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What's Your Favorite VPN and Why?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by silentthunder, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. silentthunder

    silentthunder Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    • I learned so much from the "How Many Browsers Do You Use?" thread. Now I'm running Opera, Maxthon, Firefox and IE. I usually have two open at a time and use different browsers for different actions. Firefox is a dead man walking. I'm zooming around with Maxthon and Opera.



    • Next order of business: VPNs. We know about HMA of course but maybe you can say something about why you like it and what features you use: Free HMA, HMA VPN, HMA Proxies? Or what?



    • There must be better alternatives than HMA in VPNs right? What are they? How much? Any specials you know of?



    • Tor users lets hear from you. Are you using Tor alone or combining it with other services.




    • Thanks in advance. I think I pretty much temporarily ran out of thanks last night. Again. :p
     
  2. 7mQZT

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    "Which VPN Providers Really Take Anonymity Seriously - TorrentFreak"

    You should really check that article out before you venture into VPN.

    Specifically HMA.
     
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  3. silentthunder

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    If I could give you thanks I would and actually I'm thanking you now and giving you plus rep. They asked 19 VPNs the only two questions that mattered and if the answers are truthful they are way better than any copy writing, graphics or testimonies of infatuated customers.

    19 VPNs and not one of them HMA or Stronger VPN (who both refused to answer). This confirms something I already suspected about HMA. HMA is the McDonald's of VPNs. I don't trust McDonald's with my stomach or my privacy.

    https://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-providers-really-take-anonymity-seriously-111007/
     
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    But the thing is, unless one is doing something classified as criminally illegal, they have no real concerns.

    But, if a court order is involved that is demanding log info, it is more likely than not coming from the authorities. That being the case, when we are talking computer forensics, browser forensics, Internet forensics and cyber crimes, no VPN is safe; be they a McDonalds type VPN or a Ruth's Cris Steakhouse VPN.
     
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  5. silentthunder

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    Point taken. I'd still prefer a VPN provider in that list of 19 over HMA for obvious reasons and I've done McDonalds on two occasions. The biggest complaint in their forum was the absence of customer support.
     
  6. doctorppi

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    Definitely, I can speak from personal experience with HMA, their support is terrible. Last I looked the issues with their software hadn't been resolved in over 1 year - issues made it unuseable basically unless you wanted to use 1 IP and not change, complete joke. However one strength of HMA IMO is their sheer number of IP's: 28,000+ last I looked.

    Can we get some more opinions here regarding VPN: how about Hideman or StrongVPN?

    Regarding Tor and safety generally: Tor is easily the safest method of anonymising traffic. No server that you connect to knows both your destination and starting point and traffic is encrypted - essentially it doesn't matter if a "bad guy" (someone trying to break your anonymity or privacy) runs a server in the network. Caveat: except in some circumstances if traffic between the Tor exit point and final destination is unencrypted. It is quite feasible to spy on traffic to get passwords and other sensitive info.

    However almost all Tor exit nodes are known at any one time (they're publically published) and any new exit nodes quickly make it onto standard block lists making it pretty unfeasible for link or email spamming and usually making accounts even ignoring the speed issues which are usually pretty dire. You can BTW run multiple TOR circuits to increase speeds with some applications.
     
  7. DonSherry

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    You should really check that article out before you venture into VPN