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SwitchVPN Review – How Does The Service Rate On Security and Privacy Parameters?



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SwitchVPN is a premium VPN service provider that has been around for almost 4 years. The service was brought into the market in 2010 by an India based company and since then it has expanded its operations significantly. In this informative SwitchVPN Review, we will rate the features that come with SwitchVPN’s service and recommend whether or not you should subscribe to it.

Server Locations & Accessibility Options

(Rating – 5 out of 5)

Even though the service is relatively new, SwitchVPN offers a decent choice of server locations. The company has a presence in 20 countries across the globe plus it regularly adds servers at new locations from time to time. Here are some details regarding the company’s server network and the accessibility options that become available after you subscribe to the service:

1) Server Locations – Currently, SwitchVPN has deployed its servers in the following countries:

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

2) Although the company offers unlimited server switching to all its subscribers, the choice of server locations available to you would depend on the VPN plan that you have chosen.

3) The service makes it pretty easy to unlock GEO-IP restricted services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, CBS, CWTV, Pandora, Hulu, TNT, FOX, NHL, MLB, USA Network, HBO Go, NBC, 4OD, Eurosport, CTV, Demand 5, Rara, Spacecast, MTV, iTV Player, Lovefilm, UK TV, Sky Go, Bravo, STV, Global TV, Spotify, Zattoo, TSN, CMore, Canal+, Voddler, Wilmaa, DMAX, City TV, WimpMusic, Sport1, TV Asahi, Film1, RTL, Arte, Das Erste, TVB, Viasat, ProSieben, TV Tokyo, Deezer, 3SAT, MioTV, ORF 1, TV Lab, Pluzz, ZDF, TV Japan, MyTV, TMC, Vox, CBC, RTVNH, SVT, D17, W9, D8, Sat.1 and AT5 from anywhere in the world.

Speed and Bandwidth Options

(Rating – 5 out of 5)

SwitchVPN delivers high speeds and unlimited bandwidth through its Tier-1 server network. The company’s servers are connected to 1 GBPS nodes which means you can enjoy streaming, VOIP, downloading and multiplayer gaming at very high speeds. The company even allows P2P activities through its Dutch server so you can download and share content without revealing your IP address to authorities.

Privacy And Security Features

(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

SwitchVPN offers high security and privacy for day-to-day online activities. Here are the security options available through the service:

1) Protocols & Encryption – SwitchVPN secures your online presence with 1024-2048 bit encryption which is delivered via PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN and SSTP protocols.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – If you connect to Wi-Fi hotspots at malls, hotels, coffee shops or airports on a regular basis then you must be aware of the security threats posed by unsecured wireless networks. In a nutshell, an unsecure wireless network makes it ridiculously easy for hackers and criminals to steal sensitive data from others who are connected to the same network. But once you enable the SwitchVPN service, your personal data gets encrypted and your web sessions are routed through a security tunnel making it almost impossible for hackers and sniffing programs to steal your data or monitor your browsing sessions.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – Apart from securing your browsing sessions at public places, SwitchVPN can also help you to get rid of school or workplace firewalls and bypass the censorship measures deployed by governments and ISPs. So if you are an expat who wishes to access Facebook, Twitter or Gmail from China or use Skype from Brazil or UAE then SwitchVPN would be a good choice for you.

4) Logging Policy – SwitchVPN is not interested in monitoring what their users are doing online. The company logs bare minimum connection details (connection duration, bandwidth used and date/time/location of connection) which are deleted at regular intervals. The details are just used to monitor the performance and prevent abuse but they are never handed over to third parties.

5) Data and Application Security – Due to the high level of encryption used by the company, your sensitive data (bank passwords, social accounts, PayPal details) remain safe from theft and use. The service allows you shop from your favorite portals, use banking facilities and transfer money with total security even if you are connected to an unsecured network. Furthermore, the service can help you to protect different types of online activities (VOIP, torrenting, emailing, messaging, browsing) with just one click.

Setup & Ease Of Use

(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

SwitchVPN provides an easy to use VPN client for Windows and Mac operating systems. The software makes it easy to connect to the service, select a different protocol, switch servers, specify proxy options plus it notifies the user when the connection is dropped. However, since there is no application binding feature available, your real IP could be exposed if the connection goes down for some reason.

Additionally, the service can be manually configured on Windows, Mac, iPads, iPhones, Android devices as well as DD-WRT and Tomato routers. The company provides detailed setup instructions through its Knowledgebase section so even newbies can setup and start using the service within minutes of signing up. Users who need to secure multiple devices can either subscribe to Combo Pro plan or buy additional connections for a small fee ($1.95 per connection/month).

Pricing

(Rating – 4 out of 5)

SwitchVPN offers two different subscription plans for personal use. The Lite provides access to American, British, German, Dutch and Canadian servers starting from $5.95 a month ($15 for 3 months and $37.4 for 1 year) whereas the Combo Pro plan allows 2 simultaneous connections and provides access to servers from all 20 countries for $9.95 a month ($26.85 for 3 months and $59.4 for 1 year). The company does not offer a free trial to customers but there is a 7 day money back guarantee available that allows you to test the service with total peace of mind.

Customer Support

(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

The company provides excellent support through live chat and tickets. For those who face problems in setting up the service, the support staff can even provide remote assistance through Teamviewer. On the downside, the company has not published troubleshooting instructions for common VPN problems on its website so you would need to contact the support staff even for minor problems.

Overall Rating and Final Verdict

(Final Rating – 4.5 Out of 5)

Overall, we were satisfied by the service provided by SwitchVPN. The service is not only fast but it also provides one of the highest levels of encryption among the Tier-1 VPN companies. So if online security and privacy is your top priority, subscribe to SwitchVPN now.

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