“What VPN Provider do you recommend?” is a frequent question that comes up in SNBForums. Everyone has their favorite and for different reasons. It is good to have many providers to select from. But wading through all of the options can be time consuming. In this article, I’ll provide a high level overview of what a VPN is, how some websites block known VPN providers, how TorGuard is able to overcome these blocks and why I use TorGuard as my VPN provider.
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a secure connection between two networks over the Internet.
Many businesses use VPNs to provide employees the ability to access company network resources securely while located outside the office. VPNs also allow companies to connect geographically separated offices, creating one cohesive network.
Individuals often use commercial VPN providers to access geo-restricted content, bypass censorship, hide browsing history from their Internet Service Provider, protect personal identity and location, and secure transmissions when using public Wi-Fi. Individuals can also use a VPN to access resources securely on their home network from remote locations.
What VPN do I use?
I first started using a commercial VPN service in January 2016 when I became an expat residing in SE Asia. My primary need was to stream media, enhance online security and provide me with the same look and feel of using the internet I was accustomed to in my home country. I first subscribed to Hola VPN. Shortly afterwards, news stories appeared regarding security issues with Hola’s VPN service. I immediately stopped using Hola and started looking for another provider.
I had only used my new provider for one month before a major streaming media provider started their clamp down on subscribers who use commercial VPN services. I was no longer able to stream content, even though my billing address was in the United States.
How Do Companies Block VPN Providers?
Websites and streaming media services are able to detect VPN providers by noting the IP address used by a subscriber. If the service detects many concurrent connections from the same IP address, they will flag the IP as a proxy server and block the connection.
I also had a similar issue using a shared VPN server with one financial website, which prevented me from performing a transaction. A shared VPN server may end up on a black list since hackers may use a commercial VPN provider to launch cyber-attacks against financial companies.
TorGuard to the Rescue!
TorGuard was the first VPN provider to develop a solution to bypass the blocking of proxies by streaming media companies, including Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer. Other providers may say they can circumvent the blocks, but results are mixed. It may work one day but not the next.
How does TorGuard do it?
TorGuard offers the option to purchase a dedicated Streaming IP address upon checkout. This provides the ability to circumvent the VPN blocks used by Netflix and others to block known VPN providers.
There are other reasons why I use TorGuard:
- Runs on multiple platforms and operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS
- OpenVPN client support on OpenWRT, Asuswrt, Asuswrt-Merlin, DD-WRT, Tomato, pfSense and Sabai Technologies router firmware
- 3000 plus servers located in 55 countries
- 24 x 7 x 365 Customer Support
- Unlimited Speeds and Bandwidth
- Up to 5 concurrent connections allowed
- Support for OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, SSTP and iKEV2 protocols
- Stealth VPN to bypass deep packet inspection used by the Great Firewall of China
- DNS Leak Protection
TorGuard supports all the platforms I have in my household. I have used the TorGuard client software on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows operating systems. In addition, I have used the OpenVPN client on DD-WRT, Asuswrt-Merlin, pfSense and OpenWRT router firmware to connect to TorGuard’s VPN servers in order to provide VPN to all network clients. Other providers fall short in their ability to support this many operating systems and platforms.
I have been a very satisfied customer myself for over two years. I have always received prompt, friendly and efficient customer service whenever I had a question. This past year, I started referring TorGuard to people who had issues with other VPN providers. I was able to obtain a 50% discount code that you use at checkout. The discount code applies to the current subscription purchase and automatic renewals.
How to Sign-up With TorGuard
Visit the TorGuard website.
Scroll down the page. In the Anonymous VPN box, select the BUY VPN NOW!
There are two options on this page to choose.
Choose the billing cycle you desire. Per month costs go down considerably when you select the Biennially or Annual Plan when compared to the other plans. In the configurable options section, select “x1 Streaming IP” for the Regular Dedicated IP US. Select the Add to Cart and Checkout.
Enter the Promotional Code TGLifetime50 before checkout to receive the 50 percent discount on this and all future subscription renewals.
You will receive a confirmation email from TorGuard after your subscription order has completed processing.
To obtain your Streaming IP address, create a support ticket on the TorGuard website. Request a geographical location that is closest to your physical location to minimize network latency. The AES-128-GCM cipher and SHA1 Hash Algorithm gives me the best performance.
Having a VPN is necessary to help protect your privacy and security while online, and overcoming geo-location blocking and internet censorship. There are many VPN providers available to select from. The primary reason I selected TorGuard is their ability to overcome VPN blocks put in place by streaming media services and websites when others could not. TorGuard also stands out from the pack with their support for a wide variety of platforms and operating systems. Other providers fall short in this area. These are the reasons why I have been a very satisfied TorGuard customer for over two years.