The first question you might ask is, “Why did you create your own VPN service?“. The answer is pretty simple: I don’t trust any VPN service providers, and I’m not alone in my view. This article sums up many of my thoughts on the subject: https://theconversation.com/is-your-vpn-secure-109130 . The CryptoLab VPN Service was born out of the need for a secure, no-logs, easy-to-use VPN. Many people have asked me what I think of a particular VPN provider. I could never tell anyone I thought one was better then another because I didn’t like any of them. If you think a low-priced VPN company isn’t treating you as the product, you might want to think again.
Taken from a GritDaily.com article:
The Risks of Using a VPN
While VPNs might seem like the logical solution, with a paltry cost of a few dollars a month and a promise never to share your activity, the reality is very few of these services actually keep their word. In fact, if you fail to pick the right VPN provider, the privacy cure you’ve been looking for might be worse than your ISP in the first place. With millions of people downloading VPNs to protect themselves, this is something to take seriously.
In the first academic review of the VPN market, researchers around the world examined and tested almost 300 VPN apps. The results were frightening. Almost 50% of VPN apps inserted malvertising and other malware onto the user’s device. And almost 20% failed to encrypt their user’s activity.
To make matters worse, for some users at least, many VPNs can’t reliably unblock Netflix and others will slow down your internet speeds solely to encourage you to buy a faster plan. Perhaps most disturbingly of all, one provider (VPN Hola), even sold its users’ bandwidth for profit. This is a practice they openly admitted on their website.
The core of the CryptoLab VPN Service is the Algo VPN server. If you don’t want to pay for the CryptoLab VPN Service, you can simply install one of your own. You can also read more about why I chose Algo as the foundation for the service.
So, what do you get when you sign up for the service? You get 5 concurrent connections to 6 different VPNs located around the globe. Five out of the six connections offer ad blocking.
|Location||Ad Blocking||Encrypted DNS|
Above, you can see what you get with the service. Now let’s talk about what you don’t get.
- No logging, EVER. The Algo servers I install run on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux with all logging at the server level disabled. All logging at the Algo VPN server level has also been disabled. Some VPN providers say “No Logging”, but which logging are they talking about. There are multiple levels of logging, server level, user level, application level (VPN software), etc.
- No congested VPN connections. There is a limit to the number that will be allowed to purchase the service. You will only be sharing this VPN service with 45 other paying customers. This does not mean there will be 45 users on a single VPN. It means that there could be a fraction of those users connected to the same VPN you might be using at any given time.
- No proprietary software. Algo (VPN server) and WireGuard (VPN client) are both open source and have nothing to hide and have been peer-reviewed.
- No Ads. Ad blocking is enabled on all VPN connections, except Dallas.
- No data harvesting. I make money selling you a service, not selling your data.
- Decentralized VPN service. Each VPN server is stand-alone and has no idea of any of the other VPN servers. There is no centralized server or database.
What can I expect from you when I order the service?
- Great customer service with any VPN issue you might experience.
- Use of 6 different VPN connections with static IP addresses.
- Limited number of users sharing your VPN service.
- Secure download area for VPN configuration files.
- Clear instructions and documentation to help you understand how the service works.
How much is the service?
I’m not trying to compete with the larger VPN providers. I know I have a unique boutique service that is small enough to fly under the radar of most “bad actors”. I’m not looking to add hundreds of users to the service. I aim to serve a select crypto group.
The current price is $159/year. A 10% discount is applied if you pay in crypto. If you wish to pay in Crypto, you will need to place your order on TheBitcoinAcademy.net.
Is your current VPN provider good enough?
That’s a very good question to ask yourself. Since most VPN providers are not transparent, it’s hard to judge. You’ll need to do your own research to understand how a company handles your private data. You are passing the trust of this data monitoring from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to your VPN provider. Who do you trust more?
Here are 2 article to help you understand how important it is to select a reputable VPN provider.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – Choosing the VPN That’s Right for You
VPN Comparison (promoted, but not endorsed by EFF). https://thatoneprivacysite.net/#simple-vpn-comparison
Tell me more about the service
Algo servers are quick to set up and even quicker to take down. The theory that I subscribe to is Change is good. The current list of VPN connection cities will be dynamic rather than static. There is no set schedule for changes. If I find that one server is not being utilized I may remove it from service and replace it with another location. If I feel, for any reason, that one our VPNs is being monitored, I will remove it and replace it with another location. You will be notified and new VPN config files will be sent out to you.
So, now you are thinking, “If you don’t log things, how do you know if a VPN server is not being used?” I don’t log things, but I do monitor the servers. Below is a screen shot of a few things I monitor: CPU, Disk IO and network traffic usage. This monitoring is done at VPS-provider level and not something that is running on the server. You can also view the VPN monitoring page for VPN uptime.