PureVPN review (2019) – Fast, Easy to Use
In this review we discuss the VPN provider PureVPN. PureVPN is one of the best known VPN providers with servers around the world. With this VPN service, your internet traffic is encrypted, hidden, and made anonymous while any internet blockages are bypassed. PureVPN is known as reliable and reliable, has fast servers and you can view the 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 completely anonymous series and films via torrents.
- Simultaneous connections: 5
- 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: From $ 2.95 a 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), Censorship bypass, privacy / security, P2P, dedicated IP (for $ 1.99 extra per month)
- 1Gbps connection speed
- Session logs are kept
- Up to 5 simultaneous connections on one account
- Advanced functions: Port forwaring, 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 turn your windows laptop or computer into a Router with VPN to which you can connect 10 devices (VPN hotspot)
- Compatible with DD-WRT routers , smartTV, 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
Use PureVPN: Installation and Configuration
PureVPN offers its own software with which you can 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 for Windows has recently been completely updated. To install the Windows app you must first download it. Then you have to go through the simple setup, this speaks for itself. During the installation you will receive a message from Windows asking if you want to install a new internet adapter, you have to 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 gives you the option to specify in detail what you want to achieve with the VPN connection (the choice at the time of writing is: VPN for China , ABC TV streaming, BBC iPlayer streaming , CW TV streaming , Streaming Entertainment channels faster, ESPN streaming, HBO Now, HULU , iTV, Amazon Prime, BeIN sports, sports channels, online gaming, RTE Player, Sky TV, Sport 1, TVCatchup, VoIP, WWE Network, Zattoo).
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 there are also a number of other settings that can be changed including: automatic connection if the VPN connection is lost, protocol selection (pptp, l2tp, sstp, ikev, tcp, udp, automatic), 265 bit encryption on or off, secure Enable DNS, IPv6 leakage protection, Internet Kill Switch (automatically disable all internet connections if the VPN connection fails), Split tunneling(programs exclude the VPN connection).
PureVPN also works nicely on iOS. The iOS app is well-arranged and works intuitively. It is important to realize that you need to disable your location services on your phone if you want more privacy.
During the first use you must give the app permission to add a VPN configuration. After this, the app will manage it. The app initially crashed twice during use. This was during the first use, after this this did not occur anymore and the app still works smoothly.
PureVPN and Netflix
Netflix has recently entered a major battle with VPN (and proxy) users. These are in particular people who want to use Netflix from outside America as if they were in America. After all, you then have access to a lot more films and series.
Fortunately, PureVPN has a solution for this. Every once in a while they create new American IP addresses that they try to keep out of the Netflix blockades for as long as possible.
To use these servers you must choose a dedicated IP address mode and use abc1.ptoserver.com as the VPN server . If that does not work, contact customer service and they will tell you exactly which server you can best select for Netflix at that time.
Netflix worked very well during our test. The first minute the quality of the stream was poor, but after a minute we could watch the American Netflix in HD quality from the Netherlands without any interruptions or waiting times to load (see also the speeds that are reached). In addition to being able to watch the American Netflix outside of America (in the Netherlands), you also have access to Dutch football on holiday abroad, for example.
Speed of the servers
The PureVPN software looks good and works fine, but are the speeds also of good quality?
The speed that you achieve with a VPN connection depends on a number of factors. Important here are the speed of your own connection, the type of encryption that you use, the location of the VPN server and your own location and distance to the server.
The internet connection with which we tested is a 150mbit connection. With servers in the Netherlands, speeds of around 100mbit were achieved. The same applies to most other countries in Europe. The speeds to America were round 70mbit. All in all, we were happy with the speeds achieved and we expect it to be adequate for most uses. In practice we were able to browse, watch YouTube, watch Netflix and download without noticeable delay.
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 becomes.
PureVPN offers a 31-day money-back guarantee on all packages. PureVPN regularly has discount promotions, such as during the Christmas period, events such as 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 functions. 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 considerably more secure than the other options. To read more about the difference between these protocols, click here .
PureVPN also offers solutions against DNS leaks and IPv6 leaks. With this they prove that they are well organized in the field of security.
Regarding logging, we must conclude that PureVPN keeps track of various logs. This includes information such as name, e-mail address, telephone number (only for users in certain countries), and session logs. Session logs record the moment a connection was made and the data usage, not activity logs. Certainly if you use the shared IP servers it will be very difficult to get any activity back to you, although we naturally support no logs at all. In the past, PureVPN has already provided session logs to the US authorities to identify a suspect.
PureVPN headquarters located in Hong Kong. In principle, no data retention laws apply here, which means that PureVPN does not have to collect and store user data. However, something is being 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 from the countries where PureVPN has stationed servers:
USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the 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.
PureVPN Customer Service
PureVPN’s customer support has also improved considerably 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 one minute. So when it comes to customer service, PureVPN is doing very well.
In terms of functionalities, PureVPN is, without a doubt, one of the best VPN solutions that we have seen. Everything seems well thought out, such as the well-designed and clear software with screen-shot-based “how to” guides. PureVPN offers a large number of fast servers with stable connections. PureVPN is not the cheapest service we have assessed, but you pay for quality and in that respect PureVPN is certainly not expensive. And with a little luck there are nice discount promotions.
The fact that we could watch the American Netflix without any problems will also convince many to take a PureVPN subscription. In addition, it is also nice that you can download with PureVPN. However, the fact that session logs are kept is a downside to which we pay PureVPN quite heavily. Hence the low score for safety; logging entails privacy risks!
Ease of use
User Review( votes)
- Large server offer
- High speeds
- Logs are kept