Buying Bitcoins to pay for VPN anonymously, a step by step guide. Part 5, paying using Bitcoins

Douglas Crawford

Douglas Crawford

October 22, 2013

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, 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 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.

vpnac 2 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).

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It’s then just a matter of hitting Send!

3. Confirmation of the payment took seconds.

It took perhaps another 5 minute before activated our account

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And the transaction can be viewed in our wallet


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 2: Choosing and setting up a Bitcoin  wallet

Part 3: Buying Bitcoins

Part 4: Mixing your Bitcoins

Douglas Crawford

I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. You can now follow me on Twitter - @douglasjcrawf.

14 responses to “Buying Bitcoins to pay for VPN anonymously, a step by step guide. Part 5, paying using Bitcoins

  1. The VPN portion was key. Glad you went into the details for portion for that part. I would suggest using an anonymous email address, like from when signing up and using the VPN. Especially if you only plan on using the VPN for short while.

  2. Hiya Douglas

    I Just wanted to note, that some mobile devices such as samsung require you to register a google account and all apps downloaded via marketplaces such as play store will be attached to that account. So if you want to download a wallet from play store and want to stay anonymous this step kind of prevents that so, would you advise maybe downloading the apk files of the wallet as opposed to the actual play store download

    1. Hi billy,

      Hmmm… interesting point. Please remember that there is nothing illegal or even shady about simply owning and using Bitcoins, and that downloading a wallet app from the Play Store tells Google nothing about what you do with your Bitcoins. I therefore do not personally think it is worth worrying about where you download the wallet from, as long as you authenticate that the download is genuine. If you are really worried about anyone even knowing that you even use Bitcoins then downloading an apk file is a potential solution, but could be dangerous as it will be more difficult to verify that the app has not been tampered with (very important when it comes to wallet apps that secure your Bitcoins!)

  3. This tutorial series has been exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for putting this together Doug… 🙂

  4. Thanks Douglas!!

    I finally got a protonmail account after a long wait. So just started using that really. Haven’t checked out tutanota yet but will do.

    I wanted to ask as you use Firefox what would you recommend as a translator for firefox? Right now I use S3.Google Translator but unfamiliar with its security. Any suggestions also welcomed.

    1. Hi billy,

      If I need to translate a website I simply visit Google Translate and paste in the website URL. I am aware that as this uses Google (as indeed does the S3.Google Translator Add-on), it is not very private, but I have to admit that I do find myself needing to translate web pages often enough to worry about it. If any readers can recommend more anonymous/private ways to translate foreign language websites, we would love to hear them!

  5. Hiya Douglas

    Yiu see with the Tor browser can you use it with other browsers open like chrome or IE or do they have to be off when using Tor?


  6. Hiya Douglas

    I was reading that Airvpn offer codes from their authorised resellers, and this code can be used to activate a subscription

    What’s your take on this and could you include this in your step to step guide if you wanted to? or is it not necessary?


    1. Hi billy,

      Yes, AirVPN uses a system where you purchase a code from bitcoincodes (using Bitcoins of course), which you then use to buy VPN from them. This introduces another layer of privacy between you and AirVPN, as the only thing AiRVPN knows about the transaction is the anonymous coupon code. I could include instructions on how this works this in this tutorial, but as this is an AirVPN-only arrangement, I do not feel it would be suitable for this general article.

  7. Could you not buy over TOR? You say a vpn provider will always be able to know your IP address, but doesn’t that defeat the objective of being anonymous? As I see it what would be the point of purchasing with bitcoins, when you could just use credit/debit card as the vpn provider will know who it is anyhow because of the IP address. Is it always the case with vpn providers? If so are there ways around it?

    1. Hi billy,

      The important thing to understand is that because of the way VPN works, the VPN provider will usually know your true IP address (since you connect to the VPN using that IP address). This is why we are keen to stress that VPN provides privacy, not anonymity (unless you use a service that supports VPN through Tor, which does provide a high degree of true anonymity). Paying via Bitcoin means that the provider does not have a name and bank details to associate with that IP address. Note that the use of shared IP’s does confuse the issue regarding who does what on the internet. Please see 5 Best Logless VPNs for an in-depth discussion on VPN providers and privacy.

  8. I have been searching the net high and low for some sort of a guide on how to get started with bitcoins and this tutorial is the best I have found. Thanks for providing such great info.

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