Sunday, February 19, 2017

VPN service providers: global empires or two guys in their underwear churning out "locations" on 1 or 2 servers?

This post is more concerned with where they work, not whether they work. They don't, at least not on a Chromebook.

VPN: do any of these damn things work? TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

A couple of years ago I tried PureVPN. I wrote a bunch of posts. You can click on the VPN label to the right to read them.

This week I tried two more such services ...

I wanted to be able to protect a Chromebook and an Android tablet.

ExpressVPN (based in Bermuda) ... free trial did not extend to the Chromebook app. Dropped free trial. (before trying to pay.

NordVPN (based in Panama; billed to Latvia) ...

My bank challenged both (PureVPN and NordVPN). I should have taken the hint.

Finally, how the heck would you know what, if any, protection they are providing? Do they really have servers all over the planet or are they a couple of guys in their underwear with a server hooked up to a generator? Are some a giant scam that uses customer info to rob them even more blind than the money charged for "service"?
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PureVPN

https://support.purevpn.com/vpn-servers

​502 finds on this page for pointtoserver.com using browser function. Lends credence to my two guys in their underwear theory. It's the only domain I noticed.

I'm guessing that they simply defined 502 IP addresses on this one server and provide them to paying customers. Maybe like creating control cards in a JCL deck running an IBM utility in years gone by.



Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Mailing Address: DomainsByProxy.com, Scottsdale AZ 85260 US
​​DomainsByProxy.com, Scottsdale AZ 85260 US

​So is PureVPN un Arizona or in Hong Kong as they present?​
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Organization: Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC
Mailing Address: 14455 N Hayden Rd Suite 219, Scottsdale Arizona 85260 US

It gets curiouser and curiouser.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domains_by_Proxy

Domains by Proxy (DBP) is an Internet company owned by GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons. It offers domain privacy services through partner domain registrars such as Go Daddy and Wild West Domains.

Over 9,850,000 domain names currently use the Domains by Proxy service.
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OK, so maybe PureVPN has two servers, one for each guy in his underwear.
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NordVPN

https://nordvpn.com/servers/?gclid=CjwKEAiAoaXFBRCNhautiPvnqzoSJABzHd6hbndMQ2EQ0sK61fGgqz0VZ5M-ulp1jHH4_3ooeCWCkRoCPDjw_wcB

Wow, so many locations. Yeah, but only one domain.

Two different guys in their underwear.

https://www.whois.com/whois/nordvpn.com

Luxembourg, not Arizona like PureVPN, which uses GoDaddy.

REGISTRANT CONTACT
Name:Whois Privacy
Organization:Whois Privacy (enumDNS dba)
Street:BPM 333868, Rue Gabriel Lippman 34
City:Munsbach
Postal Code:5365
Country:LU
Phone:+352.27720304
Email:email@whoisprivacy.com
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ExpressVPN

https://www.expressvpn.com/vpn-server

Hides its domain names behind country icons.


REGISTRANT CONTACT
Name:Domain Admin
Organization:Whois Privacy Corp.
Street:Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street
City:Nassau
State:New Providence
Country:BS
Phone:+1.5163872248
Email:email@5225b4d0pi3627q9.whoisprivacycorp.com

Bermuda.
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All three service providers I considered present a choice of "locations", suggesting that they have servers there, but I think it's just many IP addresses that pretend to be at those locations.

It seems like deceptive advertising. Too bad reviews and oversight don't seem to know or care.

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