I was poking around SnapCraft and found a snap for RiseUp VPN, which I’d never heard of before. I checked the site and it looks legit and very simple to install and use, but a few minutes of searching didn’t yield much in terms of reviews or security assessments. Does anyone have experience with it or know much about it? Here’s the link:
I didn’t know about the VPN, but I have used their email service, and found them responsive and helpful when I had an issue. Their “About” page talks about their goals and philosophy, although anyone can say or write anything, of course. Good luck.
Disclaimer: no actual experience with this particular service provider.
Riseup is headquartered in the US and is subject to its laws, meaning they can be subpoenaed and surrender their logs. Their wikipedia entry also seems to suggest they have had a previous issue with their warrant canary.
Like you i did try to check for reviews and since i cant find much on them on a light search, I suspect they are just subcontracting their VPN services off a bigger service provider.
according to a review the free part is a free trial. Also it has no kill switch.
My rule of thumb is usually “don’t trust free VPN”. I haven’t used it before, personally, but this might be one of the better free options due to their commitment to not track users (that’s what they say at least on their VPN page). However, I have a feeling it might not be as reliable as PIA or Nord.
VPN providers are frequently discovered to be data mining or operating in shady ways. They need to be assumed unsafe until proven otherwise by security researchers so that’s what you’d be looking for. If you can’t find anything it’s a bad idea by default.
If you don’t mind a recommendation… ProtonVPN is extremely good, it’s based in Switzerland and it’s a subsidiary of Proton Technologies AG who also made Protonmail. I use one of their paid tiers and i’d highly recommend it.
They’re also the only provider I know of that provides connections that tunnel through a Swiss server prior to the destination country which they label “SecureCore”. It’s a hedge against different jurisdictions compromising the anonymity of the exit server.
I’ve used RiseUp VPN a while ago. I still use their email and like others have said, they are responsive and I believe their statements are true. It’s free which can make you pause but charging for services would be somewhat against their goals…
On the technical side, I was running the VPN on Mac OS and iPad at that time. It was troublesome on the Mac but mainly because of the little software they recommended. On the iPad I experienced some « connected but not connected » only solved with a disconnect and connect again. I moved on to Private VPN since