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MATA7

join:2005-05-29
Mississauga, ON
reply to Packeteers

Re: VPN Review websights

packeteers i want to thank you for you reviews and research, thanks to you i found linkideo im trying for 3 days and is working great, i just need it to watch some Spanish us tv, i got the 2 dollar package, so again thanks


Packeteers
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join:2005-06-18
Forest Hills, NY
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kudos: are welcome be sure to use VPNetMon with linkideo if you only got the 2€/mo service,
since their PPTP tunnel tends to drop often (between US:FR), about every 3 hours on average.

»forum.hidemyass.com/index.php?/t···p__17494

ironically - the French claim to clamp down on piracy of any French produced content,
but they don't seem to give a crap about people torrenting the rest of the World's stuff.

»extratorrent.com/article/2187/fr···acy.html

a few minor details to add since I last updated this thread;

the DNS for linkideo is often slow to non existence, so instead of using fr.linkideo.com
in your VPN client, I often find it's best to use their static IP which is: 176.31.247.125
don't be alarmed by this; as DNS delisting is a common way ISP's pay lip service to lawyers
seeking to prevent piracy, and is why Pirate Bay is now static IP based; »194.71.107.80/

»www.extremetech.com/internet/130···re-times

I recently found that "Ovh Systems" which is the French Leaseweb type network
that linkideo uses, has been blacklisted as a forum post spammer, so you may find
various specialty forums will not allow you to connect while using fr.linkideo's VPN.

If you wish to pay for linkideo for more than 1 month at a time, after you get your bill
email support to send a new bill for 3 or 6 months and pay that instead of the monthly.
at these low prices, they do not offer any prepaid month quantity discounts.


Jay_Are
J.R.
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join:2004-04-10
Sicklerville, NJ
Try BolehVPN, you won't be disappointed! I have been using the service for several months, very fast download speed, 24/7, 7 days a week. No downtime or slow down since I signed up 4 months ago. A custom OpenVPN client is used that minimize in the notification area. There are several options connecting to the server, fullyrouted, routes all traffic, proxy is used for individual applications, utorrent, jdownloader, WinSCP, chrome with plugin, even with a 3rd party ios app if you choose. You can also select preferred servers. Anonymous payments is available, logs are not kept, privacy is taken very seriously. I have not experience any issues but the owner/founder is active in the community for support. I was very satisfied with the service, I signed up for a year subscription costing only $7.15 monthly. If you signed up 30 days or more subscription, you get a bonus gift .

»www.bolehvpn.net/index.php
--
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke

bimmerdriver

join:2010-12-10
Coquitlam, BC
reply to Packeteers
Here are a couple of interesting posts from torrentfreaks.com about vpns:

»torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-provi···-111007/

»torrentfreak.com/best-vpn-proxy-···-110618/


Packeteers
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join:2005-06-18
Forest Hills, NY
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Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable

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both outdated articles, and don't trust that sight with vpn advice since they are the main sponsors.

that's the unfortunate fact of most VPN reviews, even those on DSLR:

»Exploring The Best VPN Providers

This article is part of an effort to solicit paid content from the Broadband Reports community.

UPDATE: I recently upgraded my Linkideo service from PPTP to OpenVPN, and even though I didn't need the extra bandwidth it offers, the stability of an OpenVPN client is infinitely better than PPTP. I'm able to go to bed with a few gig of torrents in my que, and wake up the next morning still connected and all my downloading done - this is what I wanted all along, and now I finally have it just in time for the "Six Strikes" July ISP torrent crackdown. So if you try Linkideo or any PPTP based VPN and were dissatisfied, don't give up on them till you upgrade to their OpenVPN class service. You'll get rock solid performance, without the worry of some proprietary client doing God knows what else with your PC.

One trick I learned from trial and error with VPNs is never max out your connection, so if you have a 1200mbps IPS service, leave about 20% of overhead and set your max download speed on your torrent client throttled at 900mbps - this will increase the stability and consistency of your downloads, while also allowing you to do other things with your PC while you are torrenting such as web browsing and even low res streaming or limited online game play.


Jay_Are
J.R.
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Sicklerville, NJ
If you're referring to BolehVPN custom Openvpn client, you can use the standard OpenVPN client to connect to the network.
--
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke


Packeteers
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no Jay, I can't comment on Boleh - I'll leave that up to you.

if you read earlier in this thread i discussed another service
that required 1GB of program libraries to run at all, when
all you should need is a 2MB OpenVPN or near equivalent.
maybe when my service expires I'll give Boleh a try out.
Let us know when they have any under a Month promos.


Jay_Are
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I was fortunate to find a VPN service that met my needs on the first try. I also considered several of the vpn service that you mentioned earlier during my search. After reading some comments regarding slow downloads during peak time turned me off on most of them. Bolehvpn is definitely worth a try, I suggest trying a full 30 days trial. The bonus gift makes the service that much better, well worth the extra cost.
--
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke


Packeteers
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I just switched from Linkideo to Mullvad, and will post a full review once I compile more data, below is just a taste... needless to say Mullvad is my new favorite anonymously paid, *Swedish based, no.logs no.caps no.DNS.leak low.latency OpenVPN 5eu/mo torrent friendly VPN service provider;

MULLVAD




LINKIDEO



* Mullvad billing and correspondence is in Sweden. they have an optional VPN service provider there too. I use their Netherlands based service purely for performance reasons. should EU countries later unify to get tough on torrents, a simple IP change and I'm safely geolocated in Sweden with only a mild performance downgrade.
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Packeteers
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Re: VPN Review websights

if you are considering your BTGuard subscription for renewal, read this just released IAPC report;

»www.scribd.com/doc/106458437/Con···tch-List

Canada has taken important steps to improve the copyright regime with Bill C-11. The Bill has now been passed, following a multiyear effort to modernize Canada’s legal framework. We are aware of additional that remain to be addressed, and we urge Canadian authorities to bring its laws in line with international norms. We will monitor the implementation of Bill C-11 and encourage Canada to increase enforcement of copyright laws and make further improvements to their protections for intellectual property.

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_···f_Canada

parsh

join:2012-10-12
New York, NY
Packeteers,

Thanks for the extremely high value thread. Now that you're using Linkideo, do you still use the VPNetMon to safeguard against PPTP tunnel drops (discussed in the hidemyass link)? I am wary of HMA since that lulsec fiasco but I guess I shouldn't automatically be suspicious of advice posted on their forums..


Packeteers
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Forest Hills, NY
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i'm using mullvad thru november, and in december i will try ibvpn (openvpn) for a month on the advice of a respected colleague, so it would be great if you could try ibvpn and post on this thread the same ubunto test i did while throttled at 1mbs and see how consistent your download is. performance wise mullvad is terrific, on rare occasions i can't get in or disconnect cleanly, but after trying so many VPN's it seems they all have similar problems so i don't complain as long as occurrences remain infrequent. linkideo reliability was dropping at the time that i left which is another reason why i'm glad i found mullvad when i did.

i find the openvpn 2.2.2 is so much more reliable and consistently faster than pptp that i no longer need to use vpnetmon to protect against a vpn failure exposing my public IP. if ibvpn turns out to be any good, their 12 month openvpn plan will be as cheap as linkideo's monthly pptp plan, so clearly i have no plans to experiment with pptp any longer. i do still keep vpnetmon loaded during large overnight torrents of HBO content as they are especially vigilant about their copyrights. however during such application i change the vpnetmon Softshutd Time frequency to 1,000ms as faster is unnecessary since it takes much longer for a failed vpn on openvpn to release your public ip than it does on a pptp connection.

BTW there is a lot of confusion about Sweden being a good VPN outlet country considering recent laws that were passed regarding EU Data retention laws requiring the last 30 days of logs to be kept. let me be clear - such laws only pertain to local phone and isp companies, and NOT to value added service providers hosted by local ISPs such as VPN's and Seedbox, so your activity logs are perfectly safe with a Swedish provider. as a matter of fact some Swedish IPS's are marketing the circumvention of this European law that Sweden's Piratpartiet hates by providing hardware VPN's inside their ISP modems to co-locate them to another part of Sweden and help anonymize their local customers for free.

It would not surprise me to see similar services marketed here in the USA once the "6 Strikes" MPAA/RIAA rules are fully enforced and understood by the average ISP consumer early 2013, as in Europe there are no laws against protecting one's self from being monitored by your own ISP provider, and using said protection is NOT considered by the courts to be any legal admission of "torrent guilt".

Here's another Mullvad test - it's a bit choppy because it's primetime in Europe at the moment. Mullvad seems to randomly outlet me in Netherlands or Sweden so the next time I notice I'm being outlet in Sweden I'll try to post another test - but it will be pretty much the same results. I have never once been outlet-ed in Germany, as many other Scandinavian VPNs seem to do.


AndrewW

join:2009-03-07
Toronto, ON
kudos:1
reply to Packeteers
I thought I would let everyone know that Ibvpn, »www.ibvpn.com/blog/2012/10/dare-···iscount/ , is offering a Halloween discount of 25% if you signup by Nov. 1.


Packeteers
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thanks AW - ibvpn seems to run such promotions quarterly in case you end up missing this one.

from this past summer: »www.ibvpn.com/blog/2012/06/get-o···nd-only/


Packeteers
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OK, time for my ibVPN quick review;

after nearly a Month of daily use, it's definitely the best i have ever tried, and i got it on sale under $4/mo.

PRO; 3 P2P outlets, so you always find one working at top performance condition, no DNS leaks.

PRO; above average email support - several questions were answered professionally within 18 hours.

PRO; Romania based - so outside the scrutiny of growing EU block anti-privacy legislation.

CON; you can use bogus register info, but it must be from your real public IP not through another proxy/vpn.

CON; manual openvpn /config files are buried on their forum not faq, so most use their proprietary openvpn installer.




some minor gripes about mullvad - and why i won't be going back to them.

- their config files seem buggy, making me force close openvpn every time i disconnect. repeated requests for support to fix this went unresolved.

- i would only go back because mullvad is definitely the king of privacy, as my registration and payment was as anonymous as it gets.

HD5830Gamer

join:2012-08-14
You could try PrivatVPN,nVpn and IPVanish. Such good VPN providers. I use all three depending on what Country i want to pretend to be in, What Encryption, and what protocols i want. I prefer L2TP and SSTP over OpenVPN but that's just me.
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Packeteers
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Re: VPN Review websights

ibVPN is 30% off, that's only $26 for a Year!
30xmasOFF code thru Jan 3rd on all plans.

»www.ibvpn.com/premium-vpn.html

for my torrent'ing this is the best VPN I have found;
my first Month is ending, so I'm renewing thru 2013.

Existing customers also benefit the Christmas promotion.
you can enter a new order using your same information,
then email support to combine your old & new order times.

you may notice the EU VPN and Torrent VPN are same priced,
but keep in mind the EU VPN only provides ONE p2p outlet,
while the Torrent VPN provides THREE p2p outlets.
I have the Torrent VPN, and alternating between TWO of
the NL outlets is useful. the third one they offer in LU is
useless at least from here in the USA. it turns out the
EU VPN package only includes LU, so I would not get this
package if you plan on doing P2P much.

HD5830Gamer

join:2012-08-14
Never tried ibvpn. And not trusting them either.

nVpn has DDoS protection.


Packeteers
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Gamer - you raise a good point that is worth elaborating on to the casual reader here.

I started this thread out of a desire to hide myself from copy write cops when I p2p TV shows I may have missed. Here in USA your ISP and others are archiving and compiling data of all your online activity they can associate with your public MAC address in case they need to use it as evidence later against you to pursue a copy write p2P claim against you. this is not some conspiracy theory or urban legend - this is a well documented fact.

I have no doubt that for $2.15/month, ibVPN is helping thwart the efforts of entities who wish to prosecute me to downloading last week's episode of the Simpson's, while providing me above average data thru put and Euro outlet availability.

However, one should keep in mind Gamer's point - that internet ISP consumers and copy write holders are now in an "arms race" to see what defenses and weapons each can use to avoid and catch the other. It is certainly possible that sometime down the road, copy write cops will not be content with accumulating evidence on you, but rather they may preemptively strike out against the IP address they detect p2p'ing their content and attacking it with packet traffic, thus redering your ISP:VPN connection to be useless at least during that particular p2p download session - I have already experienced this being done to me on a few occasions, particularly when I use South East Asian based trackers.

my guess is that at least in the USA, this potential is one of the ways copy write cops got ISP's to agree to share their information on you, and impliment their 6-strikes notification policy as a way to discourage copy write cops from employing more draconian measures like DDoS attacks against you, since DDoS attacks would have only created all sorts of expensive time consuming tech support calls to the ISP by individuals who suspect they may be under attack.

so choosing a VPN provider obviously includes what level of anonymity and protection you desire. my concern is not that some Russian phrishing game-gold farming gang does not find and attack me for looking at their game exploit forum. my concern is while portable I want to keep prying eyes off my public wifi network online activity, and at my desktop I want to keep HBO lawyers from coming after me for watching Game of Thrones without paying my local cableTV provider - as do 99% of the people reading this thread

HD5830Gamer

join:2012-08-14
Totally agreed with you. Me being 15 and taking proper safety precautions when doing things online is very important, at least in my book. I use a VPN for many things, not just Torrents.

I think America is losing It's name considering what is going on in this Country, jail time over Torrent'ing? seriously are you freaking kidding me?

Now on to VPNs. Secsys.net is a VPN that has 25 GBp/s of raw DDoS protection and is very useful. Expensive but worth it.

www.Dold.se (Headquartered in Sweden)

www.Privatvpn.se (Headquartered in Sweden)

www.IPVanish.com (Based in U.S??? unconfirmed)

www.nVpn.net (Headquartered in unknown??? not in U.S I know for a fact. Sold on HackForums as well)

www.Thesafety.us (Headquartered in Panama)

www.ipredator.se (Headquartered in Sweden)

www.PrivateInternetAccess.com (Headquartered in U.S stay away)

www.SecSys.net (Headquartered in ??? best DDoS protection)

SMac is a MAC spoofer. Love it. VPNCheck Pro protects you when your VPN fails.
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Packeteers
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Re: VPN Review websights

Gamer - as you've tried so many VPNs by now, can you suggest one that allows for your own reserved public static IP every time you login to their service - what is such a service feature even called. I just paid my $26 for a year of ibVPN so I won't be trying and posting reviews of other VPNs for a long while (unless they give me a Month for free for my type of feedback - hehehe).

I learned a few new (what I consider) positive things about ibVPN. when I paypal'ed and registered for the year, my registration information was fictional (city zipcode and area code are nearby but the rest is nonsense), and ibVPN didn't seem to care as long as they got their money, meaning they don't cross check your paypal info against your online registration info, as many online resellers do.

I also discovered their P2P plan offers access to 4 outlets, not just 3 I posted earlier. the good news for me is that 4th outlet was recently added capacity, that older members don't know about (or have it on their server list) so I get to enjoy a GB outlet while still under 10% utilization. Older members can update their server list to include that 4th outlet, but few seem to bother.

A bonus feature I discovered after reinstalling OpenVPN by ibVPN for the year, is the version they provide allows for you to keep your name and password in a separate text file the .ovpn file you use can refer to externally. this basically means ibVPN is redistributing a slightly more premium version of OpenVPN than other providers (if you download openvpn from their developer web sight this password file calling feature is not enabled for personal security reasons). this may seem like a trifle, but saving me from typing in my name and password about 1,000 times over the coming year was a relief, as I'm the only person with access to my home PC.

HD5830Gamer

join:2012-08-14
Get nVpn's dedicated IP plan if you want static IP.


Packeteers
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here is yet another reason I'm impressed with ibVPN.

paypal is becoming much more proactive in freezing money transfer assets of p2p related providers. ibVPN gets around this by clearing your paypal thru PayproGlobal which does the currency conversion and masks the ultimate destination of your funds, so paypal will never know you had just paid for a VPN provider, nor be able to withhold your money from them.

I know a better way to do this would have been BitCoin, but the minimums and conversion costs of BitCoin are still too high to use them for a one time $26 subscription. that buyer protection also goes upstream too; if ibVPN records get siezed and they investigate who paid them for p2p services, officials will now have to go thru another company in another country in order to ever trace back your paypal payment to you.

HD5830Gamer

join:2012-08-14
BITCOIN ANYONE?!?
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