Hunting for an anonymous web hosting service? That’s exactly what this piece will help you out with. We’ve tried and tested every single web hosting company over here and then have come up with this first-hand experienced based review of the same.
Why do you need an offshore, anonymous web hosting may have multiple answers. The most common one is when you’re trying to avoid govt. censorship or restrictions on the kind of content you’re trying to share.
We’ve compiled this list based on the hosting companies’ features such as speed, bandwidth, uptime etc. along with the anonymity, safety, privacy, and the pricing plans it offers.
At the end of this piece, we’ll also be sharing answers to some of the most asked questions about offshore hosting services. Anyway here are the top 5 anonymous web hosting services you can employ to your benefit.
Shinjiru is an anonymous web hosting company founded in the year 2000 and is based in Malaysia, which makes it nearly 18 years old now! That by itself speaks volumes when it comes to its reputation or services.
It has 8 Datacenters across the globe to which it has paid massive attention when it comes to their infrastructure and hardware such as using enterprise-grade power-supply, adequate security measures and everything else.
As for anonymity, right from registration to payment it’s completely anonymous and there’s no personal information required, the payment can be made via Bitcoin or Ethereum both of which are the most anonymous currencies currently available in the industry.
It also has a 100 Gbps Anti-DDoS protection which makes sure your sites don’t go offline during such as attack. Also, it provides for “Clean Pipe Network” which provides for “clean, legit traffic” eliminating malware, viruses and other such gimmicks which use up your resources.
It has one of the best SLAs in the industry and claims 99.99% uptime along with low packet drops. Although here’s the uptime recorded by Bicatcha which isn’t exactly 99.99% but is pretty close:
The products being offered are domains, shared hosting, virtual private server, dedicated servers, and E-mail hosting. You can choose between Windows or Linux hosting.
Its plans are such that they suit everyone, regardless of your being an individual with one website, or a company needing dedicated servers for ultra serious projects. The four primary hosting plans are:
- Budget Shared Hosting – USD $3.95/month
- Strongbolt shared Hosting – USD $8.95/month.
- VPS – $11.90/month
- Dedicated server – USD $49.90/month.
The lowest plan too gets you 100 GBs of space and unlimited bandwidth along with 1GB of memory and 10 E-mail accounts. Although their advanced DDoS protection and auto-migration isn’t included in the “Budget” plan.
The strongbolt shared hosting in our experience is the best plan to go for, pertaining to the fact that it provides for the DDoS protection which the “Budget” plan lacks, along with private hidden IP address, hidden DNS, bullet-proof protection, in addition to 25 E-mail accounts and auto-migration.
The VPS provides for 1 to 4 VCPUs based on the plan you go for, 1 Gbps DDoS protection, 1 IP address, 25 to 100 GBs of SSD Storage and 1 to 8 GB of memory again based on the plan you get.
You can also choose from Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu or CentOS-7 absolutely free when going for the VPS!
Note that even though the features differ based on the pricing plans, “anonymity” doesn’t, and all the plans still are as secure as the other plans and accept Bitcoin.
The domains you buy from Shinjiru do comply to U.S laws and hence aren’t as liberal as its hosting offers, but it does offer double WHOIS protection along with Bullet-proof protection against complaints and reports.
Their support is makes them stand apart from other offshore hosting companies, they can be reached via E-mail, support ticket, live-chat via Skype, and even encrypted chat via Wickr. And the support team consists of “engineers” and not just sales-rep hence queries and questions in most cases do get solved pretty professionally.
They also have a “VIP Managed support team” which you can order, then the company provides admins to manage your server in case you aren’t willing to do so yourself.
So in a nutshell, it arguably could be the best anonymous web hosting service out there, although wait till you go through the other available options before arriving on a conclusion.
CyberBunker is probably The most secure offshore, anonymous web hosting service available in the industry.
That I’m claiming based on the fact that quite a few of the popular sites such as Wikileaks and the PirateBay use CyberBunker! Their popularity is also one of the reasons they’re sold out quite frequently and aren’t always available for purchase!
They obviously provide Shared, VPS as well as Dedicated servers in addition to extra services such as backups, suits, collocation etc.
CyberBunker is a pretty serious and professional hosting company, it was initially hosted in a cold-war bunker! Hence its name! Although currently this is the exact location of CyberBunker! And that’s where cash can be dropped as a mode of payment if you wish to buy their services!
Another reason why it’s quite popular is because unlike Anonymously.io it doesn’t limit or restrict its users, and we’re allowed to upload just about every kind of content with just two exceptions Child Porn, and Terrorism.
Because CyberBunker has a history of quite a few run-ins with the law, as well as other organizations trying to bring the company down currently its security is pretty much impregnable.
Physically the Bunker claims to have airlocks, 2MW generators, isolation pads, can survive a 20 megaton nuclear blast as well as EMP shielding.
It lets us choose from CentOS, OpenSUSE, Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora and unlike Anonymously.io it provides these operating systems from its own side without you having to buy them from any other third-party additionally.
It offers couple more payment methods in addition to Bitcoin, such as Wire transfer, Cash as well as Western Union. Obviously, registration is completely anonymous without requiring any personal information.
There’s a setup cost with every server that you buy, and the pricing also varies depending on your payment cycle, i.e. either monthly or yearly.
The shared plans start from as low as 50 EUR setup fee+ 50 EUR/month, or 500 EUR if paid yearly. They include “Fair use policy” on their bandwidth, 1IPv4 number, 6IPv6 numbers and free installation of basic software.
The VPS plans need a 100 EUR setup fee, along with 100 EUR monthly fee, or 1000 EUR if paid yearly. The plan consists of 2X Virtual CPU Cores, 2GB RAM, and 1 dedicated IPv4.
While the most expensive VPS plan goes for a 200 EUR setup fee, 200 EUR monthly, or 2000 EUR if paid yearly, not suited for individuals or very small business but great if you’re a more large-scale website owner.
The plan consists of 8X virtual CPU cores, 512 GB hard drive, 8GB RAM among many other things. All the plans come pre-installed with the OS of our choice.
And finally their most popular servers, the Dedicated ones start as low as EUR 200monthly and go up to EUR 400/month. The following screenshot illustrates their features in details:
Uptime is not a problem with CyberBunker which has been established over the years making it arguably the best anonymous web hosting service in existence.
The only downside? Support isn’t their strongest suits so unless you’re educated in server-management yourselves, or hire someone who is, it may not be the best option to kickstart your site at.
So in a nutshell, it can be used to host extremely sensitive, illegal or controversial content or for onion URLs as an Onion Hosting Service without a problem even though the pricing may not be affordable to everyone.
Anonymously is a company that doesn’t have as professional a website as Shinjiru, it also seems much newer regardless of their claim of being “a decade old”. Additionally, there aren’t many reviews about the company on the Internet, but that’s probably the whole point of being an anonymous offshore hosting service.
( I got some complaint against to anonymously.io related to scamming, or money dumping and They also dump my one site full data and submitted funds approx $300 BTC, make sure take your decision based on your search )
They provide complete root access to the VPS as well as Dedicated servers and there’s no monitoring of the bandwidth used by users.
No data is shared or sold with third-parties, neither is any personal data required during registration or at any later point in time.
Registration needs only your E-mail ID and nothing else, which you can use from some anonymous E-mail service such as Protonmail, and payment is done only via Bitcoins hence there’s no trace leading back to you making it truly an anonymous web hosting service.
They also publicly claim to “ignore DMCA complaints” which is one of the primary reasons why people opt for anonymous web hosting companies. Although they do have a “prohibition list” and users found to violate this list suffer an immediate suspension without any notification or compensation.
There isn’t a lot of information available about its infrastructure, or additional protection methods or features but as I’ve personally used the company so from my personal experience its uptime, security, privacy everything else is acceptable apart from one major hiccup, they do “cheat” at certain occasions! (I’ve got proof)
It’ll all be fine and perfect as long as you pay your bills “monthly” in small amounts via Bitcoin, but once trust is established some of us deposit a large sum for 6-12 months in a single transaction to avoid late payment or multiple Bitcoin transactions.
And that’s when the company would delete your account, and stop responding to your E-mails.
The below screenshot is them asking for a USD $300 deposit which was more than my monthly pricing-plan of USD $4.95/month:
This is my transaction information proving my USD $300 deposit:
And this finally is them banning my account and not replying to my E-mails anymore:
Anyway, they’ve got 3 pricing plans which aren’t again super-cheap but are more or less reasonably set, each of these plans are again divided into several sub-plans which you can choose from:
- Anonymous Shared Hosting: $4.95/month
- VPS: $14.95/month.
- Dedicated servers: $99.99/month.
*All the plans claim to have a 30-day money back guarantee.
The shared hosting ranges from $4.95 to $29.95/month, the cheapest plan offers 10 GB SSD, 50 GB Bandwidth, 5 subdomains, 5 addons, 10 SQL Databases, while the most expensive plan offers 100 GB SSD storage, 1000 GB Bandwidth, 35 Addon domains, 80 MySQL databases etc.
The VPS on the other hand ranges from $14.99 to USD $98.99/month, again the cheapest plan gets you 1GB of RAM, 15GB SSD, 1 IP address along with root access, while the most expensive plan comes with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, and again 1IP address along with root access.
As for the dedicated plan, it too has 4-subplans you can choose from as shown in the following screenshot, but unless you’re someone with a huge project and millions of hits a month, chances are you won’t need to dedicated server just yet.
The support team can be reached only via E-mail and live-chat which isn’t as many options as Shinjiru, but you’re helped out perfectly well as long as you haven’t deposited large amounts of Bitcoin to your account.
They also offer “Fully managed services” for server management, charged at $1 USD/day which needs to be paid monthly. Also, on the VPS they do not offer cPanel, WHMCS, Plesk, Direct Admin, or Vesta Panel.
Although they do support the control panels, and hence you need to buy them from a third-party, and the team would install it for free on your server.
4. Anonymous Speech
Even though Anonymous Speech markets itself as a Leader in anonymous E-mail, its anonymous web hosting services are what’s of importance to us.
It too alike Shinjiru is a company based in Malaysia, and hence US/EU or any other country laws do not apply pertaining to Malaysia’s superior privacy laws. Although apart from Malaysia, it also has data centers in:
- And Holland.
It lets us “speed test” its servers from our end, although when we did so, all other servers failed to load except Holland. Here are the test results from the server:
And, comparing my normal everyday Internet speed, 300 Kbps is more or less what I get anyway when downloading.
It too has a “not allowed” list which contains:
- Child Pornography
- Organized crime.
- Copyrighted content.
And hence you can’t host the above types of content on the site.
It provides for Shared hosting (both Linux and Windows), VPS as well as Dedicated servers. The shared hosting plans start as low as EUR 29.95/month and go up to EUR 49.95/month.
All of the plans have 6 offshore jurisdictions, DDoS protection and free anonymous E-mail, although privacy features such as private hidden IP and DNS etc. are only available in the most expensive plans.
The lowest VPS plan starts at 89.95 EUR/month and goes up to 139.95 EUR/month, the disk-space varies from 20 GB to 100 GB based on the plan, the same applies for RAM which starts at 1 GB for the cheapest plan and is 4 GB with the most expensive plan.
The dedicated servers start as low as EUR 129/month and goes up to EUR 199/month. Although there’s a 50EUR setup fee on each plan along with different additional costs based on the operating system, and control panel installed.
The connection speed is 1 GB backbone while connecting to International links, accompanied by uncapped bandwidth and multiple 100 Mbps datacenter uplinks.
As far as anonymity is concerned, no personal information is required while Signup, only Bitcoin as a cryptocurrency is accepted along with traditional methods such as cash, wire transfer, credit cards and Paypal. As long as you use Bitcoins, it’s pretty anonymous.
The support options aren’t wide and they can only be reached via E-mail but the response time is generally 24-48 hours which is satisfactory.
5. Vindow Hosting
Vindo Hosting is another one of the anonymous server hosting companies with Datacenters in the Netherlands. In case you’re not aware, the Netherlands is one of the most digitally liberated countries in the world with least restrictions and censorship.
It provides Shared and VPS servers, but not dedicated. Domain registration is available. Registration or purchase requires simply an E-mail address and no other personal details which keep things private.
As for payment methods, they accept Bitcoin, in addition to Perfect Money, MoneyGram, Credit Cards, Bank transfers and Paypal.
It doesn’t provide cPanel and rather gets us “Direct Admin” control panel, accompanied with the 1-click installer.
All the hosting packages include free backups (everyday), unlimited domains, unlimited FTP accounts, unlimited E-mail accounts etc. When compared against features of other anonymous web hosting services, it does seem to offer more “unlimited” features than others.
It has three basic hosting plans:
- Mini: EUR 9.95/month.
- Basic: EUR 19.95/month
- Advanced: EUR 29.95/month.
The plans are almost similar when it comes to features, except the disk-space which varies from 1000 MB to 5000 MB depending on the plan.
The VPS plans start at 29.95 EUR/month and go up to 49.95 EUR/month. The cheapest plan too gets us a guaranteed RAM of 1GB along with 3.30 Ghz CPU speed and 25 GB storage.
While the most expensive plan gets us 2X 3.30 ghz speed, 4 GB guaranteed RAM along with 100 GB storage.
It offers CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSuse, and Fedora operating systems although they need to be installed by the user.
It’s nearly 5times cheaper when compared to CyberBunker, but the security too obviously isn’t as good as the Bunker, hence it’s perfect for individuals and small businesses who don’t have extremely illegal or govt.-offending content on their sites.
The uptime is claimed to be 99.99% while from personal experience and other user-reviews I’ll put it at around 99.70%.
The support can only be reached via E-mail and/or a support ticket. There’s no live-chat, or Skype which isn’t a major deal-breaker but is still an inconvenience.
6. Offshore Racks
Offshore Racks is a company established in 2005, which makes it nearly 13 years old now! It’s a company that’s not only based in Panama but also has owners from the same country.
Before starting, there are certain notable behind the scene facts about this particular anonymous Hosting service which need to be mentioned.
First of all, it doesn’t offer “monthly” plans on its shared hosting, even though the price is displayed for each month, it needs to be paid for a year or more in full. Although the VPS can be purchased on a 1-3-6 or 12 month cycle.
Secondly, they offer a refund even on the “unused months” on the shared hosting plans, regardless of the 30-day money-back time-frame being passed away in case you cancel the services mid-term.
If you do get a VPS from this anonymous Hosting service you need to pay extra for cPanel and/or softaculous. Also, support for anti-DDoS and SSL is restricted to some plans and isn’t universal.
They do provide same-day installation, meaning regardless of which plan or server you take, you can start using it from the same day itself which is not found with every other anonymous hosting out there.
They provide Shared, VPS and cloud hosting but again not dedicated. They have 5 shared hosting plans all of which need to be paid yearly:
- Budget: $2.95/month.
- Starter: $4.95/month.
- Business: $9.95/month
- Pro: $15.60/month.
- Ultimate: $19.60/month.
The features of each hosting can be gathered from the below screenshot:
Note that cPanel and Softaculous is pre-installed and activated with each shared hosting plan, but not with VPS.
As for VPS, they have 6 different plans which start as low as $9/month and go up to $63/month. All the VPS plans come with 1 dedicated IP and upto 2 GBps DDoS protection which are pretty good pros. Additionally it provides daily backups and SolusVM control panel.
Although there’s the additional USD $23 charge if you need cPanel installed, which with most other anonymous web hosting companies is provided free of cost.
They provide a 99.99% uptime guarantee, and the support is commendable, they can be reached via call, live-chat or support tickets!
They accept Bitcoin (obviously) but also other methods which include Paypal, Credit Cards, WebMoney, Perfect Money, Western Union and Swift, although obviously all of the others except Bitcoin will take your privacy to its grave.
Bottomline? It’s not extremely secure, but is affordable and doesn’t raise a lot of red flags, so if you’re okay with the couple drawbacks (such as no DDoS protection, no cPanel etc.) it has, and the pricing seems okay to you, it’s worth a try.
LibertyVPS is based in my favorite offshore location- The Netherlands! Who provides it the internet uplink? Two of the most trusted names in the industry, Level3 and Hurricane Electric!
It uses Ecatel datacenters which is known to provide premium bandwidth which in return gets LibertyVPS the commendable speed it provides its users.
It provides upto 1 gigabit of low-ping speed perfect for website owners who need to host Torrent sites, video-streaming sites, gambling portals or other such high-bandwidth consuming projects on the internet.
One of the feathers in the cap of this anonymous web hosting service is its KVM Virtualization feature. It’s a feature which guarantees that all the resources meant for you, are used only and solely by you and not anyone else.
Its VPS plans aren’t exactly cheap and start as high as USD $39.99/month while the business plan goes for $79.99/month. The first plan provides 1000 GB bandwidth, while its unmetered for the Business plan.
All the hosting plans come with cPanel installed along with CloudLinux for added security and account isolation. Note that LibertyVPS specializes in “VPS” and not shared or Dedicated servers.
It also brings in Litespeed web server, which replaces the more traditional but slower Apache servers and hence further enforcing its better and faster speeds.
The support is acceptable as they can be reached via live-chat as well as e-mails even though no phone support is available, they get back to users pretty fast (less than 48hours in my experience).
They can be paid via Bitcoins, Perfect Money, Payerr, OKPay as well as Paypal. Server deployment is instant, and hence as soon as the payment goes through, the servers are active and can be used. The process is automated and hence the login details are mailed to the buyers.
In a nutshell, they serve best the needs of those who’re in need of a VPS and very fast speeds, if budget isn’t a major issue.
It’s another one of the anonymous web hosting services based off of Panama, and hence again with all the security and assurances, we seek with an offshore hosting.
It’s a company which has been functional since 2002, which makes it 16 years old now! It provides everything from shared, VPS, dedicated hosting to domain registration and colocation.
It offers four plans on shared hosting:
- Entry-level – $6.00/month
- Standard – $9.00/month
- E-commerce – $15.00/month
- Business – $24.00/month
They differ greatly in features, although the prime difference being no SSL support on Entry-level and Standard plans, while those are available with E-commerce and Business plans. The same applies for DDoS protection as well.
All plans include automated nightly backups, softaculous and other basic essentials. Even E-mail accounts are unlimited on all plans except the Entry-level, on which we get 50E-mail accounts and even that’s acceptable.
It lets us choose between cPanel and Plesk control panels, the pricing is exactly the same regardless of the chosen panel.
Their VPS plans start as low as USD $15/month and go up to USD $54/month. While the cheapest anonymous dedicated server from this anonymous web hosting service can be bought at USD $90/month and the most expensive being USD $499/month.
As for payment methods, they support Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Payeer, Credit Cards, along with PayPal, Payza and Bank Wire Transfer as well.
Just like every other established anonymous web hosting service, they too have an acceptable use policy, which prohibits all and any content related to drugs, illegal porn, phishing, botnets, carding sites, spam, and weapons.
Although they also have a long list of terms and conditions on just about everything, for e.g. Tor relays can be run only on dedicated servers, betting sites can’t allow Panama registrations, bulk e-mailing isn’t allowed on shared hosting and so on.
The support team can be reached via call, live-chat or E-mail hence they’re pretty responsive and reachable.
They also have a Knowledgebase which has nearly 30 basic topics such as importing MySQL database, migrating from HTTP to HTTPs etc. letting newbies solve these problems without contacting support.
Apart from my personal experience, I also checked a number of public forums for reviews and witnessed mixed reviews, some were pretty happy with their services and uptime, others complained of them being scammers, and the uptime.
Considering how I’ve not personally been scammed, or have suffered major uptime issues (although it’s definitely not 99.99%) I’d say you can go with it but try not to deposit major amounts, or host major projects apart from just “websites”.
Commonly Asked Questions
So that was about the best anonymous web hosting companies on the planet folks. Let’s now answer some of the most commonly asked questions about these type of hosting servers.
Difference between Offshore and Normal hosting?
Offshore hosting are hosting companies based “outside” your home country, these are generally companies which aren’t effected by laws of your country, U.S or E.U laws, or by any other country’s laws except the laws of the country the company is based at.
Dedicated Vs. VPS Vs. Shared server which is best?
Shared server is like a rented room which you share with many partners, where the resources such as the bed, the kitchen etc. are used by multiple partners. Similarly, the bandwidth, RAM and everything else is shared between multiple users in a shared hosting.
VPS is like a rented room which you own just to yourselves without any partners, in this type of hosting your resources are solely your own and not shared by anyone else.
Dedicated server is like renting out an entire apartment where you’re responsible for everything, from the water to the electricity bill.
Shared server is best for sites run by individuals or just sites without a lot of traffic, VPS can be used for better speed or when you get more traffic than your shared server can handle. And Dedicated servers are used by professionals who already know what they’re doing.
How to Select best Anonymous Web Hosting for your Website?
First of all, make sure you check the anonymous web hosting company’s reputation and physical location to verify it’s really offshore and your country laws do not apply to the company.
Secondly, check the features it’s providing, such as speed and bandwidth and compare them to other companies at the same price-range. Also always check the companies “Acceptable content policy” (links generally found at homepage, or site footer) to verify the kind of content you’re trying to upload is accepted.
Third, check the payment methods, try to go with anonymous web hosting Bitcoin or other Cryptocurrency accepting companies. Also, avoid companies providing SSL as SSL can be tracked to quite an extent.
Finally, make sure no identity proofs or any other documents related to your identity are asked at Signup, or ever! Also, read the reviews of other users on the internet before making a decision.
Are Offshore Hosting Servers fully managed?
As seen with some of the above anonymous web hosting service, you can purchase full-service for an additional amount, by default you yourselves have to manage the servers or hire someone who does.
Will I get cPanel with these Anonymous Hosting services?
It’s not guaranteed and depends on the company, some companies provide cPanel for free, others charge some amount, while others don’t provide it at all.
How to stay anonymous while buying offshore anonymous hosting?
Never use any other payment method even if available except Bitcoin, or in extreme cases any other Cryptocurrencies.
Never go with a company which needs more than your E-mail ID or an username, any and all personal/real details should never be divulged. And always use a VPN when accessing your server.
Who has access and/or control of data on these hosting services apart from buyer?
In most cases, no one else except the company and the owner gets control/access of the data as long as the offshore country (the country where the company functions from) legally orders the company to share the data.
Can you transfer between offshore to a normal hosting later?
Yes, the core-functioning of a normal server and an offshore server is the same, in fact users don’t even notice any difference it’s all in the backend and physical location of the company.
So you can transfer data to and fro offshore hosting to normal hosts or other offshore hosts whenever you want.
How fast are offshore hosting servers?
Just because they’re “offshore” doesn’t in any way mean these servers are slow. In fact companies like CyberBunker spend a fortune in order to maintain their speed and uptime.
Final Words on Anonymous Web Hosting
So that’s a wrap as far as this piece on anonymous web hosting goes folks. I’ve tried to bring out as many features as are of importance to you before buying a server for all the above-listed companies.
Although my own experience and yours may slightly differ for a number of reasons, do try these out and let me know your favorite choice when it comes to choosing the best anonymous web hosting company on our social networks.