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Honest 2020 Review Of PureVPN
PureVPN review (2020) – Fast, easy to use
In this review we put the VPN provider PureVPN through its paces. PureVPN is one of the most famous VPN providers with servers all over the world. With this VPN service, your internet traffic is encrypted, hidden and anonymized while any internet blockages are bypassed. PureVPN is known for being very solid, has fast servers and you can watch American Netflix with it. With PureVPN you can also bypass restrictions on the internet, such as censorship in countries such as China, Turkey or Russia. And with PureVPN it is possible to download series and films completely anonymously via torrents.
- Simultaneous connections: 10
- Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux
- Protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP / IPsec, SSTP, IKEv2, PPTP
- Log Policy: Network Logs
- Servers: 2000+ Servers in 140+ Countries
- Price: Starting at $ 1.32 per month
- Money-back guarantee: 31 days
Below we have listed the most important features of PureVPN:
- Open VPN, PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2 and SSTP connections and 256-bit encryption
- Unlimited bandwidth and server switches
- Special modes: streaming (including USA Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer), Bypass Censorship, Privacy / Security, P2P, Dedicated IP (for $ 1.99 extra per month)
- 1Gbps connection speed
- Session logs are tracked
- Up to 10 simultaneous connections on one account
- Advanced features: Port forwarding, NAT / non- NAT, Split tunneling
- Indicate whether certain data should not run via the VPN connection (Split tunneling)
- Free software and apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, OSx (MAC) and Linux
- Virtual router function: with this you can use your Windows laptop or computer to transform into a Router with VPN to which you can connect 10 devices (VPN hotspot)
- Compatible with DD-WRT routers, smart TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku
- 24/7 live chat support with efficient and friendly staff
- Flexible payment options (including iDeal, bitcoin and Paypal)
- 31-day money-back guarantee
Using PureVPN: Installation and Configuration
PureVPN offers proprietary software that allows you to use their servers. This software is available for Windows, OSx (apple macbook or imac), iOS (iPad or iPhone), Android, Linux and DD-WRT routers. In this review we discuss the Windows and iOS version of the PureVPN software.
PureVPN for Windows
The PureVPN application is fine to use on Windows. To install the Windows app, you must first download it. Then you have to go through the simple setup, this one speaks for itself. During the installation you will receive a message from Windows asking if you want to install a new internet adapter, you must confirm this question (answer yes).
As soon as you start the PureVPN app for the first time and log in with your data, you will be asked for what purpose you want to use the VPN connection. This choice ensures that you can connect directly to the most optimal server. This setting can of course be changed later.
The dashboard of the PureVPN app allows you to indicate in detail what you want to achieve with the VPN connection. PureVPN states that with their service you can visit all the major websites and screaming services such as BBC iPlayer , HBO, HULU, iTV, Amazon Prime, BeIN sports, and Sky TV.
After this you can choose from which country you want to do this. In addition, you can also choose a VPN server purely based on region, country or city. A search option is also available for this.
In the Windows App you can also change a number of other settings, including: automatic connection when the VPN connection is lost, protocol selection (pptp, l2tp, sstp, ikev, tcp, udp, automatic), 265 bit encryption on or off, secure Enable DNS, IPv6 Leak Protection, Internet Kill Switch (turn off all internet connections automatically when the VPN connection drops), Split tunneling (programs are excluded from the VPN connection).
PureVPN also works well on iOS. The iOS app is clear and intuitive. It is important to realize that if you want more privacy, you should turn off your location services on your phone.
During the first use, you must give the app permission to add a VPN configuration. After this, the app will manage it. During use, the app initially crashed twice. This was during the first use, after this it did not happen again and the app still works smoothly.
PureVPN and Netflix
Netflix has been in a fierce battle with VPN (and proxy) users lately. These are in particular people who want to use Netflix from outside the US. After all, you have access to a lot more movies and series.
Fortunately, PureVPN has a solution for this. Every so often they create new US IP addresses that they try to keep out of the Netflix blocks for as long as possible.
To use these servers, you must choose the mode dedicated IP address and use the VPN server abc1.ptoserver.com. If that doesn’t work, please contact customer service and they will tell you exactly which server is best for you to select for Netflix at that time.
During our test, Netflix worked very well. The first minute the quality of the stream was mediocre, but after a minute we were able to watch American Netflix in HD quality from outside the US without hitches or loading times. In addition to being able to watch American Netflix outside of the US, you also have access to your favorite sport on holiday abroad, for example.
Speed of the servers
The PureVPN software looks good and works really good, but are the speeds up to par?
The speed that you get with a VPN connection depends on a number of factors. Important here are the speed of your own connection, the type of encryption you use, the location of the VPN server and your own location and distance from the server.
The internet connection we tested with is a 150mbit connection. The same goes for most other countries in Europe. The speeds to the US servers were around 70mbit. All in all, we were happy with the speeds achieved and expect them to be sufficient for most uses. In practice, we were able to browse, watch YouTube, and watch and download Netflix without any noticeable delay.
First of all I have to say there is a plethora of payment options, so for people who live in countries where options like Paypal are blocked, they can still pay with a lot of other methods including Cryptocurrency.
PureVPN offers a number of packages. The rate only depends on the duration for which you take out a subscription. The longer the contract period, the cheaper the monthly amount will be. At the moment their cheapest option is a 5-year subscription for $1,32 per month, which is totally worth it in our opinion.
PureVPN offers a 31-day money-back guarantee on all packages. PureVPN regularly has discount promotions, such as during the Christmas period, during events like the World Cup and for new customers. View the current rates and promotions here.
PureVPN security and privacy
PureVPN has a number of strong security features. One of the most important is the support for various VPN encryption protocols including some very strong ones: OpenVPN, L2TP / IPSec, PPTP, SSTP, and IKEv2. We would personally recommend OpenVPN with 256-bit AES encryption and SHA-1 for data verification as it is significantly more secure than the other options.
PureVPN also offers solutions against DNS leaks and IPv6 leaks. With this they prove that they have things well organized in the field of security.
With regard to logging, we have to conclude that PureVPN keeps several logs. This includes information such as name, email address, phone number (only for users in certain countries), and session logs. Session logs record the time when a connection was established and the data usage, not activity logs. Especially if you use the shared-IP servers it will be very difficult to redirect any activity back to you, although we are of course in favor of no logs at all. In the past, PureVPN has provided session logs to US authorities to identify a suspect.
PureVPN’s headquarters located in Hong Kong. There are no data retention laws here, which means that PureVPN does not have to collect and store user data. However, something is logged anyway.
PureVPN server locations
PureVPN offers servers in many countries. There are often several servers available per country; there are more than 2200+ servers available in more than 140 countries. A small selection of the countries where PureVPN has based servers:
US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Poland, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Vietnam, Iceland, Venezuela.
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PureVPN’s customer support has also improved a lot lately. At the moment, they offer 24/7 chat support in addition to Tickets and email support. We tested this chat support with a number of difficult and technical questions, all of which were answered correctly within a minute. So in terms of customer service, PureVPN is doing very well.
PureVPN for Crypto as a US citizen
PureVPN is a great choice for all US citizens who want to trade on foreign exchanges. (Disclaimer: we are not saying you should use a VPN to trade when living in the US). But you have the option if you don’t want to trade on Binance.us.
Best PureVPN features
Lots Of Useful Apps
PureVPN offers several apps making your life easy. They have apps on all mayor platforms like android, IOS, Macos, Windows etc.
PureVPN offers very competitive pricing. For the price of a Starbucks coffee you can browse the web completely anonymous for a month, a real bargain.
Good speed and supports all the modern security protocols
PureVPN supports all the modern security protocols. We also tested really fast speeds on almost all servers we tried.