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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Trustworthy VPN Service?

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the mowing-the-astroturf dept.

Networking 193

New submitter Cheeze ball writes "I've recently moved to Europe and I'd like to setup a VPN so I can get Hulu, Netflix, and a few other services. I've found plenty of sites offering cheap VPN services, but they all seem just a tad too shady. Searching for any reviews on them only brings up pages of positive reviews on sites whose only content is said review. Does anyone have any suggestions on reliable reasonably safe VPN?"

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Run your own (4, Informative)

dskoll (99328) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629615)

Get a cheap colocated server in the US and then run OpenVPN or whatever flavor of VPN you prefer.

Re:Run your own (4, Informative)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629639)

You can get a vm at rackspace for about $11 a month: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/cloud_hosting_products/servers/pricing/ [rackspace.com]

Or of course, there is always the ever popular Amazon..

Re:Run your own (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629739)

Yep. I'd get a free tier amazon ec2 machine and set up openvpn there. 15GB traffic is free and since you pay both in and out, it's 7.5GB/month vpn traffic. Good for a few movies, but after than you'll pay regular amazon traffic rates.

Re:Run your own (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629793)

But beware that $11/month doesn't include bandwidth charges. Streaming video might add substantially to that bill.

Uhhh, if you are in the UK I might consider a trade....

Re:Run your own (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629799)

That price doesn't include any bandwidth, you pay per gb for bandwidth on top of that price.

Re:Run your own (3, Informative)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629885)

Downloading 30Gb with it (since you only pay outgoing bandwith) adds about $4 to the bill for the month. You do pay for bandwidth, but it isn't very much.

Re:Run your own (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629987)

Its important to point out that at a couple bucks per movie you're rapidly approaching "blueray at the local redbox" prices.
This isn't relevant to the original european requester, but its still interesting.

Re:Run your own (1)

Cajun Hell (725246) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630559)

Its important to point out that at a couple bucks per movie you're rapidly approaching "blueray at the local redbox" prices.

But without all the Blu-Ray bullshit. The total cost to user could even exceed renting Blu-Rays and still be a preferable alternative. Depending on one's peeves, Blu-Rays which have lots of ads would have to become free-as-in-beer in order to become competitive.

Re:Run your own (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39631029)

Yes I do agree that generally, torrents are a better product, less DRM and less advertising, and some media is only released to certain countries... Just make sure to do it for that reason, not out of some misguided idea of saving money.

Re:Run your own (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630269)

The same rackspace from the other day that allowed an unauthorized user to access another's account and transfer several domains, and then offered a paltry half month of free hosting as compensation?

Re:Run your own (3, Insightful)

1s44c (552956) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630405)

The same rackspace from the other day that allowed an unauthorized user to access another's account and transfer several domains, and then offered a paltry half month of free hosting as compensation?

Yes, that same rackspace.

Is there a list of providers that never fucked up somewhere? Because I personally don't know of any.

I had a lot of trust in Linode until the recent BitCoin Heist revealed that any machine could have been raided. I trusted Hetzner until I heard of some abuse of their admin tools.

Re:Run your own (3, Insightful)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630567)

The same rackspace from the other day that allowed an unauthorized user to access another's account and transfer several domains, and then offered a paltry half month of free hosting as compensation?

If all you install is OpenVPN, what do you care? Machine compromised? Reinstall the whole thing with a different set of keys. Problem solved.

I'd say that for this purpose a hosting company that is not too rigid on the procedures is all the better.

Re:Run your own (4, Informative)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630579)

That's too much. Check out lowendbox [lowendbox.com] and find something you like.

Since you don't need disk space, much RAM or CPU then you should be able to find something that will work for less than $20 a year. They usually come with a fair amount of bandwidth.

Re:Run your own (4, Interesting)

hodet (620484) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629669)

I just run a cheap VPS and tunnel through SSH. its like $10 a month. You can get VPS in any country you need to originate from.

Re:Run your own (1)

unclebob79 (2614633) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630705)

Good idea. But you can only tunnel traffic originating from programs supporting the SOCKS protocol, right ?

Re:Run your own (1)

1s44c (552956) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630365)

Get a cheap colocated server in the US and then run OpenVPN or whatever flavor of VPN you prefer.

That's exactly what I was going to say with the exception that I would recommend a cheap virtual server not a colocated or dedicated machine.

Re:Run your own (1)

wisty (1335733) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630509)

Most of the advantages of VPNs (fast disk IO, admin rights) are kind of irrelevant for this. Of course, you'll hammer their bandwidth, so they might block you for that.

Re:Run your own (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630479)

Get a cheap colocated server in the US and then run OpenVPN or whatever flavor of VPN you prefer.

A quality USA (American) VPN service permits Internet users to securely connect to a remote server based in the USA and access their favorite USA only streaming and other websites.
I am using Pure VPN and enjoy my favorite USA Internet TV Channels like Netflix, Hulu, Roku Box, Pandora, ABC, CBS, NBC etc. from anywhere in the world. Currently its Price is $9.99/month, gives 14 servers in different countries as well as 24/hr customer support.
There are many others VPN Providers offers quality and dedicated USA VPN [bestvpnservice.com] servers like, IAPS, Strong VPN famous for best vpn services.

Re:Run your own (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630853)

I setup my own personal service using DNS and a transparent HTTP proxy, along with a PAC file to send certain requests to the proxy.

The content Netflix shows you is based on which location you appear to be coming from. For instance, you can reuse your existing Netflix account from Canada and access US-only content.

VPS FTW (1)

expat.iain (1337021) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629617)

Get a UK based VPS service and terminate your VPN there.

Re:VPS FTW (1)

expat.iain (1337021) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629619)

s/UK/US/

Hey, Man, I've got FIVE kids to FEED! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629633)

"We need a program of psychosurgery and political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated.

The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective.

Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electrical stimulation of the brain."

Dr. Jose Delgado
Director of Neuropsychiatry
Yale University Medical School
Congressional Record No. 26, Vol. 118, February 24, 1974

Is it legal? (1)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629675)

Is this thing legal? I can imagine the local MPAA-lookalike not being happy that someone gets their streaming service from abroad.
And, if it's legal... as an European, how can I sign up for that?

Re:Is it legal? (4, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629869)

There's practically zero chance of them finding out. They would need to somehow know that the IP address of the VPN server is illegitimate (that's pretty unlikely already), and then convince that VPN service to hand over your personally identifiable information.

And if they do catch you, what crime do they have you for? Violation of the terms of service?

Re:Is it legal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630101)

I have seen people go to jail for violating a TOS agreement. Here in the US, TOS violation can be considered as unauthorized use/computer trespass.

Since the UK extradites on a whim, it is highly unlikely it might happen, but the possibility exists.

Re:Is it legal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39631091)

No you have not. A ToS violation is the breaking of a contract -- a civil matter. You can get sued for breach of contract, but you cannot go to jail.

Re:Is it legal? (2)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629905)

AIUI using a VPN, proxy or similar service to access the internet is not in itself illegal. However if you use it to access sites that are supposed to be geographically restricted then you are likely to be breaking the terms of service of those sites. This then raises the quesiton of whether those terms of service form a legally enforceable contract.

For pay services you are also likely to need a US payment method.

Re:Is it legal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630105)

as long as he's watching anonymously (without signing up) there's no contract.

Re:Is it legal? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630187)

Legal? Well, if you're concerned about that - or anonymity - you should probably be looking a VPNs which accept Bitcoin in payment. *Those* are the providers that actually care about protecting their clients. Here's a list:

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade#Connectivity

Bitcoin does have its uses...

Re:Is it legal? (3, Insightful)

fearofcarpet (654438) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630505)

What really irks me about geographical restrictions is their totalitarian approach. I keep a permanent address in the US along with a few bank accounts and whatnot. But if I subscribe to a US-based service with my American address and bank account, I'm only allowed to use it while I'm physically within the US. I understand the reasoning--that stuff airs abroad at different times and with different distribution/carrier agreements--but as far as Hulu or Netflix is concerned, I live in the US and just travel 99% of the time... I mean, I still have to file US taxes (because taxes are based on citizenship and residence, so I get to file taxes in two countries) but PayPal/Hulu/Netflix/etc. throw a temper tantrum unless I log in through a US-based VPN... Anyway, it seems unlikely that a citizen living abroad who pays for a streaming service in their own country would be extradited for violating the TOS; more likely to happen to someone re-selling access or broadcasting it in a pub or something.

Re:Is it legal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630443)

It's likely against someone's terms and conditions.

For one person who is watching stuff he would be allowed to watch in his home country - who cares? It's not like the guy is trying to pirate this stuff on torrent networks or inviting hundreds of people around his house to watch it.

Roll Your Pwn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629685)

Micro instances on Amazon EC2 are super cheap. This begs for a "roll your own" type of solution.

DIY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629699)

Buy a VPS to build VPN service by yourself,
or just ask a friend at US for sharing network connection ( many home router with OpenWRT/DD-WRT can be a VPN server)

WiTopia, TunnelBear (4, Informative)

jaffray (6665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629711)

I've been using WiTopia a little over a year and had no problems with it.

BoingBoing recently posted a link to TunnelBear, which has several positive reputable reviews.

Re:WiTopia, TunnelBear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629847)

I have used WiTopia for two years now. I am very happy with the service and it is less than $10 a month with tons of servers available.

Re:WiTopia, TunnelBear (1)

Blahah (1444607) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630439)

I also use Witopia from the UK. It has about 30 different servers you can connect to in different cities around the world - I use it all day to listen to Pandora and occasionally watch Hulu. Also good for watching the BBC from abroad and watching Japanese channels from the UK.

Excellent service all-round - high speeds and a choice of four VPN protocols.

VPS should work (2)

CmdrEdem (2229572) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629719)

You can use basic VPS service (I use vps.net myself for my site hosting and works fine), set up a Linux distro you like and use Putty on your machine to tunnel over. And there you go: Secure VPN.

Astrill (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629725)

I live in China and use Astrill (www.astrill.com). It's cheap and stable. I run Netflix, stream from NBC, and occasionally Skype with it. Streaming video like Netflix is smooth, but the quality isn't super high. So far my only real complaint is that they have a client software that sits on your desktop. Good luck!

Unblock Us (5, Interesting)

titten (792394) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629751)

I've been using http://unblock-us.com/ [unblock-us.com] for a few months (not affiliated in any way), and I like their approach. You change the DNS servers in your router, and it directs the traffic for you. That way, you can use Netflix et.al from devices that don't support VPN clients (like your smart TV/XBOX/AppleTV etc).

Re:Unblock Us (1)

scyph (153674) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630023)

Seconded.

As it's DNS based routing (requests for US-centric services get proxied via their US servers), not *all* your traffic goes via the VPN, so if you happen to have 100M cable to your house, you're not throttled by the limitations of routing everything via the VPN's bandwidth. And, as titten says, it enables it across all devices on your network (assuming you configure your router to use their DNS servers), not just the VPN initator; it 'just works'.

Re:Unblock Us (5, Interesting)

fearofcarpet (654438) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630369)

A friendly warning from experience: I have lived in Europe for about as long as Hulu has existed and have found them to be incredibly aggressive at blocking free and pay-for proxies/VPNs. I tried all sorts different services and eventually each was blocked by Hulu, usually within 3-6 months. None of the others, mind you--Netflix, and and all the networks and studios continue to work. (And most use some sort of region-checking URL as a gateway, meaning you can direct just that one connection through the proxy, and then stream at full-speed.) I certainly hope unblock-us continues to evade Hulu (and I like the DNS approach), but if you use Hulu a lot, I would start looking for Plan B now, just to be safe.

TPB FTW (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629761)

Actually, The Pirate Bay has its own VPN service, which costs 5 eur a month. Though I don't, personally, use it (yet), I think that if I was to trust someone for VPN service, it sure as hell would be TPB. It's called IPredator (.se)

Re:TPB FTW (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630431)

It's in Sweden, though, so it doesn't work as a way to access Netflix & etc.

Why! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629763)

Why go through all that trouble just to watch crappy, advertising-riddled American TV? You're in Europe! I don't understand why anyone would *want* to watch US TV unless they had no other choice (meaning, they live in the US).

Re:Why! (1, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629809)

I don't watch US TV and I DO live in the US.

Go enjoy Europe.

Re:Why! (5, Funny)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630073)

Why go through all that trouble just to watch crappy, advertising-riddled American TV? You're in Europe! I don't understand why anyone would *want* to watch US TV unless they had no other choice (meaning, they live in the US).

Just watch BBC and see what will be on US TV in a few years.

Re:Why! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630577)

Why go through all that trouble just to watch crappy, advertising-riddled American TV? You're in Europe! I don't understand why anyone would *want* to watch US TV unless they had no other choice (meaning, they live in the US).

DUDE! Where else can I watch night after night of uninformative TV documentaries about the Jersey Shore????

Relax... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629767)

Why do you actually care about security if you're just streaming video over it? Really?

Netflix is now available for UK and Ireland (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629777)

...and on top of that, there's also Lovefilm from amazon. Which country are you based on?

One good one (2)

jjp9999 (2180664) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629805)

Well, keep in mind just about any of them would give your data over if the authorities came knocking, but I know HotSpot Shield doesn't store user IP info (just don't use their free service - puts a big ad on every page you visit). So in other words, even if the authorities came to their door and offered them a billion dollars for your IP, they wouldn't be able to give it because they don't have it. But they have said they would start storing IPs if a law were passed saying they had to.

Or not Re:One good one (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630437)

So in other words, even if the authorities came to their door and offered them a billion dollars for your IP, they wouldn't be able to give it because they don't have it.

But they would have your payment information...

Re:Or not Re:One good one (2)

bendodge (998616) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630629)

Remember Hushmail? Turns out they were logging traffic after all. I would never trust a random VPN to not log traffic.

I'm currently at a university and don't bother running a VPN, but I'd check out AirVPN [airvpn.org] . They allow you to pay with BitCoin, so that they don't even have your payment information.

Amazon EC2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629811)

Kind of like what dskoll said, but you could use Amazon EC2 for free for a year if you make your server the minimal configuration that is free tier eligible. Just spin up a Ubuntu Server instance and toss Openvpn server on there.

http://www.prq.se/ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629839)

In their own words:

Welcome to PRQ! We are a specialized hosting and internet service provider, located in Sweden, a free-speech haven. We serve a growing community of international clients with special needs.

Confused...and performance is a problem... (2, Informative)

Shoten (260439) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629877)

Okay, for one thing, I'm trying to figure out why you're worried about "safe". Your intent is to watch Netflix and Hulu with the VPN service? What are you worried about? Yes, I know...both take credit cards...but they do so over SSL.

Your biggest problem will be throughput, and potentially latency. A VPN does not help with network performance, and neither does adding more hops to the route that the traffic will have to follow...especially when the server with be US-based and you'll be on the other side of the pond in Europe. So whatever service you do look at, make sure that they will be able to keep the data flowing at the bandwidth rates you need, and without causing problems from latency. And remember...latency and bandwidth are kind of related, but not the same thing. You can have high latency on a huge pipe, and low latency on a skinny one.

Re:Confused...and performance is a problem... (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630135)

Sometimes a VPN or proxy can help with network performance:
a) The ISP is throttling certain traffic, and the VPN masks it.
b) The normal route path could be by what is cheapest or most convenient for the ISPs involved not what is fastest for your traffic. A VPN could force the use of a better path.

Re:Confused...and performance is a problem... (1)

acoustix (123925) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630603)

This has nothing to do with security and everything to do with him wanting to watch US programming in Europe, which is not allowed by Netflix and Hulu. This is why he needs to tunnel through a US-based IP address.

Re:Confused...and performance is a problem... (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630671)

Latency is a problem when you're waiting for keystrokes or weapons fire to be transmitted 'twixt server and client, but it is a total non-issue while watching streaming video with a buffer measured in minutes.

BlackVPN (1)

ReeceTarbert (893612) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629887)

I've been using BlackVPN.com [blackvpn.com] for 2 years and it's €5.00 a month or €13.00 for 3 months for a single server (i.e. tied to a specific geographic location) but they offer several different packages ingluding "global" for €9.50 a month.

Just a word to the wise: they don't like P2P traffic on the US server -- actually I think it's disabled altogether, as I couldn't even update WoW through that. ;-)

RT.

Try using a Proxy Server (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629897)

There should be lots of Proxy Servers you could sign up for, even some free public ones - http://www.publicproxyservers.com/ .

android (1)

mstrminus (2612145) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629901)

I followed the route of cheap VPS/Amazon/Rackspace Cloud and I found out the hard way that my android ICS tablet did not work with L2TP/IPSEC PSK vpns. You didn't mention if you were using Linux, Android, IOS or Win 7. PPTP/GRE VPNs worked great however, as did port forwarding SSH. You could also use a squid proxy on those setups, but that just makes it more complicated.

Re:android (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630389)

i think you must be doing it wrong.

I've had the L2TP/IPSec/X.509 stuff working just fine with Racoon/xl2tpd on Linux. Ditto just Racoon with the iPhone.

Could be Amazon is blocking something.

StrongVPN (2)

Sepodati (746220) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629907)

I've been using StrongVPN (OpenVPN) on a Buffalo G300NH loaded with DD-WRT and haven't had any issues. Works great from Belgium for Netflix, Pandora and web browsing. I chose the router solution so that the Roku, iPhone, and Wii can always be on the VPN and the laptops/desktops can be switched back and forth. I have another wireless router that provides local Internet.

Streaming works great here, too. The kids are always watching something on Netflix. I'll sit outside by the fire with a cigar for a couple of hours and Pandora streams the entire time. Depends on your location in Europe and ISP, of course...

-John

Re:StrongVPN (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630159)

I've been using StrongVPN for about a year and have had only one outage. My DSL goes down more than StrongVPN (reliablehosting.com is the provider). The service is cheap and the customer service is really great. I run it through my Asus router so I always have an American wi-fi network in my house. I have no hesitation in recommending StrongVPN.

Re:StrongVPN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630311)

You should use OpenWRT and support real open source!

Re:StrongVPN (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630763)

I also use StrongVPN. Very reliable and relatively cheap. I don't access netflix or hulu through them however. For lighter traffic, yeah, I'd just roll my own on Amazon's EC2 free tier.

That's definitely one thing to check no matter who you go with. Some content providers & file lockers block the corporate VPN IPs. Look at the forums and see if your choice for VPN service is being blocked by any service you want to use before you sign up.

private tunnel (1)

pamri (251945) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629913)

I have used Private tunnel [privatetunnel.com] to connect to Hulu and similar services. It is offered by OpenVPN Technologies, the company behind OpenVPN, is quite fast compared to other offerings and the pricing [privatetunnel.com] is based on data usage as opposed to monthly plans, so it works out cheaper if you just want to use it occasionally to watch a few shows.

You're using it for Hulu and Netflix, safety, WTF? (2)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629925)

If the primary purpose of the VPN is just location spoofing who cares if its safe? Go with the cheapest option, don't give them a direct credit card payment (ie PayPal, a temporary card number, or a one time card) and use the one that works. If you need to do something 'secure' over that VPN double down and use SSL.

The evil hackers in Slobenia aren't interested in your Netflix queue.

Re:You're using it for Hulu and Netflix, safety, W (1)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629937)

Furthermore, if its location spoofing for US-services the VPN has to terminate in the US. We have laws and a mostly functional society over here. Thats a huge protection.

Re:You're using it for Hulu and Netflix, safety, W (1)

dargaud (518470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630571)

For location spoofing, I've heard about tunnelbear [tunnelbear.com] by boingboing members, but I haven't used it.

Re:You're using it for Hulu and Netflix, safety, W (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630195)

Not OP, but it seems rather obvious that he's concerned about his prospective VPN/VPS "neighbors"..

People do use these services for various shady activities, and if a guy is using e.g. a legit Netflix account /w his real name and such, he'd probably prefer not to have the hardware seized and examined by the cops (thus becoming a suspect / accessory) because someone else on the service was using it for illegal purposes.

Perfect-Privacy.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39629927)

I would highly recommend perfect-privacy.com. They have gigabit servers in the US and Europe and don't keep any logs. They also support many types of tunnels (SSH, OpenVPN, L2TP-IPSEC, PPTP, SQUID, SOCKS5) and allow multiple connections with one account so you can cascade your connections. They offer dynamic port forwarding for P2P applications but everyone shares the same server IP so It's still completely anonymous. I've been using them for over 3 years and will never use another service. (Went through 3 or 4 before finding PP) They even have a bandwidth status page so you can check and see what servers are being hammered before you connect. I regularly pull 4+ MB/s connecting from the US to Europe. I had some 2nd thoughts about the legitimacy of the service until I heard about the servers in Paris being shut down because of spammers. They pleaded on their online forum for the person to stop but they couldn't ban the user because they REALLY don't keep logs.

purevpn (1)

csrster (861411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629967)

I've been using purevpn for a couple of years, mostly to the UK although they also have servers in the US. They're cheap and reasonably reliable. You could just buy a one-month trial subscription ($6) and see how they work out for you.

I live in China 6 months a year (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 2 years ago | (#39629979)

I use http://www.vpnmakers.com/ [vpnmakers.com] - cheap, reliable, works great for streaming content, plenty of speed. Month-to-month billing as well, pay only when you need it ($4.85 per month).

Use GetMyLAN and BarracudaDrive on cheap VPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630083)

When I was in Europe I used GetMyLAN and BarracudaDrive as the backend server. You have plenty of low end boxes. I paid $15 a year for my server. Check out the silver plan: http://yourvz.com/

GetMyLAN:
http://barracudaserver.com/products/GetMyLAN/

Re:Use GetMyLAN and BarracudaDrive on cheap VPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630209)

BTW, if you make a mistake and visit hulu without using a VPN, you get all sorts of cookies that make it impossible to visit hulu via the VPN when configured. You must clear all these cookies. I presume they have some intelligence on the server e.g. travelling to Europe with a laptop takes longer than the few seconds you use when switching from non VPN to VPN :-)

Re:Use GetMyLAN and BarracudaDrive on cheap VPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630829)

i've had wifi problems and got disconnected, but as soon as i got my vpn back up, streaming came back no cookies no nothing..

Get a cheap virtual server (1)

Helliana (2614613) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630141)

I'd just use a virtual private server in the US and OpenVPN. The server i use is from datarealm.com and is $5 US a month for 100GB of traffic. If you think you need more than that, larger packages that are also fairly cheap. Seems to be really nice support whenever i have needed it.

Re:Get a cheap virtual server (1)

unclebob79 (2614633) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630769)

OpenVPN is so hard to setup, dont you think? :-(

Logmein Hamagachi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630203)

Logmein Hamagachi, easy to setup and works like a champ. Use the "Gateway" option and it's just like a VPN and gives you the ability for 8 nodes for free and has a decent latency

HMA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630271)

Hide My Ass is probably the best VPN service around, they offer around 22000 IPs at the moment. If you're only location spoofing no feds are going to come after you. If you're doing illegal things then break out Tor, because no VPN service won't bow to a court order.

Re:HMA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630873)

Tried it. My bandwidth took a major nosedive with HideMyAss. The best performance I've found on my VPN service search is VyprVPN. They've got 8-servers scattered around the globe and most give my bandwidth only a minor hit.

WTF? (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630455)

You want to pay money, so you can use services that the providers of which deem you unworthy to have, just because you currently reside in europe...

Why would you want to continue supporting companies that discriminate against you like that?

Reliable and cheap VPN service (1)

kangpeh (875381) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630485)

I use Private Internet Access. They are the sponsors of Freenode.net. https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ [privateint...access.com]

Re:Reliable and cheap VPN service (1)

realrasengan (2594951) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630561)

Thanks

Doesn't make much sense if you are using banks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630513)

Okay, if all you are looking for is a redirection to Netflix, I guess you will do fine with any service. Just use end-to-end encryption (https, etc.) for anything that involves secrets, which you are probably already doing anyway. Shadiness doesn't mean much in this context.

For other uses though, a little obfuscation is essential. Not using a payment method that can be linked to your identity is a good start (cash, Bitcoin or in some cases prepaid cards might be suitable). Also, adding more hops might prove useful if your IP address is statically assigned to your person. This would increase latency but shouldn't decrease throughput.

I recommend AlwaysVPN (1)

jchevali (171711) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630535)

I use AlwaysVPN and I would recommend it. They charge by GB rather than by month. If you're an occasional user that works out cheaper than most, as the bandwidth you buy from AlwaysVPN never expires.

BTGUARD (1)

Subratik (1747672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630677)

I use BTGuard; I might be a noob because I haven't done much research on the company but I always get about 1MB ps dl from their netherland's server (i live in PA, USA).. .they also have servers in the US, France, and Germany I think??

it's 9.95 a month, and it does allow you to just pay once if you'd like so you don't get stuck with bothering about ending the subscription come end of the month.

vpntunnel (1)

timbo234 (833667) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630729)

I've had reasonably good experiences with vpntunnel.se so far using BBC iPlayer from Germany and torrent downloads (there's a plague of speculative invoicing currently in Germany so if you download from TPB et al you need a VPN). It's 5 Euro/month or less if you sign up for longer, you can pay by paypal and a few other methods.

They have had some reliability issues in the past though so I'd only sign up for a month and try it.

Why bother? Just pirate it. (5, Insightful)

Cajun Hell (725246) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630789)

The reason you can't use Netflix and Hulu is that the copyright holders have insisted that your money is no good. If they knew some of the money they were receiving was coming from you, they would be furious and look for any way possible to force you to take it back. They're already pissed off enough that Americans are still paying them, and they're constantly working on ways to make us stop.

Bittorrent avoids the problem. Why keep fighting to pay someone who doesn't want your business, when even greater interoperability (anything can play a avi/mp4/mkv file), higher bitrate, better uptime/reliability, and lower bills? They don't want anyone as customers, but especially you.

Either switch to piracy, or come to terms with the fact that you will be playing a constant game of cat-and-mouse and escalating arms races in order to do business with someone who is playing the same game with the goal of avoiding doing business. This is Hollywood we're talking about, who practically invented the idea of accounting tricks to avoid profits. Now that everyone sees through the fraudulent accounting, the endgame is to make the lack of revenue real and if you fight them by paying, you are picking a fight with the very best, most highly experienced, brilliant losers. I don't care how bad-ass you think you are, with your tricks to make a suicidal industry have revenue against its will, but you are likely out-matched. Get realistic.

VPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630857)

I use amerinoc, i got 10tb transfer per month, a small 256mb ram 10gb hdd xen vm. got linux on it and made a simple pptp vpn with no encryption. my friends and i use it to watch hulu, play some geolocked games and the like. it was on sale when i bought it 48 usd for a year...

thers a perfect webservice for you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39630907)

the webservice www.premiumize.me has specialised in exactly your demand.

they offer you a proxy server that automatically routes you via the appropriate country to access those services.

the great thing about premiumize.me is that they do not only offer usa servers but als servers i many other countries and automatically pick the right server.

so you have just one proxy and they route the traffic transparently.

you can also connect to special proxies located in the target countries if you want to access a site that is not officially supported by them, however in this case i recommend writing a support ticket with the request to add the servie you wish to use. they usually implement it within 1-3 days.

i am using the service for quite a while now and i am totally satisfied, therefore i recommend it.

premiumize.me also offers access to a lot of other sites as a premium user (for example rapidshare and a lot of other hosters)

HideMyAss.com (1)

hedronist (233240) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630971)

We have a niece in Australia who is using HideMyAss.com [hidemyass.com] with Netflix and Hulu and she says it works great. Her boyfriend is German and he tested it at home before meeting her Down Under. They have proxy servers all over the place, so this doesn't just work for content on U.S. servers.

HMA is under US$7/month if you do a yearly contract. A lot easier/cheaper than setting up/maintaining your own.

Use StrongVPN (1)

Taylor123456789 (1354177) | more than 2 years ago | (#39630993)

I live in France and use StrongVPN for Hulu and Netflix. They are reasonable, have actually helpful 24 hour customer service on chat, and sell a preconfigured VPN Cisco gigabit router to share the VPN with the whole house (which they support). They also have good troubleshooting tools, and lots of servers to choose from. It took some patience to get it setup properly but now it's running smoothly. I recommend them. If you buy the router, I also recommend you upgrade to their OpenVPN servers.

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