Brad Smith

Below is my VPNArea review and here’s what I compared: support, speed, usability, features and security.

VPNArea reviewVPNArea is a small, Bulgarian based company that was founded in 2012 and owned by an off-shore company called Offshore Security EOOD.

According to their website, they have 212 servers in 68 countries. Their LinkedIn page shows 11-50 employees so it must be a legitimate software.

They claim themselves as “High Speed VPN service rated #1“.

Sounds too good to be true.

In this review, we’ll take a look at which devices and protocols VPNArea has to offer. We’ll also look at their encryption capabilities, as well as review customer service and pricing info. Let’s get started.

PROTOCOLS: OpenVPN
ENCRYPTION: AES 256-bit
LOG FILES: No Logging
LOCATIONS: 60+ countries, 200+ servers
SUPPORT: Live Chat (not 24/7)
EASE OF USE: Not Very Good
COST: $4.92/mo
PLATFORMS: Win, Mac, Android, iOS
RECOMMENDED? No.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.VPNArea.com

What Does VPNArea Offer?

VPNArea prides itself on speed.

That includes their 200+ server network, which spans across 65+ different countries. The vast majority of which are located in the U.S. and Europe (with a few sprinkled around in Asia, South America, along with a couple in the Middle East and Africa).

When you compare that number to some other networks like ExpressVPN (1000+) or PIA (3000+), it’s not very big. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.

VPNArea is quick to point out that their ‘customer to server’ ratio is among the best in the industry, which should translate to better performance and speed for everyone.

Specifically, they have one server dedicated for 250 customers, which results in a “13 times better members:server ratio” than their competitors. What does that mean?

In other words, they don’t “oversell” their servers that end up just jeopardizing performance for everyone else. They keep a watchful eye on the number of customers they have relative to available servers. Instead of just jamming as many people as possible on their servers and jeopardizing performance for everyone else, they purposefully monitor each so you’ll only have great performance experiences.

They also have a feature that will show you how many users are on a server currently. That even means you can search and select a server with zero users to ensure the best results possible. (In addition, you can search by speed too if that’s the primary concern at the time.)

VPNArea Locations

VPNArea has applications available for every single major device, including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. You can connect up to five different devices at a single time.

You should have unlimited access when using these devices, because there’s absolutely no throttling, downloading, or other restrictions.

If your VPN connection suddenly dropped and disconnected, there’s a kill switch feature that will protect against your IP address popping up all of a sudden.

There’s also an “Auto IP Changer” feature that will automatically switch your IP address however often you’d like (often down to minutes).

And on top of that handy feature, is a “Anti DNS Leak”. Here’s how it works.

Whether you like it or not, internet providers can still gain access to see which domain names you’re visiting (even when your VPN connection is running). The reason comes down to how your devices will use DNS servers of your internet service provider to change hostnames into IP addresses (when accessing).

So this Anti DNS Leak feature will allow you to go into your DNS servers and select different ones based on available countries.

If you’ve already read enough to like what you see, VPNArea offers a 7-day money back guarantee.

You can also have 6 simultaneous connection (which is more than the industry average – 4 simultaneous connection).

 

VPNArea Pros

Here’s what I found good about VPNArea:


1. They use OpenVPN and it comes with many perks

VPNArea’s primary VPN client is called Chameleon, which is an OpenVPN-based program.

While they do support a few other protocol options, they don’t recommend them. Here’s why.

OpenVPN is the ‘industry-standard’ protocol, relying on the rock-solid SSL encryption that’s used by SSL certificates to lock down all major websites you use on a daily basis. There are currently no known security vulnerabilities and it’s standard encryption algorithms (more on that in the next section below) are among the best in the business.

Now compare that to other protocols, like PPTP, which only feature the most primitive (if any) security encryption. So while they might do the trick for bypassing or re-routing IP addresses to change your ‘visible’ location, they still pose a tremendous risk for anyone worried about their session data getting hijacked.

That extends to popular cloud-based, file management services like Dropbox or Google Drive. These don’t require you to login each and every time you want to sync what’s on your device and what’s in the cloud. Instead, you have a “synchronization token” which will keep an open connection between the two. The problem, is that if someone gets their hands on this sync token, they can automatically intercept every single thing being passed through the connection. As well as inject malware and cause all forms of havoc.

There are also known issues with options like WebRTC and IPv6, which could inadvertently unmask your true IP address (even when connected to a VPN).

VPNArea Features

 

2. VPNArea has a solid 256-bit encryption by default

Every reliable VPN uses 256-bit encryption by default. Private Internet Access also offers 126-bit encryption (optionally).

In short, 256-bit encryption is used by top governments around the world. And it’ll make sure your VPN connection is safe and secure.

That number (256) refers to the level of strength and required combinations to eventual unlock the encryption.

In short, it’s basically brute-force proof.

 

3. VPNArea does not keep log files

VPNArea couldn’t even keep logs if they wanted to (which they don’t).

Their Bulgaria-based location means a strict “No Logs” law. And their day-to-day servers and emails are headquartered in the beautiful and notoriously secretive Switzerland.

Some VPN providers will keep logs of basic activities for a temporary amount of time in order to better improve the service. For example, they’ll track how many people are using the service over the course of the thirty days and monitor when people are logging in or out.

But VPNArea takes extreme precautions here.

In addition, some of their plans will offer a dedicated, shared IP address that’s used for all members, so that your individual actions will be indistinguishable from all other users.

 

4. VPNArea is some-what affordable ($4.92/mo)

VPNArea’s plans are mostly the same.

The primary difference comes down to plan length; so you can get discounts when opting for a longer commitment of six months to one year.

But there’s also one disadvantage that their true ‘monthly’ plan has: no dedicated IP option.

That means if you don’t want to prepay for a few months, you won’t get access to their shared IP that is spread across all users to hide or mask your actions.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the pricing table:

VPNArea Pricing Options

Plan One:

  • 1 month= $9.90/mo
  • All features except Dedicated IP option

Plan Two:

  • 1 year=$4.92/mo
  • $59.00/year
  • All features included

Plan Three:

  • 6 months=$8.33/mo
  • $50.00/ 6 months
  • All features included

 

5. VPNArea works with Netflix (and they some-what allow torrenting)

On of my ranking criteria is the possibility to use Netflix and use the VPN software for torrenting.After my second try, I managed to get into Netflix and they do allow torrenting as well, but with limited options.

Here’s a list of which servers are OK for torrenting in the eyes of a VPNArea (https://vpnarea.com/forum/thread/which-servers-allow-torrents-and-which-dont/)

 

VPNArea Cons

Here’s what I found bad about VPNArea:


1. Customer support (be cautious)

First off, they don’t offer Live Chat.

It’s not something huge, they still have customer support – you can submit a ticket and when they have time, they’ll respond to you.

However, in most cases you will not get instant help from VPNArea. It took them 16 hours to reply me which should be faster. After all, I’m a paying customer, right?

Their admin dashboard is also little quirky – it’s difficult to change/reset passwords. For that, I had to contact them – eventually they fixed it, but nevertheless it was a headache that I didn’t want to have.

 

2. VPNArea speed: 39% slower than competitors

To make this revieww accurate, I went ahead, connected to one of their servers and opened speedtest.net

While performing the test, I used a 100 Mbps Internet connection.

After connecting to EU, US and ASIA servers, I found out that VPNArea is kinda slow.

VPNArea Speed Test

US Server (New York)
  • Ping: 114ms
  • Download: 10.05 Mbps
  • Upload: 7.18 Mbps
EU Server (Amsterdam)
  • Ping: 42ms
  • Download: 47.36 Mbps
  • Upload: 23.81 Mbps

Asia Server (Hong Kong)

  • Ping: 366ms
  • Download: 6.99 Mbps
  • Upload: 2.63 Mbps

While their EU speed was some-what OK, the US speed were too slow. This software throttled my Internet speed by more than 80%.

In short, it was slow compared with other VPNs. Full spreadsheet of speed (and other data) can be found here

 

3. Their app looks outdated

If I can rate this software, I’d rate it 5/10.

Why?

It looks so outdated and slow. It’s not smooth at all. In many cases, I ended up not connecting to a server I wanted to. It’s annoying, especially when you’ve paid for the product. You expecting to see something good, right?

Take a look at this image – doesn’t look very appealing.

VPNArea user interfaceI haven’t tested their iOS and Android apps, so they might do better in these areas.

 

Do I recommend VPNArea?

There’s a lot to like about VPNArea. They offer all major protocols, along with the best encryption methods money can buy.

They also boast about the best ‘server to customer’ ratio, which means you should be able to see great performance without trying to jump on servers that are already jam-packed with tons of other people.

They’re also currently running some pricing promotions that put them at the lower end of the market.

While their VPN client interface is a little clunky and not as sexy as some other options from ExpressVPN, I did like a lot of the features it packed, like a built-in speed test, kill switch, anti-DNS leak, and auto-IP changer. All of these options are readily available from the primary screen at the push of a button. So no digging or guessing required.

However, there are three major cons

  1. They’re a bit slow for serious use. If you’re planning to use this VPN for torrenting or Netflix – their performance will drag you down.
  2. In addition to that, they don’t allow torrenting on ALL of their servers. So be sure to double-check their TOS before torrenting.
  3. Their software isn’t user-friendly.

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10 user reviews for VPNArea

Alessandro

8/10 October 19, 2017

Good to use in Italy

I had this VPN some months ago. I live in Italy and it’s difficult to find a Worldwide service like this with NINE server in my country. Also is not “filtered” by major companies, it’s fast and always working; the software is easy to use and very light.

I can absolutely recommend it.

Phil

2/10 October 1, 2017

Terrible product and service

I am having a terrible time with VPNArea right now. I have not been able to log in for 2 days as I keep getting told my log in details are incorrect. I know 100% they are right.

For a service which is supposed to improve peace of mind while browsing the internet I have found VPNArea have done the absolute opposite to me over the last couple of days. I logged a ticket some 4 hours ago and still haven’t received a response. This is not the service I was led to believe I would receive based on other reviews.
I would avoid at all costs based on my last 2 days experience

Ron

4/10 August 30, 2017

Terrible speed

I bought this to watch Netflix from the US and while it does work it’s horribly slow. I’m talking constant buffering and then very poor quality even on an iPad. Wouldn’t recommend at all

Andrew Benson

8/10 June 29, 2017

Great help when I was completely stuck

I had some excellent help from Zack and Jane this morning. They sorted out my query and were so patient with my questions. I would definitely recommend VPNArea as a VPN service provider.

I highly recommend them , I’ve been with them for years and I won’t be moving away from them because their competitively priced and they’re there when I need them. Not to mention finally a working solution for Netflix, something which I’ve been seeking for a very long time

churchill-ash

6/10 June 23, 2017

Fast and reliable, smartest customer support I ever came across

I have quite the opposite experience speed-wise. I’ve used expressvpn and nordvpn before and they don’t come close to what I reach with VPNArea on speedtest and downloads

Zack at livechat went out of his way to fix my elaborate network setup so that all my gear has VPN connection. Probably spent 2 hours with me on teamviewer and phone, live chat was readily available when i needed it. Had a good understanding of networks and Linux. 10/10

marty

10/10 June 12, 2017

Works for me

I’ve been using VPNarea for almost a year and it’s been nothing but good to me. Slow, you say? Not for me. Hard to connect, you say? Not for me. My one year membership is coming to a close and you can bet I’ll be re-upping. Not even a hesitation.

Glenn

5/10 June 2, 2017

It works, but nothing special

I was referred to VPN Area from another review site and decided to give them ago. Unfortunately the product wasn’t any good. Here’s why:

– It takes a lot of time to connect to certain servers (I asked support about this, but never got any solid reply)
– The Software itself looks like it’s been made in 2010 (lacks of UI and UX)

Pros?
+ It’s pretty cheap compared with many others
+ It actually works.

I’m not sure if I continue using it or move onto something more reliable, such as PIA

Kenert

3/10 May 27, 2017

Not good

VPNArea is a really poor service. They admin area is pathetic to say the least. Recovering/Changing passwords requires a lot of back and fourth conversations with their support rep.

Also, after reading your review it seems like they’re slow too. Based on that – I wouldn’t recommend it.

Emmy

1/10 April 27, 2017

One of the worst online experiences.

Didn’t reach the customer support for a week. Once I did, they didn’t fix the issues that I had. I somehow paid twice for a monthly subscription and didn’t get a refund. I wouldn’t poke them with a stick, since their service stinks. I unsubscribed and went to another provider which fills my VPN needs. If I had to rate my experience with VPNArea, I’d rate it 0/10.

marsillesailor

7/10 April 2, 2017

fast and cheap

I hit 80-90% of my original speed with utorrent, had to try more than 1 server to find best speed but is faster than ExpressVPn & nordvpn. I changed expressVPN with VPNarea cos VPNArea works with netflix is cheap and account sharing is ok. quite happy overall!