Private Internet Access
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Editor's Note: What immediately follows is a rundown of the latest changes and additions since this review was last updated. • New servers and countries were added. Over 3300 servers in 30 countries (48 locations). (June 2018) • Firefox add-on is now available. • Apart from Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies are also available like Zcash, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple and several more. • The service is now open source and they are currently in the process of releasing the source code for all their client-side applications, libraries and extensions. (June 2018) If network size is top of your priorities then (commonly known as PIA) will appeal immediately, its 3,000+ servers in 28 countries leaving many competitors trailing in its digital wake.
Despite all this functionality, the prices are very low. The baseline product costs $6.95 (£4.95) per month, and this falls to $3.33 (£2.37) a month on the yearly plan, or an impressively cheap $2.91 (£2.07) a month over a bi-annual one. Payment options include Bitcoin and many popular gift cards (another interesting way to pay anonymously), as well as credit cards, PayPal and others. There's no free account or trial, but Private Internet Access does offer a 7-day refund. This doesn't seem to have any sneaky restrictions, and it even allows users to claim multiple refunds if there's a gap of at least three months between requests. (Other providers typically allow only one refund per person, ever.) Privacy Private Internet Access has a surprisingly short, with the usual jargon-packed paragraphs replaced by clearly written and very brief sections: what we collect, how we use it, and what, if anything, we share.
Jun 27, 2018 Get it. Combining top performance, a low cost and a widespread network, Private Internet Access (PIA) is the VPN service to beat.
Unfortunately, almost everything in the policy relates to website issues. The VPN is covered in a single sentence, added almost as an afterthought: 'PrivateInternetAccess.com does not collect or log any traffic or use of its Virtual Private Network (‘VPN’) or Proxy.'
Does this mean the company is trying to hide something? No, it provides plenty of details on its logging policy, they're just buried deep in the Support section. The 'Do you log the traffic of your users?' Explains that Private Internet Access 'does not keep any logs, of any kind, period.' It explains that logs which might otherwise be maintained are redirected to the null device rather than being written to the hard drive, which means they simply disappear. The article also includes this paragraph, which explicitly states that it doesn't log session data or your online activities: 'We can unequivocally state that our company has not and still does not maintain metadata logs regarding when a subscriber accesses the VPN service, how long a subscriber's use was, and what IP address a subscriber originated from.
Moreover, the encryption system does not allow us to view and thus log what IP addresses a subscriber is visiting or has visited.' If you've checked out VPN provider policies before, you'll know that these kind of claims can't always be trusted. But you don't have to entirely take Private Internet Access at its word, because another points users to public court documents demonstrating the point. These record a subpoena served on Private Internet Access but show that the only data provided was the general location of the server IPs. Absolutely no user-related data was given up. We browsed the terms of service page, looking for any other issues, but most of the conditions were very standard. 'We'll do our best, but sometimes the service might not work.'
'We record basic personal details (email, payment info) but don't share them.' 'Please don't use our service to do illegal stuff.' You know the drill. There is a clause which offers some scope for throttling or perhaps closing someone's account if they're hogging too much bandwidth.
But it's reasonable for a VPN to allow the possibility of this, and just because the company can do it, doesn't mean it ever has. • Performance After signing up with Private Internet Access, an email arrived with links to its many clients.
These cover Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux, and there's a Chrome extension available too. We downloaded the Windows client. It proved quick and easy to set up, even displaying each installation step as it happened, making it easier to troubleshoot any setup issues. The client interface is basic, with server selection happening mostly from the system tray. Upd File. This is very simple, as all you have to do is right-click the system tray icon and choose the location you need.
But it also means you miss out on the server detail and selection options you'll often see elsewhere. There are no server load figures, or ping times, no way to sort the server list, no favorites system or anything else. The real standout feature here is the Settings dialog, which provides exceptionally detailed low-level control of the VPN connection. You're able to choose OpenVPN UDP or TCP protocols, for instance. There are options to set both local and remote ports, and to request port forwarding.