posted on Nov, 17 2011 @ 09:43 PM
Anyone know for certain and understand VPN's WELL as to what the best one on the market is for privacy in the US. Many thought HMA (Hide My Ass) was
the best, but over the last 6 months I have watched them change their tune from one story to another about how the log files were kept, and where they
were exactly located out of has been kept a hidden secret. Then people come to find out they are actually in the UK, which they mislead their
customers about, and turned over the information on LulzSec member "recursion" for Sony Pictures hack to the FBI. They claimed they only keep log
files for 7 days, then it turned into 30 days, and then after finding out they are actually in the UK, they keep them for life. They won't address
the issue in their own forums or publicly, and still misleading consumers by keeping inaccurate, dated, information up on their sites. HMA is not the
first to mislead their customers and seems to be an ongoing trend with VPN's which all of them will swear over their mother on information that
isn't correct. Many of them are just support people who actually probably don't know any better and being lied to by the company or their own
I have spent countless hours researching, emailing, etc...different companies and have not found a solid provider that I trust what they are saying.
An example is AllVPN...they claim that they absolutely do not keep log files, and they do not tie user information to any IP or log. Yet they offer
different price plans that can be capped at the amount of data you pull down. If they aren't keeping log files, how do they know when a specific
user has hit his mark for the amount of gigs he can download?? When I confronted them about the subject, they gave me a complete run around story,
and promised me what they already stated, "they don't keep log files." This is a complete BS story because there is no way you can tell when
someone is at their cap, without keeping log files, and more specifically, track that person to a specific IP and username, in order to contact you to
tell you you are at your max. They try to convince you that the billing is done completely separate, by a separate company from theirs, so they have
no way of tying the user to the IP. I called them on their bluff and asked them then how do you know what user to cut off or contact when they hit
the max then? They never returned my email.
I have seen many VPN companies make the same claim, yet some of them want you to scan and fax your ID to them if you sign up for their service online,
and already connected through a VPN at time of sign up. Many of them won't take prepaid cards for the purpose of not having specific user info or an
ID tied to the account. If you read the TOC's on many of these sites, they actually contradict the information they advertise.
So after days and days, and many hours put into this, I haven't found one company that is truly anonymous when it comes to using their service.
VPN's are good for hiding what your looking at by your ISP, but if the VPN's are handing over information to the feds without warrants anyway, what
is the point?
Before anyone says, "well if you are not doing anything illegal, you have nothing to worry about..." statement. I am not worried about doing
anything illegal, but I don't want someone knowing how many pieces of toilet paper I am using to wipe my azz (so to speak).
Anyone have any solid solution(s)? I am not looking for an answer from the average Joe who will say, "well I use this one and I like it..." I am
looking for very direct answer from someone who knows and/or has done the research themselves, and can state why they feel confident about a specific