As some of you out there, I am using a VPN software from time to time to hide my original identity when browsing the net. One of the main reasons is the high censorship – and lawyers waiting about to sue you after accidentally visiting a “wrong” site, here in germany,
Previously I used HMA – “Hide my Ass” for my privacy. They offer a simple UI, Android client, lots of servers worldwide and they also provide a manual about how to setup your Synology NAS to work with HMA.
Also, when just browsing for “good VPN provider” they are in the top list. So, that was my previous reason.
I guess I took this the too easy way, and I must admit that I did not check for any details when I started to use them. After some time I read some bad news.
Your IP address is logged by us so that we can prevent any spam, fraud or abuse of our Site and our services. We may store this data for up to two years, unless we are required, for legal reasons or under exceptional circumstances, to retain this data for an extended period.
And yes, HMA is able to track down the IP address of any connection to any user (found at Reddit):
After this, I cancelled my account immediately and searched for another VPN provider. My current favourite is IP Vanish, which offers similar services but no trackable logging. They do not offer a detailed setup, but it was a simple way to also configure my Synology NAS for using IP Vanish.