PrivateVPN by Trunkspace review: A pricier VPN with a solid no-logging commitment

PrivateVPN by Trunkspace in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Canada
  • Number of servers: 100+
  • Number of country locations: 48
  • Cost: $80 per year
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-128-GCM (default)
  • Data authentication: SHA1 for HMAC authentication
  • Handshake: TLS-ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384, 2048-bit RSA

PrivateVPN is a name we’ve heard before, but this new service from Trunkspace Hosting is not to be confused with Sweden-based PrivateVPN.com. Trunkspace’s PrivateVPN is a very basic affair that allows you to get online with servers in 48 countries. 

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Features and services

The Trunkspace VPN on Windows offers a single-pane interface listing all of the supported country connections. You typically have at least two choices per country. To connect to a specific server, you select it and click the Connect/Disconnect button to the right of the country name.

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Trunkspace Hosting’s PrivateVPN without an active connection.

A bar at the top of the window turns red when you aren’t connected, yellow when it is establishing a connection, and green when the connection is active.

Under Settings, which is accessed via the “hamburger” menu icon in the upper-left corner, there are a few added options. The Stealth VPN checkbox helps obfuscate traffic in order to bypass network firewalls blocking VPN connections.

Under Advanced Config on the settings page there’s an option to Disable Internet on disconnect, which stops all internet access when your VPN connection drops. Finally, under Routing you can specify that only certain domains will go through the VPN. This is useful if you only want to protect a connection to corporate email, for example, while keeping your casual browsing outside of the VPN. The routing feature isn’t particularly difficult to use but is more of a power user feature.

What’s odd about this application is that Trunkspace chose not to have it sitting in the taskbar. Instead, to reveal it you have to open the system tray, and then click on the icon there to bring the application to the foreground. I asked Trunkspace CEO Atif Khan about the taskbar-less approach, and he said many Trunkspace customers prefer it this way.

“From our experience and research, VPN is typically ‘set and forget.’ Many of our early customers complained when it was in the taskbar, because it’s not like Microsoft Word, an email client, or a web browser where you are interacting with it all the time.”

Performance

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PrivateVPN with an active connection.

Trunkspace’s performance was alright in some instances, but overall it wasn’t as high as we’ve seen with other services. Based on our testing, Trunkspace PrivateVPN was able to maintain an average of 19.26 percent of the base speed. That’s really low considering that the top performers we’ve tested reach as high as 50 percent, and middle-of-the-pack performance is around 30 percent. 

That’s not to say some of Trunkspace’s speeds weren’t fast. In fact, most scores were in the double digits but just not high enough to earn a better result. As usual, however, your experience may vary depending on your ISP, router, and devices.

Privacy, anonymity, and trust

Trunkspace is officially based in Montreal. Its business address is a UPS Store in the city, but that’s not unheard of for a small company with employees that work remotely. Trunkspace’s CEO is, as mentioned earlier, Atif Khan, and the CTO is Jessica Chan.

Trunkspace doesn’t have any logging statements in its privacy policy or its terms of service. On the VPN landing page, however, it states that the VPN does not log any “personal information” such as “IP addresses, connection timestamps, disconnect timestamps, bandwidth consumption, and DNS requests.”

It’s good that this is stated somewhere, but the reality is this is marketing copy and not a policy that you can point to. Trunkspace acknowledged this and plans to add a statement to its privacy policy or terms of service in the coming weeks.

To sign up for Trunkspace PrivateVPN you need to supply the company with more information than many other services require, including your name, email, street address, and phone number regardless of your payment method. Trunkspace accepts payments via PayPal, credit card, bank transfer, gift cards, and a variety of crypto currencies.

Conclusion

Trunkspace is a no-nonsense VPN. It doesn’t have any extra features that some VPNs offer, and its speeds are serviceable but not outstanding. It’s also a little too highly priced for what it’s offering in my opinion. You can find cheaper options out there with similar privacy policies that require less of your personal information. 

Trunkspace PrivateVPN is off to a good start with its privacy policies. If it dropped the price, and required less personal information it would come more highly recommended.

Editor’s note: Because online services are often iterative, gaining new features and performance improvements over time, this review is subject to change in order to accurately reflect the current state of the service. Any changes to text or our final review verdict will be noted at the top of this article.

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Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely done with you pronouncing 'melancholy' wrong

As long as you don't mispronounce certain words, Jake Gyllenhaal is a pretty friendly guy.
As long as you don’t mispronounce certain words, Jake Gyllenhaal is a pretty friendly guy.
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If you ever happen to find yourself in the same room as Jake Gyllenhaal, you had better make damn sure you don’t mispronounce the word “melancholy” in front of him. Just don’t do it.

This was a lesson Velvet Buzzsaw director Dan Gilroy learned the hard way on Monday, during a Hollywood Reporter interview with the cast at Sundance.

Behold the majesty of Gyllenhaal’s ice-cold shutdown:

You can watch the entire clip, in all its glory, here:

3,000 retweets later and Gyllenhaal’s response has had quite the reaction.

This GIF may have said it best, though.

It may not have been the first time that day, but it was surely the last.

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Gmail is down for many users right now

Gmail is having some problems today.
Gmail is having some problems today.
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UPDATE: Jan. 29, 2019, 2:12 p.m. CET According to a Google spokesperson, the issue with Gmail should now be resolved. 

Gmail is having a bad day today, with users all around the globe reporting a “404” error when they tried accessing the service. 

According to Outage Report and Down Detector, Gmail is currently down in nearly all of Europe, parts of Northa America, South America and Asia. 

Google’s own G Suite Status Dashboard doesn’t show any issues, so it’s possible that G Suite users aren’t affected. 

Gmail’s outage comes hours after Instagram briefly went down, though that issue was quickly fixed. 

We’ve pinged Gmail for more information and will update this article when we hear from them.

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Alibaba’s alternative to the app store reaches 230M daily users

WeChat isn’t the only one doubling down on lite apps. Ever since China’s messaging titan introduced “mini programs” two years ago, a handful of its peers including Alibaba and Baidu have followed with their own manifestations.

Alipay, the payments solution affiliated with China’s ecommerce juggernaut Alibaba, today announced it surpassed 230 million daily active users and 12 million lite apps. For some context, Tencent’s WeChat said it topped 200 million daily users and one million mini apps last November.

These stripped-down apps run within an all-in-one platform, or what some call the “super app,” allowing users to bypass the App Store. But not all native apps are replaceable by mini programs for the former support more functionalities and give developers more control in aspects like monetization and access to user insight.

Like WeChat, Alipay added a swipe-down menu on the app’s homepage for mini programs to enhance their visibility. The redesign boosts user revisits to lite apps by 20 times over the past month, Alipay claims.

The Chinese super apps are each bringing their own strengths to the mini-app play. Alipay is a digital wallet at heart, with 1 billion monthly active users around the world many of whom also consume its slew of third-party financial services. The top categories of Alipay’s mini apps, unsurprisingly, are services that see high-frequency transactions like retail, paying for utility bills and travel booking.

WeChat, on the other hand, is fundamentally a messenger and as such developers rush to leverage the social graphs from its 1 billion monthly users. Group-buying site Pinduoduo, for example, started as a mini program and effectively used WeChat’s social networks to grow its group-buying business. Eventually, millions of Pinduoduo’s core users migrated to its native app, setting the Tencent-backed ecommerce startup up against Taobao . Similarly, video games, especially casual ones, embrace mini programs for their smaller file size and ability to be shared across family members and friends.

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How to Recover Lost or Deleted Files?

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Have you ever lost your important files, like memories or official documents, accidentally or maliciously?

Adding more… when you even do not have any backup for the same.

Unfortunate, right? We’ve all been there.

Just last week I formatted my computer and later found that I didn’t have any backup for some recently saved important files. It was an absolute nightmare.

We have frequently been asked, “All my files have been encrypted or deleted by malware, what should I do now? Is there any way I can recover them without paying a ransom?”

Well, whether you lose your files due to a cyber-attack, ransomware, wiper malware, or even accidentally, fortunately, some data recovery software better your chances of recovering your deleted or lost files.

There are many data recovery software available in the market that allows you to recover most of your accidentally deleted files as well as data from damaged or formatted hard drives.

However, when we talk about an easy-to-use solution, I find Stellar Data Recovery Premium software as an obvious first choice among file recovery software due to its efficient and straightforward interface, which also makes it an excellent choice for non-technical users.

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Stellar Data Recovery Premium edition is available for Windows and macOS operating systems, including support for Window 10 & macOS Mojave, and supports a wide range of formatted drives, including APFS, HFS+, HFS, NTFS, FAT, and exFAT.

The software offers users an effortless way to recover most of their valuable lost or deleted photos, emails, videos or any other type of data back from Hard Drives, SSD, USB Flash Drives, SD Card and others.

How to Use Stellar Data Recovery Software and Its Features

It’s very simple actually. All you have to do is:

1.) Download and install the application and launch it.

2.) Move to ‘Recover Data’ section and select what type of files you want to recover and from where.

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3.) The software then quickly scans the selected folder or partitions for all recoverable deleted files.

4.) From there, you can select the files you are looking for and retrieve them to a folder of your choice. That’s it.

Besides file recovery, the Stellar Data Recovery software also supports in-depth scanning feature to help users find hidden or missing partitions on a drive that might have been lost due to corruption or accidental deletion.

We prefer choosing Stellar Data Recovery Premium edition, as it also comes with a useful, specialized feature designed to repair corrupt or damaged videos and photographs, even when they appear distorted, split, blurred, or pixelated.

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The “Repair Video” and “Repair Photo” utilities can simultaneously repair multiple video or photo files in easy and simple steps, i.e. just add corrupted files and click repair.

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Stellar Data Recovery Premium also comes with “Monitor Drive” feature that has been designed to help regular users to monitor the health status of their hard drives continuously, scan for bad sectors, and it even provides a simple utility to create an exact replica of a failing drive by using the Clone Disk functionality.

You can download the Windows or Mac version of the software from Stellar’s official website and if you find it useful, simply purchase a license key to take full benefit of all the features.

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