A VPN service is basically good for two things – acting as a proxy server allowing users to access geo-restricted content, and for providing privacy when accessing the internet.The reason that VPN provides privacy rather than anonymity is that due to the way VPN works (an encrypted tunnel is created between your computer and the VPN server), a VPN provider can ‘see’ what its users get up to on the internet.

A logless company ameliorates this problem by promising to keep, well, no logs. If no logs are kept, then the provider can effectively protect its customers’ privacy because no matter how forceful or legally binding a demand for a customers’ data is, the provider in unable to comply as the information simply does not exist.

We will explore the issues relating to logless VPNs later in this article, but let’s first look at our favorite logless providers.

Best Logless VPNs Summary

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3

Mullvad Logo

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Winner

NordVPN

4,85/5

  • PROS
  • No logs at all
  • Based in Panama
  • Accepts Bitcoin payment
  • ‘double encryption’
  • Tor over VPN
  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • 2 simultaneous connections
  • Uses shared IPs
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • Some inconsistency in speed, especially when using double encryption

NordVPN offers a very high level of security, above and beyond its no logs policy. With Tor over VPN, double encryption, shared IPs and the previously mentioned no logs, it is virtually impossible to track you down as a user. Being based in Panama also puts it in a fantastic position to avoid both US and EU jurisdiction, and gives it the ability to protect its data and network.

While the double encryption is great, it does come at the cost of some unreliability in speed. Some people might also consider the it slightly expensive, but we think it is superb value for the service, security and privacy on offer.

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2nd place

AirVPN

4,75/5

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  • PROS
  • No logs at all
  • Based in Italy (no DRD)
  • Transparent service
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Dynamic port forwarding
  • Real-time user and server statistics
  • Support for Tor over VPN and VPN through SSL and SSH tunnel
  • Good speeds
  • 3 day free trial
  • Uses shared IPs
  • P2P: yes
  • 3 simultaneous connections
  • CONS
  • Website could be improved slightly, not much else

The AirVPN crew, activists and hactivists who met at a Pirate Party festival in Rome, also have a sterling attitude to privacy, keeping no logs, accepting Bitcoin payment, and voluntarily subscribing to various EU privacy directives and codes of best practice. The ability to connect via Tor provides a very high degree of anonymity while evading attempts to block Tor exit nodes, and support for SSL and SSH tunneling make it easy to hide that VPN is being used at all, as the VPN tunnel is hidden inside and additional SSL or SSH tunnel to make it look like ordinary secure web traffic, and should be resilient against even intense deep packet inspection.  The service is very well thought through, transparent and efficient.

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3rd place

Mullvad

4,75/5

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  • PROS
  • No logs at all
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Good speeds
  • Cheap
  • Open source client features internet kill switch and DNS leak protection
  • P2P: yes
  • Servers in Sweden and Netherlands
  • 3 simultaneous connections
  • Uses shared IPs
  • CONS
  • Connections can be a bit touch and go

Mullvad is a Swedish provider that has built a great reputation for itself as a privacy provider. What is surprising is just how fully featured this small company’s service is, as it keeps no logs, uses shared IPs to make individual identification of users with any internet behavior very difficult, accepts anonymous payment not just via Bitcoin but also by cash sent in the post (!), and supplies excellent Windows, Mac and Linux software with DNS leak protection, an internet kill switch, port forwarding, and server load information. To wrap this all up, the source code for their VPN client is openly available.

Being a fairly small company means that Mullvad has a few teething issues here and there, but nothing too major, and we strongly recommend it.

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4th place

BolehVPN

4,75/5

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  • PROS
  • No logs
  • Fast
  • Great OSX and Windows software
  • 2 simultaneous connections
  • HK server uses shared IPs
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • 128 bit OpenVPN could be stronger

Based offshore somewhere in Malaysia, BolehVPN is one of SE Asia’s most popular VPN providers. It keeps no logs and has an excellent OSX and Windows VPN client, which while having a bit of steep learning curve, offers a wealth of connection options. BolehVPN is also fast, and allows P2P downloading, and its Hong Kong based ‘cloaked routers’ are useful for accessing the service from mainland China.

 

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5th place

CyberGhost

4,7/5

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  • PROS
  • No logs at all
  • Good free service
  • 30 day free trial
  • Based in Romania
  • Good client
  • Accepts Bitcoins
  • Uses shared IPs
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • Multiple simultaneous connections only allowed on most expensive plan

Although in theory subject to local implementation of the now defunct EU Data Retention Directive , this Romanian company is adamant that it keeps no logs of any kind, disposing even of billing details once payment has been processed. CyberGhost goes into some detail about its no logs policy, explaining that it was put under great deal of pressure by the German government to hand over its records, and even had its VPN servers and databases confiscated. However, as no logs were kept, no user was ever compromised.

We love this attitude, and are generally impressed by the service offered by CyberGhost. Were it not for the uncertainty regarding its legal position, would place CyberGhost in a higher on this list.

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Issues relating to logless VPN

 Empty promises

The first thing to note is that while many providers promise to protect users’ privacy, such promises are not worth the digital ink they are printed on if they keep logs. No matter what they say, no VPN provider staff will go to jail (or ruin their business) to protect a customer. If the data exists, any VPN provider can be compelled to hand it over. Period.

Trust

If you want to use VPN to provide privacy, then, only a ‘logless’ provider will do. Unfortunately, when a provider claims to be ‘logless’, we just have to take their word for it (which is why the Edward Snowden’s of this world prefer to use Tor).

Choosing a VPN provider therefore comes down to a matter of trust, so how do you know a provider can be trusted? Well… privacy orientated VPN providers have built their business model on promising privacy, and if it becomes known that they failed to do this (for example by keeping logs even when they promised not to, and then being compelled to hand these over to the authorities), their businesses would be worthless (and they might find themselves liable for legal action by the compromised individual).

Real-time tracking

It should be understood that even when a provider keeps no logs, it can and will be able to monitor users’ internet activity in real-time (this is essential for trouble shooting ect. – all the more so when no logs are kept).

Most no logs providers also promise not to monitor users’ activity in real-time (unless necessary for technical reasons), but most countries can legally demand that a provider start to keeps logs of an individual (and provide a gag order to prevent the company alerting their customer of this).

This is, however, a specifically targeted demand or request (most providers will happily cooperate when it comes to catching pedophiles, for example), so only specific individuals already identified by the authorities need be concerned.

Shared IPs

In addition to keeping no logs, any company that cares about protecting their users’ privacy also uses shared IPs. This means that many users are assigned the same IP address, so matching identified internet behavior with a specific individual is very difficult to do, even if a provider should wish (or is compelled) to do so. This goes a long way towards addressing the privacy issue outlined above.

What does ‘no logs’ actually mean – usage logs vs. connection logs

When many providers claim to keep no logs, what they really mean is that they keep no (what we term) ‘usage logs’. They do however keep ‘connection logs’:

  • Usage logs – details of what you get up to on the internet, such as which web sites you visit etc. These are the most important (and potentially damaging logs)
  • Connection logs – many ‘no logs’ providers keep metadata about users’ connections, but not usage logs. Exactly what is logged varies by provider, but typically includes things like when you connected, how long for, how often etc. Providers usually justify this as necessary for dealing with technical issues and instances of abuse. In general we are not too bothered by this level log keeping, but the truly paranoid should be aware that, at least in theory, such logs could be used to identify an individual with known internet behavior through an ‘end to end timing attack

Some providers claim to keep no logs of any kind (see the list above), and it is these that are generally considered best for protecting privacy. It should be noted that some critics argue it is impossible to run a VPN service without keeping logs, and those who claim to do so are being disingenuous. However, as mentioned above, with a VPN provider everything comes down to trust, and if a provider claims to keep no logs at all we have to trust its ability to run to run the service in this way…

Mandatory data retention

Something to be aware of when choosing a privacy-friendly VPN provider is where it is based (i.e. under which country’s laws does it operate). Many countries (including most European countries) require communications companies to keep logs for a certain amount of time, although whether these laws apply to VPN providers can vary somewhat (in Europe the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Romania, and Sweden are popular places to base a VPN service because VPN providers in these countries are not required to keep logs – see this article for more details).

If a VPN provider is based in a country which really requires it to keep logs then it will do so, no matter what other impression it tries to give.

Conclusion

If privacy is even just a part of why you use a VPN service, then it is essential to choose a logless VPN provider (and the more logless the better). While a certain amount of trust is required, a provider keeping no logs (together with using shared IPs) provides a very good degree of certainty that your internet activity is not being monitored.

Best Logless VPNs Summary

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1

Best Logless VPNs

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$10.00/mo Visit Site >

2

AirVPN Logo

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$8.75/mo Visit Site >

3

Mullvad Logo

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$7.00/mo Visit Site >

4

BolehVPN Logo

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5

CyberGhost Logo

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62 responses to “5 Best Logless VPNs

  1. How can AirVPN really get a lower score than NordVPN when AirVPNs only con, in your list, is website-related, while NordVPNs con is *actually* related to its VPN service?(speed). It makes no sense at all.

    Especially not when their pros are almost the same.

    Please explain.

    1. Hi Peter,

      If it was up to me, AirVPN would be number one on this list. The BestVPN team, however, decided that being based in Panama rather than in Italy (a member of the Fourteen Eyes spying alliance that cooperates with the NSA and GCHQ) meant that NordVPON trumped AirVPN is this category.

  2. IPvanish scam on bitcoin payments they will never actually send you your details and they will put your account on hold for the type of payment methods. Seeing as its instant and no reversible this should be a problem. But these idiots haven’t thought of that, if they miss something that simple can you trust them with your safety?

    1. Hey, We’ve never heard of this happening before. Can you please elaborate and also what did their support say?

  3. If I choose say a non 14 eyes VPN provider like nordvpn, and connect with one of their servers in the US or UK, would that defeat the purpose of choosing a VPN based outside of a 14 eyes country? Therefore, if I’m based in the us/uk, would it be wise to choose for example nordvpn and then choose to connect to say their Panama servers?

    Chris

    1. Hi C,

      When it comes to keeping logs and complying with legal demands, the country a provider is based in is far more important than where it runs servers (which it can always simply close down). That said, as a precaution, it is better to connect to servers outside a Fourteeen Eyes country. Note that as far as I am aware, NordVPN does not run any severs from Panama (despite being based there).

    2. Hi Chris, I know I’m replying a little late but your internet usage will be encrypted when you’re using a VPN service, so even if they manage to intercept your connection, they won’t be able to make any sense of it.

    1. Hi ernuober,

      The exact choice of which providers are listed for our 5 best articles is a group decision from the BestVPN team, with final say resting with the management. This is necessary, as no one team member is familiar with all 100+ VPN services that we have reviewed. I personally, for example, am not familiar with IVPN. That said, I have heard some very good things about this service. It is possible, therefore, that future updates of this article will include IVPN.

  4. In this article, we are going to discuss the most popular providers of best logless VPN services and why you should double check the offer.

  5. I have been using PureVPN and in their Information Sharing and Disclosure section it says
    ” we will only share information with authorities having valid subpoenas, warrants, other legal documents ”
    Without going down all the other VPN`s terms of service, are they all like this ?
    If there are VPN`s that don`t, could someone recommend a good one ..
    What is the point of using a VPN if they have to give up information .
    Thanks
    Billy.

    1. Hi Billy,

      Any VPN provider can be legally required to hand over all information it has on its users, but “no logs” providers (meaning both no connection/metadata logs and no usage logs) should have nothing to hand over. If you care about privacy it is therefore vital to use a good “no logs” service (see above for our recommendations). Please note that nothing can stop a court order/subpoena from demanding that a provider start to keep logs on a named individual – but this requires a very targeted order against an individual already of interest to the authorities.

  6. Hi Douglas,

    I’m not sure of that, but just to clear the matter up, I’m seeking your help to have some peace of mind. From what I’ve read so far, here, on “Best VPN”, it seems to transpire that even connected through a VPN service to any of the “14 eyes countries” could pose a potential security issue, and therefore, are to be avoided for more “safety”. Am I mistaken ? Have I misunderstood something somewhere ? If so, all my apologies.

    However, if I am correct this raises the question : what is the point of using a VPN in the first place (if among other things, but not limited to, you cannot safely connect to the aforementioned countries) ?

    Moreover, even you hide your connection through a VPN tunnel, browser fingerprinting techniques are by themselves, enough to single anyone out and track her/him down throughout the internet.

    Could you help shed some light on that particular subject matter ? I understand that this is not the primary mission of “Best VPN” (if at all), however, maybe just maybe, as your website seems to be a hub for past, present and prospective VPN users, you could help out raise awareness. Because as I were, until I stumbled across browser fingerprinting, many people out there might wrongly feel secure and “anonymous”, out of reach of prying eyes and snooping vicious.

    Once again, all my apologies if I’ve been misled into writing inaccuracies.

    I’m not an expert on anything, I’m just a regular person trying to get a better understanding.

    Thanks for your time.

    Have a good day.

    1. Hi regular person,

      Unfortunately, we now live in a world where governments want to intrude ever more on our privacy. When deciding who best to protect your privacy, what you therefore need to consider is your threat model (i.e. who are you worried about, and why).

      1) In most Fourteen Eyes countries metadata from almost all regular communications is collected in dragnet form. If you use a VPN provider based outside such countries, or in a country that does not require VPNs to keep logs (such as some EU counties), then you can evade much of this dragnet surveillance (data retention is not mandatory in the US, but Snowden proved this does little to stop the NSA collecting everything anyway). This will not prevent targeted interest in you, though.

      2) Techniques such as browser fingerprinting can used to uniquely identify induvials, but a) that identity cannot easily be tied to a real-life person if a VPN is used to hide their IP address, and b) this is a technique used by web companies and advertisers, and therefore has very different privacy implications to government surveillance.

  7. Hi Guys – Thanks for enlightening exchanges on your site. Mine is a question and nt a comment, viz:- Africa is rarely mentioned on these I.T. reviews; can I start a subscription with, say, AirVPN in the USA, go to Africa, plug in and expect it to work, undetected by the local ISP, etc….? Our main reason for wanting to use VPN is to by-pass the rampant prejudice that everything African is worthless and useless or must be Nigerian and therefore a scam….! Being in the fields of Health and Education, we want such narrow-minded acceptions out of the way because Africa does produce masses of doctors, lecturers, engineers and scientists, except that the majority tend
    to work from wthin the Western world for reasons of personal material advantages. [As for Nigeria and Nigerians, tha is a nation with genius-spirit; but because the population is large, they tend
    to have large nmbers of delinquents also, a fact aided by the generally low level of policing in that continent. I know they are very creative and innvative there, anyhow]. Thanks for a speedy reply. BTW, is there a possibility of receiving a personal response to my e-mail, as there is no guarantee I visit this site regularly…? If yes, then here is one : jawondopoullori@gmail.com Thanks again.

    1. Hi Jawondo,

      Yes, you can use any VPN service from Africa. Payment can be an issue inside many African counties, however, as many payment processors have issues with African bank accounts (this is a general issue, and is not specific to the VPN industry). You will have no problems if you pay in the US, and many VPN providers accept payment via Bitcoins (witch can be purchased anywhere). Note that BestVPN has “5 Best VPN” articles for a number of African countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Egypt. Please also note that here at BestVPN we respect people wherever they come from, and are actively opposed to all forms of prejudice.

  8. I vote for one thing the new posts be at the bottom because it took me until about the 10th reply starting from the top to realize I was going back in time and that the more you read the more the replies would be out of date for some VPN`s !
    Also It would be nice if with EVERY post the people that actually have VPN`s list theirs as 1 to 10 in what they think of them then we would have an idea of what the viewers rankings are .. Just Asking (-:

  9. I dont know how they can be most recommended logless VPN for god sick.
    – They leak your IPv6
    – No switch kill for internet connection
    — but worst of all THEY LEAK YOUR REAL IP—
    If you using Windows (7) like me you are fuck up.
    I was surfing all day and i normally do not turn off my PC but only switch it to sleep mode and even I set automatic reconnect and EVERY TIME i turn my PC into sleep mode and then woke up my PC their official application showed me that i am “CONNECTED” with green status but in real i was not connected and all of time i was surfing under MY REAL ADDRESS.

    1. douglas [10:40 AM]
      First off can I say that this is an old article, and one that I have been meaning to change for while now (you are correct, NordVPN should not be at no. 1.) With your situation it is difficult to know, however, whether this was a one-off occurrence, or is a common problem with NordVPN’s software (FWIW I haven’t encountered this issue myself while testing NordVPN’s services.) I highly recommend AirVPN as best logless VPN, as those guys really know their stuff (and its open source software is rock-solid, and the “network lock” feature very effective.)

      1. Hi, so thankful for your advice. What about ExpressVPN? I have been using it for over a year believing it to be “logless”. Also, when choosing a server location, is it safer to avoid countries big on copyright such as USA. BTW r u gonna update your list any time soon? Thanks again for all your valuable advice and insight

        1. Hi BigJ,

          a) ExpressVPN does not log what you get up to on the internet (no usage logs), but it does keep connection (metadata) logs.
          b) Most US-based VPN providers do not permit P2P thanks to the country’s aggressive stance on copyright. That said, no-logs US providers such as PIA, LiquidVPN and IPVanish do permit P2P, and will protect users from DMCA notices and suchlike.
          c) Yes :).

      2. Hi Douglas,

        You said once you’ve updated this review, NordVPN would not be number 1, but AirVPN instead.

        What has led you to this? NordVPN seems to have them beat in most areas (based in Panama, price, 24/7 live support, up to date blogs, custom software) and they are both logless.

        The only area of concern for NordVPN is the speed of some servers. I’ve been using their service for a few months now and am very pleased.

        Could you expand on your reasons a bit please?

        Thank you

        1. Hi Pilot,

          So… although I wrote this article, the decision about what providers to include, and how to order them for our 5 Best articles, is a BestVPN team decision (with management having the final say). This is necessary as different services are reviewed by different staff members, so no one staff member has familiarity will all 100+ services we have reviewed so far. Personally, I would place AirVPN at number 1 in this category (please my AirVPN Review for why), but our team went with NordVPN on the grounds that it is based in Panama (not a Fourteen Eyes member), and because of its double-hop technology (which TBH I consider over-rated). The fact that AirVPN is based in Italy (not ideal when it comes to government spying, and that its tech-heavy focus is very off-putting for many users) counted against it.

          Personally, I think that NordVPN is good (although as you say, some of its servers are very slow), but I do not think it pays attention to the details of VPN security in same the way that AirVPN does.

      3. Hi there my good friend- I was re-reading through once again and noticed stuffs and thought I might as well slide this in : six months ago my reference was to the general perception in the world-at-large about Nigeria and Nigerians, whom I actually defended in the same comment (not shown) by higlighting the flair, the collective propensity
        to boundless curiosity which makes them very good embryonic experimental scientists, etc., etc.. At no time was it even about individual Blogs or websites discriminating aginst whosoever; and the salient part of my comment was how that very widespread perception affects VPN providers’ ventures in Africa…to which you replied satisfactorily. Thanks for your attention.

        1. Hi Jawondo,

          We refresh our 5 Best pages periodically, as this helps BestVPN’s Google ranking. These are basically new pages, which means that older comments do get lost. This why your comment is not shown.

  10. Hi,
    In UK, there is a new ‘Snoopers Bill’ being proposed. This requires all ISPs to monitor and record all browsing history for at lease 1 year.

    Will a VPN protect my browsing history from my ISP and eventually from ‘Big Brother’ intrusions?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi BoyOboy,

      Yes, a VPN will protect your browsing history… all an ISP can see is that you are connected to a VPN server. Chose a good logless service (such as the ones listed above) based outside UK jurisdiction and use non-UK VPN servers.

  11. Hello. I’ve a couple of questions. I have a new laptop, and I want it to be as secure as possible. I’ll be using Tor to access Hidden Wiki’s onion sites through an anonymous search engine (supposedly no tracking of search activities). My device has Checkpoint VPN that I can activate as an app. Will that suffice, or should I go through a subscription service like Air VPN, PIA, or IPVanish? Will these work with Tor? I also need to get some backup security like MacAfee, Norton, AVP. Do these work with VPNs? Will the security system I choose override the VPN, or will the VPN work around them? And, lastly, should I install the security first followed by the VPN, or vice versa? Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to your reply. Jim

    1. Hi Jim,

      1) Checkpoint VPN is a VPN software client built into some OS’s (such as Windows 8.1). It is designed to remote access to corporate networks, and will not work unless you have a network to connect to. For privacy and security on the internet you should use a commercial VPN service such as AirVPN
      2) Please see our article on Using Tor and VPN together.
      3) Anti-virus software works just fine alongside VPN – they do not interfere with each other.
      4) It shouldn’t matter.

  12. Great forum. I’m a newbie at all of this. I just found out what VPN services were all about just a day ago. I haven’t decided which one to choose yet, but I was leaning toward Express VPN. Does anyone know where they are based out of? Also, my Brother suggested that I encrypt my extra storage and back up drives. Does anyone know of a VPN service that offers that software as part of a subscription? And/or, a good encryption software program for Mac and PC formats? Thank you!

  13. Sorry, I need to ask to a pretty obvious question, just to be sure: I live in Japan, and the VPN service I use has its servers in the USA, and it’s not a logless service. But I wouldn’t need to worry about Japanese police demanding logs from servers outside the country, would I? That seems clear to me, hope I’m right! It also seems that the main point of a logless service is to block the NSA & all their snoopy cousins from viewing your internet traffic. (And they’re not interested in busting file-sharers, are they?) Does Japan have its own NSA, and do we need to be concerned about that?
    Thanks for the great work you guys are doing. Cheers.

    1. Hi Giles
      Unless it’s a high profile case then it’s unlikely that they’d get far.
      Yes, one of the points of a VPN is to protect intrusions. Most countries do have their own version of their NSA, the USA is just famous for having the most aggressive one. Since Japan doesn’t really pop-up at all on our radars I’d like to say you shouldn’t worry too much, but you can never really know. You might be interested in reading our Japan list, which has some more information.

  14. DO NOT trust any romanian vpn. ALL internet traffic in Romania is subject to be recorded by internet providers for 6 months!!

    1. Hi claus,

      Getting accurate and up-date information on the data retention situation in Romania is not easy (at least using sources in English). When I wrote this article back in 2013 I understood that the newly implemented data retention laws did not apply to VPN providers (only ISPs) – a situation that also occurs in countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands, and Italy. If this information is incorrect or has changed, could you please point me towards some sources (preferably in English! :))

      1. Hello,

        Hope I can shed some light on the matter:

        Back in 2012, a law requiring ISPs (along with fixed and mobile phone services providers) to retain its clients’ metadata was adopted in Romania. This was dubbed (unsurprisingly) the Big Brother law.

        In July 2014, the CCR (Romanian Constitutional Court) declared this law unconstitutional. Unanimously, might I add.

        The ruling did not force the telecom companies and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to delete the retained data, but it did require them to stop collecting it from that point on.

        Also, and this is regarding CyberGhost and our no-logs policy specifically:

        1. The initial law (the Big Brother one from 2012) did not apply to VPNs.
        2. Given that CyberGhost hides your traffic & internet activity from your ISP, it also prevented the latter from keeping any data about you (while using the service, of course).
        3. We do not keep logs of any kind. We have an e-commerce partner (Cleverbridge) that handles all payment operations and we have no way of linking that data to your CyberGhost account.

        That being said, we ask for a recount:))))

        Don’t hesitate to send an email to press.office@cyberghost.ro if you need any extra info.

        Thank you!

  15. Interesting that you chose Nord for #1 despite freely admitting that:

    1) AirVPN is cheaper.
    2) AirVPN doesn’t suffer slow-downs experienced on Nord.
    3) AirVPN offers (up to 20) forwarded ports and DDNS. Nord offers none.
    4) AirVPN has a client that works on Mac, Linux and Win. Nord is Win only.
    5) AirVPN has an active community and its tools are open source. Nord is closed-source.

    There are lots more. Curious to hear why you decided to rank Nord above Air considering these points? I’m just a customer with annual accounts at various providers, so not a fanboy – I just use what works.

    1. Hi VPNUser,

      The actual order in which providers are listed is a team decision by the BestVPN staff. I personally favor AirVPN (and use it for my personal VPN needs), but as a team it was decided that NordVPN should come out on top as it based in Panama, and is therefore (probably) more NSA-proof than the Italy-based AirVPN.

  16. Douglas, I was looking into getting NordVPN. I see that you say that they are based in Panama and that is a good thing. I would also think the same, but Hotfile.com was also based in Panama and had a lot of problems. I know this is apples and oranges but I’m not sure Panama is a haven for torrenting.

    1. Hi Robert,

      That is a good point, but as I understand the situation, the MPAA only successfully went after the after the owner – which they could do because he resided in the US. From Wikipedia :

      ‘In February 2011, Hotfile and its alleged owner Anton Titov (a foreign national residing in Florida) were sued by the MPAA … alleging both direct and secondary copyright infringement… The direct copyright infringement claims were thrown out by judge Adalberto Jordan in July 2011, leaving only the secondary liability allegations to be decided… A summary judgement was granted … finding Hotfile vicariously liable for the actions of its users; she also found Titov personally liable.

      Hotfile ceased all operations, same day as signing a $80 million settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), after a US judge had decided in August of the same year that the site and its owner, Anton Titov, had lost the safe harbor protection under DMCA “because they had actively encouraged infringement” and consequently could be held liable for the actions of their users.

      In other words, Titov was found personally liable (which was possible because he resided in the United States.) The case does highlight the point, however, that jurisdiction is not always easy to determine, and copyright authorities will try every angle of attack…

  17. Hey guys. I’m living in Iran and as you know our country has most complicated and advanced censorship system probably in the world and this is not the only problem that we face we also need to find an alternative way for payment like Cashu or … . Please add an article for Iran based user about VPN providers with most strong encryption and multiple payment methods they accept. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Ashkan
      We already have one a 5 best list for Iran but the list is very outdated so we’ll updated it shortly. I recommend trying ExpressVPN, AirVPN or IronSocket all those are great and except a lot of payment types including bitcoin.
      Peter

  18. Not all VPN providers are listed in your site, one example is Cloak! will you include more in your list, or you have some kind of policy for that?

    1. Hi Maen
      Yes there are a lot of providers (and it seems that there is a new one coming every day). While we try to review as many as we can there are still a lot we haven’t due to a number of reasons.
      Peter

  19. Guys,

    Firstly, congratulations on going HTTPS. I expect that you will get a lot more people commenting on your articles with this change, as it removes some potential for traffic interception (of course, the truly privacy-focussed will never dare comment, but I figure that someone has to).

    Now to my issue with this particular article (and something that I suggest the BestVPN site may consider as a handy way of helping the confused user that generally heads here). I know a bit about technology, and a bit about VPN, so most terms I encounter have some meaning to me. Most! When I read “no DRD”, though, I was somewhat stumped. I assume it refers to Data Retention something-or-other, but it is not a term I have previously encountered/understood.

    Would it be possible to provide one or more of:

    – A glossary page, showing all terms used on BestVPN and explaining them briefly and then in more detail (so a brief definition of a proxy service and what it is used for, as well as some more in-depth discussion of how it works, pros and cons)
    – Hyperlinks that provide pop-up/hover definitions for terms that are not part of the normal English lexicon. As I said, I know quite a bit of nerd-dom, but your site is a wonderful tool even for people who have a limited understanding of what they are doing. Even terms such as ‘torrent’, ‘Skype’, ‘hotspot’ may trip up the reader who just wants to make their Internet use a little more private.

    I realise that either of these would require quite a lot of work, and in particular the second (many people tend to be wary when they see individual words with hyperlink pop-ups, as they have encountered those terrible sites that cover half the page with some ad whenever you happen to place the cursor anywhere near a randomly linked word). Creating links on every story you write would probably be more effort than it is worth, but having a glossary in the left-hand index, or even as a separate frame on every page of your site, would be incredibly convenient both to the occasional nerd and the “what is a VPN?” readership.

    Again, darn fine work on the little green lock I see when I visit you now.

    1. Hi Stephen
      We’ve been HTTPS for a while but it wasn’t until this week that we found a small bug with an image that was loading from our sister website BestBackups which has a different certificate and certificate authority and thereby causing issues. We’ll hopefully be launching a big QA (quality analysis) soon.
      DRD means Data Retention Directive. Most of the time we discuss the term before providing an acronym but since we discuss it so many time we forget every now and then so thanks for that. We do have an FAQ but we’re looking into overhauling this and making it a lot more useful so a glossary might come into that – thanks for the idea.
      Peter

      1. Thanks Peter – one of the great things about this site is the interactive nature of commentary.

        It must have been another, similar site that lacked HTTPS (totally) – apologies if I confused you with someone else.

    1. Just tried AirVPN paid 3 mo subscription. Tried all morning but it could not get me into any servers in Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands. Did not extend the search to “unsafe” countries. Very frustrated. Cancelled subscription. Could it have something to do with hacks against Thailand? Yet Mullvad and Cyberghost worked fine using the free trial version for 3 hrs then cut off.

      BTW IPVanish never responded to my questions about where they were located. Is it USA do you know?
      Cheers.

      1. Hi Remy
        If you’re having a problem with 3 different VPNs especially some really good ones like you mentioned then you’ve probably got something going wrong on your computer. I suggest you contact the AirVPN support department and get them to help you figure out the problem.
        Yes IPVanish is US based as per our review of them.
        Peter

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