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IBVPN Review And Giveaway [Ghacks Christmas Giveaway]

Computers connecting to the Internet do so with an IP address which is provided dynamically or statically by the Internet Service Provider (ISP). That IP address can be used by websites and services to identify a user's location in the world, which in turn means that they can find out about the user's ISP as well. Users who prefer to stay anonymous on the Internet have a few options, from basic web proxy servers which do that for a single website in a browsing session to complete solutions like Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

The advantages of using a VPN are manifold, among them that it sits like a proxy between the computer of the user and all Internet activities. It does not matter if the user browses the web, plays a game on Steam, downloads files via P2P or watches streaming movies. The VPN will always act as the proxy, something that web proxies cannot do.

Another advantage is the fact that it makes the Internet connection more secure. VPN connections are encrypted by design, which means that users in the same network, say a public network at school, dorm or work, will not be able to eavesdrop on the traffic. Firesheep? Not a problem for VPN users.

Invisible Browsing VPN (IBVPN) offers free and paid accounts. The company gives away 30 free accounts per week, offers a 2-hour trial account and several paid options which range from $4.95 to $7.95 per month. The paid accounts differ only in the countries the user can connect to. The two $4.95 accounts offer either VPN access in the United States and Canada, or the United Kingdom and Ireland. The premium VPN service contains the four and in addition network access in Germany, France and the Netherlands.

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So what can the average web surfer do with a VPN?

  • Hide your IP. This can be beneficial in many cases. Maybe for employees who want to comment on their company, webmasters who want to check search engine rankings or contents on their websites, users who have medical questions and a lot more. A vpn will also hide the tracks from your ISP and network.
  • Bypass Internet censorship. There is likely no country in the world that does not censor the Internet in one way or the other. Censor may not be the right word in some cases, but the fact remains that it is likely that you stumble upon blocked websites if you search long enough. China for instance is a prime example, or Iran, but the problem is not limited there. A VPN can bypass censorship which other services might not.

Now that we have established what you can do with a VPN, we should take a closer look at how it is setup. IBVPN offers easy configuration guides on their website for Windows, Linux and Mac users. Windows users can even download a small client which is dead easy to use.

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Just start the portable application and enter your username, password and a server that you want to connect to. A list of servers is provided in the welcome email and in the account section over at the Invisible Browsing VPN site. A click on Connect establishes the connection to the selected VPN which is visualized by the Connected status message in the program application. A click on disconnect breaks the connection again.

Advanced users, and users with Linux or Mac, can follow the guides on the website to configure the VPN manually.

IBVNP Verdict

Setup is really easy on Windows, especially if the vpn client is being used. Everyone can do that without having to create a new connection manually. That's a big plus for the service as most of the VPN services do not provide access to a client software. The connection speed is good, both Hulu and Pandora streamed without interruptions, BBC was a bit slow in the beginning but it ran fine after a bit of buffering. Speeds are excellent and tests at speedtest.net have shown connections speeds of 5+ Mbit down and 1.5 Mbit up.

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  1. k said on December 19, 2010 at 10:59 am
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    finally be able to watch BBC (e.g. Dr Who)

  2. ankit shah said on December 19, 2010 at 11:00 am
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    i will watch all my fav videos on hulu and ya no bad practices with this … :)i hope i win this one at least……. thanx….

  3. gigl said on December 19, 2010 at 11:02 am
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    watching hulu and pandora

  4. IT_Freak said on December 19, 2010 at 11:07 am
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    watch all these movies …. finally

  5. Sean said on December 19, 2010 at 11:09 am
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    I would use it to catch up on my favorite BBC shows.

  6. Robin said on December 19, 2010 at 11:19 am
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    Mostly for hulu but also to protect myself when I feel my privacy might be compromised!

  7. dreed said on December 19, 2010 at 11:20 am
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    Finally get to try all of user location limited website, like hulu, music on pandora and spotify. BBC shows, Youtube restricted movies, and hopefully all other that I find.

  8. elt said on December 19, 2010 at 11:33 am
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    want to access facebook, youtube, vimeo, etc…coz Chinese ISP really sux..

  9. NZScott said on December 19, 2010 at 11:35 am
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    I’d love this, we moved to NZ three years ago and I miss all my old tv shows, the tv here is a bit poor, but I never win anything, might take a look at paying actually for real if this is speedy and lets us see Iplayer, Pretty please. Can I try one ?

  10. MerleOne said on December 19, 2010 at 11:42 am
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    I would mainly use it for Hulu and other equivalent services. Thanks.

  11. Carnage said on December 19, 2010 at 11:43 am
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    I want to try services like Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, I’ll finally be able to watch some excellent BBC shows on their service.

  12. Filip said on December 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm
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    If i win the license, I would finally be able to watch BBC programmes (mainly sport).

  13. Pijus said on December 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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    For Spotify ! :)

  14. ibheck said on December 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm
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    It’s time for me, browsing the Internet with no limits

  15. alexchiri said on December 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm
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    Hello,

    Like many previous commentators, I would use it to access content that it’s not available in my country and probably a bit of invisibility doesn’t hurt!

  16. Paul(us) said on December 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm
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    Enjoy the music on pandora

  17. k19s said on December 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm
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    to watch us tv shows
    thanks

  18. Karl said on December 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm
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    General internet surfing and account access on the roat. When I connect to specific sites I frequent I’m fine with normal browsing but when I’m doing general internet surfing / browsing IBVPN is the perfect solution. When I’m on the road I use my corporate VPN but if it’s not business I’d prefer not to use it but still need security to access email accounts, etc.

  19. Chris said on December 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm
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    I would love to use this VPN to access US-only and UK-only streaming websites. Some international sites like justin.tv also add country limits to their streams, and being able to use a different country proxy would allow me a less choppy viewing experience.

  20. Doc said on December 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm
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    There are a lot of restricted services in Italy, I’d like to try them as in other countries!

  21. eyeontech said on December 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm
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    Being in Australia, a VPN would prove very useful.

  22. Phil Sumner said on December 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm
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    Being able to access US only sites would make me very happy! There’s a lot out there.

  23. Stephen Allen said on December 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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    So how does one partake of this free trial mentioned in the article? Followed the link and one would assume there would be a special promotion for Ghacks readers?!

  24. dolph said on December 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm
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    I’d use it for privacy purposes and entertainment to watch USA restricted websites such as FOX, hulu, pandora, unrestricted last fm (since outside USA isn’t free)

  25. Ahmed said on December 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm
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    hmm since am in syria since few months :S

    so facebook, youtube, and allmost all video sharing sites are blocked

    also sourceforge blocked blogspot blocked xD loool its loooooong list

    so ye this service will be GREAT help

  26. pitman said on December 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm
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    Go wild on anything that has a country restriction, I got plenty of spare bandwidth and I intend to use it !

  27. Ahmad said on December 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm
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    I want this one….No luck up till now.

  28. ded said on December 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm
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    especially for pandora

  29. Anupam said on December 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm
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    I am in this giveaway…vpn are the most secure way of browsing the internet..
    For me VPN is good because my younger sis doesnt know much abt internet and she browse the net carelessly so it would be of grat help for protecting my ip address..;)

  30. sulasno said on December 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm
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    using VPNs to access blocked sites lol

  31. MJH said on December 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm
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    Enjoying some great BBC shows / series

  32. Hannes said on December 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm
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    Pandora! :)
    Thanks

  33. Jackie Yuan said on December 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm
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    As you might know the fact that the Internet censorship in China is extremelly heavy, which brings me a lot of trouble in study and research. For example, i can not even search CARROT (chinese pyin: [Hu] Luo Bo) on google for the first character of this word is the same word as the family name of the chairman of CCP ([Hu] Jintao). It is so rediculous that i wish i can access to the Internet in a respective more free way to continue my study and research, and also, visit many websites such as youtube, Dailymotion, etc. to broden my horizon.

  34. Ehsan said on December 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm
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    To be anonymous in internet and bypass some censorships

  35. e1scd said on December 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm
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    Browse the net in a more secure mode.

  36. Adeiko said on December 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm
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    Accesing Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Pandora, also try Netflix free Trial, since from Spain you can’t acces it :(

  37. Sol said on December 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm
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    I’ll finally be able to watch SNL on hulu, might give pandora a try as well

  38. ASMx4 said on December 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm
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    Watch some NFL football via the web.

  39. J G said on December 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm
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    I’d use it for privacy reasons. I’d love to have one of these licenses!

  40. Christoph Wagner said on December 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm
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    Finally watching Hulu for my TV needs (No, the stuff they show dubbed in German TV is a monstrosity). Besides that: Watching youtube videos posted on reddit. They are usually “not available in your country”)

  41. Timon said on December 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm
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    I would love to watch Hulu

  42. Johan Gustavsson said on December 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm
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    I would use it to access Hulu, Pandora, and every other US-only websites that I want to use…

  43. Johan Gustavsson said on December 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm
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    I would use it to access Hulu, Pandora and other US-only sites…

  44. amioachii said on December 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm
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    Thanks for the giveaway. I would try to browse the country specific website with this.

  45. Samar said on December 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm
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    I haven’t had a good service like this to rely on for unlimited streaming of my fav TV shows and movies online yet Would love to have it.

  46. kjones said on December 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm
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    I would love one simply because I am a bit paranoid and I value by privacy, but I am in the US, so there are many in other countries that would benefit more than I. I hope you give the 20 copies to those who live in the most restrictive countries.

  47. Gabe said on December 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm
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    I would be able to securely use browse the internet with my laptop at the libraries public hotspot

  48. Harminder Pal said on December 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm
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    Gmail Voice Call, Spotify, BBC Player!

  49. Mark said on December 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm
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    Will finally get to watch Hulu…. Hulu here I come… hopefully ;)

  50. Jeff said on December 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm
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    Count me in.

    Internet surfing and wifi access on the road.

    Thanks!

  51. daftendireckt said on December 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm
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    I would love to test ibVPN. Relocated in Norway, I’d use ibVPN for accessing French streaming services as well as US TV shows to watch something else than Helene et les garçons!

  52. Max said on December 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm
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    Since I’m in Canada, I would use it to watch HULU, Netflix US and others.
    Thanks guys!!

  53. Robert Palmar said on December 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm
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    For a proper viewing of the BBC,
    as they might say across the pond.

  54. rickshaw said on December 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm
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    First and foremost, I’d like to use ibVPN as a dependable layer of security in all my Internet activities. This would also allow me easy access to blocked or limited-availability services being provided by many file servers nowadays.

    Hope to grab me one of the free licenses being offered by Ghack’s promo giveaway.

    Thank you, Martin and your great Team.

  55. albela said on December 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm
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    I will be using it to encrypt my data while on the road and using open wireless networks. I am on the road all the time and avoid checking email, bank or credit card accounts using those open free wifi.

  56. FlipM said on December 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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    Watch Hulu and BBC of course. If possible maybe get a Netflix subscription

  57. Jawwad said on December 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm
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    count me in please ….it’s very nice

  58. Michael said on December 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm
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    I’d like to monitor news broadcasts with a wider range of biases.

  59. deepak said on December 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm
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    I’d like to watch TV shows on Hulu since I don’t get most of the good ones in my country. I hate the censorship and obsolete episodes that are shown as compared to the current season running in say, the US. I’d like to watch Scrubs/Southpark, :) !

  60. Boris said on December 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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    Thank you!

  61. Sandrina said on December 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm
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    I have used this service before for cheating in some online games, :P , also for watching Hulu,torrents, privacy online when leaving comments somewhere ……

  62. Nicolai said on December 20, 2010 at 12:38 am
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    I will probably use it to see movies from Hulu :D

  63. Jan Wroblewski said on December 20, 2010 at 1:20 am
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    I like to surf and I for privacy purposes, do not want to enable tracking of my usage, time on sites, downloads et al, with either domestic nor foreign sites.

  64. Lexis said on December 20, 2010 at 3:12 am
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    So I can stop anyone accessing my account with FireSheep when I am using free WiFi at my local McDs and so I can access websites blocked by my local library and log onto my blocked email service when at work.

  65. Alvin Goh said on December 20, 2010 at 4:22 am
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    Wow, so great …
    As our country ISP is always get block certain website which I not manage to seen some live show…

  66. Neil Wong said on December 20, 2010 at 4:44 am
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    Awesome giveaway!

    Living in China is such a pain, since Youtube, Twitter and Facebook are among the countless great websites that are blocked in our region.
    Hope it’s my luck day.

  67. Kao V. said on December 20, 2010 at 7:22 am
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    Hook me up son! :)

  68. eric said on December 20, 2010 at 7:33 am
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    Count me in, thanks!

  69. Rudy said on December 20, 2010 at 7:54 am
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    Try spotify

  70. vhick said on December 20, 2010 at 9:17 am
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    Can watch TV and youtube that are restrict to our country.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  71. Bobby said on December 20, 2010 at 11:19 am
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    Would be lovely to try out this service, catch up with shows from the BBC, movies from the US and see what other advantages I could find.

    Greatings,
    Bobby

  72. BadLuckLuke said on December 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm
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    …things like Pandora and some movies too!!!

  73. mickay said on December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm
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    I would be using the service to watch online TV when I’m abroad.

  74. Pepijn said on December 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm
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    I would use this to check if I am missing out on any news.
    Hulu would also be pretty nice to check out since I never tried that.

    The main usage would be secure internet at my school. The network is pretty insecure.
    It would allow me to safely check my mail :)

    Nice post about VPN’s :)

  75. Mr.曾 said on December 21, 2010 at 8:32 am
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    Well! I very need it to bypass the fucking GFW ,so please count me in at least.Thanks a lot!

  76. Asfour said on December 21, 2010 at 11:48 am
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    thanks for the great giveaway
    i really need it
    i wish if i can get it ….
    thanks again.

  77. browngeek said on December 22, 2010 at 4:19 am
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    Doh, I forgot to comment on this for the giveaway, I wonder if its still open. If it is, I would use the service to test how good the network connections are with the VPN in Hong Kong so I could stream BBC Iplayer and Hulu. In the past I’ve tried a bunch of VPN services for streaming, but they have pretty much all failed, I want to see how this one compares.

  78. haider said on December 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm
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    thanks…
    i really need such service as i live in iraq and i got blocked by many web sites.. thank you

  79. Mayur said on December 26, 2010 at 3:16 am
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    count me in giveaway
    thanks for giveaway.

  80. philip said on December 26, 2010 at 4:53 am
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    Would love to use this to watch programs normally not available here in the USA. Also to keep some degree of privacy of which we are gradually losing!

  81. Jules said on December 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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    Does this VPN provider keep a log of users activity or not? It’s privacy policy is written [with] language that is quite odd:


    7. Do you keep logs?
    NO, we do not keep logs with our users` activity. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information.
    http://www.ibvpn.com/faq.html#7

    Or should that be YES?

    .ibvpn.com need to use plain English, as teh FAQ question is:

    7. Do you keep logs?

    and the answer appears to be YES

    it’s answer to Q7 seem to be answering quite a different kind of question.

    They key word is WITH…..

  82. Puneet said on December 28, 2010 at 10:46 am
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    I want to watch the Videos from Vovo, Hulu and Youtube as i cannot watch due to Restrictions. Please Give me This Account and Make My Life Easy.

  83. lexis said on January 4, 2011 at 5:57 am
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    I have just been sent the free promo code. But to use the 3 month free allowance I have to agree to:

    Subtotal: $19.95 USD
    100.00% One Time Discount: $19.95 USD
    Total Due Today: $0.00 USD
    Total Recurring: $19.95 USD Quarterly

    IE: After 3 months I will be expected to pay $19.95 USD Quarterly. Under the Terms and Agreement to be signed, it does not mention how to cancel the order before the free trial ends. I would also expect a company that touts privacy services would be providing it account creation and account access over HTTPS, but ibvpn.com seems to do everything over plain text HTTP.

    VPN services encrypt data, but how can a VPN provider be trusted if it does not encrypt internet access to customer account data or use encryption when logging into an account….

    1. Martin said on January 4, 2011 at 11:18 am
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      Lexis, according to my contact the account is terminated after the three month period automatically. I have contacted them to sort it out.

    2. Martin said on January 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm
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      Here is the reply:

      After the free period expires, a new invoice will be generated in case the user will want to continue using the account. If the user does not want to pay for the product, it should only ignore the invoice. That’s why appears as recurring.

      The user will not be charged automatically. He must manually pay for the invoice if he wants to upgrade.

  84. Pxorg said on February 23, 2011 at 4:52 am
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    Looks like a great service.

    I’d prolly use it for Hulu and similar sites that are blocked here.

  85. EverArale said on December 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm
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    I need the VPN to bypass the goddamn GFW,so please consent to my request,thanks in advance!

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