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VPN Review: Private Internet Access

What are my Options?

I have been using Private Internet Access as my personal VPN for some time now, and I love it.

Different options are mentioned every five seconds on a tech or gaming video on youtube, and on tons of podcasts. Virtual Private Networks have finally entered the public lexicon, and most people know you need one to “protect your privacy”.

But, I’m not going to get into how VPN’s work today, as we have talked about that before, here.

The Interface

As I have used Private Internet Access over the last few months, there have been several updates, and boy, has it improved. When I first signed up for PIA, I chose it because they claim to keep no logs of their user’s activities. Also, they have a killswitch built in, that will supposedly prevent leaks, and it has several options of it’s own. As you will see below, they have also added a feature called “PIA MACE”, to “block domains used for ads, trackers, and malware”.

When I first purchased PIA, it was also a little clunky and hard to sign in. However, since then, the GUI has had several upgrades, and you can easily turn the VPN on and off, as well as switch your location. I have tested it on both a windows 10 machine, and a Mac Mini. As far as I can see the interface is very easy to used on either machine.


Again, there are tons of consumer options out there, from Tunnelbear to ExpressVPN. When it comes to commercial level VPN: You will likely need to set up a custom infrastructure, using something like OpenVPN with your commercial hardware and domain.

I plan on trying out some other consumer-grade VPN systems for you guys in the future. Maybe you providers out there could send me and email???

What is Best for You?

That really depends on the level of protection that you need. If you simply want peace of mind, that you aren’t leaking info on public networks, then I think any of the above would work for you.

If you are looking for a little bit of extra protection and privacy with several options and a very easy interface: I can confidently say that Private Internet Access may be the VPN for you.

Caleb Humphries

Tech Specialist and Creative Developer. It's all about music, break/fix, network architecture, and old video games with me.