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6 Best No-Log VPN Services

With so many VPN providers on offer these days, and with the increasing diversification of VPN services, it can be difficult to know which are the most secure in terms of how they protect your personal data. While a provider might claim to adhere to a strict “no logs” policy, meaning that your browsing and connection data is not recorded or stored by the company, a thorough read through of its privacy policy might prove otherwise.

In this guide, we briefly run through what “no logs” or “zero logs” means, and why it’s essential for those who value true privacy and anonymity when using a VPN. We also recommend six of our favourite providers, all of which offer the very best in VPN encryption while promising not to record any of your online activity when using their services.

Summary

Provider Features Price Links
1 BTGuard
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Zero logs
  • Torrent proxy
  • Custom app
$9.95
/month
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2 ExpressVPN
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Custom apps
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
  • Live chat
$8.32
/month
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3 IPVanish
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Custom apps
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
$10
/month
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4 Private Internet Access
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Custom apps
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
  • Live chat
$6.95
/month
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5 blackVPN
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Viscosity license
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
  • Live chat
$5.40
/month
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6 NordVPN
  • Torrent-friendly
  • VPN+Tor
  • 256-bit keys
  • Custom apps
  • Live chat
  • Zero logs
$8
/month
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Zero logging explained

Back in September 2015 we reported the findings of a survey conducted by the online privacy researchers The Privacy Observer, in which 71% of VPN users said they believed no-log policies did not exist among VPN providers.

While plenty of those surveyed have good cause to doubt their chosen providers – after all, you can never really be sure of what’s going on behind the scenes at a company, it’s worth noting that a providers’ privacy policy tends to reveal the authenticity of any promotional claims otherwise found on the homepage.

The Privacy Observer
According to a recent study, many people believe that zero-log VPNs do not exist.

Essentially, a no-logs policy means that your traffic history, web usage and connection data will never be stored on any server or database. As such, zero logging ensures optimal security against a whole range of threats against the provider and thus its users, including government and corporate enforcement of data retention, DMCA requests, potential subpoenas, surveillance, including DDoS attacks, hacking, spamming, and other methods of online tracking and monitoring.

However, of those providers that purport to zero logging, while not collecting data about the online activity of subscribers (traffic logs), some may still record VPN connection data (otherwise known as connection logs).

Typically, these records include a time stamp of when you logged in to the VPN, as well as a log of your IP address, duration of your connection and amount of bandwidth used, as well as DNS information.

In most cases, connection logs are kept to help improve the provider’s service, to deal with spam and to address instances of misuse; and while some companies tend to discard them after a few days, others are known to keep them for periods of up to a month (and even longer). In terms of privacy, it is undoubtedly better if the VPN provider promises not to store either traffic or connection logs at all.

Each service in our top six list adheres to a ‘true’ no-log policy, which excludes all of the connection logging practices mentioned above.

Company jurisdiction

When deciding which VPN service is best for you, it’s equally important to consider which jurisdiction the provider operates within. Like any other organisation, VPN providers are obliged to adhere to data retention laws depending on the country in which their headquarters are located.

With this in mind, our top six list only includes those providers which operate out of countries either where data retention legislation is non-existent or where laws are lax enough to be innocuous, thus allowing the providers to offer genuine no log policies.

VPNs that do not keep logs

It can be a bit disheartening to trawl through the fine print of numerous providers to check which do in fact adhere to zero-logging. With so many providers to choose from these days, thanks to a spike in VPN popularity around the globe, it is very possible to find one that does not log its users’ activities. Below, we’ve listed six of our favourite VPN services without any logging processes.

If you are looking beyond this list, be sure to check the provider’s privacy policy carefully for details on traffic logs, connection logs and DNS logs, as well as the company’s local jurisdiction and associated data retention laws.

If you know of another zero-log provider that is not mentioned in this guide but deserves a mention, please let us know using the comment section at the foot of the article.

Provider Features Price Links
1 BTGuard
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Zero logs
  • Torrent proxy
  • Custom app
$9.95
/month
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2 ExpressVPN
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Custom apps
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
  • Live chat
$8.32
/month
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3 IPVanish
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Custom apps
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
$10
/month
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4 Private Internet Access
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Custom apps
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
  • Live chat
$6.95
/month
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5 blackVPN
  • Torrent-friendly
  • Viscosity license
  • 256-bit keys
  • Zero logs
  • Live chat
$5.40
/month
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6 NordVPN
  • Torrent-friendly
  • VPN+Tor
  • 256-bit keys
  • Custom apps
  • Live chat
  • Zero logs
$8
/month
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BTGuard

BTGuard

BTGuard offers a VPN service and a SOCKS5 proxy service. The provider operates under the company name Netcrawled LLC, which is based in Canada, where no mandatory data retention legislation is in place.

According to its privacy policy, BTGuard “does not collect your Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or customer usage.”

BTGuard VPN service implements 128-bit Blowfish encryption and supports OpenVPN and PPTP protocols.

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ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands, a well-known safe haven for internet companies since there is no formal legislation on data retention.

ExpressVPN “does not collect or log traffic data or browsing activity”. The provider “may store your personal information on a third party server or…may use a third party analytics tool’ to understand how its website is being used. Having spoken to the company’s support agents, we were told that ExpressVPN does not store connection logs.

The service offers (up to) SSL secured 256-bit encryption and supports the following VPN protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP, IPSec, SSTP and PPTP.

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IPVanish

IPVanish

IPVanish is based in the United States and under US law is not obliged to retain user data.

As stated in its privacy policy, “IPVanish does not collect or log any traffic or use of its Virtual Private Network service”.

Encryption protocols include OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2 and PPTP. OpenVPN supports AES 128-bit and 256-bit ciphers.

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Private Internet Access (PIA)

PIA VPN

Private Internet Access (PIA) has its headquarters in the US, which, as with IPVanish, means that subscribers are not subject to data retention.

PIA does not log traffic data, DNS or meta data. Having raised this question for confirmation via live chat, PIA’s support agents reaffirmed this, referencing the company’s privacy policy.

OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and PPTP protocols are available with up to 128-bit or 256-bit encryption.

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BlackVPN

Among the key blackVPN motos is providing access to an "internet without broders"

BlackVPN was initially based in Europe, though in light of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations moved its headquarters to Hong Kong, which is an autonomous state to mainland China and has a long history of protecting citizens’ civil liberties.

As such, BlackVPN is not obliged to retain subscriber data. As stated on its website, BlackVPN does not collect connection logs (connection data is automatically deleted when a user logs off), traffic logs or DNS logs. User activity is never logged and your real IP address is never recorded.

In an interview with one its founders last year, BlackVPN also confirmed that it operates with a strict zero-log policy.

BlackVPN uses the super-strong AES-256-CBC cipher over OpenVPN.

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NordVPN

NordVPN

NordVPN is a Panama-based VPN service, where, at the time of writing, there are no data retention laws in place.

Furthermore, NordVPN operates with a full no-log policy. The company’s support agents confirmed this via live chat.

For encryption, the service offers up to 256-bit ciphers over OpenVPN or L2TP/IPsec, MPPE-128-bit over PPTP, as well as the VPN+Tor option.

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3 thoughts on “6 Best No-Log VPN Services

  1. Check out PrivatePackets.io that allows users to automatically provision and configure a dedicated VPN server in their choice of 7 locations around the world.

    • Thanks for the suggestion. Though having checked this provider’s website, I was only able to find (in the FAQ section) that it does not store traffic logs, but there’s nothing on connection logs, which was the initial point of this guide.

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