When it comes to selecting the right VPN service provider, a lot of research is in order. The right service provider can make your virtual private networks secure, fast and efficient; while the wrong ones can really give you a false feeling of security. Here is a comparison between the VPN services offered by WiTopia and Astrill, two well-known VPN service providers.
WiTopia – A Cornucopia of Services
WiTopia provides secure virtual private networks all over the world, and currently has customers in close to 160 countries. Their services function well even in countries that employ Internet censorship policies. They generally have two plans on offer – PersonalVPN and PersonalVPN Pro.
PersonalVPN is priced at $49.99 per year and offers PPTP, L2TP and IPSEC services; it employs 128bit encryption with an AES 256bit cipher. The DNS servers are free and have their gateways in every continent. The only known blockage points in the world for their VPN services are in parts of Belize, Canada, China, Morocco, Guyana, Italy (Telecom Italia), Oman and the UAE.
The Pro Plan comes at a price tag of $69.99 per year and has all the features of the PersonalVPN plan, along with additional dedicated AES 256bit openVPN servers, custom connection ports and with OpnVPN and SSL services. Both plans support a wide range of Operating Systems, both mobile (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian etc), web OSes (ChromeBook, HP WebOS) and the standard Desktop Systems (Windows, Mac and Linux). As for support, WiTopia offers live chat support and email support 24/7, throughout the year.
Astrill – The Secure One
Astrill offers services that ensure privacy in a number of ways. It hides your network's private IP addresses from the outside world and prevents governments and employers from monitoring or snooping into your private network activities.
Astrill offers encryption on any kind of network: Wi-Fi, private wired networks, or even cellular networks. Since the VPN layer prevents packet sniffing and data access from unauthorized entities, security is not a concern anymore. Astrill offers gateways in the US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, France, China and Australia.
Astrill's support system too is top-notch. With 24/7/365 availability, advanced ticketing systems and phone support by trained technicians, the support offered is one of the bests available.