Brad

This is a PureVPN Review by Brad. He is an avid VPN user who constantly reviews new VPN providers and lists them on TheBestVPN.com.

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PureVPN boasts over one million users around the globe.

They are headquartered in Hong Kong, and were created in 2006 by GZ Systems after experimenting with different personal VPNs.

In about a decade, they’ve expanded from just two server locations their first year to now host over 500 servers in 141 different countries – making them one of the biggest global VPN providers available.

Let’s take a look at what PureVPN has to offer, how their encryption services stack up, and how their service compares with the stiff competition: you can find more VPN Reviews here.

PureVPN Review (Summary)


PROTOCOLS: OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP, and even IKEv2.
ENCRYPTION: AES 256-bit
LOG FILES: No Logging
LOCATIONS: 140+ countries, 750+ servers
SUPPORT: Live Chat (24/7)
EASE OF USE: Above Average
COST: $2.95/mo
PLATFORMS: Win, Mac, Android, iOS
RECOMMENDED? YES
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.PureVPN.com

PureVPN Quick Facts

PureVPN has one of the largest global networks of servers, located in most major worldwide cities on every continent (save Antarctica – sorry, penguins).

Perhaps unsurprisingly (given their location), they possess one of the largest reaches inside Asia with over 80 major locations. And they have 36 different African servers, putting them near the top for that continent as well.

PureVPN VPN Server Locations

PureVPN manages their own VPN network, including the DNS hardware too.

Their apps work across all the major suspects, like Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux devices.

But they’re also compatible with routers, smart TVs and other popular streaming services including Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

PureVPN Devices

They’ve recently introduced a ‘virtual router’ feature to Windows devices, which means you can empower a Windows desktop or laptop with ‘router’-like features to connect up to ten different devices!

Some VPN services, like VyprVPN for example, will only limit you to two different simultaneous connections. So the fact that you can connect PureVPN to a real router, in addition to setting up a ‘virtual router’, means you can connect TONS of different devices. (Probably more than you’d ever want or need, anyway.)

They also have a ‘split-tunneling’ feature which means you can choose how (and where) you’d like to send traffic – through your VPN or internet service provider as usual. So your data can be split as needed.

While PureVPN doesn’t offer their own TOR, you can use one on top. Combining VPN’s with the Tor network to add an additional layer of privacy and security.

PureVPN has a kill switch feature that works like a fail-safe. The goal is to make sure your privacy and anonymity are never compromised, and that your personal information is never divulged.

Some VPN providers, like VyperVPN again, offer a 3-day free trial so you can test drive their service. Others, like ExpressVPN, will give you a money back guarantee for up to thirty days. PureVPN comes in a little behind both, with no free trial and only a seven day money back guarantee.

Last but certainly not least, PureVPN comes with the NAT Firewall add-on so that all possible hacking loopholes are secured.

That’s a quick rundown of their features. Time to dig into the technical stuff. Here we go.

 

PureVPN Available Protocols (A lot to choose from)

‘Man-in-the-middle’ (MiTM) attacks are some of the oldest (and most common) ways that hackers gain access to your sensitive information.

You might not even sense anything is wrong. But somehow, someway, someone has placed themselves between you and your intended connection (like a browser or a website).

They can then read your emails, see what websites you’re going to, grab your session cookies to fool different websites into thinking they’re you, and even get personal information or passwords.

Many times the very tools used to help intercept these practices, like WiFi Pineapple, can be used to perform them by anyone, anywhere. Like, sitting in your local coffee shop for instance. Now, browsing emails or booking a flight while sipping a latte can turn out to be not such a relaxing afternoon after all.

This potential risk now extends to mobile devices, apps, and even your smart devices too.

To combat these problems, PureVPN offers all major protocols, including OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP, and even IKEv2.

While OpenVPN is your best bet to get both benefits from security and speed, you might also need to choose L2TP/IPSec based on device availability or PPTP (in only a few certain cases where you’re not as worried about security vulnerabilities).

PureVPN Features

 

PureVPN 256-Bit Encryption (The regular)

Brute force attacks are another unfortunately common practice.

Hackers eventually figure out your passwords and pin numbers through a series of repetitive, lightning-fast, trial-and-error combinations.

They’re one of the oldest tricks in the book (besides simply guessing your spouse’s birthday or kids name). And they’re actually increasing.

For example, a recent wide-spread attack on WordPress sites has been directed by a Russian company being used by the country to launch cyber attacks (you can’t make this stuff up).

The best form of defense in this case, is prevention. That comes in the form of 256-bit encryption, which is one of the most secure connections possible used by government agencies around the world.

Your encrypted tunnel gets sealed shut so that third-party sites, ISPs, and nefarious, shadowy organizations worthy of being the next Bond villain, can’t see what you’re up to.

In addition, your privacy and anonymity is completely safe by their ‘end-to-end’ connection. This includes when you switch from one IP to another (or another, or another) across PureVPN’s 80,000+ options.

 

Zero Logging of Activities

Most VPN providers keep some generic, temporary record of activities for various – legitimate – reasons.

‘Logging’, though, is a little different. Typically this practice is a much longer, in-depth recording of your online activities that gets stored (sometimes even matching your personal identification information to it).

Thankfully, PureVPN does “zero logging”, ensuring your privacy by not recording your activities or what you’re doing while visiting different websites online.

 

PureVPN Customer Support (Live Chat)

PureVPN offers 24/7/365 live chat support (in addition to slower, outdated methods like email for you old school folks).

They also offer a ‘priority’ line for businesses, who get front-of-the-line benefits and “fast-track responses”.

In order to get a sense for how their customer support stacks up, we also went through their social channels to see how they handled negative feedback.

The verdict?

Not bad.

While it’s never easy to placate frustrated customers, PureVPN responded quickly the same day and tried to resolve problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.

PureVPN Twitter Feedback

 

PureVPN Twitter Feedback 2

 

Plans & Pricing (On the cheaper side)

Some other VPN services, like VyperVPN, have different pricing tiers that offer different restrictions or advanced features.

But PureVPN keeps things nice and easy to understand, with only a single plan that differs based on how long you want to sign up.

While the monthly deal is similar in price to many of their top competitors, you might be able to snag a great deal on their longest two year option.

As of the time of this writing (end of December 2016), they’re also running various Christmas and New Years specials that offer RIDICULOUSLY low prices – as low as $2.45 a month!

PureVPN Pricing Options

Month-to-Month Plan

  • $10,95 per month
  • Plus one free month

Two Year Plan

  • $2.45 per month
  • 78% savings!

Six Months Plan

  • $8.95 per month
  • Plus six free months

 

PureVPN Download/Uptime Speed

To make our reviews accurate, we went to speedtest.net and put the following locations in test.

P.S. The location we used to track the speed was in the middle of Europe: Estonia.

PureVPN

US Server (New York)
  • Ping: 125ms
  • Download: 29.41mb
  • Upload: 29.06mb
EU Server (Amsterdam)
  • Ping: 40ms
  • Download: 35.49mb
  • Upload: 27.29mb

Asia Server (Hong Kong)

  • Ping: 355ms
  • Download: 6.77mb
  • Upload: 3.62mb
UK Server (London)
  • Ping: 53ms
  • Download: 62.48mb
  • Upload: 45.90mb

P.S. Always take speed tests with a grain of salt as they rely on many different variables, such as: Your network connection, your location, your computer and so on. However, since we’ve tested 18+ VPN services so far, we have an average that available which we can compare.

Now you’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly. (Just kidding — nothing was that bad). Only download/uptime speed from Asia should have been better.

If you’d like to give PureVPN a spin, here’s how you can get it installed on your machine and start using it in the next few minutes.

 

PureVPN Setup


After completing the sign-up process, login to the Member Area to get started.

PureVPN Member Area

Once you have logged in, this Member Area is where you can find your account details, including billing and features like apps to download, Firewall and Smart DNS.

Look over on the right-hand sidebar and click Download Apps to find the right VPN client for your device.

PureVPN Choose A Device

You’re given the major device apps right up front. Go ahead and select which one’s right for you. Press on the device and the installation process will kick off immediately.

Go through the usual installation process that you’re well used to at this point. So you know, agree to the Terms and Conditions, etc. (without actually reading any fine print).

PureVPN Download Screen

Once you have successfully installed PureVPN, you can login to your account to begin using the service.

PureVPN Login Screen

In order to login, PureVPN has given you a new username and password in order to start using their services. BUT, you’ll need to head back to your Member Area in order to find it first. So pull that Dashboard-looking page we started at back up to get the new username and password.

PureVPN Dashboard

Once again, look over to the bottom of the right-hand sidebar for My Emails. (Way down by the live chat lady.) Yup – that’s the one!

PureVPN Email Inbox

In My Emails, you will have various messages regarding your account. You are looking for the email with a subject like RE: PureVPN and the length of time that your subscription is for. This email will have your new username and password. Yes — this process is frustrating and tedious. I’m not sure why.

PureVPN Login Details

Go back to the login through your new VPN client (remember when you downloaded that?!), and enter the new username and password. After you have logged in, you will have to select a mode, whether that be Stream, Internet Freedom, Security/Privacy, File Sharing, or Remote Dedi/IP, that you will be using. Basically, these are your VPN-session objectives that will help PureVPN automatically tailor your experience (like selecting the right server types and locations).

PureVPN User Interface

For example, selecting Stream will put the focus on blazing fast speeds. Which might jeopardize some security measures a little to keep things fast. On the other hand, you can select Security to keep your connection rock-solid. Which might mean a little slower browsing or streaming speeds. Sames goes for your file sharing and remote or dedicated IP address (to boost browsing anonymity).

PureVPN User Interface 2

After you have chosen a mode, you can also choose your location manually by selecting Search for a Location and start using the service! It might take a little while for the client to connect to your chosen server.

 

Conclusion

PureVPN offers all major protocols, including the best all-around OpenVPN. They also boast one of the largest reaches of servers throughout Asia and Africa.

If you’re ready and willing to commit to a long-term deal, you can also score an insanely low deal (among the lowest you’re going to find online).

They’re worth a try – especially when you might be able to get two years worth of service for the same price as just a few months at another more expensive competitor.

PureVPN Pros:
  • Very affordable
  • Most countries to choose from (140+)
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Works on all devices
PureVPN Cons:
  • Slow speed in Asia servers
  • First time didn’t  connect to US server. Had to restart application to make it into server

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