I heard Private Internet Access is quite good (haven't gotten the chance to try it yet), but I'd like to hear some other opinions. (Preferably fast, cheap and able to post on 4chan)
I've used Torguard for several years now. I can saturate my ISP connection over it (~6/30Mbps). I renew it with their Black Friday coupon code so it is $30-something dollars for a year of service.
Generally when my desktop is up, yes. I'm working on setting up torrenting on a little ARM box so that will be connected as well--I think my account allows for 5 connections as default with more available for purchase.
I use a proxy server on my OpenWRT router to post here. You can purchase a reserved IP if you want to be able to post over the VPN for that but I didn't see the point. Any VPN will either be blocked here or will be in the future. Some asshat will ensure that happens eventually by posting something that draws mod attention.
As for problems, no. Occasionally I'll notice slow speeds but if I switch servers, the problem goes away and *may or may not be related to my ISP. Connection servers are available globally--I think well over 100 servers the last time I bothered to look at the config files.
*(I have a DOCSIS 2.0 modem so Comcast may occasionally throttle me in order to try to push me to a DOCSIS 3 modem. I get the same speeds but I'm using more of a specific channel by using a D2 modem than they would want so they pester me about it constantly.)
Did they really throttle you for not having a DOCSIS 3 modem?
I came back from a trip last year and found I was getting speeds ~20Mbps slower than usual and TWC wouldn't say why or how that happened.
I can't say with exactitude. I had a drive failure a few months ago (after they initially pestered me for months to upgrade and I refused) so I took a hiatus from torrenting for a month or two, and the notifications ceased. After I resumed my uploading recently, I am now again receiving calls and emails to upgrade. I suspect the occasional slowdowns to be related as they are clearly aware of my traffic but again, I cannot be certain.
PIA is cheap and comes with a SOCKS5 proxy which is nice for hiding your IP in one application but not running your whole connection through a VPN.
Mullvad is neat because they're more black-and-white about their no logs policy, and their client is open source
Is anyone else worried that these VPNs are backdoored either intentionally or unintentionally by some major government and they're just big honeypots?
Torguard is Ukrainian (or was) so at least in my case, it's Putin rather than MPAA/RIAA and I doubt he cares about me. However yes, I also think the same thing. I tend to torrent over VPN and keep my personal traffic over ISP although ISPs now deep inspect your traffic for even more profiling than Google does. I think the internet is inescapably Orwellian in its present form.