VPN Suggestions

My subscription to PureVPN is expiring soon. Any suggestions for a service?

I’ve been using Mullvad for years and have been very happy with its evolution. I’ve used it on Ubuntu Mate without issue, as well as formerly on an Arch-based box - so it all works great in Linux.

I use ProtonVPN and am happy with it.

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If you are comfortable with advanced settings/options and do not need wireguard support right now, then airvpn might work for you. I have used it in the past and have been happy with it. I did not have a problem with speed or latency, but I did not have good internet to begin with.

Roll your own in less than 30 minutes:

  • Get a Digital Ocean droplet ($5 per month - use DL promo code if there’s one).
  • Install Ubuntu Server 18.04 on the droplet (can try a later version if you like).
  • Download this shell script: wget https://git.io/vpn -O openvpn-install.sh
  • Make sure it’s executable: $ chmod +x ./openvpn-install.sh
  • Run executable and answer the on-screen questions $ sudo ./openvpn-install.sh
  • Copy the client.ovpn to the client machine/device.
  • Test the VPN connection works: $ sudo openvpn --config client.ovpn
  • Check your IP address: https://whatismyipaddress.com/
  • Or from the terminal: $ dig @resolver1.opendns.com myip.opendns.com +short
  • Make sure DNS isn’t leaking (if important to you): https://www.dnsleaktest.com/

I’ve had Mullvad for almost three years now. Here’s why I like them:

  • No logging of user activity policy: https://mullvad.net/guides/no-logging-data-policy/) (no logging of traffic, DNS requests, connections, IP addresses, etc.)
  • Independent audit on their VPN app (but you don’t have to use their app if you don’t want to).
  • From their data policy page: “When you sign up for Mullvad, we do not ask for any personal information – no username, no password, no email address. Instead, a random account number is generated, a so-called numbered account. This number is the only identifier a person needs in order to use a Mullvad account. This is a fundamental difference that sets us apart from most other services.”
  • Mullvad accepts cash, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, bank wire, credit card, PayPal, and Swish.
  • Their paper on System Transparency
  • Full wireguard support
  • Support Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS
  • 821 words long terms of service
  • How security incidents are disclosed
  • A “Bridge mode" feature, helpful if you’re trying to circumvent censorship or just want to multihop.

They’ve been flat out rock solid for me and given all of their sentiments towards privacy and transparency, I’ve been happy to give them my money.

As a new user, I can only post two links, but all of this information can be found on their website: https://mullvad.net/

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I am just starting to play in the VPN world as a layer of protection and since there has been much talk about it, I have jumped in with both feet. I am happily using Winscribe on openSUSE. Since the good folks at Windscribe.com forgot to include the openSUSE directions I have written them up here:

Windscribe offers a free account that gives you a limit of 10 GiB per month. From what I can tell, they are doing doing what they say they are doing. They don’t keep logs but that hasn’t been challenged yet. They have an OpenVPN key that does require you to use the paid service. I don’t need a VPN often as I am not away from work or home all that much but the time that I am using untrusted networks, this will be handy to have.

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