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Private Internet Access: 20% off VPN Service: $32/year or EXPIRED

oFlamingo 3,799 April 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM in Computers (3) More Private Internet Access Deals
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Promoted 04-04-2013 at 01:39 PM View Original Post
Private Internet Access is offering 20% off their VPN Service. Thanks oFlamingo

Note, refer to the forum thread for additional information
  • $5.45/month for month to month plan
  • $31.95 for 1-year plan ($2.66/month)

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Edited April 1, 2013 at 04:27 PM by widgit
This was the weekend's giveaway banner promotion, but the links are still live today:

Private Internet Access:
$5.45/month for month to month plan
$2.66/month for 1 year plan ($31.95 for the entire year)

Features:
  • Secure VPN Account
  • Encrypted WiFi
  • P2P and VoIP Support
  • PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec
  • Multiple VPN Gateways
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • SOCKS5 Proxy Included
  • No traffic logs
  • Instant Setup

Link to Private Internet Access [privateinternetaccess.com]

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#571
Quote from Spiffypat View Post :
Just an update to my "issue". After further research the 10Mbps that Windows reporting for the virtual interface is a bogus number. The virtual interface will run up to the speed of the physical adapter (1Gbps). Apparently it has to do with the legacy support in the TPT-Win32 driver used for the VPN application.
Thanks for letting us know. I am glad in a way that Windows is just an unreliable liar... (That sure sounds worse than it is.)
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#572
Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
How exactly is your DSN server set? If you use a router, you will want to verify that it has the correct DSN server as you want it set. Same on the host and guest OS and any other devices you use. Using OpenDNS I pass the DNS check every time.(My modem does not let me set it, but my router and PC OS each have several fields to set a static DNS server.)

Note that if you leave any field blank then some hardware and/or software will fill it with information from the ISP. (So if you have three fields on your router for static DNS servers, but only have two DNS addresses at your favored DNS server, fill them all with those. Like 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 and the third as one of the first two again. Most routers will accept a repeat. If yours will not, then put something that it cannot possibly connect to.)

*Edit*
Here are two screenshots I made. The first is of my router setup where I have left the third field open. The second shows what that does to my Internet connection. You can easily see that my ISP used a third DNS server and I can prevent this by ensuring that I set it myself. Yours may be nothing like mine, but this is the best I can think of. Good luck. And The support forums have many people who may have better ideas than mine.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jus0ydm...su/dns.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pen0jwb...s/dns2.jpg
THANKS I will try that later.
btw: how did u get those DNS server ip numbers? is that "universal" in the USA or is that more like based on your region? I'm in NYC
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#573
Quote from geniv View Post :
THANKS I will try that later.
btw: how did u get those DNS server ip numbers? is that "universal" in the USA or is that more like based on your region? I'm in NYC
The 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 are static IPs for OpenDNS. They are free to use globally. The last in the image is assigned by Charter Internet.

To the best of my knowledge, there is no real universal DNS servers. It is usually just whatever the ISP decides to use. Some nations have restrictive Internet laws requiring use of specific DNS servers so you cannot resolve hostnames for things the governments of those nations want restricted. (But they would have a real chore to actually enforce that.)

OpenDNS and Google DNS are the two most common used DNS servers. But there are boatloads of free DNS servers you can use. Be warned that just because it is free to use, that in no way means it is not recording everything that happens. Google does. They claim they do not match IP addresses, but the claim has been debunked by a thorough evaluation of the claim.
*Edit* In case you are just wanting to know where I got them, check here. They are on almost every page they have on the site. https://www.opendns.com/
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#574
Does anyone know why the VPN keeps disabling DHCP every time I wake the laptop up from sleep or hibernation. In other words, I find it disabled when I wake it up from sleep. The only way to get it enabled is by doing to troubleshoot and have the computer look for issues and after finding DHCP issue, I hit the apply fix button. It is just too annoying. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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#575
Quote from Gnomatic View Post :
This was a good deal. While the domestic servers are a bit slow for me, I can max out my connection using several of the overseas servers. Go figure.
Which overseas servers max out your connection? Thanks! PM the info if you prefer.
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#576
Quote from localdeals View Post :
Does anyone know why the VPN keeps disabling DHCP every time I wake the laptop up from sleep or hibernation. In other words, I find it disabled when I wake it up from sleep. The only way to get it enabled is by doing to troubleshoot and have the computer look for issues and after finding DHCP issue, I hit the apply fix button. It is just too annoying. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I would wager you have the "VPN Kill Switch" enabled and never read how it actually works. Lol. It surprised me too.

It really is supposed to do exactly that. Windows will never automatically fix this for you since it is intentional. Without this if you are disconnected from the VPN for even a second you never know if anything is going through the VPN or not.
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#577
Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
I would wager you have the "VPN Kill Switch" enabled and never read how it actually works. Lol. It surprised me too.

It really is supposed to do exactly that. Windows will never automatically fix this for you since it is intentional. Without this if you are disconnected from the VPN for even a second you never know if anything is going through the VPN or not.
I do have the VPN Kill Switch enabled just in case I get disconnected from the VPN, however, I did not know that the DHCP would have to be enabled manually. I just thought something else within the VPN app itself was causing this issue. I guess I would have to live with it since windows is not smart enough to enable it automatically LMAO
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#578
Namebench [google.com] is a good DNS comparison tool, you should never use your ISP's DNS as they are notoriously slow to update.
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#579
Quote from irconan View Post :
Namebench [google.com] is a good DNS comparison tool, you should never use your ISP's DNS as they are notoriously slow to update.
Sadly I cannot use this tool at all. It locks up at 221 of 2### queries on one step and never moves from there.

But I do think we should warn newbies that using this on your non-VPN connection is a totally different thing from your VPN connection. So if you ever browse without the VPN then you need different DNS servers or you may as well wear a sign saying your true IP.

Think of it this way: If you use this tool it calculates how much delay there is to connect to any DNS. Then sets the best ones for you. Using the VPN with those same DNS servers shows what servers are best to you, taking you from one in a million to one in a handful at most.

In a way this totally defeats the anonymity afforded by the VPN.

I do however agree that you should never use your ISPs DNS servers. But instead of this, might I suggest ignoring which is closest and just picking three out of this list of free DNS servers that do not betray you?

208.67.222.222 (OpenDNS Primary)
208.67.220.220 (OpenDNS Secondary)
8.8.8.8 (Google Public DNS Primary)
8.8.4.4 (Google Public DNS Secondary)

I wish I had more to put here, but those are by far the most commonly used DNS servers and will single you out the least. I do not really trust Google, but that is another story.
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#580
did anybody has issues with the pia client. It's taking up all my resources on the pc. I ended up uninstalling it. I am running winxp.
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#581
Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
So if you ever browse without the VPN then you need different DNS servers or you may as well wear a sign saying your true IP.
What would you suggest? OpenDNS for VPN and Google for non VPN connections?

Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
I do however agree that you should never use your ISPs DNS servers.
Is there any reason for this other than them being slower to update?
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#582
Quote from ozzyt View Post :
What would you suggest? OpenDNS for VPN and Google for non VPN connections?
Is there any reason for this other than them being slower to update?
First I suggest using the exact same DNS servers for all connections. If they are safe enough for activity you want to hide or obfuscate with a VPN, why would they be unsuitable for regular activity? What it all boils down to is if you think the DNS servers you choose are safe and reliable or not. If not, then they are unsuitable for any use.

As for the ISP assigned DNS servers, well that is a complicated subject. But many ISPs have been accused of selling the information of DNS queries sent by their users. OpenDNS has never been proven to have done anything of the sort. Some ISPs have not even denied selling user profiled data that includes but is not limited to DNS queries. Most ISPs have a comfortable safety net of the end user license agreement that allows them to profile and sell data as they see fit. That alone is enough reason for me to avoid using their DNS servers.

Most routers I have messed with have three fields for static DNS servers. I suggest using both OpenDNS servers and either of the Google DNS servers to fill those. That prevents the ISP from assigning one to you. The more people do this, the better and less easy to single a person out by their choice of DNS servers. (Note that choosing DNS servers does not single you out. Using ISP assigned DNS servers does.)

*Edit* I realize I may have misled you a bit. The reason I suggested that Namebench works differently for non-VPN as it does for VPN use is that it looks closely at response time for many different servers. For a VPN, this degrades your security. Since the VPN makes all your traffic appear to come from the connection IP of the VPN, using the closest DNS servers helps to narrow down where exactly in the world you are. Most people could send and receive trillions of packets of data without any measurable degradation due to using sub-optimal DNS servers.

So I suggest just setting three static DNS servers and forgetting the whole optimization unless you actually have some need to resolve millions or more of domain names. And if you do, then you should not need a VPN anyway. (Since that would almost certainly be a business setting with some very heavy networking and not qualified for using a VPN account for an individual.)
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#583
So I didn't go in on this as I think I am better doing VPN a day at a time as I don't download all that much. Any recommendation as to trustworthy speedy logfree VPNs that have cheap daily/weekly rates?
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#584
Quote from Killerz View Post :
So I didn't go in on this as I think I am better doing VPN a day at a time as I don't download all that much. Any recommendation as to trustworthy speedy logfree VPNs that have cheap daily/weekly rates?
I have never looked for anything like that, but I have also never heard of a VPN that sells services by the day or week. And honestly, I would automatically distrust anyone who offered a service that will bother with daily/weekly subscriptions.

The problem is that trust is not given, it is earned. So to do the research and testing required to trust a service takes time. And to me this seems incompatible with daily/weekly offerings.

Also a VPN may allow you to use it 24 hours a day for the entire time you subscribe. But I really doubt most users bother with that. Most probably use it to do certain things they do not want attached to their identity and do not use it the rest of the time. But the shorter the subscription, the more likely you are to attempt to saturate the bandwidth available to get your stuff done before the subscription ends. So I really see zero likely savings there.

I could be wrong. And I wish I had something better to tell you. But if you only want to do some trivial things anonymously, you are probably better with Tor for a net price of zero money and a small amount of work. But as I have said before, if you attempt to spend money via any electronic means online using Tor, you absolutely will be risking any accounts you use. This is the hidden price of "Free".

Good luck.
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#585
Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
I have never looked for anything like that, but I have also never heard of a VPN that sells services by the day or week. And honestly, I would automatically distrust anyone who offered a service that will bother with daily/weekly subscriptions.
I spoke to the guy posting here from the company. He said they plan to offer a daily option very soon! Good news for me! woot
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