JP Jones

CTO

JP Jones is the Chief Technology Officer at Top10VPN.com and his deep technical knowledge and expertise plays a vital role.

He is at the heart of our VPN testing methodologies and frameworks, ensuring we test VPN software to the very highest standard. He provides invaluable technical support to Head of Research Simon Migliano for our VPN investigations. He also works closely with our Site Editor Callum Tennent, and our VPN reviewers, to ensure our VPN reviews and guides are technically accurate and reliable.

Since joining Top10VPN.com in 2017, JP has among other things:

  • Developed a networking environment to test encryption strength, and identify unusual behaviors, in VPN connectivity
  • Built a sophisticated internal VPN speed test tool – the industry’s first global automated testing framework of commercial VPN services
  • Put in place an advanced IP and DNS leak-testing methodology for our VPN reviewers to follow
  • Assisted in investigations by creating frameworks by which to analyse the network traffic and behaviour of VPN applications across multiple device types

Experience

JP’s passion for computing started early on a Commodore 64, graduating to an Amiga 500, before installing an AtOnce 286 Hardware Emulator which gave him a view into the world of PCs.

Still as curious today, JP’s expert contribution to Top10VPN.com is made possible by a diverse skill set developed through 25 years of hands on software engineering and networking experience:

  • Extensive knowledge of VPN protocols including configuring and supporting IPSEC and OpenVPN tunnels
  • Securely connecting worldwide locations to offices in Shanghai through the Great Firewall of China
  • Ensuring the security of corporate networks through setup and monitoring of Firewalls & Intrusion Detection Systems, anti-virus/anti-malware scanning of systems, and performing vulnerability testing on applications and APIs
  • Server-side programming using languages such as Javascript, Perl, PHP, and Python
  • Sysops / devops using a mixture of local physical servers, dedicated data center servers, and cloud services
  • Traditional desktop IT support, including designing and rolling out multi-site, multi-country corporate networks
  • Building and supporting multi-site Voice-Over-IP call centres operations across multiple countries

 

JP has also worked heavily with a mixture of desktop and server OS; Windows Server since 2003, Windows Desktops since 3.0, and multiple flavours of Linux. 

His career highlights include being founding CTO at CoinDesk, one of the leading cryptocurrency news sites.  JP built CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index, which is referenced by Wall Street Journal, BBC, New York Times, CNBC, Reuters, and Bloomberg

JP was also technical co-founder of Student.com, one of the world’s leading online marketplaces for student accommodation. He was responsible for rolling out and scaling up technical infrastructures in offices across Asia, Europe, and the USA. He also built out the VOIP technology powering the company’s worldwide call centre operation. 

He additionally oversaw the development of the Student.com website, ensuring strong site security and performance were in place.

Education

JP holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of York.