Choosing a VPN service Provider – Review

October 6, 2011 — 2 Comments

Staying secure & semi-anonymous on the web

Simply put, a vpn (virtual private network) can be incredibly beneficial for multiple reasons. Most corporations require access to their networks via a vpn for security and allowing flexible access to much needed resources within their networks. VPN services are becoming much more popular however for the general web surfer not connecting to corporate networks. I have been on a quest to find a solid service provider, and here is my 30 day review of review

Doing it right.

One of the first things I loved about was that they “claim” not to keep logs. That is really important to me because that is kind of the whole point of using a vpn as a regular web user. To remain as “anonymous” as possible. Why? So I can do illegal activities? No, just because it’s not anyone’s business. I pay a fee to my ISP every month for access, but I know that they log and sell that information and provide it to marketers, federal agencies, and other agencies such as the RIAA and MPAA.

The other feature I really appreciate is that the account and VPN user ID are separated. You can also pay anonymously without using a credit card. I know if you’re reading this you might be thinking “man, is this guy a crackpot thinking the government is watching his every move?” the answer to that is, yes. To a degree I know that I’m being tracked not just for suspicion of anything, it’s primarily for marketers to use that data for re-targeting ad campaigns.

I wont condone the illegal download of copyrighted content, but it is also tracked to the IP of the user. Evrytiime you do anything online, there are packets of data being streamed across the internet with your IP address and other useful information to ahckers or anyone monitoring traffic. Did you know that most of what users do online that requires a login often isn’t encrypted? Yup, that’s right. For the longest time even Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and several other websites didn’t default to a SSL (secure socket layer) web page when logging into their web application. So anyone that was monitoring traffic on that network could see usrnames and password in plain text and hijack those accounts. They can also highjack session cookies like in the case of fire-sheep. 

Do You Surf From Coffee Shops?

As I write this blog post I’m sitting in a popular cafe. Granted, I usually use my own internet provided by a 4g clear hotspot, but sometimes I do use the public wifi. Most users will also be on that wifi. If I’m connected via a vpn ALL of my trasmissions are being encrypted. A vpn creates a security blanket essentially around your internet traffic. Anyone on that network running wireshark, nessus, nmap or any other packet sniffer will see traffic from you but all your data is encrypted so it just looks like garbage to them. They will then just move on to the next victim. provides maximum security.. I like that

Obviously security is very important to me, and provides a lot of it. I’ve been thrilled so far with the ping time responses, the uptime, and options available. You can use openVPN or Tunnelblick to use their service. They allow you to create 2 hope connections as well which is super bad ass. I use Tunnelblick which is a Mac OSX version of openvpn. Both applications are registered under the GNU GPLv2 license and the source code is freely available which means anyone can look at the code of the vpn application, no surprises. No proprietary softwre required to use the vpn service.

All in all I feel safer and more secure when using a vpn connection through and I encourage you all to look at them and the benefits of using a virtual private network.


Joshua Chase

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I'm Josh, a principal founder @ Run Level Media , a web dev and internet strategy consulting firm in Atlanta, GA. I enjoy anything web, mobile, tech, gaming, golf and craft beers. I look forward to connecting with you.

2 responses to Choosing a VPN service Provider – Review

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    I’ve tried iVPN on two separate occasions. The first time was about a month ago and I was very happy with the speed of their service, however, “live chat” support that they mention on their website is not available. Also, upon submitting trouble tickets, it takes at least 1 day up to 3 days for a response which, once received, seems to be nothing more than kicking the can down the alley. I cancelled and continued to use my current provider which is HMA. Fast forward to current, I decided to try them once again thinking maybe I caught them in some transition. Well, the speed, which I originally mentioned, was good for 1 day and then, without explanation, it dropped about 70%! I emailed support multiple time and was told that they see nothing wrong on their end and I should try another provider for comparison. I’m by no means a “difficult” person to deal with but I must say I was very disappointed with the responses or, in some cases, half baked responses that I received not to mention the fact I was told to try another service. I feel the tech support is either run by amateurs or people that just don’t take it seriously. I will be heading back to my previous provider.

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      Thanks for the comment. That sucks to hear about your experience. I’ve been using them for a couple of months now and have had zero issues. Maybe it’s just the server you were using? I usually connect via UK or Netherlands depending upon what I need it for… if you know what I mean :)

      Thanks again for the comment, I appreciate it.

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