Just few weeks after that I got my first blackmail-letter from Hedman & Partners . For personal user use where encrypted tunneled traffic leaves the VPN and exits onto the internet I agree that the implementation and use of any VPN involves a certain amount of trust.
Some even offer free trials for you to test their software before purchasing anything, i would advise you to look into some lists of the best vpn services in 2017 . I’ve also found it useful to access pages otherwise restricted by country, such as streaming South Park from their official page. Never had a vpn and I’ve been sharing files for a long time, never had a summons from the MPAA or any other agency, never set foot in a court. Logically these snoop agencies can’t monitor everyone’s activity, it would cost a fortune.
Anti-piracy-letter-blackmailers landed in Finland about 2-3 years ago in big way. Lawsuits began to appear and even then I thought that those charges would never hold. I was stunned to see the Finnish District Court gave a verdict where the defendant was sentenced as guilty and ordered to pay enormous amounts of compensation.
Whether you use a public commercial service or you host your own VPN server on a remote VPS makes no difference to this fact. Whatever the type of VPN, the weak link is the part you don’t have full control of – vpn the part just after where the traffic leaves the tunnel and becomes regular non-tunneled / non encrypted traffic. In other words if you must use a VPN for general internet use, choose carefully before you put your trust in any provider. In this scenario it’s 100% incorrect to make a sweeping generalization statement of "do not use a VPN" because this type of setup works and can be trusted.
the advice to set up your own proxy / host your own VPN trades a lot of things away just to make sure you are not being logged by a VPN service. Your cost is probably more, reliability probably less, and your traffic may be much more readily identifiable as ‘you’ because instead of sharing an address with other customers, it’s … just you. I always thought that I wasn’t doing anything that I wouldn’t mind anyone to know. And if I did do something that I wanted to keep in private, I used TOR and other countermeasures to hide my online actions. I never thought that those anti-piracy letters that were already been sent in the US could be threat at all here in Finland.