Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access is a US based company that takes advantage of the fact that the US does not have mandatory data retention law, allowing it to offer a very high level of guaranteed anonymity to its customers. In our tests we found that Private Internet Access had a good overall attitude to users’ privacy which, when combined with blazing fast connection speeds, a simple but very easy to use VPN client, and extremely competitive pricing, meant that we liked it very much.
In fact, but for support of 256-bit OpenVPN encryption and the fact there is no free trial or money back guarantee, we would have given it a perfect score.
PIA VPN Pricing and Features
Private Internet Access offers just one “kitchen sink” plan for $6.95 p/m, although buying a yearly package for $39.95 reduces this to a very pocket friendly $3.33 per month.
For that, you get an OpenVPN (with PPTP and L2TP IP Sec for those who want or need it) connection to 18 servers (with 199+ gateways) in 9 countries (8 in the US, the rest in Canada, the UK and the Europe).
Also provided is a Socks5 Proxy, which may be useful for those wishing to configure a BitTorrent client so it can be used anonymously, without the need to connect via VPN. For the truly paranoid this will also provide a double, if somewhat unnecessary, layer of protection if used in conjunction with the VPN service.