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VPN services are now a standard tool for streaming or using torrents and downloads. But more and more people are also entrusting their general data to these providers in order to obtain a bit more privacy. Therefore, it is worth taking a critical look inside the service providers and services. We are offering it to our readers!
Our VPN test results are based on comparable criteria and we integrate the experiences of our readers in all reviews. Therefore, we offer you the most comprehensive and independent overview of many providers on the market. We are the only VPN comparison portal that also visits the VPN providers personally at their company locations and offices, completely incorruptibly and at our own expense, and collects otherwise unknown background information in the process. Soon all our pages will also be available on the Internet under the name “VPNTESTER.ORG”. Apart from that, you will also find some useful tools for security such as My IP address. The entire VPN Leak Test is also available on our site here.
Why should I trust your VPN tests?
We are academic mathematicians, computer scientists, sociologists and scientists. In other words, we are not people who only run the website to earn commissions or revenue from advertising. We all work for a company that has been successful in the field of data security and digitalisation for years and therefore also provides us with the time and financial resources to operate this website. Therefore, we guarantee that we provide the published information and the service completely independently of commissions, advertising or other sources of income!
Bypass website blocking
For quite some time now, politics has required internet providers to block media content in our countries. Provided it is not forbidden content, this is primarily not aimed at protecting the population but against the possibility of a free formation of opinion.
The fact that the other media do not protest loudly against this also shows their true nature and mission. It is no longer a matter of preserving democratic framework conditions, but of deliberately and intentionally preventing the population from forming its own opinion!
We have put together a number of ways in which you can circumvent the barriers that have been put in place. This is not illegal, although only a small number of people will do this in reality. But we do encourage everyone who decides to form their own opinion and even offer free services financed by us so that everyone can continue to obtain the right to this free formation of opinion.
Trust – Certified: “Trust-Level”
We are making “trust” visible and creating transparency with our unique certification.
You have to entrust your data to your VPN provider, which is why you should also know something about the background of the company, technology and also the contractual conditions of the provider. We question and check the VPN providers very carefully and ask for proof of statements. We display this data as a “trust level”. You can find the details of each service in the test reports.
The Trust Level Certification
- Regular security tests by VPNTESTER
VPNTESTER’s Trust level is a one-time certification that not only includes a complete test of all functions of the VPN services but also means that various tests such as the KillSwitch function test, the speed test and some others are repeated every fortnight. This way we guarantee the most up-to-date VPN test reports possible.
- Detailed background information
Additionally, the providers are asked 69 questions that revolve around the background of the companies, technical details and also the contract conditions. These must be answered personally and confirmed.
- Personal interviews and verification
As it is not enough, we visit the providers personally at their company locations, talk to the various departments of the companies and thus verify the information obtained.
Interviews with VPN providers
We are sure that personal interviews reveal the intentions of VPN providers. Since the choice of a VPN service is a question of trust, it is important to know the people involved better. With VPNTESTER OnTour we do exactly that and let our readers and viewers participate in our visits to the VPNs.
Questions from our readers, in person to the CEO of Surfshark!
We visited Surfshark VPN personally on 28 and 29 September 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania. There we were able to interact freely with all employees (200+) and all departments.
The founder of Surfshark, Vytautas Kaziukonis, was also available every day for questions and answers. Among other things, we asked him personally the questions of our readers.
You can see his personal answers in the video.
NordVPN Interview with Marijus, the CTO
We met Marijus, the technical director of NordVPN in Lithuania and had a conversation with him. We recorded a large part of it for our viewers. We also asked him questions from our readers personally in front of the camera, so that everyone can get an idea of the VPN service.
You can find more videos about NordVPN and the team on our English YouTube channel.
Perfect-Privacy VPN – The exclusive interview!
We met the staff of Perfect-Privacy VPN in Hamburg and were able to do the first interview ever with this VPN service. The VPN service that actually specialises in maximum privacy shows its personal face here. Many of the employees used to be hackers or activists at the ChaosComputerClub, hence the still noticeable but ideology-free activism in the company. Someone who really cares about the “data protection” of the customers.
The premiere of the first video is on our channel, too. It will be translated into English later.
OVPN conversation with the founder
We visited OVPN, the provider from Sweden, in Stockholm. In some very long conversations, we were able to find out more about the founder of OVPN and his personal motives. The provider was the first on the market to use RAM disk in its own servers and exclusively uses its own hardware. An exceptional visit to a very transparent company that David Widbergh leads.
More videos of our visit to Sweden can also be found on our YouTube channel.
VyprVPN interview with the CEO
The son of the founders and current CEO of the Swiss VPN service: VyprVPN, we met in Texas. Goldenfrog has more than 200 employees there and is constantly trying to improve the service. Why his parents founded this VPN back then and what difficulties one has today as a provider of anonymity services on the market, that’s what Sunday Yokubaitis tells us personally.
You can find more videos about VyprVPN in our English YouTube Channel.
The VPNTESTER team.
We have a common goal, and that is to provide you with the best possible information about VPN providers and the possibilities they offer. This means that we constantly revise our articles, constantly repeat the tests (e.g. VPN speed test, every 2 weeks with each service) and furthermore, we do everything to make sure that our readers really get all their questions answered.
That’s why you can reach us around the clock (unless we’re asleep, which rarely happens) and ask us questions, which we will answer personally and directly. We also help you directly by phone or with remote desktop tools to solve your problems.
Do we do all this for free?
If you appreciate our service, then you recommend it to others. We pay for every VPN access we use for testing and every tested router out of our own pocket. You can also use the links we provide to the providers, and in some cases, we receive a small one-time commission from the providers.
“Transparency” is very important to us, so don’t hesitate to ask us questions at any time!
Frequently asked questions about VPN services
Most often we hear from our readers that a certain provider surely does not “store log files”. In the vast majority of cases, however, this is complete nonsense. Even providers who do not store any log files but use “rented servers” are logged.
Many VPN tariffs are impossible WITHOUT log files!
In addition, doing without log files would already make them impossible for most VPN providers due to the tariff design. Every time a provider has a tariff that is limited in terms of time, data volume or also for use on a limited number of devices or connections, this simply MUST create “log files” about the use. Otherwise, this would not be technically possible!
A “virtual private network” that transfers the data from your device to a VPN server, encrypted and no longer visible to third parties. All data moving between these two devices is transmitted in an absolutely secure manner.
When using a VPN connection, third party access to your own data is thus made impossible. This means that even your own Internet provider, the network operator (school network, company network, etc.) or the local government can no longer see what you are doing on the Internet.
- Bypass geographic locks
In addition, the Internet is used via the location of the VPN server. Therefore, it can also be used to effectively bypass geographical or local blocks that prevent access to content. This can make it possible to access content from other countries at home while travelling or on holiday.
- Protection from hackers
The encrypted connection also prevents targeted “attacks” or “data theft”, which is why VPNs naturally also represent an important protection factor in foreign or public WLAN networks or other environments.
- Protection against warnings
Copyright problems are prevented, as it is no longer possible to track users through their own IP addresses. This also effectively prevents unjustified warnings or legal disputes. This can otherwise be very expensive, especially in the case of “streaming” or downloading and torrenting. In the meantime, however, even normally accessible streaming sites are being used by court orders to record users of the sites and users of kinox, serienstream or streamkiste, for example, will soon be threatened with warnings.
A VPN requires an internet connection
- A VPN does not replace internet access.
The data that is transferred between the user’s own device and a VPN server requires active internet access. VPN is not a substitute for an active internet connection but requires one.
VPN providers and VPNs in the company network
- VPN is a transmission technology that enables the secure transport of data between two locations via the Internet. This is used by companies, organisations and also governments in daily communication via the internet. Nevertheless, “commercial” VPN services are now also referred to as “VPNs” for short. These providers basically offer the same technology, but with the additional aim of “anonymising” the use of the internet for third parties as much as possible.
This website is primarily concerned with these commercial VPN providers.
How does a VPN service work?
If you have an internet connection, you usually connect to the internet provider, who then connects you to the internet and to websites and forwards your data and sends received data back to you. All your data communication will then be routed through your ISP’s server/router. This means that all your activities are traceable to this provider.
If you use a VPN service, you will establish another encrypted connection (also called a VPN tunnel) with a VPN server via the internet connection. This means that all data moving between your device and the VPN server is encrypted and no longer visible. Apart from you, only the VPN server can know this data. Your internet provider only sees the amount of data that is transferred between you and the VPN server. But no content.
This process has a number of effects:
- Your internet provider cannot see what you are doing on the internet. It cannot see this because the data is encrypted. It also no longer knows which websites you open or which other services you use on the internet. He only sees data that is encrypted and transmitted between the customer and a VPN server.
- This makes data retention or the recording of data that indicates usage behaviour impossible.
- For websites visited or services used, the user appears at the location of the VPN server.
- This makes it impossible to identify the user by IP address.