This is the last in our series on how to buy and pay for VPN as anonymously as possible using Bitcoins. To start at the beginning, please go here.
Our final step is to actually pay for a VPN service itself, and this is ridiculously easy. To demonstrate, we have picked VPN.ac, a Romanian provider we have not heard much about before (and which therefore gives us an excellent opportunity to review the service once we have paid for it), which accepts Bitcoins (look out for our review of VPN.ac coming soon).
1. Sign up for the service. Because we do not have to provide banking details or suchlike, we are free to make up whatever personal information we like. The email address is anonymously signed up for, and we only access it using VPN or Tor, so it should be untraceable back to us personally.
VPN.ac insists that you sign up using your real IP address in order to prevent fraud. Remembering that a VPN provider will always be able to know your IP address anyway, this does not overly concern us, so we did not try anything sneaky. Note that if a VPN uses shared IPs (as it should), it will still know the IP you are connecting from, but not what you are connecting to (as you join a shared IP address for connecting to the internet).
2. When we select to pay with Bitcoins we are presented with a Bitcoin wallet address to which the coins should be sent.
You can cut and paste this address into your desktop wallet’s send section or, if you are using a mobile wallet, scan in the QR code to do this automatically (we have to admit this is one reason we chose Bitcoin Wallet for Android in Part 4 of this guide).
3. Confirmation of the payment took seconds.
There is a lot of jargon involved with buying Bitcoins, and you need to get your head around certain concepts. However, we found the whole process of buying anonymously, further anonymising, and then buying anonymously using Bitcoins remarkably painless, and definitely recommend that anyone curious take the plunge.
Of course, such a high level of anonymity is more than most people need, but in this age of Big Brother blanket surveillance we encourage people to take robust steps towards protecting their privacy (a view we are sure most readers of this VPN website will sympathise with).
Conversely, with increased time, risk and effort there are ways to make Bitcoin payments even more anonymous, and we can only hope and encourage our readers to use this anonymity for responsible and beneficial purposes. Remember that (unless you get very fancy with systems such a VPN over Tor) your VPN provider will always know your IP address, although a good provider will not be able to link that with individual actions on-line.
Check out the rest of this Guide:
Part 1: An introduction
Part 3: Buying Bitcoins
Part 4: Mixing your Bitcoins