Pornhub has launched their own free, ad-supported VPN with unlimited bandwidth

By Polycount ยท 16 replies
May 24, 2018
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  1. It's no secret that our online privacy has begun to slip away from us over time. Tech companies and websites everywhere usually collect some amount of information about you - the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal was evidence of that.

    As we recently pointed out, VPNs are one way of combating this loss of privacy. By obfuscating your location and internet traffic, these tools allow you to retain a layer of anonymity online. The trouble is, the best VPNs can be pretty costly.

    That's where Pornhub comes in. Today, the company unveiled a "totally free" VPN of their own, appropriately named "VPNhub."

    Although the company's goal with VPNhub is probably apparent given the content they host on their website, Pornhub claims their VPN can be used for far more than private porn browsing.

    VPNhub claims to offer "full data encryption and guaranteed anonymity."

    Indeed, VPNhub claims to offer "full data encryption and guaranteed anonymity." Furthermore, the VPN will theoretically let users bypass website censors and improve internet speed and performance, with no bandwidth caps.

    If all of that sounds too good to be true, there are a few catches to be aware of.

    No matter which device you use the free version of VPNhub on (it's available on iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows), you'll be subject to ads, and you won't be able to choose the country the software uses.

    The paid version of VPNhub, on the other hand, has no such restrictions. At $12.99 a month, VPNhub Premium is supposedly faster, ad-free, and it will let you choose from a wide range of countries, including the UK, Canada, Japan, and Brazil.

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  2. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 261   +140

    "and improve internet speed and performance" ???

    This is impossible ALL VPNs have overhead that slow down the connection.

    Pry open that wallet and pay for a real VPN service PIA is less than $45 a year.
     
  3. Polycount

    Polycount TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 919   +209

    Not necessarily true, but mostly true, yes. A couple actually have been shown to increase speeds, but it's rare.

    At any rate, I'm a bit skeptical of their claims, too, but I guess we'll have to wait and see what performance tests say.

    I personally use PIA, I love it. Great VPN.
     
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,105   +2,596

    You know, it's great just to live in a free country ........... right Stormy?!?!
     
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,155   +4,226

    I had no idea Linus posted here.
     
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  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,181   +311

    1. Do they keep logs?

    2. What is the speed cap and or data cap for free?

    3. Do they allow torrent traffic?


    Ghost VPN used to be a great free service before they stifled the free version, but I haven't searched for one in years...
     
  7. Potato Judge

    Potato Judge TS Booster Posts: 136   +62

    $12.99 monthly sounds overpriced. CyberGhost only charges me $15 per year.
     
  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +255

    I am in... and not in a sexual way... ;)
     
  9. MGStraze

    MGStraze TS Rookie

    It says you have to subscribe over android or ios to use it on windows.
     
  10. baskiria

    baskiria TS Member Posts: 44   +20

    It's 12usd per month or 60 per year...
     
  11. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 196   +95

    This is not for their American audience, this is for their Chinese audience where porn is blocked. Thats a 1.5 billion people audience alone, not to mention all the other countries in the world that ban pornhub. so ya they need VPN if they want to expand.
     
  12. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 261   +140

    I have been using PIA way before they started sponsoring Linus TechTips.
     
  13. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 261   +140

    Have you noticed that the Linux PIA client is WAY faster than the Windows Client?
     
  14. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 588   +274

    Unless you use an ISP that throttles streaming. Then using a VPN can (in some cases) improve your internet speed.
     
  15. Polycount

    Polycount TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 919   +209

    I hadn't, I'm not a Linux guy myself. That's interesting, though, I wonder why that is.
     
  16. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 261   +140

    If your ISP provides 50 mbps of internet that is all you can use. A VPN cannot make that connection faster than 50 mbps. The only thing a VPN can do is add compression to pictures, videos, or sounds etc. to make it seem faster.
     
  17. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 588   +274

    Perhaps it doesn't happen where you live but lots of ISPs (especially ones that also provide TV services) throttle streaming. So they may provide a 50mbps service in general but when it detects you are doing streaming (eg. Netflix) it drops your speed to 0.5mbps. By using a VPN, you can hide what you are doing online so the ISP doesn't know you are streaming and gives you the full 50mbps (reduced to whatever the VPN is limited to, let's say you end up with 5mbps). That is the only case I can think of where a VPN can "increase" your internet speed / performance.
     

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