Following TorrentFreak’s lead, we are announcing a new distinction here at VPNandUsenetReviews.com (VUR): the No Logs! award. This award will be earned by VPN service providers who demonstrate a clear commitment to their customers privacy by not keeping identifying logs. This is actually quite a feat, considering the current environment. It is also not easy. There are a multitude of “identifying logs” that could be out there to identify customers. Some more innocuous than others. VPN services have to actually know what they are doing too – you can’t just circulate keys online and call it a day.
That’s why we feel this award is something that our readers might benefit from; since understanding a service providers position on log-keeping and customer privacy is not easy and, it is often times a significant discriminator amongst providers, we thought this would be a great way to recognize those outstanding companies dedicated to protecting the privacy of their customers.
TorrentFreak, has just released an update to it’s article on which VPN service providers take customer-anonymity seriously. The first time this was done by TF was a few years ago, and it was a big hit. The comment section was rife with debate. Companies showed up to defend their reputations. After all, sales are stake! Some name-calling ensued, though we were unable to confirm if the thread did godwin. This was around the time that HMA fiasco hit the newspapers because a teenager was caught using the HMA VPN to hack Sony. Suddenly the logging policies at VPN service providers were in focus.
Keeping with this tradition, TF has reached out to a listing of service providers in 2014 to quiz them on their logging policy. We do the same here at VUR, every time we do a review, or every time we do an update. We also look at it independently, and wouldn’t you know….it’s amazing how the answer can change…and here again this year we have more drama. Again, even more reason to recognize those companies who do take your anonymity seriously by not keeping identifying logs.
In order to earn the VUR No Logs! distinction, a VPN service provider must clearly demonstrate the following:
First in the list of responses at TorrentFreak, Private Internet Access (PIA) states boldly, “We absolutely do not log any traffic or session data of any kind.” They go on to outline how their operations, security, and approach to the VPN service are built to protect customers privacy. The additional features offered by PIA VPN also increase customer privacy with an Internet Kill Switch and DNS Leak protection. Fitting then, PrivateInternetAccess.com earns the No Logs! award from VUR. Congratulations to the team at PIA VPN!
Here is how Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN earns our VUR No Logs! Award:
Now, for some of the fine print. We would be remiss to point out some criticisms, and some obvious complexities with a blanket “No Logs!” statement. Given the repeated instances of supposedly “secure and private” VPN data being used by 3rd parties, and the reality of the dynamics of network traffic…its damn near impossibru to make it all happen. That is to say, a VPN is not a panacea. Nor is a VPN that has earned the No Logs! award a super-panacea. You need to seriously consider using a VPN service for that multi-million dollar hack attempt against a global conglomerate. So fair-warning then, “No Logs!”, is no permission to run a muck. If that’s you’re thing we doubt you give a rats ass about the latest point-click OpenVPN interface anyway…but for everyone else, we feel confident that our VUR No Logs! award will recognize those outstanding VPN service providers committed to ensuring their customers privacy.
As we sort through the providers responses to TF, and compare them to our own, we will continue to post updates and recognize those outstanding VPN service providers. Keep checking back to see who earns the No Logs! Award distinction from VPNandUsenetReviews.com!
Don’t forget to check out our Editors Review of PrivateInternetAccess.com and see what other users have to say about their service.