VPNBook is a free VPN that is known for its anonymity and security.
Security and Privacy
The VPN uses AES-128 encryption, which in theory – according to eetimes.com, would take over 1 quintillion years to crack, and the VPN tunnel uses AES-256 encryption, which would take even longer than 1 quintillion years to crack!
Here’s what Marvin, a VPNBook representative, said about VPNBook’s encryption:
VPNBook strives to achieve security and enhance privacy for its end-user, we employ only proven encryption ciphers to our VPN tunnel AES-128 and AES-256 which is currently the standard in the industry from banks to governmental institutions, to date AES-128 has been proven to be secure and unchallenged and we will continue to use this cipher as it is lighter on system resources and allows us to have more users per tunnel.
VPNBook does not log any Internet activities; however, they do keep temporary IP and connection date logs to protect the VPN from hackers and abuse:
VPNBook has a very strict logging policy. We do not log any user activity or surfing habits, all that is logged is the I.P address and time the connection was made, we keep these connection logs for a period of 3 days(72 Hours), after 72 hours have passed, the logs are automatically deleted from the server without any user intervention…no 3rd parties have access to any log files at any time. The log files are stored on an externally mounted USB stick that preforms an “rm -rf” on any log files that are over 72 hours old.
Speed and Server Info
VPNBook is hosted European locations. The login information for PPTP and OpenVPN can be found on their website. The VPN itself is pretty fast. Here are my results from SpeedTest:
VPNBook is completely free. You don’t even need to sign up for an account to use their VPN.
VPNBook would like to make a name for its self on the basis of being a free VPN provider for the community. VPNBook covers its costs from advertisements and user contributions. As our service and users are growing daily, advertisements alone are not enough to sustain our free service and we rely greatly on the contributions of generous users to donate. Any donations received are used towards adding more servers in the back-end to support more users.
Additionally, they accept donations through Paypal and Bitcoin – their bitcoin address is 1QDQxfFY3sVaQi4RASHZFaZ5tSTdHExRQu.