I wanted to update my recommendations for Anonymous VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). If you’d like a general introduction to VPNs, see this article.
There are only a limited number of VPN providers that take privacy seriously. When choosing a provider, make sure that:
- They perform no logging of internet activities (not even the time and dates you connect)
- They support anonymous payments, and require only minimal information for registration
- They allow unrestricted internet usage
If a VPN provider restricts your usage of the internet via their VPN, that indicates that they are monitoring your connections in some manner.
It’s a good idea to ensure that the VPN provider doesn’t know who you are. You can do this by paying anonymously, providing artificial credentials, and signing while using a Tor browser.
If you use the Tor network while connected to a VPN, it will give you an extra degree of anonymity, because the VPN solves the major issue of compromised or malicious TOR relays. For more info, check our tips for using VPNs, and our general article on Online Privacy.
These are our recommendations for the Best Anonymous VPN:
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access is a VPN service that is highly regarded by privacy advocates. The company operates out of the United States with gigabit gateways in the U.S., Canada, UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
I’ve been testing their VPN service for about 9 months, and so far the service has been fast and reliable. I use it continuously now, and I don’t notice any lag when browsing the web, or downloading files.
Their VPN service supports all the major platforms: Window, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android. They support the following VPN protocols: PPTP, IPSEC, OpenVPN and L2TP. You can also configure Private Internet Access to work on a DD-WRT router or Tomato router (via SSL/OpenVPN) for constant security.
Their VPN client also has handy features like DNS leakage blocking and an “internet kill switch” (a feature that shuts off your internet connection if your VPN connection goes down).
In regards to logging user activity, the company says:
We absolutely do not maintain any VPN logs of any kind. We utilize shared IP addresses rather than dynamic or static IPs, so it is not possible to match a user to an external IP. These are some of the many solutions we have implemented to enable the strongest levels of anonymity amongst VPN services. Further, we would like to encourage our users to use an anonymous e-mail and pay with Bitcoins to ensure even higher levels of anonymity should it be required. Our core verticals are privacy, quality of service, and prompt customer support. We will not share any information with third parties without a valid court order. With that said, it is impossible to match a user to any activity on our system since we utilize shared IPs and maintain absolutely no logs.
For payment they accept credit cards, Paypal, Bitcoin.
The service costs $6.95 per month, or $40 per year. This is about half the cost of the other VPN providers listed here.
Link: Private Internet Access
VPN.AC is based in Romania. They have good VPN speeds, are committed to privacy, and allow torrenting. They accept Bitcoin, Paypal and CashU. They are owned by Netsec Interactive Solutions — a company with fiftheen years of experience in internet security.
VPN.AC hosts servers in 9 countries (US, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France, Romania, Hong Kong and Canada) capable of reaching gigabit port speeds and accommodating for the fastest internet connections. VPN.AC offers one VPN package, which grants you access to all of their international servers.
- Website: VPN.AC
- Business Location: Romania
- Server Location: Servers in 27 countries
- Cost: $9 USD per month or $58 USD per year
- Number of connections allowed: 6 simultaneous connections (3 during trial)
- Payment Types: Bitcoin, Credit Cards, Paypal, Alipay, UnionPay and others
- Trial Account: 1 week trial account for $2, also offers a 7-day money back guarantee
- Platforms Supported: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android
- Terms Of Service