PureVPN is based in Hong Kong. This service has a lot going for it, starting with a very easy to use client, plenty of protocols to choose from and an extensive network of servers.
Pricing and Plans
All plans come with unlimited data transfer and five simultaneous connections. The service packages include:
- $9.95 per month
- $44.95 six months
- $49.95 per year
In addition, you can add:
- SmartDNS for $2.99 per month
- Web protection and NAT Firewall for $4.99 per month
- StealthVPN browser (DPI resistant) for $4.99 per month
- Dedicated streaming for $4.99 per month
- Dedicated IP for $4.99 per month
- Dedicated IP with DDoS protection for $5.99 per month
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
You can get a trial account for $2.50; non-refundable. If you have a problem with PureVPN, you have three days to ask for your money back. For renewals, the refund policy extends that period to seven days.
Privacy & Anonymity
PureVPN does not log your activity.
Torrenting is only allowed on specific servers within the PureVPN network. From their website:
“We actively block sharing of copyrighted materials/torrents on our servers as per changing global web policies to keep our service in compliance. As of now, we allow file sharing on Turkey, Sweden, Romania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany (de1 only) and Russian servers.”
This company has plenty of support options, including the usual online knowledgebase. There’s also a live chat feature on the website that’s available around the clock.
There are plenty of configuration options to choose from, so advanced users will have all the tools they need.
We tested PureVPN over a 50mbps/5mbps connection from Albuquerque to Washington DC via a server in Phoenix, AZ, the closest in PureVPN’s network.
The speed reduction was barely noticeable. Hooking up to the server was fast and there were no errors.
IP Check and DNSLeak
The IP address was effectively hidden and DNS did not leak while connected to the PureVPN service.
- 5 simultaneous logins
- PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, SSTP, IKEv2
- Router support
- Server selection by use
- More than 450 servers in 101 nations
- Support for heavily-censored nations
- Excellent client
- Fast speeds
- Vast network
Areas for Improvement
The client is powerful, but might overwhelm new users. Overall, however, this provider leaves little to be desired.
PureVPN is an excellent VPN service. The client offers all the power that more advanced users will need but new users shouldn’t feel like they have too much to deal with, at least after exploring the client a bit. PureVPN’s StealthVPN offering makes them a good choice for people in nations where censorship of the Internet is extreme.