Banana VPN Review – How Does BananaVPN Rate On Security And Privacy Parameters?

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BananaVPN is a product from KIS Limited which is based in US and Cyprus. Although the company launched its VPN service in the year 2007, it has been delivering networking and web hosting solutions for over a decade. In this article, we are going to rate the most important features of the BananaVPN service and decide if it worth the subscription price.

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

BananaVPN has a presence in 9 different countries of North America, Europe and Asia. Here are some additional details regarding the company’s VPN network and the accessibility options that become available after subscribing to the service:

1) Server Locations – Currently, BananaVPN has VPN gateways at the following locations:

United States, Canada, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany France and Netherlands.

2) Due to the unlimited server switching option provided by the service, it is possible to connect to any server as well as switch servers as many times as you want.

3) The service enables you to unblock GEO-IP restricted premium services such as Spotify, Demand 5, ABC, The Comedy Network, CBS, Netflix, NBC, Spacecast, Much Music, MTV, Direct 8, Canal+, Eurosport, USA Network, MyTV, Global TV, Star TV, TVB, Amazon Prime, Xfinity, RTVNH, City TV, NHL, BBC iPlayer, STV, ProSieben, HBO Go, Vevo, Arte, ZDF, Canale 5, TV Lab, Lovefilm, DMAX, Vox, 3SAT, AT5, Bravo, Sky Go, FOX, WDR, ORF 1, TVE, Das Erste, Film1, TNT, Deezer, UK TV, Mio TV, Pandora, Sport1, TMC, Sat.1, Wilmaa, Vudu, E!, CBC, W9, RTL, TSN, D17, Pluzz, MLB, CTV, CWTV, iTV, 4OD, Rara and Hulu from anywhere in the world.

However, customers who wish to unlock Zattoo and TVCatchUp would need to look elsewhere since the BananaVPN service doesn’t support these two sites.

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

BananaVPN is perfect for activities that require a lot of speed and bandwidth. Since the company does not restrict speed or bandwidth, it is highly suitable for activities like downloading, streaming of movies and TV shows in High Definition, VOIP and multiplayer gaming. The company’s busiest servers are connected to 1 GBit nodes to ensure high level of performance at all times. The company doesn’t support P2P activities through its network which is indeed a disappointment.

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

Apart from high speeds, BananaVPN also delivers a very high level of privacy to its customers. In the following section, we will take a look at the privacy features that come with the service:

1) Protocols & Encryption – BananaVPN delivers its service through PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols. The service secures your data with 128 bit encryption which, while not being the highest level of encryption currently available, is adequate for protection of almost all online activities.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – If you connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots on a daily basis then you must use a security solution to protect your wireless sessions from hackers and data sniffing programs. Connecting to an unsecured wireless network is the easiest way for criminals to steal data and money from people who are using Wi-Fi facilities at malls, airports, public parks, hotels and coffee shops. But once you secure you wireless sessions with BananaVPN, you can rest assured that your data and online activities can never be compromised by criminals who might be connected to the same network.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – By using the BananaVPN service, you would be able to bypass the censorship, surveillance, firewalls and monitoring tactics used by ISPs and network administrators. If you are planning to visit China or Middle East then subscribing to BananaVPN definitely makes sense since the service allows you to unlock sites like Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Gmail and YouTube which are blocked at such locations. In addition, the service is useful for students and employees who wish to access their favorite sites from behind the school and workplace firewalls.

4) Logging Policy – BananaVPN does not log any kind of personally identifiable information; it just records connection details like bandwidth used, session duration and the number of connections made by a particular user for 14 days. The connection logs are used just for troubleshooting and maintenance but are never handed over to third parties. The company reveals personal details of a user only if it is asked to do so by a court.

5) Data and Application Security – BananaVPN ensures the safety of your private data such as passwords, IP address, credit card details, bank login information and social accounts at all times. Due to the encryption and data tunneling used by the service, your financial transactions and shopping activities remain protected from all kinds of security attacks (including botnet and phishing attacks as well as DNS spoofing). In addition, the service can secure all kinds of web sessions (browsing, FTP, VOIP, IRC, emailing etc.) thereby providing 100% protection on the web.

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

BananaVPN does not provide its own VPN client so the configuration needs to be done manually. The service is compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac, iPod Touch, iPads, Android, Symbian, iPhones and DD-WRT routers. Setup instructions are available for most systems so configuring the service shouldn’t be difficult even for novices. Unlike many other VPN services, the company supports OpenVPN for Android (through FeatVPN).

The company offers both shared static and dynamic IP addresses to its customers. While the shared IPs are great for most online activities, the dedicated IPs are meant to access gaming networks or to set up VOIP servers (SIP support for VOIP devices including soft-phones available).

(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

BananaVPN’s plans are slightly expensive when compared to VPN offerings from other VPN providers. The shared static accounts are available from $14.99 a month ($60 for 6 months and $100 for one year) while the dedicated IP accounts cost $24 a month ($110 for 6 months). The company does not offer free trials to new customers but it does provide a 3 day money back guarantee.

Customer Support
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

BananaVPN offers customer support through email and ticketing system from 8 AM – 10 PM GMT (14 hours). While the lack of 24X7 is indeed disappointing, the company has published troubleshooting instructions for common VPN errors on its portal so it is possible to resolve minor issues without the need to contact the support staff.

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

Overall, BananaVPN delivers a reasonably good privacy service. While the service may be slightly expensive, it does not compromise on speed or security. So if you are looking for an all-in-one VPN solution for your privacy needs, don’t forget to check out BananaVPN.

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