Why Pay For a VPN?

WHY PAY US WHEN YOU CAN JUST GET A FREE VPN?

We get it, there are loads of VPN companies on the market today. A lot of them are even free.  Free is very appealing, especially if you just want to stream something or get access to some location specific content.

you want to watch the latest Uzalo? We’ve got you covered.

 

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, THAT’S WHY

1.  We limit at most 3 customers per server. In some cases, even just 1 customer per server. This is more expensive for us, but provides an overall better experience for customers. Our speeds are often much better than others because we don’t oversell. Many competitors buy a few dozen or few hundred (!) large servers, then sell access to that fixed set of servers. This means thousands of customers competing for the same bandwidth on a VPN server. No fun for their customers!

2. We guarantee video streaming for certain websites (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iplayer, ITV, Channel 4). If one of those video streaming sites stop working, all a customer must do is email us and we give them a different server which works.

3. 100+ countries and counting, all the same price. How many of the companies who have free service offer Réunion? Jordan? Lebanon? Mongolia? Taiwan? UAE? Iceland? The answer is not many, because such locations are much more expensive than the typical USA, UK, Germany, Amsterdam, etc.

4. Our Support team is awesome. We offer phone support and remote session support (we remotely control your computer while you watch, if you like). How many companies offer that?

SHOULD YOU TRUST A FREE VPN?

How do you know who to trust? Just who is behind that appealing sounding VPN? A good amount of the most popular free VPNs either have Chinese ownership or are actually based in China.

Given that China has aggressively clamped down on VPN usage and is famously restrictive with internet usage within its own borders, it’s no stretch to wonder if these companies are funneling data to the Chinese government or other parties.

Not to mention, nailing down the ethics of non-transparent and ad-based companies can be tough. Should you trust a company whose priority is making profit for it’s shareholders? (The answer is no.)

Do they hold your privacy as top priority? They forget to tell you who is the real customer for most VPN providers; the venture capitalists. The investors. The people who financed the company. They want their money back, and with interest. The VPN company can give that quicker and bigger if they monetize you.

Since our inception, FoxyProxy has had no investors. We run no ads. There are no shareholder meetings.  We’ve had opportunities and passed them over because we won’t compromise our customers for a dollar. We refuse to sell out our loyal following.

Our meetings involve lots of food and casual dress

 

 

 

Things are Happening!

Please enjoy this autumnal beauty
THINGS, THEY ARE HAPPENING.

We are a hair’s breadth (or, is it a hare’s breath? That’s more poetic) away from our Firefox add-on update being finished. The brains of FoxyProxy have spent months completely re-writing the code, and the fruit of that labor will be released soon.

Additionally, more irons are in the fire for things like a native iPhone app (instead of manual iPhone config), additional payment options and updates to our Chrome extension, so do keep an eye out for those!

 

111 COUNTRIES!

That’s how many countries around the world we currently offer VPN/Proxy service for. Chances are, there are at least a few on the list that you don’t know much about, so we’re taking the opportunity to highlight a couple of them below.

We’ve been doing this for 13 years!   In Internet years, we’re practically elder statesmen. Thirteen years in the business means we know what we’re doing, and our customer support reflects that.

We are committed to giving you the best service, the most reliable product, and respecting your privacy first and foremost. We don’t store or track your data, log which sites you visit, none of it!

We have core values that are important to us. 

We advocate for privacy, free speech, free press, government transparency, sensible copyright and sensible DRM. We’re members of the Electronic Frontier FoundationCenter for Democracy and TechnologyFreePressStop Watching Us, and the Mozilla Foundation.

We donate money and resources to non-profit organizations that are aligned with our principles, like the Center for Biological Diversity, who help endangered fox species, the Tor Project, so you can see we put our money where our mouth is.

So, do a little reading, go down some travel rabbit holes, and learn a bit about where some of your fellow humans come from.
IRAN
Yes this is Iran. Surprised?

Iran is a country with millennia of human history and stunning natural beauty. Far from the desert landscape most westerners imagine Iran to be, there are lush subtropical jungles in the north, snowy cold winters in the west, and everything in between, with the country boasting 11 of 13 different climate types. Iranian people are famous for their hospitality, and Iranian art and architecture has been deservedly revered for centuries.

NORWAY
Admit it, you were expecting a fjord

Norway is a historical home to Vikings and land of more beauty than you can shake a stick at. But, it’s also one of the most peaceful and socially equal places on Earth. It’s also home to trolls, the well known and frankly, a little terrifying Atlantic Ocean Road. They also gave us Slow TV, for which I am eternally thankful.

Some Words From Our Founder

Reflection

Recently, our founder/head honcho/brain in charge/all round awesome nerd, Eric Jung, sent an email out to employees.
… NO, NOT THAT KIND OF FOUNDER

On the surface, the email was about reaching a milestone with our support team. However, it’s so very illustrative of the ethos of Eric and FoxyProxy itself, that we wanted to share it with a wider audience.

There are other VPN companies out there who are flashier,  and some of them even have cute animal mascots (none so cute as the fox, though. It’s science.), but they don’t carry the same history and commitment to ethics that we do.  

There’s a reason we’ve been doing this for 13 years.

We aren’t in this to raise millions from investors. We’re in this because FoxyProxy was founded on a principle.
Thanks for choosing us to help you safeguard your privacy! 
“It’s just amazing to think where we’ve been as a group and where we are now.
I am very proud and lucky to work with all of you.
Thank you for being part of a company whose ethos is to “stick it to the Man” — you want to censor what we can see and do on the internet? You can’t and we won’t let you. This is why, when someone for example in UAE tells us FoxyProxy didn’t work for them  (as recently happened), I get upset and lose sleep.
This was the founding principle of the company long ago, why I wrote the software I did — long before most anyone else was thinking of internet privacy and anti-censorship, especially journalists who love to talk about those topics now. And it is still part of us today. I hope you feel it.
This Summer I must fully re-write our original product yet again (FoxyProxy for Firefox) due to breaking Firefox changes. I hope the new product will also work with Chrome and that will be “refreshed” — it needs it. “

Sneaky Sneaky!

Doing a mighty sneak.
source 

Sneaky Threats to Your Privacy

You know that we here at FoxyProxy love privacy.  It’s kind of what we do and it has been our core value since 2006.

We also know that a lot of you go through your daily lives doing things like working, cooking, family stuff, and generally living, and so you may not have a minute to think about all the things that might be putting your privacy at risk.

That’s where this handy post comes in!

We’re going to outline some privacy threats that you may not have even thought about, so that you can have even more tools at your disposal.

Hidden cameras. We shared this story about an AirBnB which was found to have an undisclosed camera tucked away. Luckily, the family found it by doing a quick scan for wifi devices. While the company does allow cameras if they are disclosed, it’s smart to always check to see if there is a device hidden somewhere to look in on you.

Another option would be a wifi jammer such as this one  which easy to use and, as a bonus, means you can act out your own Cyberpunk fantasy and yell “I’M JAMMING THE SIGNAL!”

You know you thought of this.

 

Public Wifi.  Sure, free public wifi sounds great. And it’s something a lot of us probably don’t give much thought to as we stand in line, drink our coffee, or go about our days in the public realm. But! We often don’t think of the risks that come along with it.  Here’s a great article which lays out some of the things you can do to keep yourself more secure.  What’s one of those steps? Using a VPN of course. 

 

Data Tracking.  It’s no secret that when you hop onto a browser, most of what you do is being logged somewhere. There are some pretty easy steps to take to limit this insidious tracking, however. The big browsers do have various settings that you can manipulate to limit what gets tracked. However, as we just shared with you, that’s not anywhere near perfect. Browser extensions are available which block various ads, trackers, and cookies and are easy to use.  Or, if you’re willing to try something new, you could migrate your usage over to the one of the privacy focused browsers such as Brave or even go all out and use the Tor browser.

Lots of choices are emerging in the browser market, so keep an eye on new developments as the big guys try to win back the hearts of the privacy-minded.

 

 

The Internet of Things.   This should go without saying. And yet, here we are. 

Have Some Privacy for The Holidays

 

EFF YEAH, PRIVACY!

With the various winter holidays come lots of gifts, and with lots of gifts come lots of privacy concerns. Have no fear, though! There are ways to shore up your defenses, so to speak.

We tried to find a picture of a fox in a tank. You know, defensive. We’re rolling with it.

Our Pals at Mozilla have issued their second annual *privacy not included guide to the season’s more popular tech-centric gifts, with categories such as ‘Can it spy on me?’ and ‘Can I control it?’ to help folks figure out the privacy particulars of their devices.

First course of action when you get a fancy pants new tech toy is to pay attention to all those permissions it’s going to ask you the fist time you fire it up. Are you really going to be using that new thing for phone call? If the answer is ‘No, literally no one actually calls anyone anymore’ then don’t say yes if it asks for access to your contacts. Take those permission requests one at a time and actually think about if it’s necessary.

Settings, settings, settings  After your thing is all set up and dazzling you with its bells and whistles, take the time to do a deep dive through the settings. Default settings will be skewed to the manufacturer’s preference, not yours. Do a bit of Googling and figure what you can change, and how.

Happy Holidays, and if all else fails just take the batteries out and use your device as an expensive paperweight.

YES YOU WANT 50% OFF!

WE LOVE YOU GUYS

Really and truly!  That’s why we’re giving you a chance to get 50% off any of our plans, now through Saturday the 24 at Midnight. 

Just use the code : black-friday-2018 and you’ll get 50% off. 

50%! If you’ve been trying to decide on trying us out, or if you’re an existing customer who wants to expand your plan, now’s your time. 

See? Easy peasy. Now go get internetting!

 

 

Get To Know The World

96 countries

That’s how many countries around the world we currently offer VPN/Proxy service for. Chances are, there are at least a few on the list that you don’t know much about, so we’re taking the opportunity to highlight a couple of them below.

We’ve been doing this for 12 years!   In Internet years, that’s quite a lot. We’re practically elder statesmen. Twelve years in the business means we know what we’re doing, and our customer support reflects that.

We are committed to giving you the best service, the most reliable product, and respecting your privacy first and foremost. We don’t store or track your data, log which sites you visit, none of it!

We have core values that are important to us. 

We advocate for privacy, free speech, free press, government transparency, sensible copyright and sensible DRM. We’re members of the Electronic Frontier FoundationCenter for Democracy and TechnologyFreePressStop Watching Us, and the Mozilla Foundation.

We donate money and resources to non-profit organizations that are aligned with our principles, like the Center for Biological Diversity, who help endangered fox species, the Tor Project, so you can see we put our money where our mouth is.

 

So, do a little reading, go down some travel rabbit holes, and learn a bit about where some of your fellow humans come from.

GHANA

Ghana is a nation on the Western African coast with centuries of history full of powerful kingdoms and rich artistry. Today, Ghana is known for friendly people, beautiful palm lined beaches, astounding natural scenery and wildlife, and a robust economy which includes a good amount of digital tech manufacturing which fuels bustling cities.

Ghana is home to a diverse population which speaks over 40 languages, with most people speaking several of them. I can only speak English, and barely, at that.

Oh, and insanely fashionable people. I mean, just look at these ladies. You can’t compete.

You have been slain by the fierceness coming through your screen

 

JORDAN

Jordan is an ancient land  steeped in history . We all know what the famous Treasury of Petra looks like  (It’s where Indiana Jones found The Holy Grail. I was as disappointed as you to find out there’s no secret cave and ancient Templar inside) but it’s so much more than that. Famously hospitable people, amazing food, and luxurious resorts pair with 20,000 years of human history.  20,000 years. That’s hard to comprehend.

Jordan also has The Dead Sea,  where you can happily float around in one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water surrounded by gorgeous scenery.

Sign us all the way up.

 

 

And Now a Moment of Delight

Enjoy a nice thing today

 

Good Morning!

Pretty much all commerce these days is digital, isn’t it?  It makes things move faster, sure, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that there’s a human (we assume) behind the transaction.

Case in point, this delightful note we got with an enclosed check paying for our service.  Posted with permission, of course!

 

It reads:

“Thank you for your past services. I love your services and help.

PS enclosed is a check for two more years of service.’

Thanks, this genuinely made us smile.

 

And in other news!

We’ve ordered some t-shirts with our very own fabulous fox on them, and they’ll be arriving very soon for future giveaways and other fun stuff. Interested? WATCH THIS SPACE for more details!

FoxyProxy Employees Endangered in China

 

 

TL;DR As of August 15, 2018, we sell only proxy services in China, not VPN. Available services are HTTP/HTTPS proxy servers, SSL proxy servers, and SOCKS5. This goes against our core values of uncensoring the internet, but two of our employees are at risk.

Normally in a blog post, we come at you with a little snark and a bit of humor. That’s not going to happen this time around, because the topic deserves a serious tone.

A Statement from FoxyProxy on Censorship

Internet censorship is something that many people are aware of, but haven’t directly experienced for themselves. For some, it’s limited to the annoyance of geo-location blocks keeping them from watching their favorite foreign shows or keeping up with sports teams back home.

However, censorship goes so much further than that, and has real world consequences for many.

A year ago, in August 2017, China announced a ban on VPN companies selling VPN service. Enforcement was to begin in February 2018. At FoxyProxy, we weren’t immediately affected, even though others were arrested and even sentenced to 9 months in prison:  it seemed like enforcement would focus on Chinese developers of VPN mobile apps intended for the domestic Chinese market.

Earlier this week, one of our vendors had their office raided by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) after the CAC detected VPN services on servers hosted by that vendor.

The office was raided, the servers were taken, business shuttered, and the owners are being interrogated and charged.

One of our employees is a Chinese national living in America who, along with another employee, makes yearly trips to visit family back home. A recent trip included a visit to the office of the now defunct vendor, where tea and hospitality was enjoyed.

Our employees are now wondering – will they be able to visit home again? Will they be detained or questioned by Chinese immigation? Will their family be harassed by authorities? These are all very real questions being faced.

We must do everything to protect our employees, even when it goes against our core mission to provide uncensored internet across the globe.

We have other vendors in China. We received a notice from one of them yesterday, warning us to disable VPN services on our servers. It’s unclear why this vendor was not harassed to same extent by the CAC.

In any case, we have decided to discontinue VPN services in China at this time, as the risks are too great to real life people involved. Hopefully this is just a temporary setback, and if things go well we will be able to provide VPN service again. Proxy services in China are unaffected. As usual, we will continue to offer HTTP/HTTPS proxy servers, SSL proxy servers, and SOCKS5 proxy service in China. Such service is not illegal in China.

We are offering pro-rated refunds or credit to anyone with FoxyProxy VPN service in China who does not want to use proxy services. Thank you for understanding – please wish luck to our Chinese American employees and the affected vendor.

New Servers, Oh Yes Indeed

This handsome little guy is a Corsac Fox, found in Central Asia

We Can Do That For You

Something you may not know about us is that we love filling custom orders. If the country you need isn’t listed among the 96 we currently offer,  let us know and we’re going to do our best to get a server there for you!

Recently, we added three new countries to our list, all from client requests.  We’ve been in business for 12 years (that equals about 35 years in ‘Tech company years’) because we pride ourselves on delivering what our customers need.

Do you have a special request? Get in touch!

Check out our newest server locations below! 

KYRGYZSTAN

Seriously, just look at this place

Kyrgyzstan is home to astounding natural beauty, millennia of history,  and legendarily hospitable people.

RÉUNION

The prettiest island you probably never heard of

Réunion is a French owned island to the east of Madagascar. Full of volcanic mountains and a rainforested interior, this little paradise is perfect for a getaway.

 

KAZAKHSTAN

Not a still from Blade Runner

Ninth largest country in the world, Kazakhstan is full of gleaming modern cities, and beautiful open wildernesses.

Ready to book your trip yet?