Concerned about online security and privacy when you browse for porn?
If you use your home computer to browse for a lot of adult content then you may have good reason to be cautious. Cyber security experts warn that hacking is no longer a case of IF but WHEN and most of us would rather our taste in porn is kept private. VPNs may offer a solution to at least some of these privacy concerns and provide customers with encrypted access via their own routers. And who better to understand those concerns around surfing for porn than the adult content giants, Pornhub. The MindGeek site has now launched its own VPN, VPNHub, as a silver bullet to keeping your browsing history safe from prying eyes.
In this review, we take a closer look at the services offered by VPNHub and why they tick all the boxes for internet users of porn.
What is a VPN?
A VPN (or, ‘Virtual Private Network’) is a type of service that internet users can route their connection through to mask their location and IP address. This is provided through an encrypted and secure service.
Fundamentally, a VPN offers privacy and security by creating a secure connection to a third-party platform instead of routing via your ISP (Internet Service Provider). They are often used to access region-restricted websites or to shield browsing activity when using unsecured internet connections such as public WiFi. Not only that but they provide an additional layer of security by encrypting personal data.
In short, a VPN can help minimize your risks of being hacked as well as prevent other privacy invasions and cybercrime, including:
- Personal Data Theft
- Intellectual Property Theft
- DDoS Attacks
- Identity Theft
- Government Surveillance
Are VPNs Legal?
In most parts of the world, VPNs are entirely legal to use but anything that is illegal to access without using one remains illegal whilst using one. So, you can use a VPN to watch porn without fear of anyone tracing your browsing activity to your computer but it is still illegal to browse for illegal pornographic content.
Some sites forbid the use of VPNs in their terms of service including streaming platforms like Netflix so whilst it isn’t strictly illegal, you are breaching your contract if you do.
It is also worth pointing out that the use of VPNs is forbidden in some counties, including (but not limited to):
- Saudi Arabia
- North Korea
It’s therefore worth checking out any region-specific laws that relate to the use of VPNs before using one.
VPNHub: The Free VPN You Can Trust?
Eagle-eyed readers will have already noticed something familiar about VPNHub and its logo. Launched by the popular tube porn hosting site, Pornhub, the service has been designed specifically to help its users browse for adult content anonymously. Yet, the interface and platform are a robust offering with a lot of features.
The VPN platform, though owned by Pornhub, is actually operated by AppAtomic and hosted by the US cloud services giant StackPath. Together they have thousands of servers in more than sixty countries offering lightning fast speeds, secure connections and unlimited bandwidth. Even during peak hours, the data isn’t throttled so your download and connection speeds are unaffected.
Offering customers a simple way and fast way to surf online without leaving a trace and benefiting from top-grade security, VPNHub means you can safely log-on to any site from anywhere. This means you can enjoy maximum privacy and protection even when using public WiFi.
Services are provided with full DNS Leak Protection which means that no ISP information is recorded and any servers you use to route your connection are anonymous.
And, you can access all this for free! Yes, there is a premium upgrade available which allows you to cover more devices, faster connections and an ad-free environment but the basic service is offered by the world’s largest adult website totally free of charge…..for your smartphones anyway.
The VPNHub service is available to use across the four main operating platforms for internet use:
Your plan will allow you to cover up to 10 devices within your monthly subscription which is generally enough for most people to afford protection to all of their phones, laptops and tablet devices.
Premium subscription also means that you can enjoy an ad-free experience.
Setting up the service on all devices is fast and simple with a slick and reliable interface to manage your connections. All you need to do is download the app, launch it and route your connection via the server of your choice. This can be done manually each time you want to connect to the internet or you can set the service up to launch and run every time you use your device online.
Security over your mobile devices is provided using Advanced Encryption Standards (AES); the very same Next-Gen technology utilized by the U.S. military and government to afford the most advanced encryption services. This includes a Kill Switch feature which prevents any data from being transmitted when the VPN connection is lost; ideal for those hyper security conscious folk who use a lot of public internet services.
There’s also a novel Scramble feature which attempts to cloak your use of a VPN to your ISP so it’s not apparent that you are even using one.
Tests fun by several technical review sites indicate that speeds across the U.S. and United Kingdom were among the fastest available but conspicuously disappointing in some counties, including several across Europe and Asia.
How Much Does VPNHub Cost?
So, there’s a ton of good reasons why a VPN is a good idea and, as long as you use it legally, very few barriers to doing so. Protection and privacy like this is a premium service and you can expect to pay in the region of $10-$50 per month in subscription fees to some providers.
VPNHub actually has some competitive monthly charges and, depending on your plan, you could be paying as little as $3.49 per month for their service. Remember though that their basic service is free.
At the time of our review (March 2020), the current service plan rates are being charged as follows:
- $13.99 monthly with a seven-day free trial; cancel anytime.
- $6.99 per month with a one-off payment for 12 months of $83.88
- $4.99 per month with a one-off payment for 24 months of $119.76
- $3.49 per month with a one-off payment for 36 months of $125.64
VPNHub: More Information
You can download the VPNHub from your app store or find out more via their official website/social media pages:
All featured images via VPNHub.