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  1. About HideAway HideAway is a VPN service provided by Firetrust — the creators of the well-known and widely used MailWasher. HideAway reinvents and enhances the VPN by introducing configurable rules, faster speeds, and an "Always on" capability, all while providing users with a secure connection, privacy, and simultaneous access to their favorite sites worldwide. There is a free trial available Lifetime subscription available Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7 Other devices support coming soon Use on all of your devices/on an unlimited number of devices Built-in Kill Switch and DNS leak protection Preset rules for torrent applications to safely download torrents Preset rules for streaming networks to unblock streaming websites Website https://www.firetrust.com/products/hideaway-secure-unlimited-vpn Forum http://forum.firetrust.com/viewforum.php?f=59 Support https://www.firetrust.com/products/hideaway-secure-unlimited-vpn/support Trial https://www.firetrust.com/products/hideaway-secure-unlimited-vpn/download Pricing https://secure.firetrust.com/cart/items/add/hideaway Facebook https://www.facebook.com/firetrust Twitter https://twitter.com/firetrust HideAway VPN Giveaway Thank you for offering the prizes for this event, HideAway team! I have HideAway VPN 5 x 2-year subscriptions to give away. Giveaway rules Must be a member registered before March 1, 2021. Just leave a comment to have a chance to win HideAway. Like/Follow HideAway VPN on their social networks. (Optional) Share the giveaway on social media and other places. (Optional) PM me within 2 days of the winners' announcement to claim the win. I will run the giveaway for 2 weeks and draw the winners at random.org. Good luck
  2. Hosting company Quadranet has asked a Florida federal court to dismiss the "VPN piracy" lawsuit that was filed by several independent film companies. The hosting company argues that it can't be held liable for the pirating activities of LiquidVPN subscribers, simply because the VPN provider happens to lease servers at Quadranet. A group of independent film companies has taken the piracy liability issue to a new level this year. After targeting site owners and individual pirates, the makers of films such as “Hunter Killer”, “I Feel Pretty” and “Shock and Awe” started going after VPN providers. And they didn’t stop there either. Over the past few months, several hosting companies have been sued as well. The movie companies argue that hosting services can be held liable because they offer their services to VPN providers which, in turn, have pirates among their customers. According to the movie companies, the hosting services should have terminated their agreements with these VPN companies after repeated copyright infringement warnings. However, the hosting companies see themselves as neutral service providers, not the Internet police. Quadranet Responds to Piracy Allgetions A few days ago, Californian hosting company Quadranet replied to the allegations in court. According to the company, the filmmakers’ complaint is a shotgun pleading, and it should be dismissed for that reason alone. However, Quadranet also believes that the copyright infringement claims fail. The company leased servers to LiquidVPN and did indeed receive copyright infringement notices, which it forwarded to the VPN service. That should be sufficient. Null-Routing Goes Too Far The filmmakers suggested that the hosting company should have ‘null-routed’ the offending IP-addresses or terminated its service to LiquidVPN, but that goes too far for Quadranet. “LiquidVPN is not a direct infringer. The only alleged direct infringers are some small portion of LiquidVPN’s customer base, who apparently utilized LiquidVPN to access BitTorrent software. “Quadranet had no right to interfere in the relationship between LiquidVPN and its customers, effectively pulling the plug on all of LiquidVPN customers,” the hosting company notes. At Least Two Steps Removed The hosting company stresses that it’s at least two steps removed from any ‘involvement’ in the alleged copyright infringements. Quadranet believes it was dragged into the case for tactical leverage only, not because there’s a valid copyright infringement claim. While some LiquidVPN customers may have shared pirated content, that doesn’t mean that a hosting company, whivh doesn’t even know who these customers are, should be held liable. “Under the law, the act of simply leasing computer servers is not ‘substantial’ enough to be considered a ‘material contribution’ to the infringement, much like credit card companies are not liable when they merely process credit card payments to provide access to infringing websites,” the company argues. 0.00001% of All Revenue The accusation that the hosting provider directly benefited from the infringing activities is refuted as well. Not only does LiquidVPN have many legitimate customers, but the associated revenue was also just a fraction of Quadranet’s income. “Plaintiffs cannot seriously suggest otherwise, especially given that revenue from leasing servers to LiquidVPN, for example, accounted for less than 0.00001% of Quadranet’s revenue during the relevant lease period.” Based on these and a variety of other arguments, the hosting provider asked the Florida federal court to dismiss the complaint. Shortly after the legal paperwork was posted, the court scheduled a mediation hearing, which will take place in April next year. This indicates that the came may eventually be settled in some form or another. — A copy of Quadranet’s motion to dismiss can be found here (pdf). The documents use QI and QE to refer to different Quadranet entities, we changed these to “Quadranet” in the citations above for the sake of readability Hosting Company Quadranet Asks Court to Dismiss ‘VPN Piracy’ Lawsuit
  3. VPN servers seized by Ukrainian authorities weren’t encrypted Company says it's in the process of overhauling its VPN offerings to better secure them. Privacy-tools-seller Windscribe said it failed to encrypt company VPN servers that were recently confiscated by authorities in Ukraine, a lapse that made it possible for the authorities to impersonate Windscribe servers and capture and decrypt traffic passing through them. The Ontario, Canada-based company said earlier this month that two servers hosted in Ukraine were seized as part of an investigation into activity that had occurred a year earlier. The servers, which ran the OpenVPN virtual private network software, were also configured to use a setting that was deprecated in 2018 after security research revealed vulnerabilities that could allow adversaries to decrypt data. “On the disk of those two servers was an OpenVPN server certificate and its private key,” a Windscribe representative wrote in the July 8 post. “Although we have encrypted servers in high-sensitivity regions, the servers in question were running a legacy stack and were not encrypted. We are currently enacting our plan to address this.” Guarantees negated Windscribe’s admission underscores the risks posed by an explosion of VPN services in recent years, many from businesses few people have heard of before. People use VPNs to funnel all their Internet traffic into an encrypted tunnel, to prevent people connected to the same network from being able to read or tamper with data or to detect the IP addresses of the two parties communicating. The VPN service then decrypts the traffic and sends it to its final destination. By failing to follow standard industry practices, Windscribe largely negated those security guarantees. While the company attempted to play down the impact by laying out the requirements an attacker would have to satisfy to be successful, those conditions are precisely the ones VPNs are designed to protect against. Specifically, Windscribe said, the conditions and the potential consequences are: The attacker has control over your network and can intercept all communications (privileged position for MITM attack) You are using a legacy DNS resolver (legacy DNS traffic is unencrypted and subject to MITM) The attacker has the ability to manipulate your unencrypted DNS queries (the DNS entries used to pick an IP address of one of our servers) You are NOT using our Windscribe applications (our apps connect via IP and not DNS entries) The potential impact for the user if all of the above conditions are true: An attacker would be able to see unencrypted traffic inside of your VPN tunnel Encrypted conversations like HTTPS web traffic or encrypted messaging services would not be affected An attacker would be able to see the source and destinations of traffic It’s important to remember that: Most internet traffic is encrypted (HTTPS) inside of your VPN tunnel No historical traffic is at risk thanks to PFS (perfect forward secrecy) which prevents decryption of historical traffic, even if one possesses the private key for a server No other protocols supported by our servers are affected, only OpenVPN Three years late Besides the lack of encryption, the company also uses data compression to improve network performance. Research presented at the 2018 Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas disclosed an attack known as Voracle, which uses clues left behind in compression to decrypt data protected by OpenVPN-based VPNs. A few months later, OpenVPN deprecated the feature. The privacy-tools maker said it’s in the process of overhauling its VPN offering to provide better security. Changes include: Discontinuing use of its current OpenVPN certificate authority in favor of a new one that “follows industry best practices, including the use of an intermediate certificate authority (CA)” Transitioning all servers to operate as in-memory servers with no hard disk backing. This means that any data the machines contain or generate, live solely in RAM and can’t be accessed once a machine has been shut off or rebooted Implementing a forked version of Wireguard as the primary VPN protocol. Deploying “resilient authentication backend” to allow VPN servers to function even if there is a complete outage of core infrastructure. Enabling new application features, such as the ability to change IP addresses without disconnecting, request a specific and static IP, and “multi-hop, client side R.O.B.E.R.T. rules that are not stored in any database.” In an email, Windscribe Director Yegor Sak expanded on the steps his company is taking. They include: 1. All keys required for server function are no longer stored permanently on any of our servers and exist solely in memory after they are put into operation 2. All servers have unique short lived certificates and keys generated from our new CA which are rotated 3. Each server certificate has uniquely identifying Common Name + SANs 4. New OpenVPN client configurations enforce server certificate X509 name verification using the common name which is unique. He was unusually candid about the lapse, writing: In the meantime, we make no excuses for this omission. Security measures that should have been in place were not. After conducting a threat assessment we feel that the way this was handled and described in our article was the best move forward. It affected the fewest users possible while transparently addressing the unlikely hypothetical scenario that results from the seizure. No user data was or is at risk (the attack vector to make use of the keys requires the attacker to have full control over the victim's network with several prerequisites outlined in the above article). The hypothetical situations outlined are no longer exploitable because the final CA sunset process was already completed last week on July 20th. It’s not clear how many active users the service has. The company’s Android app, however, lists more than 5 million installs, an indication that the user base is likely large. The seizure of the Windscribe servers underscores the importance of the kind of basic VPN security hygiene that the company failed to follow. That, in turn, emphasizes the risks posed when people rely on little-known or untested services to shield their Internet use from prying eyes. VPN servers seized by Ukrainian authorities weren’t encrypted
  4. DoubleVPN servers, logs, and account info seized by law enforcement Law enforcement has seized the servers and customer logs for DoubleVPN, a double-encryption service commonly used by threat actors to evade detection while performing malicious activities. DoubleVPN is a Russian-based VPN service that double-encrypts data sent through their service. When using the service, requests are encrypted and transmitted to one VPN server, which sends it to another VPN server, which finally connects to the final destination, as shown below. Illustration of a VPN connection with DoubleVPN Translated from Doublevpn.com Threat actors commonly use this service to obfuscate their locations and originating IP addresses when performing cyberattacks. DoubleVPN recommended on a hacker forum Servers and data seized by law enforcement The doublevpn.com [archive.org] website was seized today by law enforcement, who stated that they gained access to the servers for DoubleVPN and took personal information, logs, and statistics for the service's customers. "On 29th of June 2021, law enforcement took down DoubleVPN. Law enforcement gained access to the servers of DoubleVPN and seized personal information, logs and statistics kept by DoubleVPN about all of its customers. DoubleVPN’s owners failed to provide the services they promised," says the now-seized doublevpn.com website. "International law enforcement continues to work collectively against facilitators of cybercrime, wherever and however it is committed. The investigation regarding customer data of this network will continue." Law enforcement seizure message of doublevpn.com Europol has confirmed to BleepingComputer that the seizure message is legitimate and that they will be providing more information about the operation tomorrow. While no further information is available at this time, the splash screen states that the operation was conducted by Germany's BKA, Netherland's Politie, the FBI, the UK National Crime Agency, the United States Secret Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Eurojust, Switzerland's Polizia Cantonale, Europol, Bulgaria's GDBOP, and the Swedish National Police. We will update this story as more information becomes available. This is a developing story. DoubleVPN servers, logs, and account info seized by law enforcement
  5. Unique Features of UFO VPN: Stream Online TV Show Mobile Games Friendly UFO VPN provides 2000+ servers in 16 countries. There's always a VPN server that suits your needs. You can log on to 5 devices at the same time, both iOS, Android, Mac and Windows platforms are supported. Why choose UFO VPN? 1, Worldwide Locations and VPN servers. 2, Dedicated servers for fast streaming. 3, No additional permissions required. 4, Without the interruption of Ads. 5, UFO-Fast connection speed. 6, Recommend by VpnMentor. 7, Friendly customer service. 8, An account for 5 devices. 9, Smart choose a location. 10, One tap to connect. 11, Trusted by millions. 12, No logs kept. 13, Speed test. It is free to join UFO VPN, you can not only use the basic features but also upgrade your membership to enjoy more premium features. With a free account, you can unblock and access all websites with limited ads. With a premium account which is an auto-renewing subscription option, you can connect to more servers, without any ads and login to 5 devices. Price: You have a 7-day free trial before you choose a subscription. 1-month plan: $7.99 6-months plan: $29.99 1-year plan: $35.99 Mod Info: ★ Premium features Unlocked ➡ CPU architecture: Universal ➡ Languages: Multilingual ★ Debug Info removed ★ Apk Signature changed What's New: - Fix a few bugs Google Play Info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=wifisecurity.ufovpn.android&hl=en Download: Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/ZJEJ424U/UFO_VPN_[Premium]_v2.4.5.apk_links
  6. Which VPN Providers Really Take Privacy Seriously in 2021? Choosing the right VPN can be a tricky endeavor. There are hundreds of VPN services out there, all promising to keep you private but some are more private than others. To help you pick the best one for your needs, we asked dozens of VPNs to detail their logging practices, how they handle torrent users, and what else they do to keep you as anonymous as possible. The VPN industry is booming and prospective users have hundreds of options to pick from. All claim to be the best, but some are more privacy-conscious than others. The VPN review business is also flourishing as well. Just do a random search for “best VPN service” or “VPN review” and you’ll see dozens of sites filled with recommendations and preferred picks. We don’t want to make any recommendations. When it comes to privacy and anonymity, an outsider can’t offer any guarantees. Vulnerabilities are always lurking around the corner and even with the most secure VPN, you still have to trust the VPN company with your data. Instead, we aim to provide an unranked overview of VPN providers, asking them questions we believe are important. Many of these questions relate to privacy and security, and the various companies answer them in their own words. We hope that this helps users to make an informed choice. However, we stress that users themselves should always make sure that their VPN setup is secure, working correctly, and not leaking. This year’s questions and answers are listed below. We have included all VPNs we contacted that don’t keep extensive logs or block torrent traffic on all of their servers. The order of the providers is arbitrary and doesn’t carry any value. — 1. Do you keep (or share with third parties) ANY data that would allow you to match an IP-address and a timestamp to a current or former user of your service? If so, exactly what information do you hold/share and for how long? 2. What is the name under which your company is incorporated (+ parent companies, if applicable) and under which jurisdiction does your company operate? 3. What tools are used to monitor and mitigate abuse of your service, including limits on concurrent connections if these are enforced? 4. Do you use any external email providers (e.g. Google Apps), analytics, or support tools ( e.g Live support, Zendesk) that hold information provided by users? 5. In the event you receive a DMCA takedown notice or a non-US equivalent, how are these handled? 6. What steps would be taken in the event a court orders your company to identify an active or former user of your service? How would your company respond to a court order that requires you to log activity for a user going forward? Have these scenarios ever played out in the past? 7. Is BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic allowed on all servers? If not, why? Do you provide port forwarding services? Are any ports blocked? 8. Which payment systems/providers do you use? Do you take any measures to ensure that payment details can’t be linked to account usage or IP-assignments? 9. What is the most secure VPN connection and encryption algorithm you would recommend to your users? 10. Do you provide tools such as “kill switches” if a connection drops and DNS/IPv6 leak protection? Do you support Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6 functionality? 11. Are any of your VPN servers hosted by third parties? If so, what measures do you take to prevent those partners from snooping on any inbound and/or outbound traffic? Do you use your own DNS servers? 12. In which countries are your servers physically located? Do you offer virtual locations? Important note: services that offer dedicated or fixed IP-addresses are often able to link the IP-address to the user account, irrespective of the answer to question 1. Tip: Here’s a list of all VPN providers covered here, with direct links to the answers. Some links in this article are affiliate links. This won’t cost you a penny more but it helps us to keep the lights on. All VPNs – NordVPN – ExpressVPN – Private Internet Access – TorGuard – IVPN – Windscribe – VPNArea – Surfshark – Oeck – AtlasVPN – Speedify – AirVPN – Trust.Zone – SwitchVPN – Mullvad – Perfect Privacy – Hide.me – AzireVPN – Guardian ExpressVPN 1. No, ExpressVPN doesn’t keep any connection or activity logs, including never logging browsing history, data content, DNS requests, timestamps, source IPs, outgoing IPs, or destination IPs. This ensures that we cannot ascertain whether a given user was connected to the VPN at a certain time, assumed a particular outgoing IP address, or generated any specific network activity. 2. Express VPN International Ltd is a British Virgin Islands (BVI) company. 3. We reserve the right to block specific abusive traffic to protect the server network and other ExpressVPN customers. With regards to limits on the number of devices simultaneously connected, no timestamps or IP addresses are ever logged; our systems are merely able to identify how many active sessions a given license has at a given moment in time and use that counter to decide whether a license is allowed to create one additional session. This counter is temporary and is not tracked over time. 4. We use Zendesk for support tickets and SnapEngage for live chat support; we have assessed the security profiles of both and consider them to be secure platforms. We use Google Analytics and cookies to collect marketing metrics for our website and several external tools for collecting crash reports (only if a user opts in to sharing these reports). 5. As we do not keep any data or logs that could link specific activity to a given user, ExpressVPN does not identify or report users as a result of DMCA notices. User privacy is always preserved. 6. Legally our company is bound to respect subpoenas and court orders when they originate from the British Virgin Islands government or in conjunction with BVI authorities via a mutual legal assistance treaty. Regarding a demand that we log activity going forward: Were anyone ever to make such a request, we would refuse to re-engineer our systems in a way that infringes on the privacy protections that our customers trust us to uphold. We never store any data that could match an individual to specific network activity or behavior. Thus, we may only inform law enforcement that we do not possess logs of connections or user behavior that could associate a specific end-user with an infringing IP address, timestamp, or destination. This was proven in a high-profile case in Turkey in which law enforcement seized a VPN server leased by ExpressVPN but could not find any server logs that would enable investigators to link activity to a user or even determine which users, or whether a specific user, were connected at a given time. 7. We do not believe in restricting or censoring any type of traffic on any of our VPN servers, including BitTorrent traffic. We do not support port forwarding. 8. ExpressVPN accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, and a large number of local payment options. We also accept Bitcoin, which we recommend for those who seek maximum privacy with relation to their form of payment. As we do not log user activity, IP addresses, or timestamps, neither ExpressVPN nor any external party can link payment details entered on our website with a user’s VPN activities, including IP assignments. 9. By default, ExpressVPN automatically chooses the protocol best-suited to your network depending on a variety of factors. For example, our in-house modern protocol Lightway uses a 4096-bit CA with AES-256-GCM and ChaCha20/Poly1305 encryptions, D/TLS 1.2, and SHA256 signatures to authenticate traffic. 10. Yes, our Network Lock feature, which is turned on by default, prevents all types of traffic including IPv4, IPv6, and DNS from leaking outside of the VPN, such as when your internet connection drops or in various additional scenarios. We do not currently support IPv6 routing through the VPN tunnel. ExpressVPN also protects users from data leaks in a number of ways. 11. Our VPN servers are hosted in trusted data centers with strong security practices, where the data center employees do not have server credentials. Leased vs co-located is not the salient factor in determining security. The efforts we take to secure our VPN server infrastructure are extensive and include (among other things) our proprietary TrustedServer technology, unique keys per server, VPN servers that don’t store user data, and carefully engineered our apps and VPN servers to categorically eliminate sensitive information. We run our own logless DNS on every server, meaning no personally identifiable data is ever stored. We do not use third-party DNS. ExpressVPN shared some extra details with us here. 12. ExpressVPN has over 3,000 servers in 94 countries. For more than 97% of these servers, the physical server and the associated IP addresses are located in the same country. For countries where it is difficult to find servers that meet ExpressVPN’s rigorous standards, we use virtual locations. The specific countries are published on our website here. ExpressVPN extra details NordVPN 1. We do not keep connection logs nor timestamps that could allow us to match customers with their online activity. 2. Parent company is Nordvpn S.A., operating under the jurisdiction of Panama. 3. We use an automated tool that limits the maximum number of concurrent connections to six per customer and a system that automatically suspends the account if a specific connection pattern is recognized, e.g. hundreds of connections to different servers in a very short period of time. This is being done in order to mitigate web scraping. Apart from that, we do not use any other tools. 4. NordVPN uses third-party data processors for emailing services and to collect basic website and app analytics. We use Iterable for correspondence, Zendesk to provide customer support, Google Analytics to monitor website and app data, as well as Crashlytics, Firebase Analytics and Appsflyer to monitor application data. All third-party services we use are bound by a contract with us to never use the information of our users for their own purposes and not to disclose the information to any third parties unrelated to the service. 5. NordVPN is a transmission service provider, operating in Panama. DMCA takedown notices are not applicable to us. 6. If the order or subpoena is issued by a Panamanian court, we would have to provide the information if we had any. However, our no-log policy means that we do not store any information about our users’ online activity – only their email address and basic payment info. So far, we haven’t had any such cases. 7. We do not restrict any BitTorrent or other file-sharing applications on most of our servers. We have optimized a number of our servers specifically for bandwidth-hungry activities. At the moment, we do not offer port forwarding and block outgoing SMTP 25 and NetBIOS ports. 8. Our customers are able to pay via all major credit cards, regionally localized payment solutions and cryptocurrencies. Our payment processing partners collect basic billing information for payment processing and refund purposes, but that data cannot be connected to an internet activity of a particular customer. Bitcoin is the most anonymous option, as it does not link the payment details to the user identity or other personal information. 9. All our protocols are secure, however, the most advanced encryption is used by NordLynx. NordLynx is based on the WireGuard® protocol and uses ChaCha20 for encryption, Poly1305 for authentication and integrity, and Curve25519 for the Elliptic-curve Diffie–Hellman key agreement protocol. 10. We provide automatic kill switches and DNS leak protection. Dual-Stack IPv4/IPv6 functionality is not yet supported with our service; however, all NordVPN apps offer an integrated IPv6 Leak Protection. 11. Most of our servers are leased, but we are gradually increasing our collocated server network. That said, the security of our infrastructure is our top priority. To elevate our standards to a higher level, we have partnered with VerSprite, a global leader in cybersecurity consulting and advisory services. Due to our special server configuration, no one is able to collect or retain any data, ensuring compliance with our no-logs policy. We do have our own DNS servers, and all DNS requests travel through a VPN tunnel. Our customers can also manually set up any DNS server they like. 12. We do not offer virtual locations, our servers are located in places we state they are. At the time of writing, we have almost 6000 servers in 59 countries. NordVPN details Private Internet Access 1. We do not store any logs relating to traffic, session, DNS or metadata. There are no logs kept for any person or entity to match an IP address and a timestamp to a current or former user of our service. In summary, we do not log, period. Privacy is our policy. 2. Private Internet Access, Inc. is an Indiana corporation, under the parent company Kape Technologies PLC, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange. 3. We have an active, proprietary system in place to help mitigate abuse including attempts to bypass our simultaneous connection limit. 4. At the moment we are using Google Apps Suite and Google Analytics on our website only with interest and demographics tracking disabled and anonymized IP addresses enabled. We utilize DeskPro for our support team. 5. Primarily, we stress that our service is not intended to be used for illegal activities and copyright infringements and we request our users to comply with this when accepting our Terms of Use. That said, we have an active, proprietary system in place to help mitigate abuse that preserves the privacy of our customers while following the letter of the law. 6. Every subpoena is scrutinized to the highest extent for compliance with both the “spirit” and “letter of the law.” While we have not received any valid court orders to identify an active or former user of service, we do periodically receive subpoenas from law enforcement agencies that we scrutinize for compliance and respond accordingly. If forced to provide logs by a court of law, Private Internet Access has verified in court multiple times that we keep no logs. Our company would fight a court order that requires us to do any sort of logging. 7. BitTorrent and file-sharing traffic are not discriminated against or throttled. We do not censor our traffic, period. We do provide port forwarding services on some of our VPN servers, check here for the full list of PIA VPN servers that support port forwarding. 8. We utilize a variety of payment systems, including, but not limited to: PayPal, Credit Card (with Stripe), Amazon, Google, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Zcash, CashU, OKPay, PaymentWall, and even support payment using major store-bought gift cards. Payment details are only linked to accounts for billing purposes. IP assignments and other user activity on our VPN servers aren’t linkable to specific accounts or payment details because of our strict and demonstrated no-log policy. 9. At the moment, the most secure and practical VPN connection and encryption algorithm that we recommend to our users would be our cipher suite of AES-256 + RSA4096 + SHA256 over OpenVPN. 10. Our users gain access to a plethora of additional tools, including but not limited to a Kill Switch, IPv6 Leak Protection, DNS Leak Protection, Shared IP System, and MACE, which protects users from malware, trackers, and ads. 11. We utilize our own bare metal servers in third-party data centers that are operated by trusted business partners with whom we have completed serious due diligence. When countries or data centers fail to meet our high privacy standards, we remove our VPN server presence as has previously happened in Brazil, South Korea, Germany, and Russia. 12. We currently operate 3,395 servers across 64 locations in 44 countries. For more information on what countries are available, please visit our PIA network page. All of our locations are physical and not virtualized. Private Internet Access details TorGuard 1. TorGuard has never kept or retained logs for any user. No timestamps or IP logs are kept on any VPN or authentication server. The only information TorGuard has is statistical network data which helps us to determine the load of a given server. Additionally, we now run the whole network on ramdisks. 2. TorGuard is owned by VPNetworks LLC and its parent company Data Protection Services. We operate under US jurisdiction. 3. We use custom modules in a platform called Nagios to monitor VPN/Proxy hardware utilization, uptime and latency. TorGuard does enforce an eight device per user limit in real-time and each session is immediately wiped once the user has logged out. If that user failed to log out or was disconnected accidentally, our system automatically discards these stale sessions within a few minutes. 4. We are currently migrating away from Google Apps for email. All support is handled internally and TorGuard does not utilize third-party tools for customer support. 5. If a valid DMCA takedown notice is received it would be handled by our legal team. Due to our no-log policy and shared IP network, we are unable to forward any requests to a single user. 6. If a court order is received, it is first handled by our legal team and examined for validity in our jurisdiction. Should it be deemed valid, our legal representation would be forced to further explain the nature of our shared IP network configuration and the fact that we do not hold any identifying logs or time stamps. TorGuard’s network was designed to operate with minimum server resources and is not physically capable of retaining user logs. Due to the nature of shared VPN servers and the large traffic volume flowing through our network, it would not be possible to retain such logs. 7. Yes, torrents work on all servers except our residential and streaming IP network. TorGuard does offer port forwarding for all ports above 2048 and the only port we block outgoing is SMTP port 25 to prevent abuse. 8. We use Stripe for credit or debit card processing and utilize our own BTCPay instance for Bitcoin and Litecoin transactions. Paypal is available through Paddle. TorGuard accepts all cryptocurrency through coinpayments.net and uses Paymentwall and PayGarden for Gift Card payments. TorGuard has gone through extreme measures by heavily modifying our billing system to work with various payment providers and to help protect our users’ privacy. 9. For a high level of security, we would recommend using OpenVPN with AES-256-GCM-SHA512 using our stealth VPN protocol as an added measure through the TorGuard desktop or mobile apps. 10. Yes – our kill switch is uniquely designed to send all traffic into a *black hole* if the user loses connectivity or the app crashes for any reason. Dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 is currently in development and will be released very soon. 11. We do have servers hosted at third parties but only select a location after extensive due diligence on very specific security criteria. We encrypt all disks and run 80% so far on virtual RAM disks. We do provide secure public DNS but we also provide our internal DNS on every endpoint which queries root VPN servers directly. 12. At this time we have three virtual locations: Taiwan, Greece and Mexico. TorGuard would rather not provide any virtual locations but occasionally if we cannot find a bare-metal data center that meets our security criteria we won’t take the risk. TorGuard website VPNArea 1. We do not keep or record any logs. We are therefore not able to match an IP-address and a time stamp to a user of our service. 2. The registered name of our company is “Offshore Security EOOD” (spelled “ОФШОР СЕКЮРИТИ ЕООД” in Bulgarian). We’re a VAT registered business. We operate under the jurisdiction of Bulgaria. 3. To prevent email spam abuse we block mail ports used for such activity, but we preemptively whitelist known and legit email servers so that genuine mail users can still receive and send their emails. To limit concurrent connections to 6, we use an in-house developed system that adds and subtracts +1 or -1 towards the user’s “global-live-connections-count” in a database of ours which the authentication API corresponds with anonymously each time the user disconnects or connects to a server. The process does not record any data about which servers the subtracting/detracting is coming from or any other data at any time, logging is completely disabled at the API. 4. We host our own email servers. We host our own Ticket Support system on our servers. The only external tools we use are Google Analytics for our website and Live Chat software. 5. DMCA notices are not forwarded to our users as we’re unable to identify a responsible user due to not having any logs or data that can help us associate an individual with an account. We would reply to the DMCA notices explaining that we do not host or hold any copyrighted content ourselves and we’re not able to identify or penalize a user of our service. 6. This has not happened yet. Should it happen our attorney will examine the validity of the court order in accordance with our jurisdiction, we will then inform the appropriate party that we’re not able to match a user to an IP or timestamp, because we’re not recording any logs. 7. BitTorrent and torrents, in general, are allowed on all our servers. We offer port forwarding only on the dedicated IP private VPN servers at the moment with the goal to allow it on shared servers too. The only ports which are blocked are those widely related to abuse, such as spam. 8. We accept PayPal, Credit/Debit cards, AliPay, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, WebMoney, GiroPay, and bank transfers. In the case of PayPal/card payments, we link usernames to the transactions so we can process a refund. We do take active steps to make sure payment details can’t be linked to account usage or IP assignments. In the case of Bitcoin, BCH, ETH we do not link usernames to transactions. 9. We use AES-256-CBC + SHA256 cipher and RSA4096 keys on all our OpenVPN servers without exception. We also have Double VPN servers, where for example the traffic goes through Russia and Israel before reaching the final destination. We also have Tor over VPN servers to provide diversity in the anonymous setup a user prefers. 10. Yes, we provide both KillSwitch and DNS Leak protection. We actively block IPv6 traffic to prevent IP leaks, so connections are enforced via IPv4. We have also created a free leak testing website where users can test their VPN connection for DNS leaks. 11. We use our own no-logs DNS servers. We work with reliable and established data centers. Nobody but us has virtual access to our servers. The entire logs directories are wiped out and disabled, rendering possible physical brute force access to the servers useless in terms of identifying users. 12. All our servers are physically located in the stated countries. A list of our servers in 60+ countries is available here. VPNArea website AirVPN 1. No, we do not keep or share with third parties ANY data that would allow us to match an IP address and a timestamp to a current or former user of our service 2. AirVPN in Italy. No parent company/companies. 3. No tools are used. 4. No, we do not use any external email providers, analytics, or support tools that hold information provided by users. 5. They are ignored if they pertain to P2P, they are processed, verified and handled accordingly (rejected or accepted) if they pertain to websites (or FTP services etc.) hosted behind our VPN servers. 6. a) We would co-operate to the best of our abilities, although we can’t give out information we don’t have. b) We are unable to comply due to technical problems and limitations. c) The scenario in ‘case b’ has never occurred. The scenario in ‘case a’ has occurred multiple times, but our infrastructure does not monitor, inspect or log customers’ traffic, so it is not possible to correlate customer information (if we had it) with customers’ traffic and vice-versa. 7. a) Yes, BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic are allowed on all servers. AirVPN does not discriminate against any protocol or application and keeps its network as agnostic as possible. b) Yes, we provide remote inbound port forwarding service. c) Outbound port 25 is blocked. 8. We accept payments via PayPal and all major credit cards. We also accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Doge, and Monero. By accepting directly various cryptocurrencies without intermediaries we get rid of privacy issues, including correlations between IP addresses and payments. By accepting Monero we also offer the option to our customers to pay via a cryptocurrency that protects transactions with a built-in layer of anonymity. 9. CHACHA20-POLY1305 and AES-256-GCM 10. We provide Network Lock in our free and open-source software. It can prevent traffic leaks (both IPv4 and IPv6 – DNS leaks included) even in case of application or system processes wrong binding, in case of UPnP caused leaks, wrong settings, WebRTC and other STUN related methods, and of course in case of unexpected VPN disconnection. b) Yes, we do provide DS IPv4/IPv6 access, including IPv6 over IPv4, pure IPv4 and pure IPv6 connections. In this way, even customers whose ISP does not support IPv6 can access IPv6 services via AirVPN. 11. We do not own our datacenters and we are not a transit provider, so we buy traffic from Tier 1, Tier 2 and only occasionally Tier 3 providers and we house servers in various datacenters. The main countermeasures are: exclusive access to IPMI etc. via our own external IP addresses or a specific VPN for the IPMI etc.; reboot inhibition; USB support eliminated from kernel; all data stored in RAM disk, and some other methods we prefer not to disclose. However, if server lines are wiretapped externally and transparently, and server tampering does not occur, there is no way inside the server to prevent, or be aware of, ongoing wiretapping. Wiretapping prevention must be achieved with other methods on the client-side (some of them are integrated into our software), for example, VPN over Tor, Tor over VPN etc. 12. NO, we do not offer virtual locations and/or VPS. We declare only real locations of real “bare metal” servers. AirVPN website Oeck 1. No. We do not keep any connect / disconnect timestamps or similar information. We explain exactly what we don’t log and what we monitor in our Privacy Policy. 2. Oeck Limited. We are registered in Hong Kong as the data retention laws are still in favor of VPN companies. We are however moving Oeck to Singapore as we believe Hong Kong will no longer be a safe home for VPN services in the future. 3. Though we allow account sharing for our customers, we do limit their total concurrent connections to six. This is monitored in real-time and there is no logging of this information whatsoever. We also do ask that our customers use a designated P2P region if they are going to be doing any torrenting or other P2P activity. 4. We use AWS for our outbound email – however, email is never used for correspondence. We have a support ticket system that our customers must use in order to communicate with us which is custom made and part of our website. Tickets are deleted 48 hours after resolution. We use Matomo for our analytics. We went down this path as Matomo is hosted by us and no other party has access to it. 5. If possible, we temporarily suspend usage of the port on the VPN node specified in the complaint. That’s all we can do, as there is no way for us to match anything to any customer. The suspension of the specified port on the specified server is lifted after 31 days. 6. This has never happened to us. However, in this event, we would only be able to provide a customer’s username, email address, and any possible billing information from our payment providers ( receipts of payment, etc ). Billing information will be impossible if the customer has chosen to pay by cash. If we were forced by authorities to log activity moving forward, we would simply turn off our servers in the affected jurisdiction. We own all of our own hardware ( even the routers in the datacenter ) and our exit-nodes run without any storage media. We will simply turn the switch off. We also make use of a warrant canary. 7. Yes. We allow our customers to torrent via our torrent region as it is optimized for that technology. Although we do not block torrenting in our other regions, we do suggest that users use the torrent region when torrenting. We provide a very advanced port-forwarding service to all of our customers. No ports are blocked. 8. We use Stripe, PayPal and Coinbase Commerce for online payments. We also accept cash in the mail. The only detail we have is if a customer has paid their account or not. As far as what the payment providers log – they log everything they possibly can. We encourage payments via cash if possible. 9. We offer OpenVPN with RSA-4096 and AES-256-GCM. 10. Our apps come with a kill-switch feature. For users who choose not to use our apps and use a third-party OpenVPN client instead, we have made available SOCKS5 proxies that work just like a kill-switch. These can only be accessed via our VPN. They can be used via a browser, app, or system-wide proxy. 11. No. All of our hardware is owned by us. Even the routers are owned by us. We do not log any VPN activity. Our VPN exit-nodes do not have hard drives or other storage capabilities, everything runs off RAM. Our upstream providers do not have access to our network as our stuff begins at our own routers. We only ever use our own DNS servers. 12. We have a real-time monitor of our servers. That is a list of our available VPN regions that users can connect to. The graph is displaying the information as a per-region display. This is because we node-balance our servers so users always have the best connection. Though we don’t offer virtual locations, we do offer residential IP proxies as part of our service. There are over 30 regions available and these are used for our smart routing feature. Oeck website Perfect Privacy 1. We do not store or log any data that would indicate the identity or the activities of a user. 2. The name of the company is VECTURA DATAMANAGEMENT LIMITED COMPANY and the jurisdiction is Switzerland. 3. The number of connections/devices at the same time is not limited because we do not track it. In case of malicious activity towards specific targets, we block IP addresses or ranges, so they are not accessible from our VPN servers. Additionally, we have limits on new outgoing connections for protocols like SSH, IMAP, and SMTP to prevent automated spam and brute force attacks. We do not use any other tools. 4. Our websites use Google Analytics to improve the quality of the user experience and its GDPR compliant with anonymized IP addresses. You can prohibit tracking with just one click on a provided link in the privacy policy. If a customer has a problem with Google, he has the possibility to disable the tracking of all Google domains in TrackStop. I believe we are the only VPN provider that offers this possibility. All other solutions like email, support, and even our affiliate program is in-house software and under our control. 5. Because we do not host any data, DMCA notices do not directly affect us. However, we generally answer inquiries. We point out that we do not keep any data that would allow us to identify a user of the used IP address. 6. If we receive a Swiss court order, we are forced to provide the data that we have. Since we don’t log any IP addresses, timestamps or other connection-related data, the only step on our side is to inform the inquiring party that we do not have any data that would allow the identification of a user based on that data. Should we ever receive a legally binding court order that would require us to log the activity of a user going forward, we’d rather shut down the servers in the country concerned than compromise our user’s privacy. There have been incidents in the past where Perfect Privacy servers have been seized, but no user information was compromised that way. Since no logs are stored in the first place and additionally all our services are running within RAM disks, a server seizure will never compromise our customers. Although we are not subject to US-based laws, there’s a warrant canary page available. 7. With the exception of our US servers and French servers, BitTorrent and other file-sharing software is allowed. We offer port forwarding and do not block any ports. 8. We offer Bitcoin, PayPal and credit cards for users who prefer these options and over 60 other payment methods. Of course, it is guaranteed that payment details are not associated with any IP addresses. The only thing you know about a person is that he or she is a customer of Perfect Privacy and which email address was used. 9. The most secure protocol we recommend is still OpenVPN with 256-bit AES-GCM encryption. With our VPN Manager for Mac and Windows you also have the possibility to create cascades over four VPN servers. This Multi-Hop feature works tunnel in tunnel. If you choose countries for the hops which are known not to cooperate with each other, well you get the idea. On top of that, you can activate our NeuroRouting feature, which changes the routing depending on the destination of the visited domain and dynamically selects different hops for the outgoing server to ensure it is geographically close to the visited server. 10. Yes, our servers support full Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6 functionality, even when your ISP does not support IPv6. Our VPN Manager has a “kill switch” which has configurable protection with three security levels. 11. We run dedicated bare-metal servers in various data centers around the world. While we have no physical access to the servers, they all are running within RAM disks only and are fully encrypted. 12. Currently, we offer servers in 25 countries worldwide. All servers are located in the city displayed in the hostname – there are no virtual locations. For full details about all servers locations, please check our server status site as we are constantly adding new servers. Perfect Privacy website SwitchVPN 1. No, SwitchVPN does not store any logs which would allow anyone to match an IP address and a time stamp to a current or former user of our services. 2. Our company name is “CS SYSTEMS, INC” and it comes under United States jurisdiction. 3. We pro-actively take steps to mitigate abuse of our service/servers by implementing certain firewall rules. Such as blocking default SMTP ports which are likely to be abused by spammers. 4. We use Chatra for providing Live Chat and our web-based ticketing system which is self-hosted. No personal information is collected. 5. SwitchVPN is transitory digital network communications as per 17 U.S.C § 512(a) of the Copyright Act. So in order to protect the privacy of our users we use shared IP addresses, which makes it impossible to pinpoint any specific user. If the copyright holder only provides us with an IP address as identifying information, then it is impossible for us to associate a DMCA notice with any of our users. 6. There have been no court orders since we started our operation in 2010, and as we do not log our users’ sessions and we utilize shared IP addresses, it is not possible to identify any user solely based on timestamps or IP addresses. Currently, there are no mandatory data logging requirements in the United States but in case the situation changes, we will migrate our company to another privacy-friendly jurisdiction. 7. Yes, we have P2P optimized servers that provide dynamic port forwarding. It can be easily filtered in our VPN application. 8. We accept all major payment methods such as Credit Card, PayPal, Bitcoin and other Crypto Currencies. We use shared IPs and every account is assigned an alias username for connecting to the VPN server. 9. SwitchVPN utilizes AES-256bit encryption with SHA512 Authentication Channel by default. 10. Yes, Kill Switch & DNS Leak protection is provided on our Windows and Mac application. Currently, we only support IPv4. 11. Before we get into an agreement with any third party, we make sure the company does not have any poor history for privacy and we make sure the company is in line with our privacy requirements for providing our users with a no-log VPN service. We also use our own DNS servers to anonymize all DNS requests. 12. All of our servers are physically located in the countries we have mentioned, we do not use virtual locations. SwitchVPN website Hide.me 1. No, we don’t keep any logs. We have developed our system with an eye of our customers’ privacy, so we created a distributed VPN cluster with independent public nodes that do not store any customer data or logs at all. 2. Hide.me VPN is operated by eVenture Limited and based in Malaysia with no legal obligation to store any user logs at all. 3. We do not limit or monitor individual connections. To mitigate abuse, we deploy general firewall rules on some servers that apply to specific IP ranges. 4. Our website does not include third-party tracking tools. For live support, we embed Zendesk in a privacy-friendly two-click solution, so it does not load by default and no personal data is shared. 5. Since we don’t store any logs and/or host infringing copyright material on our services, we’ll reply to these notices accordingly. 6. Although it has never happened in such a scenario, we won’t be able to entertain the court orders because our infrastructure is built in a way that it does not store any logs, and there is no way we could link any particular cyber activity to any particular user. In case, we are forced to store user logs, we would prefer to close down rather than putting our users at stake who have put their trust in us. 7. There is no effective way of blocking file-sharing traffic without monitoring our customers, which is against our principles and would be even illegal. Usually, we only recommend our customers to avoid the US & UK locations for file-sharing, but it is on a self-regulatory basis since these countries have strong anti-copyright laws in place. 8. We support a wide range of popular payment methods, including all major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dash, Monero, Paypal, credit cards and nank transfer. All payments are handled by external payment providers and are linked to a temporary payment ID. This temporary payment ID can not be connected to the user’s VPN account/activity. After the payment is completed, the temporary payment ID will be permanently removed from the database. 9. After all, modern VPN protocols that we all support – like WireGuard, IKEv2, OpenVPN, SoftEtherVPN, and SSTP, are considered secure even after the NSA leaks. We follow cryptographic standards and configured our VPN servers accordingly in order to support a secure key exchange with 8192-bit key size and a strong symmetric encryption (AES-256) for the data transfer. 10. Our desktop client supports security features such as Multihop Double VPN, Kill Switch, Firewall to limit apps to VPN, Firewall to limit all connections to VPN, Split Tunnel, Auto Connect, Auto Reconnect, etc, which makes sure that the connection is always secure. Above all, we have put in some additional layers of security, which include default protection against IP and DNS leaks. Hide.me is one of the few VPN providers that supports Dual Stack IPv4 and IPv6, so our customers do not need to worry about potential IP leaks. 11. We operate our own non-logging DNS-servers to protect our customers from DNS hijacking and similar attacks. We do not own physical hardware, but in case there is intrusion detection and other various security measures in place to ensure the integrity and security of all our single servers. Furthermore, we choose all third-party hosting providers very carefully, so we can assure that there are certain security standards in place (ISO 27001) and no unauthorized person could access our servers. Among our reputable partners are NFOrce, M247, Psychz Networks and many more. Similar to Apple’s private relay, our dynamic Multihop Double VPN feature allows to route tunnel the connection over multiple server locations. Neither the incoming or outgoing server can match users’ activity, which provides an extra layer of security. 12. Our servers are located in countries all over the world. Hide.me website Trust.Zone 1. Trust.Zone doesn’t store any logs. Therefore, we have no data that could be linked and attributed to the current or former user. All we need from customers is an email to sign up. 2. Trust.Zone is under Seychelles jurisdiction. The company is operated by Internet Privacy Ltd. 3. Our system can understand how many active sessions a given license has at a given moment in time. This counter is temporarily placed in RAM and never logged or saved anywhere. 4. Trust.Zone has never used any third-party tools like Google Analytics, live chat platform, support tools or other. 5. If we receive any type of DMCA requests or Copyright Infringement Notices – we ignore them. Trust.Zone is under offshore jurisdiction, out of 14 Eyes Surveillance Alliance. There is no data retention law in Seychelles. 6. A court order would not be enforceable because we do not log information and therefore there is nothing to be had from our servers. Trust.Zone supports Warrant Canary. Trust.Zone has not received or been subject to any searches, seizures of data, or requirements to log any actions of our customers. 7. BitTorrent and file-sharing traffic is allowed on all Trust.Zone servers. Moreover, we don’t restrict any kind of traffic. Trust.Zone does not throttle or block any protocols, IP addresses, servers or any type of traffic whatsoever. We offer port forwarding to increase download speeds for torrents. 8. All major credit cards are accepted. PayPal, Alipay, wire transfer, and many other types of payments are available. As we don’t store any logs, there is no way to link payment details with a user’s internet activity 9. We use the most recommended protocols in the VPN industry – IKEv2/IPSec, OpenVPN. We also support WireGuard and our own protocol which is faster than OpenVPN and also includes Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS). Trust.Zone uses AES-256 Encryption by default. 10. Trust.Zone supports a kill-switch function. We also own our DNS servers and provide users with the ability to use our DNS to avoid any DNS leaks. All features listed above are also available with a 30-day Free Plan. Trust.Zone does not support IPv6 to avoid any leaks. We also provide users with additional recommendations to be sure that there are no DNS leaks or IP leaks. 11. We have a mixed infrastructure. Trust.Zone owns some physical servers and we have access to them physically. In locations with lower utilization, we normally host with third-parties. But the most important point is that we use dedicated servers in this case only, with full control by our network administrators. DNS queries go through our own DNS servers. 12. We are operating with 200+ dedicated servers in 100+ geo-zones and are still growing. We also provide users with dedicated IP addresses and port forwarding. The full map of the server locations is available here. Trust.Zone website Windscribe 1. No. 2. Windscribe Limited. Ontario, Canada. 3. Byte count of all traffic sent through the network in a one month period as well as a count of parallel connections at any given moment. 4. No. Everything is self-hosted. 5. Our transparency policy is available here. 6. Under Canadian law, a VPN company cannot be compelled to wiretap users. We can be legally compelled to provide the data that we already have (as per our ToS) and we would have to comply with a valid Canadian court order. Since we do not store any identifying info that can link an IP to an account, the fact that emails are optional to register, and the service can be paid for with cryptocurrency, none of what we store is identifying. 7. We allow P2P traffic in most locations. Yes, we provide port forwarding for all Pro users. Only ports above 1024 are allowed. 8. Stripe, Paypal, Coinpayments, Paymentwall. IP addresses of users are not stored or linked to payments. 9. The encryption parameters are similar for all protocols we support. AES-256 cipher with SHA512 auth and a 4096-bit RSA key. We recommend using IKEv2, as it’s a kernel space protocol that is faster than OpenVPN in most cases. We also support WireGuard. 10. Our desktop apps have a built-in firewall that blocks all connectivity outside of the tunnel. They also have split routing (per process, or network level), MAC address spoofing, and external DNS server support. In an event of a connection drop, it fails closed – nothing needs to be done. The firewall protects against all leaks, IPv4, IPv6 and DNS. We only support IPv4 connectivity at this time. 11. We lease servers in over 150 different datacenters worldwide. Some datacenters deploy networking monitoring for the purposes of DDOS protection. We request to disable it whenever possible, but this is not feasible in all places. Even with it in place, since most servers have dozens/hundreds of users connected to them at any given moment, your activity gets “lost in the crowd”. Each VPN server operates a recursive DNS server and performs all DNS resolution locally. 12. Our server overview is available here. We don’t offer virtual locations. Windscribe website Mullvad 1. No, all details are explained in our no-logging data policy. 2. Mullvad VPN AB – Swedish. The parent company is Amagicom AB – Swedish. 3. We mitigate abuse by blocking the usage of ports 25, 137,139, and 445 due to email spam and Windows security issues. OpenVPN: Number of connections: Each VPN server reports to a central service. When a customer connects to a VPN server, the server asks the central service to validate the account number, whether or not the account has any remaining time. If the account has reached its allowed number of connections, and so on. Everything is performed in temporary memory only; none of this information is permanently stored on disk. WireGuard: Number of connections: Each VPN server reports public keys connected to a central service. If a key is abused, it will be revoked. Our servers send two types of data to our monitoring system: aggregated application data, such as the total number of current VPN connections, and generic system metrics, such as CPU load per core and total bandwidth used by the server. We log the total sum of each of these statistics in order to monitor the health of each individual VPN server. We ensure that the system isn’t overloaded, and we monitor the servers for potential attacks, bugs, and network issues. We also monitor the real-time state of total connections per account as we only allow for five connections simultaneously. As we do not save this information, we cannot, for example, tell you how many connections your account had five minutes ago. For WireGuard we have a limit of a maximum of 5 keys (i.e. 5 devices). 4. We have no external elements at all on our website. We do use an external email provider; for those who want to email us, we encourage them to use PGP encryption which is the only effective way to keep email somewhat private. The decrypted content is only available to us. 5. As explained here, there is no such Swedish law that is applicable to us. 6. From time to time, we are contacted by governments asking us to divulge information about our customers. Given that we don’t store activity logs of any kind, we have no information to give out. Worst-case scenario: we would discontinue the servers in the affected countries. The only information AT ALL POSSIBLE for us to give out is records of payments since these are stored at PayPal, banks etc. 7. All traffic is treated equally, therefore we do not block or throttle BitTorrent or other file-sharing protocols. Port forwarding is allowed. Ports 25, 137,139, and 445 are blocked due to email spam and Windows security issues. 8. We accept cash, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, bank wire, credit card, PayPal, GiroPay, Eps transfer, Bancontact, IDEAL, Przelewy24 and Swish. We encourage anonymous payments via cash or one of the cryptocurrencies. We run our own full node in each of the blockchains and do not use third parties for any step in the payment process, from the generation of QR codes to adding time to accounts. Our website explains how we handle payment information 9. We offer OpenVPN with RSA-4096 and AES-256-GCM. And we also offer WireGuard which uses Curve25519 and ChaCha20-Poly1305. 10. We offer a kill switch and DNS leak protection, both of which are supported in IPv6 as IPv4. While the kill switch is only available via our client/app, we also provide a SOCKS5 proxy that works as a kill switch and is only accessible through our VPN. 11. At 12 of our locations (4 in Sweden, 1 in Denmark, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Norway, 1 in the UK, 1 in Finland, 1 in Germany, 1 in Paris, 1 in Zurich) we own and have physical control over all of our servers. In our other locations, we rent physical, dedicated servers and bandwidth from carefully selected providers. Keep in mind that we have 3 locations in the UK and 3 in Germany, the servers we physically own are the ones hosted by 31173.se (they start with gb-lon-0* and de-fra-0* , and gb4-wireguard, gb5-wireguard, de4-wireguard and de5-wireguard) Yes, we use our own DNS servers. All DNS traffic routed via our tunnel is hijacked, even if you set accidentally select another DNS our DNS will anyhow be used. Except if you have set up DNS over HTTPS or DNS over TLS, or if you use a custom DNS in our app. 12. We don’t have virtual locations. All locations are listed here. Mullvad website Surfshark 1. We do not keep any logs, data, timestamps, or any other kind of information that would enable anyone to identify neither current nor former users of our service. 2. Surfshark is a registered trademark of Surfshark Ltd., a company registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Surfshark Ltd. is not a subsidiary of any other company. 3. We do not limit the number of simultaneous connections. We have two safeguards against abuse of our service: our Terms of Service has a clause on Fair Usage Policy; if this policy is intentionally violated, we have an automated network maintenance system that indicates the abnormalities on server load and can limit an immoderate number of devices simultaneously connected to one session to make sure that none of our customers are affected by the potentially deteriorated quality of our services. 4. We do not use any Alphabet Inc. products except for Google Analytics, which is used to improve our website performance for potential customers. For a live 24/7 customer support and ticketing service, we use industry-standard Zendesk. For our communication, we use a secure email system Hushmail. For transactional and user communication, we use Iterable. These third-party services have no access to any other kind of user information outside the scope of the one specified in our Privacy Policy. Also, we have legally binding agreements with all third-party service providers to not disclose any of the information they have to anyone outside the scope of the services they provide to us 5. DMCA takedown notices do not apply to our service as we operate outside the jurisdiction of the United States. In case we received a non-US equivalent, we would not be able to provide any information because we have none (strict no logs policy). 6. We have never received a court order from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) authorities. If we ever received a court order from the BVI authorities, we would truthfully respond that we are unable to identify any user as we keep no logs whatsoever. If data retention laws would be enacted in the BVI, we would look for another country to register our business in. For any information regarding received legal inquiries and orders, we have a live warrant canary. 7. Surfshark is a torrent-friendly service. We allow all file-sharing activities and P2P traffic, including BitTorrent. For that, we have hundreds of specialized servers in various countries, and the user will always be connected to the fastest specialized server in case of P2P activities. We do not provide port forwarding services, and we block port 25. 8. Surfshark subscriptions can be purchased using various payment methods, including cryptocurrency, PayPal, Alipay, major credit cards, and many country-specific options. Neither of these payments can be linked to a specific user as we do not collect any timestamps, IP addresses, session information, or other data. 9. We recommend using automatic protocol selection as it selects the optimal protocol depending on various network conditions. If a user wants to select the protocol manually, the optimal option would be Wireguard. 10. We provide ‘kill switches’ in all our apps and have inbuilt DNS leak protection. Also, Surfshark provides IP masking, IPV6 leak protection, WebRTC protection, ad, malware, and tracker blocking on DNS level, MultiHop (double VPN), Whitelister (works both as direct and reverse split tunneling), etc. Currently, we do not support Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6 functionality. 11. We use our own DNS servers which do not keep any logs as per our Privacy Policy. All our servers are physically located in trusted third-party data centers. 100% of our servers are already RAM-only. Before choosing a third-party service provider, we have a strict due diligence process to make sure they meet our security and trust requirements. To prevent unauthorized snooping, we use the 2FA method to reach our servers and have developed a special authorization procedure so that only authorized system administrators can access them for configurations. 12. As of June 2021, we have over 3200 servers physically located in over 110 locations, in 65 countries. As per user requests, we have only a few virtual locations that are clearly indicated within our apps’ user interfaces. Surfshark website IVPN 1. No. We believe that not logging VPN connection related data is fundamental to any privacy service regardless of the security or policies implemented to protect the log data. Specifically, we don’t log: traffic, DNS requests, connection timestamps and durations, bandwith, IP address or any account activity except simultaneous connections. 2. Privatus Limited, Gibraltar. No parent or holding companies. 3. We limit simultaneous connections by maintaining a temporary counter on a central server that is deleted when the user disconnects (we detail this process in our Privacy Policy). 4. No. We made a strategic decision from day one that no company or customer data would ever be stored on third-party systems. All our internal services run on our own dedicated servers that we setup, configure and manage. No third parties have access to our servers or data. We don’t host any external scripts, web trackers or tracking pixels on our website. We also refuse to engage in advertising on platforms with surveillance-based business models, like Google or Facebook. 5. Our legal department sends a reply stating that we do not store content on our servers and that our VPN servers act only as a conduit for data. In addition, we inform them that we never store the IP addresses of customers connected to our network nor are we legally required to do so. We have a detailed Legal Process Guideline published on our website. 6. Firstly, this has never happened. However, if asked to identify a customer based on a timestamp and/or IP address then we would reply factually that we do not store this information. If legally compelled to log activity going forward we would do everything in our power to alert the relevant customers directly (or indirectly through our warrant canary). 7. We do not block any traffic or ports on any servers. We provide a port forwarding service. 8. We accept Bitcoin, Cash, Monero, PayPal, and credit cards. When using cash there is no link to a user account within our system. When using Bitcoin, the transaction is processed through our self-hosted BitPay server. We store Bitcoin transaction IDs in our system. If you wish to remain anonymous to IVPN you should take the necessary precautions when purchasing Bitcoin. We accept Monero directly to our wallet and, no third party has access to payment information. When paying with PayPal or a credit card a token is stored that is used to process recurring payments but this is not linked in any way to VPN account usage or IP assignments. 9. We offer and recommend WireGuard, a high-performance protocol that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. Alternatively, we also offer OpenVPN with RSA-4096 / AES-256-GCM, which we also believe is more than secure enough for the purposes for which we provide our service. 10. Yes, the IVPN client offers an advanced VPN firewall that blocks every type of IP leak possible including IPv6, DNS, network failures, WebRTC STUN etc. Our VPN clients work on a dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 but we currently only support IPv4 on our VPN gateways. Full IPv6 support is in the pipeline. 11. We use bare metal dedicated servers leased from third-party data centers in each country where we have a presence. We install each server using our own custom images and employ full disk encryption to ensure that if a server is ever seized the data is worthless. We also operate an exclusive multi-hop network allowing customers to choose an entry and exit server in different jurisdictions which would make the task of legally gaining access to servers at the same time significantly more difficult. We operate our own network of log-free DNS servers that are only accessible to our customers through the VPN tunnel. 12. We have servers in 32 countries. No virtual locations. Full list of servers is available here. IVPN website AtlasVPN 1. If the question relates to the VPN server’s IP address and a user’s online activity while connected to VPN, then the answer is no. 2. Atlas VPN is incorporated under Peakstar Technologies Inc. We operate in Delaware’s (USA) jurisdiction. 3. We use an automated system that monitors the number of simultaneous connections per account. Yet, we do not store this information. The free version of our service is limited to 2 concurrent connections. Worth noting that our premium subscription does not limit the number of concurrent connections. 4. We mainly use Zendesk to communicate with our users. We also use Google Analytics and AppsFlyer to monitor application and website data. 5. Atlas VPN is considered to be a transmission service provider as per § 512 (a) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and not a storage service provider. Transmission service providers have no obligations to react to take-down notices or enable counter-notices. 6. We would comply with a justified court order in a manner that would be deemed appropriate after consultation with legal counsel. It would naturally depend on the court order on what steps we would need to take to ensure compliance. As far as logging future activity, we would do whatever it takes to protect our users’ privacy. We can not say how the process would unfold as we have never received any court order of this nature. 7. Yes, it is allowed. No port forwarding services are provided. SMTP ports are blocked to prevent email abuse. 8. Stripe (as well as Google Pay for the convenience of our users), PayPal as well as reseller services, such as Google Play and App Store. The details can be linked with account usage as far as app analytics go. They can be linked with ongoing sessions. This linkage is deleted as the VPN session is terminated. 9. It depends on the platform of the application. We use the IPSec/IKEv2 protocol, and depending on the platform we recommend Diffie Hellman group 20 and 256 bit ChaCha20/Poly1305 with 128-bit ICV. 10. Yes, these are implemented using platform tools. We do support dual-stack functionality. 11. All of our servers are hosted by third parties. We perform proper due diligence to ensure that the partners are reliable. Even if partners tried snooping, they would not be able to do so, since inbound and outbound traffic from the client is encrypted. We do use our own DNS servers. 12. They are located in the countries that are shown in our applications at any given time. No virtual locations are offered. AtlasVPN website Speedify 1. No, we do not share ANY user information with ANY third party. We do not store or log ANY information about which users accessed which domain names or IP addresses. We do not log customer’s IP addresses. 2. Connectify, Inc. – operating under the US jurisdiction. 3. We monitor with a set of self-hosted, open-source tools including Prometheus and Grafana. 4. We don’t use third-party analytics tools. Our help desk is built on HelpScout. Messages are automatically deleted after a time period. 5. We politely reply! But unfortunately, we never do have enough information in our logs to be very helpful. 6. We properly respond to law enforcement and offer the information which is in our logs. Which as previously noted, is not helpful for connecting users to activity. We would fight any order that attempted to force us to log a user activity going forward. We have received subpoenas for information about various IP addresses before. We have never been asked or ordered to attempt to log information about any user going forward. 7. Speedify has dedicated servers for P2P traffic. Most of our servers do not allow BitTorrent traffic. We do provide port forwarding and static IP address services with our dedicated VPN servers. Only port 25 is blocked as unencrypted SMTP is dangerous and insecure to even the sender, and has no legitimate use. 8. Speedify offers a variety of ways to pay, including Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Recurly, PayPal and FastSpring. Purchases through Apple App Store and Google Play Store do not provide us any information about the purchaser unless the user provides it to us directly. 9. We default to 128 bit AES encryption. Those concerned about security may wish to turn on the Killswitch to ensure traffic does not go out while the VPN is not connected. 10. Yes, we support killswitch. It is not on by default, but it’s available in the settings menu. Yes, we have built-in DNS and IPv6 leak protection. The software supports Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6, but not all our deployed servers are on IPv6. it’s rolling out to more and more servers as we speak. 11. Speedify VPN servers are hosted by third parties. On the VPN side, traffic is entirely encrypted. Internet traffic from clients is run through a server-side TCP proxy to erase hints in IP and TCP headers such as RTT which a sophisticated opponent could otherwise use to tease apart traffic from different operating systems. Then the traffic is NATed together, often 1000 users sharing a single IP address, to make individuals impossible to trace. We proxy the DNS before forwarding it to trusted, privacy-oriented DNS partners. 12. Our servers are constantly changing: in areas with few users, we will use virtual servers, but in most cases, we will use hardware servers. Speedify website AzireVPN 1. No, we do not record or store any logs related to our services. No traffic, user activity, timestamps, IP addresses, number of active and total sessions, DNS requests, or such kinds of logs are stored. 2. The registered company name is Netbouncer AB, and we operate under Swedish jurisdiction. In Sweden, no data retention laws apply to VPN providers. 3. We take extra security steps to harden our servers: they are prepared by having their hard drives removed. Their custom base image is running into RAM. Also, Blind Operator mode, a software module ensuring that it is difficult to set up traffic monitoring, is hardening the kernel. Regarding abuses like incoming DDoS attacks, filtering is used on an attacker’s source port to mitigate them. 4. No, we do not rely on and refuse to use external third-party providers. We run our email infrastructure and encourage people to use PGP encryption for reaching us. The ticketing support system, website analytics (Piwik with anonymization settings), and other tools are all open-source, or custom software hosted in-house. 5. We politely inform the sender that we do not keep any logs and cannot identify a user. 6. A court may issue an order to require the identification of a user. In that case, first, we will make sure that the order is valid. Then, we will inform the other party that we cannot identify an active or former user of our service due to our particular infrastructure. If they force us to hand over physical access to a server, they would have to reboot it to disable the Blind Operator mode due to the nature of this kernel module. Rebooting would make all data lost as the image is running in RAM. So far, we have never received any court order, and we have never given out any personal information. 7. Yes, BitTorrent, peer-to-peer, and file-sharing traffic is allowed and treated equally to any other traffic on all of our servers. We do not provide port forwarding services yet, but we are working on it and expect to release it in the incoming months. However, we propose a public IPv4+IPv6 addresses mode on OpenVPN that assigns IP addresses being used by only one user at a time for the whole duration of the connection. In this mode, all ports are opened, except for unencrypted outgoing port 25 TCP, usually used by the SMTP protocol, which is blocked to prevent abuse by spammers. 8. Anonymous payment methods include cryptocurrencies or sending cash via postal mail. Available cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, and some others. Classic payment options such as PayPal (with or without recurring payments), credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express through Paymentwall), and Swish are accepted. We do not store sensitive payment information on our servers; we only retain an internal reference code for order confirmation. Our database is getting all transaction information deleted after six months. 9. We recommend the use of our WireGuard servers. Our new custom clients are available on Windows, Android, and iOS. Otherwise, it is preferable to use official tools on Linux, macOS, and routers (using OpenWrt or DD-WRT). WireGuard is a new VPN protocol using the modern ChaCha20 and Poly1305 encryption cipher for authentication and data integrity. 10. We offer easy-to-use and look-alike custom VPN applications for Windows, Android, and iOS, which do not require manipulating configuration files. We are planning to add a kill switch and DNS leak protection to our desktop client in the future. We provide our users with a full dual IPv4+IPv6 stack on all servers and VPN protocols. Thus, we do not need to include any loose IPv6 leak protection. Also, connection to our WireGuard servers is possible through IPv4 or IPv6, depending on one’s Internet line. 11. We physically own all our servers in all locations. Our team sends them to data centers that meet our strict criteria, like closed racks for security and neutral Internet carriers for privacy. Also, we host our non-logging DNS servers in each location; our VPN tunnels use those by default. Static DNS servers are available for use outside of tunnels. 12. We operate 65 servers across 19 locations on three continents. During the last year, we launched new servers in France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. There are no virtual locations. AzireVPN website Guardian 1. We do not. 2. Sudo Security Group, Inc. United States of America. 3. No limits on concurrent connections, though we may introduce bandwidth throttling if we notice huge amounts being consumed. We still won’t track, just would limit speeds in such cases. 4. Zendesk, so if you send an e-mail to support, it will have a help ticket for the inquiry you’ve sent. No analytics. 5. We simply block the port that they allege was in use. We do not retain any useful records and thus have no further action to take. 6. We have not had such a case occur. If one were to happen, we would engage with our legal counsel on how to fight it. 7. We currently have no terms for or against specific types of traffic. If a DMCA request is filed and says a specific port is being used for file sharing activity, we will block the port. 8. We use Apple’s in-app purchase system on iOS, and Stripe on the web. Our payment authorization systems are separated from our VPN credential generation systems. 9. We make use of AES-256, SHA-384, and DH Group 20 for the IKE Security Association, and AES-256-GM with DH Group 20 for the child Security Association. 10. We currently only support IPv4, with IPv6 on our roadmap. We do not support what may be deemed a “kill switch” in a traditional sense due to limitations of iOS. 11. We use for DNS, and we use baremetal servers (not shared VMs) on our hosting provider. We are in the process of setting up our own data centers. 12. No virtual locations. We are in United States, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, London, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. Guardian website *Note: Private Internet access, ExpressVPN and NordVPN are TorrentFreak sponsors. We reserve the first three spots for them as a courtesy. This article also includes a few affiliate links which help us pay the bills. We never sell positions in our review article or charge providers for a listing. Which VPN Providers Really Take Privacy Seriously in 2021?
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    Windscribe 2.03.3 Beta

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    Windscribe 2.02.10

    Windscribe 2.02.10 Windscribe VPN is a Canada-based service that offers both paid and “free” VPN tiers. Windscribe offers desktop clients for Windows, Mac and Linux, browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and MS Edge, and apps for iOs and Android. Features: https://windscribe.com/features Homepage: https://windscribe.com Download for Windows 10, 8, 7: https://assets.totallyacdn.com/desktop/win/Windscribe.exe Download page: https://windscribe.com/download Changelog: https://windscribe.com/changelog/windows
  13. Feds say hackers are likely exploiting critical Fortinet VPN vulnerabilities Exploits allow hackers to log into VPNs and then access other network resources. Enlarge The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said that advanced hackers are likely exploiting critical vulnerabilities in the Fortinet FortiOS VPN in an attempt to plant a beachhead to breach medium and large-sized businesses in later attacks. “APT actors may use these vulnerabilities or other common exploitation techniques to gain initial access to multiple government, commercial, and technology services,” the agencies said Friday in a joint advisory. “Gaining initial access pre-positions the APT actors to conduct future attacks.” APT is short for advanced persistent threat, a term used to describe well-organized and well-funded hacking groups, many backed by nation states. Breaching the mote Fortinet FortiOS SSL VPNs are used mainly in border firewalls, which cordon off sensitive internal networks from the public Internet. Two of the three already-patched vulnerabilities listed in the advisory—CVE-2018-13379 and CVE-2020-12812—are particularly severe because they make it possible for unauthenticated hackers to steal credentials and connect to VPNs that have yet to be updated. “If the VPN credentials are also shared with other internal services (e.g. if they're Active Directory, LDAP, or similar single sign-on credentials) then the attacker immediately gains access to those services with the privileges of the user whose credentials were stolen,” said James Renken, a site reliability engineer at the Internet Security Research Group. Renken is one of two people credited with discovering a third FortiOS vulnerability—CVE-2019-5591—that Friday’s advisory said was also likely being exploited. “The attacker can then explore the network, pivot to trying to exploit various internal services, etc.” One of the most severe security bugs — CVE-2018-13379—was found and disclosed by researchers Orange Tsai and Meh Chang of security firm Devcore. Slides from a talk the researchers gave at the Black Hat Security Conference in 2019 describe it as providing “pre-auth arbitrary file reading,” meaning it allows the exploiter to read password databases or other files of interest. Security firm Tenable, meanwhile, said that CVE-2020-12812 can result in an exploiter bypassing two-factor authentication and logging in successfully. In an emailed statement, Fortinet said: The security of our customers is our first priority. CVE-2018-13379 is an old vulnerability resolved in May 2019. Fortinet immediately issued a PSIRT advisory and communicated directly with customers and via corporate blog posts on multiple occasions in August 2019 and July 2020 strongly recommending an upgrade. Upon resolution we have consistently communicated with customers as recently as late as 2020. CVE-2019-5591 was resolved in July 2019 and CVE-2020-12812 was resolved in July 2020. To get more information, please visit our blog and immediately refer to the May 2019 advisory. If customers have not done so, we urge them to immediately implement the upgrade and mitigations. The FBI and CISA provided no details about the APT mentioned in the joint advisory. The advisory also hedges by saying that there is a “likelihood” the threat actors are actively exploiting the vulnerabilities. Patching the vulnerabilities requires IT administrators to make configuration changes, and unless an organization is using a network with more than one VPN device, there will be downtime. While those barriers are often tough in environments that need VPNs to be available around the clock, the risk of being swept into a ransomware or espionage compromise is significantly greater. Source: Feds say hackers are likely exploiting critical Fortinet VPN vulnerabilities
  14. Here's why VPN services are turning to WireGuard A Q&A with Daniel Sagi, COO at Kape Technologies, parent company of Private Internet Access (Image credit: Shutterstock / FOTOSPLASH) When it comes to VPN services, everyone has their individual preferences, and the same is true of the protocols used to encrypt them. OpenVPN and IPsec encryption protocols have long ruled the roost, but up-and-coming protocol WireGuard is proving that high levels of encryption can be had for less overhead. We caught up with Daniel Sagi, COO at Kape Technologies, parent company of Private Internet Access, to find out about the value WireGuard can deliver and the company's approach to protocols going forward. You’ve financially contributed to the WireGuard protocol and now all your desktop and mobile apps support the protocol. The mobile clients are still missing some features such as per-app connections. When will these be available and are there any other features that you are currently working on? The split-tunneling feature is available on the Android version. Noting that iOS apps utilize Apple sandbox, changing the behavior of other apps is not supported. As a result, we currently do not implement this feature on iOS as it is a platform-specific limitation. For the desktop clients we are currently working on a new network management feature The Network Management feature permits the users to create dedicated automation rules for each type of Network (wireless or wired, open or secure wi-fis). In this way, the PIA application will automatically connect or disconnect when the user connects to that particular Network in manner that the user had dedicated through the automation rule. Do you plan to switch to WireGuard instead of OpenVPN by default? We don't want to force anyone to use a specific protocol. We want to give our customers full control regarding the protocol setup and see this being an evolving decision with delivering the best service to a customer based on their needs. To that end, we're clearly explaining the advantages of the Wireguard in dedicated intro screens from which they can activate it and will be looking at ways in the client to optimize automatically their recommended connection based on their preferences this year. Can you tell us some of the advantages WireGuard offers over the venerable OpenVPN? What’s the advantage of having the WireGuard built directly into the Linux kernel for PIA users? WireGuard is a new VPN protocol that was built after cryptography specialists studied OpenVPN and IPsec and came with a new design that improves the network stack used and also has a modern selection of encryption algorithms, which results in better transfer rates and faster connection times. Up to this point, WireGuard provides more stability and better speed. All software that runs in "kernel space" will run faster and will consume less CPU power. The Linux kernel was the first kernel to receive support for WireGuard. Users that use the kernel module for WireGuard will probably experience better transfer rates (10% higher speeds for downloads), and will also get improved battery lifetime for their devices. We are excited to see the results when new Android devices will receive the WireGuard kernel module from the factory, and we hope Microsoft and Apple will also make a move into this direction to provide divers/modules for WireGuard, so that we can see the same improvement on all platforms. You’ve put up the code of all your clients and extensions on GitHub. Is that just for auditing purposes? Or are you open to receiving contributions and bug fixes from external contributors as well? Yes, we have all our clients' code on GitHub. We're doing this to permit a public auditing process. We're also continually discussing with our community, and we're even accepting Pull Requests for improvements and bug fixes from external contributors Talking about bug fixes, some of your peers (most notably, ProtonVPN) have bug bounty programs as well. Do you have any such plans? PIA was one of the first VPN providers to create a bespoke bug bounty program in November 2013 and will continue to look how we can extend the successful program further this year. ProtonVPN has also had its code vetted by Mozilla. Open Sourcing the code is a positive step, but do you plan to invite auditors to comb through your code as well? Open-sourcing means that our code is open to anyone to audit at any time. Verify, not trust is an ethos and message we have used for a number of years. We welcome external validation and have been actively looking at this option for some time. We want to ensure that an audit is not just a badge that is bought - it is a verification you can trust. Can you share some details about the servers that power the service? What OS/distro do they run? What security measures do you implement on the servers? We are running Linux on the traffic nodes, with the following security measures: All nodes are encrypted and a system verification is executed before decryption All software on the servers is kept as new as possible; we have an automated upgrade process that keeps all nodes up to date. All services are isolated via Linux namespaces and run from memory (the VPN services don't run from the disk) MITM protection has been added for SSH connections (automatically checking fingerprints before connecting) Since your clients are under GPLv3, do you plan to work with Linux distros to have them included in the official repos? We have discussed other Linux packaging options such as offering DEB/RPM packages, but the obstacle to inclusion in official distro repos is that we’d have to pull all dependencies from the distribution - meaning we might not get the precise version of Qt we want. As a result we are still evaluating the option we wish to proceed with. Here's why VPN services are turning to WireGuard
  15. MIllions of VPN users have personal details stolen Databases of three top Android VPN tools were left exposed with default authentication information (Image credit: Shutterstock) The user databases of three popular Android VPN services have reportedly been hacked, with millions of user records now put up for sale online. Databases purportedly from SuperVPN, GeckoVPN, and ChatVPN, together containing a total of twenty one million user records, apparently include sensitive details such as the user’s authentication credentials, according to new research from CyberNews. If the leaked databases are genuine, what’s even more worrying about the leak is the amount of information that these services log about their users, despite claiming not to do so in their respective privacy policies. Besides the authentication information, the databases also include email addresses, payment-related data along with the expiration date of the premium accounts. Reportedly, the threat actor is also offering to sort the data by country for potential buyers. Pervasive data logging The team of researchers at CyberNews saw snippets from the databases and reveal that the leak also contains information about the user’s devices, and argue that with the right know-how these can be exploited to launch man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks on the unsuspecting users. “We reached out to SuperVPN, GeckoVPN, and ChatVPN and asked the providers if they could confirm that the leak was genuine but we have received no responses at the time of writing this report,” the site said. If one takes the word of the hacker on face value, the databases were publicly accessible and the companies didn’t even follow the basic security procedure of disabling the default database credentials. The news is bound to have serious industry-wide repercussions especially considering the fact that the targeted providers are some of the most popular VPN vendors. Via: CyberNews MIllions of VPN users have personal details stolen
  16. This privacy-focused VPN is getting a major refresh TorGuard's apps are getting a new and improved UI (Image credit: Shutterstock) The developers behind the popular VPN service TorGuard have been hard at work developing new features, network upgrades, a brand new website design and even an improved user interface for the VPN's mobile apps. According to a new blog post, the company's long-awaited TorGuard app re-design will be rolling out early next month with the release of a new version of the service's mobile app for iOS and updated browser extensions. The app's new user interface puts VPN settings front and center and users will be able to quickly connect and disconnect, change their VPN location, select HTTP or SSL and even choose which port they want to connect from. The new iOS app design will roll out first and TorGuard's Android and desktop apps will be updated with the new UI in the coming weeks. In terms of new features, the company has been working on adding popular feature requests to its desktop and mobile apps. The most requested of these new features is Split Tunneling which allows users to include or exclude websites, IP's or specific apps from the VPN tunnel. TorGuard is also making it easier for users to pay for its VPN service by offering in-app payments in iOS though it also plans to offer this functionality in its Android app as well. TorGuard network In addition to UI and software updates, TorGuard's team has also been busy upgrading all of its servers to support 10GB speeds while simultaneously upgrading its server hardware to keep its network running as fast as possible. At the same time though, the company plans to increase bandwidth availability in its residential IP locations and these upgrades will begin with TorGuard's LA residential location at the beginning of March. TorGuard has also begun to move some of its virtually routed VPN locations to physical data centers in the stated VPN endpoint's location. These locations include South Africa and South Korea where the company has upgraded its servers which are now hosted inside secure data centers within these countries. TorGuard has also moved its Bangalore India servers to Mumbai due to popular demand and its servers in Israel, Taiwan, and Manchester have been upgraded to 10GB speeds. Finally, TorGuard is now selling gift cards which are available from its sister company PrivateRouter and for a limited time, it is offering a free $20 gift card with the purchase of select VPN routers from the site's store. This privacy-focused VPN is getting a major refresh
  17. Don't use VPN services. No, seriously, don't. You're probably reading this because you've asked what VPN service to use, and this is the answer. Note: The content in this post does not apply to using VPN for their intended purpose; that is, as a virtual private (internal) network. It only applies to using it as a glorified proxy, which is what every third-party "VPN provider" does. Why not? Because a VPN in this sense is just a glorified proxy. The VPN provider can see all your traffic, and do with it what they want - including logging. But my provider doesn't log! There is no way for you to verify that, and of course this is what a malicious VPN provider would claim as well. In short: the only safe assumption is that every VPN provider logs. And remember that it is in a VPN provider's best interest to log their users - it lets them deflect blame to the customer, if they ever were to get into legal trouble. The $10/month that you're paying for your VPN service doesn't even pay for the lawyer's coffee, so expect them to hand you over. But a provider would lose business if they did that! I'll believe that when HideMyAss goes out of business. They gave up their users years ago, and this was widely publicized. The reality is that most of their customers will either not care or not even be aware of it. But I pay anonymously, using Bitcoin/PaysafeCard/Cash/drugs! Doesn't matter. You're still connecting to their service from your own IP, and they can log that. But I want more security! VPNs don't provide security. They are just a glorified proxy. But I want more privacy! VPNs don't provide privacy, with a few exceptions (detailed below). They are just a proxy. If somebody wants to tap your connection, they can still do so - they just have to do so at a different point (ie. when your traffic leaves the VPN server). But I want more encryption! Use SSL/TLS and HTTPS (for centralized services), or end-to-end encryption (for social or P2P applications). VPNs can't magically encrypt your traffic - it's simply not technically possible. If the endpoint expects plaintext, there is nothing you can do about that. When using a VPN, the only encrypted part of the connection is from you to the VPN provider. From the VPN provider onwards, it is the same as it would have been without a VPN. And remember, the VPN provider can see and mess with all your traffic. But I want to confuse trackers by sharing an IP address! Your IP address is a largely irrelevant metric in modern tracking systems. Marketers have gotten wise to these kind of tactics, and combined with increased adoption of CGNAT and an ever-increasing amount of devices per household, it just isn't a reliable data point anymore. Marketers will almost always use some kind of other metric to identify and distinguish you. That can be anything from a useragent to a fingerprinting profile. A VPN cannot prevent this. So when should I use a VPN? There are roughly two usecases where you might want to use a VPN: You are on a known-hostile network (eg. a public airport WiFi access point, or an ISP that is known to use MITM), and you want to work around that. You want to hide your IP from a very specific set of non-government-sanctioned adversaries - for example, circumventing a ban in a chatroom or preventing anti-piracy scareletters. In the second case, you'd probably just want a regular proxy specifically for that traffic - sending all of your traffic over a VPN provider (like is the default with almost every VPN client) will still result in the provider being able to snoop on and mess with your traffic. However, in practice, just don't use a VPN provider at all, even for these cases. So, then... what? If you absolutely need a VPN, and you understand what its limitations are, purchase a VPS and set up your own. I will not recommend any specific providers (diversity is good!), but there are plenty of cheap ones to be found on LowEndBox. But how is that any better than a VPN service? A VPN provider specifically seeks out those who are looking for privacy, and who may thus have interesting traffic. Statistically speaking, it is more likely that a VPN provider will be malicious or a honeypot, than that an arbitrary generic VPS provider will be. So why do VPN services exist? Surely they must serve some purpose? Because it's easy money. You just set up OpenVPN on a few servers, and essentially start reselling bandwidth with a markup. You can make every promise in the world, because nobody can verify them. You don't even have to know what you're doing, because again, nobody can verify what you say. It is 100% snake-oil. So yes, VPN services do serve a purpose - it's just one that benefits the provider, not you. Article source
  18. VPN usage saw major spike last year - here's why Lockdowns and the proposed TikTok ban caused consumer interest in VPNs to surge (Image credit: Shutterstock) Consumer interest in VPN services saw a huge spike last year as users grew increasingly concerned about apps like TikTok being banned as well as securing their data while working from home during lockdown. While people use VPNs in order to bypass government restrictions, secure their home networks and hide their online activities from ISPs, new research from Security.org has revealed major news events from 2020 had a direct correlation with interest in VPN services. The data on consumer interest levels used in the report came from NordVPN while the findings on US consumer usage data came from a study from Security.org. To measure increased consumer demand for VPNs, the organization looked at web traffic for a particular day and then compared this data to the average of a week prior to that date. Increased interest in VPNs One example of a news story that led to a spike in searches for VPNs occurred when it was announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be postponed. At that time, there was a 78 percent increase in consumer VPN interest as users began securing their home networks ahead of the possibility of stay-at-home orders. Digital privacy expert at NordVPN, Daniel Marksuon provided further insight on how news events influenced VPN adoption in a blog post, saying: “When the Olympics were canceled and the cruise ship got quarantined, people must have realized that the virus began to spread. They saw how cities in China got locked down and rushed to acquire protection tools that would help them to continue with their life and work at home in the most secure way possible.” Another event that piqued consumer interest in VPNs occurred last August when President Trump announced that the social media app TikTok would be banned by the US government. This announcement led to a 74 percent increase in interest in VPNs and then on September 20 when the ban was scheduled to go into effect, VPN interest further surged by 34 percent. Although were only a month into 2021, consumer interest in VPN services is likely to remain high as the pandemic continues and governments around the world look to crack down on certain sites and services. Via ZDNet VPN usage saw major spike last year - here's why
  19. VPN abuse needs to be stamped out Any technology can be used in ways its creators did not intend (Image credit: Shutterstock / Elaine333) It is fair to say that any technology (most of which are created for the good of the people) can be abused or used in ways its creators did not intend. A drug dealer, for example, can easily encrypt a communications device so that they can carry out their business without fear of detection, or an arms dealer or a people smuggler. And this can equally apply to VPN services. The overwhelming majority of VPN usage is for legal and legitimate purposes, with many millions of consumers and businesses relying on VPNs for essential online protection. However, it is always very concerning to hear about advertising practices by a small number of service providers who willingly focus on criminals, advertising in underground forums with bad faith, which can ultimately result in criminal liability. Just a few weeks ago, we saw law enforcement agencies from a multi-country taskforce seizing the web domains and server infrastructure of three VPN services that had provided a safe haven for cybercriminals to attack their victims. These services had been active for more than a decade and were extensively advertised on both Russian and English-speaking underground cybercrime forums. Post-lockdown, reports from the authorities detailed how this provider’s servers were often used to mask the real identities of ransomware gangs, Magecart groups, hackers and other nefarious entities. Using these illicit services had allowed cybercriminal gangs to operate very deeply behind a proxy network and carry out their illegal activities. The investigation revealed that three domains— INSORG.ORG; SAFE-INET.COM; SAFE-INET.NET.— offered “bulletproof hosting services'' to website visitors. There were three countries involved in the action - US, Germany, France and Switzerland. This practice of “bulletproof hosting” by shady providers has also been linked to the dark web, but is actually entirely unrelated. Anyone who sets out to run "bulletproof hosting" services for websites, is effectively offering clients the opportunity to run secret online operations - and we are not talking about harmless cloak and dagger stuff. Only last year, German authorities shut down a bulletproof hosting service purportedly involved in hundreds of thousands of illegal online transactions involving drugs, contract killings, money laundering and images of child abuse. This is why we need absolute transparency in our industry and why we should promote consumer safety and privacy online wherever possible. Bulletproof hosting services can also be described whereby web companies don't take down criminal content despite repeated requests by law enforcement officials. In this case, the service provider might choose to ignore any inbound communication or even make up excuses to hide any complaints made by users who find themselves abused by the service. The dodgy service provider might even move their customer accounts or data from one IP address to another to help prevent detection. And it is highly unlikely that they would maintain any kind of logs that could serve to incriminate them if reviewed by enforcement agencies. As a VPN service provider we want to provide internet users with important privacy and security protections against cybercrime. This is why we are proud members of the i2Coalition and its VPN Trust Initiative (VTI). Specifically, VTI (an industry-led consortium) promotes consumer safety and privacy online by increasing understanding of VPNs and strengthening business practices. All of this serves to strengthen trust and transparency and mitigates risk for end users. Any technology can be misused, but the overwhelming majority of VPN usage is for legal and legitimate purposes. If you are considering signing up for a VPN service, take a look at initiatives such as the i2 coalition and choose safely. VPN abuse needs to be stamped out
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  21. Best VPN 2018 February 24, 2018 by Sven Taylor With all the alarming developments in mass surveillance, ISP spying, online censorship, and content restrictions, you are probably looking for the best VPN to stay safe online. But be careful! To find the best VPN, you’ll need to watch out for VPN scams, VPNs that lie about logs (PureVPN), VPNs that leak IP addresses (VPN Unlimited), and even malicious VPNs with hidden tracking libraries (Betternet). So tread carefully my friends. The rankings of the best VPN services below are based on extensive test results to check for IP address leaks, DNS leaks, connection issues, app performance, reliability, speed, and whether the features work correctly. Additionally, I also considered company policies, jurisdiction, logging practices, and the trustworthiness of the provider. Best VPNs 2018 Now we will take a deep dive into the top five best VPN services for 2018, discussing the pros, cons, features, and testing results for every provider. ExpressVPN ExpressVPN is a trusted and highly-recommended service that remains one of the best all-around VPNs on the market. It is based in the British Virgin Islands and offers a great lineup of applications for all devices. Extensive testing for the ExpressVPN review found the apps to be very secure, with exceptional performance throughout the server network. ExpressVPN is also a service that continues to get better. In the past six months they have made significant improvements to their apps to protect users against rare leak scenarios. These efforts culminated in the public release of their leak testing tools, which can be used to test any VPN for flaws/failures (open source and available on GitHub). ExpressVPN’s logging policies (only anonymized stats) were recently put to the test when authorities in Turkey seized one of their servers to obtain user data. But no customer data was affected as authorities were not able to obtain any logs (further explained here). This event showed that ExpressVPN remains true to its core mission of protecting customer privacy and data. ExpressVPN is also one of the best VPN providers you will find for streaming. Whether you are using a VPN with Kodi or streaming Netflix with a VPN, ExpressVPN offers applications to support all devices as well as a high-bandwidth network with great performance. Their support is also superb, with 24/7 live chat assistance and a 30 day money-back guarantee. Exclusive discount – ExpressVPN is currently offering an exclusive 49% discount on select plans, which reduces the monthly rate down to $6.67 (the non-discount price is $8.32 per month). ExpressVPN Windows client. + Pros User-friendly and reliable apps Exceptional speeds throughout the server network 30 day money-back guarantee Split tunneling feature (for Mac OS, Windows, and routers) Great for Netflix and other streaming services Strong encryption and leak protection settings 24/7 live chat support – Cons Apps collect anonymized connection stats, but users can opt out (IP addresses not logged) Perfect Privacy After testing out many different VPN services, Perfect Privacy holds the top spot as the best VPN for advanced online anonymity. You may have never heard of Perfect Privacy because they largely ignore marketing and instead focus on providing a high quality, privacy-focused service with very advanced features. Nonetheless, this is a well-respected VPN provider that has earned high praise from the tech community for exposing massive vulnerabilities with other VPNs. Their network is composed entirely of dedicated servers that provide you with fast speeds, great reliability, and plenty of bandwidth at all times (you can see real-time server bandwidth here). They have also passed real-world tests when two of their servers were seized by Dutch authorities last year. However, no customer data was affected due to no logs and all servers operating in RAM disk mode with nothing being saved on the server. For features they offer multi-hop VPN chains, advanced firewall configuration options (DNS and IP leak protection), port forwarding, NeuroRouting, Socks5 and Squid proxies, obfuscation features to defeat VPN blocking (Stealth VPN), and a customizable TrackStop feature to block tracking, malware, advertising and social media domains. They also give you an unlimited number of device connections and offer full IPv6 support (giving you both an IPv4 and IPv6 address). While Perfect Privacy offers very advanced features that you won’t find anywhere else, it also comes with a Swiss price tag at €8.95 per month. Additionally, these advanced features may be overkill for some users, especially if you are new to VPNs. Nonetheless, for those seeking the highest levels of online anonymity, security, and overall performance, Perfect Privacy is a solid choice. The Perfect Privacy Windows client, using a four-hop VPN cascade. + Pros Unlimited number of device connections Multi-hop VPN chains, up to 4 servers (self-configurable) NeuroRouting (dynamic, server-side multi-hop that can be used with all devices) Absolutely no logs without any restrictions Dedicated servers operating only in RAM disk mode Full IPv6 support (provides both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses) Customizable firewall/port-forwarding options TrackStop advertisement, tracking, and malware blocker – Cons Higher price Full VPN Manager client not available for Mac OS (but BETA client available, along with other installation options) VPN.ac VPN.ac is Romania-based VPN service with excellent overall quality for a very reasonable price. It was created by a team of network security professionals with a focus on security, strong encryption, and high-quality applications. Their VPN network is composed entirely of dedicated servers with secure, self-hosted DNS. VPN.ac’s server network provides you with great speeds and reliability (see the review for details). Performance is maximized with reliable applications and excellent bandwidth on their network at all times. (You can see their real-time bandwidth stats by selecting VPN Nodes Status at the top of the website.) For a lower-priced VPN service, VPN.ac offers an impressive lineup of features: maximum encryption strength, obfuscation features, double-hop VPN server configurations, and a secure proxy browser extension. All support inquiries are handled internally by the network security professionals who built the infrastructure. The one drawback I found is that VPN.ac maintains connection logs – but all data is erased daily. , which they clearly explain on their website. When you consider everything in relation to the price, this is one of the best values you’ll find for a premium VPN service. The VPN.ac Windows client, using a double-hop configuration. + Pros High-security VPN server network (dedicated servers, with self-hosted encrypted DNS) Excellent speeds with lots of available bandwidth Multi-hop (double VPN) server configurations Obfuscation features – Cons Advanced encryption (7 available protocols) Low price for a very advanced VPN (good value) Connection logs (no activity, erased daily) NordVPN NordVPN is a popular no logs VPN service based in Panama. Just like with ExpressVPN, NordVPN is a service that has made significant improvements over the past year. It performed well in testing for the latest update to the NordVPN review. The NordVPN apps have undergone some great updates to further protect users against the possibility of data leaks, while also adding a newly-improved kill switch to block all non-VPN traffic. As another improvement, NordVPN has rolled out a CyberSec feature that blocks advertisements, tracking, and malicious domains. And finally, NordVPN continues to work with Netflix and other streaming services. NordVPN is a great choice for privacy-focused users. Aside from the Panama jurisdiction and no-logs policies, NordVPN also provides advanced online anonymity features. These include double-hop server configurations, Tor-over-VPN servers, and also a lineup of obfuscated servers to conceal VPN traffic. NordVPN’s customer service is also top-notch. They provide 24/7 live chat support directly through their website, and all plans come with a 30 day money-back guarantee. NordVPN discount – NordVPN is currently offering a massive 77% discount on select plans, which drops the monthly rate down to only $2.75. (This is significantly cheaper than their standard rate with the annual plan at $5.75 per month.) The NordVPN Windows client. + Pros User-friendly apps 30 day money-back guarantee Multi-hop (double VPN) server configurations 24/7 live chat support No logs Competitive price Ad blocking feature – Cons Variable speeds with some servers VPNArea VPNArea is not the biggest name in the VPN industry, but this Bulgaria-based provider did well in testing for the review. They take customer privacy very seriously, with a strict no logs policy, good privacy features, and Switzerland hosting for business operations. Being based in Bulgaria, they do not fall under data-retention or copyright violation laws, which further protects their users. Aside from being a privacy-focused service, VPNArea also offers numerous servers that are optimized for streaming and torrenting. It continues to work well with Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others. Torrenting and P2P downloads are allowed without any restrictions. They continue to improve their service with new features, including obfuscation (Stunnel) and ad-blocking through their self-hosted DNS servers. VPNArea is also one of the few VPNs that offer dedicated IP addresses. VPNArea Windows client. + Pros Competitive price No logs Great for streaming and torrenting Ad-blocking DNS servers 6 simultaneous connections (which can be shared with others) Dedicated IP addresses available – Cons Apps are somewhat busy DNS leak protection must be manually configured # # # Considerations for finding the best VPN As we already discussed, choosing the best VPN all boils down to determining which factors you consider the most important. In other words, it’s a very subjective process. Here are seven important factors to consider: Test results – How well does the VPN perform in testing? This includes both performance testing (speed and reliability) and leak testing (IP leaks and DNS leaks). Privacy jurisdiction – Where the VPN is legally based affects customer privacy. Many people avoid VPNs based in the US and other surveillance countries for this reason. For more of a discussion on this topic, see the guide on Five Eyes / 14 Eyes and VPNs. Server network – Three considerations when examining VPN servers are quality, locations, and bandwidth. Some VPNs prioritize server quality, while others prioritize locations. Also, see if you can find a real-time server status page to get an idea of available bandwidth, which will indicate performance. Privacy features – One good privacy feature for more online anonymity is a multi-hop VPN configuration. This will encrypt your traffic across two or more servers, offering more protection against surveillance and targeted monitoring. Operating system – Be sure to check out if the VPN you are considering supports the operating system you will be using. Obfuscation – Obfuscation is a key feature if you are using a VPN in China or anywhere that VPNs may be blocked. Obfuscation is also key for school and work networks that may restrict VPN use. Company policies – It’s always good to read through the company policies to see if it’s a good fit. Privacy policies, refund policies, and torrenting policies are all good to consider before signing up. There are many other factors you may want to consider when selecting the best VPN – but this is a good starting point. Best VPN speed and performance Many people are wondering how to achieve the best VPN speed. Others are wondering which VPNs are fastest. If you are using a good VPN service, you really shouldn’t notice a huge reduction in speed. Of course, the extra work that goes into encrypting/decrypting your traffic across VPN servers will affect speed, but usually it’s not noticeable. To optimize your VPN speed and achieve better performance, here are some factors to consider: Internet service provider interference – Some ISPs interfere with or throttle VPN connections. This seems to be a growing problem. Solution: use a VPN with obfuscation features, which will conceal the VPN traffic as HTTPS. (Perfect Privacy with Stealth VPN, VPN.ac with the XOR protocol, and VyprVPN with the Chameleon protocol are all good options.) High latency – You can generally expect slower speeds when you connect to servers further from your location. Using multi-hop VPN configurations will also increase latency and slow things down. Solution: Use servers closer to your location. If you utilize a multi-hop VPN chain, select nearby servers to minimize latency. Server congestion – Many of the larger VPN services oversell their servers, resulting in congestion, minimal bandwidth, dropped connections, and slow speeds. All of the recommendations on this page performed well in testing and offer adequate bandwidth for good speed. For example, see the Perfect Privacy server page and the VPN.ac server page (VPN Nodes Status at the top). Antivirus or firewall software – Antivirus and third-party firewall software often interfere with and slows down VPNs. Some software will implement their firewall on top of the default (operating system) firewall, which slows everything down. Solution: Disable the third-party firewall, or add an exception/rule for the VPN software. WiFi interference – WiFi interference or problems are unrelated to the VPN, but it can make a difference in overall speed. Solution: It may not be convenient, but using a wired connection will improve speed and security. Processing power – Many devices don’t do well with the extra processing power that is needed for VPN encryption/decryption. This is especially the case with older computers, routers, and mobile devices. Solution: Switch devices or upgrade to a faster processor (higher CPU). Network setup – Some networks do not work well with certain VPN protocols. Solution: The best solution is to experiment with different VPN protocols and/or ports (OpenVPN UDP / TCP / ECC / XOR, IPSec, etc.). Some VPN providers also allow you to modify MTU size, which may improve speed. To achieve the best VPN speed possible, it’s a good idea to experiment with the different variables. Assuming the servers are not overloaded with users, the two main ways to optimize performance are choosing a nearby server with low latency and selecting the right protocol. As mentioned above, the best protocol may vary depending on your unique situation. Best VPN services for streaming Many people who enjoy streaming are turning to VPNs to unlock content that is blocked or restricted and also gain a higher level of privacy. As mentioned above, the best all-around VPN for streaming is ExpressVPN because it always works with Netflix and other streaming services, it offers a huge lineup of apps, and the customer support is great. Another solid choice for streaming is VPNArea. Using a VPN with Netflix will allow you to access all the content you want wherever you are located in the world. Below I am accessing US Netflix from my location in Europe, using an ExpressVPN server in Washington, D.C. VPNs to avoid in 2018 There are a lot of different VPNs on the market – so it’s a good idea to consider your choices carefully. The problem, however, is that the internet is full of disinformation concerning VPNs. Large sites are often paid lots of money to promote inferior services. But this is no secret. With that being said, here are some important details that many of the larger websites are hiding from their readers: PureVPN – PureVPN is recommended by some big websites, but there are many red flags. When testing everything for the PureVPN review, I found IPv4 leaks, IPv6 leaks, DNS leaks, broken features (kill switch) and a host of other speed and connection problems. Also concerning, I learned that PureVPN was caught logging user data and handing this information over to US authorities – all despite having a “zero log policy” and promising to protect user privacy. Betternet – Betternet is a Canada-based provider that is known for offering a free VPN service. Unfortunately, when I tested everything for the Betternet review I found the service to leak IP addresses (both IPv4 and IPv6) as well as and DNS requests. An academic research paper also listed Betternet as #4 on the Top 10 most malware-infected Android VPN apps, while also embedding tracking libraries in their apps. Scary stuff, considering that VPNs are supposed to provide privacy and security (but that’s why you don’t use a free VPN). Betternet’s Android VPN app tested positive for malware by 13 different antivirus tools (AV-rank 13) !!! Hotspot Shield – Hotspot Shield is another troublesome VPN service with a well-documented history or problems. Hotspot Shield VPN was directly identified in a research paper for “actively injecting JavaScript codes using iframes for advertising and tracking purposes” with their Android VPN app. The same study also found a large presence of tracking libraries in the VPN app’s source code. Hotspot Shield was also in the news for a critical flaw in their VPN app which reveals the user’s identity and location. Hidemyass – HideMyAss is a UK-based VPN provider with a troubling history. Despite promising to protect user privacy, HideMyAss was found to be turning over customer data to law enforcement agencies around the world. VPN Unlimited – Extensive testing of the VPN Unlimited apps identified numerous leaks. This screenshot illustrates IPv6 leaks, WebRTC leaks, and DNS leaks with the VPN Unlimited Windows client. Leaks with VPN Unlimited Of course, there are many examples of problematic VPNs. But you can test your VPN to also check for issues that may affect your privacy and security. If you’re serious about privacy and online freedom… Start using a VPN whenever you go online. In just the last few years we’ve seen a number of unprecedented developments in corporate and government mass surveillance: Internet service providers in the United States can now legally record online browsing history and sell this data to third parties and advertisers. Mass surveillance also continues unabated… Residents of the United Kingdom are having their online browsing history, calls, and text messages recorded for up to two years (Investigatory Powers Act). This private information is freely available to various government agencies and their global surveillance partners. Australia has also recently implemented mandatory data retention laws, which require the collection of text messages, calls, and internet connection data. Free speech and free thought are increasingly under attack all around the world. While this has traditionally been a problem in China and other Middle Eastern countries, it is increasingly common throughout the Western world. Here are a few examples fo what we see unfolding: YouTube videos that are blocked or censored. Social media accounts, tweets, posts, and/or entire platforms that are blocked. Websites of all different varieties (torrenting, Wikipedia, news, etc.) blocked. What you are seeing is the continual erosion of privacy and online freedom. And it’s happening throughout the world. The point here is not to sound alarmist, but instead to illustrate these trends and how they affect you. The good news is that there are very effective solutions for these problems. You can protect yourself right now with a good VPN and other privacy tools. Stay safe! Recap – Best VPNs for Privacy, Security, and Speed SOURCE
  22. ExpressVPN is a well-respected virtual private network (VPN) software package. Most users will download this bundle so that they can have the ability to browse the Internet anonymously. This is beneficial due to the fact that no cookies will be stored and that their personal information is likely to remain much safer. This system is supported in multiple different countries and as it is free to download, it may be a welcome alternative to similar paid options. Basic Features and Usability ExpressVPN uses a number of proxy servers located in different parts of the world. More than 87 countries can be accessed through no less than 130 dedicated connections. Another benefit in regards to this package is that unlike some other platforms, the user can switch between proxies an unlimited number of times. This can help to reduce interruptions and adapt for slower connection speeds. No personal information is recorded, so anonymity is guaranteed. Other Benefits This application can work with the iPhone as well as the iPad. We should also note that it supports standard wireless Internet alongside 3G and 4G connection speeds. Additional encryption software (UDP and TCP protocols) is optional and in the event of any questions, an ExpressVPN customer support representative is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Download Link : Site: http://pasted.co Sharecode: /01935085
  23. The newly launched torrent search engine BTindex crawls BitTorrent's DHT network for new files. It's a handy service, but one that comes with a controversial twist. In addition to listing hundreds of thousands of magnet links, it also exposes the IP-addresses of BitTorrent users to the rest of the world. Unless BitTorrent users are taking steps to hide their identities through the use of a VPN, proxy, or seedbox, their downloading habits are available for almost anyone to snoop on. By design the BitTorrent protocol shares the location of any user in the swarm. After all, without knowing where to send the data nothing can be shared to begin with. Despite this fairly common knowledge, even some experienced BitTorrent users can be shocked to learn that someone has been monitoring their activities, let alone that their sharing activity is being made public for the rest of the world to see. Like it or not, this is exactly what the newly launched torrent search engine BTindex is doing. Unlike most popular torrent sites BTindex adds new content by crawling BitTorrent’s DHT network. This is already quite unique as most other sites get their content from user uploads or other sites. However, the most controversial part without doubt is that the IP-addresses of BitTorrent users are being shared as well. People who download a file from The Pirate Bay or any other torrent site expose their IP-addresses via the DHT network. BTindex records this information alongside the torrent metadata. The number of peers are displayed in the search results and for each file a selection of IP-addresses is made available to the public. The image below shows a selection of peers who shared a pirated copy of the movie “Transcendence,” this week’s most downloaded film. Some IP-addresses sharing “Transcendence.” Perhaps even more worrying to some, the site also gives an overview of all recorded downloads per IP-address. While the database is not exhaustive there is plenty of dirt to be found on heavy BitTorrent users who have DHT enabled in their clients. Below is an example of the files that were shared via the IP-address of a popular VPN provider. Files shared by the IP-address of a popular VPN provider Since all data is collected through the DHT network people can avoid being tracked by disabling this feature in their BitTorrent clients. Unfortunately, that only gives a false sense of security as there are plenty of other monitoring firms who track people by gathering IP-addresses directly from the trackers. The idea to index and expose IP-addresses of public BitTorrent users is not entirely new. In 2011 YouHaveDownloaded did something similar. This site generated considerable interest but was shut down a few months after its launch. If anything, these sites should act as a wake up call to people who regularly share files via BitTorrent without countermeasures. Depending on the type of files being shared, a mention on BTindex is probably the least of their worries. Source: TorrentFreak
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    SoftEther VPN 4.04

    What is SoftEther VPN ? SoftEther VPN ("SoftEther" means "Software Ethernet") is one of the world's most powerful and easy-to-use multi-protocol VPN software. It runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD and Solaris. SoftEther VPN is open source. You can use SoftEther for any personal or commercial use for free charge. SoftEther VPN is an optimum alternative to OpenVPN and Microsoft's VPN servers. SoftEther VPN has a clone-function of OpenVPN Server. You can integrate from OpenVPN to SoftEther VPN smoothly. SoftEther VPN is faster than OpenVPN. SoftEther VPN also supports Microsoft SSTP VPN for Windows Vista / 7 / 8. No more need to pay expensive charges for Windows Server license for Remote-Access VPN function. SoftEther VPN can be used to realize BYOD (Bring your own device) on your business. If you have smartphones, tablets or laptop PCs, SoftEther VPN's L2TP/IPsec server function will help you to establish a remote-access VPN from your local network. SoftEther VPN's L2TP VPN Server has strong compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. SoftEther VPN is not only an alternative VPN server to existing VPN products (OpenVPN, IPsec and MS-SSTP). SoftEther VPN has also original strong SSL-VPN protocol to penetrate any kinds of firewalls. Ultra-optimized SSL-VPN Protocol of SoftEther VPN has very fast throughput, low latency and firewall resistance. SoftEther VPN has strong resistance against firewalls than ever. Built-in NAT-traversal penetrates your network admin's troublesome firewall for overprotection. You can setup your own VPN server behind the firewall or NAT in your company, and you can reach to that VPN server in the corporate private network from your home or mobile place, without any modification of firewall settings. Any deep-packet inspection firewalls cannot detect SoftEther VPN's transport packets as a VPN tunnel, because SoftEther VPN uses Ethernet over HTTPS for camouflage. Easy to imagine, design and implement your VPN topology with SoftEther VPN. It virtualizes Ethernet by software-enumeration. SoftEther VPN Client implements Virtual Network Adapter, and SoftEther VPN Server implements Virtual Ethernet Switch. You can easily build both Remote-Access VPN and Site-to-Site VPN, as expansion of Ethernet-based L2 VPN. Of course, traditional IP-routing L3 based VPN can be built by SoftEther VPN. SoftEther VPN has strong compatibility to today's most popular VPN products among the world. It has the interoperability with OpenVPN, L2TP, IPsec, EtherIP, L2TPv3, Cisco VPN Routers and MS-SSTP VPN Clients. SoftEther VPN is the world's only VPN software which supports SSL-VPN, OpenVPN, L2TP, EtherIP, L2TPv3 and IPsec, as a single VPN software. SoftEther VPN is free software because it was developed as Daiyuu Nobori's Master Thesis research in the University. You can download and use it from today. The source-code of SoftEther VPN is available under GPL license. http://www.softether.org/
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