Which VPN Providers Take Your Anonymity Seriously? VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Bitcoin pool watcher surveillance, but unfortunately not all VPNs are as anonymous as one might hope. In fact, some VPN services log users’ IP-addresses and other private info for months.
To find out how anonymous VPNs really are, TF asked the leading providers about their logging practices and other privacy sensitive policies. Permanent Link to Which VPN Providers Take Your Anonymity Seriously? By now most Internet users are well aware of the fact that pretty much every step they take on the Internet is logged or monitored. To prevent their IP-addresses from being visible to the rest of the Internet, millions of people have signed up to a VPN service. Using a VPN allows users to use the Internet anonymously and prevent snooping. Unfortunately, not all VPN services are as anonymous as they claim, as several incidents have shown in the past. In addition to questions about logging practices, we also asked VPN providers about other privacy sensitive policies, so prospective users can make an informed decision.
Do you keep ANY logs which would allow you to match an IP-address and a time stamp to a user of your service? If so, exactly what information do you hold and for how long? What tools are used to monitor and mitigate abuse of your service? In the event you receive a DMCA takedown notice or European equivalent, how are these handled?
What steps are taken when a valid court order requires your company to identify an active user of your service? Does your company have a warrant canary or a similar solution to alert customers to gag orders? Which payment systems do you use and how are these linked to individual user accounts? What is the most secure VPN connection and encryption algorithm you would recommend to your users? Below is the list of responses we received from various VPN providers, in their own words. In some cases we asked for further clarification. VPN providers who keep logs for longer than 7 days were excluded, and others who simply failed to respond.
Please note that several VPN companies listed here do log to some extent. The order of the VPNs within each category holds no value. Seriously, we have a strict no-logs policy over our customers. NordVPN is based out of Panama.