The Best VPN Service Providers 2014

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In A Nutshell

There are now over a hundred VPN providers located across the world. To create this list of the best VPN service providers, I test customer service, the reliability of their network, and commitment to privacy. I also research actual customer feedback posted in online forums.

I recommend these VPN service providers:

I no longer recommend these VPN service providers:

  • EarthVPN: The service was recently hacked, and is apparently keeps logs
  • BTGuard: Numerous reports of slow connection speeds, and poor customer service.
  • StrongVPN: Fairly expensive. Confusing sign-up options. Also they do not allow P2P/Torrenting, and they able to match an external IP address to a subscriber.

I’ve also created a list of the VPN providers I do not recommend.

You may want to create your own VPS (virtual private server) and install OpenVPN. I recommend using a reliable VPS like Digital Ocean. You can purchase their $5 per month plan, and then follow these instructions to set up OpenVPN.

What Is A VPN?

What Is A VPN?

A VPN (virtual private network) is a service encrypts and redirects all the internet connections on your computer. This means all the data leaving your computer is encrypted, which adds a layer of protection against hackers and eavesdroppers. It is also very difficult for your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to monitor you or block your connections. A VPN service will also allow your to computer to appear to be Europe, the USA, or other countries at will. This is helpful if you want to access blocked media like streaming videos. VPNs differ from web proxies because VPNs encrypt and redirect all of your computer’s outgoing network connections, whereas proxies will only usually only redirect particular protocols within an application. Note that VPNs may slow down your internet connections a bit, but in some cases they may actually speed up your connections. VPNs won’t really affect direct downloads, but they will affect web browsing and torrenting (basically anything that pulls data in lots of small bursts). Personally, I don’t notice a difference unless I’m connected a very remote server in Japan or Romania (from the US). I don’t recommend using free VPNs because they are usually run by untrustworthy companies, and tend to sell your private information. If you need a extra layer of privacy when signing up to VPN services, I suggest using an pseudo-anonymous payment method such as Bitcoin or Liberty Reserve, and doing a DNS Leak Test when using a VPN. However, for most people, this kind of obfuscation is not necessary.

The Best VPN For Privacy

Private Internet Access

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Private Internet Access is a VPN service that is highly regarded by privacy advocates. It remains our top choice for a privacy-oriented VPN service. In the online discussions I’ve been monitoring, the comments are almost universally positive. It also received a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for VPN services. The company operates out of the United States with gigabit gateways in the USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. I’ve been testing their VPN service for about 12 months now, and I’ve had no problems. I use it continuously now, and I don’t notice any lag when browsing the web, or downloading files. They are also one of the least expensive private VPNs, with rates at $39.95 year, or $6.95 per month. In regards to logging user activity, the company says:

We absolutely do not maintain any VPN logs of any kind. We utilize shared IP addresses rather than dynamic or static IPs, so it is not possible to match a user to an external IP. These are some of the many solutions we have implemented to enable the strongest levels of anonymity amongst VPN services. Further, we would like to encourage our users to use an anonymous e-mail and pay with Bitcoins to ensure even higher levels of anonymity should it be required. Our core verticals are privacy, quality of service, and prompt customer support. We will not share any information with third parties without a valid court order. With that said, it is impossible to match a user to any activity on our system since we utilize shared IPs and maintain absolutely no logs.

Their VPN service supports all the major platforms: Window, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android. They support the following VPN protocols: PPTP, IPSEC, OpenVPN and L2TP. You can also configure Private Internet Access to work on a DD-WRT router or Tomato router (via SSL/OpenVPN) for constant security. Their VPN client also has handy features like DNS leakage blocking and an “internet kill switch” (a feature that shuts off your internet connection if your VPN connection goes down). For payment they accept credit cards, Paypal, almost any Gift Card, Amazon Payments, CashU, Google Wallet, OKPay, Bitcoin, and Liberty Reserve, The service costs $6.95 per month, or $40 per year. Link: Private Internet Access

The Best VPN For Privacy (based in Europe)

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VPN.AC

VPN.AC, based in Romania, is an excellent choice for use in countries with firewalls and other internet censorship. VPN.AC are experts in VPN security and obfuscation.

VPN.AC hosts servers in 9 countries (US, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France, Romania, Hong Kong and Canada) capable of reaching gigabit port speeds.

They a recently rolled out obfuscation for OpenVPN feature. Here are the details:

Obfuscating the OpenVPN protocol makes it look like regular SSL traffic — making it harder to be blocked by Firewalls with DPI capabilities relying on protocol signatures to identify known VPN protocols. This is the case in China, where default OpenVPN implementations are blocked almost immediately. While our AES 256-bit implementation is still stealthy and working in China, we added one more protocol-type to bypass the GFW. It runs on several ports including TCP port 443 (HTTPS), replacing an instance of OpenVPN Blowfish 128-bit we used with port TCP/443. With this method, the handshake packets are obfuscated so it’s not possible to identify the traffic as being part of an OpenVPN tunnel. Encryption relies on RSA 4096-bit + ECDHE for key-exchange, AES 128-bit for data channel.

They also introduced support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography along with TLS 1.2 — one of the most secure types of cryptography available today.

VPN.AC offers one VPN package, which grants you access to all of their international servers ($9 per month or $58 per year). For payment they accept Alipay and Unionpay, Paypal, BitCoin, CashU, Paysafecard and UKash.

Link: VPN.AC

AirVPN

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AirVPN is a VPN provider located in Italy that puts a great deal of attention on providing a truly anonymous service. The company says “When we built our infrastructure we had in mind access from people who live in freedom of expression extremely hostile areas, where identity disclosure can lead to critical threats to physical safety and to personal freedom.” Their servers are located in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, United States and United Kingdom, and in each country there’s at least a 1 Gbit/second server. The company says:

All servers come with dedicated uplink ports. IP addresses are shared with option to forward ports from the control panel. Servers exit-IP and entry-IP are different, against correlation attacks. No logs are kept, and there’s no traffic limit.

For payment, Air VPN accepts Bitcoin, Paypal and credit cards.  The price of the service is 7 euros ($9) per month, or 54 euros ($72) per year. Link: AirVPN

The Best VPN For Torrenting and P2P

Not all VPNs are BitTorrent friendly. In fact, some explicitly prohibit the use of file-sharing software. However, there are some VPNs that welcome torrenting and do not log your online activities, thereby preserving your privacy. If want to torrrent without being bothered, it is essential that the VPN you use does not track your online connections. We now recommend these providers for torrenting and P2P:

Best VPNs For Unblocking Hulu, Netflix and YouTube

See my SmartDNS article for more info.

The Best VPN For Mobile Devices

A number of VPNs now support mobile devices like Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads and Windows phones. On most devices, you’ll be using the PPTP or the L2TP protocol, and you’ll have to enter your VPN connection information manually. We recommend using L2TP where possible, because this protocol is more secure than PPTP. Currently, you can’t use OpenVPN on iPhones and iPads, due to Apple restrictions. You can use the GuizmOVPN app on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad. On Android you can use FeatVPN app, or on a rooted device running Android 4, you can use the OpenVPN Settings app. Our top picks here are those VPN providers that provide good documentation for setting up mobile devices:

  • ExpressVPN (great set of mobile apps)
  • Private Internet Access (reliable apps, good documentation, doesn’t keep logs)
  • IPVanish (provides step-by-step instruction for setting up mobile devices, note that they do keep logs)

VPNs That I Do Not Recommend

VyprVPN

They ask for your bank info during registration. I also did not enjoy my interactions with their customer service representatives. They declined comments about privacy, locks your account immediately if you get a DMCA notice.

EarthVPN

The service was recently hacked, and is apparently keeps logs.

BTGuard

Numerous reports of slow connection speeds, and poor customer service.

Astrill

Poor customer service. Requires a phone number.

StrongVPN

Fairly expensive, confusing sign-up options, and does not allow P2P and are able to match an external IP address to their subscribers. They limit the number of times you can change servers and changes your username and password each time you do.

Witopia

They don’t support torrenting. They don’t respond to people’s questions.

Hotspot Shield

The software constantly generates banner ads and pop-up windows, and it forcibly changes your search engine to Bing. Also, many sites will still be blocked using Hotspot Shield, and the company makes money by tracking your online activities and reselling this information to third parties. They state on their privacy policy page (http://www.anchorfree.com/privacy.html):

AnchorFree allows other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements within the Hotspot Shield These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser, the advertisements and links that appear on the Hotspot Shield. They automatically receive the virtual IP Address assigned by AnchorFree when this happens. They may also use other technologies (such as cookies, javascript, or web beacons) to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to personalize their advertising content. AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield Privacy Notice does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or other web sites visited by Users. . .

VPNBook

Keeps logs, doesn’t support torrenting.

IPredator

Customer service fairly slow and minimal. Some (very limited) logs are kept, slow speeds, limited servers. Also costs $97.76

iVPN

Limited support, some slow connections including “Multihop” mode (mostly unreliable)

StrongVPN

Keeps logs, they say they support P2P, but shut down account as soon as they receive DMCA notice.

VpnTunnel

Awful customer service, constant disconnection issues.

TorGuard

Requires your personal info when signing up, doesn’t respond to request for refunds.

PROXY.SH

Essentially a scam, customer support non-existent.

Private Tunnel

Only supports OpenVPN, limited number of servers.

Comments

      • Junior Delgado says

        Thanks for the update. I agree with you with the VPN providers you don’t recommend. Could you add this provider on “providers you recommend” : Ironsocket. I’ve been using them for like 6 months now. I was in Singapore in last time, I used them as for my VPN and they’re really good. Thanks.

  1. Nick says

    Could you (the author) please look Into SurfEasy VPN and tell me what you think? They seem to be very good as far as I can tell (I’ve been using them on my iPhone for about a month now) but I rarely hear anything about them, good or bad. What’s your take?

    • Sam Rollins says

      SurfEasy is good if you are streaming less than HD quality from sites like netflix and also if you don’t need or want to connect to too many countries…they let you connect by region (U.S., U.K) – Where other providers like IPVanish offer connectivity in 47 or so countries. Speeds are decent at surfEasy, but if you want to download anything or watch HD content, you need a pay provider like IPVanish, Their servers are some of the fastest around.

  2. Gary says

    Am I the only one who has had “issues” with the PIA software?
    I could not get it installed on Windows XP. Yes the customer service “chat line” gave me something to try; found out later that all the references were made to Windows 7.
    After three days of frustration I cancelled my one year subscription.
    For true customer service you should try EPSON or ASUS and others who has someone on a telephone line, directing you through the set-up process, if needed.
    Right now the only good experience I’ve had with PIA is that they have re credited my paypal account with the full payment amount

    • ReallyDisappointed says

      I paid for a one year subscription with PIA and have never been able to download the software on Windows 7 or 8. I’ve tried all the different suggestions they’ve given me but still no joy. Visited all the links to try and download it, trawled the internet for solutions (to try to establish whether the problem was with my computers or my ISP). The only thing I haven’t done yet is invested in a new router. I even visited a site which said that the service was down for everyone, not just me. Plus the email that they sent me for the initial connection/download is now completely blank. It’s been a month now and I’m wondering whether I’ll be able to get a refund. OP, I await your review on ExpressVPN.
      I’m seriously disappointed that this service was rated as joint number one along with ExpressVPN at the time that I signed up. It leaves me wondering what the other providers are like and whether it really is worth the frustration and the disappointing possibility of paying for yet another service that you will not be able to use.
      Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted before I finally jump ship.

      • GreyOne says

        PIA said that regarding the issues with the installers, it can be due to a number of factors but typically it’s due to security software that’s on the computers. They can try disabling the security software or generating and exception for installer_win.exe.

        PIA said they have the support desk at https://support.privateinternetaccess.com with a full support staff to assist users/customers with issues such as these.

  3. Timah says

    +1 for a review of SurfEasy. Seems to be similar setup to PIA and it’s based in Canada which may be an added benefit.

  4. Willow says

    I’m on the process of subscribing to VPN provider and this article (and the other one about companies you don’t recommend) proved to be EXTREMELY helpful so thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and time. I’m not good with technology and a little clueless about VPN and stuff. But I guess if I just read and follow instructions I’ll be fine. I have one question though. As there is no way I’ll be able to use bitcoin (due to my untechsavvyness) will I be fine paying with Paypal? Does that reduce my anonymity?

  5. Charles says

    Great list and really informative, Greycoder. I noticed you put TorGuard in your list that you did not recommend. I had been looking at them and noticed they got some great reviews other places. If they don’t log anything, even if you just give them a name and email address at sign up, wouldn’t that still be pretty secure?

    Thanks!

    • says

      Charles,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      It’s mostly the slowness of customer service from Torguard that mostly disqualifies them here. They are not awful, just not as good as other services list here, in my opnion.

      • Charles says

        Ah good point. Fair enough. One question I just bumped into when researching was a lot of people were staying away from the US companies because they were all within a legal jurisdiction if someone came calling about torrents, etc vs a lot of the international companies. I know a couple of the good ones you recommended were US companies and was just wondering. I remember reading an article where someone was using HideMyAss for stuff and they got subpoena’d because it was in the states. Just curious.

        Thanks again. Loving your site and info.

        • says

          My reasoning goes along these lines: The US is one of only a few countries with no data retention laws for VPN services. If the VPN is truly not logging, then things like DMCA notices cannot be forwarded to users, and a valid DMCA notice cannot be issued to a VPN host because it is not a person or an endpoint and hosts no content.

          When engaging in this debate, people start mentioning NSA surveillance. However, if you are concerned about NSA surveillance you should probably not be relying on a VPN, and it’s not really relevant if you are using a VPN for torrenting. When torrenting, you basically just want to mask your IP address.

          • Charles says

            Very informative. Thank you, Sir! The two recommendations you made look very solid and would be great for keeping anonymity in online debates, message boards, etc.

  6. Limm says

    What do you think of Mullvad.net? I’ve been using them for a while without any problems, and they responded to heartbleed really fast with new certs and keys. So far, I’m happy with them.

  7. Surprised says

    Wow, I’m surprised at how blunt you are when it comes to some providers that you do not recommend, and explaining why..

    My question is what you know about https://ironsocket.com – I recently signed up with them and can dns proxy, socks, openvpn and torrent on some servers. Have you had the chance to review them?

  8. Nico M. says

    I have used Private Tunnel for about a year without any issue.

    What sold me is they are USA based, they wrote the OpenVPN protocol which is so secure the NSA cant crack it…and the best part is I can pay as I go with NO SUBSCRIPTIONS OR CONTRACTS!

    • says

      I used to recommend PureVPN, but I started to get reports that their speeds could be better, and their client apps could work better. Also, their customer support seems to be hit or miss.

  9. Overdue says

    I’m curious why you say proxy.sh is a scam, I used them for six months and they worked pretty well, plus the customer support was responsive. I quite them cause their software sucked, never worked, but with openvpn it was ok.
    Am now using PIA and their software sucks too, though.

    • says

      PIA is a good choice for China if you use it with PPTP (OpenVPN is generally blocked, so their client probably won’t work for you). PIA does have servers in Hong Kong and they keep no logs.

      I don’t list them at the top of my “VPNs for China” list is because the other VPN providers are known to specifically support Chinese customers.

      Overall, using a VPN in China is always problematic, because their anti-VPN tactics change from week to week.

    • says

      They look all right – but I don’t recommend anyone use a free VPN provider — no incentive to protect your privacy. Try PIA instead ($3 USD/month, 100,000+ users and no logs) –or any of the VPNs recommended in this article..

      • Brett says

        FYI they offer a subscription and have an open vpn based ios app that reconnects waking from sleep and when switching between wifi and cellular data.

        I like PIA but biggest issue is they need to get their sh1t together and offer an ios app to address VPN disconnect when device goes to sleep. Or, apple needs modify ios to offer a reconnect waking from sleep option in vpn settings.

        I know you can use openvpn with PIA but they’re big enough to have an app and customers shouldn’t have to deal with workarounds. There’s even mention from pia reps in their forum about an ios app over a year ago. Still nothing.

  10. iaminvisble says

    Great article! If you have the time, could you share which VPN service would you recommend for users in Singapore where the law is impossibly strict? The service should ideally be great for both online privacy and torrents. Thanks!

  11. Jonathan Scott says

    I’d like to leave a review for Torguard. HORRIBLE! Send me an email and I’ll tell you all about it. You would be surprised and I would like an article written if possible. They have the worst customer support I have ever come across.

  12. Nsowon says

    Witopia allow me unrestricted torrenting and their 24/7 o0nline chat support has been excellent. I’ve just re-signed for a trhird year.

  13. Rach says

    Are these providers as secure as Astrill, with the add ons they have( NAT firewall and stealth) to hide from packet sniffers?

  14. Alan says

    Do you know which vpn offer static ips with a servers list,so i can choose same ip or not when i connect,not randomly assigned.

  15. ManBearPig says

    Hi, the company I’m about to start work with in Germany has recommended IAPS Security Services as a means of getting British TV etc. I’ve done some research about them and was wondering if you could give me some thoughts on them. My research indicates that PIA seems to be the preferred choice for most but I’d like an expert opinion of IAPS before I rule them out completely.

  16. says

    I am new to VPN’s. But I must say after signing up and talking with their chat team that I have found the BEST customer service in my entire life. For that fact alone I will stay with them, although there are so many more reasons. SO have no fear, PureVPN is here, well… not really. Dmitry is a ROCK STAR! 100%+ on customer Service and Support.

    • says

      PureVPN is mediocre all around in my opinion. Their speeds could be better, and their client apps could work better, and their customer support seems to be hit or miss.

      I have not reviewed ShadeYou VPN — personally, $40 a year is already cheap enough for me.

  17. Leroy Tann says

    VPN is good if you want to hide your real location. However, about content streaming, I prefer the DNS option. Currently, I am using UnoTelly and have no speed loss which allows me HD streaming with my 10mbps connection.

  18. Sam says

    Which VPN service would you suggest for Iran? Or if VPNs are not working well there any other ways to get rid of the internet censoring….

  19. says

    is hideme a trusted vpn site ?i use a free one month trial and i was wondering if it has any “secret” charges interacting with my monthly bill , or something like that.

  20. Tarek says

    Hey, between Airvpn and VPN.AC which one do you recommend more? and why? i would appreciate it, you answered, thanks.

    • says

      AirVPN specializes in circumventing blocks imposed by government censorship, as well as government-based spying. VPN.AC also focuses on privacy, but offers a more full-featured VPN service, with good customer support. Hope this helps.

  21. Mona says

    What do you think about Cyberghostvpn for torrenting and p2p? Is it better than purevpn and torguard? I would like to use the vpn for hd streaming also. Are the mentioned VPNs fast and reliable?

  22. Lois Paulino says

    Thanks for the article GreyOne. VPN is good if you want to hide your real location. However, about content streaming, I prefer the DNS option. Currently, I am using UnoTelly and have no speed loss which allows me HD streaming with my 10mbps connection.

    • Brent Hamilton says

      Lois Paulino,

      You are obviously a troll hired by UnoTelly because you wrote the EXACT same sentences as Leroy Tann did on July 25, 2014 at 9:43 am. She wrote, and I quote:

      “VPN is good if you want to hide your real location. However, about content streaming, I prefer the DNS option. Currently, I am using UnoTelly and have no speed loss which allows me HD streaming with my 10mbps connection.”

      Shameful.

  23. browngeek says

    Firstly, excellent site, very useful information.

    Is it my imagination, but did you in the past recommend ibVPN (as opposed to iVPN?) or are they the same?

  24. Frank Van Mol says

    Thanks for your effort and VPN information.
    A long time use of PureVpn until problems with Tap V9 adapter. Did a trial with IBVPN with no complaints, but still looking. Have also tried PIA with connection issues and their support has been very slow to respond.

    I’m looking for a VPN with speed and utorrent annonimity. Can You help? Frank

  25. Rick says

    I am looking for VPN so I can stream from US using MAc. I am in Kenya.
    The provider here will set router with VPN ID. They will not let customer into router settings.

    Any draw backs? what do you suggest?

  26. Rick says

    I am in Kenya and my internet provider will not allow me to access router to connect to vpn. I want to use amazon fire tv. Is there any draw backs to allow them to enter the ip address in the router.

    Also will PIA work with Mac OSX and not drop me after 30 or 60 mins?

  27. jim says

    Any comment on proXPN ? I’ve been using them for couple of years – they seem maybe a bit pricey compared to some you recommend but the speeds seem good.

    • eurotrash says

      Could you please give some feedback on this FrootVPN. There is a lot of discussion about their validity. Because they are mainly advertising on TPB there is legitimate concerns about whether they are legitimate. I personally question their revenue model. Who would give free bandwidth out without a revenue to sustain it? There has to be a catch and it can’t be a “cause”. I’m all about a “cause” but even a “cause” has to be sustained. What is going on here?

  28. says

    This is an awesome list! Lots of customer feedback and interaction.
    Hopefully you can check https://zenvpn.net/en/ service and give your review.
    I was using Astrill for China and just recently China banned them and they cant no longer be use.
    ZenVpn also has Hong Kong server and to me the speeds seems to be fine, they are also free to use. In terms of Security and all technical means would you know if they are safe to use? Hopefully to hear your insights about this. Thanks. :)

  29. says

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    It has totally FREE test account.
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    Works on: Windows, iPhone, Android, Mac, Linux

  30. Harreson says

    I’m British but now I live in Canada, and have a 50mb internet service, I love watching BBC and other UK tv shows, currently using PPTP to stream them but my current provider speedtests often at less than 10mb and viewing is often sketchy. Who has the fastest data vpn service to the UK for watching TV. (Would love to watch HD BBC but its a lot of data- about 1.4gb per hour of tv and it rarely will play) Any suggestions on best provider to use– seems Expressvpn keeps popping up?

  31. BigG says

    I really like PureVPN, It for me is without a doubt, one of the best VPN solutions I have used. For a start it has excellent performance alongside top notch privacy, this is what should be expected from any quality VPN service and PureVPN provides this and then some. Just everything about PureVPN has been properly thought through, from the well designed client software to the excellent guides. Top Quality support is available and always there to help with any issues. I can’t recommend this product highly enough.

  32. Sam says

    I’m in Australia, i’m looking for a VPN service (that supports VPN Routers) that would support Fast Streaming of Video from XBMC/KODI.
    What VPN provider would you recommend. and what server location would be the best for streaming and privacy.
    Also is there any server locations and providers that should not be used for streaming XBMC.

    • says

      I’d recommend using ExpressVPN. They are one of my top recommended providers, and they have a server in Australia. If you find that streaming is slow while using a VPN, consider a Smart DNS provider instead.

      In regards to your seceond question — I would stay away from providers that readily respond to DMCA requests. But streaming XBMC shouldn’t really be a problem anyway.

      • Sam says

        I would like more clarity on the difference between Bitorrent and Streaming from XBMC. are they the same or is it considered different?

        In Australia if I use a server to stream that is located in Australia, would that be worse than streaming from say Hong Kong or Netherlands or even USA. (privacy and speed wise)

        Also I understand that Australia has just introduced a 2 year mandatory data retention law for ISP’s in Australia. would this affect my watching of XBMC?

        • says

          Sam,

          If you are streaming from Hulu, Netflix on XBMC, you do not need a VPN. If you are streaming torrents in XBMC, then it is equivalent to using a Bittorrent client, and you’ll want connect to a VPN while streaming.

          In Australia, I recommend ExpressVPN, due the speed of their network, their non-logging policy, and their Australia-based server. Since ExpressVPN doesn’t retain any connection logs, you’ll be private if you connect to the Australian server (or another ExpressVPN server in the USA or Europe). Since you’ll be connecting via SSL, your ISP can only see that you are making a secure connection to ExpressVPN, and that is all. This will not raise red flags at an ISP level. Hope this addresses your concerns.

          • Sam says

            Thanks very much, It helps a lot to clear up a lot of confusion.
            And I have searched a lot about VPNs on the internet and I’ve found your site to have a lot of very good info about privacy on the web. the China VPN post is very informative and USEnet is something that i have know about but have had very little knowledge about how to access it. again very informative.

  33. CSP says

    Hey,

    I have just received the following from PIA:

    Hi CSP,

    Thanks for contacting us. I deeply apologize, at this time, Hulu is taking extensive measures to block any and all VPN services from being able to access the site. This is affecting multiple VPN providers, and unfortunately, there is little can be done to get around this. Hulu has the ability to block IP addresses much faster than a company can acquire new ones.

    Again, let me apologize for this inconvenience. Please let me know if there are further questions.

    Thanks,

    Mitch M, Level I Tech Support
    Private Internet Access™

    Ticket Details
    Ticket ID: XXX-XXX-XXXXX
    Department: Tier I Technical Support
    Type: Issue
    Status: In Progress
    Priority: Normal

    Support Center: https://support.privateinternetaccess.com/index.php?/Default

    This is not the first time I get this. I had to contact support like 2 months ago. They provided a server not listed on their website. But last night it refuses any connections. It seems the support people are not reading my messages properly and giving me this type of answers instead of investigating why their server is refusing connections.

    I really think I am going to drop them and give ExpressVPN a shot.

    Thanks for the helpful insights man.

    Best regards,

    CSP

  34. eurotrash says

    Could you please give some feedback on this FrootVPN. There is a lot of discussion about their validity. Because they are mainly advertising on TPB there is legitimate concerns about whether they are legitimate. I personally question their revenue model. Who would give free bandwidth out without a revenue to sustain it? There has to be a catch and it can’t be a “cause”. I’m all about a “cause” but even a “cause” has to be sustained. What is going on here?

  35. Nayail says

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you very much for your detailed and thorough research and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.

    I would really appreciate your recommendations and advises in a matter of a choice of VPN for my particular needs. I am an absolute layman in the matter of VPNs, hence my humble plea.

    I live in Australia and I am downloading tons of videos from the torrent sites. Therefore, would you kindly suggest the best VPN exclusively for that purpose, please? I am looking for something that gives me a total security, speed and I need it solely for a torrenting purposes. Any of your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Nayail.

  36. Robert says

    I am with IVPN (Malta) from Australia right now privacy become paramount, our country listed as unsafe to turn any computer on. IVPN you could send cash in an envelope it will be recognized. They don’t care what you do just don’t use US base server for torrent download because they been cautioned million times, not they customers whom protect to the end.

  37. Detko says

    Do you have any comments on the reliability of SwissVPN bij Monzoon Networks A.G. Switzerland?
    The same to operate OK, but I cannot find out if they do any logging of usage etc. Your remarks would be very welcome.

    • says

      It depends on a number of factor including your location and the number of people using the VPN server you choose. But in general, IP Vanish made be speedier for HD streaming. Also, consider Smart DNS for streaming, which tends to be faster than a VPN.

  38. Alec says

    HI, wonder anyone not having speed problem with private internet access and some unavailable when I connected to PIA VPN and all server of PIA blocked by HULU. We no longer to access HULU with the help of PIA.

  39. Dasto says

    What about TunnelBear? I have been using them for the past year and I’m very happy with the service. I am not an expert in VPNs so would like you opinion.

  40. Steele says

    Which of these three is the fastest in your opinion: PIA, airVPN, or VPN.AC?

    I want to also know of these three which one works the best with a Mac?

    Thanks and love your blog!

    • says

      The speed depends on the connection from your location to the server your choose. PIA is probably the fastest of those three. PIA is very stable on a Mac, I had it running on my Mac Mini for about a year, and it seldom dropped a connection.

  41. Eric says

    Note:I’m using unotelly to unblock Netflix restriction but new update from Netflix (android app ) they’re using google hardcoded dns that’s hard to unblock with the help of dns. Please anybody who are using non-US based vpn with good speed ?

  42. Joshua Tree says

    GreyOne, thanks for the excellent info and feedback you have provided.

    I see you recommend Express VPN for Australians. I am on a tight budget and would prefer to use Private Internet Access, mostly for P2P file sharing. Would their service cut the mustard here in Australia?

    • says

      It looks like PIA has added new 1Gbps servers in Australia, so it may be as speedy as ExpressVPN now.

      Note that PIA also includes a SOCKS5 proxy — you can use this in most torrent clients.

      Here’s how to set up the proxy in uTorrent:

      Open up uTorrent and head to Options > Preferences > Connection. Under Proxy Server, choose Socks5 under “Type” and enter the following information:

      Proxy Type: Socks5
      Proxy Host: proxy-nl.privateinternetaccess.com
      Proxy Port: 1080
      Username: Your Private Internet Access Proxy username (from step two)
      Password: Your Private Internet Access Proxy password (from step two)

      Check all of the other boxes under “Proxy” and “Proxy Privacy”. Your Connection preferences should look exactly like the image above.

  43. Ben says

    My family recently moved to Germany. What is your suggestion for the Best VPN provider to watch American and British TV including Hulu and Netflix here in Germany?

  44. Klee says

    I disagree on your comments stating BTguard has poor customer. They have no customer service, period. Tried contacting them several times because of connection issues and slow speeds. They never replied back. The only time BTguard contacted me was after I cancelled. They emailed me 3 times to tell me my payment was pass due.

  45. says

    You can get the same traffic-hiding technology from AirVPN or VPN.AC.

    VyprVPN customer service is pretty bad, and there are many attempt at up-selling their other products. They also log extensively:

    The company policy says that logging data “is maintained for use with billing, troubleshooting, service offering evaluation, [Terms of Service] issues, [Acceptable Use Policy] issues, and for handling crimes performed over the service. We maintain this level of information on a per-session basis for at least 90 days.”

    On Usenet forum NZBMatrix several users have reported having their VyprVPN service terminated after the company processed “a backlog” of DMCA notices which pushed them over the “two-strikes-and-out” acceptable use policy.

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