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  • Anabell
    20/05/2019

    Very good service with AES-256-Encryption!

    Joey
    19/05/2019

    No data limitation in the premium version.

    Marc
    18/05/2019

    I am very satisfied!

  • Alexander
    17/05/2019

    As soon as I connect to a public network I am automatically secured. I do not need to worry about this, finally.

    Jolie
    16/05/2019

    Works perfectly on all my devices: PC, tablet and mobile! I am now secured everywhere.

    Peter
    15/05/2019

    With the tracking protection, my employer can't track my browser history. Like!

  • Cristine
    14/05/2019

    I like the simplicity of the interface. You will appreciate this also, especially, if you are a little older.

    Michael
    13/05/2019

    The traffic runs through the Hotspot Shield VPN server. This unblocks content, and also conceals the original location.

    Kevin
    12/05/2019

    I like to watch streams and use this VPN. So that my internet provider can't see which pages I surf and slow down my speed.

  • Josh
    11/05/2019

    Data are stored, only the most necessary though, but it is still a small minus. Luckily, no identification data are stored.

    Julia
    10/05/2019

    Cross-compatibility between my mobile device and computer convinced me.

    Chloe
    09/05/2019

    A short period of 30 days is great when you need a VPN only for a certain period of time.

  • Ben
    08/05/2019

    I travel a lot and have to use public networks quite often. With this client, I protect myself and my laptop against hacker attacks.

    Mary
    07/05/2019

    Try the free version before you switch to the premium one.

    Drake
    06/05/2019

    Had initially a few problems, however, the support helped me quickly.

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Customer Comments
  • Anabell
    20/05/2019

    Very good service with AES-256-Encryption!

    Joey
    19/05/2019

    No data limitation in the premium version.

    Marc
    18/05/2019

    I am very satisfied!

  • Alexander
    17/05/2019

    As soon as I connect to a public network I am automatically secured. I do not need to worry about this, finally.

    Jolie
    16/05/2019

    Works perfectly on all my devices: PC, tablet and mobile! I am now secured everywhere.

    Peter
    15/05/2019

    With the tracking protection, my employer can't track my browser history. Like!

  • Cristine
    14/05/2019

    I like the simplicity of the interface. You will appreciate this also, especially, if you are a little older.

    Michael
    13/05/2019

    The traffic runs through the Hotspot Shield VPN server. This unblocks content, and also conceals the original location.

    Kevin
    12/05/2019

    I like to watch streams and use this VPN. So that my internet provider can't see which pages I surf and slow down my speed.

  • Josh
    11/05/2019

    Data are stored, only the most necessary though, but it is still a small minus. Luckily, no identification data are stored.

    Julia
    10/05/2019

    Cross-compatibility between my mobile device and computer convinced me.

    Chloe
    09/05/2019

    A short period of 30 days is great when you need a VPN only for a certain period of time.

  • Ben
    08/05/2019

    I travel a lot and have to use public networks quite often. With this client, I protect myself and my laptop against hacker attacks.

    Mary
    07/05/2019

    Try the free version before you switch to the premium one.

    Drake
    06/05/2019

    Had initially a few problems, however, the support helped me quickly.

Overview

The Swedish provider PrivateVPN belongs to Privat Kommunikation Sverige AB. The company is headquartered in Sollentuna, Sweden, and has extensive experience in the communications industry. More than 44,000 customers worldwide use PrivateVPN, which has over 50 server locations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, the USA, and the UK.

Users can enjoy streaming content (series and movies) with no restrictions. PrivateVPN is compatible with all providers, including Maxdome, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix. The VPN has stable servers with high download and upload speeds, making the VPN-Client ideal for file sharing via BitTorrent, eDonkey, or uTorrent. Users are assigned an anonymous IP address at a server location. This allows the VPN software to bypass firewall blocks in countries like Russia and China. Thanks to SSL encryption, customers can surf the Internet and public networks securely.

PrivateVPN customers can contact the friendly support staff via email or live chat. Users receive a code from the support team, with which they can test the VPN software free of charge. Generally, purchasers benefit from a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Performance Data - PrivateVPN

FeatureValue
Max Download Speed 75 Mb/s
Max Upload Speed 61 Mb/s
Ping Time 5 s
Average time to connect 10 s
Reliability Score Very good
Pros
  • high-performance VPN servers available worldwide
  • clear software with intuitive operation
  • secure, anonymous, and suitable for P2P
Cons
  • unspecified number of IP addresses
  • no Unix version

Prices and Conditions

1 month
No Discount
$5.48
per Month
BEST OFFER
36 months
$5.48
64%
$2.00
per Month
3 months
$5.48
32%
$3.75
per Month

Overview

The Swedish provider PrivateVPN belongs to Privat Kommunikation Sverige AB. The company is headquartered in Sollentuna, Sweden, and has extensive experience in the communications industry. More than 44,000 customers worldwide use PrivateVPN, which has over 50 server locations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, the USA, and the UK.

Users can enjoy streaming content (series and movies) with no restrictions. PrivateVPN is compatible with all providers, including Maxdome, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix. The VPN has stable servers with high download and upload speeds, making the VPN-Client ideal for file sharing via BitTorrent, eDonkey, or uTorrent. Users are assigned an anonymous IP address at a server location. This allows the VPN software to bypass firewall blocks in countries like Russia and China. Thanks to SSL encryption, customers can surf the Internet and public networks securely.

PrivateVPN customers can contact the friendly support staff via email or live chat. Users receive a code from the support team, with which they can test the VPN software free of charge. Generally, purchasers benefit from a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Streaming

Streaming via Netflix or Amazon Prime Video offers numerous advantages compared to traditional television. Users always have access to a large selection of movies, series, and sporting events – without commercial breaks. Restrictions due to licensing problems under country-specific law or slow synchronization clearly hamper the enjoyment of watching movies and series. Streaming users may have to wait a long time for new movies or series to become available in their country. The same problem arises when it comes to various sports events and live broadcasts. For example, German sports fans cannot watch live coverage of NBA, NHL, or NFL games due to IP blocks.

VPN software practically makes these annoying problems disappear – by simply assigning the user a virtual location and IP address. The VPN user receives a country-specific IP address that enables him/her direct access to all the new movies and series. Streaming providers do not notice any difference to users who actually live in a production country of the media content. This allows VPN users prompt access to the entire streaming service range. By means of a suitable IP address, users seem to be in the USA and can, of course, also enjoy American sports – live and up close.

Thanks to a large selection of highly efficient VPN servers in over 50 locations worldwide, customers always receive a suitable IP address. The download speed is very high and allows transmission rates of up to 75 MB per second. Customers also benefit from an unlimited amount of data. In addition to VPN software that runs on Windows and Macintosh computers, there is also a suitable app for mobile devices with iOS and Android operating systems.

File sharing

Almost every household has a fast DSL or cable connection to the Internet. These fast connections enable even large files, like entire movies or series, to be downloaded from the Internet quickly. The easiest way to do this is via one of many file sharing platforms, like BitTorrent, Rapid Share or uTorrent. If the content is not free of charge and legally available, i.e. fee-based media content, file sharing users are violating the copyright. This can result in warnings or huge fines should competent authorities become aware of these legal activities.

The VPN-Client enables users to surf the Internet completely anonymously and securely, thereby benefiting from secure encryption of their IP address. This makes tracing the address and Internet activity almost impossible. Thus, VPN software is ideal for users who download various multimedia content from the Internet via a file sharing platform. VPN users are not exposed on the public Internet; they surf in a secure data tunnel. Should the VPN-Client fail to work due to an error, the kill switch function ensures that the file sharing software automatically shuts down.

PrivateVPN offers its users very high speeds and unlimited bandwidth. Downloads are possible with up to 75 MB per second and uploads with a maximum of 61 MB per second. This makes the VPN provider ideal for a variety of file sharing activities. Customers benefit from a reliable kill switch feature and DNS leak protection. No other companies have access to users’ activities thanks to DNS ownership. The use of P2P is expressly allowed with PrivateVPN and the provider doesn’t save any log files.

Circumventing firewalls

Governments in some countries make use of their technical possibilities and try to strict the Internet. Governments in China, Russia and other countries block various websites and online services using firewalls. Both residents and visitors to the countries are affected by this rising censorship. Furthermore, the Internet is increasingly being censored in public institutions and businesses, and employees can therefore no longer use all the services and access all content. Facebook, Google, and YouTube are some of the most frequently blocked websites.

Firewalls can only block Internet users who they can recognize and identify correctly. With a VPN, users are able to disguise their real identity and location. No firewall can break this secure disguise; thus, no information about users or their activities can be collected. Thanks to high-quality encryption, VPN users are safe on the Internet and in public networks and can use everything without restrictions. Since all data traffic is completely unrecognizable to firewalls, governments in strict countries can no longer censor or block VPN users.

Thanks to many server locations in all the major countries around the world, PrivateVPN provides its users with more than enough free IP addresses. More than 50 locations and highly efficient VPN servers allow for every user to receive an appropriate address immediately. Unfortunately, the exact number of IP addresses is not known publicly. PrivateVPN uses very high AES encryption with 256 bits; this ensures that users can remain anonymous and secure on the Internet and in public networks.

Security & anonymity

Nowadays, surfing the Internet safely and anonymously is important for several reasons. People who use various online services and websites without equipollent protection are at great risk. This is much higher compared to the past, as there are a lot more cyber criminals and hacker attacks. Danger lurks in both public and private networks (such as in train stations, cafés and airports). Hackers pose a particularly major threat because of their extensive technical know-how. Criminals can easily access personal data or bank details of careless Internet users and use these data for their own purposes. In many cases, personal data are sold and subsequently used by companies for advertising purposes. If sensitive bank data get into the wrong hands, this can quickly end up in a major financial loss. It is not only cybercriminals and companies that are interested in your surfing behavior and user data, but so are the authorities.

 

Users who surf the Internet via VPN software benefit from a very high level of security. They stay in a completely anonymous data tunnel and do not give up any personal information. Both the connection to the Internet and all data transfers are encrypted. Criminals, businesses, government authorities, not even Internet providers can access the VPN users’ data; they can thus not use the information for their own purposes. The high-grade encryption keeps even experienced hackers at bay. VPN users therefore don’t have to worry about data theft, warnings, or other negative consequences. Customers of VPN providers can surf the Internet and all other networks safely.

 

PrivateVPN users benefit from very secure SSL encryption with 256 bits. Thanks to the automatic kill switch function, any previously set program is automatically shut down if the VPN connection is lost. No other companies are involved in the provider’s VPN network, so only experienced employees have access to the DNS servers. Users benefit from DNS leak protection and, thanks to the existing logging policy, don’t need to worry about PrivateVPN logging and permanently storing their data. If desired, customers can pay the VPN subscription anonymously and securely via PayPal or using Bitcoins. All supported protocols and security features are contained in the following two tables below:

 

ProtocolPrivateVPN
Open VPN (TCP & UDP)x
PPTPx
L2TPx
IPSecx
IKEv2x

Table 1: Protocols

 

Security featuresPrivateVPN
AES-256 encryptionX
DNS Owner-ShipX
KillswitchX
DNS leak protectionX
Bitcoin and PayPal as payment methodsx

Table 2: Summary of the security and anonymity features

Performance

More than 50 locations all over the world have very efficient VPN servers with high performance. Users benefit from very fast download speeds of up to 75 MB per second. The upload speeds of PrivateVPN are also very impressive, reaching a high speed of maximum 61 MB per second. Connecting to a VPN server only takes an average of 8 seconds. Thanks to a ping time of a mere 5 milliseconds, PrivateVPN is also suitable to play online shooters and for instantaneous streaming. Both the average connection time and the ping time are very good in comparison to other VPN providers. The VPN-Client is ideal for file sharing in combination with the unlimited data. All things considered, VPN connections work very reliably in daily life and there are no connection failures or other issues. All information about current performance is contained in the following table.

Performance featurePrivateVPN
Max. download speed75MB/s
Max. upload speed61MB/s
Ping time5ms
Average time for connection establishment8s
Reliability evaluationVery good

 

Table 3: Performance data

User friendliness

Installing the VPN software is intuitive and only takes a few minutes to complete successfully. The simple operation also makes the VPN-Client suitable for beginners and newcomers. The software can be installed and used on any computer or laptop with a Windows or Macintosh operating system. There is a free app by PrivateVPN for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The application can be installed on any device with Android and iOS operating systems and is very clear and easy to use. All compatible platforms and devices are listed in the following table.

 

DevicePrivateVPN
WindowsApp
Mac OSApp
iOSApp
AndroidApp

 

Table 4: Compatible devices

 

Interested users can find plenty of information about the VPN software and how it works on PrivateVPN’s website. An extensive FAQ section with easy-to-understand answers to the most important questions is also available. Should any questions remain unanswered or problems persist, users can always contact customer support either by email or live chat.

Bottom line

PrivateVPN is operated by an experienced Swedish company and uses a VPN network at over 50 locations worldwide. The high download and upload speeds, as well as the expressly allowed P2P usage, make the VPN software ideal for file sharing. In combination with the unlimited data and the low latency of only 5 ms, PrivateVPN is suitable for uninterrupted streaming and fast-response online gaming without restrictions. The VPN users and their data are protected by 256-bit SSL encryption. The VPN provider doesn’t save any log files from its customers and maintains its DNS servers internally. File sharing software and other programs are automatically shut down with the intelligent kill switch if a connection is lost.

The VPN-Client is ideal for streaming or file sharing and, thanks to its intuitive operation, even for beginners. The software can be tested for 30 days free of charge without any financial risk. In addition to the common payment methods, customers can also pay the subscription fee securely and anonymously using Bitcoins or PayPal. If there are any problems or questions, customers are welcome to contact the friendly and competent support staff via email or live chat.

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