VPN recommendations wanted

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by Uitlander, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. m0unds

    m0unds Registered Member

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    Approaching a VPN as a security service as opposed to privacy (because I just don't trust third parties to keep data private): I'm a fan of F-Secure's freedome service and if you're a likeminded person, (e.g. you need to secure public wifi with encryption and don't believe hyperinflated marketing crap about no logging, privacy guarantees and the like) I'm also a fan of Witopia and have used them for years.
     
  2. sukarof

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    Yes, you can dualboot to windows if you install Linux. On most distros the Linux installer takes care of all the hassle. You get a menu during boot where you choose what OS you want to boot to. I would recommend Linux Mint, Ubuntu or Zorin to start with. There are great tutorials for Linux Mint and Ubuntu that makes installing easy.
    Linux Mint is a bit more recognizable to windows users than Ubuntu in my opinion. But Zorin even more so. But you can choose whatever, most distros have Live CDs (you can start them with USB stick) so you can test them without installing so you can get a feel for them. That's just ONE of all the benefits with Linux :)

    As for the topic of this thread. I have used Anonine, PrivateVPN and NordVPN. They are all very stable and have fast speed (I have 300/100 and they all just dropped about 20-30 Mbit down when used upstream is full speed) As already mentioned one should not stare blindly on 5,9 or 14 eyes, (PrivateVPN is Swedish and I believe so is Anonine) it is the countries laws that matter. So far Sweden government cant force VPNs to save logs. Not yet anyway. But there are always dark forces that try to change that though, not least the dark force called EU who now are working on putting on a "tax" on links you may provide on social media (as an example of their "dark" workings ;) ). One interesting thing I've found is that on Linux the connection to a VPN establishes way, way much faster than in Windows. It takes about a second or two, while in windows it takes up to 30 seconds (openvpn on both). I wonder why that is?
     
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  3. Soft Life

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    My vote goes to AirVPN. It's the most non-commercialized VPN I found out there and they seem to be legit. And they run outside of the US.
     
  4. 142395

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    This is just a potential FYI, no other intention. Only reason I do this now is I have just thought it may not be widely known than I assumed.

    PIA hired Mark Karpeles (Google it if you don't know) as CTO.
     
  5. mirimir

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    I don't think he addressed what customer cares. Failure should be forgiven, but it depends if crime should be.
    It's still not clear if Mr Karpeles commited corporate embezzlement or not. It's well possible he is innoccent, given the arrest of Vinnik, but it's not yet deterministic as the time Karpeles got the management rights is 2011 and it is just the time when a secret key of Mt.Gox was stolen. The question is why Lee couldn't wait the judgment (yes, judgment don't necessarily tell the truth, but still we'll get more info than now) to have him in such a important position of CTO (tho what Karpeles actually can do as CTO would be limited).
     
  7. mirimir

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    Karpeles is indeed a dubious character, at best.

    Maybe Lee believed that he has valuable skills, and didn't care about appearances. Or maybe he wanted to make a point. Or maybe he just likes him :)

    My guess is that he wanted some famous guy, to put PIA etc in the news.
     
  8. caspian

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    Thanks so much, buddy. That was very helpful!
     
  9. 142395

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    Well, if he is in fact criminal and confident enough to escape from LE's investigation, then I'll trust PIA more.:D
     
  10. mirimir

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    Interesting point ;)

    But maybe we want our VPN providers to be totally open, and not "anonymous cowards"?

    I can see it either way. If anonymous, they'd arguably be harder to coerce. But that would also mean that they'd be less accountable for protecting their users.
     
  11. __Nikopol

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    I tested it. It was bad. Had a leak, netflix didn't work right and their kill switch solution wasn't working.
    I switched to Windscribe, payed 60 bucks for a lifetime license, and use IKEv2 to connect. Great speed and even safer than IPSec. (https://support.ipvanish.com/hc/en-...ference-between-the-IPSec-and-IKEv2-Protocols)
    Netflix works perfectly and their kill switch solution uses Windows Filtering Platform to block all traffic. Flawless!

    By far the best I have seen. Try it: You have 15GB with a free account and you can mine coins to expand this limitation if you need.
     
  12. Palancar

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    Caspian,
    Sorry for being late in response here, I have been in the islands for a month. Nice though! I use Debian Stretch on many machines, but I also use other flavors as testing linux is a hobby for me. Debian is very stable and supported well for what I need to accomplish.

    kdcdq,

    IVPN and Air are both excellent choices. I have studied Air's Linux client (Eddie) and use it often especially on family computers because non techie users can easily handle it. My home LAN machines are all locked down to open internet via UFW/IP tables. My home users must connect through Eddie to get out, and then they are automatically kept inside a tunnel lockdown. Since I only use Linux on my stuff I find that for simple users the Eddie client does a great job on linux. If you only use Android, Windows, or IOS the linux constraints are not common to you. Many VPN providers support linux for techie's but don't offer good clients on a linux platform for regular household users. Creating certificates for any provider is easy for me, but not for my household family users.
     
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