SurfEasy review: A zippy VPN from north of the border

SurfEasy in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes—Ultra customers only

Business location: Canada

Number of servers: 1,000+

Number of country locations: 16 (Total) / 28 (Ultra)

Cost: $48 billed annually (Total) / $77.88 billed annually (Ultra)

Most people never heard of Toronto-based SurfEasy until it was snapped up in early 2015 by browser maker Opera. Even if you’re still unfamiliar with this VPN, you might have used it: SurfEasy powers Opera’s free VPN built into its browser, as well as the free VPN apps for Android and iOS.

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3 billion Yahoo accounts hacked: 5 things you should do to stay safe

If you had a Yahoo account in 2013, your name and password were stolen.

Yahoo expanded the scope of its massive data breach on Monday. In December, the Internet giant announced a hack that affected over a billion accounts, making it by far the largest data breach in history. Now, the company says that every Yahoo account in existence in 2013—more than 3 billion—was breached. The hackers walked away with password hashes that can be easily cracked.

If you’re a Yahoo user you should consider your password compromised and should take all the necessary steps to secure your account. You should follow all of Yahoo’s recommendations, such as changing your password and watching for suspicious account activity, but here are a few more advanced tips that you should have in mind.

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ExpressVPN review: A good service with no public leadership

ExpressVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Number of servers: 1,500+

Business location: British Virgin Islands

Number of country locations: 94*

Cost: $99.95 per year

Running a business is a public act. That’s why I don’t understand why some VPN providers go to such great lengths to keep the identities of their leaders private. Today’s review looks at one such company, ExpressVPN.

Business anonymity is an issue we’ll get into in more depth in the trust section. For now, let’s dive into the app.

ExpressVPN uses a very simple single-panel interface. It doesn’t have a map you can click on or anything like that. All you have is a simple on/off button that takes up the majority of the panel. Under that is a suggested VPN server to connect to and then two buttons: Smart Location and Choose Location. Click the former and ExpressVPN will choose a server for you based on your location.

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ExpressVPN review: A good service with no public leadership

ExpressVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Number of servers: 1,500+

Business location: British Virgin Islands

Number of country locations: 94*

Cost: $99.95 per year

Running a business is a public act. That’s why I don’t understand why some VPN providers go to such great lengths to keep the identities of their leaders private. Today’s review looks at one such company, ExpressVPN.

Business anonymity is an issue we’ll get into in more depth in the trust section. For now, let’s dive into the app.

ExpressVPN uses a very simple single-panel interface. It doesn’t have a map you can click on or anything like that. All you have is a simple on/off button that takes up the majority of the panel. Under that is a suggested VPN server to connect to and then two buttons: Smart Location and Choose Location. Click the former and ExpressVPN will choose a server for you based on your location.

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IVPN review: A small VPN worth a look for U.S. and UK connections

IVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes (company asks users not to use U.S. servers)

Business location: Gibraltar

Number of servers: 36

Number of country locations: 13

Cost: $100 per year

When it comes down to it, there are really two kinds of VPNs: those that promise an unbelievable number of country connections and those that don’t. This review is looking at a service of the latter type. IVPN is a small service officially based in Gibraltar that offers what you need in a VPN, including the right privacy promises, excellent speeds in at least some regions, and an easy-to-use Windows app. The company’s mobile support for Android could use a little more work, but no service is perfect.

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IVPN review: A small VPN worth a look for U.S. and UK connections

IVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes (company asks users not to use U.S. servers)

Business location: Gibraltar

Number of servers: 36

Number of country locations: 13

Cost: $100 per year

When it comes down to it, there are really two kinds of VPNs: those that promise an unbelievable number of country connections and those that don’t. This review is looking at a service of the latter type. IVPN is a small service officially based in Gibraltar that offers what you need in a VPN, including the right privacy promises, excellent speeds in at least some regions, and an easy-to-use Windows app. The company’s mobile support for Android could use a little more work, but no service is perfect.

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IVPN review: A small VPN worth a look for U.S. and UK connections

IVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes (company asks users not to use U.S. servers)

Business location: Gibraltar

Number of servers: 36

Number of country locations: 13

Cost: $100 per year

When it comes down to it, there are really two kinds of VPNs: those that promise an unbelievable number of country connections and those that don’t. This review is looking at a service of the latter type. IVPN is a small service officially based in Gibraltar that offers what you need in a VPN, including the right privacy promises, excellent speeds in at least some regions, and an easy-to-use Windows app. The company’s mobile support for Android could use a little more work, but no service is perfect.

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Best VPN services of 2017: Reviews and buying advice

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PureVPN review: It works well if you don’t mind virtual server locations

P2P allowed: Yes—select countries

Business location: Hong Kong (officially)

Number of servers: 750+

Number of country locations: 142*

Cost: $10.95 per month, or $78 for two years

Here’s the thing about VPNs: They’re built on trust. Before you pay a company to secure your internet traffic you need to trust that it’ll do what it claims. That’s what makes this review so interesting. PureVPN is a solid service with good speeds, and the right promises in its privacy policy.

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PureVPN’s map interface.

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PureVPN review: It works well if you don’t mind virtual server locations

P2P allowed: Yes—select countries

Business location: Hong Kong (officially)

Number of servers: 750+

Number of country locations: 142*

Cost: $10.95 per month, or $78 for two years

Here’s the thing about VPNs: They’re built on trust. Before you pay a company to secure your internet traffic you need to trust that it’ll do what it claims. That’s what makes this review so interesting. PureVPN is a solid service with good speeds, and the right promises in its privacy policy.

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PureVPN’s map interface

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