VPNs - Virtual Private Networks.
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piracy.website, a regularly-updated list of proxies/mirrors for blocked torrent sites, each verified to be "non-spammy".
TorrentFreak's "Which VPN Services Take Your Anonymity Seriously? 2015 Edition" article.
Tor Project, to surf the Web anonymously.
PRISM BREAK, opt out of mass data surveillance. Open source, trustworthy alternatives for common software, for Windows/Mac/Linux/Android/etc., recommended reading.
ThatOnePrivacySite, a very useful website to compare various VPN providers, and detailed comparison charts.
Some companies to avoid.
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Looking for a good VPN?
PrivateInternetAccess was the winner of our 2016 Community Poll. They:
- Are the most popular provider in the VPN community today, and one of the largest providers.
- Are cheap! $3.30/mo if you pay yearly, or $6.95 if you pay monthly.
- Have servers in 36 locations in 24 countries.
- Don't keep logs! They don't log your traffic, and don't keep connection logs. This was put to the test recently – the FBI sent PIA a subpoena to hand over information on a user; PIA refused the request, explaining to the FBI that they don't store personal information or keep logs.
- Are fast and reliable. Their speeds are among the best, and they don't limit bandwidth.
- Accept many forms of payment: PayPal, debit/credit cards, Amazon, Google Wallet, Ripple, Stellar, cashU, and bitcoin if you want to pay anonymously.
- They never ask for your name or personal information, like address or mobile number. You can create a throwaway email address to sign up, but make sure you have access to the address, as they email you your username and password!