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Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

Hi, all.

I've really been thinking about getting a VPN service. I've read reviews on several and there are a lot of pros and cons to each. But most of the them are also written from a US perspective.

Some of the ones I've looked into are:
  • Hidemyass
  • VyprVPN
  • StrongVPN
  • WiTopia

But there are plenty of othes. I'm interested in general security as well as hop-off servers in the US & UK. I'd also like to have a DDRT capability for whenever I get around to flashing my router (that sounds naughty).

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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

I have used strong VPN for almost a year and have never had any problems. It is set to the US (Washington DC) and I have never needed to switch to the other available cities.
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Old 11.09.2012, 13:30
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I have used strong VPN for almost a year and have never had any problems. It is set to the US (Washington DC) and I have never needed to switch to the other available cities.
I also have strong vpn set to NY (hmm, did I chose that at the beginning) have had no problems on my computer or iPad. Other (user issue) problems have come up trying to get Netflix to work on my Playstation 3 but have given up as (a) it seems to work on the xbox and (b) it seems netflix doesn't have anything available for streaming that I want to watch
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

I'm on my third year using UnblockVPN.

Multiple UK and US as well as newly added SE (and others I don't use).

Top notch and good value for money IMO...
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Old 11.09.2012, 13:58
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

I have Hidemyass, and it serves me well. I agree with Netflix not much to watch anymore after 1 month of subscription. Vudu offers new films for a reasonable price.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

I use overplay.net which is a doddle to set up on your computer, iPad, iPhone etc.. it also offers a directory of countries you can use.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

I use HMA (hidemyass) and LOVE it!!!
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

I have been using Strong VPN for the past year or so. It almost always works and streams videos, movies, etc. without any problems. Good customer service when I had to call for install on another computer. I recommend them if you are looking for an IP in US or UK.

Before going with Strong VPN, I tried some free options like HotSpot Shield and they really did not work at all. So I decided to shell out the money and have no regrets.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

Add to those listed:
iPredator
proXPN

This link may be worth a quick browse, if dated.

Edit: hmph, skipped reading the UK/US endpoint part. Sorry.
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Old 11.09.2012, 18:18
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

http://www.my-private-network.co.uk

It is a co.uk domain but they have global VPN's one country 5 a month or all countries 10 a month.

I get about 5Gb bandwidth on the UK one which is fine for watching iplayer.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

We switched to strongVPN about 18 months ago after some truly dire service from Lamina. We've never had a problem with StrongVPN
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

Lots of strongVPN love here. Does anyone notice latency?

Also, do you use a client on your PC/whatever-device or a DDRT router? Notice any difference between the two, especially in terms of latency?
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

I have used ExpressVPN for a few months, but it is expensive 100usd a year rather than StrongVPN's 55usd. I will give the latter a whirl.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

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http://www.my-private-network.co.uk

It is a co.uk domain but they have global VPN's one country 5 a month or all countries 10 a month.

I get about 5Gb bandwidth on the UK one which is fine for watching iplayer.
Also a fan of my private network, can stream uk tv, French tv, iplayer and even I view from Australia on my iPad! Will set up a uk wireless network later this month in my Swiss home, which will enable us to stream without adding a VPN every time.
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Old 19.09.2012, 23:30
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

We've just signed up to StrongVPN and brilliant service so far - great support through the chat facility. We flick between UK and US VPNs and no problems.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

http://unblock-us.com/

best part is it works with Apple TV as well.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

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http://unblock-us.com/

best part is it works with Apple TV as well.
Hmmm... Apple TV does not have VPN settings built into it, so it is either through an end-router which allows for VPN OR there is JB setting I haven't heard of OR you use your PC/MAC as a VPN forward thingy .

Which is it?

Cheerio

PS. As of this date I have not been able to JB my ATV... It is driving me MAD
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

So I signed up to StrongVPN, half the price of ExpressVPN I was using before.

Express VPN is pretty slick, has an app you can switch countries no problem.

StrongVPN at the price I took seems to have just one country at a time and switching is limited to 8 times per month and is a bit of palaver compared to Express VPN

I like the StrongVPN speedtest, and the speed does seem good on first impression at over 40mbps on a 100mbps Cablecom connection.
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Re: Anyone use a VPN service? Which one?

Are there any VPN services with a service for Irish sites?
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Are there any VPN services with a service for Irish sites?
Yes... Try Google : Irish VPN

There are quite a few available, OverPlay being one of them
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