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ProxyRack VPN Review

ProxyRack VPN Review

UPDATED: July 11, 2016

Overall Score:

Price

5
out of 5

Features

3
out of 5

Speed

4
out of 5

Customer Service

3.5
out of 5

Welcome to the most comprehensive and detailed ProxyRack VPN review around. In this ProxyRack VPN review is all the information you could possibly need to know about this VPN service. Want to know about compatibility? Server speeds? Pricing? This -- and much more -- is all here. Also provided is a detailed setup guide to help you setup ProxyRack VPN on your devices with minimum fuss.

Company Summary

ProxyRack VPN is one of the newest, youngest VPN service providers to come into the marketplace. With a completely free service on offer, this newcomer boasts a VPN that provides 12 country locations for servers around the globe. The big question to answer with ProxyRack is: Does it deliver solid enough security for a completely free service? Let's find out!

Homepage Snapshot

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Pricing Summary

FREE

Operating System Compatibility

VPN Protocols Offered

OPEN VPN

Pros

  • Free

  • 12 global locations for servers
  • 5 server connections offered simultaneously

Cons

  • No compatibility with mobile
  • Encryption is not top level 
  • Although 24/7 support offered -- due to company location (Australia) support is not always quick to respond

The Verdict

Overall, ProxyRack VPN is a great VPN service for being 100% free. There are many free VPN service providers available right now, with all offering different levels of speed, security and overall consistently god performance. Thankfully, ProxyRack VPN is one free provider that does not "cut corners", choosing to deliver a reliable VPN service. It would be great if this provider incorporated some more encryption protocols and server locations, but for now -- it's definitely one of the best free VPN providers we have tried out.


Full ProxyRack VPN Review


Pricing, Plans & Payment Options

As already stated above, ProxyRack VPN is a completely free VPN service provider.

This means that no payment information is required of you to hand over to use the service. Nor is any specific "plan" required to be chosen. You simply signup for the service by providing your email address and creating a username + password:

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Once you've confirmed your account setup, you are ready to begin setting up the VPN on your device. I will go through this setup process further down in this review. 


Money Back Guarantee


As you would expect, there is no "money back guarantee" offered by this provider -- since you are not required to hand over any cash at all to use the service! 

If you choose to use their other proxy service, then it is worth noting that ProxyRack do offer generous money back guarantees to users of said service -- 14 days to be exact. 


Features

BANDWIDTH CAPABILITES
- All users are given unlimited bandwidth when connected to the service.

SERVER SWITCHING
- You are able to switch between servers as much as you like. Totally unlimited.

PROTOCOLS
- Although only one protocol is supported, it is arguably the best VPN protocol: OpenVPN.

SIMULTANEOUS CONNECTIONS
- You can have up to 5 simultaneous connections to the service from one account.

KILL-SWITCH ENGAGED
- Great, handy tool known as the "internet kill switch" provided.

US NETFLIX ACCESS
- Multiple server connections to give access to US Netflix given.


The Software

The software provided is very straight forward to both setup and use. 

As mentioned earlier in this review, all that is required of you to create an account is to simply provide your email address, then create a username and password. 

You will then be receive an email prompting you to confirm and activate your new account:

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With your account then activated, you will then be taken to your main account "dashboard" area, where you can download the dedicated software for your device:

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As displayed in the above screenshot, you can see that both OS X and Windows OS devices support ProxyRack VPN. 

Since I work from a Macbook, I went ahead and downloaded the OS X. The download took just a few seconds and then the standard installation process began automatically:

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Once you have the software successfully installed on your device, all that is left to do is go ahead and open up the software. 

You are required to login to the software when opening it for the first time, which is very straight forward and is through the email and password you provided when creating your account:

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After some quick information steps upon signing in, you are then taken to the main software interface. 

The great thing about ProxyRack VPN's interface, is that it instantly and seamlessly integrates to the top toolbar on my Macbook, while also clearly notifying you of this: 

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This toolbar integration keeps the software very intuitive and easy to use once open, without being invasive and taking up your screen. 

Connecting to a server is equally as straight forward as the software setup. You simply click on the "fast server" option (as shown above) and choose to either select a specific server from one of the many locations offered, or choose to let the software itself select the "fastest server" for you, based on your current location. 

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The connection process takes just a few moments, and you are clearly notified when the connection has been successfully established via a handy little notification popup, as shown above. 

And that's you! You are then connected, with your IP address having been successfully changed and displayed to you in the dropdown interface. 

There are some helpful additional settings presented to you in the dropdown interface which you can access by clicking on the cog icon in the top right:

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Sadly, there is currently no dedicated app supporting the use of ProxyRack VPN on mobile devices or Linux OS devices. This would otherwise be a big downside for the service, however since it is completely free, I am more than fine giving them a pass on this. 

All in all that entire setup and connection process took me less than 3 minutes to go through from start to finish, which is very impressive. 

In addition to the software itself, here is a glimpse of the web browser account dashboard you are given access to once your account is created:

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As you can see, it's a clear and easy to navigate area that presents you with all the main information you would want to check when reviewing your account.


Compatibility

When it comes to reviewing the compatibility offerings of ProxyRack VPN, this is where it falls short. 

Although offering very intuitive and well-designed software applications for both OS X and Windows computers, sadly the VPN service does not give the same level of dedicated support for use on mobile devices. 

I certainly hope this is something the service is working on, as this area is really the only significantly lacking facet of the service. 


Speed & Performance

​In order to see how the (inevitable) drop in speed was when connected to the ProxyRack VPN service, I performed a quick speed test. First, without connection to the VPN and then with a connection established. 

Here are the results:

Without VPN:

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With VPN:

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With all things considered (including, again, that this is a 100% free VPN service), the drop in speed was much less than I expected. 

You can see that in the first place I have a very fast connection without a VPN, so the drop was going to be significant regardless of whether I used ProxyRack VPN or one of the best, premium VPN services out there. 

So to see that the upload speed only dropped a tiny amount, and the download rate -- although dropping considerably -- remained at a speed that allowed me to stream online media and download files with ease and zero "buffering" issues, was very impressive. Good work, ProxyRack VPN!


Support

As I expected, ProxyRack VPN does not offer live chat onsite. This would have be an amazingly pleasant and unexpected surprise if the service did offer this -- so I am not holding this against it at all. 

Users can find a helpful FAQ section on the site to answer most of the common issues and queries  that you might have regarding the software:

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You can also ask a direct question to the support team via the ticket submission area offered within your account dashboard on the website: 

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The Website

The ProxyRack VPN website is simple, clean and presents all the most important information you would want to know immediately via the navigation menu atop the site throughout: 

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Although the site is not the most "beautiful" or "powerful" in terms of aesthetic and load time respectively, it delivers exactly what is required, and looks better than some paid VPN service provider websites I have encountered in the past. 


Security & Privacy

As mentioned earlier in this review, the level of security and privacy protection offered by this service is unfortunately lacking, especially when compared against any VPN service provider that charges users. 

OpenVPN protocol is offered to users of this VPN service, with hopefully more protocol support being integrated to the service in the future.

This naturally makes sense, since you are getting a free service and thus cannot expect to have a VPN that gives comparable encryption protocols and zero-logging policies, however this is arguably one of (if not the) most important factor you should be considering when choosing a VPN for the purpose of protecting your online privacy.


Conclusion


All in all, this VPN service is very impressive in terms of what you actually get for literally zero cost. 

The speeds across all servers tested are consistent and show no downtime or drop-off issues, the software interface is very intuitive and light to setup + use, and although a small number -- the amount of server locations offered are varied enough to satisfy a lot of users. In addition, it is very impressive that two US-based server locations are provided that successfully allow you to access the US version of Netflix from any non-US based location. 

ProxyRack VPN is arguably the most impressive free VPN service I have come across. If you don't require a high level of privacy protection and security requirements on your online activity, nor do you need a large database of server locations to choose from -- then I highly recommend giving this service a try. 

PureVPN Review

PureVPN Review

UPDATED: April 27, 2016

Overall Score:

Price

3.75
out of 5

Features

4.5
out of 5

Speed

4.25
out of 5

Customer Service

5
out of 5

Welcome to the most comprehensive and detailed PureVPN review around. In this PureVPN review you will get all the information you could possibly want to know about this VPN service provider. Want to know about pricing plans? Server speeds? Encryption security? This -- and much more -- is all here. Also provided is a detailed setup guide to help you setup PureVPN on your devices quick and easy.

Company Summary

Over the years, PureVPN has built up a reputation as one of the most reliable and established VPN service providers around. After conducting this comprehensive review of the service firsthand, I am inclined to agree with this reputation. PureVPN is a stable, secure and consistent VPN service provider that, although priced in the mid-to-high range, is worth the money.

Homepage Snapshot

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Pricing Summary

$9.95 p/month for 1 month
$7.49 p/month for 6 months
$4.16 p/month for 12 months

Operating System Compatibility

VPN Protocols Offered

SSTP

IPsec

OPEN VPN

PPTP

Pros

  • Customer support is great

  • Solid and consistent speeds

  • User-friendly software and apps

Cons

  • Pricing is in the mid-to-high level, so not the most affordable

  • No zero-logging policy offered

The Verdict

All in all PureVPN is a very respectable VPN service provider. Users can expect solid, consistent speeds across a great variety of server locations on securely encrypted connections. The price point is a touch high, although it is justified through the service's performance. We would love no logs to be kept by this provider, however ultimately it is definitely one of the top VPNs we have reviewed.


Full PureVPN Review


Pricing, Plans & Payment Options

PRICING

PureVPN have chosen to price their service in 3 different "commitment" levels, as 99% of VPN services do. This means that you have the option to pay less each month if you commit to the service for 6 or 12 months:

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These prices are in the mid-to-high area when compared across all VPN providers available right now, so PureVPN are definitely confident in the quality of their service. With that said, a very generous discount of -65% for users that sign up for a 1 year account is a nice touch. 

PLANS

As mentioned, PureVPN go down the traditional VPN service route by offering 3 different plans that increase in commitment length while decreasing in monthly price. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Users can make payment to PureVPN through a myriad of options, including great anonymous options like Bitcoin and through Gift Cards, which is great:

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All in all the process for making payment is very simple and all-encompassing, so clearly PureVPN place a lot of time and effort into this aspect of their service. 


Money Back Guarantee

When you signup for PureVPN for the first time you are automatically given a 7-day money back guarantee period, which is good. However, you do need to pay immediately to use the service, with this money back guarantee being offered in the form of you allowing to request a full refund within 7 days of using the service. 

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This is not ideal, as other VPN service providers offer longer such "free trial" periods that do not require you to pay upfront and request a refund if not satisfied. That being said, at least PureVPN have some level of introductory "grace" period. 


Features

SOFTWARE & APPS
- PureVPN have developed dedicated software and apps for the most popular user devices, which makes setting up and using the service very straight forward. 

PROTOCOLS
- SSTP, L2TP, IPSec & PPTP provided on up to 256-bit data encryption.

LARGE SERVER LIBRARY
- PureVPN offers 500+ servers across 141 countries.

MULTIPLE LOGINS
- Users can connect to the VPN service across up to 5 devices simultaneously. 

DATA TRANSFER BANDWIDTH
- You can transfer unlimited data on PureVPN. 

LIVE CHAT
- 24/7 live chat is provided on every single day of the year.

DEDICATED IPs
- Rather than using shared IPs, users can request a dedicated IP add-on for their PureVPN account.

KILL SWITCH
- Very handy "internet kill switch" tool can be utilised.


The Software

The PureVPN software itself has been developed and designed to a very high level. Clear consideration has been placed on making the software as user-friendly as possible, while still giving you multiple options to customise your connection every time. 

Setting up an account is simple and takes just 2 minutes. You select the plan you wish to use, then after receiving a couple of emails providing you with your unique username and password, you are prompted to download the specific PureVPN software/app for the device(s) you will use the service on. This selection looks like so:

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To give and example of how intuitive this device selection page is, here is a snapshot of me selecting the software for my Macbook:

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After having downloaded the software to your desired device, the installation process will request to begin immediately. This also takes just a few moments and only requires you to click through a few steps:

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With the software now installed, you can go ahead and open it up to see exactly how quick the software loads and presents itself. Here you will asked to login to the service using the generated username and password you received via email upon creating you account when signing up:

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Upon logging into the software, you will be asked to select what the primary purpose of your session will be, whether streaming, file-sharing, security, dedicated IP or simply "internet freedom":

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Once you have chosen your purpose to connect to the VPN, you can then go ahead and decide which server location you want to connect through by simply clicking the button and choosing from the dropdown: 

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Then with your server location selected, simply hit "connect" and you will connected to the VPN in a matter of seconds. Here below is an example of me connecting from a Hungary location to a US based server that I selected in the previous step:

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MOBILE SOFTWARE

To use PureVPN on your mobile device, you can grab the dedicated mobile app that PureVPN have developed for each of the most popular mobile OS (i.e. iOS, Android and Windows) as well as some others. 

For my mobile setup, I use an Android device and thus went to the Google Play Store on my smartphone and searched for the "PureVPN" app, downloaded it then installed it according:

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With the PureVPN installed on your mobile device, go ahead and open it up and you will -- as with the desktop software -- be prompted to login with your generated username + password. 

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After punching in your account details and logging into the app, the next step is again to select the main focus of your session on the VPN from the clearly defined options. Here's a look at how well-designed and user-friendly the app looks on an Android device:

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Then you can choose which server location you want to connect to the VPN through. This app is really well designed and is a breeze to use. Below is a look at the easy-to-navigate server location selection option:

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Once you have chosen your preferred server location to connect through, go ahead and connect to the VPN. You will be momentarily presented with a "connecting" screen that displays the connection you are making, which is a nice touch on the app designers' part. 

And then that's you connected to the PureVPN service on your mobile device. Very straight forward indeed. 

Once you are connected, you will be shown a screen that displays your status (connected or disconnected), along with a helpful dropdown menu in the top left as shown below:

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When in said "Settings" option, you can edit and check out some handy tools like allowing to select specific cities within the server country location you want to connect to, as well as specifying the protocol you want to use:

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Thus concludes a quick walkthrough on how to setup PureVPN on both your desk/laptop device and mobile device in less than 5 minutes without any "technical expertise" required at all. 

PureVPN do a great job of offering software and apps that are super simple to setup and use, so you almost don't even need this quick guide!


Compatibility

Device compatibility, as you can expect from the previous section of this review, is where PureVPN perform very well. 

Users are able to setup and use PureVPN across any and (almost) all devices one would ever want to have a VPN connection setup on. From operating systems like Apple, Windows, iOS, Android and Linux to different devices like eReaders, home routers, games consoles and and smartTVs -- PureVPN is fully compatible and provides very easy-to-follow setup guides for all of these.


Speed & Performance

To get a personal, firsthand gauge of how PureVPN affects the speed of your connection, I conducted a simple speed test with speedtest.net that sent a ping from my device both without then with the VPN connected. 

Here are the results from said test, to give you an idea of how big or small an inevitable drop in speed to expect with PureVPN:

Without VPN:

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With VPN:

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As you can see, there was quite a considerable drop in speed when connected to the VPN. However, this is not too uncommon a drop since my internet was pretty fast to begin with. What this means is that, although the speed did drop a large amount, the performance of internet was barely impacted at all -- i.e. I could stream, download/upload and browse online content without any buffering or latency issues, which is what matters most. 

It's also worth noting that I tested a few other server locations on PureVPN to gauge the consistency of the speeds offered by this VPN service, and they remained steady practically across the globe. That's important. 


Support

If you need any support for whatever reason with PureVPN, then this is where you -- in my opinion -- really get your money's worth. PureVPN boast readily available customer support 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; 365 days a year. 

Not only do they provide such dedicated round-the-clock support, but they also offer said support across multiple channels, giving you the option to contact a support agent to resolve your issue via email, a ticketing system and, most importantly, via live chat right on the website:

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The Website

Both aesthetically and navigationally, the PureVPN website has been designed and developed to a high standard. When you arrive right on the homepage, you are presented with the most important information you would want to know about this VPN service provider:

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As you can see in the above shot of the homepage; you are clearly presented with the most significant navigational options including pricing, features and a link that lists the dedicated apps that PureVPN have developed. 

The PureVPN is definitely one of the top websites I have personally interacted with when compared against the many, many other VPN service websites I've experienced up to this point. Thankfully this attention to aesthetic and usability carries over consistently across the actual software and apps. 


Security & Privacy

The level of encryption experienced with a PureVPN connection is right up there with the best VPN services around today. You have the option of connecting through protocols like OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP and even IKEv2 on up to 256-bit encryption, which is great. 

Unfortunately, although PureVPN take every security precaution to protect the privacy of every user's data on the service, PureVPN do state that if prompted by an official authoritative body, they will hand over your personal data behaviour. With that said, PureVPN have specifically chosen to base the service from Hong Kong as doing so means they are not legally obligated to retain a single bit of data from any user. 

What does this mean? It means that although VPN will comply with a legal body that requests access to a user's data with substantial evidence and a warrant to do so -- there is every possibility that PureVPN will have not retained this data. 


Conclusion

All in all, PureVPN is definitely one of the best performing VPN service providers on the market today. They are a long-time established service that have clearly developed massively over the years and worked hard to constantly improve their VPN service, software and apps to make setup and connection as simple and efficient as possible for users of all "technical" skill levels. 

With the price point being in the mid-to-high range, I do believe this is justified in the level of both consistent server speeds, server locations, stellar customer support and the software/app ease-of-use. 

Give PureVPN a try for yourself, since the service offers a 7 day money back guarantee you really have nothing to lose. If you do give it a try -- let me know in the comments below about your experience with this top service.

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TotalVPN Review

TotalVPN Review

UPDATED: May 4, 2016

Overall Score:

Price

2.5
out of 5

Features

4
out of 5

Speed

4
out of 5

Customer Service

4.5
out of 5

This is the most detailed full TotalVPN review available right now. In this review you will get all the information you could possibly want to know about TotalVPN -- from pricing plans and speed performance to support and device compatibility. Included is a detailed setup guide to help you get TotalVPN setup on your devices quickly and easily.

Company Summary

TotalVPN is a hot new VPN provider that offers a service that serves to be as simple to use as possible -- without sacrificing top speed and encryption levels. They offer a free plan, which acts as a great way to try out the service on a basic level before deciding if it satisfies your needs or not. Continue below to read the full TotalVPN review and get our opinion of this newcomer.

Homepage Snapshot

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Pricing Summary

Free plan available
$12.29 p/month for 1 year
$17.61 p/month for 1 month

Operating System Compatibility

VPN Protocols Offered

IKEV2

IPsec

OPEN VPN

PPTP

Pros

  • ​Great user experience

  • ​Very simple registration and setup

  • Good server location library

Cons

  • ​Unclear automatic pricing upgrades

  • ​Paying via Paypal means waiting up to 24 hours before getting access to full VPN service

The Verdict

TotalVPN is a VPN service provider that has put a large amount of time and effort into developing a software and app interface that is very high quality. The user experience is up there with the best I have interacted with to date. Where TotalVPN falls short is by not being clear and transparent with the automatic price increase that occurs after the first month when signing up for a paid plan. 


Full TotalVPN Review


Pricing, Plans & Payments Options

PRICING

TotalVPN is one of the most expensive VPN providers I have come across to date. They charge competitive introductory price points to new users, but after this initial "grace" period, the price increases quite a bit. The exact pricing is actually quite ambiguous and not clearly displayed on the website, with different offerings shown depending on where you navigate to:

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PLANS

As you can see in the above screenshots, the plans offered by TotalVPN are spread across 3 different commitment lengths, with the monthly price reducing for the longer period you choose to commit to. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS

You can pay for TotalVPN through either credit card or PayPal. These are definitely the two most commonly preferred payment options for online users, however it is a little disappointing to not find a few more options available. With such a high price point, I expected to at least be given some anonymity-protecting payment methods like Bitcoin.

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Money back Guarantee

A 30-day money back guarantee is offered for new users to TotalVPN. Although you are required to pay upfront, you are fully entitled to cancel your membership within the first 30 days and receive a full refund. I went through this cancellation process after testing the software, and it was taken care of within 10 minutes of talking with a support team member via live chat on site:

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Features

TotalVPN is definitely a feature-rich VPN service that packs a lot of top quality stuff into what it delivers. Users are provided with the following feature sets:

ZERO DATA LIMITATIONS
- TotalVPN offers unlimited data for all paying users of the service.

PROTOCOLS
- PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP and IkeV2 protocols are provided across all server connections.

BANDWIDTH
- There are no bandwidth caps placed on user connections.

SERVER LOCATIONS
- 30+ server locations are available to choose from.

INTERFACE DESIGN
- Both software and applications, along with the website are designed to a very high standard.

The Software

As mentioned earlier in this TotalVPN review, the software has been developed and designed to a very high level. The signup and setup process is incredibly simple and quick, requiring zero "technical" know-how to go through. 

Once you have chosen the plan you want to setup an account with, you will receive a welcome email that prompts you to check out your account area on the site:

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With your account setup and ready, you will want to download the software/app to the device(s) you plan to use TotalVPN on. There is a clean and simple download area on the TotalVPN website where you do this from. Simply choose the according download and begin the installation. 

As you will see in the shot below, TotalVPN are very intuitive and actually figure out the device you are currently using, and thus present you with the associated download link for that device. For example, I was using my Macbook when downloading the software -- so I was displayed this screen:

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The installation will begin immediately once you've downloaded the software, which will consist of just clicking through a few steps to finalise full installation of the software:

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After installation has completed, the software will pop open automatically. You will be presented with the main login screen (shown below) so fire in your email and password and in a few moments you will be logged into the software and ready to connect.

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The first thing you are shown when logged into the software is a quick welcome walkthrough popup that shows you the various ways that using TotalVPN will protect and enhance your privacy and online security, which is a nice on-boarding touch:

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Once you've clicked through these insights, you will be looking at the main home screen for the TotalVPN software. When you first try the software, the chances are that you chose the free trial version. Thus, you will have a limited version of the software in front of you, which restricts the speeds you get along with only a few server locations offered to connect to:

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After I was presented with this limited free version of the TotalVPN software, I went ahead and upgraded my account to the 1 month paid plan to really get a feel for the full capabilities of this VPN service. 

This was when I experienced a little negative factor to TotalVPN. Upon signing up for the paid plan, I saw that after the initial discounted price, my next month price jumped up more than double (from €9 to €19). This was quite a shock as -- although they do mention vaguely on the website below the price plans -- TotalVPN did not clearly state just how large a price increase would occur after the discounted first month. 

In addition to this unwelcome surprise, I was also informed that since I made payment through PayPal, I would have to wait a full 24 hours before getting access to the full, paid version of the TotalVPN service. 

I was very disappointed with this, as I have not experienced such a delay between payment and usage of a VPN service before. 


So after having to wait 24 hours to try out the full paid version of TotalVPN, I finally got access. Here's a quick glimpse of how the connection process looks in TotalVPN. As you can see, selecting a preferred server location is super easy via the left sidebar list of all available locations. So just choose the one you wish to join, then hit "Connect":

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Super intuitive and well designed interface that TotalVPN have developed here. Very impressive and one of the easiest VPN service software interfaces I have experience, so kudos to the team for this. 

MOBILE

TotalVPN have dedicated applications for both iOS and Android, which is fantastic as this makes setup and connecting to the VPN service super quick and simple. 

For my review of TotalVPN's mobile app, I used my Android smartphone. So the following quick setup walkthrough will be based on this. 

To get the app, just head to the app store (or Google Play Store in my case) and search for "TotalVPN":


Once you have installed and downloaded the app onto your mobile device, you can open it up and get started on connecting. This process all takes just a few moments to go through:

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Pop in your login details and you'll be taken to the main home screen for the mobile app, which you can see above. This screen is very simple to navigate, allowing you to either quick connect to the fastest server TotalVPN decides on for your current location -- or to alternatively click on the option bar in the top left and select from the variety of server locations offered:

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How to watch Dubai World Cup horse racing 2016 online
How to watch Dubai World Cup horse racing 2016 online


The whole connection process takes just a few seconds. With your connection made, you will have successfully changed your IP address and encrypted your online activity to a super high level with TotalVPN. Good stuff. 

So all in all as you can see, the dedicated TotalVPN app is a very well developed and designed application that definitely has even the most non-tech savvy user's best interests at heart. 


Compatibility

When considering the different devices and operating systems thereon that TotalVPN works fluently with, you have no worries. This VPN provider has clearly put a large amount of time and effort into making the service compatible across all the most commonly used devices for online activity, from Mac to Windows to iOS to Android to Linux; laptops to desktops to smartTVs to games consoles and even home routers. 

You can use TotalVPN on every device you would want to have a VPN setup on. In addition, very clear and concise setup guides are provided by TotalVPN on how to set the service up on all supported devices, which is great. 

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Speed & Performance

When considering which VPN service provider to go for, speed of servers is priority number one for many users. If the main reason for using a VPN is to access geo-restricted online media streaming services like Netflix and Hulu -- then choosing a VPN service that gives as little speed-loss as possible when connected is of the utmost importance. 

I ran a simple speed test on TotalVPN using Speedtest.net. As you will see from the test results screenshot below, the drop in speed with TotalVPN was not the best:

Without VPN:

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With VPN (US server):

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With VPN (UK Server):

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Even taking into consideration the fast internet speeds in my location at the time of the speed test, the experienced loss in speed was quite significant. I tested some media streaming services while connected to TotalVPN and no buffering or quality issues were experienced though, which is great. 


Support

Customer support with TotalVPN is great. No other way to describe it. The live chat on site is always a welcomed channel to get support via. I will say however, that the wait time was quite long (15+ minutes) each time I utilised the live chat. 

In addition, a negative was noted in customer support for the sheer length of time I had to wait before being allowed to use the premium (paid) version of TotalVPN, which is something I have not experience with any VPN service until now. 

All in all though, the support is timely and definitely helpful across both ticketing channels and onsite live chat.

The Website

As with the software and application design + layout, TotalVPN's website is beautifully user friendly and sleek in its aesthetic. Here's a quick shot of what users are presented with when arriving on the homepage:

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As you can see, the layout is simple yet modern. the navigation atop the site throughout is intuitive and displays links to the most important information that any user would want to check out most of all when considering TotalVPN. 

This aesthetic and navigational ease is carried throughout the entire site, with the overall design itself remaining consistent onto the software and app interfaces. This definitely makes a big difference to the overall user experience, in a positive way. 


Security & Privacy

Protocols PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and IkeV2 are offered on up to 256-bit level encryption, which is the standard top level security encryption you would want from a premium VPN service like TotalVPN. 

Unfortunately connection logs are kept of all users, which means that the highly desired "zero-logging" policy is not provided with TotalVPN. This means your activity is not as anonymity-protected as it could be on other VPN service providers that do offer zero-logging policies. 

Conclusion

Ultimately, TotalVPN is a mixed bag. The level of service is solid when you consider ease-of-setup, use and feature offerings. The speeds -- although not the fastest -- are consistent across all server locations and have virtually zero downtime, which is great. 

However, the significant increase in membership charges that occur, which are not transparently stated prior to purchasing a paid account, definitely leaves a sour taste in my mouth. This, coupled with not being able to start using the VPN service immediately upon paying made for an overall disappointing first impression of this provider. 

Giving the benefit of the doubt, TotalVPN are a new VPN service provider and thus these issues may just be the inevitable "young mistakes" that any new service experiences, which, if so, I hope TotalVPN amend and correct as soon as possible. This VPN has a lot of potential to be great, so we'll definitely be keeping a keen eye on the service as it ages and develops. 

5

ExpressVPN Review

ExpressVPN Review

UPDATED: October 4, 2016

Overall Score:

Price

4.5
out of 5

Features

5
out of 5

Speed

5
out of 5

Customer Service

5
out of 5

This is the most comprehensive ExpressVPN review you will find online. Here you will find everything you need to know about ExpressVPN from pricing and performance to customer support and compatibility. Detailed setup guide included to help you get ExpressVPN setup quickly on your device. Let's get started...

Company Summary

ExpressVPN is the top rated VPN company on Fried.com and for good reason. ExpressVPN is an easy-to-use software that features clean and intuitive user interfaces for all of its applications (both desktop and mobile). Their services has impressive speeds and servers located all over the world. This British Virgin Isles based VPN company "just gets it right." For these reasons and more ExpressVPN is our #1 pick and top rated VPN service.

Homepage Snapshot

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Operating System Compatibility

Pricing Summary

$12.95 for one month acccount

$9.99 p/month for 6 month account

$8.32 p/month for 12 month account​

VPN Protocols Offered

L2TP

PPTP

OPEN VPN

SSTP

Pros

  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Dedicated iOS and Android Applications
  • Ability to pay in multiple currencies and through many payment options
  • Simple registration and easy setup

Cons

  • Pricing isn't the cheapest BUT you get what you pay for and Express certainly deliver top value.
  • You have to use different login codes/ids when using multiple devices

The Verdict

ExpressVPN is the best and most reliable VPN provider we've reviewed here at Fried.com. They're ranked #1 on our site for a reason. They deliver great value, offer great speeds, they are easy to use on mobile or desktop, and they're a company we trust. The 30 day money back guarantee makes trying ExpressVPN just that much easier. Read on below for the full ExpressVPN review.


Full ExpressVPN Review


Pricing, Plans, & Payment Options

PRICING

ExpressVPN is not the most budget-friendly VPN service out there today, but it is by no means unaffordable. They, as with 99% of VPN providers nowadays, offer three price plans:

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As you can see, they offer very competitive pricing plans that are in the 'higher-end' range. We feel their prices, although a bit higher than their main competitors, are definitely justified, though. Since the level of service and quality of this VPN make any of their pricing plans a worthwhile investment. 

PLANS

The three plans offered by ExpressVPN are as you'd expect, with the longest subscription (12 months) giving you the highest discount, and the two lesser lengthy plans costing you more respectively. This is standard across practically all VPN service providers plans, and is always a fair approach.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

ExpressVPN offer every pricing option you would want. The usual suspects are accounted for (PayPal, Credit card, etc.) as well as the all important and not-too-common BitCoin:

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BitCoin is an important payment option to offer, since users that care about absolutely 100% anonymity of their online activity that have BitCoin to spend, will be happy to use this method of payment. Paying in BitCoin gives the payer piece of mind that their transaction cannot be traced back to them. 

All in all, ExpressVPN pricing, plans and payment options offer someone for every type of user. We're impressed.


Money back Guarantee 

30-day money back guarantee is given with ExpressVPN when you signup. This is also quite standard now among the best VPN providers out there. We say the best because we have learned that in most cases, the longer a VPN provider's money back guarantee is; the more confident they clearer are in their service; thus the higher quality and level of service the offer. 

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ExpressVPN certainly ring this belief true. The reason they can offer such a long money back guarantee is definitely because they are confident in their service.

Features

ExpressVPN bring a lot of features with their service. Let's go through them now:

PROTOCOLS

- OpenVPN (TCP, UDP), L2TP-IPsec, SSTP, and PPTP

LOGGING

- Zero

SERVERS

- 78+ countries and counting

MULTIPLE DEVICE USAGE

- Up to two devices at once

SUPPORT

- 24/7 online chat and email

REFERRAL INCENTIVE

- Get 30 days free service for each referred signup

The Software

The software itself is incredibly clean, simple and intuitive. The process of downloading the software, getting it setup and launched on your device takes just minutes. 

Once you select your payment method and process it, you are sent an email confirmation. This email contains a link that takes you to the setup page, where you are presented with your unique activation code and can then download the software. 

Here's what this page looks like:

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I use a Macbook, so ExpressVPN automatically presented me with the OS X download link. To see the many more device download links, simply scroll down the page and you're presented with them, like so:

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Once you have the software downloaded (took just a few seconds for me) then it will automatically walk you through the very simple installation process. This also just takes a few seconds. 

ExpressVPN will then automatically launch to give you an immediate taste of the main interface, which looks like this:

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Then it's a simple case of you choosing a server from the huge list of servers that ExpressVPN offer, connecting to it, and you're on the VPN. Very straight forward. 

If you want, you can access 'preferences' (for Mac, you access this by clicking the three small vertical dots in the top left of the main window shown above) and select a different protocol to run the VPN on. This gives you the opportunity for faster speeds, but comes at the price of compromising security of connection:

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MOBILE SOFTWARE

Setup on an Android device is equally as painless and quick. You simply click on the activation link in the email you received as mentioned earlier, and the you are automatically directed to the Google Play store where you're prompted to download and install the ExpressVPN Android app. 

Once it is downloaded and installed, it will automatically open up and you will be asked to login with your email address and password (your password will have been automatically created and is in the original authentication email.)

After you've logged in, you're presented with a very intuitive list of which server you would like to join. It looks like this:

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Simply select the server you want to join and the app will let you know that you are attempting a connection request via a pop up window:

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Click "OK" and the app immediately begins connecting you swiftly to that server. It just takes a few seconds before you are connected and ready to surf the net anonymously and freely:

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And that's it. You've got your ExpressVPN setup and running. This is a very quick glance at setting up ExpressVPN for Mac and Android devices. For a more detailed step-by-step guide across all operating systems and devices, check out the VPN setup guides section. 

Compatibility

ExpressVPN is compatible with all devices across the following operating systems:

- Windows, Mac, Android and iOS

... as well as the devices that you are presented with on the download page, as previously shown in this review here.

Speed & Performance

I ran a speed test on my Macbook both without the VPN running and then with it switched on to check that the IP address switched correctly, and of course to check the speeds. As you can see from the results, the speed was great and the IP address did indeed change accordingly (I selected a London-based server from the VPN):

Without VPN:

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With VPN:

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Support

When confirming with the live chat support whether ExpressVPN's live chat is, as they state on their website, "round-the-clock" (24/7), they actually corrected this statement as follows: 

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This was momentarily disappointing, as it somewhat contradicted what they state on the website. However, I did really appreciated their honesty and thoroughness with answering my question. They also do have email support that is very fast, which you can obviously reach out to anytime.

All in all, I was impressed with their support. I will take honesty, under-promising and over-delivering over making bold claims and not living up to them any day.

The Website

ExpressVPN's website is well designed, intuitive and clean. The main information you want to find out most as soon as you arrive on the site (pricing, features, specifications, etc) are clearly visible and the whole site is quite a pleasure to browse around. It loads very fast and is designed in a way that really instills confidence in the product as being legitimate, trustworthy and a top-quality service provider:

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As you can see from this snapshot of the homepage -- that gives a great overview of what browsing the entire site looks like -- there is no pointless information being thrown at you; only a clean, clear, user-friendly interface. The site really sets the tone of what to expect from the actual software interface, which as demonstrated earlier in this review, is equally as aesthetically and navigationally pleasing to the user.

Security & Privacy

ExpressVPN security is top-of-the-range. It incorporates 256-bit security while also using OpenVPN as the default protocol when launching the software. 

You also have the option, as mentioned earlier, to select other protocols with the VPN servers you choose as a way of getting improved speeds on the already very impressive bandwidth ExpressVPN provide. 

Having now officially become a British Virgin Islands (BVI) company, ExpressVPN does not sit under the US Data Retention or EU DRD laws. This is fantastic, and a big benefit to users that few competing VPN service providers can claim. In addition to this big plus, ExpressVPN also financially support the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - an organisation that works to protect and educate our fundamental rights.

The fact that ExpressVPN accept BitCoin as a payment option really demonstrates their top-level effort to give users as much privacy and anonymity as a VPN service provider possibly can. Couple this with their "zero logs" policy and that the software functions completely on a shared IP basis, we really highly rate the level of effort and clear detail that ExpressVPN put into protecting each and every one of their user's data.

Conclusion 

All in all, ExpressVPN clearly has a reputation as one of the best VPN service providers for good and well-deserved reasons. From the moment you interact with the website, the entire information-gathering, paying, downloading, installing and launching process is one of the smoothest and fastest we have experienced with the many VPN service providers we've reviewed. 

As stated at the beginning of this review, the only downsides we found with ExpressVPN were that the price is not cheap and when using multiple devices that different logins are required. However, we 100% believe the pricing of this VPN to be justified many times over. "You get what you pay for" could not be more appropriate than with ExpressVPN. 

We highly recommend trying ExpressVPN out, especially considering that you have 30 days to decide if you like it or not - or your money back.

TrickByte Review

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Overall Score

Price

Features

Speed

Customer Service

Company Summary

TrickByte offer a dedicated SmartDNS service. This is the first time we have experienced a provider that promotes its SmartDNS as the main product, with a VPN as an "add-on" to it. Users get a large library of channels for a very affordable price point. This SmartDNS service is not incredible, but it is definitely secure, stable and consistent. We recommend giving it a try.


Pricing Summary

$2.99 for 1 month account
$16.49 for 6 month account
$29.99 for 1 year account

Homepage Snapshot

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Operating System Compatibility

Pros

  • Dynamic DNS is supported
  • Free Trial offered
  • Large library of channels for low price

Cons

  • Customer support options are quite restricted
  • Support documentation could be more professionally setup

The Verdict

Full review coming soon...

VPNSecure SmartDNS Review

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Overall Score

Price

Features

Speed

Customer Service

Company Summary

VPN.S (also called "VPN Secure") provide users with a SmartDNS service integrated with their many other VPN and proxy services. However, thankfully, they also offer a completely separate SmartDNS solution, which is what we cover in this review. This is a solid service that delivers a lot. Be sure to read this full review for our total evaluation before trying this service.


Pricing Summary

$

Homepage Snapshot

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Operating System Compatibility

Pros

  • Automatic DNS switching offered
  • Customer support is 24/7 and good

Cons

  • Support documentation is lacking big time
  • Very limited list of supported devices
  • Free trial is not offered

The Verdict

Full review coming soon...

GetFlix Review

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Overall Score

Price

Features

Speed

Customer Service

Company Summary

GetFlix offer a SmartDNS service for a very affordable pricing without sacrificing a top level of features and customer support. This SmartDNS service is simple to setup and use, with the icing on the cake being the massive 14 day free trial they offer all new users. We highly recommend giving them a try.


Pricing Summary

$3.95 for 1 month account
$11.26 for 3 month account
$21.33 for 6 month account
$37.92 for 1 year account

Homepage Snapshot

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Operating System Compatibility

Pros

  • Free trial offered
  • Large bank of channels offered
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • DNS changes need to be manually done

The Verdict

Full review coming soon...

Smart DNS Proxy Review

Price

Features

Speed

Customer Service

Company Summary

Smart DNS Proxy provide a SmartDNS service that really surpassed our expectations. Upon first landing on the website you see a high level of design and focus on clarity of service. Thankfully this first impression carried on right through the entire service review. Read on to find out more!


Pricing Summary

$4.90 for 1 month account
$12.90 for 3 month account
$34.90 for 1 year account
£49.90 for 2 year account

Homepage Snapshot

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Operating System Compatibility

Pros

  • Free trial offered
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Large library of channels supported

Cons

  • Could have more options for payment offered
  • More detail needed in setup guides

The Verdict

Full review coming soon...

SmartyDNS Review

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Overall Score

Price

Features

Speed

Customer Service

Company Summary

SmartyDNS are one of the few SmartDNS providers that offer a dedicated service that is purely focused on delivering a SmartDNS with no frills or as part of another offering. The majority of SmartDNS services provide their service as part of a VPN or Proxy-included package, so it is refreshing to see SmartyDNS honing their focus to one sole service. This focus has allowed SmartyDNS to produce a service that is clear and straight forward to both understand and setup/get running. Highly recommended.


Pricing Summary

$4.95 for 1 month account
$13.45 for 3 month account
$23.95 for 6 month account
$39.95 for 1 year account

Homepage Snapshot

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Operating System Compatibility

Pros

  • Affordable pricing
  • Trial period offered
  • Clear and well-designed service
  • Comprehensive and understandable support documentation

Cons

  • Only Windows client application
  • Small amount of countries offered

The Verdict

Full review coming soon...

IronSocket SmartDNS Review

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Overall Score

Price

Features

Speed

Customer Service

Company Summary

IronSocket are one of our top ten most recommended VPN providers, which we have reviewed here. Their SmartDNS reflects the same level of quality and "no-frills" service as their VPN, with some improvements to be made on the aesthetic of the whole SmartDNS setup and connection process -- but overall delivering a solid service with some great features.


Pricing Summary
(includes VPN + proxy)

$6.99 for 1 month account
$35.95 for 6 month account
$49.96 for 1 year account

Homepage Snapshot

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Operating System Compatibility

Pros

  • Multiple IP address connections offered
  • Free trial given
  • Comprehensive supporting documents and setup guides
  • Large number of countries to stream from
  • VPN and Proxy service included in price

Cons

  • Support could be improved
  • More consideration to design and intuitiveness of service could be given
  • Pricing is a little high

The Verdict

Full review coming soon...

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