New VPN Server In The UK!!

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New UK Server

 

In response to high demand TUVPN have launched a NEW VPN server in the UK!

We are offering Shared & Dedicated IP services on this new server.

You can access the server immediately using: london3.tuvpn.com 

Alternatively you can reinstall your OpenVPN Client and you will have it in your VPN Server menu. New servers will automatically appear in our L2TP and PPTP client menus.

The NEW London Server comes packed with the usual TUVPN Features to provide you with the best VPN experience on the Net!

Please note that P2P file transfers are not supported.

 

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Typical VPN (OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP) vs SSH2 Tunnels vs High Anonymity WEB Proxies

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With the recent addition of SSH2 Tunnels, TUVPN is fast becoming one of the most complete VPN providers in the VPN ecosystem, offering a wide range of VPN protocols and security tools that can cover any possible user, from newbie to seasoned.

As we offer so many options/choices now, we have decided to summarize in this blog article the difference between the technologies offered so you can better decide which type is most appropriate to what you want to achieve. Primarily we want you to clearly understand how your traffic is protected, which traffic is protected and the level of anonymity provided by each technology. This of course applies to any VPN provider, not just TUVPN, so if you are not yet a TUVPN user it will be useful knowledge all the same!

 

Typical VPN Protocols (OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP)

A common characteristic of these VPN protocols is that they modify the default gateway on your computer/device to redirect ALL INTERNET TRAFFIC over the VPN.

You can't choose which applications are routed over the VPN and which are not.

You can see it graphically here:

Typical VPN Protocols Communication Process

This of course has advantages, i.e. you don't have to worry about which traffic is protected and which not, all is by default.

But it also has some limitations i.e. you can't enjoy your full Internet connection speed for applications that don't require high security or anonymity. Using encryption and accessing the Internet through a remote VPN server instead of your local ISP will always add some extra burden to the communication process. The precise amount of extra burden, and so the difference of speed while running your applications, will depend on a number of factors – processor and memory of the client device, the distance to the VPN server with which you are connected, and the available resources at the VPN server level. By the way, you can test our server speeds with a new tool we have just added to the website – try it here.

Further, if you want to make sure that no traffic will reach the internet in the case of the VPN connection going down, you need to rely on third party products (i.e. firewalls) or have this feature integrated in the VPN client provided. By default and if nothing is done, when the VPN connection goes down, traffic will reach the Internet unprotected via your ISP.

With respect to anonymity, all typical VPN protocols will substitute your normal IP with the IP of the VPN server with which you have connected for ALL applications.

 

SSH2 Tunnels

SSH2 Tunnels offer more flexibility than the typical VPN Protocols for the people that need it.

The internal workings of an SSH2 tunnel are quite different from the typical VPN. Let's see it graphically and then we will go over it:

SSH2 Tunnel Communcation Process

To establish an SSH2 Tunnel first we will need, as with typical VPNs, a client e.g. MyEnTunnel for Windows.

Typically, this client once connected, will provide a LOCAL SOCKS5 PROXY (so a SOCKS5 Proxy running on our computer/device). But what on earth is this?! Plainly speaking, it is simply a program that will act as a broker for the Internet communications of the applications that we configure to use it.

So once our client is running and the SSH2 Tunnel is up, no application is protected by default, as happens with typical VPN protocols.

Now we need to configure the applications that WE WANT TO BE PROTECTED to use the provided SOCKS5 Proxy on our computer/device. This is fairly trivial and implies just changing a setting in the desired applications.

Now you see where flexibility comes into play. As long as an application supports using a SOCKS5 Proxy, we can protect it while leaving others outside of the SSH2 Tunnel and so without the extra burden that a VPN implies. This may be seen as a huge advantage by many users.

Moreover, you will clearly see that if the SSH2 Tunnel goes down (so the SOCKS5 Proxy goes down too), NO DATA FROM OUR SELECTED APPLICATIONS WILL EVER REACH THE INTERNET. This is quite obvious as they are configured to use the SOCKS5 Proxy to reach Internet and without it no data can be transmitted in any case. Again, this 'by default' behaviour is a strong plus for the SSH2 Tunnels.

When we look at anonymity with an SSH2 Tunnel, it will provide the same level as any typical VPN protocol for the SELECTED APPLICATIONS. For the rest of the applications that we are running outside the tunnel, no anonymity will be provided.

 

High Anonymity WEB Proxies

Finally we will discuss how High Anonymity WEB Proxies fit into this picture. Again let's see graphically their working:

High Anonymity WEB Proxy Communication

Everything is much simpler here. WEB Proxies as its name implies just work with WEB browsers (https/https traffic), no other application can use them.

Moreover, no traffic is protected (so no encryption is present in all the communication path). Just anonymity is provided by changing our IP with the IP of the proxy server.

You can read more about Proxies vs VPNs here.

 

And that should be it! Hope all of this is enough to let you choose your best vpn connection method and enjoy Internet in a more secure way! As always, we welcome your comments and thoughts.


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PPTP vs L2TP/IPSec

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PPTP vs L2TP/IPSecWe have just introduced a new VPN protocol in our VPN network: L2TP/IPSec

So, currently we support PPTP, OpenVPN and now L2TP/IPSec.

In a previous article we already highlighted the differences between PPTP and OpenVPN. Today we will focus on PPTP versus L2TP/IPSec.

 

L2TP/IPSec

L2TP is a tunneling protocol that allows us to create VPNs. L2TP uses UDP protocol (in contrast with PPTP that uses TCP protocol).

It is important to understand that L2TP doesn't provide by itself any protection (i.e. encryption) to the data being transported. We need to add another layer that provides this service, in our case IPSec.

So, in a typical L2TP/IPSec communication, first IPSec establishes a secure channel between the client and the server and then L2TP takes care of further authentication of the client and establishing the tunnel to securely transport client data to the server within the secure channel provided by IPSec. So IPSec "wraps" L2TP communication and keeps our data safe from prying eyes.

 

PPTP vs L2TP/IPSec

The main drawback of PPTP versus L2TP/IPSec is the encryption strength (for a good introduction to what is encryption strength and why should you care, check this).

PPTP maximum encryption is 128bit using Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption (MPPE). IPSec can provide much stronger encryption with more up-to-date ciphers. Typically (as in our case) the cipher used will be AES with 128bit keys.

Moreover, L2TP provides data integrity (protection against modification of the data between the time it left the sender and the time it reached the recipient), authentication of origin (confirmation that the user who claims to have sent the data really did), and replay protection (which keeps a hacker from being able to capture data that is sent, such as the sending of credentials, and then “replay” it to “trick” the server) all of which PPTP is unable to provide.

Due to the additional security features provided by L2TP/IPSec, the overhead involved can result in slightly slower performance than PPTP. But this is negligible most of the times.

PPTP is very easy and quick to deploy as it is supported by default by most operating systems. However, L2TP/IPsec is also easy, but does not have such widespread support and so can require a little more effort to set up.

Finally, L2TP/IPSec is more "firewall friendly" than PPTP, meaning that it has more chances to work where PPTP is not supported/blocked.

 

Summary

If security is your priority, then definitely use L2TP/IPSec over PPTP when comparing the two protocols.

Also, you will not have any other options when you find PPTP blocked or unsupported by ISPs.

If you want a quick solution, easy to deploy and that will work on most devices without much overhead, then PPTP is the recommended option for you.

OpenVPN remains our No.1 ranked protocol of the three we offer – OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP.


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TUVPN Launches its First VPN Server in Sweden

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TUVPN.COM is delighted to announce that it has launched a New VPN Server in Sweden.

 

Server Address:

stockholm.tuvpn.com
 

 

This is the latest addition to TUVPN's global VPN network.

When you sign up with TuVPN.com you get access to its entire global network.

The server comes packed with all the usual features: OpenVPN, PPTP, and High Anonymity Proxy.

We also offer Dedicated IP VPN on this server.

All feature enhancements and network options are fully available!

Do you have questions? Read our extensive FAQ, Tutorials, and Blog Articles

 

TUVPN.COM – the serious VPN network, where performance and customer care are the only things that matter.

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TUVPN New Year Special Offer Is Ending!

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'New Year Special Offer' Is Ending

Effective Midnight on 28th February

 

 

In celebration of the New Year, we have been offering new customers a VPN account at very special prices.

 

Don't Miss Out – Experience the performance of a premium VPN network.


We are offering big discounts of up to 40% on our 3 month & 6 month VPN accounts.
 

The offer applies for both Shared IP and Dedicated IP accounts.

 

€21/$30 => 3 Month VPN Accounts 

€30/$42 => 6 Month VPN Accounts

 

Here are the relevant PROMO CODES to use:

 

For EUR services:

3MS21 – For a  3 MONTH SHARED IP SERVICE for 21€

6MS30 – For a 6 MONTH SHARED IP SERVICE for 30€

3MD21 – For a 3 MONTH DEDICATED IP SERVICE for 21€

6MD30 – For a 6 MONTH DEDICATED IP SERVICE for 30€

 

For USD services:

3MS30 -For a  3 MONTH SHARED IP SERVICE for $30

6MS42 – For a 6 MONTH SHARED IP SERVICE for $42

3MD30 – For a 3 MONTH DEDICATED IP SERVICE for $30

6MD42 – For a 6 MONTH DEDICATED IP SERVICE for $42

 

TUVPN.COM account gives you access to our entire Global Network of VPN servers.

Access options: Customised OpenVPN (Password Save & Server Menu) & PPTP & High Anonymity Proxies.

 

Don't Miss Out!

 

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TUVPN.COM Launches FIRST Server in Germany!

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We promised it was coming….and now it's here!

 

TUVPN.COM is delighted to announce that it has launched a New VPN Server in Germany.

Server Address: erfurt.tuvpn.com

 

This is the latest addition to TUVPN's global VPN network.

The server comes packed with all the usual features: OpenVPNPPTP, and High Anonymity Proxy.

We also offer Dedicated IP VPN on this server.

All feature enhancements and network options are fully available except P2P support.

 

TUVPN.COM – the serious VPN network, where performance and customer care are the only things that matter. 

 

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TUVPN.COM Launches a NEW Server in Amsterdam!

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TUVPN.COM is pleased to announce that it has activated a NEW VPN server in Amsterdam!
 This will be our THIRD server in the Netherlands.

 

TUVPN.COM customers get to enjoy the added CAPACITY and PERFORMANCE at not extra cost and without doing anything (load is automatically distributed between our three Amsterdam servers).

At TUVPN.COM we don't like complicated pricing schemes. Rather, we believe "One Size Fits All"

The Amsterdam servers come packed with all the usual features: OpenVPN, PPTP, and High Anonymity Proxy.

 

Later this week we will be launching our first server in Germany!

 

 

 

This will bring the TUVPN.COM Global Network of servers to 13 in 10 countries.

 

 

TUVPN.COM – the serious VPN network, where performance and customer care are the only things that matter.

 

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