Almost all VPN providers on the market claim to offer the best online privacy and anonymity. The truth is that with careful scrutiny and some hard questions to a selection of providers, the results don’t tally with the claims.
There are a handful of VPN providers that take anonymity and privacy very seriously. What’s more, there are providers that are not forthcoming about their policies on anonymity and privacy.
A VPN service provider that offers total anonymity usually adheres to the following principles:
- They do not log users’ online activity, not even the connecting and logout times.
- They support at least one type of payment system that allows anonymous payments.
- They only need minimal information at registration.
- Internet usage is not restricted.
If a VPN provider restricts your Internet usage, it means they are monitoring your activities or connections in some way and, therefore, cannot claim to be serious about privacy.
Also, if you want to remain completely anonymous, ensure that you use a payment system where you don’t need to supply your personal details.
Here are some of the anonymous best vpns for torrenting service providers currently.
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access doesn’t retain user logs of any nature. They use shared IP addresses instead of static or dynamic IPs. This makes it difficult (or even impossible) to match a particular user to an external address. This, according to the company, is one of the measures they have in place that ensure the highest levels of anonymity for users.
Private Internet Access urges its users to make payments by Bitcoins using an anonymous email, a measure that further increases anonymity. In other words, the company doesn’t require customers’ personal identifiable information.
Private Internet Access is currently based in the United States with gateways in several international locations including Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania, and the Netherlands. The company says that they chose the United States because the country doesn’t have any mandatory data retention laws. Although the company may be compelled to share information with a third party where there is a court order, it is still not possible to match a given user to any activity on their system and there are no user logs kept.
The company is fully compliant with DMCA and there’s a full legal team that ensures compliance.
Payment methods accepted include CC, PayPal, Liberty Reserve, Amazon, Bitcoin, Google, CashU, and OKPay. They only store very crucial payment data that may be needed to process a refund.
BTGuard is another VPN provider that pledges high levels of anonymity. The company doesn’t keep any logs because, according to them, it is not practically feasible given the amount of connections routed through their systems. According to their estimates, they would need about 4TB a day to retain user logs.
BTGuard operates out of Canada. The company strictly doesn’t deal with any third parties since they do not have any information to share (no logs kept). It’s only in the event that a third-party presents a court order that the company will engage them. Even then, the only communication would be to notify the third-party that they don’t retain any user logs.
The company also asserts that they cannot ‘takedown’ any broadcast content given that they don’t have open incoming ports.
BTGuard only accepts two payment options currently – PayPal and Bitcoin. However, there are plans to accept more payment options (credit cards in particular) in future.
As for Torguard, the company doesn’t keep information about IPs or timestamps on their servers. So it’s basically not possible to match any information as it’s not there in the first place. Of course, this may raise concerns about how to handle users that use their VPN connections to carry out some insidious activities online.
However, the company claims that they maintain an abuse-free network using packet level filtering that is applied at the firewall to enforce rules to a shared server. What this means that abuse rules are applied to an entire server rather than a single user since there are no stored user logs to track a user.
Torguard recently shifted their parent company to the West Indies. The company abides by every relevant international law and regulations within the jurisdiction from which they operate.
Torguard doesn’t share information regarding their users or their service with third-parties. The exception is when a third-party presents sufficient legal representation. The company says that in case of court orders, they hand over hard-drives that are empty, except may be the operating system.
The company fully complies with DMCA notices. The policy is to block the particular protocol that infringed any rules, thereby eliminating the content in violation.
The company’s VPN user authorization servers run separately from the billing system to ensure user privacy at any time.