updated 01:01 am EST, Wed November 14, 2012
VPN support added to web anonymizing service and app
Rayner Software has released version 5.2 of their online anonymity and security tool, NetShade. This version adds VPN support to NetShade's existing HTTP proxy support. With version 5.2, the NetShade service adds six additional VPN servers to the nine proxy servers previously available. NetShade now operates servers in the United States, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, and France.
NetShade's VPN service is a pure IPSec VPN that runs on OS X's built-in VPN functionality. NetShade does not use any custom VPN software nor require special installs and kernel modifications. Instead it acts as a configuration engine for the system, allowing and configuring VPN connectivity.
The NetShade proxy and VPN services do not impose any bandwidth limits in themselves, but ISP limits still apply. The only bandwidth provision is that the traffic levels must be reasonably compliant with individual usage of the service. In very rare cases involving heavy automated downloading or DoS-type attacks, the developer claims that service may be disabled to protect the overall functionality of the services for all users.
NetShade is both an app and a service. The app can be used independently of a NetShade subscription for managing and switching public and user-defined proxy servers. In order to access the NetShade proxy and VPN servers, users must have an active subscription -- NetShade with only Proxy service and no VPN is available for $19 per year for existing customers, or $29 for an initial purchase of NetShade, which includes the first year of service. NetShade Proxy plus VPN is available for $49 per year for service extensions or $59 for new registrations.