VPN Solutions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rlu929s, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. rlu929s macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    This with Air's. I imagine (like myself) you find yourself on public wifi a lot. What kind of VPN solutions do you use?

    I've always used HotSpot VPN, but didn't know if there was a less costly option.
  2. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    I reccomened witopia $69 a year for full 256 bit encryption $39 for 128. You can choose to login from anywhere in the world and my speed and ping time stays about the same. Great service overall!
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I use GoldenFrog's VyperVPN. It's one of the only ones I've found that lets you tunnel traffic from a router through a VPN instead of just one host.
  4. Shadoobie macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    Agreed on VyprVPN. You can also run Hamachi seamlessly through VyperVPN. I used HotSpot VPN for six years until I switched to VyprVPN. It's not the cheapest, but it is the fastest and most robust that I've found.
  5. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I use Witopia and have been very satisfied.

  6. theRick119 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    VyprVPN sounds interesting. I will have check that out. I have used witopia which I thought was great. I have a personal server that I installed OpenVPN on so that is technically free for me at this point. Love it.
  7. droo macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2011
    I run openVPN on my QNAP NAS at home - I just VPN back to it when on public wifi; costs nothing !
  8. rlu929s thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    I'm really liking Witopia. I think the $39.99 per year should suffice for my light use and needs.

    How are the speeds on it?

    I might also look into OpenVPN as free is good as well. Does that require you to have a static IP?
  9. theRick119 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    For OpenVPN, I'd recommend a service (free) like dyndns. That will provide you with a free host name for your dynamic address.
  10. Anelly macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
  11. Moohooya macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2010
    Which VPN do you use on your QNAP NAS? I'd like to set up a VPN on my QNAP but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. Are there any instructions on the Web you followed?
  12. tech324 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2010
    When I look at Witopia's web site, $39 a year does not give you SSL. You have to pay $60 or more to get SSL.
  13. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I bought the combo. I think it was $70/year. I use SSL for my MBA, and I use the PPTP for my iPhone and/or iPad. I only turn on the VPN when connected to public hotspots.

    I previously (foolishly) had not worried about public hot spots. Once firesheep hit the news... I became enlightened. $70/year is cheap protection.

  14. CoachSteff macrumors newbie


    Aug 26, 2011
    Brussels, BE
    How do you run Hamachi through VyperVPN?

    I have a Mac mini that serves as a Hamachi VPN server. My MacBooks connect with it when I'm home or away, so I can access my files and stuff. But I would like that machine to route traffic then through VyperVPN. How can I do that?
  15. Mactabulous macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2011
    The NAS has it's own VPN server, it doesn't connect to any specific service (and to the best of my knowledge, it can't). I use the same procedure myself, in order to gain access to my shares when I'm away from home. However, you will not be concealed in the same manner as when using a third-party VPN service, as all traffic originates from your ISP when you connect to your own NAS (obviously). For privacy, you will need a third-party VPN provider, in order to obscure your IP/host.
  16. BenTrovato macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2012
    Witopia is nice since it works with os x, windows, and devices. Although lately it doesn't seem to be working in some public places and the speed tests have decreased quite a bit from last year. Started looking around at other providers.
  17. musique macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    Witopia recommended

    There are probably many services that will suffice. Witopia is the only one I've used and I will be renewing my deal when my contract expires later this year. Although I've never had a problem with the service, on a few occasions I've had a technical question and I've found that their support is virtually immediate. Definitely worth the price for that alone.

    Plus, when I first got Witopia, I tried using a few of the speed tests on the web and I could find no discernible difference between Comcast, my ISP, with Witopia and Comcast alone.

    Good luck.
  18. BenTrovato macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2012
    Just an update... really pleased with Witopia's support. Took about 10 email exchanges but they gave me a custom solution to connect in a spot where I had never been able to before. Really kind as well in their communication.

    Speed has definitely slowed down since I originally signed up with them. Not that I am needing more bandwidth but just an observation... addicted to speedtesting. I'm still happy with them, hopefully the decline in speed is due to more subscribers and they will improve their infrastructure in the coming months.
  19. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Private Internet Access (privateinternetaccess.com) is another good one. Lots of access points and $39 per year. And no logs retained.
  20. Kartram macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2013
    I have never used a third party VPN service before. I have a router that has a VPN server and I use that to remotely login when i am in a public place. What are the advantages to using Witopia or similar service?
  21. dyn macrumors 68020

    Aug 8, 2009
    In terms of privacy and security: not much. You are still completely relying on a 3rd party. It's only a little bit more secure if you use a vpn that actually uses security (there are vpn's without it such as when using pptp) it will secure all of your connections so others on the same wifi network/ap can not eavesdrop. However, because you are using a 3rd party they'll be able to see all of your traffic.
    If you want privacy and security then use secure connections to any of the services you use (aka use https when visiting websites, use ssl when connecting to the mailserver, etc.) and tunnel them over a vpn that you completely control. This approach means that you have to set up a vpn yourself which requires not only tools but also knowledge.

    It just depends on how much security and privacy you want as well as how much you are willing to tinker with tech.

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