Anonymous VPN has a cool dude for a company logo.
Seriously. He goes by “dude.” And the site says it’s their mascot.
The company behind the dude, Anonymous VPN LTD, is a Seychelles-based organization.
So already, you can assume this company takes your privacy seriously, without taking themselves too seriously.
But is that a good thing?
You’re going to find out today in this Anonymous VPN review.
We’ll dig deep into whether you’ll be truly anonymous. Or if your identity will be splashed all over the Internet the first moment you connect to the Pirate Bay.
Anonymous VPN General Info
|OVERALL RANK:||#17th out of 74 VPNs|
|USABILITY:||Easy, but odd server switching|
|ENCRYPTION:||Best-in-class AES 256-bit.|
|VPN PROTOCOLS:||OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP|
|SPEED:||34th out of 74 VPNs|
|TORRENTING:||uTorrent worked in our test|
|LOG FILES / JURISDICTION:||No logging. Seychelles.|
|SUPPORT:||Contact options are email, social media, and an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). No live chat and no phone number.|
|COST:||$12 a month or $69 a year. 14-day money-back guarantee.|
Anonymous VPN Pros
Anonymous VPN certainly lives up to its name.
They feature both a no-laughing-matter logging policy and a jurisdiction-friendly location.
Here are the highlights we experienced.
1. Does Not Collect Any Logs
You’d expect a top-tier logging policy from a company called “Anonymous.” And they don’t disappoint.
They will not track the sites you visit or the stuff you stream. No questions asked.
Like most other VPNs we’ve reviewed, they’ll need some payment information and typically an email address for your account.
But they use a third-party payment processor, SafeCharge, to run all transactions. So they’re not keeping anything themselves. So it’s very similar to Mullvad.
They also collect bandwidth and timestamps to monitor service performance.
But none of these should be cause for concern.
2. Located in the Privacy-Friendly Seychelles
Anonymous VPN Ltd is based in the Seychelles.
That means you can expect legitimate privacy in addition to the crystal-clear water and perfect beaches.
Seychelles is located outside any of the extended Eyes intelligence allegiances. So you can rest assured that any requests by a foreign intelligence agency about your online activities will be met with “me no speak English. Have a nice day.”
3. Supports 3 VPN Protocols with AES-256 Encryption Standard
Anonymous VPN supports OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP.
They suggest sticking with OpenVPN as it’s the most secure option VPN protocol. But the other two also have their own slight advantages depending on your device setup and objectives.
Anonymous VPN also locks down these protocols with state-of-the-art, 256-bit encryption. Both government agencies and top security professionals around the world over use this same encryption standard.
Nothing to worry about here.
4. Torrenting Works (But Discouraged)
I wasn’t exactly sure where to put this one.
Technically speaking, torrenting works with Anonymous VPN.
We fired up a portable version of uTorrent, went to various servers on Anonymous VPN, and tried to download the Wikipedia backup files (freely available as torrent files).
All in the name of testing, of course.
In all cases, the torrents worked perfectly. They were also really fast.
I also got in touch with Support just to double-check.
And here’s the message I received:
“VPNs are a must when using BitTorrent, media or file-sharing services – sure, you can use our application for torrenting, P2P, and file sharing.
Nevertheless, every time you are going to download something anonymously, please check that you are successfully connected to a VPN service and make sure that such services like BitTorrent or P2P apps are fully closed before disconnecting from the VPN.”
Not exactly a full endorsement.
But because it seemed to work flawlessly in our tests, we’re lumping it into the Pros for now.
5. Pretty Easy to Use for the Most Part
Overall, Anonymous VPN is extremely simple to use.
There are a few minor issues, though.
When you are installing Anonymous VPN for the first time, a system restart will be required before you can start using the desktop app.
When you open Anonymous VPN for the first time, you should click the three gear icons in the bottom left-hand corner.
This will then open up the settings. I would recommend ticking “Start Application at Login” and “Auto-Connect on Application Start-Up.”
Also, make sure the Kill Switch is on, and choose your VPN Protocol. Stick with OpenVPN, unless you have any technical limitations.
You can drop the “Region” menu down to choose different servers.
Only when you’re disconnected. So you’ll have to shut down the connection before switching servers.
(That’s why that Kill Switch was so important.)
Then click “Connect” and you’ll be connected quite quickly.
However, verification also took over 24+ hours. Which was frustrating.
Plus when you’re connected on a Windows device, the desktop app “zooms” to the taskbar and stays there. This can also be irritating if you want it to stay put.
6. Kill Switch Included
Kill Switches have your back when a VPN connection drops.
They sever your connection instantly. That way, your real IP address and browsing session aren’t exposed to the world.
But it is switched off by default when you start up the desktop app for the first time.
So you’ll need to go into the settings and switch it on. Don’t forget that step.
7. Fast Customer Support
Anonymous VPN provides a helpful Support section on their site.
But who are we kidding? Nobody likes those.
So they also offer email and social media if you’d like to talk to a real, live human being. (No live chat, unfortunately.)
They were quick to answer my email query, providing a ton of information to back up their response.
Two minor critiques, though.
- They also packed the email with a bunch of other stuff that I didn’t really ask for. So I had to go back and check my initial email to remember what we were even talking about.
- The email was also sent from an Outlook.com email address. Nitpicky, I know. But it seemed odd that a legitimate business wouldn’t have a branded email address for their support team. Made it feel kinda ‘small time.’
8. We Found No DNS Leaks…
DNS leaks are your worst nightmare as a VPN user.
Because they happen right under your nose, without you even realizing what’s going on.
Your VPN client will say you’re connected to a server in Rome, even though you’re in London.
But unbeknownst to you, every single website you visit, along with your ISP, can tell exactly which London coffee shop you’re sitting in.
Think about that for a second.
Anonymous VPN prides themselves on keeping you, well, anonymous. To their credit, their logging policy and jurisdiction are steps in the right direction.
Luckily, Anonymous VPN didn’t have any IP, DNS nor WebRTC leaks:
- https://ipleak.net/(none found)
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/check-ip/ (none found)
- https://ipx.ac/run (none found)
- https://browserleaks.com/webrtc (none found)
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/dns-leaktest/(none found)
- http://dnsleak.com/ (none found)
No WebRTC leaks:
No DNS leaks:
We also ran the VPN installation files through VirusTotal. Thankfully, that came back completely clean.
Anonymous VPN Cons
Anonymous VPN upholds their end of the privacy bargain.
Unfortunately, some of the other service aspects can’t hold the same high standard.
Here are some of the biggest problems:
1. Limited Compatibility
Anonymous VPN works with only Windows, MacOS, Android devices, and routers.
That means there are almost more devices they DON’T work with, than ones they do.
They do not work with Linux. They don’t work with SmartTVs.
Their Support team even tried to tell us that all VPN services don’t work with SmartTVs. Which is BS, because we’ve previously reviewed several that already do.
SaferVPN is just a mediocre alternative, for example. But they support SmartTVs.
Anonymous does offer a workaround to go through your router.
But the fact that there’s no iOS option takes the cake.
Apparently, they’re working on one. But for now, your only option is to install the OpenVPN app on your device to create a workaround.
You can use the same Anonymous VPN account on as many devices as you want at the same time. The company does not restrict you.
Just be prepared for a lot of workarounds.
2. Average Download & Upload Speeds
Anonymous VPN’s speed clocked in around the middle of everyone we’ve reviewed at 34th out of 74.
Our testing process involves getting a quick, non-encrypted benchmark. That came in around 86.41 Mbps download and 33.67 Mbps upload.
Then, we manually connect to different servers to rinse and repeat the process all over again.
First up was a server in Rome.
EU Server (Rome)
- Ping: 58
- Download: 40.60 Mbps (53.1% slower)
- Upload: 22.71 Mbps (32.6% slower)
And the experience was… kind of a nightmare, to be honest.
As soon as I connected to the server, websites began timing out, my connection crashed, and when I finally got it to work, I end up with this miserable speed.
Let’s quickly try a new one to see if their performance picks up.
US Server (Atlanta)
- Ping: 118
- Download: 22.84 Mbps (73.6% slower)
- Upload: 17.01 Mbps (49.5% slower)
The connection was a little more stable. No timeouts or crashes. But the speed itself was way worse. Go figure.
All in all, not a very good showing.
3. Does Not Work With Netflix
Netflix was completely blocked on Anonymous VPN servers.
I tried the US ones, the UK ones, and even some of the European ones for good measure.
But Customer Support made it sound as if it was only a US server problem, and that I could just keep trying to eventually get it to work.
So in the interests of being thorough, I kept on trying. And trying. And trying.
Still nothing. Mark this one down as a strike.
All servers blocked by Netflix:
- United States: New York
- United Kingdom: London
4. Does Not Work with the Tor Browser
The Anonymous VPN website is nice and clean.
Unfortunately, that also means they don’t give you a lot to go off.
You really have to dig, dig, dig to find answers.
We tried on three separate occasions to get an answer about Tor compatibility but were met with radio silence each time.
Therefore, we’re concluding that you shouldn’t count on it.
That’s a bummer for anyone who truly values anonymity. Especially, like in this case, where Tor could come in handy.
A VPN should, in theory, protect your location. But when your connection is leaking all over the place (see #3 above), it would be nice to have an extra layer of privacy.
The Tor browser will stack redirects on top of redirects so make sure no one can tell where you’re starting from.
That would be an added bonus in this case.
Anonymous VPN Cost, Plans & Payment Methods
First off, their free trial costs you some money. So it isn’t really free…
Anonymous VPN has both monthly and annual plans.
The monthly option will set you back $12 a month. That makes it one of the more expensive monthly options we’ve reviewed.
You can save a lot, however, by taking them up on the annual plan. That one provides a $75 discount, bringing the out-of-pocket cost down to only $69 a year.
And while the $2, three-day trial is interesting, many other companies will simply give you a three-day trial for free.
You can pay for Anonymous VPN only by credit card. They don’t accept Paypal. They don’t accept Bitcoin, cash, or debit cards.
But they do accept Diners and Discover cards. If you want to hop in the Delorean and retrieve yours from 1955.
There are no refunds for the short, three-day plan. However, all Anonymous subscriptions come with a 14-day money-back guarantee.
If you’d like to take advantage, you need to email [email protected] within that initial two week period.
Please note, though, that only refunds on first-time purchases will be given. (Not so with previous account purchases.)
There’s also an odd usage restriction.
They will not give you a free refund if you had over a hundred connections or if your bandwidth usage exceeded 500 MB. (That last one isn’t very much, either.)
Otherwise, after requesting a refund, they recommend allowing up to 15 days for the payment to reverse.
Do I Recommend Anonymous VPN?
They’re not terrible by any stretch.
No logs are collected and their Seychelles location is a great start. They also use a tough encryption standard and OpenVPN. It works with torrents and has a kill switch.
But some of the cons completely undercut those pluses.
The minimal number of platforms it supports, snail-like servers, and no Tor compatibility aren’t good.
All of that, on top of an expensive monthly plan, make this one kinda hard to stomach.
A quick perusal of our best VPN reviews will help you find a much better option.