Our Mission: Internet is Great and We Need to Keep it Open
In the mid 90s the founder of b.VPN has been setting up public cyber café networks in faraway lands for a living; thinking how wonderful it is to be able to have freedom of speech and anonymity; access to unlimited content; and open communication for everyone. The internet speed at that time was a nightmare but it was a free open place where you could be yourself. The MIRC was the leading chat program; ICQ appeared later on, Microsoft messenger - wherever did that one go? That was before everybody showed up online and problems started.
Why We Consider b.VPN to be the Best VPN in the Market Today?
There are hundreds of VPN service providers online that claim to be the best VPN service without actually giving VPN users a proper reason for their claim. The vast majority of those VPN services are using standard technologies without much or any modifications, making them vulnerable today for inspection and censorship by lots of firewalls and definitely at big risk from almost every firewall tomorrow.
They don’t provide a solid infrastructure to back up their pricing with using too many virtual machines as servers and with no real dedicated servers for VPN network access. They use low end encryption to secure their tunnels; and they don’t provide much simultaneous connections for each account. Basically, they spend most of their budget on advertisement and marketing instead of spending it on infrastructure, technology, proper customer support and quality control teams.
Best VPN Review Sites
We don’t think that paying for reviews or to gain a place in the top 10 ranking of sites is the right way to get things done. We believe that the internet is a great place and we need to keep it open for everyone so we prefer to spend more money on technology to be able to stand up to everyday updating firewalls and stronger censorship.
So called VPN review sites either write VPN reviews that are paid for or have affiliate relations with those VPN services that they recommend as the “Best VPN Service”. One of the leading review sites that we asked to review our VPN service performance wouldn’t review our service until we paid a certain sum of money just to add the review to their site.
In view of the work they would need to do to produce the review, we paid and provided them with all the tools they needed to test the service and make sure it works even behind the toughest firewalls. The resulting review contained falsely negative comments in order to reduce our ranking and give us a lower place than other providers who buy all their advertisement spots for the top 10.
To sum it up, if you don’t spend money to get ranked, it won’t work out and we don’t think that this is the right way to get things done.
Great Firewall of China and The Spreading of DPI firewall
The Great Firewall of China is updated every now and then. In late 2015 and early 2016 the vast majority of VPN services selling in China became very unstable, if they were able to connect at all. The Chinese firewall implemented a list of backup techniques to break and disconnect a VPN tunnel even if it managed to establish. Without exception, OpenVPN, L2TP, even SSTP users started suffering.
Not only in China but in other locations too, we repeatedly tested many networks for years. This made us think that the Chinese government might be collaborating with others to apply the same DPI firewall rules that make internet users’ lives miserable.
As time passed, OpenVPN performance and ability started degrading with every firewall update. The OpenVPN team didn’t seem to do much about it or, to put it another way, they didn’t focus on that market. So we decided to step up and change the game and provide more and more customization for our VPN tunnel.
In late 2012 we provided all our users with SSH tunnel that works with one click built in to our VPN applications and were able to run it on 3 out of 4 major operating systems (excluding iOS due to limitations, which we hope we will be able to overcome soon). That was enough until the latest update of The Great Firewall of China which result in even L2TP becoming very unstable. That was when we realized that SSH will not survive for long and it’s time for us to develop our own VPN tunnel - SMOKE!
SMOKE cloaks the OpenVPN connection while it’s being established between the users’ machine and our VPN server by sending camouflage packets to cover up the OpenVPN TLS handshake. Moreover, it adds traffic obfuscation to make VPN traffic indistinct to DPI firewalls. SMOKE even protects the VPN connection from data corruption techniques. In fact, it can detect throttle and adapt to it as it hops over IPs/ Ports dynamically without breaking the tunnel; maintaining the connection for the longest duration possible. SMOKE uses UDP style, which is way faster than TCP, still it verifies packet delivery both ways; meaning that it keeps a backup of data on each side until it's sent correctly if it's not recognized by server and client.
VPN Protocols: Which One is Better? Why We Don’t Use PPTP or SSTP?
Since we started working in the VPN market in 2011, we have had one thing in mind all the time - SECURITY. We refused to use low end protocols such as PPTP and focussed on more secure and faster protocols such as OpenVPN/ L2TP. SSTP is not supported on all major operating systems, and that’s why we never really bothered with it.
L2TP, OpenVPN, SSTP, SSH and Custom Tunnel (SMOKE)
We think L2TP is quite fast and seemingly stable everywhere, except China, as it’s different from other protocols and tunnels which are based on TCP/ UDP. Still, it’s very limited due to fixed ports and an inability to adapt to different network behaviors.
OpenVPN has good speed with UDP connections but in some networks TCP might be favored. Actually it depends on where the server you are connected to is located and whether the network has some sort of rate limit or is not very neutral (net neutrality is a topic that needs a whole article dedicated to it). So to recap, L2TP/ OpenVPN custom tunnels (SSH, SMOKE) are your best options.
How about Privacy and Logs?
Every VPN service does have a certain level of logging. The idea of “no logs” is portrayed by some VPN services and review sites as “We keep zero information about users” which is very unrealistic. First of all, users or review sites don’t have a way to make sure whether or not a VPN service is keeping any logs. The user will have to decide whether to trust the service and what it claims.
Many providers claim they don’t keep logs but we think every VPN service does have a certain level of logging. This includes us – we keep details of a user’s IP; time of connection; and bandwidth usage – but we keep these data private. These are the data we think are required to maintain our infrastructure; control the service properly; and also to understand what works best for our users and to improve the service in general.
However, we DO NOT inspect a user’s traffic or log their activity while connected and we think our legit users should understand about the minor logs we keep. These data are important to maintain a crime free VPN at the same time as maintaining our users’ privacy. We will defend every user’s right to free, private and open internet but we will not cover up for cyber crimes, which clearly don’t include downloading or sharing some content.
Why We Think We Know a Lot
Several members of our technology team are heavy VPN users as they are located behind DPI firewalls. Also, we have been monitoring our users and figuring out what they need for the past 5 years. We have supported our users 24/7 with online chat and even remote assistance, and we’ve taken advantage of every support experience to gain more ideas and gain more information about every network. A part of our development team is dedicated to testing our service day in and day out on every possible network - unlike some VPN providers that don’t even know that their users can’t login to their applications, not to mention connecting to the service.
In terms of price, we don’t claim we’re the cheapest VPN service on the planet. Yet, we pledge to provide our users with a decent service at a competitive price. b.VPN’s pricing plans start from $7 per month and occasionally we announce heavy discounts on our VPN packages- up to 70%.
Basically, b.VPN is the cheapest VPN service that will offer the user the following:
- Unlimited access to a constantly expanding network of servers around the globe
- 6 simultaneous VPN connections per each paid VPN account
- 24/7 customer support with remote assistance and live chat
- Applications for all major operating systems
- Custom SMOKE tunnel and SSH tunnel
- Real dedicated TIER 4 hosted servers
- Limitless bandwidth and speed
- No limits on use
b.VPN comes in 3 packages based on the period of subscription because we believe that all our paid VPN users have the right to the same features.
How Do We Prove It?
You may simply download our iOS and Android VPN clients that will give you 3 day free trial upon registration. Additionally, you may ask our customer support team to provide you with a link to the currently active free offers; we usually give out free vouchers for our new users.
If you’re a Mac or Windows user, you can download our VPN clients and click “Connect” without registration. Just make sure you go to connection settings and check each protocol on its own and figure out which one works the best for you. As we mentioned above, every network is different and that’s why we work hard to develop those custom tunnels and protocols.