Private Internet Access (PIA) is one of the largest VPN providers. It permits to encrypt data and change IP address. Although it is an American based VPN, their reputation when it comes to privacy proves true: their no-log policy is more than proven. PIA is also blocking ads and malware. In addition, they offer a wide selection of servers and server locations, which generally provide a stable and fast connection.
Why choosing PIA VPN
PIA offers real strong functionalities:
- Strong security
- Proven no-logs policy
- Strong focus on privacy
- Fast servers
- Available on various OS and mobile apps
PIA is one of the cheapest service, compared to other VPNs… It will cost you around 30 euros / usd per year. You can also find some bargain at 70 euros / usd per three years. It accept payment in bitcoin.
Why operating from the US ?
Since PIA doesn’t log anything, they are unable to hand over information in case of a court order. PIA’s head offices are in the United States, which was a conscious choice. The US is one of the few nations in the world that doesn’t have a mandatory data retention policy. This means PIA isn’t obliged to store information for a specific period, as is often the case in Europe.
If you are worried,registration is possible through a disposable email address with a payment in bitcoin. There are also some other VPN not based in the US, such as ExpressVPN (British Virgin Islands) and NordVPN (Panama), which cost a bit more (around 100 euros / usd per year).
PIA also pubish the number of log requests received from governments, and their “0 log” response: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/transparency-report.