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12VPN Review – How Does 12VPN Rate On Anonymity And Security Parameters?



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12VPN is a privacy solution that has been around for more than 5 years. The service was launched in the year 2009 by Anuson Limited which is a privately held company in Hong Kong. In this exhaustive article, we will rate the most prominent features of the 12VPN service and decide if it worth subscribing.

Server Locations & Accessibility Options
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

12VPN has a presence in some of the biggest VPN markets of North America, Europe and Asia. The company has deployed its servers in 15 different countries plus it adds new VPN gateways and servers at regular intervals. Here are some more details regarding the accessibility options that come with a 12VPN subscription:

1) Server Locations – As of now, 12VPN has VPN gateways in the following countries:

United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Sweden, Singapore, Germany, France, Israel, Spain, Liechtenstein and Japan.

2) The company allows unlimited number of server switches to its customers so you are free to connect to any server from the company’s VPN network.

3) The service makes it simple to unlock location/IP restricted On-Demand services such as BBC iPlayer, Zattoo, Spotify, Netflix, HBO Go, ProSieben, Canal+, Pandora, USA Network, ABC Player, Hulu, Viasat, Sky Go, ABC iView, The Comedy Network, DMAX, Voddler, Eurosport, MTV, Lovefilm, Vevo, Amazon Prime, CWTV, Much Music, TV Tokyo, Bravo, CMore, Demand 5, WimpMusic, RTVNH, Global TV, RTL, Canale 5, Xfinity, Star TV, Wilmaa, Pluzz, iTV Player, UK TV, Das Erste, TV Japan, Vudu, Fox, TV Lab, STV, AT5, MyTV, CBS, Deezer, TV Asahi, Film1, Spacecast, WDR, D17, Sport1, Arte, TVB, TMC, TVE, City TV, MLB, Mio TV, Sat.1, CBC, 3SAT, ORF 1, TNT, ZDF, SVT, D8, Vox, W9, TSN, NHL, CTV, NBC, 4OD and Rara from any network or country in the world.

Speed and Bandwidth Options
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

12VPN provides unrestricted bandwidth and unlimited speeds through its network which means you can stream HD movies, download big files, make VOIP calls and play online games without facing any monthly limits or slowdowns. The company does have a restricted plan (known as 12VPN 51 Plan) that provides great value to tourists and frequent fliers but customers subscribing to an unlimited plan face no speed or bandwidth restrictions. The company relies on a Smart Routing system to deliver access to blocked websites and local content so you can access them faster even if you are located far far away. However, unlike many other VPN providers, the company does not allow P2P and bittorrenting traffic through its network.

Privacy And Security Features
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

12VPN offers a very high level of security and privacy through its VPN plans. In this section, let us take a look at the privacy and security features available with the service:

1) Protocols & Encryption – 12VPN secures your privacy with 128-256 bit encryption and delivers its service via OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec, IPSec, PPTP and SSTP protocols.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – Most savvy web users are aware of the dangers posed by the open Wi-Fi hotspots that are available at airports, malls, libraries, coffee shops and hotels. Due to the negligible level of security used by the providers, hackers and sniffing programs can easily steal private data of people who are connected to the same network. But as soon as you secure your sessions with 12VPN, your wireless sessions become invisible to the criminals who prowl on unsecured networks.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – Using 12VPN is a great way to keep all types of monitoring, surveillance, firewalls and censorship in check. The service allows expats and tourists to unlock Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, YouTube and Skype from restricted locations (China, Middle East etc.) and even permits students and employees to access social networking, video and gaming sites from behind their school and workplace firewalls.

4) Logging Policy – The company has a no-logging policy in place which means your online activities can never be logged or stored. In addition, the company does not share private data of customers with third parties, marketing companies or advertisers. However, the company reserves the right to investigate if the service is used for illegal activities.

5) Data and Application Security – 12VPN can secure multiple types of online sessions (browsing, emailing, FTP, IRC etc.) with just one click. The company even offers security from millions of viruses, spywares and malwares by filtering them at the server level through its NAT firewall. The security and encryption features available through the service ensure that your sensitive data like credit card numbers, passwords, bank account details and social accounts remain secure from hacking and theft even if you are connected to an unsecured network.

Setup & Ease Of Use
(Rating – 3.5 out of 5)

12VPN does not provide a proprietary client so you must configure the service manually. The service can be easily set up on Windows, iPads, iPhones, Mac, Linux, Android devices, Blackberry, Symbian and Tomato, pfSense, Sabai and DD-WRT routers by referring to the step-by-step instructions available on the company’s site. An easy to follow GUI installation process is currently available for Windows and Mac (through Viscosity) and the company even provides a free Viscosity license to its customers. The company allows multiple connections at the same time but you may not be able to connect to the same server from two different devices. The company even offers pre-configured routers through Flashrouters and Sabai.

Pricing
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

Unlike most VPN companies, 12VPN does not offer monthly plans. The company’s unlimited speed and bandwidth plans are available from $38.85 for 3 months ($12.95/month), $59.94 for 6 months ($9.99/month) and $60 for a year ($5 per month). On the other hand, the 12VPN 51 plan which offers 5 GB of data download per month at full speeds and then delivers 1 MBPS speed for the rest of the month is available for $35 per year. While the company does not offer free trials to new customers, it does provide an unconditional 2 week money back guarantee.

Customer Support
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

The company offers round the clock customer support through email. The company has even supplied a voicemail number on its portal so you are free to leave your messages with email address.

Overall Rating and Final Verdict
(Final Rating – 4 Out of 5)

On the whole, 12VPN delivers a reasonably good VPN service. While the company does not provide a custom VPN client, it delivers superior speeds and excellent security through its VPN network. So if you value your online privacy and security, check the VPN offerings from 12VPN.

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