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PureVPN Review & Rating

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PureVPN (for Android)

Note: PureVPN brings outstanding speed test results for the second year in a row, making it the fastest virtual private network we’ve tested. That earns it our Editors’ Choice endorsement

The number one worry I hear from people about virtual private networks, or VPNs, is that these products will slow down their computers. Experience has taught me, however, that the impact of VPN usage is almost unnoticeable in most situations. Still, for many people, just the idea of browsing or streaming at less than top speed may cause them to hesitate before using a VPN. For them, PureVPN is probably the best VPN available. It offers numerous features, a robust backbone of diversely located VPN servers, and the highest scores in my speed tests for the second year running. For all that, PureVPN is an Editors’ Choice winner for VPN services.

What Is a VPN?
 Office workers reading this may recognize the term VPN as referring to “that thing you need to log into to do work stuff from home,” but a VPN is much more than that. When you use a VPN, your web traffic travels through an encrypted tunnel to the VPN service’s secure server before heading out into the wider internet. This means that any bad guys monitoring your network—be they hackers, advertisers, or government spooks—won’t be able to see your web traffic, or trace your movements on the internet back to you. The next time you’re using a public Wi-Fi network, like the one at your local coffee shop, you might want to fire up a VPN to make sure no one is snooping on your movements.

Pricing and Features

PureVPN currently offers neither a free version or a free trial of their product. There is, however, a seven-day money-back guarantee. If you’re unwilling to plunk down cash for a VPN, consider the numerous excellent free VPN services on the market.

I really like that PureVPN doesn’t lock features behind different price tiers, instead offering the same capabilities with different billing cycles. PureVPN costs $10.95 per month, though there are usually discounts in play. You can also opt to pay $53.70 for a six-month subscription, or $70.80 for a two-year term. Subscription payments can be made via just about every means you could desire: credit card, AliPay, Bitcoin, Cashu, PaymentWall, or PayPal. The service also accepts nearly a dozen other cryptocurrencies. You can even pay with gift cards from popular stores. If you ever wanted to use your Starbucks gift card to buy a VPN service, this is your chance.

PureVPN has a very reasonable monthly price, but it’s worth noting that another Editors’ Choice winner, NordVPN ($2.75 at NordVPN – 3 year plan), costs only a few more dollar per month, and offers specialized servers for specific needs. Editors’ Choice co-winner NordVPN has four times as many servers as PureVPN, and is more affordable at $6.95 per month.

When you go to complete your transaction, PureVPN gives you the chance to purchase add-on services. An additional $1.99 per month gets you a NAT Firewall, and $1.99 buys you a dedicated IP address. Note that these are promotional prices, and subject to change. VPNs are confusing enough already, so I appreciate the thorough information buttons that explain each add-on and tell you who might want to purchase it.

Whichever plan you choose, you get five licenses to spread across all your devices. PureVPN has clients for Linux, macOS, and Windows, as well as mobile clients for Android and iOS. Recently, the company has added a Chrome plug-in to the list of supported platforms. Using the plug-in only secures the web traffic of your browser, which might be ideal for some users. It also blocks ads and advertising trackers, and has some malware protection capabilities. Interestingly, these are features not found in the core VPN app. In that way, it’s similar to TunnelBear, which offers both a VPN plug-in and an ad-blocking plug-in.

The plug-in also blocks some WebRTC elements. These allow websites to use certain elements of your computer—your webcam, for example. Not everyone is a fan of WebRTC because of this, and blocking tools like those included in PureVPN have begun popping up as of late.

I’m always happy to see companies adding more features, but do note that PureVPN’s malware, advertising, and tracker blockers are powered by blacklists. That’s a good start, but it won’t hold a candle to the advanced malware detection and removal tools found in stand-alone antivirus solutions. Definitely use PureVPN’s tool in conjunction with traditional antivirus, not as a replacement.

There is also a business version of PureVPN, priced on a per-seat basis. It’s $49.99 per month for five accounts, $99.00 per month for 10 users, and $84.00 per month for 15 accounts. Annual pricing is also available and custom pricing is available for larger organizations.

Note that PureVPN is headquartered in Hong Kong. This ironic, given how repressive some of China’s internet regulations are. Yet, Hong Kong doesn’t have mandatory data-retention laws, so PureVPN is not required to store data on users or their behavior. We’ll have to wait and see if it survives China’s efforts to ban VPNs. Also, some VPN companies have, in the past, injected ads into users’ web traffic. A company representative assured me that PureVPN does not do this, nor does it any way profit from user web traffic.

Speed Test

Regardless of what VPN you use, your speed performance will likely take a hit from the extra security measures. Most of the time this is just a mild annoyance; it’s hardly like going back to the days of modem screeches and dial-up performance. When I first tested PureVPN, however, I was surprised by the degree to which it improved download speeds. I’m happy to say that it has again lived up to its claim of being the fastest VPN for the second year in a row.

To measure a VPN’s impact on web browsing, I compare the average results from Ookla’s speedtest.net (which is owned by PCMag’s publisher, Ziff Davis) on domestic servers both with and without the VPN active. I then find a percent change between those results. That way, I can simulate how most people use PureVPN. I then perform the same tests, but using a test server in Anchorage, Alaska, and a VPN server in Australia. Putting that much distance in the mix serves as a stress test meant to simulate the conditions people might experience connecting to servers in other countries. Network conditions can change at the drop of a hat, so your mileage may vary.

In my domestic tests, I found that PureVPN increased latency by a tiny 6.7 percent. Hide My Ass has the best score in the latency test, increasing latency by only 5.6 percent. PureVPN then destroyed the download speed test by improving download speeds by an impressive 346.5 percent. The competition generally makes download speeds slower, not faster, by about six percent, across the board. PureVPN didn’t have a supercharging effect on upload speeds, however; it slowed uploads by 4.9 percent. That’s still the best score in this category.

I am happy to note that PureVPN also performed remarkably well in the international speed tests. The service increased latency by 210 percent, and was bested by AnchorFree Hotspot Shield Elite$12.99 at AnchorFree, which increased latency by only 155.4 percent. But PureVPN improved download speeds by 403.8 percent, which is a peerless result. Other VPNs actually lower download speeds by about 10 to 15 percent. PureVPN didn’t perform as well with uploads, which it slowed by 22.7 percent. Hotspot Shield eked out a win in this category, improving upload speeds by 1.4 percent.

PureVPN for Android

PureVPN (for Android)

The PureVPN app for Android is available from the Google Play store for free, but it requires a subscription to use. The app brings a lot of familiar design elements from the Windows client, but with a few changes. A Material Design button in the lower right corner pulls up a list of servers to which you can connect.

But while the app blends in on Android, it’s not a straightforward experience. As with the desktop versions, there’s no obvious way to get online immediately. And the five modes the app presents are broken down further, which might confuse an inexperienced user simply looking to get online quickly. Also, the Material Design button uses an AC power plug as an icon, which is a bit bewildering considering that it has nothing to do with electrical power.

Unfortunately, my problems with the Android app were more than just aesthetic. The app crashed very often, and I found I could replicate at least one crash issue consistently. The app also yielded poor speed test scores with its default settings. A company representative advised me to enable the Multi Port option from the Protocol section, which solved the problem.

Speaking of speeds, even when it was working, PureVPN yielded a mixed bag of speed scores. The app racked up a disappointing speed test score, a below average upload score, and a blessedly average download score. It’s disappointing that PureVPN, which performs so well on Windows, can’t repeat the feat on Android.

PureVPN for Mac

To get PureVPN on your Mac, you have to download the client from the PureVPN website—it’s not available from the official Mac App Store. The layout is broadly similar to that of the Windows version, with its five modes that connect you to the best server for your current situation. That said, I find this approach overly complicated. It would be handy to also have a button that simply connects you to the nearest server, in addition to this step-by-step approach.

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The PureVPN client looks quite at home on macOS—one of the few VPN apps that manages to match the Mac aesthetic. The app presents you with some basic information, such as server ping time, but if you’re looking for more data, go to the Menu Bar icon, which reveals your connection status, which protocol you’re connected with, your current IP address, the location of the VPN server to which you are connected, and the sent and received data rates.

In my international testing, PureVPN stood out for having the best upload speed test score. It managed average latency and had the third best download score. In the domestic testing, it tied for worst latency, took third place for downloads again, and dropped the ball in the upload test, where it was on the worse end of average.

PureVPN for iPhone

PureVPN mainThe iPhone client for PureVPN looks very similar to the Android app. It’s a strong design language, but I’m disappointed that the company doesn’t make its app seem more at home on Apple’s mobile devices, as it does with its macOS version. The app also lacks the map view and the status information, such as session length and bandwidth, found in the desktop version of the app.

Also similar to the other PureVPN apps, there’s no obvious way to get online quickly. Instead, you have to navigate through a series of pages designed to connect you with the best server for whatever you’re trying to do right now. Weirdly, the app retains the AC plug seen in the Android app to open a menu of available servers.

PureVPn doesn’t blend in on iPhone in terms of looks, and it also stands out—in a positive way—with good latency and upload scores, and very strong download speed scores. That’s a much better result than I had testing the Android app, and the iPhone version didn’t require additional settings adjustments to get decent performance.

Speedy and Slick

Every VPN claims that it’s extremely fast, or at the very least, that it won’t impact your internet experience. while a handful live up to this claim, PureVPN blows them away with a stunning increase in download performance on Windows. If speed is your most important feature, this is the service you want. Combine that with excellent features, affordable pricing, and a robust infrastructure, and PureVPN is our newest Editors’ Choice winner, sharing the honor with KeepSolid, NordVPN, and Private Internet Access. While the PureVPN Android app couldn’t replicate its Windows speed results, your PureVPN licenses enable very capable protection across all your devices.

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The best VPN service for most people

Number of servers: 1800+ | Server locations: 145 | IP addresses: 30,000 | Maximum devices supported: 3

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Impressive range of quality apps
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ExpressVPN offers 145 locations across 94 countries, alongside an excellent range of tailored clients, with some great efforts for mobile and desktop on the software front. You get native clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, plus iOS, Android and even BlackBerry (albeit a couple of models) on the mobile front.

But that’s not all, add routers (they do their own firmware) and VPN browser extensions for a wide range of streaming media devices and Smart TVs, giving you a very extensive VPN solution.

What’s also really helpful is that there are loads of web-based tutorials which are easy to follow to help you get up and running with the service. The tech support ExpressVPN provides is certainly of a high quality.

You also get P2P support here, a kill switch (to help your IP stay concealed if the service falls over), and very solid overall performance levels.

Downsides? ExpressVPN only supports three simultaneous connections, and it’s far from the cheapest offering in town. Also, there’s no free trial option – but on the plus side, there is a ‘no hassle’ 30-day money-back guarantee if you aren’t happy with the service. The packages available are:

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The danger of using public Wi-Fi without a VPN is a hot topic at the moment. This new video will help educate your readers and boost your conversions by demonstrating how easy it is for bad guys to hack a computer that is not connected to ExpressVPN. Feel free to embed this video in your content.

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Unblock & Watch US Netflix with Best VPN for Netflix

Please clear your cache and cookies (or better yet use a different browser) before accessing Netflix from another region. The website stores cookies that are used to block access whenever the user tries to switch to a different Netflix region. Also certain IP ranges might still be blocked by Netflix so just disconnect from a VPN server and reconnect again to get a different IP address. If you have issues accessing Netflix using the providers we listed below (and you shouldn’t because we test them on a regular basis), please contact their support for an updated list of servers. 

On January 6, 2016 Netflix announced that it’s now available in 190 countries around the world. While most Netflix content is in English, Netflix also added Arabic, Korean and Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.

Press release also clarified that “Netflix will not yet be available in China, though the company continues to explore options for providing the service. It also won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies.”

While it’s excellent news that Netflix is expanding globally, the selection of shows for the regions outside of the US is still very limiting and subscription fees vary in each country. For instance, Netflix USA has 7,000 shows – the largest Netflix selection, but Canada is 4,000 and UK, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina only 3,000 titles, while Australia only about 1,000.

Evidently, in order to get full access to all Netflix shows, it’s best to unblock the American Netflix, something that is quite easy with the help of a VPN service.

When you are connected to a US VPN server, VPN encrypts your connection and swaps your real IP address with a new USA IP address. Netflix now thinks you are located in the United States and unblocks all content geo-restricted for the US users. Once US Netflix is unblocked you can watch excellent shows including House of Cards, Criminal Minds, Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, The Walking Dead and thousands more.

Recent Netflix crackdown on VPN and proxy services didn’t yield desired results. It only produces some outages for VPN users because VPN providers (that care about their Netflix users) can replace banned IP addresses within a few days. But Netflix didn’t stop there. They pushed PayPal to join them and blocked Unotelly PayPal account (along with a few other SmartDNS services). While it’s extremely disappointing to see a major payment processing company blocking the account of the VPN provider without any prior notice, this poses no true issues for VPN users because top VPNs accept a number of payment methods including Credit Cards, CashU, Bitcoin, Moneybookers, Plimus, Payza, Alipay, Mint, gift cards and many more.

HD video streaming requires high-speed VPN servers which is why we list only the fastest VPN providers that also have custom VPN apps that require no manual setup. Alternatively, if encrypted connection and increased security from possible online threats are not high on your list, you may want to consider a SmartDNS provider.

 

MONTHLY PRICE: 11.95 USD
ANNUAL PRICE: 36 USD

NordVPN is certainly a security oriented provider. Panama based company with zero logs privacy policy offers double data encryption when they encrypt your data not once, but twice. Their custom desktop apps that can run on system startup include Kill Switch feature and DNS leak resolver to protect the user from unexpected data leaks. NordVPN is available in 21 countries, offers Dedicated, Shared Static and Dynamic IP types, and 6 simultaneous logins. To read a full NordVPN review and get an annual discount click HERE.

 

 

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MONTHLY PRICE: 12.95 USD
ANNUAL PRICE: 99.95 USD

ExpressVPN infrastructure is very well optimised for HD video streaming and torrenting. Considering they have a zero-logs privacy policy, accept Bitcoin and are located on the Caribbean Island, they are a great choice for privacy oriented customers who want to protect their data from surveillance, bypass censorship and access copyright material without legal repercussions. Besides, ExpressVPN partners up with the EFF and aligns itself as one of the Internet’s leading advocates for net neutrality and for a democratic and open internet. To read a full ExpressVPN review click HERE.

 

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MONTHLY PRICE: 10.95 USD
ANNUAL PRICE: 65.40 USD

PureVPN is a proud owner of a massive 500 servers network in over 120 countries with over 60 server locations specifically optimized for torrenting. Hong Kong based PureVPN is a security conscious provider with infrastructure protected behind NAT Firewall. Kill Switch feature guards the users from unencrypted data leaks when the internet connection drops. In case you want to limit your VPN use to specific websites/services only, Split Tunneling feature lets you decide which applications to send through unencrypted channel and which one to secure with a top-notch VPN service. To read a full PureVPN review click HERE.

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