Welcome to this honest PrivateVPN review where we discuss vividly on this VPN provider, ranging its pros and cons, speed levels, server list, logging policy, security level, and lots more.
Let’s get started…!
WHAT WE LIKE
– Inexpensive long-term pricing & 30-day money back guarantee
– 100+ servers in more than 50 locations
– Excellent support, a variety of devices and platforms
– Unblock Netflix, Hulu, and other video streaming services
– Signups can be totally anonymous & allow up to 6 simultaneous connections
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
– Inconsistent server speeds
– Live Chat is not available 24/7
PRICING & DEALS
When it comes to pricing, PrivateVPN deserves a big kudos, because they offer one of the cheapest prices in the industry. However, what surprises us is that the quality of their services is not compromised despite the low price. Here’s a breakdown of PrivateVPN subscription plan:
1 month – $7.67 per month
3 months – $5.25 per month billed at $15.75 every three months (save 52%)
12 months – $3.88 per month billed at $50.40 every year (save 64%)
PrivateVPN accepts virtually all the major payment options, including PayPal, Regular Credit cards, Stripe, Payson Direct Bank Transfer, as well as Bitcoin. If you are with any of the aforementioned, you are good to go with PrivateVPN.
Money Back Guarantee
Just like most VPN providers out there, PrivateVPN offers a 30 days money back guarantee on all her pricing plans. This means that if you are not impressed enough with the performance of the VPN, you can request a refund within the first 30 days.
PrivateVPN offers a free trial that lasts for 7 days, which allows you to assess the overall reliability of the service. This offer starts immediately after you are through with the registration process.
Please note that you need to contact their support team via [email protected] so as to get a free gift code.
SPEED & RELIABILITY
Of course, it’s important that a VPN protects your identity & data while surfing or streaming on the net, but the speed levels are much more important. We ran a series of tests to validate the actual speed level of this VPN, and the result was quite impressive, although we noticed some inconsistency in the speed. The average speed we got in the UK is between 45 to 60Mbps, while that of the US is around 20-30Mbps, which is quite acceptable for most browsing, streaming and light downloading tasks.
Having said that, we could conclude that PrivateVPN delivers fast connections that beat a few VPNs out there. However, It’d be very great if the company can see into the issue of inconsistent speed so as to make a better VPN.
As of March 2019, PrivateVPN has over 100 server locations in 50+ countries including the US, UK, Australia, and the Netherlands.
One would’ve thought that since the company has a low server count, they may not be able to cover important geographical locations. Well, the case is different because PrivateVPN can easily access strategic locations, as well as a variety of geo-locked content.
However, we are not impressed with the PrivateVPN’s small server network because it’s too minimal compared to other competitors like ExpressVPN and PureVPN which offers 1500+ servers in 94 countries and 750+ servers in 140+ countries respectively. Also, the company has been around since 2009, so we don’t expect such a meagre server infrastructure from them.
PLATFORMS & DEVICES
PrivateVPN is compatible with virtually all the major platforms and OS, which includes the following:
- Windows 10, 8, 7, XP
- Mac OS
- Chrome Extension
- Router (ASUS RT models, DD-WRT, Synology, Linksys, Tomato, pfSense, and QNAP)
- Amazon Fire TV & Fire Stick
- OpenELEC (Kodi OS)
Whether you are using a laptop computer, or an Android phone, or any other devices. PrivateVPN offers the same installation process for all the platforms, which are highlighted below in 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Sign up with PrivateVPN (or login if you already have an account).
Step 2: Subscribe to any of the available PrivateVPN plans.
3. Download the PrivateVPN app client on your device (see link above)
4. Hover on a server location and click on “Connect”
Can you use PrivateVPN for Netflix?
Netflix is a leading online streaming media that offers seasoned entertaining shows and movies to its users across the world. One thing about this great media is that it has a segmented content library i.e what is displayed to users vary from country to country.
Part of the few ways to access content from other countries is to use a VPN, but the main issue is that most VPN services no longer work with Netflix following a crackdown on various providers a couple of months ago.
Just as PrivateVPN claimed on her website to be capable of unblocking Netflix, we tested the claim and the results were remarkable. We were able to unlock popular Netflix servers like
- The USA – Buffalo
- The UK – London 1
- France – Paris
- Denmark – Copenhagen
- Germany – Frankfurt 1
- Norway – Oslo, etc.
We were also able to unblock other streaming sites, including BBC iPlayer, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
Can I use PrivateVPN for Torrenting?
In a world where Torrenting has become a very hard thing, PrivateVPN stands at par with other top VPN providers. The VPN is highly compatible with Torrenting, and we recommend them for this task.
ENCRYPTION & SECURITY
PrivateVPN is packed with various connection types as well as encryption strengths to guarantee maximum protection. It provides access to 5 protocols which are OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), L2TP, IPsec, PPTP, and IKEv2.
PrivateVPN uses one of the best data security measures in the industry with its 128-bit CBC encryption for TAP and 256-bit AES for TUN on the default OpenVPN protocol. Although the two systems are not crackable, 256-bit provides slightly better performance.
To protect you from online hackers and data stealers, PrivateVPN offers robust Security Tools like
- Kill switch
- IPv6/IPv4 leak protection
- DNS/WebRTC leak protection
- Obfuscation (StealthVPN), and lots more.
To start with, PrivateVPN is based in Sweden, a country with no mandatory data retention laws. This simply means that your data is safe anytime you’re surfing or streaming online.
Also, we could find this VPN provider trustworthy because we couldn’t notice any logging throughout the tests.
PrivateVPN offers an array of systems to help deliver top-notch support services to its users, ranging from the live chat service, remote control support, Contact Us, FAQS, etc.
The live chat service allows you to lodge a complaint or seek help directly from a customer care representative. All you need do is to drop your message there and you’ll be answered shortly.
The remote control support is specifically designed to help customers regarding the setup and troubleshooting process.
On the FAQs page, users will find relevant video tutorials about how to install the VPN, as well as how to troubleshoot for certain issues.
Despite its small nature, PrivateVPN impressed us with its robust security, unlimited bandwidth, P2P allowance, etc. – all at affordable prices.
However, we urge the VPN provider to look into some of the inconsistencies found in its speed levels, and they should also try expanding their server list.
Overall, we recommend PrivateVPN for those looking for a great VPN to stream or surf the net.