Recommended VPN Services


There has been much debate lately about which VPN service is the "best" to use. We believe there is no single perfect VPN, but we recommend two products for two different types of users.

PIA - CASUAL USERS - LOW THREAT LEVEL - LESS $

There are many VPN's to choose from, and I am often asked why I still recomend PIA for some uses, especially after their merger with Kape Technologies. Here are my reasons:

1) COST: PIA is still under $40 a year with access on up to TEN devices. This is much lower than other reputable VPNs. While cost should never be a deciding factor when it comes to privacy and security, the low price helps me convince others to use a VPN at all times.

2) UNOFFICIAL AUDITS: Reputable VPNs claim that they do not log users' IP addresses. This is an industry standard. How do we know that this is true? We place a lot of trust in our VPN providers, and they rarely provide any proof to their anonymity claims. In 2016, search warrants issued by the FBI to PIA became public record, and were blasted to the internet. Basically, criminals were hiding behind PIA IP addresses, and the FBI came knocking to identify the suspects. While PIA cooperated, they simply had no data to offer. They did not have any logs that would identify the culprits. While I do not like that criminals escaped prosecution, it provides more confidence in my usage of the VPN service. I will always evaluate techniques used by criminals in order to provide my own personal protection while online.

You can order PIA at the best price using the link to the right. Before you purchase, consider ProtonVPN...

PROTONVPN - ADVANCED USERS - HIGHER THREAT LEVEL - MORE $

In 2019, I started relying more on ProtonVPN instead of PIA. This is may be due to unnecessary paranoia, but ProtonVPN offers features that PIA cannot offer.

1) LOCATION: ProtonVPN is based in Switzerland. They are not exposed to government invasions available to 5-eyes, 9-eyes, and 14-eyes countries. PIA is a US company (5-eyes).

2) EXTRA SECURITY: ProtonVPN offers secure-core and Tor nodes for extra protection.

3) REPUTATION: ProtonVPN is the same team which provides ProtonMail. They are very respected in the privacy and security community with no ties to marketing companies or private umbrella companies. They appear a bit more transparent than PIA.

You can order ProtonVPN at the best price using the link to the right.

AFFILIATE DETAILS: Most VPN companies offer some type of affiliate program, and PIA and ProtonVPN are not unique. It is irresponsible to not disclose that I get a few bucks if you purchase service through one of my links. Neither PIA nor ProtonVPN share any purchase details or information about you to me.

BOTTOM LINE: No VPN is 100% bulletproof. I will continue to watch PIA closely and remove all promotion to them if their service changes any further. Both of these services work well in a pfSense firewall, as explained in my book Extreme Privacy. I believe ProtonVPN is the most reputable VPN for privacy purists, but I respect there are still scenarios where PIA makes sense.


Suggested VPNs


We currently recommend either Private Internet Access (PIA) or ProtonVPN as the best VPNs for most people. We use both for various situations. To order service with the best discounts available, please use the following links.

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