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AmHere

VPN Recommendations
« on: February 26, 2019, 11:16:27 PM »
I am in the market for a VPN, What do you use and do you like it?

There was an ad for NordVPN on TV yesterday. And the online reviews seem good. Anyone here use it?



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Re: VPN Recomendations
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2019, 12:27:29 AM »
I use NordVPN and have had no problems with it, although I'm not an expert and wouldn't really know whether it's good or not. grint It works, is all I can say. I mainly use it to check the prices of my books on foreign stores.
 
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Re: VPN Recomendations
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2019, 01:31:24 AM »
I have Private Internet Access (PIA). https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

I used to use Anonymizer but had occasional issues with it, so I tried something new. When it first started using PIA, there were a few sites (oddly, Barnes and Noble, among others) that it had a hard time connecting with. It also occasionally didn't play well with my email client and the synchronization on my Kindle app. These were infrequent problems. However, a recent switch to a new and improved client appears to have eliminated even these minor issues.

The experience of using PIA is now smooth. I don't even have to think about it most of the time. And, for whatever advertising claims may be worth, it claims to keep no records of your internet activity whatsoever. That means even if PIA's servers get hacked, there's no information about individual users that can be compromised.

As I suspect is probably true with using any VPN, you will need to go through the new device routine with some websites, such as banking websites, but typically, that's only a one-time thing.

Occasionally, connection speed my slow down. Disconnecting and reconnecting the VPN normally solves the problem--if it's VPN related. Depending on your hardware, sometimes the problem may be modem-related and require turning off the modem and then turning it back on to reinitialize it.


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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2019, 02:04:12 AM »
I too use PIA--and I'm happy with it. Now that said, occasionally it won't connect with a website. In those cases, I momentarily turn off VPN.

Before settling on PIA, I tried NordVPN for a month. There were too many websites I couldn't reach through them, though. This was a couple of years ago, so it probably has improved substantially.
 
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Re: VPN Recomendations
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2019, 02:23:44 AM »
Anyone have experience with PIA while traveling overseas, ie, to avoid the risks inherent in a hotel-provided wifi service?
 

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Re: VPN Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2019, 04:52:54 AM »
Thanks for the PIA recommendation and the thoughts on NordVPN.

 

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Re: VPN Recomendations
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2019, 09:59:58 AM »
Anyone have experience with PIA while traveling overseas, ie, to avoid the risks inherent in a hotel-provided wifi service?
I haven't, but I will say they have servers in different parts of the world. If you were traveling in an area with a relatively close server, I can't think of a reason it wouldn't work. (You can connect in theory to any of the servers in their network from anywhere, but I've sometimes had performance issues when the service auto-connected me to a server that was far distant from my location.

Of course, using PIA would depend upon whether or not the hotel-provided wifi allowed VPN use.


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Re: VPN Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2019, 02:23:34 AM »
I am in the market for a VPN, What do you use and do you like it?

I assume by now you've already obtained a VPN service. In case you haven't, though, you may want to peruse this excellent article published by Future Tense and Slate Magazine. Title: Do You Trust Your VPN? Are You Sure?

https://slate.com/technology/2019/02/best-vpn-companies-trust-privacy.html?via=homepage_recirc_engaged
 
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2019, 06:05:41 AM »
 

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Re: VPN Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2019, 09:29:33 PM »
Windscribe, hands-down the best. Canadian. No shortage of servers, world-wide. Check out the Download Windscribe page for a long list of all the devices it supports.

https://windscribe.com/

Windscribe also has a forum on reddit: /r/windscribe

At all costs, avoid Disconnect VPN. I made the mistake of purchasing a lifetime 49$ sub to this dog. Thank goodness it was cheap. The thing sits on my Win10/64bit desktop and looks real pretty, but it doesn't do anything. Disconnect is an apt name. It never connects. There's no support forum. If you try to do a search for problems with "Disconnect VPN" nothing shows up because of the name they chose for the thing. Email support is so '90s. I've been waiting for a year for email support to get back to me: Thanks for your inquiry. We'll have one of our engineers get back to you. I heard that a lot back in the '90s: Real. Soon. Now.
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Re: VPN Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2019, 06:43:04 AM »
I've been using Browsec for a while and haven't had any problems as far as I can tell. I don't travel, so no idea about any of that. I got the extension through Firefox, mainly to keep Google from tracking me everywhere I go -- it can't seem to narrow down where I am, so far.
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Re: VPN Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2019, 07:22:58 AM »
I've been using Browsec for a while and haven't had any problems as far as I can tell. I don't travel, so no idea about any of that. I got the extension through Firefox, mainly to keep Google from tracking me everywhere I go -- it can't seem to narrow down where I am, so far.


VPNs usually cost money, but that Browsec addon seems to be free.  Is there a catch?  What am I missing? 

If it's actually a free VPN, then sign me up.   :cool:
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2019, 07:41:55 AM »
Browsec is Russian-based, so good luck with that. It's free, though, if that's all you're looking for.

https://www.vpncrew.com/browsec-review/

Windscribe, mentioned above, has a free version as well.
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Re: VPN Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2019, 01:48:58 AM »
As the article linked above points out, much depends on what kind of records the VPN keeps and in what country the VPN has its headquarters. There is at least one case in which PIA was subpoenaed by the FBI and was unable to produce records--because the company doesn't keep any. That's one thing to check for. Also, if the company is based in an area controlled by an authoritarian regime, or at least one that doesn't respect privacy policies, you may have no way of knowing whether data is in fact being kept on you, and if so, where it's going.


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