I’ve been using Mullvad for the past few months. Have not had many issues with it aside from the 5 device limit and the removal of port forwarding. I’m currently looking at Private Internet Access as a potential replacement. It looks like it offers 10 device limit and port forwarding included with the price.

Anyone using PIA? How’s the experience?

Edit: Probably should have mentioned, feel free to offer any other recommendations, I’m not attached to, or against any specific recommendations. I would like it to have a GUI available on Linux though if possible.

  • surrendertogravity@wayfarershaven.eu
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    1 year ago

    Another vote here for ProtonVPN, though it doesn’t support port forwarding via a GUI on Linux, only OpenSSL and Wireguard configs. I set it up with gluetun, qBittorrent, and qBittorrent-natmap and and it just works.

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        You dynamically request “a port” from the vpn gateway and it returns your port number.
        As long as your nat-pmp-client keeps refreshing the port, it should stay the same. The timeout is rather low (60s afaik) so it probably wouldn’t survive restarts.

        There’s a docker image that automates this for qbittorrent, but it shouldn’t be overly complicated to adapt the script to other clients, if they can be configured via an API.

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    ProtonVPN has been solid for me. Switched to wireguard recently and have been able to completely saturate my 1gbps fiber link

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    Airvpn is my go-to. Tho I also have an account with pia. Airvpn for PTP is pretty simple to set up, has great support for Linux, and you can choose from multiple protocols and ports pretty easy. Their port forwarding is way simpler to setup on a server then pia.

    Pia is great for me to use on my phone/laptop tho. Their client is much more ment to be interactive as opposed to set and forget.

    Airvpn certainly isn’t the fastest but the community is awesome and support is amazing.

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    I switched to AirVPN after finding out that Mullvad disabled port forwarding. I have heard rumors that the did that because of people hosting cheese pizza via their VPN accounts.

    The performance of AirVPN does vary, I had to try a couple of countries before I found a server that didn’t throttle me (and I only have a 50MBit connection).

    Maybe I will try Proton in the future, but then I would have to commit to a 2year subscription or pay a lot more.

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      You can literally buy an account anonymously with cash, I don’t think any other provider comes close to that

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      Mullvad offers anonymous payment plans. Which natively adds a layer of anonymity. So as long as there is never any saving. For example Nord vs Mullvad. I use Nord but there is no anonymity with the provider. Where Mullvad “doesnt” need to know. That’s as much as I have figured.

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    Protonvpn Unlimited subscriber here. Pretty amazing ngl. I get 10 vpn connections, 500GB E2EE cloud storage, simplelogin premium, calendar, and whatever else they have that I haven’t used yet or still in development.

    Edit: and ofc, I use their e2ee mail serveice

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    Loving ProtonVPN, but note that if you also use ProtonMail, the account is shared, meaning no one else can use your VPN if you don’t want people to have access to your email. I’ve tried to use vopono, and vopono needs access to your account to automatically configure VPN connections which, again, is not great because access to my VPN = access to my email 😐

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      Yeah, that kind of sucks, I originally bought surfshark a few years ago just for this. Unlimited devices is a +1 for me

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    1 year ago

    Probably overkill, but AstrillVPN is the one I have been using for the past several years and it never failed me.

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    I was on PIA for a few years before it was bought out by Kape.

    Kape has a poor track record with keeping user data safe, and has reported shady business practises.

    I switched to Mullvad and have been happy, excluding the limited devices which I bump into pretty frequently.

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    I moved off PIA after they were bought by a former ad-ware distributor, and I’ve been on Proton VPN since.

    They do currently have a Linux GUI, though it’s extensively lacking compared to the Windows client, and the CLI / DIY methods for using their service is much more flushed out.

    That’s not to say it’s a bad client, it’s just very much not what they advertise feature-wise. The speeds and server-availability are all great, and these days it’s all bundled into a “Proton Account” that gives you VPN, Email, and Cloud Storage based on your tier.

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    I use PIA currently because it was cheap and I wanted something easy to use mostly for streaming reasons. It’s fine, not great, not awful. Connection drops more than I would like. I attribute that to Comcast knowing their IP addresses and dropping traffic in an attempt to catch any leaks. They got bought out by an iffy company not too long ago, and I plan to move to mullvad once this sub runs out

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      Mullvad is getting rid of port forwarding on July 1st so if you torrent you may want to look elsewhere.

      I started with PIA and dropped them when the new owners took over. Moved to Mullvad which I’ve been happy with but now had to cancel due to port forwarding. I’m on AirVPN now and it’s been working fine so far and has port forwarding, but it’s only been a week or so of usage.

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    I’ve used PIA for probably close to 10 years now. They removed the 10-device limit recently and just give you unlimited devices now. I’ve found the connection to be very stable. If there’s ever a problem, it’s usually due to a specific server getting overloaded, so I switch to a different one. Lots of countries and port forwarding options to choose from. The promotion they have going right now is the best I’ve seen ($79 for 39 months).

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    Basically 3 good choices

    ProtonVPN AirVPN IVPN

    Proton has a 50% off student discount bringing the price down to $5 a month for all proton services.

    IVPN is probably the best but most expensive.