Question Which VPN service would you recommend? Why?

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Which VPN would you recommend?

  • CyberGhost VPN

    Votes: 24 7.1%
  • Nord VPN

    Votes: 60 17.6%
  • F-Secure Freedome VPN

    Votes: 29 8.5%
  • ExpressVPN

    Votes: 44 12.9%
  • OkayFreedom VPN

    Votes: 4 1.2%
  • Hide My Ass VPN

    Votes: 5 1.5%
  • PureVPN

    Votes: 9 2.6%
  • TorGuard VPN

    Votes: 10 2.9%
  • IPVanish VPN

    Votes: 3 0.9%
  • Other (Specify in thread)

    Votes: 152 44.7%

  • Total voters
    340

HarborFront

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As a person offering Mullvad I can not tell you that I recommend it or not ... obviously because of the conflict of interest :D ....

But as a user, I would recommend it but you should make some changes in your settings.

If some websites block WireGuard, that means no VPN would work. One solution that has worked for me at least till now is to change the WireGuard port. Not many VPN providers have this option in their app. You can try different ports for WireGuard. And for OpenVPN, you can also see if changing the protocol from UDP to TCP makes any changes. Also the OVPN ports.

From a technical point of view this is the same issue for all VPN providers no matter if it is Mullvad or not.

I am personally using NextDNS private DNS service with my own custom profile. Try to use this method too as some websites/services might had blocked Mullvad DNS servers.
You can find a how to article here:

I hope that I could have helped.

In the use of 3rd-party DNS with Mullvad VPN does Mullvad VPN hijacks the DNS queries over WireGuard? The article below seems to say so


Of course using Mullvad's default DNS is best to avoid DNS leaks but many seems to use say NextDNS with Mullvad VPN. Mullvad VPN's DNS blocklists is given below


So NextDNS is superior than Mullvad DNS as more blocklists can be added, right?
 
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n8chavez

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In the use of 3rd-party DNS with Mullvad VPN does Mullvad VPN hijacks the DNS queries over WireGuard? The article below seems to say so


Of course using Mullvad's default DNS is best to avoid DNS leaks but many seems to use say NextDNS with Mullvad VPN. Mullvad VPN's DNS blocklists is given below


So NextDNS is superior than Mullvad DNS as more blocklists can be added, right?

Mullvad does hijack if you specify the to use their DNS. I think Mullvad DNS server are inferior to ControlD, NextDNS, or really anything that allows you to add tthird party lists. Mullvad doesn't block as much, but whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you.
 

HarborFront

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Mullvad does hijack if you specify the to use their DNS. I think Mullvad DNS server are inferior to ControlD, NextDNS, or really anything that allows you to add tthird party lists. Mullvad doesn't block as much, but whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you.

Mullvad will NOT hijack if it uses its own DNS through WireGuard but will hijack those 3rd-party ones
 

Zero Knowledge

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Mullvad doesn't block as much, but whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you.
To be honest it's a good thing Mullvad Dns doesn't block as much as other Dns providers. I find Mullvad + uBlock Origin is enough these days.

You will find if you're using NextDns or Control_ID with many filters lists and settings enabled it will block a lot of legitimate traffic. Whitelisting is a pain for consumers and it's not good security practice to disable security mechanisms system wide to browse one site.
 

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I tried/used Mullvad, SurfShark, IPVanish, F-Secure Freedome, CyberGhost, AzireVPN, PrivateVPN, Perfect Privacy, HMA, etc. Now, I have NordVPN and Windscribe Pro but I have to say, ExpressVPN is exceptional for streaming purposes IMO. Their apps too, looks pretty simple but very decent. It's seems like Nord little bit faster than ExpressVPN in my tests. Windscribe Pro gives very good results too, specially from Europe and Asia servers. In my experience their US servers are just average for streaming.

My top five
1. ExpressVPN
2. NordVPN
3. Windscribe Pro
4. AzireVPN - it's like "boutique" experience and very good speeds. I like it a lot.
5. CyberGhost
 

Zero Knowledge

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Yes I do agree that it's useful to have a Vpn subscription to one of the big 4 in either Nord, Express, SurfShark or Windscribe. The sheer number of users and the traffic they generate is the reason why. The problem with some of the ' boutique' Vpn's is that they have a small user base making fingerprinting and traffic analysis easier. Smaller operations will have less mature processes with regards to user data and legal requests while the big players would have good mature procedures in regard to legal information requests. Something to think about!
 

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I tried/used Mullvad, SurfShark, IPVanish, F-Secure Freedome, CyberGhost, AzireVPN, PrivateVPN, Perfect Privacy, HMA, etc. Now, I have NordVPN and Windscribe Pro but I have to say, ExpressVPN is exceptional for streaming purposes IMO. Their apps too, looks pretty simple but very decent. It's seems like Nord little bit faster than ExpressVPN in my tests. Windscribe Pro gives very good results too, specially from Europe and Asia servers. In my experience their US servers are just average for streaming.

My top five
1. ExpressVPN
2. NordVPN
3. Windscribe Pro
4. AzireVPN - it's like "boutique" experience and very good speeds. I like it a lot.
5. CyberGhost
Currently, I am using NordVPN. I have read good things about Azire, and they have their own dedicated servers too. As you have mentioned boutique experience and very good speed for Azire, but why is it at No.4? For speed, other 3 are better than Azire?
Have you tried iVPN or oVPN? Read good things about them too.
 

FALLEN

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For speed, other 3 are better than Azire?
I'm not sure about Windscribe but the others are definitely faster than Azire, specially North American servers. This is why I prefer NordVPN, as I said ExpressVPN better for streaming but little bit pricey.

Have you tried iVPN or oVPN? Read good things about them too.
I haven't tried yet.
 

FALLEN

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Yes I do agree that it's useful to have a Vpn subscription to one of the big 4 in either Nord, Express, SurfShark or Windscribe. The sheer number of users and the traffic they generate is the reason why. The problem with some of the ' boutique' Vpn's is that they have a small user base making fingerprinting and traffic analysis easier. Smaller operations will have less mature processes with regards to user data and legal requests while the big players would have good mature procedures in regard to legal information requests. Something to think about!
I agree and also easy to block too cos they have very limited IP's. ExpressVPN and NordVPN better for streaming or torrenting IMO.
 
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spaceoctopus

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Windscribe for its excellent DNS filtering, speed and customization concerning settings(Protocol, ports etc etc)

Mullvad for its privacy record and the product is straightforward and simple to use.Dns filtering not as good as Adguard or windscribe.Android version lack features.

Adguard Vpn with its always On obfuscation, combined with Adguard and Adguard DNS becomes a powerful combination.I bought a license last year, and on the downside, there are lots of bugs to fix. Frequent disconnections and killswitch crashes and bugs on PC.On Android sometimes it just doesn't work.You need to go through lots of steps to make it work again, a real pain.And after almost one year, bugs and frequent crashes are still there.
 

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Currently, I am using NordVPN. I have read good things about Azire, and they have their own dedicated servers too. As you have mentioned boutique experience and very good speed for Azire, but why is it at No.4? For speed, other 3 are better than Azire?
Have you tried iVPN or oVPN? Read good things about them too.
fwiw, I've used IVPN for several years, recently trying OVPN which for me is fastest. Both seem very good.
Mostly I'm using Mullvad the past year.
 

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In the use of 3rd-party DNS with Mullvad VPN does Mullvad VPN hijacks the DNS queries over WireGuard? The article below seems to say so


Of course using Mullvad's default DNS is best to avoid DNS leaks but many seems to use say NextDNS with Mullvad VPN. Mullvad VPN's DNS blocklists is given below


So NextDNS is superior than Mullvad DNS as more blocklists can be added, right?
It completely depends on your settings.

To use a thirdparty DNS, first you need to disable Mullvad's.

And as others mentioned, NextDNS is superior to Mullvad's DNS which is an obvious fact. Because NextDNS is a professional DNS service and Mullvad is a professional VPN service.

NextDNS offers more than an ad blocker. You can define which websites open and which ones not. In addition you can set several profiles which makes it even more versatile for those who have children (for example) in their family.
 

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