VPN Recommendation?

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  1. vlad

    vlad Well-Known Member

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    Its funny no matter the topic how I always come to Cowboyszone for opinions...Cowboys in the blood!

    Can anyone offer any VPN recommendations? I've never used one before, but the thought of protecting privacy just seems important.

    Thanks
     
  2. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    I use Private Internet Access. If you pay yearly, the cost is less than $3.50 per month, for up to five devices. It's easy to install and can be turned off or on with a button click, and supports most platforms, including iPad/iPhone/Android support. If you're uber-security conscious, it can even be put on an Amazon Firestick.

    Also, you can specify the geographic region you want for your ip address. This helps so that your bank’s website will recognize your device as from your general area (like your state), and not think you’re a hacker from halfway around the world.
     
  3. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    Before I offer my expert advice.........what is VPN? :lmao:
     
  4. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    I second PIA.
     
  5. vlad

    vlad Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much - I was looking at that one as my first pick, but again I'm not just not comfortable with my own research for this.

    I would like your post but for some reason I don't have the button on the Off Topic Zone.
     
  6. vlad

    vlad Well-Known Member

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    Thank you man -I know you are knowledgeable about such things - appreciate it.
     
  7. Ranching

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  8. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    No worries, I had never noticed the Like button has been removed in the Off Topic Zone until now.

    I found PIA through a friends recommendation...hard to know who to trust otherwise. Interestingly, I just read about this...one of the few cases that I'm aware of, of a governmental agency asking a VPN provider to give up their records on a customer, was PIA. They confirmed to the agency what they've said all along, that there wasn't anything to turn over, since they don't even save logs of user activity.
     
  9. gmoney112

    gmoney112 Well-Known Member

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    Any US VPN's will hand over your information instantly in the case they're subpoena'd.

    Mullvad is what i'd use. Sweden based, no activity logs. If you want to truly stay anonymous, pay for an account through Bitcoin.
     
  10. honyock

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    I believe PIA is London based. In this case, they were subpoena'd, and confirmed to the subpoena issuer that they had no activity logs to turn over. They will very probably still divulge credit card payment info in response to the subpoena to confirm that someone is a client of theirs. I agree with you, if someone wants an extra level of security, they can pay by alternate means like Bitcoin.
     
  11. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    It's safe to assume any VPN company will fold to enough government pressure, so if you're doing something illicit, don't assume you're anonymous.
     
  12. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg That gum you like.

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    The one I've had the best luck with:

    https://airvpn.org/

    They have cool port forwarding capabilities as well as the ability to view the load on each VPN server you can connect to.
     
  13. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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  14. vlad

    vlad Well-Known Member

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    Thank you everyone for the feedback, I've got some learning to do.
     
  15. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    PIA is what I used in the past to watch NFL games for free before the NFL stopped allowing free streaming to other countries.

    For the most part, I don't use a VPN except for connecting to work or over open WiFi access points. Really no reason for me to use VPN services from other countries as generally what I do online doesn't require me hiding who I am. :)
     
  16. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    If they don't log the connection, geo-location or internet activity information there isn't anything to turn over.

    That is why I use PureVPN they don't log or track anything. It is pretty inexpensive as well, 2 years for $72.

    https://www.purevpn.com/privacy-policy.php
     
  17. Reverend Conehead

    Reverend Conehead Well-Known Member

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    I use an alternative to a VPN known as bitport.io. It's different from a VPN in that you don't download a torrent with a torrent client like QBittorrent, Vuze, or whatever. Instead, you send a torrent to your cloud account in bitport.io. Your IP is not seen. You can either stream from your bitport cloud or download from there. You won't get that dreaded email from your isp, "You downloaded X illegally, you may be sued, you may lose your isp" etc.
     
  18. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    That's what they claim, but there's been many examples of people getting caught doing illegal activities using VPNs with similar claims. For instance, the servers can be seized by government agencies, and operate as a honeypot.
     
  19. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I also use PIA.

    Honestly, I think there's a solid chance most of these vpn's have been compromised by now. Strikes me that they would be a priority to sniff out for interested parties.

    It still makes me feel slightly better, but I wouldn't assume they are a cure all.
     

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