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The Best VPNs: Our Top Five | Speed, Privacy, Logging, Jurisdiction, Etc


#1

Originally published at: https://teksyndicate.com/the-best-vpns-our-top-five-speed-privacy-logging-jurisdiction-etc/

This day and age, it is very important to have a VPN. As it stands, your ISP can see everything you are doing, and they log it for six months or more. This information is there, waiting to be sold, subpoenaed, etc. So, you really need that VPN.

First, a VPN allows you to browse the internet privately. It creates an encrypted tunnel to a different server, then you browse the internet from there. So, you use their client (or openVPN) and connect to their server. Your ISP (and other prying eyes) just see a raw stream of data. They don’t know if you are browsing Reddit, watching YouTube videos, or shopping for snakeskin jackets. They have no clue.

Check out the video for all the information on our favorite VPN providers. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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#2

Do yall game and/or stream with your VPN on? I know I don’t have the best upload speeds (fu Charter) as it is, so if I try to game or stream with a VPN, I run into lag and dropped frames.

Also wanted to add that PIA can be paid for with gift cards. Nearly any big brand (Starbucks, WalMart, Target, etc) gift card can be exchanged for a PIA subscription. Depending on the value of the card and what store, decides how many days of service you get. $20 is usually a few months. With the holidays coming up, you almost always end up with random gift cards for presents, not all of which may necessarily be useful to you; but if you need or want a VPN, it’s an easy way to get one.


#3

I have games and streamed plenty of times with the VPN on. It makes my ping go from 10 to about 25-30 usually… Sometimes a little higher, but always under 100 unless the server is really far away. I usually turn off the VPN for this stuff, but that is what happens when I forget. I am not too worried about anyone knowing that I play a game… then again you never know. dun dun duuuu.


#4

I’ve actually been using the free version of tunnelbear. I love it!


#5

Another good place to learn how to secure your privacy are:

https://disroot.org/

https://prism-break.org/en/

There’s also this lovely presentation.

https://github.com/YalePrivacyLab/citizen-foss/blob/master/presentation.pdf


#6

Another VPN you should check out is CyberGhost. No Logging, the company is based around the supporting of users privacy as a mission goal and the VPN is just one way they chose to do it. Based in Romania, the CEO does many talks about Internet Privacy and data collection and tends to hire people who a) support the ‘cause’ and b) just get things done.

Relatively affordable, constantly improving and adding services, and has a vast array of servers, does OpenVPN(but supports other connection types) and a premium account has 5 devices (and yes they support routers as a single device) for both desktop and mobile devices with client software for the mobile devices if you want it. Supports Bitcoin (and I think LiteCoin) and has periodical sales.

The only issue I have had is with some customer support interactions went more poorly than they should have but it could have been a lingual problem causing issues with the Support Techs. They all went favourably though and as a matter of fact one time because of a short disconnect of my service they gave me a 6 month extension to my plan.

If you want to try them out you can download the client and use the nerfed free connection to check out the features at CyberGhostVPN.com .


#7

I use PIA and I game with it on. Haven’t had any issues. There is a noticeable drop in speed for downloads (from 100+ mbps depending on the time of day, down to 50 mbps or so with it turned on), but it’s still more than enough to game on. The only time I turn it off is when I’m trying to download something large like a game.