(Ex-Google, International tech speaker)
Lantern vows to unblock any restricted content wherever you are located in the world. This US based service claims to be “better than a VPN”, so what makes them different and why should you opt for their service over others?
Lantern is very much an anti-censorship tool, but not an anonymity tool. It works by detecting what websites are blocked in your country and routing the traffic to one of their proxy nodes which will unblock the content. Data that enters their proxy is encrypted to protect your privacy and identity while all other website traffic remains unaffected and continues to be routed through your original ISP.
To ensure your data is secure, Lantern uses strong AES-256-CBC encryption with ECDHE (elliptic curve) RSA key handshake, and SHA hash authentication.
You have two options with Lantern: a free version or the Pro. Undoubtedly, the Pro is more faster with unlimited bandwidth. The free version has a bandwidth restriction of 800MB and slows significantly when you reach the upper limit, prompting you to consider upgrading to the Pro version.
The added benefits to the Pro version is the ability for users to route all traffic through the proxy which will greatly enhance your security and privacy. They use “smart servers” which will switch a user to the fastest available server if the one they’re currently on starts behaving sluggish, giving users the maximum speed possible.
Software is available across all platforms, Windows, Mac, Android and Linux (Ubuntu). Unfortunately, iOS users will have wait until a native app is delivered. If the Android app is anything to go by, then you’ll surely be pleased when it finally arrives. The Android app is very lightweight – taking up only 8MB of space in your phone. Best of all, you don’t even have to register an account; simply download the app and it’s a case of “click and go”.
Lantern is open-source software, making them more trustworthy as their source code can be viewed and scrutinized by anybody, so they’re highly unlikely to place malicious code that would pose a threat to security. Also, you have the choice to opt-out of their analytical data gathering process which they use to help improve their service.
So, what makes Lantern different, or perhaps “better than a VPN”, is the fact they employ a 24-hour working team to assist in identifying censoring tactics throughout the globe and work to devise alternative techniques to unblock content. Very few services operate in this fashion so if your many objective is to overcome blocked content such as YouTube, Spotify, Pandora or Netflix, then you’re in for a treat.
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|Does VPN keep logs?||Partially|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||No|
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- Robust anti-censorship tool
- Strong encryption
- Unlimited bandwidth.
- Dedicated team to help unblock content
- Fast connection speeds
- Get started with Lantern now