Comparative test of Internet Anonymizers [updated 28/10/2011]

Reports on „Hidemyass.com“ identifying users to law enforcement authorities have raised awareness of the fact that not all VPN services are anonymizers, effectively protecting your privacy on the web. Your privacy is reasonably safe only with VPN providers that do not log your IP address or other personally identifiable information when signing up for, paying for and using their service. Even then, providers can generally be required to keep logs needed for a specific criminal investigation, in order to identify criminal suspects (data preservation). However your privacy is reasonably well protected if your online activity is traceable only while such an investigation is taking place.

We have been publishing and updating a comparative test of VPN services in German since 2009 which points out which VPN services log their users‘ IP addresses and which do not. Due to the current interest I am providing an English version of the short summary of the results (last updated: 02/06/2011). The test relies on information given by the providers.

Based in
No logging of any traffic data (not even partially or temporarily) No e-mail port blocking
Price
1. Jondonym International
from 6,15 €/GB
2. Tor International
0
3. Cyberghost VPN Romania
from 0 €
4. Perfect Privacy International
()
from 10 €/month
5. Relakks Sweden
from 5 €/month
6. Internet Anonym VPN Germany
from 12 €/month and 25 GB
7. Ivacy Switzerland
from 8,33 €/month or 0,50 €/GB
8. Linkideo Jersey
from 2 €/month
9. Xerobank/ShadowVPN Panama
from 10 US$/month and 10 GB
10. Swiss VPN Switzerland
5 US$/month
11. Safersurf Germany
5,90 €/month
12. Witopia USA
3,33 US$/month
13. Trackbuster -
-
-
-
14. Your Freedom Germany
from 0 €
15. Surfonym Premium Austria
10 €/month
16. BananaVPN Cyprus
from 15 US$/month
17. VPN Out USA
from 8,33 US$/month and 83 GB
18. Hideway Austria
from 6 €/month incl. 10 GB
19. Hotspot VPN USA
from 8 US$/month
20. Mad VPN China
from 9 US$/month and 5 GB
21. VPN Accounts Cyprus
from 15 US$/month
22. Tiggers Welt Germany
from 3 €/month incl. 1 GB
23. Public VPN USA
from 5,83 US$/month
24. PRQ Tunnel Sweden
()
from 8 €/month
25. Torrent Freedom/ Crypto Cloud Canada
from 11,58 US$/month
26. Trilightzone VPN International
from 6,67 €/month
27. Anonine Sweden
from 3,25 €/month
28. AlwaysVPN USA
from 5,72 €/month
29. Roadwarrior USA
from 15,42 €/month and 15 GB
30. AceVPN USA
from 3,10 €/month
31. 12VPN China
from 1,99 €/month
32. VPN Privacy Canada
from 8,27 €/month
33. Strong VPN USA
from 4,33 €/month
34. HideIP VPN Romania
from 6,15 US$/month
35. Solvpn USA
from 16,67 US$/month
36. Your Private VPN International
from 5 €/month
37. TuVPN Singapore
from 8 €/month
38. VPNUK Netherlands
from 6,50 GBP/month
39. Cinipac Panama
from 10 €/month
40. Ideal VPN France
4,90 €/month
41. VPN Master Netherlands
from 3,95 €/month
42. Key VPN Germany
unknown

Full information is provided in the German article.

Note that the test was initially conducted in 2009. Some information may be outdated.

Update of 28/10/2011:

See also torrentfreak.com: Which VPN Providers Really Take Anonymity Seriously? (07.10.2011) covering BTguard, ItsHidden, TorrentPrivacy, Ipredator, Faceless, AirVPN, VPNReactor, BlackVPN, PrivatVPN, Privacy.io, Mullvad, Cryptocloud, VyprVPN, SwissVPN, StrongVPN, Blacklogic.com, PureVPN.com, VPNTunnel.se, Bolehvpn.net and Ivacy.com.

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  1. Mark — 28. September 2011 @ 14.37 Uhr

    Amazing Comparison, I must say. A lot of people look for Users are always looking for VPN Service with unblocked email ports.

    Great work!


  2. security — 29. September 2011 @ 20.06 Uhr

    Gebt mal auf http://browsingprotection.f-secure.com/swp/ eure URL (http://browsingprotection.f-secure.com/swp/) ein…

    Webmaster: Danke für den Hinweis, ich versuche, eine Korrektur zu erreichen.


  3. Anonymous — 6. September 2012 @ 20.30 Uhr

    Looks like they have changed the message to:

    Network Error (gateway_error)

    Server overloaded
    The gateway may be temporarily unavailable, or there could be a network problem.

    At least that’s what I‘m seeing. Maybe trying to reduce bad press?


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  5. Alex — 21. Februar 2016 @ 19.41 Uhr

    Well researched and great comparison by the author and I really appreciate and hard work and research. It really makes easy for those who are looking for best VPN service and they can get it.
    Appreciated!

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