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Just a few remarks about me:

I grasped the science of cybersecurity

Dean Chester (36 years old, “know the ropes, 100%”)Dean twitter

No one can dispense with VPN these days. State of technology and globalization came up to the moment when I should make use of everything I have to keep on developing.

I respect morality, ethics and religious view, but restrictions, sanctions and censorship hold back progress, acting in politicians’ favor only.

All services mentioned on this site underwent scrupulous testing. Just a few words about how I test VPNs.

I buy premium accounts as well as try their free plans if there are any. I install them on different devices running on different OSs. To check their security and performance, I carry on speed and leak tests while connecting to servers located worldwide.

Also, I check if this or that VPN manages to go round restrictions and unblock torrent sites and streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Kodi, and whatnot. After such manipulations, I create a rating for this or that service based on the capacity of VPN apps to solve the necessary tasks.

While my peers took things easy at college, I grasped the science of cybersecurity in practice: tutorials, conferences, forums, etc. What I have sized up is that “If you don’t pay for the product, you are the product”.

Currently, I’m a practicing cybersecurity expert at a web hosting company. The field I am good at is VPN. I don’t use free VPNs because it’s a waste of time: no privacy, no anonymity. If I need to change my IP, I use a proxy.

Being a practicing cybersecurity specialist, I often contribute to technology and security related online editions with expert articles. You can find my posts on:

Besides, I’m not so naive to think that I’m not under governmental surveillance. Hiding behind the will to achieve “peace throughout the world”, they make new laws which bring along total monitoring.

I visit cybersecurity conferences regularly. They take place around the globe. Thus, I study different points of view on this subject, trends in the sphere, as well as test VPN services when being in different corners of the world.

In 2019 I managed to visit CyberCrimeCon that took place in Singapore in November. At the conference, I was lucky to review the reports of experts in this sphere, discuss persistent problems with the likeminded people, and of course, test some services to check if they can unblock entertaining services, check speeds and whatnot (luckily, I had time to visit neighboring China).

I’m here to get to the bottom of VPNs and find all their drawbacks and vulnerabilities.

For years, I’ve been studying operating system execution and describing the methods of its protection, as well as vulnerabilities on different online resources. But one day, I realized that it was not enough. But first things first. We live and work in a country where people know about censorship and online restrictions firsthand. Many services which can be used in much of the world are blocked here.

Such restrictions become a common practice. For example, the political elite of North Korea only has access to the Internet, whereas all other residents of the country can open about 30 websites. Various streaming services also impose restrictions on a set of countries.

Besides, the incidents taking place around the world in the sphere of cyber security undermine government agencies’ authority. Face recognition system, implemented in China, gets in the hair because its residents know that every step taken is controlled by the government. And Snowden’s leaks in June 2013 became a stunning eye-opening experience for the whole world.

We do not always have a chance to choose a country to live in, but we are always in a position to choose HOW to do it. I’ll help you to become less restricted and more secure on the Internet notwithstanding your location. You’ll get to know how to be anonymous while using IoT devices.

It’s kind of crazy today that we live quite comfortably in a world that George Orwell would have thought is super crazy. Like we all carry a phone with a microphone that could be turned on really at any time without our knowledge, with a GPS that knows our position, and a camera and, well, kind of all of our personal information.

- Elon Musk -

I identify myself as technology evangelist, as I engage in bringing the propaganda of network security into the open. Unlike most of the specialists in this area, I don’t generate fees for my articles. Neither do I help VPN services to make money through my reviews.

The aim is to provide an expert source on cybersecurity and to lift online restrictions. I search for the services which are worth linking and affordable for anyone: from students to IT professionals.

How did I arrive at this business?

My dad had a small company, and in 2014 its database was hacked through Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL. The whole family put minds to this problem, and the solution was to configure Virtual Private Network for corporate internet security.

It was my hands-on review of the VPN. Go deep down. Here’s how I became cybersecurity specialist.

How do I fight for Internet security and digital freedom?

VPN-Review belongs to non-commercial organizations that fights for net neutrality and digital rights (Fight for the Future and Electronic Frontier Foundation) and supports the developers of opensource software which is aimed at helping Internet users bypass restrictions and censorship (Tails, OpenMedia, Open Source Initiative).

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eff.org

- A non-profit group from California that has been defending civil liberties in the digital world since 1999.

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tails.boum.org

- A Linux distribution that can be run on any device through a USB stick or DVD. It fights for privacy and anonymity.

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opensource.org

- The company that promotes open-source software with further technical support.

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stunnel.org

- An open-source application that serves to provide SSL/TLS tunneling service (secure encoded connection is guaranteed).

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openmedia.org

- The organization that promotes openness, affordability, and no surveillance on the Internet through well-run campaigns.

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obsproject.com

- Open-source software for high-performance live streaming and video recording for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

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fightforthefuture.org

- The website powered by a group of technology experts who aim to promote free expression and liberation on the Internet.

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curl.haxx.se

- Multi-platform service program for the command line that helps to interact with different servers through diverse protocols.

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wikipedia.org

- Media organization with the aim to highlight restricted and censored content about both global and local events (corruption, wars, spying, etc.)

Why is it worth reading VPN-Review?

59% of the world population are active internet users in 2020. This number grows year by year. And the mission of this site is to make internet consumption less restricted and more secure.

I’ve spent much time to test VPN services, check their speeds, features, and apps to prepare all-around reviews for you.

Besides, here you can find VPN ratings for countries where access to the Internet is restricted, find the best VPN applications for different OSs, and in-depth guides devoted to vital problems on the Internet.

The testing system I use makes me stand out in the crowd of other sites that highlight similar issues. My real testing on different gadgets and OSs, in different places of the world, real people reviews help me create the most honest reviews.

If you share my viewpoint, you’re on the right track. You’ll find the right solution on this site!