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Promoted 06-03-2013 by yuugotserved at 08:57 PM View Original Post
Private Internet Access is offering 20% off their VPN Service. Thanks brisar

Note, refer to the forum threads (here or here) 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 June 3, 2013 at 07:03 PM by widgit
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Private Internet Access


20% off their VPN Service

LINK to the Offer. [privateinternetaccess.com]
  • $5.45/month for month to month plan
  • $31.95 for 1-year plan ($2.66/month)
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Last Edited by privateinternet July 29, 2013 at 07:05 PM

Private Internet Access is committed to privacy, does not log and uses shared IPs. The US is one of the only countries without a mandatory data logging requirement:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel...ted_States

Private Internet Access was rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars by PC Magazine and is PC Magazine's Editor's Choice VPN service provider.




The speeds and reliability and support is good for the money.
But they are registered in the USA so this ‘we don’t log or share things’ talk is hogwash. Any VPN provider in the USA has an obligation to work with the authorities (the Patriot Act and/or NSA PRISM) so this is as anonymous as HMA (non-existent).


Private Internet Access response to PRISM: https://www.privateinternetaccess.../06/prism/


Why you need a VPN
http://lifehacker.com/5940565/why...your-needs

Speed Tests
https://www.privateinternetaccess...es/network
351+ Servers in 9+ Countries

Reviews
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2...799,00.asp

More Info on various services available (2013 edition)
http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-servi...on-130302/

5 Simultaneous Logins per Account
SOCKS5 Proxy Included
OpenVPN / L2TP / PPTP

Android App
https://play.google.com/store/app...ss.android

Heads up: Doesn't work in mainland China, so save your time and money if you plan to use it there.

You may also like to try a free alternative....

http://slickdeals.net/f/5942160-Free-VPN-as-part-of-project-by-University-of-Tsukuba-Japan?v=1

HotSpot Shield (American VPN, Powered By Ads) (Adblock Plus Extension kills off these ads in Firefox & Chrome.

http://www.hotspotshield.com/

Here are some alternative VPN services that have large selection of servers (worldwide)proxy.sh is $5 month

Setting up BT software Vuze (used to be call Azureus) to only use VPN connection (won't connect if VPN connection not available.)
Here is a tutorial of it.
http://wiki.hidemyass.com/Tutoria...hrough_VPN
Here's a tutorial for utorrent: http://wiki.hidemyass.com/Tutoria...IP_binding
(Remember to un-check make new firewall rule in utorrent settings/prefs)

Enter the interface identifier into the field next to "Bind to local IP address or interface" in the settings.
Note that the interface identifier is named different on every system, so make sure to check how exactly it is called on yours.
In their example, it is "eth15" for OpenVPN, "net2" for PPTP" and "net1" for L2TP.

Make sure the checkbox next to "Enforce IP bindings even when interfaces are not available" is checked;
otherwise it can happen that Vuze keeps downloading without using the VPN.

If the Vuze setup is done correctly, it will ONLY use your VPN connection. If you didn't login to your VPN service, Vuze won't work.

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For those of use still trying to pay with Anonymous Bitcoins... or as Anonymous as possible... There is a good recent link that Zabeer123 shared with us in the thread... This is a step-by-step guide to creating an anonymous wallet for what ever reason... There is also an option to pay with a one time gift card....

Two Mostly Somewhat anonymous Payment Options


** ALWAYS PAY CASH FOR EITHER OPTION / DO NOT USE SAVINGS CARDS IF BUYING @ A GROCERY STORE/CVS/WALGREEN's or Other / DO NOT ASK A BUSINESS HOW LONG THEY SAVE THEIR SECURITY FOOTAGE OR U'LL FLAG U'RSELF **


1st - BitCoins -
A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating an Anonymous Wallet for Covert Practices [reddit.com]

Key quote/point of tutorial below (U'll still be on camera where ever u end up doing the exchange) Read & Read & Read the tutorial until u know what u are doing...
Quote :
Another great idea is to use the localbitcoins website; meet with a seller locally; pay cash and GTFO.
U can also take a chance & use a local BitCoin business found on Craigslist... Just make sure they have a physical business location... Like a cellphone store or something else.... U will be on camera at said location but it should lower the chance of getting ripped-off... And after 30-90 days or even less... Said business would probably overwrite u'r mug off their security system... Always change u'r BitCoin Wallets address for each transaction to avoid linkage...

PROS

- As anonymous as u can theoretical get
- Once you learn how to do it, U can replicate it for next time
- Should cost about 3%-7% above MT.Gox average price which should be less then $4.95 per transaction on smaller amounts of $75...

CONS

- U still have to meet some one in public or at their business.
- U'll still be on camera at Star-bucks or at a business
- U are trusting a stranger
- It cost money to wash u'r BitCoins
- Value of BitCoins can fluctuate
- Never use u'r homes Wifi to purchase or clean BitCoins. U'll have to drive to a Library or Starbucks...


2nd - Credit Card Gift Cards -
You can also pay with a CC Gift Card... They are available from different companies from different retailers... Get one that is not re-loadable but that you can add an exact amount at purchase time... Most run about $4.95 per GC... That way u pay the amount needed + $4.95... Call ahead to make sure the GC u are looking for is available where u plan to purchase... Choose a location where u don't normally go to... Wear a hat/cap & shades... Make sure u grab the right GC & that u add the right amount... Once activated/purchaed u probably can't change the balance... Go to an out of place retailer & not to a mall... Gas station stores are probably u'r best bet... Most of this info is part of different Blog posts old & more recent that when combine can give u the best option in u'r area & case... I've included links to said Blog posts... I included a hint to the best CC Gift Card... Said CC Gift Card will either not require any online registration or the only info they will request is a random ZipCode u will need to remember... Always use Tor & TorEmail when dealing with registration of u'r choice of CC Gift Card's... If possible use a public Wifi when doing said registration... Always use bogus info when registering said CC GC.... Also always write down the info u use for said registrations... Never use u'r CC GC at more then one service or purchase... But if u do... Only pay for the same service... NEVER use the CC GC on different services or u'll create linkage... CC GC do come with FEE's for u'r balance... Usually said fees don't start until 7 months or longer... So depending on how much $$ u add to u'r card & how long u plan to hold said CC GC... Be aware of how much extra it will cost u.... U will find the best option for u by reading all the links below...

Related Links:

How to Buy Things Anonymously Using A Credit Card [greycoder.com]

Vanilla Visa Retailers [vanillavisa.com]

How To Use Prepaid Debit Cards for Anonymous, Cash-like Digital Transactions [itstactical.com]

Anonymous Credit/Debit Cards [theprivacyguy.com]

Privacy Through Prepaid Credit Cards [snarfed.org]


PROS

- Theoretical a lot more anonymous then u'r Paypal, Visa, MasterCard... etc...
- Much easier to purchase then BitCoins...
- Easy to purchase if you do u'r homework...
- U can "cook" your card by waiting 30-90 days before using it to make sure the video footage of u buying has been written over...
- If u choose the right GC... It will probably be ready to go within 24 hours of purchase or the only info u will need to register online will be a random ZipCode... Don't forget what random Zipcode used...
- $5 per GC for possible anonymity


CONS

- Theoretical not as anonymous as BitCoins...
- Say Cheese... U'r on camera for as long as the retail location keeps their security video
- The bigger retailer u go to the longer u will be on camera purchasing the GC...
- GC's can incrue fees after a certain amount of months... 7 months, 12 months... Read the back of the GC before buying it...
- U might have to register the GC with bogus info online(Most non-refillable cards can be registered with bogus info... Write down what u use).... Use Tor & TorEmail for anything related to the GC & if possible don't do it at home...
- Re-using the GC negates any anonymity, So get as close to the amount u need... In this case $32...
- Using a GC for something that needs actually shipping to any address negates any anonymity too...
- $5 per GC for possible anonymity...

READ, READ, & READ & then READ some more... I think both of this payment options are worth the hassle to add a layer or two of anonymity when purchasing a VPN or other online service...

Thanks to all the Slick Dealer's that help us combine this info....

Bonus Links:

The Best VPN Of 2013 [greycoder.com]

The Best VPN For P2P In 2013 [greycoder.com]

How To Be Anonymous On The Internet [greycoder.com]

How to Avoid NSA Surveillance [greycoder.com]

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#151
Quote from khorne55 View Post :
My take as a layman:
1. You are putting your trust in these guys
2. If you use their European servers then you are getting logged by law
3. By using a VPN you are drawing unwanted attention to yourself.
4. I've been using TD with Peerblock for months and no ISP warnings
5. My router would need to be changed to dd-wrt or tomato, sounds painful to setup esp. since my router has a USB printer connected and 4 wired computers, 2 wireless laptops, a wireless TV and 2 wireless Bluray players. The USB printer means it makes dd-wrt and tomato more complicated (or it did at one time, fuzzy memory)
6. oh and check DNS for leaks and blah blah blah etc

bottom line = complicated and unknown real world benefits

I'm hoping someone will prove me wrong and make this simple.
Not trying to be a dick, but:
1. You put more trust in other drivers on your daily commute not to kill you.
2. You can choose which servers you use
3. Probably the most common use for VPNs is for people to connect back to their office intranet from home. You think that makes them targets of unwanted attention? To anyone on the outside looking in a VPN is a VPN.
4. Anecdotal, and there could be a whole host of reasons that's worked for you w/o issue so far
5. You don't have to set it up on the router at all if you don't want. You can VPN through an individual machine (and up to 3 devices simultaneously w/ this service). Setting it up on the router lets you get around the 3 device limit, but most people don't want 100% of their traffic going through the VPN all the time. They want to selectively have it on or off for specific devices.
6. There are very simple online checks to confirm whether or not you have DNS leaks

All that being said, if people are thinking they can sign up for this and do really shady illegal shit, they are probably dumb and likely to get caught for other reasons. Give the government a good reason to find you, and they have the manpower to figure it out. For torrents and stuff like that I think it more than covers you.

One of the best use cases for a service like this is getting around mobile phone tethering restrictions. A lot of carriers try to block tethering and enforce it by analyzing your traffic (kind of sketchy in its own right). They can tell pretty easily whether you're actually chewing up data browsing on the phone or using it as a wifi hotspot. Setting your phone up through the VPN is one of the best ways to get around this because it encrypts all your traffic. This doesn't mean you can go downloading 500GB per month without them getting suspicious, but at least they can't snoop your browsing habits, and you can tether to your heart's content.

And like other posters have mentioned it can be worth it simply for getting around country restrictions for online videos and content, which can be especially frustrating to those outside America sometimes. You can also use it to get in on the same Slickdeal multiple times by changing your IP/location effectively. And some people just like the added privacy/anonymity layer of a VPN even if they don't intend to do anything shady with it.

"just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me"
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#152
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Yes, we do have a 7 day money back guarantee.
I asked you if you were going to implement daily/weekly rates during the last deal and you said you were planning on it. What is the status? Are you ever going to offer daily/weekly rates for those of us who just need a quick fix?
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#153
been waiting for this deal to come back. finally signed up. Thanks
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#154
Using PIA or not, please favor yourself by using this:
https://www.opendns.com/technology/dnscrypt/
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Quote from GhostfaceKillah View Post :
You can also use it to get in on the same Slickdeal multiple times by changing your IP/location effectively. And some people just like the added privacy/anonymity layer of a VPN even if they don't intend to do anything shady with it.

"just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me"
I wonder how fast can an IP be changed when u'r on a Router setup... With the software u should be able to just push a button.. But on a router do u just release the IP address and wait... ???

Also... If u send traffic from VPN onto Tor does it keep the VPN's encryption till it gets to where it suppose to... There for getting rid of the Tor problem when it comes out of the exit node un-encrypted from Tor... Will the PIA encryption still be there between Tor and u'r goal...??? ISP 2 VPN 2 Tor...
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Quote from GhostfaceKillah View Post :
Not trying to be a dick, but:
1. You put more trust in other drivers on your daily commute not to kill you.
2. You can choose which servers you use
3. Probably the most common use for VPNs is for people to connect back to their office intranet from home. You think that makes them targets of unwanted attention? To anyone on the outside looking in a VPN is a VPN.
4. Anecdotal, and there could be a whole host of reasons that's worked for you w/o issue so far
5. You don't have to set it up on the router at all if you don't want. You can VPN through an individual machine (and up to 3 devices simultaneously w/ this service). Setting it up on the router lets you get around the 3 device limit, but most people don't want 100% of their traffic going through the VPN all the time. They want to selectively have it on or off for specific devices.
6. There are very simple online checks to confirm whether or not you have DNS leaks

All that being said, if people are thinking they can sign up for this and do really shady illegal shit, they are probably dumb and likely to get caught for other reasons. Give the government a good reason to find you, and they have the manpower to figure it out. For torrents and stuff like that I think it more than covers you.

One of the best use cases for a service like this is getting around mobile phone tethering restrictions. A lot of carriers try to block tethering and enforce it by analyzing your traffic (kind of sketchy in its own right). They can tell pretty easily whether you're actually chewing up data browsing on the phone or using it as a wifi hotspot. Setting your phone up through the VPN is one of the best ways to get around this because it encrypts all your traffic. This doesn't mean you can go downloading 500GB per month without them getting suspicious, but at least they can't snoop your browsing habits, and you can tether to your heart's content.

And like other posters have mentioned it can be worth it simply for getting around country restrictions for online videos and content, which can be especially frustrating to those outside America sometimes. You can also use it to get in on the same Slickdeal multiple times by changing your IP/location effectively. And some people just like the added privacy/anonymity layer of a VPN even if they don't intend to do anything shady with it.

"just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me"
Points noted, thanks and repped.
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#157
I am still trying to figure out what the best payment method for this would be. I want to avoid using bitcoins.
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Quote from Y314K View Post :
With the link between the payment & service sides... The gov or 3rd party would not need an specific IP address... They would just need to request who was accessing PIA at a certain time range at a specific shared IP... They would then have everybody's account sharing that IP... From there since u'r user name & or password can link u to an account... They would just need to find what type of payment u used...Then they can comer over to all the users that where sharing that IP & ask for all u'r devices for them to find who they where looking for.. Sure it's a lot of work.. But it's pretty straight forward... That is why I keep looking for the best possible VPN if I am going to pay for it...
Thanks for the explanation. I'm not very savy with Bitcoins. What is the easiest to setup anonymous payment option?

TIA
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#159
Quote from superaj123 View Post :
Thanks for the explanation. I'm not very savy with Bitcoins. What is the easiest to setup anonymous payment option?

TIA
I am still trying to figure that out myself.... Buying a prepaid credit card that does not require ID or any other info other then the amount on the card would be easier... But u'r on video @ the store...

Bitcoins have become less and less anonymous.... But I plan to email a bitcoin dealer to see what options they offer...

Also searching Ripple....
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Quote from Y314K View Post :
I am still trying to figure that out myself.... Buying a prepaid credit card that does not require ID or any other info other then the amount on the card would be easier... But u'r on video @ the store...

Bitcoins have become less and less anonymous.... But I plan to email a bitcoin dealer to see what options they offer...

Also searching Ripple....
Interesting. I'm wondering how much risk I would be taking for things like downloading with PIA, and not using an anonymous payment method. I'm sure a lot of people are thinking the same thing.
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Interesting. I'm wondering how much risk I would be taking for things like downloading with PIA, and not using an anonymous payment method. I'm sure a lot of people are thinking the same thing.
It's not so much what I plan to do or not... Most of us would do a bit of torrenting... But my biggest thing is what's the point of paying for a service that I can get for free at the same risk level....
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#162
I don't think there is an anonymous way to buy this. You still need to provide an email address. Your IP is logged every time you access that email address. If there is a truely safe way I would like to hear it.
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#163
Hi, quick question that I haven't seen yet. I'm going to China and would like to know if this particular VPN will work on my laptop so I can access sites like Facebook. Has anyone had any experience with it in China or know of a good VPN for use there?
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Quote from Y314K View Post :
It's not so much what I plan to do or not... Most of us would do a bit of torrenting... But my biggest thing is what's the point of paying for a service that I can get for free at the same risk level....
Wouldn't that mean going through the trouble of running a dedicated remote machine for the VPN service, which also costs money?

I understand your point. If you're going to pay, get as much anonymity as possible. Traffic -> account -> payment method -> being identified is a risk that exists.
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#165
Quote from Y314K View Post :
I wonder how fast can an IP be changed when u'r on a Router setup... With the software u should be able to just push a button.. But on a router do u just release the IP address and wait... ???

Also... If u send traffic from VPN onto Tor does it keep the VPN's encryption till it gets to where it suppose to... There for getting rid of the Tor problem when it comes out of the exit node un-encrypted from Tor... Will the PIA encryption still be there between Tor and u'r goal...??? ISP 2 VPN 2 Tor...
A VPN encrypts your data before it gets to your router and is sent through a tunnel and is decrypted after it has arrived. If someone attempts to penetrate the VPN, the tunnel reroutes through alternative access points making it exceptionally difficult to break into.

Your post is all over the place so I'm not sure what to make of it.
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