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What VPN service do you use? Good or bad.

Berwhale

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Other than using iPlayer, another use for me is to access the Internet while I travel to China.

From what are suggested here, and from Internet reviews, I think the big and good ones are: Nordvpn, Express vpn, and PIA. Mullvad seems to be excellent too, but I think it is a smaller company. Nordvpn was hacked awhile ago. and PIA will soon be acquired by Kape Technology.

If Nordvpn has not been hacked, it seems to be a clear choice. There are many happy customers too.

Maybe it comes down to Express vpn vs Mullvad.
Express is rated best for China here: https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-vpn-for-china-our-5-top-choices

I note that it may be illegal to use a VPN to circumvent the Great Firewall of China, so you might want to look into that before committing to using one there.

BTW, My understanding is that Nord had one server, out of tens of thousands, hacked via an out of band management port and that the only people that could have been impacted were those connecting through this server in Finland. I think the press reporting of this has, in many cases, overstated the risk. Nord were certainly not the first VPN provider to be hacked and they are not the last one either. I have no intention of changing to another provider before my contract expires.

Note: I'm not a security professional, but I do design infrastructure for a multinational financial institution and I have had some security training and experience (e.g. Certified Penetration Test Specialist AKA Ethical Hacking). YMMV.
 
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Express is rated best for China here: https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-vpn-for-china-our-5-top-choices

I note that it may be illegal to use a VPN to circumvent the Great Firewall of China, so you might want to look into that before committing to using one there.

BTW, My understanding is that Nord had one server, out of tens of thousands, hacked via an out of band management port and that the only people that could have been impacted were those connecting through this server in Finland. I think the press reporting of this has, in many cases, overstated the risk. Nord were certainly not the first VPN provider to be hacked and they are not the last one either. I have no intention of changing to another provider before my contract expires.

Note: I'm not a security professional, but I do design infrastructure for a multinational financial institution and I have had some security training and experience (e.g. Certified Penetration Test Specialist AKA Ethical Hacking). YMMV.
Thanks for the note on Nord, which is very helpful, esp. to a layman like myself.
 

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Use proxy to access forbidden sites from ISP and torrents, YES.
Use proxy to gain anonymity, privacy, NO.
Logout from all accounts then we may talk about privacy. And the privacy is merely the address you are accessing shown on ISP.
Basically the marketing benefits are what https is for.
Use vpn on the market for convenience. Build your own proxy using VPS with shadowsocks, v2ray is one whole layer safer than any vpn on the market.
 

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I note that it may be illegal to use a VPN to circumvent the Great Firewall of China, so you might want to look into that before committing to using one there.
Many still use one anyway. I have a cousin working there as a consultant, and she still uses a VPN. I would not be comfortable communicating with her any other way.
 

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Also do your research about free VPN's,they are not a real good idea and not that good

Even the Proton/and almost all free VPN's have speed restriction's etc.
Likewise do your research about paid VPN's. Try Opera selecting Ad blocker and VPN and report what you find, I think you will be very impressed
with just how good it is .
 

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Now it is Black Friday. There are tons of VPN deals - which one is good? Or which one is to avoid?
Depends on what you want to do with it.

I recently bought an old Mac Pro "Cheese grater" 1,1 at a local eRecycler. I paid $65 (CAD) for it, added a HDD, and installed pfSense (free). I use OpenVPN (free package for pfSense) and a client called Viscosity ($14) to connect. This allows me to tunnel to my home internet connection, which is very handy for when I'm on the road and need to log into sensitive things (my online store, PayPal, etc.)

I also run snort, which is a deep packet inspector, on that pfSense box. Snort blocks malware, viruses, trojans, etc. from getting into my home network.

I know this may not be the answer you were looking for, but I thought I'd point out that there are other options than paid VPN providers.

Tom
 

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Now it is Black Friday. There are tons of VPN deals - which one is good? Or which one is to avoid?

There are too many fake reviews online. I rather hear the opinions here!
Begin with this in your search:
1. Get a payed one, never a free one.
2. Get a VPN out of the reach of your good government.
Basically, if you are in US get something from HK/Russia, if you are in China get something
from US and so. Something in Switzerland might be fine as well. The enemies
of your country are your friends.
3. A good place to look at is thatoneprivacysite.net
 

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Use proxy to access forbidden sites from ISP and torrents, YES.
Use proxy to gain anonymity, privacy, NO.
Logout from all accounts then we may talk about privacy. And the privacy is merely the address you are accessing shown on ISP.
Basically the marketing benefits are what https is for.
Use vpn on the market for convenience. Build your own proxy using VPS with shadowsocks, v2ray is one whole layer safer than any vpn on the market.
No sure, a VPS is a bad idea in the sense that is your unique IP downloading torrents, a VPN have hundredths of people sharing the same IP.

Anyway, at the end your VPS or VPN provider knows you. So you have to decide what evil agent you give your ID, your ISP(=your government, probably the worst enemy), your VPS, or your VPN.
 
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I bought years subscribe to IPVanish. Just to provide a counterpoint here, I used IPVanish while on business in China and it was excellent.
I never attempted to contact support, but the connection was always quite good.
 

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