VPNArea is a Swiss-hosted company that was founded in 2012.
They have over 200 servers available in 60 different countries that span from the United States to the European Union, Oceania, and South America.
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.
VPN Area Review (Summary)
|LOG FILES:||No Logging|
|LOCATIONS:||60+ countries, 200+ servers|
|SUPPORT:||Live Chat (not 24/7)|
|EASE OF USE:||Not Very Good|
|PLATFORMS:||Win, Mac, Android, iOS|
VPNArea Quick Facts
VPNArea prides itself on speed.
That includes their 200 server network, which spans across 60 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, 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. WTF does that mean? In other words, they don’t “oversell” their servers that end up just jeopardizing performance for everyone else.
In other words, they don’t “oversell” their servers. 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 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.
Otherwise, let’s start getting into the technical jargon.
Available Protocols (OpenVPN)
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).
256-Bit Encryption (Every VPN have it)
At the end of August in 2014, over 500 private images and videos of celebrity women – very private in some cases – were posted to the ‘dark web’ before making their way to Imgur and Reddit.
Beyond the media firestorm it created in it wake, the FBI also got involved. Several young men were brought to justice and sentenced to years in prison.
The first method they used to gain access is called ‘phishing’, where real-looking-but-fake emails were sent out that prompted users to reset their passwords (which were then sent straight to these individuals).
But when that didn’t work, they took to iCloud. A loophole in Apple’s service allowed these hackers to try unlimited login attempts.
That means they could use ‘brute-force’ attacks to cycle through tons and tons of combinations until they eventually gained access. These attacks are especially effective when weak passwords are used and easy enough to guess.
The best VPN services, like VPNArea, rely on a 256-bit AES encryption. That number refers to the level of strength and required combinations to eventual unlock the encryption.
In short, it’s basically brute-force proof.
It’s the best in class option that’s relied on by top governments around the world. And it’ll make sure your VPN connection is safe and secure.
No Logging (Good)
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.
Customer Support (Be Cautious)
VPNArea offers support through live chat, email, and even Skype. But they don’t offer it 24/7, and there might be delays even with their live chat.
What was the result? Well, not much to be honest.
It wasn’t bad per se. They just don’t have much of a presence on either Twitter or Facebook. And they rarely answer tweets.
Here is one example, though, where they’re pretty receptive and helpful:
VPNArea Plans & Pricing
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:
- 1 month= $9.90/mo
- All features except Dedicated IP option
- 1 year=$4.92/mo
- All features included
- 6 months=$8.33/mo
- $50.00/ 6 months
- All features included
VPN Area Speed Test (it’s a little slow)
To make our reviews accurate, we obviously did a quick check on their download and uptime speeds. Keep in mind – VPN Area told you that they are fast.
But after doing some tests on speedtest.net, it turned out that they’re just average (nothing more, nothing less).
- Ping: 114ms
- Download: 10.05mbps
- Upload: 7.18mbps
- Ping: 42ms
- Download: 47.36mbps
- Upload: 23.81mbps
Asia Server (Hong Kong)
- Ping: 366ms
- Download: 6.99mbps
- Upload: 2.63mbps
- Ping: 62ms
- Download: 29.81mbps
- Upload: 14.98mbps
Re speed test: Always take such speed tests with a grain of salt as they simply rely on too many variables. However, since we’ve tested 20+ VPN services so far, we have an average that we can compare to other VPNs.
There you have it. A complete rundown of what VPNArea’s got to offer. Let’s fire up a new account and see what their setup process looks like for the first time.
Alright. Go ahead and login into your account to access the Members Area. One of the first thing’s you’ll notice is that your VPN clients are already helpfully located down below on the main page.
Go ahead and click on your device or operating system to bring up the related software you’ll have to download.
Each download page will provide detailed instructions on how to install the client onto your operating system. In most cases, though, you simply have to click Setup File to begin downloading the VPN client and the typical installation process will take over.
It’s not a very big file so the install shouldn’t take long. Probably faster then your Keurig can brew a cup of (crappy) coffee.
Alright, ready? Here’s what your new client will look like for the first time.
You’ll need to login with your username and password in the upper right. Then you’ll need to manually select a server location too before getting started.
VPNArea also has a built-in speed test so you can see which servers are currently providing the fastest performance.
Generally (but not always) the quickest ones can be found closest to your location. So here’s an example that we found, where the quickest servers at this time were all clustered in the U.S.
VPNArea’s got a ton of options to choose from, though. So scroll down a bit and you’ll start seeing which servers overseas are your best bet.
If your geo-location is a problem, typically the countries closest to yours can also provide the best performance. Here is one last example (I promise), showing how Canada’s providing equally quick service.
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, we 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.
- A lot countries to choose from
- Works on all devices
- Slow speed overall
- Unacceptable download speed from Asia
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