The end of the year is approaching quickly bringing reflections on the year past. Reading about the ‘Group Writing Project: 2009 in Review’ hosted by Daniel Scocco on his Daily Blog Tips blog – I decided to list seven VPN services 2009 that were launched in the last year and helped a lot of people to:
- Overcome censorship in countries like China, Iran, UAE, etc.
- Access blocked and geo-restricted websites
- Watch Hulu.com, Pandora.com, ABC.com, BBC.co.uk from anywhere
- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices and ISP hubs.
- Hide your IP address for your privacy online
World’s most famous BitTorrent network ThePirateBay launched in June 2009 its own VPN service. Unlike any other VPN service, IPREDATOR assures that no user activity logs of any kind are stored. The VPN service was designed to give you a private and 100% secure internet access. It uses 128bit encryption to make sure that no one, not even your IPS, is able to peek in your data transfers.
The name of the service mocks the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) legislation which empowers copyright holders to get personal details of file-sharing users from ISP’s.
HideIpVPN was launched in September 2009 and it’s a very popular VPN service, according to Hide-IP-Tools.com. The service hides your IP address (using VPN technology) and exposes UK or US IP addresses instead of your real one. This allows you to unblock a lost of restricted sites and protect your online privacy.
One of the most appreciated features of HideIpVPN service is that it offers 100 free accounts each month.
Ace VPN is a VPN service that you can use to privately and securely surf and download on the internet without leaving a trace and/or being tracked. Besides the free version that is by invitation only, Ace VPN offers a premium service for $5/month. AceVPN allows P2P traffic only for premium accounts.
AceVPN requests their users to limit the upload and the download speed to 100kbps so that it does not affect other users on the network.
ItsHidden is a free VPN that works on BitTorrent (BT) traffic including uploading and downloading transfer. Thus, it’s useful for users who torrent traffic been throttled by their ISP, or users who need to hide for anti-piracy organizations from sharing copyrighted materials.
TheFreeVPN is a free service that lets users surf the web privately also allowing them to bypass internet censorship. Unfortunately, it comes with a price: annoying ads. You can choose from 3 US servers (one special for watching Hulu), 3 UK servers and 1 Canada server (this is the only free Canada VPN that I know!).
>> TheFreeVPN – No longer available in the list of VPN services 2009.
HideMyAss Pro VPN is one of the best VPN services 2009 as it is an easy to use application which anonymously encrypts your entire internet connection. The tool automatically works with any application or protocol including p2p/bit-torrent.
12vpn is a reliable VPN service with three server locations for OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP setups, based in the UK and US. What I like most about 12vpn is that you can switch servers, if you wish, by logging in to your account area and selecting another, but 12vpn maintains that it auto-selects the best choice for you based on your location.