Many older VPN offerings are “way too huge and complex, and it’s basically impossible to overview and verify if they are secure or not,” says Jan Jonsson, CEO of VPN service provider Mullvad, which powers Firefox maker Mozilla’s new VPN service.
That explains some of the excitement around WireGuard, an open source VPN software and protocol that will soon be part of the Linux kernel—the heart of the open source operating system that powers everything from web servers to Android phones to cars.
I’ve always been wary of the countless VPN services littering YouTube and podcast sponsor slots, since you can never be quite sure if you can trust them. Luckily I don’t need a VPN, but I’m glad Linux is getting it built-in.
The VPN services provide you with servers to connect to, to serve as an exit point for your data. WireGuard can’t magically replace that.
The “way too huge and complex” VPN offerings that WireGuard provides an alternative to are the software that they run on top of… primarily OpenVPN… so, until they start to offer support for it, WireGuard will only be useful for VPNs where you control both ends of the connection. (eg. securely connecting to your home LAN from somewhere else.)
As for not trusting the services, TorrentFreak surveys VPN services and posts a run-down of the best anonymous VPNs every year. Here’s the 2019 one.