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StrongVPN Review – How Does StrongVPN Rate On Privacy And Security Parameters?



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StrongVPN is the name of the VPN service provided by Reliable Hosting which is a California based provider of co-location, dedicated servers and ISP services. The company has indeed come a long way since it started selling computers in the South Lake Tahoe area in the year 1994. This article will rate different features of StrongVPN so that you can make an informed decision about subscribing to the service.

Server Locations & Accessibility Options
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

StrongVPN has a presence in several important VPN markets of the world. The company has 450+ VPN servers at 44 locations in 19 different countries. Here are some important details you need to know regarding StrongVPN’s server network and the accessibility options that come with it:

1) Server Locations – StrongVPN has servers in the following countries:

United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Luxembourg, Canada, Singapore, France, Japan, Russia, Romania, Norway, Latvia, Italy, Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Turkey.

2) Unlike many other VPN providers, StrongVPN does not permit unlimited server switching. The number of server switches available depends on the plan that the customer has subscribed to (Lite plan – 15 switches/month, Standard plan – 20 switches/month, Deluxe plan – 25 switches/month and Premium plan – 20 switches/month). New customers get 3 additional server switches plus subscribers can purchase extra switches for a monthly fee (10 extra switches for $5 a month, 20 extra switches for $10 a month and 30 extra switches for $15 a month).

3) A StrongVPN subscription can help you to unblock premium streaming services from 19 different countries. Here are some of the GEO-IP restricted services that become available when you change your IP address with StrongVPN: Hulu, Pandora, Sky Go, Zattoo, Demand 5, CTV, Vudu, RTL, CBC, Deezer, CWTV, AT5, Fox, Global TV, Canal+, MyTV, TV Lab, Amazon Prime, iTV, Sat.1, MTV, Mio TV, TF1, USA Network, HBO Go, Spotify, Vox, Lovefilm, TV Tokyo, RTS, Direct 8, NBC, TVB, 4OD, TV Japan, Rara, MLB, ABC, Eurosport, E!, BBC iPlayer, Arte, RTL, Netflix, Xfinity, Wilmaa, CBS and NHL.

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

StrongVPN provides high speed and unlimited bandwidth to each VPN customer. The company’s network is connected via Gigabit+ nodes which ensure high speeds even during peak hours. In addition, the company allocates only a fixed number of subscribers per server so that each user can get best browsing, streaming and downloading speeds. The service is highly suitable for speed and bandwidth hungry activities like VOIP, gaming and streaming.

Privacy And Security Features
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

StrongVPN provides high level of security and anonymity to its customers. Here is an overview of the privacy features that you can expect from your StrongVPN subscription:

1) Protocols & Encryption – StrongVPN supports PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols. The service is available via 128-2048 bit secure channel which means your personal data and online sessions remain protected with a thick layer of encryption.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – StrongVPN not only delivers security over wired networks, it is also capable of securing wireless connections. Since most people prefer to connect to the internet through their Smartphones or tablets these days, they regularly use the wireless internet facilities available at malls, coffee shops, airports and hotels. However, most public Wi-Fi hotspots use a negligible layer of security which means hackers can easily steal data from other people’s devices. StrongVPN creates an impregnable layer of encryption around your data and online activities so your private details remain safe from theft and snooping.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – A VPN such as StrongVPN can also come handy if you wish to bypass firewalls at your workplace or circumvent censorship imposed by ISPs or governments. When you enable StrongVPN on a device of your choice, you can access Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Gaming sites, YouTube and Gmail from China, Middle East, Latin America as well as schools and offices.

4) Logging Policy – StrongVPN captures and stores timestamp, duration, location and bandwidth consumed for a certain period. The logs are used to enforce company’s policies and are recycled regularly. The company does not sell data to third parties but it will co-operate with law enforcement if it is served with a proper court order.

5) Data and Application Security – The service provides security and protection for all applications that connect to the internet. Once you enable the service, you can rest assured that your financial data, social accounts and passwords are out of reach of cyber criminals and data sniffing programs. In addition, the service secures and protects FTP, VOIP, gaming, messaging and emailing activities.

Setup & Ease Of Use
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

StrongVPN offers its own VPN client for Windows and Mac. The client allows you to connect to the service and change servers but it will not protect your IP address if the connection goes down for some reason. Furthermore, it is not possible to start the service automatically during system startup or bind applications with the VPN software.

Customers who want to use the service on Android, iPads, iPhones, Linux, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Web OS, DD-WRT and Tomato routers need to configure the service manually since there is no client or installation file available for these systems. The company provides static as well as dynamic IP addresses to its customers.

Pricing
(Rating – 3.5 out of 5)

StrongVPN has some of the most expensive VPN packages among big VPN providers. The company offers Lite plans with US based IPs for $7/month (PPTP) and $10/month (OpenVPN). There is also a standard plan available for $12/month (PPTP) and $15/month (OpenVPN) which provides US IPs from a lot more cities. Subscribers who need access to servers from multiple countries can opt for the Deluxe ($15/month – PPTP, $20/month – OpenVPN) or Premium plan ($30/month for PPTP and OpenVPN). The company even offers special packages that provide access to servers from 4 countries (US, UK, NL and CA) for $55/year (PPTP) and $85/year (OpenVPN). The customers are free to upgrade/downgrade their subscriptions but a minimum commitment of 3 months is required during signup. The company offers a 7 day money back guarantee to all its new customers so you can get your money back if you do not like the service for some reason.

Customer Support
(Rating – 5 out of 5)

StrongVPN provides excellent 24X7 customer support through Live chat, Helpdesk, Skype and Phone. The company has also published a wealth of information on its FAQ, Knowledgebase, Forum, Blog and Setup guide sections so you can troubleshoot common problems easily. The support staff can even do remote installation for you if you face problems during VPN setup.

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

Overall, we are quite pleased with StrongVPN’s features and performance. The service is no doubt expensive (not to mention that the extra server switches is going to add to the overall subscription price) but it does deliver great speeds and the company is committed to provide a very high quality of customer support. So if you are looking for a robust VPN service for your privacy needs, check the VPN packages from StrongVPN today.

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