Visa, MasterCard Ban VPN Providers

I read an article the other day that was posted on TorrentFreak, regarding Visa and MasterCard “Banning VPN Providers”:

“Following the introduction of restrictions against file-sharing services, Mastercard and Visa have now started to take action against VPN providers. This week, Swedish payment provider Payson cut access to anonymizing services after being ordered to do so by the credit card companies. VPN provider iPredator is one of the affected customers and founder Peter Sunde says that they are considering legal action to get the service unblocked”

In my opinion, thanks to Visa and MasterCard, VPN providers and customers alike will start to look at anonimity and security from a different perspective.

Here’s why:

The primary buyer TA is usually the more technically inclined individual. Now that Visa and MasterCard are banishing VPN subscription providers, users will revert to deploying a VPS with their own VPN software, such as OpenVPN and Poptop PPTP. This means users have more granularity and control over their VPN, e.g.

  • Control over log files
  • Choose their preferred VPN location and VPS provider
  • Set their own security standards
  • Choose their own VPN software (OpenVPN, PPTP etc)

Additionally, VPN providers will now be inclined to offer alternative payment methods to their customers (consider Bitcoin) to further preserve anonominity.


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