Best VPN software

paieye

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I am obliged to make regular use of open, unsecured networks. I have recently become aware of the danger of identity-theft, and have been advised to install VPN-software. I have been trying the well-recommended Spot Plus, but there is endless difficulty with getting it to connect, and the help-desk there is not prompt.

Can anyone suggest such an application that will work well with OSX ?
 

paieye

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Thank you for this prompt reply ! Can you just tell me, please, is there an effective help-desk ? I notice that their website says nothing about that, save that there is "professional" support.
 
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v04bvs

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I'm using Viscosity with my OpenVPN server. TunnelBlick is fine too, it's free, but Viscosity is more polished.
 

rocknblogger

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Thank you, I shall try them.
I use PIA and I've needed help on 2-3 occasions and each time I got a response within a couple, three hours, and faster once they reply to you the first time and you reply back. The service is very solid. I use it to watch NFL games and the stream is always excellent.
 

musique

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I’ve read that many of these VPN services can and do have “leaks” that can be exploited by a party who is serious about breaking into a user’s VPN connection.

Over the years I’ve used several of the VPN companies (Nord, Witopia, et al.) when I’ve been on public WiFi networks. And I was mostly satisfied with their service and support. But after this little bit of research on the security of these services, I always had an uneasy feeling when using one. Maybe I’m just being paranoid.

I’m not a security engineer so I’d like to hear what others who may have knowledge about this think.
 

kschendel

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For maximum privacy, Mullvad (mullvad.net) has a good reputation. I don't use it often, but I've not had any problems with it when I do use it.
 

chabig

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A word of caution (may be due to my own inexperience), but the VPNs I have tried always interfere with Apple's cloud apps. iMessage, in particular, won't sync messages between devices when I have a VPN turned on.
 

paieye

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I have used it for only a couple of days, but I must say that it does seem excellent -- it connects rapidly, and once connected is completely unintrusive.
 

Sirolway

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I've used Cloak in the past & their support is pretty responsive. But I've been having trouble with it recently, so I've switched to GhostVPN, who had a good Black Friday deal on (might still have - worth checking). We'll see how I go with them ...
 

pat500000

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Yes, PIA
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I used to use Opera enthusiastically, but my sight is not as good as it was, so I now use Chrome, as it renders the menu-bar and other text in white letters on a black background, making it much easier for me to read.
Pia's reputation is top notch even though it's paid service. I had doubts at first but it worked.