1) Travel? Travel to China? -- then worry about what VPNs are blocked
2) Need strong anonymity against the US government? You're probably out of luck, but Tor might be a good technology to use for now. Really, you want something which is message-based, not streams, and can have mix-net style latency, not onion routing. Other than email (mixmaster/mixminion, both too small in deployment to be safe, now), you're out of luck. Stay tuned, though. (You also probably need more than just the network -- incognito mode, some kind of filtering proxy, etc.)
3) QoS/etc. evasion on e.g. Comcast for torrenting? I'd probably go with the torrentfreak recommendations. (http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-services-that-take-your-anonymit...) Generally I think a seedbox is a far better solution for torrenting than a VPN, though.
4) Great Mac support? That is GetCloak's focus.
5) Mobile? The PPTP/L2TP stuff built in is the best, although the security is weaker than SSL or IPsec VPNs.
6) Price? AnchorFree is free. The others range from (generally) $3-20/mo/user.
7) Need to tie in with your existing on-premises networks, AWS VPC, or support multiple clients, or do DLP, etc? That's what cryptoseal's business product tries to do, or you could use a conventional on-premises vpn hardware appliance from Juniper, Cisco, etc.
There isn't one best choice.
Bonus that it also works well with mobile (android 4.1+).
no logging and quasi-unlimited traffic. it works on my iphone so i am assuming there should not be a problem with android...
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I think if you are using generic webhosting instead of pure VPN, then your traffic is less likely to be monitored/recorded in association to your credit card number.
Many paid vpn providers limit you to ~1Mbps down, which may be impractical for some forms of browsing. By contrast, as your personal vpn's only client - you can reasonably expect to see speeds comparable to your own connection and (if you are in europe) only a minor drop in ping.
Furthermore, if you need to use the VPN on a network which blocks ports, running the vpn yourself allows you to edit the port upon which it accepts connections.
Lastly - Hetzner is provider without direct ties to the US/UK, which should afford you some security from drag-net surveillance etc... the Germans seem pretty upset about the whole US signals intel overreach debacle. A win from this perspective.
Also, I notice that if I use vpn when using 3g connection, I don't experienced many dropped connections anymore. Without vpn, if I open too many tcp connection, some connections would start to drop. Could it be that when using vpn, the mobile network sees my internet traffics as one socket connection to the vps? I probably need to learn how vpn works under the hood and not just take them for granted.
Another benefit is I can install mosh on the vps, and if I need to login via ssh to a remote server (that don't have mosh installed), I would login to my vps with mosh, and then proceed to login to the remote server via ssh. This (mostly) eliminates the annoying typing delay on ssh terminal.
Which also makes them a bad choice if you're trying to watch US TV channels or something while you're visiting abroad.
However if your suggestion is in line with their intent then the recommendation still stands, just use a provider like digital ocean and choose a datacenter location appropriate to your needs.
I use vpnmakers. Reasons:
* Servers in a dozen different countries. You can select which country's IP you want: http://vpnmakers.com/templates/vpnmakers/includes/hostnames....
* Cheap: $3.5-$4.85/month
* "No logs are kept. Only IP address which are deleted at the end of the week."
* 7 days money back, can try safely.
Go http://vpnmakers.com or http://vpnmakers.com/aff.php?aff=433 if you feel like saying thanks.
* ssh -D 8008 root@<ip>
* add localhost:8008 to your SOCKS Proxy
Now you've VPN equivalent with 1TB bandwidth for just $5/month
Never had any problems and can report the bandwidth they give you is good. It's also quite cheap $40/year.
Had multiple issues including poor bandwidth with a prior VPN whose name i forgot. Was also accused of being an email spammer by prior VPN, which I'm not, lol. Got a refund after that...
On that basis of protecting against the casually snoopy and non-targeted monitoring, I use PIA - I can connect 3 devices to it at once (phone, tablet, laptop), I can use multiple exit points though I mostly haven't needed to, it's simple to use, inexpensive, and the technology they support seems to be at least up to standard. It's also been useful in a couple of cases where I wanted to test connections to a network from outside that network - tunneling my traffic out and letting it come back in is handy, and the international endpoints let you test functionality that restricts connections based on country of origin.
If you're using a small hosting provider you may also be able to do tunneling through them, but ask first - when I was using a Linux laptop and my phone was rooted, I was using SSH tunneling through my hosting company instead because my traffic levels were insignificant compared to my monthly traffic allocation. I could certainly do the same things again, but quite frankly I'd rather just pay the $40/year or so for a drop-in solution that I don't have to spend time dinking around with.
I've also heard great things about http://www.spotflux.com/. Spotflux is actually free to use until you want to bring the service to your mobile device. It also encrypts your traffic and filters for malware and ad-tracking.
I'm a Dutch national who had the same question a couple of months ago. Our country has net neutrality by law so has less trouble with government surveillance etc.
Since there were no good VPN's hosted by a Dutch company I started one as a pet project, with free accounts and paid ones. The free ones are equal to the paid ones. The idea of the project was just to give me and my friends protection when downloading or traveling.
By no means am I trying to spam promote here, but it's free and awesome. Truly believe that it would be useful for you. You can find it here: https://bluevpn.co/
There is indeed no best choice, but unless you are going full metal jacket wit Tor this will work perfectly and on all devices.
I've had no speed issues, they have lots of locations, accept bitcoin, no logging and their owners are quite frequently on the use forums.
I think they're based out of Italy.
Additionally, finding one is the first part. Being able to pay for it, is another, apparently. (I was paid up for awhile ahead of time with my service before the credit card companies stated they'd no longer process transactions paid to VPN services outside the US).
I use VPN.sh
And they have a new plan where it is a Pay as You go package. No Monthly fees, you buy a block of 100GB and use it for as long as you want. Top it up when you finish with it. For Light browsing usage this is the cheapest I find.
Not to mention they have 6 location for you to choose from. So you get the best speed for your local website. And You can swap in and out when ever you need to.
They have some Coupon code in LET. So check them out if you see fit.
If you have accomplished all the above, you have a 'relatively' safe communications vehicle.
happy camping all.
and oh yeah if somebody on this medium operates a vpn service accomplishing all the minimum demands above for it, please make pr, cause your service is in high demand.
Ultimately, you never know if the guarantee is worth anything until it's tested, but there have been cases where HMA was tested, and failed.
and no unlimited plan.
I suggest you get some hosting somewhere (location will depend on where you are, and where you're communicating too, and who you're worried about). Then install OpenVPN (requires custom clients) or configure IPSec (will work out of box on all OSes including Android/iOS).
For sites that are US-only I have a web proxy running on the VPS provider and use Foxproxy to divert those sites through that proxy.
I don't really have any particular reason to do this other than being bored and making it annoying for anyone (hacker, government, etc) trying to peek at my traffic.