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VPN – comparision of VPN protocols and server log deletion every 10 minutes


Full credit to iVPN for this comparision chart of the underlying protocols within a VPN.

In addition they make some valid points about server log deletion, as a privacy tactic.

So what happens if the authorities come knocking at our door looking to identify an individual? Well typically law enforcement would serve us a subpoena, demanding that we trace the identity of an individual connected to our network based on a timestamp and the IP address of one of our servers.

Server log deletion every 10 minutes.

All VPNs have the ability to track users and log their data. We approach this issue by using a non-persistent log stored in memory that is automatically wiped every 10 minutes. That time window gives us the ability to troubleshoot any connection issues that may appear, but after 10 minutes no trace of activity is stored. Obviously we, like all other VPNs, are compelled to abide by the law. But unless the authorities make a request within 10 minutes of the timestamp (incredibly unlikely), there’s absolutely nothing we can do to help them, as the data they need no longer exists.

What about stuff like billing and customer registration details? We don’t require your name or physical address, just an email address– nothing else. If you pay with PayPal then we have to store your PayPal subscription ID but there’s no way of linking any of your connection related data to your payment details because it doesn’t exist. So in effect, your privacy is ensured and there’s no way that anyone can find out what you do online. At the very most you can only be identified as a customer through your email address or PayPal subscription ID.

If you’re thinking of signing-up to a VPN make sure that you read its privacy policy and terms of conditions very closely. Because you may not be buying the level of protection and anonymity you think you are.

According to research published by YouGov and Big Brother Watch, 71% of people say they do not trust that their online data will be kept secure and just 6% think the government has made a “clear and compelling argument” for the bill.

Australia – want to keep data retention forever

You only have to look at the recent hearings in Australia concerning their proposed communication reforms to see law enforcement isn’t even satisfied with a 2 year data retention law (rather they want ISPs to hold onto your web browsing history indefinitely).

**** was founded in 2009 by a group of information security professionals bound by a passion for promoting privacy as a fundamental right. We believe that few companies take privacy seriously even when they say they do and in the VPN business its even worse since customers may be gaining a false sense of security.

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