In this review we discuss the VPN provider PureVPN. PureVPN is one of the most well known VPN providers with servers all over the world. This VPN service encrypts, hides and anonymizes Internet traffic while simultaneously bypassing Internet blockages. PureVPN is known as trusted and down-to-earth, with fast servers and access to American Netflix. PureVPN can also be used to deal with country-specific restrictions, such as censorship in China, Russia or Turkey. In addition, you can download series and movies with torrents completely anonymously.
Below we have listed the most important features of PureVPN:
- PPTP, L2TP and SSTP connections and 256bit encryption
- Unlimited Bandwidth and Server Switches
- 1Gbps speed
- No activity logs, only access to the server is stored for 5 days (not the pages you visited)
- Up to 5 devices simultaneously on one account
- You can specify if certain data should not run over the VPN connection
- Free software and apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
- Virtual router function, which allows you to convert your laptop or desktop into a router with VPN function, where up to 10 devices can be connected
- Compatible with DD-WRT Router, SmartTV, Chromecase, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku
- 24/7 live chat service with trained staff
- Flexible payment options
- 7-day money-back guarantee
PureVPN and Netflix
Netflix has recently announced that VPN providers and proxy users have been fighting. This is especially true for those who want access to US Netflix from abroad. You have a lot more choice of movies and series to choose from. Luckily, they have a solution ready. They regularly create new American IP addresses, which they try to take out of Netflix’s sight as long as possible. To use these servers, our advice is to contact PureVPN and find out which servers have the best connection chances at the desired time. During our tests, the server assigned to us worked flawlessly. The first minute was a bit bumpy, but then we could watch Netflix USA in HD quality.
PureVPN’s customer service has recently improved considerably. At the moment, there are not only tickets and e-mail support but also 24/7 chat support. We tested the latter to the extreme with difficult and technical questions and got a correct answer within one minute. So we are very satisfied with our customer service.
PureVPN offers a small number of packages. The tariff is only dependent on the duration of the contract (the longer the contract, the cheaper per month). PureVPN offers the following subscriptions:
- Unlimited VPN (1 month): $11.00 per month
- Unlimited VPN (6 months): $9.00 per month
- Unlimited VPN (2 years): $2.95 per month
PureVPN offers a 7-day money back guarantee on all subscriptions. PureVPN occasionally has discount campaigns, for example at Christmas time or for new customers.
The software looks good and works well, but are the speeds also satisfactory? The speed of a VPN connection depends on several factors. Important are the speed of their own connection, the type of encryption, the location of the VPN server, their own location and the distance between them.
The internet connection we ran the tests with is a 150mbit connection. Servers from Canada achieve speeds around 100mbit. The same applies to most other countries in Europe. In the USA you can only reach about 70mbit. All in all, we were satisfied with the speeds achieved and we think that it is perfectly sufficient for the majority of users. In practice, we were able to surf the Internet without any noticeable difference, watch videos on YouTube, watch Netflix and download torrents.
PureVPN offers over 500 servers in 141 countries. Here’s a brief overview of countries where PureVPN has hosted its servers:
USA, Great Britain, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Hungary, Ireland, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Vietnam, United Kingdom, South Korea, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Security and Privacy
PureVPN offers a variety of powerful security features. One of the most important is the support of different VPN encryption protocols, including high level encryption. OpenVPN, L2TP/ IPSec, PPTP, SSTP and IKEv2. We recommend the OpenVPN protocol with 256bit encryption and SHA-1 data verification, as these options are more secure than all others.
If you look at the saving of logs, you will find that they stores some logs. This includes information such as name, e-mail, telephone number (only from users in certain countries) and session logs. Session logs register the moment you set up the connection and the data consumption. But not the activities! Especially when using the shared-IP servers, it is almost impossible to trace which activities belong to whom. However, we would prefer no logs at all, of course. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong, where there are no legal measures for data storage and PureVPN is not obliged to collect the data.