Best Encrypted VPN

The US government uses the 256-bit AES encryption technology to secure its sensitive data. That probably also explains why more and more VPN service providers now offer this kind of encryption. But how necessary is it?

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The 128-bit encryption technology has not yet been breached by a brute force attack and no one really expects it to happen soon. That means encryption higher than the 128-bit is unnecessary and can actually slow down the speed of the service because the servers have to use more processing capacity to perform the extra math required to encrypt and then decrypt the data.

However, several real-world tests have proved that the impact is negligible, so there is no practical difference in 128-bit or 256-bit encryption.

Cracking 256-bit encryption is 2,128 times harder than cracking 128-bit encryption. Why do companies feel the need to offer such high levels of protection? This can be written off as a marketing gimmick, but the truth is that there are people who seek the highest level of protection; and when there is demand, companies will be happy to provide.

In any case, brute force attacks aren’t the only method that hackers use to obtain encryption keys. A smart hacker can use key logging software to spy on a user’s computer, and a user would need to install anti-spying tools on their system to protect themselves.

Here is a look at the VPN companies offering the highest standards of encryption in 2014.


IPVanish

IPVanish screenshot

IPVanish has more than 140 servers in 61 countries. The huge size of their network allows them to offer over 14,000 IPs. By choosing one of these IP addresses, you can hide your true identity and location. IPVanish offers 128-bit encryption with an intuitive interface that allows you to configure everything easily. Also, their service supports nearly all operating systems. Their annual package starts at $77.99.

Read the IPVanish review


Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access protects your data from hackers. They also allow you to browse the web anonymously. They have over 1,500 servers. When you use their connection, you can access geographically restricted sites from any part of the world. They offer 256 and 128 bit encryption protocols, and are available at affordable prices with their annual package for just $39.95

Read the Private Internet Access review


PureVPN

PureVPN screenshot

PureVPN has a no-nonsense interface and their website contains easy-to-understand tutorials. They offer up to 256 bit encryption, and their annual plan costs just $49.95. They also offer a three-day money back guarantee on all their plans.

Read the full PureVPN review


VyprVPN

VyprVPN

VyprVPN has been offering VPN services for about two decades, and they support the cause of Internet freedom and offer services that are a rich assortment of configurations and features. They have over 700 servers in different parts of the world and offer a large pool of over 200,000 IPs. They have 256-bit Chameleon technology that is the most secure of them all. The annual package is priced at $80.04.

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BolehVPN

BolehVPN Screenshot

In spite of being a relatively small Malaysia based company, BolehVPN offers excellent VPN services at affordable prices. There is yet another advantage to using their service: they are outside the jurisdiction of the US and the European Union, and offer 256 bit encryption. Their annual package costs $79.99.

Read the BolehVPN review

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3 thoughts on “Best Encrypted VPN

  1. Summer,
    I usually find your reviws to be both informative and accurate. However, this one has a couple of issues in my view.
    Chameleon from VyprVPN is, in your opionion, the most secure of all the encryption methods. I beg to differ. I believe that SoftEther has that accalaide, as it allows of overlapping protocols. Whilst Chameleon is a strong encryption option, the fact that VyprVPN maintain logs mean that the service is not as secure as a provider offering 256 encryption with no logs and or SoftEther Protocol. (VPN Gate and Private Internet Access are two examples). That said, GoldenFrog are one of a handful of providers that manage their entire network. That makes the connection, not the encryption, more secure than a provider, such as PIA that uses affiliates to provide the service. You have specified several other VPNs with 256 encryption which provide the same level of (bit) protection.
    At the end of the day, the protection provided by any VPN is very much dependent on the needs of the user. There are some providers out there that offer secure email, secure chat, proxies and a whole host of other features. There are others that offer a basic, secure and fast service.
    Your reviews certainly help to narrow down that choice and I still find your reviews very, even if I disagree with some of the points in this one. 🙂

  2. There are a few different methodologies for use with symmetric encryption. (Same key used to encrypt as to decrypt)

    There is the 3DES Feisal type, where the algorithm uses specially tailored substitution tables (boxes). 3DES is currently used in Banking. Hacking is best done by brute force. 3DES is moderate in encryption speed. AES requires about 5% of the cpu resources vis a vis 3DES.

    One thing about encryption systems in use is that the algorithms are published.

    AES, as I understand it is polynomial based, AES is attacked using special data and special keys. The US government knows that 128 bit AES encryption, can be hacked by NSA. The government indicates that 128bit AES (and far as I know), AES, all forms, cannot be used for critical government data. Its ok for industry though.

    Newer algorithms are based on elliptical functions which are more difficult to hack than AES.

    I have my concerns about using AES universally. Intel and AMD Hardware AES incorporated instructions boost speed of encryption speed, and also speed for key discovery. Today we use AES, but someone will discover its single flaw, and the world will be in an up-roar.

    Which encryption to use? How long you need to keep the data encrypted will determine which algorithm and key size.

    A second thought. Do you think that hardware of today will be available in 10 years. Will there be a way to decrypt the data, should the need arise?

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