VPN experiences so far (seeking recommendations)

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Re: VPN experiences so far (seeking recommendations)

#16 Post by rfithen » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:35 pm

Mozilla just went live with their VPN

https://vpn.mozilla.org/

FWIW, it might be worth a shot?

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Re: VPN experiences so far (seeking recommendations)

#17 Post by blondie23 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:41 am

I also use NordVPN and really am glad to have it. They are experienced, have a lot of features and also guarantee high privacy and protection. Additionally most of the streaming services work with it. That's not self-evident these days, most of Netflix etc. block VPNs and you can't watch anything. Speed and stability are also good, you don't have disruptions. There are some other pros, but you can read them in detail: https://vpn-anbieter-vergleich-test.de/nordvpn/. But I also heard vom friends that VyprVPN and Surfshark are great choices. If you are looking for a rather small but really very very into the privacy of users service OVPN would be your choice. It does a lot on the technical side to ensure users are safe. And its also fast due to WireGuard protocoll. Hope that helps, if you have any questions just ask :-)

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Re: VPN experiences so far (seeking recommendations)

#18 Post by mark5WB » Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:27 am

I really think that there is nothing better than ProtonVPN

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#19 Post by webfork » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:28 pm

Quick update on the Mozilla VPN -- I tested the available VPN exceptions for local connections and was able to use that without issue for file exchange and remote desktop (RDP) connections.

Some issues I've had with the service:

1. I occasionally need to change servers
2. Modifying the list of 5 allowed devices was confusing (revoke? disconnect?)
3. There was a recent update notice but clicking on it or manually updating the client didn't seem to resolve the notice.
4. Last week saw a recent spike in CPU for the client. Restarting my machine seemed to resolve the issue.
5. Would like to see an easy way to expand that to 10 devices or more, but right now it looks like you need to sign up for a second account.

These are minor issues compared to others tested, and I'm still happy with the service so far.

Wishlist:

* Ability to run it on the router level like ExpressVPN. Would definitely pay a premium for that.
* As noted earlier, an optional feature to disable Internet whenever the VPN is not active. If due to a server issue, should first try a different connection when a server drops.
mark5WB wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:27 am
I really think that there is nothing better than ProtonVPN
As mentioned in the initial post, I tried ProtonVPN with their basic package and had issues. I have been following the Proton team for some time now and I'm impressed by some things they're putting together, so it's something I'd be willing to come back to.


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Re: VPN experiences so far (seeking recommendations)

#21 Post by LukeDavis » Fri May 28, 2021 2:56 am

Check out https://securitygladiators.com/10-best- ... providers/ for one of the top 10 VPN's that you could choose from

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#22 Post by webfork » Sat May 29, 2021 8:32 am

After working with the program for many months, I'm posting an updated review for anyone following along. Still using the Mozilla VPN at this point but not averse to other options.

Pros:
  • Client software is easy to use and understand, allows local connections (e.g. your network printer).
  • Company has a lot to lose with some security/privacy disclosure as they've been playing that trumpet for years now.
  • Uses Wireguard under the hood, appears to be fully open source just like the Mozilla browser.
  • More broadly, it's a way to give a more diverse income (previously over focused on search-engines) to the only real non-Chrome browser effort.
Issues:
  • Doesn't work with two streaming services I've tested -- the services themselves detect and decline the VPN connection
  • Mobile client has had a few bugs, still need to change servers from time to time.
  • Client software still sometimes takes up a fair amount of CPU -- not clear why as I don't believe there's any complex filtering going on. Not a major issue, just odd.
  • Although definitely has the reputation and openness, I did see some concerns about the Image.
Recommendation

Setup a wireless hotspot in your home that's connected to Mozilla VPN and then have other computers connect to it wirelessly. The broadcasted connection will be automatically VPN'd for all connections. (There is of course a way to do this with a wired connection but I believe that it requires two Ethernet connectors / NICs.)

Note that this trick would work with most VPNs, but I recommend it specifically for Mozilla due to the client limit and somewhat mixed results with the iOS client.

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#23 Post by SYSTEM » Sat May 29, 2021 9:02 am

Another issue with Mozilla VPN: it's still only available in eight countries at this point (USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Germany and France).
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#24 Post by webfork » Sun May 30, 2021 5:49 pm

SYSTEM wrote:
Sat May 29, 2021 9:02 am
Another issue with Mozilla VPN: it's still only available in eight countries at this point (USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Germany and France).
Agreed -- that's dramatically lower than multiple competing tools.

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