VPN Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Smartphones, Computers, Gaming and Networking' started by Dan Driscoll, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    I've been thinking about VPN's for a while and the recent actions by the FCC and Congress to remove on-line privacy protections have made the decision for me. A free service would be nice, but I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee if it means better protection and higher or unlimited data caps. Suggestions, comments or alternatives invited.

    FTR, yes, I know a VPN won't prevent a site I log into from selling any info I enter while on the site, but it will protect my privacy for general browsing and on sites that don't require a login.
  2. Dustin B

    Dustin B Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    Private Internet Access (PIA) is what I've been using. $40 a year.
  3. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith Well-Known Member

    proXPN.com offers a free service that I used for a little while and it seemed to work. I think it's unlimited data, but it will slow your speed down significantly, as would any VPN, but the free service is probably slower than the paid.

    If you're plan is to hide your browsing activities from your ISP easily sharing your info any VPN provider should work fine. If you're getting into more in-depth reasons why you'd want to use a VPN (hiding your activities from law enforcement or governmental speech issues) you'd want to make sure you fully understand the VPN logging and what they could give to a legal or illegal request from a government, law enforcement agency, or corporation. Good VPNs don't log anything.

    But since it sounds like you just want to keep what you're doing "private" from advertisers, any would be probably be fine.

    If you really want to get geeky, and private, check out this site:
    That One Privacy Site | Welcome

    It'll show you which VPNs allow you fully anonymous access and some will even accept payment via methods where even the VPN doesn't know who you are.
  4. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt Well-Known Member Top Poster

  5. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    Yeah, not looking for something to cover illegal activities, just to maintain privacy. I'll check out PIA.
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  6. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Many of the better VPN providers claim they log nothing, but who knows. You can go through the work of configuring your router so everything is covered. I tried, but PIA doesn't provide much help on this and most people recommend you install something like Tomato or DDWRT on your router. THEN you can find useful help on setting up the router for PIA.

    PIA, once you sign up, will send you a few emails. user ID/PW and one of the emails will contain some links so you can get a direct download to the clients (linux, windows, mac, iOS, Android). I went that route, and its been great. You can pick which tunnel (country) you want to use. Using the phone client WILL impact battery performance though.

    EDIT: accidentally left out the master OS
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2017
  7. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I also use PIA.
  8. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    I'm a PIA user as well. They have software for use with Ubuntu in addition to the usual suspects.
  9. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    PIA has mobile apps too.
  10. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    After some research I decided to go with PIA and took out a 1 year subscription. Thanks for the info & recommendations. :)
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2017
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  11. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member

    Very timely post! Only yesterday I asked an acquaintance to recommend a low cost VPN. She is heavy duty computer security engineer. In the meantime I am using TOR browser, my IP shows me a different address than the ISPs.
  12. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I saw on Reddit today that pornhub and one other site will be encrypting traffic by default. Your ISP will know you're going to a porn site but not which videos you're watching. Not all hero's wear capes.
  13. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member

    In the information age our information is Us. Slavery and physical trading of humans was abolished with Emancipation declaration in 1863. In 2017 slavery was legalized again with legalized trading of our information! At least then the slaves did not have to pay their masters to own them - now we pay the ISPs and they also trade us (our information) without permission.
  14. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    FYI, ISPs and site operators are still legally bound by their current TOS and user agreements. They will need to issue new versions before they can take advantage of the new rules. If you have a contract you may be able to refuse to accept any new terms until that contract expires.

    By the same token, users can refuse to accept terms they object to and go shopping for a new ISP or other service provider who offers more acceptable terms. Someone will, simply because there will be a market.
  15. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    Most people still don't have a choice for home ISP so its not as simple as "there will be a market for an ISP that honors privacy."
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  16. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member

    CJ beat me to it - exactly my thought. Most have two options the C and V companies. Moreover, anyone new will have to get local franchise permission from the local governments and lay new cables. The C & V have the local politicians in their pockets.
  17. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    To add to
    In some ways there simply is not. A huge number of people won't know about this. Won't care enough to do something different. Or don't know how to do something different. And lets not forget the cable companies have fucking monopolies. There isn't going to be some upstart competing with companies like ATT and Comcast for subscribers.
  18. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    There are other ISP's besides C & V. And at least in Florida, V is now F.

    Yes, not all of the others offer 100mbps speeds and may be DSL based, but they are out there.
  19. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    FCC removes competition requirement from Charter-TWC merger conditions.

    Well fan-fucking-tastic. Not that they were really doing so anyway.

    Edit: Charter will still have to reach 2 million more households within the next five years, but all 2 million will have to be households getting wired for the first time. Charter actually won’t be allowed to count areas where it’s competing.

    So it's not all bad. Well. Unless of course they don't do a damn thing and no one cares or they only "expand" to new developments.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017
  20. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Active Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    So I am now a PIA customer. Just installed on my iMac. Not really sure why, but I have wasted $40 in much worth ways, if this is of no value to me.

    So the question is should I install this on devices like my son's ipad. Would I be able to use this software to have any additional online protection for him?

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