LiquidVPN based in the US have been one of the more intriguing VPN providers of recent times. Although operations are run on a smaller scale than some of the larger outfits this has lead to opportunities to introduce interesting and often rare features that go unseen at other providers. The past has seen more unique encryption standards being used and a greater willingness to allow torrent traffic through their entire network which is why we recommend them as the number 1 VPN provider for torrent use.
In recent months LiquidVPN have been working towards launching LiquidNET, a full suite of tools that enhance the usability of the VPN service and which also allow them to offer slightly more or different features from the general run of the mill type service. The general basis behind the system is that some of the available options are free and some more advanced features part of a paid add-on system. The beauty of this is every user gets the benefit of the free items while having the option to add extra services if required and if not required then the user can simply ignore them and not be out of pocket.
So far LiquidNET consists of three components, LiquidDNS, LiquidIPS and LiquidWeb. Some features are fully functional while others are work in progress with additions being added to them as time progresses.
LiquidDNS brings LiquidVPN to the forefront with a handful of other VPN providers who have made the move to offer their own private, non-logging, encrypted DNS service. While a VPN can protect your privacy there is the possibility of the DNS servers you use being able to record the names of the websites you visit known as a DNS Leak. The beauty of LiquidVPN offering their own private DNS servers is it removes that possibility and keeps all your browsing details within their network. A bonus of this system is it is provided free to all users without charge, certainly a nice addition and this feature alone is one to be applauded.
LiquidIPS is in a nutshell an in house firewall for your connection when making use of their VPN service. Also known as an Intrusion Prevention Service. This is a service which is currently a paid add-on at just $3 per month. For those of you who are unaware, when connected to any VPN service you tunnel through your router firewall, a side effect of this is the inherent firewall system of your router then becomes redundant while connected and as such all traffic coming in from outside sources (including those nasty ones) can make its way towards your system. Those of you who have software firewalls at a minimum may have seen regular pop-ups informing you of blocks of certain types of malware. The LiquidIPS system is a far more advanced firewall system similar to a hardware firewall that can fend off these nasties and protect your system while you are making use of their VPN servers.
There are big plans for this system to be enhanced in the near future and offer options such as the ability to set your IPS log level, view/purge your IPS logs, turn on/off incoming IPS, turn on/off outgoing IPS, research threats, set your threat level and possibly even turn single LiquidIPS signatures on and off – exciting times no doubt.
LiquidWEB is the final major feature of LiquidNET and will form part of an intranet within the LiquidVPN network. The goal with this feature will be to introduce internal features within your VPN experience. Examples of features to come include the ability to test your VPN connection, set-up double and possibly triple hop VPN connections from within the dashboard, access an encrypted messaging system, backup and restore files, view detailed network information and more in the pipeline. Currently the internal network only allows speed testing of the VPN tunnel in a real time situation within the encrypted connection with the other features ear marked for the near future.
Exciting times over at LiquidVPN and one to keep an eye on. Further details about the system are available at the LiquidVPN website which can be accessed following the link below.