PrivateVPN Review - Is this a good VPN?

By: Kurtis | Last updated August 22, 2019
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Virtual Private Networks are an important part of browsing the internet that ensures your security and anonymity. Given the fact that dozens of advertisers and third-parties are constantly registering the actions of online users, using a VPN gives security for your information and peace of mind that there is no one keeping track of you.

How does it work?

Virtual Private Networks allow you to select a specific country which will act as your displayed location of access while online. This is important in making sure that you are anonymous. Aside from this, you may also access geo-filtered content that is restricted to other countries.

Aside from changing your location of access, it also encrypts all the data that you will upload online. This prevents hackers from being able to read your information even if they manage to bypass your security.

PrivateVPN Pros

PrivateVPN has a lot of features that are good for improving security and speed which are important whenever using VPN.

Given that VPNs encrypts your data and redirects your connection to a foreign server, your internet connection is slower than original. PrivateVPN offers unlimited bandwidth for its users which ensures that the content you access will not be limited. Aside from this, they also have up to 150+ servers which can make it easy to avoid full ones that are prone to making your internet slower.

PrivateVPN can be used for up to six devices. Capable of being linked to the router, there is no need to manually set up a connection to individual devices to the application. Aside from this, it can also be used for iOS, Linux, Android, PC, and Android.

In terms of security, PrivateVPN offers IPv6 and DNS leak protection to ensure utmost security. It also uses OpenVPN Blowfish with 128 bit CBC encryption. These are industry standards that are also used by other services. They also have a kill switch that terminates your browsing session if your security is breached. It is only available for the Windows app currently.

PrivateVPN can be used easily by casual users that only want protection while browsing. The starting menu of the application leads you instantly to the option to choose a server which you will connect to. A user from the Americas, for example, can select a country from Europe. You can also use their support ticket system for any inquiries and concerns.

PrivateVPN Cons

The primary concern by most with PrivateVPN is their unreliable privacy policy that states that “Third parties might analyse our side data. In this case, however, we only give them non-identifiable information. This is to improve our site or marketing and only for internal use.” This makes it hard to trust their service as information that is observed while unnamed can still lead to a user being tracked.

There are also some hiccups in terms of speed when it comes to connection to countries that are far away from the user. This is an understandable problem, though, as a farther server will require more time in transferring data.

PrivateVPN Pricing

PrivateVPN can be paid through three methods: through Paypal, credit card, or Bitcoin. The latter is best for those who want total anonymity. They also have a referral scheme which gives you a discount if the people you invite will use their service.

Currently, PrivateVPN has a competitive price that can match the prices of affordable VPNs like ExpressVPN and SurfShark. The price is $7.12 for one month of use (a discount of 35%). The price is $13.50 for those availing for 3 months ($.4.50 per month). The price for 17 months of service is $43.20 ($2.54 per month) which lets you save 76%.

By: Kurtis | Last updated August 22, 2019