There isn't a lot of recent information here these days compared to when I was more active on Wilders a few years ago so I'm just starting a thread on some of my recent VPN finds. I recently got a couple of VPN subscriptions and I as I was shopping and comparing, there wasn't much good information that was up to date. I found that That One Privacy Guy's website had been folded into a more commercial and questionable one and that his charts hadn't been updated since 2019, and when I checked Wilders, there wasn't much here either that was new since my last visit to the privacy section in March. I found, by accident, a way to pay for a VPN anonymously without using cryptocurrencies. It's through a site called Stacksocial that always has VPN offers. Most of them are for new and not well known VPNs but there is almost always an offer for Nord and PIA. I went through the list recently and found a couple that interested me with cheap lifetime subscriptions, fairly good OpenVPN implementations and both in good jurisdictions outside of 5 and 14 eyes countries. I bought a 3 year Windscribe subscription on this site a few years ago and knew they used a coupon system and payments were made to them, not the VPN providers. I regretted not buying the lifetime subscription for a few dollars more after it expired because the coupon code they gave me to pay for it never gave Windscribe anything that could be tied to my real identity. There are no more cheap lifetime subscriptions to Windscribe these days and it would have been a good investment to buy one back then when they were newer and in need of more business. So I got two this time, both newer VPNs that sell themselves more for fast servers and stream unblocking than privacy but after looking at their .ovpn files and seeing how they set things up and seeing that both had extensive Linux and router support articles, I splurged and got subscriptions to both. I was actually looking for a VPN more for streaming than privacy as the one I have now charges extra for streaming support but I couldn't fault either on privacy with the caveat that many VPNs that claim no logging lie and do keep logs and you don't really know which ones they are until something happens as was the case with HMA and PureVPN. I set up a new Proton mail account as the email for setting them up and used a bank card to pay stack social. Just like the last time, I got coupon codes and links for the VPN providers. They got my new Proton email and only Stacksocial got the payment details. That is a nice degree of seperation and it could be carried further by using a Visa gift card. Stacksocial uses Stripe as their payment processor and almost credit or debit card should work with them, including gift cards bought with cash. And after I paid for them, I checked out the Proton VPN that came with my Proton mail free account. In trying to sell you on the paid service they give you you a chart of server load on their servers. As could be expected, the free servers were running at close to full capacity. Not great from a bandwidth perspective but if you are looking for anonymity, that is exactly what you want, a VPN server used by hundreds, if not thousands of users. When I tested it for bandwidth, it actually did better than some of the servers on the VPNs I paid for. So I ended up with three VPNs out of the deal, two optimized for streaming and one for privacy and none with any information whatsoever on my real identity other than my IP which my ISP NATs these days to conserve IPV4 addresses so the IP I use is for my whole neighborhood. If I really wanted to be careful, I could only connect to these VPNs through another VPN. It is a constantly evolving scene with VPN providers and these days the big selling point is unblocking Netflix whereas a few years ago it was torrenting without revealing your real IP. Privacy is not always the strongest marketing point. Unfortunately, the information out there hasn't kept up and finding unbiased reviews is even more difficult than it was. Since That One Privacy Guy isn't updating his charts, I had to look for what he put in his charts myself as best I could and check out reviews that were from sources that I didn't fully trust and even if the reviews were honest, they were still more focused on bandwidth and defeating geoblocking than privacy. As for privacy, the best practice has always been to do multi hop connections and not rely on any one provider no matter how good they are so it's not a bad idea to pick up cheap long term subscriptions from several.