A lot of people, websites and communities encourage you to run your Tor node – middle node or bridge, not exit node, but none of them tell you about real consequences of keeping a Tor node active for a long time. So, here I’m going to share with you my experience of running middle node on VPS/dedicated server and home router. This post is divided into parts, one shortly describes problems when running Tor on your home IP, and the second section is about running it on your server. It describes my experience, so not all of it applies to you.
This post is meant as a warning for you, because a lot of portals and people will tell you to help Tor by hosting a node, as it doesn’t cost anything… but they don’t tell you what are the costs not in terms of money. Continue reading →
This year (2016) and last year, a few new laws were introduced by Cameron’s government, so I decided to get myself VPN. First, I tried a lifetime TigerVPN for 30$, nice deal. Unfortunately, TigerVPN doesn’t fully support Linux OpenVPN implementation. Connection is dropped when reaching ~900kb/s upload+download; network-manager tells that server time outed and it never reconnects due to… an authentication problem.
So I started looking for other affordable solutions. Two biggest competitors are PIA and TorGuard. I started reading discussions on reddit about those two, and it seems, there are very little differences. I was given a rolling promotion code for TorGuard, a 50% discount code that can be used after my 2 years long service comes to an end. It’s good.
TigerVPN is one of the most respected companies that care about your privacy. According to this table, they are one of the best VPN providers, based on TorrentFreak survey from 2014. What’s most important, they claim not to keep logs, don’t yhgmm… respect DMCA, don’t block P2P and don’t try to identify users.
It’s faster, consumes less memory, uses less CPU, it’s community driven, not developed by a company, doesn’t support white-listing, so only you decide what you want to block, and what is very important, it has a built-in list of filters (which is also built-in in AdBlock, but people don’t know about it). Continue reading →