Comment history for ThatOnePrivacyGuy.

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Logs are only half the story. The crux of the argument is influence. If a service lies in a country that can be easily influenced by a state actor performing unlawful surveillance, logs or no logs, they can be influenced to secretly start keeping them or even just monitor (real time data collection for immediate or short term use) as opposed to logging (storing of data for long term use and record-keeping).

If you are being targeted specifically by such a country, it likely will not matter where you are located.

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Jurisdiction has to do with unlawful surveillance. If you don't want to be spied on, you have a better chance avoiding it when using a service based somewhere that doesn't have such deals with the country you live in.

Note that if a state level actor is targeting you specifically, its very unlikely this will make a difference in the long run.

Welcome to /v/pn by ThatOnePrivacyGuy in pn

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Sure, what's your knowledge level on vpns currently? If you don't know much ask a question, if you know a lot, share some knowledge!

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

(You're allowed to ask questions too!)

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago

You should contribute, we'd love to have you there! (It's pretty new and competing with an established sub that is a little too fast and loose with affiliate advertising)

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago

Thanks, I'm glad people are finding it useful!

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago

That's something I don't track intentionally. If I did, Netflix could use my research against their users, sadly.

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago

I made a whole site about it

What is the best VPN service? What's most important when I choose one? by dellcos in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 1 points 47 points (+48|-1) ago

Lots of wrong answers here. The correct answer is - it depends on your needs and threat model.

https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-comparison-chart

Filter that to your top 3-5 and go from there.

Question about VPNs and their reliability by AlwaysInService in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Thanks, that's a good listen.

Question about VPNs and their reliability by AlwaysInService in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Just replied, thanks.

(The subs I mod on voat are not that active, though I shouls check and reply quickly when something is posted).

Question about VPNs and their reliability by AlwaysInService in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago

Consider your sources for exactly who is saying it's reliable. Some services are marketed with a heavy slant towards an affiliate commission model (companies pay people to say good things about them and the result is basically what you see in this thread. Even if there's one or two people who have actually had a good experience, they join the white noise and make none of it trustworthy. I have written quite a bit about how such business practices are bad for consumers and the industry as a whole, and personally don't care to do business with companies that have adopted this tactic.

This is such a problem in the industry, that in the subs I mod, we don't allow questions involving recommendations and opinions on services outside of a megathtead because it turns into one big sales pitch every time.

The truth is, any recommendation you get for a particular service does not consider all of your needs and threat model. Here is what I'd suggest - go to the comparison chart and filter it down (the table will allow you to do this) by your needs until there are 3-5 left, then try them out using trials/refunds until you're satisfied.

Hope that helps!

Make Istanbul Constantinople Again! by WolvenWargod in whatever

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe they liked it better that way?

Edit: Whoosh

Trump Is the New President. But No Matter Who Rules, You Should Always Protect Your Privacy. by fancyname in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

No Matter Who Governs

FTFY

Any of you Voat's use VPN's? by UncleSpez1 in AskVoat

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago

Of course not! I'm glad people find it useful.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Any of you Voat's use VPN's? by UncleSpez1 in AskVoat

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago

I'm still around and it is updated regularly.

How to select the best VPN setup for you by pangaea in VPN

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

I guess you need to specify what you mean by "trustworthy".

Almost every service that engages in native advertising is attempting to deceive its future customers. That alone disqualifies them from earning my trust. Other than that, they often do things like lie about no-logging policies, incentivize social media spam, claim their services are perfectly secure, etc. There's a LOT of room for improvement where trustworthiness is concerned.

How to select the best VPN setup for you by pangaea in VPN

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

I have a lot of issues with this. For a start, not all paid VPNs are trustworthy, in fact I'd say 90% aren't.

Hummingbird gets a good scratch by knight_owl in NatureIsFuckingLit

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

So majestic.

Recommendations Megathread by ThatOnePrivacyGuy in pn

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Send me an email, use PGP if you wish. I have some questions that might help you make the decision.

Chemists Accidentally Created a Battery That Could Last a Lifetime by St1ka in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago

Aww, you just spoiled every tech blog's article about this tomorrow

Recommendations Megathread by ThatOnePrivacyGuy in pn

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

I know it's frustrating, but in order to stay unbiased, I don't like making direct recommendations. The reviews are selected randomly, so that's kind of my chance to unload.

More often than not, you can whittle down the list to a few solid choices in just a few mimutes. People are so used to getting an easy, instant recommendation about every other kind of product online, but unfortunately the VPN industry will chew you up and spit you out if you succumb to that temptation, by virtue of scummy marketing.

Others are free to make a direct recommendation, provided they give a detailed reason why it would suit the original asker's needs of course. The point of the megathread is least of all for me to weigh in - but since it's new on voat and slowly building particpation, I thought I'd give those two cents, for what it was worth.

Do VPN makers realize that one dropped connection can get some people in some countries killed? by 4JewKakkle in technology

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago

The answer to this is complicated and may depress you. The fact of the matter is, that 80+% of VPN companies are run by people/companies who do not know or care how to run a competent service, nor about the plight of their customers in such countries.

They employ all kinds of shady marketing tactics and given the nature of webservices, count on you never seeing their face. The kinds of killswitches implemented in commercial VPN clients are almost always unreliable in one way or another - the only way to prevent what you're describing, is a properly configured firewall.

Recommendations Megathread by ThatOnePrivacyGuy in pn

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

People absolutely can weigh in here regarding your query. This is just my 2 cents, but I do understand people's needs to want a quick suggestion to make life easy. That said, I don't think asking users to do some research and try a few services is out of line.

deleted by user by [deleted] in gaming

[–]ThatOnePrivacyGuy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Sabin rocks.