Simon Migliano

Head of Research

Simon Migliano is the VPN research expert at, whose investigations have uncovered significant digital privacy, security and censorship issues. His research has been featured in Wired, ZDNet, Forbes, Quartz, PC Mag, The Register, Bleeping Computer, CNet, Computerworld, Softpedia, The Inquirer, Download, How-To Geek and 9to5Mac and many other leading technology publications around the world. Simon has appeared on the BBC and Sky News, where he has talked about his research to help raise awareness of digital privacy and related issues. He has also appeared on BBC Radio to give advice about public WiFi safety.

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Simon is best known for his VPN investigations and other research into online censorship and privacy issues. His most notable studies include:


His work has also received academic recognition in the Crime Science Journal.

Simon is frequently quoted as a VPN expert in privacy-related news stories and features, such as The Guardian, CNN, Vice News, MSN, The New Statesman, Infosecurity Magazine, RT, The National, and Computer Business Review.

As well as authoring research for, Simon has written articles on VPN, privacy and censorship issues for other well-respected sites, including Huffington Post, Hackernoon, Reuters, OpenDemocracy and TechRadar.
Simon brings extensive experience in technology and research from his 15-year career, first as a journalist for the Australian Associated Press (AAP) in Sydney, Australia before emerging as a tech business leader in London, UK and Shanghai, China. He was the first team member to join and played a significant role in launching the VPN review service, extensively testing all the leading VPN services and writing the first VPN reviews and privacy guides.

Simon has been a long-time user of VPN technology with experience of both consumer and enterprise VPN. His time leading a Shanghai-based team remotely from London and working in China have Simon first-hand experience of relying on a VPN as a vital anti-censorship tool.

Simon’s VPN investigations and other digital privacy and cybersecurity research have been featured in leading news sites, including Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Time, The Telegraph, The Independent, Der Spiegel, NBC News, The LA Times, Fox News, The Times, Yahoo Finance, Fortune, Forbes and Fast Company, CNBC and Business Insider.

His research findings have also received extensive coverage in major foreign-language publications all over the world, such as Sohu, CNet Japan, Repubblica, Le Figaro, IGN Latin America, La Vanguardia, ANSA, Detiknet, La Nacion,, PC for Alla, Al Arabiya, Kauppalehti, ZDNet France, and PC Magazin.


Simon holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Liverpool.

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