Privacy on the internet is vital, there are all sorts of creeps hanging around the internet, trying to make their move on you. In order to protect yourself from them, using a Virtual Private Network is vital. Here we will list down some of our favourite VPN’s that do not keep logs.
Without further ado, let us get started.
The Top 10
JonDo (previously known as JAP) is a client program, used with a Proxy Server system, written in Java for routing data across the JonDo network. Unfortunately, being Java based means that the application is rather bloated. Even so, to make up for this large amount of memory consumption, JonDo does have an attractive and user-friendly GUI, which displays lots of visual information about your connection to the JonDo network. Additionally, Java-based also means that it is truly cross-platform.
The free service offers 30-50 Kbit/s speeds and unlimited bandwidth. The commercial option offers a lot more features such as higher speeds, access to all ports and SOCKS5 support.
Vidalia is a client front-end that comes bundled with Tor and Polipo, and their purpose is to route data across the Tor network. There are quite a few bundles offered for users to get started relatively quickly. If you do not opt for the preconfigured Tor browser bundle, you must configure your machine’s local proxy port to use Vidalia’s default port of 8118 in order to use the programs. Like JonDo, Vidalia constantly changes your IP in order to mask your Internet trail to provide greater anonymity.
There are not that many features or complicated configuration options. It is a basic front-end, which strives to keep the user’s experience as ‘simple’ as possible while the backend to Tor, which is largely hidden, is itself very complicated. The program also allows users to become relays for the Tor network, helping censored users connect to the network undetected. There is also an eye-candy feature which shows a map of Earth with lines representing connections to the Tor server participants and very nice bandwidth graphs.
Hotspot Shield is a free VPN client based on OpenVPN. Unlike other anonymous surfing options, such as JonDo or Tor, Hotspot Shield encrypts all of your Internet activities and not just web browsing. This is ideal for people who want to anonymise other applications without the need to ‘proxify’ them, which can be a complicated and tedious task.
Anchorfree does not collect any identifiable information about you, so you can rest assured that your privacy is not compromised. Another advantage to using this option compared to others is its speed. I was pleasantly surprised when I first used Hotspot Shield as the speed was noticeably much faster than Tor and JonDo’s free servers combined. It can load web pages nearly as fast as my unencrypted connection can even in ideal circumstances.
SecurityKiss is a simple Windows VPN client based on OpenVPN. They have servers located in Germany, the United States of America, The United Kingdom, Switzerland and are looking to expand into other locations. Speeds are relatively fast depending on your location to the nearest server. They do not cap speeds and use data compression to ensure you get the very best connection.
USAIP is a PPTP/L2TP/OpenVPN VPN service. Having servers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and China, their network should deliver good connection speeds to most people around the world.
Because PPTP and L2TP are protocols and not applications, they are not bound to any one operating system, even though Microsoft played a major part in their development. As a result, you can make use of the USAIP service with the standard network connection manager program found in most any Windows distribution, such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, even older Windows systems such as Windows ME, Windows 98 and Windows 95.
proXPN is a VPN client based on OpenVPN; however, there is a PPTP service also on offer for mobile phone users. They currently have servers located in the USA and are looking to expand into Europe. Therefore, speeds vary depending on your location. Overall, speeds are generally very fast for most users. With it being a VPN client, it encrypts all of your Internet activities. They use a 512-bit level of encryption with 2,048-bit certificates for users to achieve high levels of anonymity.
Unfortunately, registration is mandatory in order to use the service. Of course, for the extremely paranoid folk among you, fake details may be provided, but a real e-mail address must be used in order to activate an account. Then again, this e-mail address could also be anonymous. Sorry if I confused anyone with that last sentence!
VPNReactor is a L2TP/PPTP/OpenVPN VPN service similar to USAIP. They currently only have servers in the USA, so speeds may vary.
Most of the points that were mentioned about USAIP apply to this product too. While the free service also has unlimited bandwidth and usage, the only major difference is that the VPN connection disconnects every 30 minutes. Registration is mandatory, and they also require users to reactivate their accounts monthly. I’m not sure if they support mobile devices, but in theory they should support any devices that use PPTP or L2PT.
Your Freedom is a Java-based “sophisticated tunnelling solution” offered by resolution GmbH. Again, being Java-based means that it is truly a cross-platform solution. The GUI lacks elegance, and it looks plain and simple, even for Java. On the other hand, they have servers located worldwide, have support for lots of protocols, for instance, UDP, and they allow you to play online games using the tunnel.
However, the speeds are on the slow side: 64 Kbit/s dial-up speed for free users. They also limit usage of the proxy tunnel for up to 6 hours per day or up to 15 hours per week. It’s not much at all and that is why I recommend this service rather as a backup solution. They only keep logs of your statistical data for accounting purposes.
ExpatShield is an OpenVPN based VPN system that is a subsidiary of Hotspot Shield. ExpatShield has all the good features of Hotspot Shield, including its amazing speed. Expat shield also has the 5 Gigabytes limit imposed by hotspot shield. ExpatShield encrypts all your web data, allowing you to surf securely.
CyberGhost VPN is a VPN client offered by S.A.D. GmbH, whose servers are based in Germany. It uses 128-bit AES encryption on all connections to ensure a high level of anonymity and special data compression techniques to make speeds faster. With its free service, you get 1 GB a month, which is more than enough for surfing the web.
It has a clean, intuitive and user-friendly GUI. It supports lots of languages including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Polish. This is a more complete solution compared with others listed here, one which is great for everyone. You may have to wait in a queue during peak times due to the service’s popularity. I am very pleased with this product and believe that it is well worth a good look to anybody serious about his or her privacy and anonymity.