Does anyone have a good recommendation for trusted VPN company? Cost is not much of an issue.
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- If you are comfortable setting up one, it's really cheap to get a server on AWS or other cloud providers and run your own VPN.
- Cost of a host.
Pro: your server won't be in any VPN blacklist
Con: your public IP will trace back to a server owned by you
It will still conceal your traffic from the local network just as effectively if your goal was to conceal it from, eg, your IT Dept.
So depends what you want to accomplish.
- I'm using t2.micro which is free for a year. You can keep creating new accounts every year. Data transfer is free up to 15gb (for the first year) and then it's 0.09/gb
About fy64gt's comment, I agree it can be traced back to you, but Amazon is not going to share the host's ownership details, unless there is a legal case. So you should be safe for most use cases
- Amazon doesn't have special pricing for employees. The pricing I mentioned is available to everyone.
You can get hosts in different countries, but it's limited to the countries AWS has data centers.
You can have one free host per account for a year. So if you need to have multiple hosts, you need to pay for extra ones or have one AWS account per host which can become a headache to manage.
- Ktfx33, you are right. As I mentioned, it depends on your use case, all I want is to hide my location and not send my traffic through a 3rd party VPN.
I'm not promoting any specific solution, I'm just describing my setup.
If you are using 3rd party VPN, you still have credit card info and email associated with your account, which could potentially identify you. You can use a temp email address and prepaid card to sign up for the account. You can do the same with cloud providers.
The main benefit of setting up your own VPN for me was not sending my traffic through someone else's VPN.
- Depends on who you want to be anonymous from.
If you are trying to prevent the sites you visit from knowing who you are that's a whole lot harder.
Personally I VPN to keep my traffic anonymized from the local network operator and not from the sites in visiting. Namely work, as I connect to the work WiFi and then run PIA on my phone so that my traffic isn't visible to work WiFi. Also gives me some security if I connect to WiFi in a coffee shop, I know I'm not being spoofed.