Check Out this Huge Comparison Board of VPNs

There is an incredible amount of VPN services available on the market, from free to premium services, so it can difficult to decide what provider is right for you. Our reviews section can help in examining the top rated providers out there and deciding what one is right for you. On privacy advocate has gone a step further.

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Reddit user, ThatOnePrivacyGuy, has compiled an exhaustive Google doc that collates information on dozens of VPNs such as where the company is based; the data its collects on users like traffic, timestamps, IP addresses; the number of servers it has and countries located; whether it has physical control over its servers; support for OpenVPN; and monthly/yearly pricing.

It digs in deeper too with the section ‘Activism’. This lays out whether the VPN accepts Bitcoin, operates a warrant canary, or donates the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The extensive document aims to be a one-stop-shop for people buying or scrutinizing VPN services. However it is still a work in progress. Interested parties can comment on the Reddit thread with complaints or suggestions.

VikingVPN for example has responded to the doc claiming that there is inaccurate information about its services on the spreadsheet:

“We donate to the EFF, allow 7 simultaneous connections, operate in 3 countries (US, NL, RO) and have way more than 5 “servers” even if you’re not talking about servers and you’re referring to locations, we operate in 7 locations with server clusters, each made up of at least 8 physical servers.”

The document has yet to be updated.

As a result, more comments from the VPN user community will be needed to flesh out the doc to ensure it is 100 percent accurate.

Interestingly some high profile VPN providers are missing from the board including HideMyAss, SaferVPN, Surfeasy, and Ivacy.

2 thoughts on “Check Out this Huge Comparison Board of VPNs

  1. ThatOnePrivacyGuy here!

    It looked like a complaint you’ve received from some companies (namely FrootVPN) is that I haven’t updated their info after their attempts to notify me.

    Between Reddit and the Google doc, anyone can see each and every change request I’ve received, my response, and those posts which have been verified and updated OR are unverifiable and marked resolved with no action taken.

    Since anyone can post a comment on the spreadsheet or in the Reddit threads, pretending to be a VPN company (or their competitors), I require the information relevant to the change request to be available on the supposed company’s website, in their marketing, terms, privacy policy, or something official, like a blog post.

    Some companies have requested updated info, and in every case, I’ve researched and updated it – if I can verify it. In the cases I can’t, I say as much, and some companies have added the info to their site.

    AzireVPN is a great example. After having requests originally denied due to an unclear logging policy, they updated it to be much more clear, and if you notice, they even follow the same pattern of items being logged from my headers.

    In the case of FrootVPN, I don’t see any post or comment history indicating that they’ve tried updating information. After review of their policies however, I have updated their record on the sheet accordingly. Here’s a good example. They say: “[We] store no logs”. You’ll quickly find that this means nothing, as EVERY company on the sheet claims no logs, but as you can see that isn’t close to being the case. They DO say, however, “We never log your IP address”. THAT is specific, and I can (and did) update their record based on that.

    Some companies don’t appreciate my responses, but if they don’t spell out their policies, I can’t have it shown differently on my sheet given the nature of who could potentially be requesting. I also think that info should be visible for the user as that is important for me when shopping around too. It wouldn’t be fair to anyone.

    For the record, I am not a part of any VPN company or affiliate, as stated in my original threads. I cleared my original and updated posts with the mods of both /r/vpn and /r/privacy before posting anything.

    I started my chart with the express purpose of finding a VPN company for myself, and posted it because I thought others might like it too. It quickly took off, and as a result, it’s doubled in size and scope, and about 20-25% of the companies on my sheet have reached out to update information and even to get advice on making their privacy policies more clear.

    All data points on my spreadsheet are unbiased and independently verifiable. Anyone can comment and post a link to a source with corrected info which stays on the record for the public to view. The updated Reddit post and subsequent exchanges can be found on Reddit by searching my post history. I check and update the spreadsheet every day.

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