Anonymous,anonymous,anonymous;that’s one of the most used word in association with Vpn,but how about an anonymous team that develops a VPN service?Well,those would be the guys at CryptoStorm.
CryptoStorm is the new and improved version of CryptoCloud,with its base in Canada,so far dodging any data retention or internet surveillance laws,but we’re waiting to see how it will affect their services when the new laws will come into effect (and all canadian based VPN services for that matter).
CryptoStorm uses OpenVPn 256-bit encryption(AES encryption,RSA-2048 asymmetric key encryption, and SHA-512 hash authentication,oh my!),no logs are kept, and a special DNS utility to prevent any leaks and to make it even harder for authorities to track your location.
They’re very serious about protecting their customers,and if the high degree of anonymity isn’t enough for you,they’re backing it up with a “Seppuku Pledge” in which they say they will shut down than revealing information about its clients.They also claim that their code is open source,but you can be the judge of than once the code is available to the public.
There is only one main package available,$7.6 per month,with discounts to appear if the longer the commitment. Aside from credit cards,debit cards,paypal,and bitcoins,it uses tokens(crypto-currency, you might call it) as currency,providing even more protection and anonymity to its users.
Regarding customer support,you have emails,online forums,social media platforms and available information on the main company’s website.Instant response isn’t available yet,but considering what means they have at the moment,their response time is more than satisfactory.
The client works on most major platforms (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android), the windows client being the easiest to use,install,run,enter token code(you use your token code as a username,you don’t even need a password) and connect.It works on other platforms,but their tech guides left me as confused as a drunken sailor on Easter Island.
More cons would be a (supposed,they’re denying it so far)affiliation with a shady character which could provide/has provided information to the authorities.Another thing is their website, that has apparently no idea what user-friendly means, using a know-it-all-Neo language that only passionate techies would understand.
All in all,CryptoStorm uses bad-ass encryption,token based authentication and payment,anonymity to the power of 2,and has that samurai pledge thing,that get the thumbs up from us and users.