

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    Yes, they kept giving me CAPTCHAs, even though I completed them correctly.

    So they lost my business. Not my problem.
     
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    I just got out a router that I can flash Tomato on. I did the $15 twice a year option. Just finished some testing in a VM. I will start playing around with Tomato and Torguard tomorrow. It looks like the latest version of Tomato has OpenVpn built in. After reading the howto, it doesn't look that difficult to set up.
     
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    Ok, I got it working. I had to get a version of Tomato with OpenVPN. It is a variant version, there are several out there. I followed the steps on the Torguard website. The only problem was the format of the ca.crt which has all the different certificates for different servers compacted into one file and it is hard to separate the one you need. I finally set it up right and connected the Wan port of the VPNed router to one of the Lan ports of the router that connects to the ISP. The VPN connection is on a different wifi channel and it took a while for the VPN connection to start and I didn't think I had set it up right but it surprised me and worked when I thought I still had to fool around with the certificate some more. Speed on the first server I'm trying is a little disappointing but I've got a lot more to try.

    This is nice. Long term plan is to turn off wifi on the main router and have it on the slaved VPN router so that all wifi connections are VPNed and the only computers that get to see the real IP are hardwired to the router by an ethernet cable.
     
  10. mirimir

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    Congratulations :thumb:
     
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    Yes, it is their policy.
     
  12. mirimir

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    Well, that rules them out for me:thumbd:

    And it's especially ironic, given that they're violating the Tor Project's trademark ;)
     
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    Thanks mirimir. This rocks. I am testing running VPNgate on a computer connected to the VPNed router. Bandwidth is good. This was easier to set up than I thought. I'm done with the setup and now I'm ready to run some tests. This two router setup is cool and flexible with lots of different possible configurations. When I've experimented some more and done some more tests, I will start a separate thread about it.

    Torguard seems ok, apart from anonymous payment issues. They seem to want a real IP for payment but it doesn't have to one's own. I think it would work to take a laptop or tablet to a cafe with wifi and borrow an IP that gets lots of public use. There are 49 servers to chose from and I didn't get the same IP when I connected to the same one a second time. Lots of exit nodes in countries other than the US and Europe. I tried their simple client program. It is pretty basic but it did run in a very restricted account with no need to start it as an administrator. The one for Security Kiss wouldn't nor will Softether. Torguard has a more advanced client called Viscosity that is only licensed to run on one computer at a time. I downloaded the license but I haven't had time to try it yet. I mainly got this deal to test a VPN connection on a Tomato router which is supported by quite a few VPNs.
     
  14. DesuMaiden

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    Not interested. I'm simply not interested in Torguard.
     
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    Ok, started a thread on the VPN Tomato router setup which can be done with many VPN providers of which Torguard is just one. https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/vpn-in-a-dual-tomato-router-setup.367886/.

    I did a little more testing today of Torguard and tried a server in Portugal that was "bit torrent" optimized. It was faster than the US server I tried yesterday. I tested a bit torrent on it and they weren't kidding about being bit torrent optimized. The Tor in TorGuard definitely stands for torrents, not Tor. On the US server I tried, there appeared to be a bit of throttling of a download from a well known file host which disappeared when I added VPNgate on top of Torguard. Interesting. This could be done by the ISP that the Torguard server was connected to. Big ISPs in big cities in the US tend do this.


    So I would rate Torguard as exactly what its name implies: A VPN provider that provides good bandwidth and privacy for P2P and torrents. The are better choices for those seeking deep anonymity but I can't complain about Torguard. It gives you exactly what they claim it will and the price was great.
     
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    Evidently PIA has preconfiged routers too.
     
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