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After logging on to the Swiss servers I checked the IP address on iknowwhatyoudownload.com

 

All but two are tagged as "distribute child pornography" 

 

If they can determine this, can AirVPN and then only connect to servers that do not?

 

That would be a nice feature. I don't like having any association with IP addresses with that designation. 

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And lets say they do this, how long will it take until those that created the issue start also using the feature and all the ips get the same tag?

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And lets say they do this, how long will it take until those that created the issue start also using the feature and all the ips get the same tag?

 

Yeah, I thought of that. I guess I hoped that if they did they would eventually get found out and have their account cancelled by AirVPN (it's against the user agreement right?). 

 

I don't know the solution but it is disturbing. Not only because it's an awful thing, but it just invites authorities to come sticking their noses into everything...seize the servers or get some kind of warrant to make logs...

 

Maybe I'm just paranoid. Does it not concern anyone else? Anyone have any ideas?  Would using IvP6 only help (make it less likely to share an IP address with a CP distributor?) 

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All vpn will suffer from users doing illegal stuff but it's not easy to control especially when you are also trying to keep users privacy. No way comes in mind to control the specific kind of users you mention but as @staff is smarter they might do. 

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And lets say they do this, how long will it take until those that created the issue start also using the feature and all the ips get the same tag?

 

Yeah, I thought of that. I guess I hoped that if they did they would eventually get found out and have their account cancelled by AirVPN (it's against the user agreement right?). 

 

I don't know the solution but it is disturbing. Not only because it's an awful thing, but it just invites authorities to come sticking their noses into everything...seize the servers or get some kind of warrant to make logs...

 

Maybe I'm just paranoid. Does it not concern anyone else? Anyone have any ideas?  Would using IvP6 only help (make it less likely to share an IP address with a CP distributor?) 

I guess that is the thing with using a VPN service like this. If you can be anonymous, everyone can, including these kinds of people...

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And lets say they do this, how long will it take until those that created the issue start also using the feature and all the ips get the same tag?

 

Yeah, I thought of that. I guess I hoped that if they did they would eventually get found out and have their account cancelled by AirVPN (it's against the user agreement right?). 

 

I don't know the solution but it is disturbing. Not only because it's an awful thing, but it just invites authorities to come sticking their noses into everything...seize the servers or get some kind of warrant to make logs...

 

Maybe I'm just paranoid. Does it not concern anyone else? Anyone have any ideas?  Would using IvP6 only help (make it less likely to share an IP address with a CP distributor?) 

I guess that is the thing with using a VPN service like this. If you can be anonymous, everyone can, including these kinds of people...

 

Except those kind of people will put all of our privacy at risk.  This case sure made a lot of IPVanish users nervous: https://torrentfreak.com/ipvanish-no-logging-vpn-led-homeland-security-to-comcast-user-180505/

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After logging on to the Swiss servers I checked the IP address on iknowwhatyoudownload.com

 

All but two are tagged as "distribute child pornography" 

 

If they can determine this, can AirVPN and then only connect to servers that do not?

 

That would be a nice feature. I don't like having any association with IP addresses with that designation. 

 

This is an unfortunate aspect of being in this business. One has to trust that despite the reprehensible actions of what is likely a small minority, the larger aims are held to be more important still.

 

 

And lets say they do this, how long will it take until those that created the issue start also using the feature and all the ips get the same tag?

 

Yeah, I thought of that. I guess I hoped that if they did they would eventually get found out and have their account cancelled by AirVPN (it's against the user agreement right?). 

 

I don't know the solution but it is disturbing. Not only because it's an awful thing, but it just invites authorities to come sticking their noses into everything...seize the servers or get some kind of warrant to make logs...

 

Maybe I'm just paranoid. Does it not concern anyone else? Anyone have any ideas?  Would using IvP6 only help (make it less likely to share an IP address with a CP distributor?) 

 

As good as this sounds on the surface, this is simply a risky thing for a company which markets itself as offering protection. Many competitors actually fall into that trap: they say they won't allow XYZ to be done on their servers and then (perhaps) inadvertently out themselves as really being in the business of closely monitoring their customers for any wrongdoing and therefore undermining their business and the trust others placed in it. But of course on an official, legal level, it's in Airs interest to protect itself from things such as CP.

 

 

 

 

And lets say they do this, how long will it take until those that created the issue start also using the feature and all the ips get the same tag?

 

Yeah, I thought of that. I guess I hoped that if they did they would eventually get found out and have their account cancelled by AirVPN (it's against the user agreement right?). 

 

I don't know the solution but it is disturbing. Not only because it's an awful thing, but it just invites authorities to come sticking their noses into everything...seize the servers or get some kind of warrant to make logs...

 

Maybe I'm just paranoid. Does it not concern anyone else? Anyone have any ideas?  Would using IvP6 only help (make it less likely to share an IP address with a CP distributor?) 

I guess that is the thing with using a VPN service like this. If you can be anonymous, everyone can, including these kinds of people...

 

Except those kind of people will put all of our privacy at risk.  This case sure made a lot of IPVanish users nervous: https://torrentfreak.com/ipvanish-no-logging-vpn-led-homeland-security-to-comcast-user-180505/

 

Well besides how there's already lots of laws which negatively impact your privacy regardless of if anyone engages in criminal activity or not, as well as how just using privacy-respecting products casually can put you on a watchlist, it's unconvincing using an example like that, since there's many cases in which using low-quality products is itself a greater risk to privacy in many cases: 

 

IPVanish has always been extremely vocal about its no-logging policies but the court documents in the Gevirtz case appear to show that the company logged extensively, apparently down to what services were accessed and when.

 

If and when an authority on something comes looking, it's therefore all the more important that the product and company behind it are robust in their offerings. For example, in the link you posted, they stated they follow a "No Logs" policy. But as Air has outlined many times, that is in fact quite a vague statement. So, instead of relying on just 1 product for your privacy, there's really a lot more you could be doing to minimize the risk, such as partitioning of trust and other good practices. I don't think you should worry about "being associated" with the IP in question either, as it's deliberate that many users share a single IP when they connect to a location, precisely so that no one stands out, purely in terms of IP alone. But I of course understand that it doesn't feel especially pleasant to consider who else is using the same IP.

 

seize the servers or get some kind of warrant to make logs...

 

Air addressed this before as not being possible.

 

I hope this somewhat addresses your concerns.

 

TL:DR; We shouldn't let a minority spoil things for the majority and if you're worried about the consequences for you, then mitigate the risk by for example using more than 1 VPN or "partitioning trust" by using Tor + Air, so that neither party sees all you do in case one is compromised. You can find lots of links relating to these things, in the link in my signature. Including, in the "First Posts" section under the question:

 

"- What does AirVPN do to make it safe to use and does it log or track people?"

 

A list of things Air does to uphold security and privacy.


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