Best VPN software

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by paieye, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. paieye macrumors regular

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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 ?
     
  2. remmealaska macrumors newbie

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    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

    I've used them for over a year and have had a very good experience so far. They also have an app for iOS. Reasonably priced too compared to some VPN services $39.95 a year ($3.33 per month).
     
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    paieye thread starter macrumors regular

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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.
     
  4. remmealaska macrumors newbie

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    https://helpdesk.privateinternetaccess.com/hc/en-us
    It says the average response time is 4-6 hours.
     
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    If you are connecting to your own VPN server, Tunnelblick
     
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    To clarify, if you have a VPN server on your router, or you have OS X Server, you can connect via the free Tunnelblick app.
     
  8. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

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    Ive used them for 3 years now. Their support is excellent.
     
  9. v04bvs macrumors member

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    I'm using Viscosity with my OpenVPN server. TunnelBlick is fine too, it's free, but Viscosity is more polished.
     
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    One happy "Witopia OS X and Windows VPN Customer" for the last five years!
     
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    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.
     
  13. musique macrumors regular

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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
  18. pat500000 macrumors 604

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    Loving pia...it's actually one of the best vpn.
     
  19. paieye thread starter macrumors regular

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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.
     
  20. Sirolway macrumors 6502

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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 ...
     
  21. pat500000 macrumors 604

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    You mean PIA?
     
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  23. paieye thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, PIA
    --- Post Merged, Nov 28, 2016 ---
    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.
     
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    Pia's reputation is top notch even though it's paid service. I had doubts at first but it worked.
     

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