The last time I was looking for a VPN service, I was helpfully directed to thatoneprivacysite.net's VPN comparison chart, which lists over 180 different VPN services, categorized according to privacy, security, and cost. And now here we are with our own VPN service. What's so special about this one?
Firstly, we think that as far as privacy services go, the more the merrier. If you are looking for a free VPN, you can narrow the list down to 56 services, and very few of these perform well in both availability and privacy. By providing PenguinProxy, we want to allow users to strengthen the free VPN ecosystem and allow users to keep their options open.
PenguinProxy is also an experiment in peer to peer technology. Traditional VPN's are often expensive due to hosting and bandwidth costs. These centralized servers are often identifiable and easily blocked. PenguinProxy aims to solve this problem by routing requests through other PenguinProxy users, in a sort of IP address trading system. A user from the United States can hide their identity through a foreign IP address, while letting someone else access US-only region locked content.
Finally, PenguinProxy is a VPN service which takes ethics and privacy seriously. Hola is a well known example of a VPN service behaving badly. Like us, they also had a P2P proxy system. However, they never disclosed to users that their service was P2P until after they were caught selling access to their network to anyone willing to pay. Since then, they have stopped and joined the ranks of VPN services who sell their user's browsing data to ad services.
PenguinProxy will never sell your connection or privacy to anyone. What we want is for there to exist a free and reliable anonymity network open and accessible to all. That's the kind of VPN we'd like to use ourselves.
Next: In upcoming blog posts, we will discuss challenges we face regarding privacy and security tradeoffs, as well as details of our P2P system.