Steganos is headquartered in Germany. The company sells an entire privacy suite, of which a VPN service is a part. The VPN service can be used for free for up to 500MB. Steganos will likely appeal to those who want an overall option for Internet security as opposed to those who are specifically interested in a VPN.
Pricing & Plans
A one year subscription costs $21.11 per year. Steganos can also be purchased on a 1 month or 6 month basis. Pricing is as follows:
You can pay with PayPal, credit cards or prepay with a check.
Free Trial/ Money-back Guarantee
Steganos offers a free 500MB VPN trial. Other than that, Steganos plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Privacy & Anonymity
There’s rather contradictory information on the Steganos site. They claim that they don’t save any identifying data and, moreover, that it’s not possible for the company to determine what data is accessed by the Online Shield.
“We save user data on especially protected servers. The access is only made available to a small number of people.”
The Steganos Online Shield-Service saves neither the addresses nor contents that the user calls up, nor the IP addresses that Steganos Online Shield has allocated, nor their own IP address that they use on Steganos Online Shield. It is not possible for Steganos to determine what contents Steganos Online Shield calls up. Neither the IP addresses of the users nor the IP addresses of the called server is saved.
Customer support is available over email. There is also a knowledgebase at the site.
Steganos has a very simple interface. Turning on your VPN service is done by sliding a switch. You can change your server by clicking the globe icon next to the switch. Beyond that, the client doesn’t offer much.
You can use the Steganos product on five devices, including Android and iOS devices.
The speed test wasn’t particularly impressive, though the service did connect us by default to Germany. Since that’s the connection that most users of this product are likely to get—it’s designed for non-techie types, clearly—we decided to do the testing on that server. We got over 6Mbps, down from nearly 40Mbps. That’s not terribly fast, of course, but for a server located on another continent it’s not bad, either.
IPCheck and DNSLeak Test
Steganos hid both our IP and DNS server addresses with no additional tweaking.
- Very easy to use
- Ad blocking
- 256-bit encryption
- Deletes Cookies
- Mobile compatible
- Threat detection
- Incredibly easy setup
- Easy interface
Areas for Improvement
This service really isn’t on par with dedicated VPN services in terms of what the client allows you to do. For those who aren’t that technical, however, it’s a good solution.