VPN Payment – Things are rapidly changing in the VPN market and online privacy world. Indeed, it’s more that common to hear nowadays that some security exploit have used some kind of VPN service so as to maintain some kind of privacy. If you’ve been reading the news about privacy, you would notice that words like VPN, proxies are commonly used by those hackers.
VPN providers = bad guys?
In fact, the VPN industry itself is suffering from those “bad advertisement” since most people now associate VPN providers to the “bad guys”. So, as a simple VPN user, you may also be assimilated to a hacker. Indeed, even though you are only using a VPN solution so as to overcome some geo-location limitation, you may still be at risk of being considered as a “hacker”. You know, like the lambda user who wants to view hulu or BBC iPlayer from their computer even though he is not located in an approved country.
If we look at it, in order to keep their business rolling, we can think that those VPN providers must have some “secret weapon” that will allow them to seen as a “clean” player in this field – especially from anti-piracy entities. That may be one of the reasons why very few VPN providers dare mention that they actually don’t store any logs of what their VPN clients are doing over this connection that they are establishing. But, that’s still fine if your only use for VPN service is for overcoming geographical limitations.
Is still PayPal a good option?
But things are getting more “limiting” for VPN providers. Indeed, not so long ago, Paypal – one of the most used online payment processor/gateway have refused the use of their payment system to BtGuard. BtGuard is a VPN provider who is known for providing a VPN service that is BitTorent compliant.
BitTorrent is another system that is commonly assimilated to file sharing. And unfortunately for them, whenever people think of file sharing, they directly think of illegal file sharing. Although BitTorrent is also used for legally sharing files between peers – a lot of software vendors make their latest version available for download via Torrent.
So what’s the point here? It seems clear that in order to fight against piracy and hackers, most government entities as well as big players have decided to cut it from the roots: at the payment processing level. Indeed, Paypal is not the only payment processor that exists nowadays. But, since it’s one of the major player – whatever decision it takes against VPN providers will be a strong signal to the market.
What about Bitcoin?
Have you been able to buy your own Bitcoins and use them for VPN payment? From my own experience it is not as easy as it sounds and not easy to understand. But, it may worth the pain as it is probably the most anonymous payment method available at this time.
How do you pay for your VPN account?
So this brings me back to my initial question at the title of this article: what is your preferred payment processor when buying a VPN package? As for me, having a Paypal option as the payment processor actually gave more trust to me into the provider (well, that’s not the only argument I’m looking for, but I do admit I scarcely go for a VPN provider that do not have Paypal payment facilities).
So what about you? How do you do your VPN payment? Do you think this is one argument that will actually influence your VPN buying decision? Or do you think that it doesn’t matter not having PayPal option so long as you can pay via other alternatives (alertpay, plimus, moneybookers, bitcoin, …)
If you are looking VPN services that accept certain payment methods, here are some hints:
- PayPal – VPNs that accept PayPal
- Bitcoin – VPNs that accept Bitcoin
- Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) – VPNs that accept Credit Cards
- PerfectMoney – VPNs that accept Perfect Money
- Payza – VPNs that accept Payza
- OKPay – VPNs that accept OKPay
- Webmoney – VPNs that accept Webmoney
- AliPay – VPNs that accept AliPay
- Ripple – VPNs that accept Ripple
- Gift Cards – VPNs that accept Gift Cards