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CyberGhost buys PIA

Well, what I should use now? Mullvad?
Interesting. I had tried out CyberGhost about five years ago or so and subsequently discovered they had a bad rep, because of the sheer amount of data they collected from user's computers and forwarded to their systems. At least in 2015, one could have claimed that what CyberGhost was doing was justified because they wanted to make an honest attempt to counter cybercriminals using their systems (as if it is possible to do so without compromising anonymity).

Clearly not the case now. It's not surprising that they fell in with this corporation in the Zionist entity that engages in even worse surveillance activities, and the PiA acquisition is extremely suspicious. If I was a PIA user who had installed the 'native' clients I would uninstall those right now before they can autoupdate and install more surveillance software on my computer, and shift to using the regular OpenVPN clients for nonsensitive VPN use going forward, while looking for a more trustworthy VPN provider for anything sensitive.

I would suggest that anyone who is not sensitive to political targeting but does want actual security should demand a refund from PiA. They are now entirely untrustworthy.
 

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PIA updated to v1.6 shortly after the acquisition. Nothing suspicious in the patchnotes, of course, but it still skeeves me out that it happened so quickly. I shouldn't have paid for 2 years.
Very interesting. I will see what I can do as far as looking at changes.. hopefully they use nice easily decompilable .Net executables.

I wouldn't stress too much about it if all you use it for is shitposting/copyright violations, and you don't engage in any controversial political speech. Of course, if that is all you use it for, you are probably in the ideal position to demand a refund ("because PiA has been acquired by an adware company"), because even if it does get you put on a Mossad/ADL/Canary Mission 'monitor' list, it won't particularly affect your situation. Others should just uninstall the dangerous PiA native clients, move to OpenVPN for less sensitive stuff, and find a safe VPN for anything political.
 
Tor is by far the best choice if you want serious security which I would only really advise as neccessary if you're doing something illegal. All the "It's funded by the feds" is just FUD. Yes, they funded it because they want their own spies to be able to use it. The code is open and is regularly checked by plenty of experts. It's secure and that is something that can be, and constantly is, verified unlike VPN claims that they don't keep logs, won't roll over for the courts and have good security on their infrastructure. Claims which have turned out to be false for well trusted VPN services in the past.

Keep your eyes on the Riffle project for the future though.
 

Tookie

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I'm going to jettison PiA in a couple weeks at the end of my current subscription period. Does anyone know anything about Mullvad? I'm seeing it mentioned a lot as a decent alternative and it seems promising.
 

AnOminous

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There's nothing sketchy about a big company with a shitty reputation buying out a smaller company with a good one and rebranding the entire company with the good company's name.
I assume you're joking because the reason the shitty, criminal company does that is so they can exploit the good reputation of the other one in order to fuck over and scam people.
 

Dick Pooman

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I assume you're joking because the reason the shitty, criminal company does that is so they can exploit the good reputation of the other one in order to fuck over and scam people.
Yes, sarcasm doesnt translate well over the Internet. Apologies.
 
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CyberGhost buys PIA

Well, what I should use now? Mullvad?
I'm going to jettison PiA in a couple weeks at the end of my current subscription period. Does anyone know anything about Mullvad? I'm seeing it mentioned a lot as a decent alternative and it seems promising.
Mullvad's great, do endorse. They request no personal information from you to sign up and you can pay entirely in cash or bitcoin. Solid no-logging policy, explicit privacy focus, etc. Bandwidth is good, lots of server locations to choose from, and they don't make you pay for a year in advance to get a decent price or anything.

The only downside I've seen is that it's based in a 14-eyes country, but PIA was based in America so it's hardly a step down.
 

Give Her The D

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Mullvad's great, do endorse. They request no personal information from you to sign up and you can pay entirely in cash or bitcoin. Solid no-logging policy, explicit privacy focus, etc. Bandwidth is good, lots of server locations to choose from, and they don't make you pay for a year in advance to get a decent price or anything.

The only downside I've seen is that it's based in a 14-eyes country, but PIA was based in America so it's hardly a step down.
Five Eyes (which the US is part of) are arguably worse since they share way more than any 14 Eyes country from my understanding.
 
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Mullvad's great, do endorse. They request no personal information from you to sign up and you can pay entirely in cash or bitcoin. Solid no-logging policy, explicit privacy focus, etc. Bandwidth is good, lots of server locations to choose from, and they don't make you pay for a year in advance to get a decent price or anything.

The only downside I've seen is that it's based in a 14-eyes country, but PIA was based in America so it's hardly a step down.
Haven't used it yet, but will likely be moving over at some point.

They come recommended by European antifa types, who are a bit of a different beast from the American 'antifa'- unlike the latter they occasionally do some actual direct actions against megacorps and the state rather than working on their behalf, so I figure the endorsement counts for something.
 
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I only trust VPN providers that are located in dodgy eastern European countries and you should too.
I cancelled my PIA subscription. I trusted them because they'd been approached twice with court orders to hand over data, only to explain that the data didn't exist to be handed over. They weren't dodgy fucks. They were US-based, with a USP of being privacy fanatics. That wasn't a business model though, and they had huge debt, so like many other tech startups, they had an exit strategy of brand growth then selling-out to a much shittier company.

I don't want to use dodgy fuckers, because if I were a dodgy fucker, I'd definitely be holding onto all my user's data in case there's something dodgy I can do with it down the line, like selling it to even more dodgy fuckers.

I think I may just be gay and put my torrenting on hold for a bit.
 

AnOminous

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I only trust VPN providers that are located in dodgy eastern European countries and you should too.
I don't trust VPN providers with absolutely nothing weird about them because only the spooks would run something that good. But I don't trust them if they're nothing but weird shit and glow like the elephant's foot, and that shit that just bought PIA qualifies.
 
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DanteAlighieri

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If the spooks want you they'll get you, at best you'll have a VPN that gives a speed bump to court orders and lets you torrent/view weird porn in peace.
 
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Dreamland

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Can someone redpill me on Wireguard? From what i heard it's more simple and sleeker than OpenVPN with a better throughput and more recent crypto libraries.
 

Lord of the Large Pants

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Some weird possibly shit going on with NordVPN.


TL;DR: NordVPN may be using malware from a cousin company to gain illicit access to residential connections for VPN use.

Don't take this as incontrovertible truth, I haven't looked too deep into it, but fucked up if true. Anybody know more?
 
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