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IVPN for Windows review: Same high price, more features

IVPN in brief:
P2P allowed: Yes (but not on U.S. servers)
Business location: Gibraltar
Number of servers: 73
Number of country locations: 29
Cost: $100 per year
VPN protocol: OpenVPN
Data encryption: 256-bit AES + 4096-bit RSA
Data authentication: AES-256-GCM
Handshake: TLS-auth
We haven’t looked at IVPN in nearly two […]

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ExpressVPN 2019 review: Great service, but why so secretive?

ExpressVPN in brief:
P2P allowed: Yes
Number of servers: 3,000+
Number of country locations: 94
Business location: British Virgin Islands
Cost: $99.95
VPN protocol: OpenVPN
Data encryption: SHA-256
Data authentication: AES-256-SHA256/AES-256-GCM
Handshake: 2048-bit RSA
Paying more than $60 for a VPN service is too much. Unless that company is offering […]

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Surfshark review: A solid VPN service with a few extras

Surfshark in brief:
P2P allowed: Yes
Business location: British Virgin Islands
Number of servers: 800+
Number of country locations: 49*
Cost: $72 (billed annually)
VPN protocol: IKEv2/OpenVPN
Data encryption: AES-256-CBC/AES-256-GCM
Data authentication: HMAC-SHA256-128/SHA-512
Handshake: Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman 384
A lot of people want to secure their connection with a VPN these days, […]

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What is two-factor authentication, and which 2FA solutions are best?

The age of automated authentication through biometric scanning is almost here. Yet even in this time of Apple’s Face ID, Windows 10’s Hello, and the up-and-coming FIDO2 specification, passwords are still the main way we log in to our various accounts. That’s […]

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