5 Best VPN Services for 2015

30 Mar 2015 |

Welcome to our 2015 update to the 5 Best VPN Providers. Over the past few years, the world has seen a massive increase in VPN use. According to a Q1 2014 report from GlobalWebIndex, a global average of 28% now access the internet through a VPN, with 52% using a VPN mainly to access better online content and 29% to stay anonymous online.

With so many popular content channels geographically restricted, and an increased likelihood of your internet being monitored by government agencies, it’s no wonder that so many people are opting to keep their data private by using a VPN.

However, there are a host of VPN providers to choose from, and it can be a daunting task deciding where to spend your money, especially with the wealth of features and marketing offers promised by providers.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve come up with a list of ten essential factors to consider. These are explained in more detail in this guide and in the considerations section at the bottom of this page:

  1. Do they keep logs?
  2. OpenVPN and encryption
  3. Do they accept Bitcoins?
  4. Do they allow P2P BitTorrent downloading?
  5. Do they use shared or dynamic IPs?
  6. How many devices can be connected at once?
  7. Does the VPN support your mobile device(s)?
  8. Server locations
  9. Where are they based?
  10. Other services and unique selling points

Just remember that, in some countries, using a VPN can mark you out as suspicious, so take the necessary precautions. Check out our country-specific guides here if you’re unsure. Now, let’s get started!

We review and rate the 5 Best VPN Providers for 2015 below, looking at starting prices and key features, to find you the best-value and most comprehensive VPN provider out there.

Best VPN Providers Summary

Rank Provider Review Price Link

1

ExpressVPN Best VPN 9.8
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$8.31/mo Visit Site

2

IPVanish Logo 9.0
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$6.49/mo Visit Site

3

VyprVPN Logo 8.3
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$8.50/mo Visit Site

4

PIA Logo 7.5
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$6.95/mo Visit Site

5

BolehVPN Logo 6.2
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$9.99/mo Visit Site
Editor’s Choice

Winner – ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN Best VPN Provider

Positives: great apps for all major platforms; 30-day money-back guarantee; no usage logs; servers in 78 countries; superb speeds

Negatives: only two simultaneous connections (one computer and another device)

ExpressVPN is one of the most popular and successful VPN providers out there. It consistently ranks highly in our top five lists, which isn’t surprising when you consider just how much it gets right. Headquartered in the British Virgin Islands, ExpressVPN is a vocal advocate for internet privacy rights and deservedly takes the accolade of our best all-around VPN provider at the moment.

One of its greatest assets is its unparalleled customer service, which offers 24/7 live chat with technicians on its website, plus a ticket system with quality follow-ups. Add to this a massive network of servers across 78 countries with great speeds and fantastic, easy-to-use clients for a host of devices – as well as detailed setup guides for many other platforms – and it’s easy to see why we’re so enthusiastic about this provider.

ExpressVPN keeps no usage logs, and there’s a very generous 30-day money-back guarantee to get you started. Pricing isn’t the cheapest, but it still represents good value for money when you consider how much ExpressVPN delivers.

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2. IPVanish

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Positives: great security; no logs; excellent speeds; great value for money

Negatives: not much

IPVanish has over 15 years of experience in the networking industry and runs some of the best Tier 1 level networks out there – amazing speeds in simple terms. It has servers in a whopping 59 countries and, with recent security updates, keeps absolutely no logs, has shared IPs and even accepts Bitcoin!

IPVanish’s prices are very cheap. It’s by far the best-value provider, and highly recommended if you want a low-cost solution that delivers uncompromised security and speeds, whilst keeping no logs.

The software may not be as feature packed as some others, but all the essentials are there.

IPVanish offers an amazing product at a very wallet-friendly price, and deserves the recognition of being one of the best VPN providers of 2015.

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3. VyprVPN

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Positives: fast; 160-bit and 256-bit OpenVPN encryption (Pro only); servers in 38 countries; Android app; iOS app; seven-day money-back guarantee; up to three simultaneous connections; P2P

Negatives: a bit pricey; US based but Swiss registered

VyprVPN is a large provider run by global consortium Golden Frog (based in Switzerland but with a physical presence in the US), with servers in 38 countries worldwide. It has simple but effective Windows and OSX clients, and very nice Android and iOS apps. Linux is also supported.

Up to three devices can be connected at once, with up to 256-bit OpenVPN encryption. Note that this only applies to the Pro service, not the PPTP-only Basic plan, which isn’t secure and so should be avoided. VyprVPN does keep connection logs, but not usage logs.

VyprVPN owns its own networks and data centers, which isn’t something many VPNs can boast, giving it excellent speeds and control over its service. It’s also built its own protocol called “chameleon”, which can completely hide the fact that you’re using a VPN – very useful in countries where using a VPN can mark you out as suspicious.

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4. PrivateInternetAccess

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Positives: accepts Bitcoin; no logs; fast; up to 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption; uses shared IPs; client features port forwarding; VPN kill switch and DNS leak protection; three simultaneous connections, Android app; P2P

Negatives: no free trial; based in the US

If privacy matters to you, but you want a US-based solution (see Considerations below), PIA offers a fantastic service. It keeps no logs, uses shared IPs, and accepts anonymous payment via Bitcoins (see Considerations below).

PIA also offers excellent security, with up to 256-bit AES OpenVPN, SHA-256 hash authentication and 4096-bit RSA handshake encryption.

On top of that, it offers a fully featured Windows and OSX client with DNS leak protection, IPv6 leak protection, port forwarding and an internet kill switch, and also allows P2P downloading.

A massive five simultaneous connections are offered, which is ideal for using with its excellent Android app.

However, compared to ExpressVPN and VyprVPN, PIA isn’t the best option for non-savvy users. But for experienced users not worried about it being based in the US, PIA is an excellent choice.

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5. BolehVPN

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Positives: no logs; fast; great OSX and Windows software; two simultaneous connections; HK server uses shared IPs; P2P

Negatives: 128-bit Blowfish OpenVPN encryption could be stronger

This Malaysian-based provider gets our number five spot because it’s an excellent choice for users in China and throughout the Far East. It keeps no logs and has an excellent OSX and Windows VPN client, which, while not the easiest to use, has a wealth of connection options, including “cloaked routers” in Hong Kong and the US East Coast. This allows users to hide the fact that they’re using a VPN at all!

BolehVPN is also super fast and happy to allow P2P downloading, so is a great option for anyone wanting a good VPN in a restrictive country.

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VPN Provider Considerations

We have an in-depth VPN buying guide available, but, in short (and to update you on recent developments and some issues not covered in the guide), the ten things to consider when choosing a VPN provider are:

1. Do they keep logs?

If you just want to access geo-restricted material (for streaming Netflix, Hulu, and so on), this may not be important. But if you’re interested in using a VPN to protect your privacy, it’s vital that it keeps no logs of your internet activities. If logs are kept (whatever the company says), it can be made to hand them over to the authorities, or they can be hacked by criminals. If no logs are kept, there’s nothing to hand over or hack. Note that we make a distinction between keeping usage logs, connection logs and no logs:

  • Usage logs – details of what you get up to on the internet, such as which websites you visit. 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’s logged varies by provider, but typically includes when you connected, for how long and how often. Providers usually justify this as necessary for dealing with technical issues and instances of abuse. In general, we aren’t too worried about this level of log keeping, but the truly paranoid should be aware that, at least in theory, it could be used to identify an individual with known internet behavior through an ‘end to end timing attack’. It shouldn’t be a big concern for most users, though.
  • Keeps logs – it’s depressingly common for VPN providers to keep logs of everything (usage and connection). In general, if a provider keeps usage logs it will also keep connection logs
  • No logs – what it says: the provider promises not to keep anylogs (usage or connection)

‘No usage logs’ = keeps connection logs (only).

2. OpenVPN and encryption

We firmly believe that OpenVPN is the only truly secure VPN protocol these days, and where possible it should be your only choice. An increasingly small number of devices do not support OpenVPN, in which case you should choose L2TP/IPsec over PPTP (which is laughably insecure) whenever possible.

Also, following news of the NSA’s concerted efforts to undermine international encryption standards, we’ve revised our assessment that 128-bit encryption is sufficient, and now recommend 256-bit as a minimum. We’d also love to see VPN providers move away from NIST standards, such as AES, but so far, only LiquidVPN has done so.

For an in-depth look at this subject, see here.

3. Do they accept Bitcoins?

Bitcoins may not be anonymous in themselves, but with a bit of care they can be made so (at least to a high degree). We believe any service that trades on the anonymity of its customers (as most VPN providers do) should allow them to pay for the service as anonymously as possible. We therefore see accepting Bitcoins as the mark of a company that takes privacy seriously, and it should be a consideration even if you intend on paying using methods that are more conventional. For details on using Bitcoins to pay for VPN anonymously, please see our guide.

4. Do they allow P2P BitTorrent downloading?

Not all do, so if that’s what you want from a VPN, you’d better make sure.

5. Do they use shared or dynamic IPs?

If privacy is important, you need a service that uses shared IPs. Since many users access the internet over a single IP address, it’s almost impossible to determine which of that IP address’s users is responsible for any action on the internet. All good VPNs should use shared IPs.

6. How many devices can be connected at once?

In a world where we increasingly access the internet from our laptop, phone and tablet – not to mention wanting our family to access the internet with the protection afforded by our VPN connection – it’s important that more than one device can be connected at a time. Unfortunately, many providers have been slow to catch up with the mobile device revolution and don’t allow simultaneous connections.

7. Does the VPN support your mobile device(s)?

Following on from our last comment, some providers still don’t support mobile devices, particularly with OpenVPN, while others have swanky apps for Android and iOS. It should be noted, however, that generic OpenVPN apps are available for both Android and iOS, which can be configured to work with standard OpenVPN config files even when a provider doesn’t explicitly support this.

8. Server locations

If accessing geo-restricted content is important to you (such as for watching Hulu from outside the US), it’s vital that the provider has servers in the country that the services are restricted to. Similarly, P2P downloaders should choose a country that’s P2P friendly – Hong Kong, Panama, Sweden, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland are all good choices. The closer a server is to you geographically, the less lag you’ll suffer as the data has less distance to travel. But if privacy is important, we always recommend choosing a server outside your own country’s legal jurisdiction.

9. Where are they based?

Following Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, the issue of whether the US is a good place for a VPN provider to be based is a matter of hot debate. Our view is that the NSA can’t be everywhere, but in the US they have the Patriot Act, Pen Orders and a whole raft of legal (and extra-legal) resources with which to force US companies to comply with their wishes. The fact that in the US the debate purely concerns the rights of US citizens is a matter of huge frustration to the rest of the world. But, as has been shown frequently, it has done nothing to prevent US citizens being spied on by their own government.

At least VPN providers in some European counties (not the UK!), Hong Kong, Panama and so on have some legal protection against direct NSA bullying. That every major US tech company (Google, Apple, Microsoft, RSA… the list goes on) has been in cahoots and/or otherwise been compromised by the NSA is now a matter of record. And if even small companies such as Lavabit are forced to shut down rather than hand over all their encryption keys, it seems unlikely that popular and well-known privacy services such as VPN providers haven’t also been compromised. Note that others have a very different take on this situation, and you may like to read the views of our reader Ohana (in the Comments sections here andhere) for an alternative viewpoint.

The UK, with its GHCQ spying organization, is as bad as the US, and most EU countries force VPN providers to keep logs thanks to the EU Data Retention Directive (DRD). Some EU countries, however, haven’t implemented the DRD, haven’t applied it to VPN providers, or provide other legal protection that makes them suitable locations for a VPN service. For more details on this, see this article.

10. Other services and unique selling points

Many providers offer unusual (or even unique) services that may be perfect for your needs. We highlight these in our reviews, and try to mention important ones in the summaries above.

Conclusion of the Best VPN Providers

While choosing a VPN can be a difficult task, we hope that we’ve given you enough information to make an informed decision. If you’re looking to use a VPN for something specific and don’t like the look of any of our top five providers listed below, feel free to navigate our website or leave any questions in the comments section below.

Best VPN Providers Summary

Rank Provider Review Price Link

1

ExpressVPN Best VPN 9.8
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$8.31/mo Visit Site

2

IPVanish Logo 9.0
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$6.49/mo Visit Site

3

VyprVPN Logo 8.3
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$8.50/mo Visit Site

4

PIA Logo 7.5
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$6.95/mo Visit Site

5

BolehVPN Logo 6.2
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$9.99/mo Visit Site


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38 Responses to “5 Best VPN Services for 2015”

  1. annonymous says:

    Why no astrill?

  2. annonymous says:

    To be honoest, BitCoin is safe but not “anonymous”.

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Bitcoins can be purchased with a high degree of anonymity, and then ‘mixed‘ to anonymize them even further. While this cannot guarantee 100% anonymity (what can?), if used carefully then Bitcoins can be highly anonymous.

      • annonymous says:

        Hello Douglas my friend, have you ever compared IPV4 to IPV6, which is more secure? I find that gogo6 tunnelbreaker can work on VM Virtual Windows7 over NetBios, which means ipv6 proxy can be started with Virtual Windows7. Up to now, even google cannot recognize the real location of an IPV6 IP address.

        • Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi annonymous,

          IPv6 Tunnel brokering (which can be used in conjunction with OpenVPN) is indeed an interesting subject, but one that I will have to research for an article before commenting on. Thanks for the idea!

      • Zeiss says:

        According to bitcoin’s website, it’s not anonymous: https://bitcoin.org/en/you-need-to-know

        If you are about to explore Bitcoin, there are a few things you should know. Bitcoin lets you exchange money in a different way than with usual banks. As such, you should take time to inform yourself before using Bitcoin for any serious transaction. Bitcoin should be treated with the same care as your regular wallet, or even more in some cases!

        Securing your wallet

        Like in real life, your wallet must be secured. Bitcoin makes it possible to transfer value anywhere in a very easy way and it allows you to be in control of your money. Such great features also come with great security concerns. At the same time, Bitcoin can provide very high levels of security if used correctly. Always remember that it is your responsibility to adopt good practices in order to protect your money. Read more about securing your wallet.

        Bitcoin price is volatile

        The price of a bitcoin can unpredictably increase or decrease over a short period of time due to its young economy, novel nature, and sometimes illiquid markets. Consequently, keeping your savings with Bitcoin is not recommended at this point. Bitcoin should be seen like a high risk asset, and you should never store money that you cannot afford to lose with Bitcoin. If you receive payments with Bitcoin, many service providers can convert them to your local currency.

        Bitcoin payments are irreversible

        Any transaction issued with Bitcoin cannot be reversed, they can only be refunded by the person receiving the funds. That means you should take care to do business with people and organizations you know and trust, or who have an established reputation. For their part, businesses need to keep control of the payment requests they are displaying to their customers. Bitcoin can detect typos and usually won’t let you send money to an invalid address by mistake. Additional services might exist in the future to provide more choice and protection for the consumer.

        Bitcoin is not anonymous

        Some effort is required to protect your privacy with Bitcoin. All Bitcoin transactions are stored publicly and permanently on the network, which means anyone can see the balance and transactions of any Bitcoin address. However, the identity of the user behind an address remains unknown until information is revealed during a purchase or in other circumstances. This is one reason why Bitcoin addresses should only be used once. Always remember that it is your responsibility to adopt good practices in order to protect your privacy. Read more about protecting your privacy.

        Instant transactions are less secure

        A Bitcoin transaction is usually deployed within a few seconds and begins to be confirmed in the following 10 minutes. During that time, a transaction can be considered authentic but still reversible. Dishonest users could try to cheat. If you can’t wait for a confirmation, asking for a small transaction fee or using a detection system for unsafe transactions can increase security. For larger amounts like 1000 US$, it makes sense to wait for 6 confirmations or more. Each confirmation exponentially decreases the risk of a reversed transaction.

        Bitcoin is still experimental

        Bitcoin is an experimental new currency that is in active development. Although it becomes less experimental as usage grows, you should keep in mind that Bitcoin is a new invention that is exploring ideas that have never been attempted before. As such, its future cannot be predicted by anyone.

        Government taxes and regulations

        Bitcoin is not an official currency. That said, most jurisdictions still require you to pay income, sales, payroll, and capital gains taxes on anything that has value, including bitcoins. It is your responsibility to ensure that you adhere to tax and other legal or regulatory mandates issued by your government and/or local municipalities.

        • Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Zeiss,

          Bitcoin is not inherently anonymous, as all transactions are recorded in the block chain. However, by buying Bitcoins anonymously and the ‘washing’ them with a Bitcoin mixer, the link between an individual and any transaction with the Bitcoins can be very effectively obfuscated, allowing them to be used with a high degree of anonymity (100% can never be guaranteed). See Buying Bitcoins to pay for VPN anonymously, a step by step guide for more details.

  3. annonymous says:

    I think that the most anonymous way of payment at present is iOS “in-app purchase”, which supports anonymous Apple Gift Card to one Apple ID.

    • Hmm says:

      How would that (purchasing via iOS in app purchase be anonymous? your purchase is tied your itunes account and email address.

      • Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Hmm,

        This list is concerned with best all-round VPN providers (the vast majority of our readers simply want to geo-spoof their location.) If you a want to use a VPN for maximum privacy, then please check out our article on 5 Best Logless VPNs, which includes an in-depth discussion on VPN privacy issues.

  4. Max says:

    Which ones store your home IP address in their systems? All of them?

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Max,

      Of this list PIA and BolehVPN claim to keep no logs at all (including storing user’s IP addresses). All providers here do use shared IP addresses, however, which makes identifying an individual’s IP with a particular internet behavior very difficult. For a list of the most private VPN services available which keep no logs at all, see our article on 5 Best Logless VPNs. If you are really paranoid, then AirVPN and BolehVPN allow you to connect to their VPNs through Tor, so they can can simply never see your true IP address (see Using Tor and VPN together for more details).

  5. TurtleLover says:

    Hello. Thanks for these great articles.
    So, I’m looking for P2P access and it seems PIA allows it, but it’s based in the US, but it also says it keeps no logs.
    I’m reading on Reddit, where some peoples have had 2 DMCA’s while using PIA. But the thread goes on to say the person didn’t have it setup properly.
    This is the most confusing thing I’ve had to research and make a decision upon since the advent of craft beer.
    Also curious as to why BlackVPN isn’t in your list of top VPN’s. It seems it would be.

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi TurtleLover,

      PIA is US based, but as you say, it does not keep logs and has a good rep for protecting its customers against DMCA notices (being US based I wouldn’t trust it against the NSA though). BlackVPN is a good VPN outfit, but its policy of keeping quite extensive connection logs holds it back from a full recommendation by us. We are aware that BlackVPN regularly argues on Reddit that all VPN companies must keep some logs in order to function, and that claiming not to is disingenuous at best, so will leave you to make up your mind on the subject. Out article 5 Best logless VPNs not only has a greater focus on VPNs that really care about privacy, but also includes a lengthy debate about VPN privacy issues, so you might be interested in reading that.

      • TurtleLover says:

        Thank you.
        I’m so glad I came by this site that my google now card popped up THIS very article because of my interest in tech sites. That was a very quick reply. Much appreciated. Informative. Man. I’m recommending this site to many friends who have an interest in VPN. Thank you so much.

  6. khalis says:

    Hi :)

    PrivateInternetAccess is for me a sure and the best value.

    First, you can pay with a gift card for more anonymous.
    With this provider, I can get connected under OpenVPN with UDP, that others provider do not excepted IPVanish too.
    Then I can reach the maximum of my bandswitch (100Mb/s down).

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi khalis. PIA is a good service, but I will just note that many providers allow choosing between OpenVPN TCP and UDP. For an explanation of the difference, see OpenVPN over TCP vs. UDP: what is the difference, and which should I choose?

    • Smirnoff says:

      There seems to be a really huge push for PIA these days especially for an annual subscription. I’ve read posts with heated arguments/discussions surrounding it.

      Like already mentioned in the above blog, to maximize the speeds of PIA, one needs to have a fair bit of knowledge of how to configure PIA.

      The truth is that for most people who need to use a VPN, they want to “set it and “forget it” simple and effective interface. This is what separates PIA from more expensive Express (so I have been told).

      If one is considering or using a US based service, you’d better be certain that they in fact are truly logless, if not, you risk getting that copyright infringment letter or NSA monitoring.

      In the end though, don’t be foolish and get an annual subscription just because you read a few posters bragging about their VPN. Try it out first and ensure that the service provider has a money back guarantee. If not, consider another VPN provider.

  7. Hmm says:

    Well. there seems to be a big referral program for PIA VPN: http://www.reddit.com/r/VPN/wiki/beware_of_false_reviews

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Hmm,

      Most VPN providers run referral programs, and we do get paid as affiliates. However, as most providers do run referral programs, it does not really matter to us which ones our readers choose, and we therefore have a strict policy of providing neutral reviews.

  8. Need to know says:

    Everyone needs to read carefully, very carefully on PIA’s privacy policy.

    Additionally, despite what some people may write in forums, there is no money back or trial period for PIA.

    The more I research this company, the more I don’t think it’s a wise choice:

    Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    PrivateInternetAccess.com does not condone the use of our service to facilitate copyright infringement. We respect and abide by U.S. copyright laws including the requirements of the DMCA and rely on our users to do the same.

    PrivateInternetAccess.com implements an automated virtual private network (“VPN”) service. Our service is fully automated and we do not log our user’s activities. We do not in any way select the recipients our users transmit to or the material our users access while using our service. We do not store, access, or modify any content that our users access while using our service.

    As a result, PrivateInternetAccess.com’s VPN service qualifies as a provider of transitory digital network communications under 17 U.S.C. § 512(a) of the Copyright Act. As we do not store any content accessed by our users, we are unable to delete any such content that may be infringing. Because we do not log our users’ activities in order to protect and respect their privacy, we are unable to identify particular users that may be infringing the lawful copyrights of others.

    Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Takedown Notices

    That being said, PrivateInternetAccess.com will do its best to assist copyright owners and their agents that report copyright infringement by a user that is using our services to the extent we can. However, before investigating any report of copyright infringement, we require the copyright owner or its authorized agent to give us a valid and complete DMCA takedown notices if you wish to report what you believe is infringing activity by a third party using PrivateInternetAccess.com’s VPN service. If you are unsure as to whether content on the PrivateInternetAccess.com network infringes your copyrights, then please first contact an attorney. Please deliver your notices to PrivateInternetAccess.com’s designated DMCA Agent.

    Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3), all of the following items are required for our agent to investigate your notice:

    An identification in sufficient detail of the copyrighted work you believe to have been infringed;
    An identification of the content that is alleged to be infringing (all items should be mentioned separately);
    Sufficient information to help Privateinernetaccess.com to locate the allegedly infringing content;
    Sufficient contact information to notify the reporting party of PrivateInternetAccess.com’s response (please include a physical address, telephone number, and email address);
    The following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”;
    An identification of the user who may be responsible for the infringing activity;
    The following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”;
    A physical or electronic signature of the owner or their authorized agent; and
    Send the correspondence to the following address:

    Privateinternetaccess.com
    Attn: DMCA Agent
    1333 W. 120th Ave. Suite 219
    Westminster, CO 80234
    Fax: 888-317-8582
    Email: [email protected]

    Upon receipt of your DMCA takedown notice, we will make reasonable attempts to assist you if we can, recognizing that our system is designed to maximize users privacy and that we maintain no logs tracking our users’ activities. If a notice lacks any of the aforementioned necessary elements, it may be deemed an invalid notice and PrivateInternetAccess.com will not attempt to investigate it.

    Please be aware that pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing or that that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification, shall be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorized licensee, or by a service provider, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of the service provider relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.

    Counter-Notifications

    If we are able to help you identify a user or other third party that is subject to your notice, be aware that we abide by the DMCA’s counter-notification provision. Specifically, the DMCA provides a means for those reported for copyright infringement using a DMCA notice to provide a response to address the original Complaint. 17 U.S.C. §§ 512(g)(2)-(3).
    As with DMCA takedown notices, DMCA counter-notifications have certain statutory requirements, which we have listed below. Again, if you are unsure as to whether you should provide a counter-notification, please contact an attorney specializing in intellectual property issues.

    Sufficient information to identify you, including name, address, telephone number, email address, and a statement consenting to the Federal jurisdiction where your address is located, and that you agree to receive service of process from the party who provided the original DMCA notice under 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(1)(C);
    A physical or electronic signature;
    An identification of the content that is alleged to be infringing (all items should be mentioned separately) and removed;
    The following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that transmission of [insert file name here] identified above was blocked as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be blocked”; and
    Send the correspondence to the following address:

    Privateinternetaccess.com
    Attn: DMCA Agent
    1333 W. 120th Ave. Suite 219
    Westminster, CO 80234
    Fax: 888-317-8582
    Email: [email protected]

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Need to Know,

      Well, we clearly state in this article that PIA does not offer a free trial (and neither does PIA ever make any such claims, whatever random people may say in forums). As for DMCA notices, that legal jargon basically says that PIA will try to comply with the law when it receives one (as it has to), but the point is that it cannot identify users, and so cannot comply in any meaningful way. Having written about the VPN industry for some years now, I have never heard of a single PIA customer’s details being handed over to a copyright owner, or of a DMCA notice being passed on to them (as long as the VPN was setup properly). Personally, I would be much more worried about the fact that PIA is a US company, and therefore whatever it says, must have attracted the interest of the NSA…

      • HeyDoug says:

        Dude, you sound defensive. Bro, chill.

        PIA does in fact offer a 7 day money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

        What people need to consider is the speed and anonymity. PIA and ExpressVPNs servers and country numbers are seemingly significantly exaggerated. Logging into your account you will see the number os countries and servers are not many. Speeds to many countries are unacceptably slow and are similar to dial up or 2G speeds.

        Another thing which has received a lot of buzz recently is a VPNs lack of ability to block WebRTC. You’re paying premium fees to keep your IP address hidden but in fact, your system or browser is in fact releasing your IP address despite using a VPN,

        • Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi HeyDoug,

          Just setting the record straight :). Thanks for the info on PIA money back. It has been a while since I used either PIA or ExpressVPN, but as I remember it the number of servers advertised and the number of servers available through the clients matched up fine (although this is something I will check when I have the opportunity). As for WebRTC, this is not really VPN providers’ fault, although I do agree they could do more to make users aware of the risk it presents, and explain how to fix it (see Browser security hole allows websites to determine real IP even when using VPN.)

  9. Drew says:

    There are a lot of things that I never considered when choosing a provider. Thanks for the suggestions.

  10. amazing thank you… i am use hidemyass vpn ..

  11. Randy says:

    What people need to consider is the speed and anonymity. Premium VPNS such as IPVanish, PIA and ExpressVPNs servers and country numbers are seemingly significantly exaggerated for marketing purposes. Logging into your account you will see the number of countries and servers are not many. Where you can connect, speeds to many countries are unacceptably slow and are similar to dial up or 2G speeds.

    Another thing which has received a lot of buzz recently is a VPNs lack of ability to block WebRTC. You’re paying premium fees to keep your IP address hidden but in fact, your system or browser is in fact releasing your IP address despite using a VPN.

    If you’re going to do online downloading, my suggestion is to use a premium news server that is not in a DMCA compliant country and of course, keeps no logs. The other option is to download from file share sites such as Ryushare; however, many of the files are being removed due to DMCA crackdowns. Binary newsgroups with a premium provider and SSL encryption are your best bet.

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Randy,

      See my reply to your HeyDoug comment for most points. Newsgroups (aka Usenet) are a good option for downloading, but a good no logs VPN will protect its users just fine. Both PIA and ExpressVPN are based in the US – very P2P-unfreindly country – but as neither company keeps records of what its customers do online (the US has no data retention laws) they neither can nor do pass on DMCA notices (or pass customers details to rights holders.)

  12. Larry Wilson says:

    I tested IP Vanish. You don’t
    Check VPNs with IPLeak.net – it will show you if they leak WebRTC.
    MOST do.
    When I ran Tor naked on my PC, it did not leak.
    I run Orbit and Orweb (Tor) on my Android – they do not leak.
    My considerations for a VPN are:
    1) NO LEAKS as shown by IPLeak.net
    2) Paid with Bitcoin
    3) No storage of any information
    4) Servers in South America and Russia (I doubt the Ruskies are going to co-operate with our spy networks)

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Larry,

      The WebRTC ‘bug’ is a browser problem, and is not the fault of VPN providers. See here for details and how to fix the problem. The Tor browser is a modified version of Firefox, and has the ‘media.peerconnection.enabled’ setting set to ‘false’ by default. You may be interested in our articles on 4 ways to prevent a DNS leak when using VPN and 5 Best Logless VPNs. Russian VPN servers are likely spied on by the Russian government (which might not bother you). South American servers are probably OK (if also run by a non-US company, but the distances involved will mean very slow connections for many users). For privacy, Hong Kong is also a good server location.

  13. Sathish says:

    This review is for pandapow VPN
    Pros:
    1. Customer Service is good
    2. Easy to use
    Cons :
    1. Not that good in china
    2. Video streaming is poor, poor, poor.
    3. Expensive than its counter part.
    4. Not worth for the Money
    5. Get frustrated when using it since get disconnects frequent

    and in my personal opinion use Astrill if you are in china.

  14. Tim says:

    Another thing to consider about he “no logs” point is that if the NSA targets you they will go to the VPN company and tell them to start logging you by court order. Meanwhile you think our OK and protected buy “no logs”. I doubt the VPN company will close their business over a few warrants like that or even report it publicly. Best to stay out of these type of imperial entanglements by choosing the right country.

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Tim,

      We discuss this in our article on 5 Best Logless VPNs. You are quite right to note that VPN providers can be made to start keeping logs on specific individuals, but this does generally require a warrant for an the individual has already been identified and is being actively monitored. Those really worried about such things should use Tor, or even better, VPN over Tor.

  15. Mike says:

    Somehow I just don’t get it,why are you comparing the price based on yearly plan ($6.49/mo as Ipvanish) and yearly plan ($6.95/mo as PIA). Don’t you think that’s a little bit unfair, cause from what I know, PIA provides the cheapest yearly plan ($3.33/mo)??
    Or just because Ipvanish paid you more money to get a higher rank?? questionable. I mean we can see their ads on your site.

    • Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Mike,

      A while ago BestVPN took on some new staff, and there was some confusion over whether prices should be ‘best price’ or price per month. We decided to stick with what we have always done, and give the per month price, but although we have made every effort of fix the problem, a few ‘best price’ quotes have got into the system. I have now updated the article with the correct (and consistent) pricing. Advertisers on BestVPN pay to have their ads displayed on our website, but we do not otherwise treat them with any special favor.

  16. Nancy Stuart says:

    I have used Private Internet Access and HMA VPNs in the past, but I had many problems with them. I frequently got kicked out of the server for no reason. It was quite frustrating! now i’m using Ivacy VPN, and except for a few minor problems with installing the software, the VPN service is quite good.

    • Sandra Piers says:

      I have never encountered such problems in using HMA. But yeah Ivacy’s speed is phenomenal…

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