Private Internet Access allows you to unblock censorship filters while protecting your privacy and identity online.
VPNs have long been a popular tool for encrypting Internet traffic, and that popularity grows with each passing day, especially with recent moves by the UK govt to block more and more websites from public view. By creating “virtual” encrypted connections between you and remote servers your connection is masked by their IP address, allowing you to visit block sites, access restricted content, and take comfort knowing that your privacy and identity is protected.
I’ve already mentioned a number of free VPN services along with excellent subscription services like Hotspot Shield and Online Shield 360, but I’d like to add another excellent subscription VPN service to the mix – Private Internet Access.
“Our services have been designed from the ground up to be able to operate using built-in technology pre-existing in your computer or smartphone device,” i9ty says. “The services operate at the TCP/IP interface level, which means all of your applications will be secured, not just your web browser.”
That’s the real kicker. With PIA ALL OF YOUR applications will be secure, including P2P protocols like BitTorrent, and it takes customer privacy very seriously.
“We absolutely do not maintain any VPN logs of any kind,” says the company in a response to a request about its privacy procedures. “We utilize shared IP addresses rather than dynamic or static IPs, so it is not possible to match a user to an external IP. These are some of the many solutions we have implemented to enable the strongest levels of anonymity amongst VPN services.”
For those that want even further anonymity PIA accepts Bitcoins as payment for subscription fees.
PIA boasts more than 276 servers in 9 different countries, a staggering number to those that know anything about VPN server location choices.
And in addition to unblocking blocked content, websites, and video streams, PIA also unblocks ANY BLOCKED SOFTWARE by your ISP including Voice over IP, P2P and other various software applications.
- Secure VPN Account
- Encrypted WiFi
- P2P and VoIP Support
- PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec
- Multiple VPN Gateways
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- SOCKS5 Proxy Included
- No traffic logs
- Instant Setup
So how much does it cost? $6.95 p/mo, $35.95 for 6 months, and a measly $39.95 for a YEAR!
PIA works on Android, iOS (think iPad and iPhone!), Linux, Windows, and Mac.