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Title: Looking for a VPN
Post by: Richardk on January 06, 2019, 05:33:56 am
Well little sister tasked me with finding her a good VPN service while in Brazil. I've looked at a few with various prices and they more or less look the same. I haven't used a paid VPN provider so I'm not sure what to look for. Any tips on narrowing down my selection?

They all talk a good talk but is there any way to know which ones provide good service without trying them? I believe you get what you pay for but that doesn't mean a cheap priced service is no good.

Oh, I've also noticed that some cover both cell phones and computers under the same plan. I guess the plan allows for multiple devices, which is handy. So anything to look for or providers to avoid?

Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: pxsant on January 06, 2019, 06:03:11 am
I don't know which is best but the one I use is Private Internet Access.   It seems to work fine but I use it only a few times a month when I am at a location other than at home.   Price is around $40 per year for one year or about $60 for 2 years.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com (https://www.privateinternetaccess.com)

Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: The Gorn on January 06, 2019, 07:11:05 am
^ Same as Pxsant, I also have PIA, it works great, and torrenting of large, completely legal downloads  :police: >:D is very fast.

Look for reliable client software for your OS of choice. I use PIA frequently on Linux - they have a very good Linux client that was fairly straightforward to install, that has the same features as the Windows client. PIA has worked for me with at least two concurrent devices.

My experience has been that PIA is completely trouble-free and just works on Windows, Android phones, and Linux.
Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: Richardk on January 06, 2019, 04:29:26 pm
Thanks. I will check them out. Someone suggested the following short list to her. Not sure what they based it on.
StrongVPN, ExpressVPN and NordVPN.

I found some of the reviews to contradict each other.
Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: The Gorn on January 06, 2019, 04:34:29 pm
Also look for a credible non logging policy. PIA has an explicit policy of not logging any user logins or connections to IPs, therefore, they own no data that can be subpoena'd or otherwise disclosed to copyright trolls or law enforcement. You want to Google any vendor you consider and see what is said about them. A few have violated user trust with disclosure.

When I shopped around I found PIA to be a price leader. $40 per year for each year.
Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: benali72 on January 08, 2019, 09:56:25 pm
Also look for the feature that strips out ads in their servers (not on your pc).  This sometimes gets around websites that won't display properly if you don't have ads turned on. Several vpns offer this including PIA. Good luck.
Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: Richardk on January 09, 2019, 04:40:46 pm
Also look for the feature that strips out ads in their servers (not on your pc).  This sometimes gets around websites that won't display properly if you don't have ads turned on. Several vpns offer this including PIA. Good luck.

Oh that's an interesting feature. I've seen it listed on their site but didn't really consider what it means. Maybe I should try this VPN out myself? I refrain from doing "work" in unfriendly / unknown environments, so I never had much of a need. Maybe that will change and give me more flexibility?
Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: unix on January 12, 2019, 02:34:47 pm
PIA , is that the same as PrivateVPN?
Title: Re: Looking for a VPN
Post by: pxsant on January 12, 2019, 02:38:03 pm
PIA , is that the same as PrivateVPN?

No it is not.  Go to

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com (https://www.privateinternetaccess.com)