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PureVPN Review – How Does PureVPN Rate On Anonymity And Security Parameters?



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PureVPN is a privacy solution that has been around for more than 7 years. The service was launched by a Hong Kong based company, GZ Systems Ltd., in the year 2007 to provide accessibility to location blocked websites and to protect its customers from data sniffing and censorship. In this article, we will rate various features of PureVPN service and help you to decide if it is the right choice for you.

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

PureVPN offers a good choice of VPN server locations. The company has over 300 servers in 26 different countries through which it offers 22,000+ IP addresses to its customers. Here is what you need to know about PureVPN’s server network and the accessibility options that come with the service:

1) Server Locations – PureVPN has deployed its VPN servers in the following countries:

United States, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Singapore, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Malaysia, Hungary, Brazil, Romania, Bulgaria, Egypt, Panama, Latvia, Turkey and Costa Rica.

2) The company has a pretty liberal server switching policy which allows you to connect to all 300+ servers and do unlimited number of server switches with just one subscription.

3) The service allows you to unblock GEO-IP blocked websites like BBC iPlayer, MLB, Pandora, NBC, CBS, Netflix, CWTV, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon Prime, NHL, TNT, USA Network, MTV, FOX, 4OD, Lovefilm, iTV Player, Demand 5, Sky, STV, Eurosport, UK TV, CBC, Global TV, City TV, CTV, TSN, Bravo, Spacecast, DMAX, ZDF, Zattoo, 3SAT, Spotify, ProSieben, WimpMusic, Rara, D8, Canal+, ORF 1, TVE, Wilmaa, MioTV, D17, Pluzz, TVB, RTL, Das Erste, Sat.1, Arte, CMore, Voddler, Viasat, Deezer, Sport1, MyTV, Film1, TV Lab, AT5, Vox, WDR, TMC, SVT, W9 and RTVNH from any country or network in the world.

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

PureVPN does not shape traffic or throttle speed in any way. The service delivers unlimited speeds and bandwidth to every customer so you can use it for resource intensive activities such as gaming, streaming and VOIP. The company manages its own server network so it is able troubleshoot technical problems quickly and keep downtimes to a minimum. In fact, the company guarantees 99.999% uptime which is almost unheard of in the VPN industry. The company has allocated a number of servers to support gaming activities which means you can load games faster and reduce lags and latencies. The company even allows P2P traffic from a limited number of servers (Luxembourg, Germany (1 server), Russia, Netherlands, Sweden, Romania and Turkey).

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

PureVPN does not compromise on privacy and security. Here are the security features available with the service:

1) Protocols & Encryption – PureVPN protects your online activities with PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols. The service encrypts data with 128 bit AES encryption but it also offers 256 bit SSL encryption for higher level of security.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – By now, most people are aware of the dangers associated with free-to-use wireless networks. An unsecured wireless network makes it pretty easy for hackers and data sniffing programs to steal sensitive data from others who are using the same network. Unfortunately, most of the Wi-Fi hotspots available at malls, airports, libraries and coffee shops do not use adequate level of security which makes them extremely unsecure. PureVPN encrypts your data and shields your online activities so you remain safe from all kind of security threats while using wireless networks at public places.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – PureVPN makes it easy to circumvent firewalls and censorship implemented by governments, ISPs and corporations. Once you are connected to PureVPN service, you would be able to unblock Facebook, Twitter and Gmail from China, use Skype from UAE and Saudi Arabia as well as unlock gaming and social networking sites from schools and offices.

4) Logging Policy – PureVPN keeps a record of bandwidth consumption, session duration, access attempts to servers and clicks on various options available within its software (to track and improve features) for a period of few days. The company does not spy on the browsing activities of its subscribers and it will not hand over customer data to third parties unless it is presented with a valid court document.

5) Data and Application Security – Since PureVPN encrypts data with a strong encryption algorithm, it guarantees the safety of your sensitive data. By connecting to the service, you can log into your bank or PayPal accounts, shop online as well as use social networking sites without worrying about data, monetary or identity theft. In addition, the service allows you to protect all online activities (FTP, VOIP, Messaging, browsing, emailing etc.) without configuring each application separately. But in case you don’t want to route the entire traffic through VPN, there is a split tunneling feature available that allows you to route only certain applications through the VPN.

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

PureVPN offers an easy to install and use VPN software for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. The software allows you to switch servers, change protocols, auto-launch at system startup, set multiple connection profiles, auto-redial in case of disconnections and even recommend fastest servers near your current location. For additional security, the solution includes a NAT firewall and an internet kill switch that shuts down all online activities in case the service gets disrupted. The VPN client also makes it easy to troubleshoot errors by taking connection logs and sending them to the support staff right from within the interface.

The service can also be set up manually on Windows, Mac, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Android, DD-WRT routers, Boxee, Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices. The company has published step-by-step setup instructions for all operating systems so even tech challenged people would be able to configure and use the service with ease.

Pricing
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

PureVPN’s unlimited plans are available for $9.95 for a month, $44.95 for 6 months ($7.46/month) and $49.95 for one year ($4.16/month). As you can see, the 12 month plan offered by the company is one of the cheapest among Tier-1 VPN providers. The company does not offer free trials but you can get a 3 day trial account for just $2.5. All new subscriptions are covered with a 3 day money back guarantee so you can subscribe to long term plans without any fear. However, refunds are available only to those customers who consume less than 500MB of bandwidth. The company accepts payments through bitcoins so it is possible to subscribe to the service anonymously.

Customer Support
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

The company offers excellent round the clock support through live chat, email and support forum. For those who don’t have a problem with tinkering under the hood, the company has also published troubleshooting instructions in its Knowledgebase and FAQ sections.

Overall Rating and Final Verdict
(Final Rating – 4.5 Out of 5)

Overall, we were quite happy with the service provided by PureVPN. The service is fast and dependable and plus its VPN software is one of the best that we have seen. So if you want to subscribe to a VPN service that delivers on its promises, check the offers from PureVPN.

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