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PureVPN is a VPN provider that was founded in 2007, distinguishing itself from the competition with more than 750 servers in 141 different countries and various unique features including a remarkably high download speed. This makes PureVPN ideal for anyone who committed to safe and anonymous internet usage, but who’s also keen of a high internet speed. What more does this VPN provider have to offer, what are the costs and are there any downsides?
Browse the web safely and anonymously using PureVPN
What PureVPN essentially does is shift a VPN server between the device of a customer and the internet. The communication between the customer and server is encrypted, so that hackers or others with bad intentions can’t intercept and read this data. PureVPN uses a 256-bit encryption for this purpose. Thanks to this extra security, it is possible to connect to a public Wi-Fi network for example without having to worry about cyber criminals who can get a hold of their sensitive data. In addition, PureVPN allows you to be completely anonymous, so that you can still bypass the Dutch Download Act of 2014 and use torrent websites or Popcorn Time for example with a restful heart. Safe and anonymous internet usage is something that every VPN provider promises, but an important asset of PureVPN is the nearly eight hundred servers that power the network of which it has full control. PureVPN fully manages all servers and their usage, so that this VPN provider can guarantee that no logs are kept about its customers’ internet usage. In addition, PureVPN is based in Hong Kong, where there are no laws requiring VPN providers to keep track of their customers’ internet traffic. This means that PureVPN clients have full anonymous access to the internet.
Most important features
PureVPN works on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The VPN provider can not only be used with a Windows OS, but also with Linux, MacOS, Android or iOS. In addition, PureVPN supports all major protocols, including IKEv2, L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN and SSTP. As a customer of PureVPN, you are also allowed to use the VPN service on five different devices. Therefore, it is not necessary to purchase an extra subscription in case you’d like to use the VPN both on your phone and laptop. PureVPN can also be used for sharing files with a P2P network or BitTorrent. To this end, you can choose from over two hundred VPN servers spread across almost the entire world.
PureVPN also has no bandwidth restriction. This means that you can use the VPN service as much as you like, including internet activities that require a lot of data such as streaming movies or series. The only limitation here is the requirement of fair usage. This means, for example, that you are not allowed to overload the VPN network causing other users to experience difficulties. One disadvantage is that PureVPN does not automatically block ads. If you do not want to see any ads, you will need to install an adblocker yourself.
Upload & download speeds
When you use a VPN service, you are running your internet traffic through a VPN server. When this server is slow, the switch can be quite detrimental to your upload and download speeds. This is reflected in longer website loading times, choppy movie streaming or having to wait a bit longer before your files are attached to an e-mail. At PureVPN however, these problems do not occur. Tests even show that download speed increases while using PureVPN; In these tests, upload & download without using PureVPN are compared to those from clients with the VPN service enabled. The result? Download speeds with PureVPN are 350-400% higher than compared to doing so without it. This means that downloading with PureVPN is almost five times faster. Upload speeds will decrease slightly, by about 5-20%. However, compared to most other VPN services, this is only a slight decrease. In addition, PureVPN also offers a so-called split feature. This allows you to easily run some of your internet activities through the VPN while other activities are performed using your regular internet connection. For example, if you do not need to use a VPN for certain upload activities, you can customize VPN settings so that these activities are not passed through the VPN server and are performed at your usual upload speeds.
Ease of use & customer service
When paying for a VPN subscription, you will need to enter your e-mail address on PureVPN’s website. The VPN service will then send your login data for the VPN application to this e-mail address. After logging in, you will see a screen on which you can select one out of five modules. Each option offer its own service, specifically devoted to a certain purpose or usage. An interesting set-up, but it can be quite confusing to newcomers. It is therefore good to know that you can easily modify your choice later on. The typical user, who simply wants surf the web anonymously and safely, may choose the option “Security/Privacy”. Hereafter you’ll see an overview of all available VPN servers and protocols. You can go with the recommendation of PureVPN, or make your own choice and select one of the nearly eight hundred servers around the world and many protocols. The installation and usage of PureVPN usually speaks for itself, but if you have any questions, then you can find an extensive FAQ section on PureVPN’s website and a helpdesk that is available around the clock. The average reaction time to questions is only a few hours according to PureVPN. A small disadvantage for Dutch citizens is the fact that customer service representatives only speak English.
Prices of subscriptions & additional services
PureVPN’s monthly costs decrease when you decide to get a subscription for a longer period of time. For example, a monthly subscription costs $10.95, but you only have to pay $8.95 per month when signing off on a contract for 6 months. The cheapest option is a subscription for two years. In this case, you pay $2.95 per month. For each subscription, you have to pay the amount in advance in full; this means $53.70 for a subscription of half a year, and merely $70.80 when signing off for a contract of two years. This payment can be fulfilled in many ways, including credit card, PayPal or direct bank wire transfer by using the trusted iDEAL method. Each contract allows you to cancel the subscription within seven days and receive a full refund. And in addition, you also receive full access to all of PureVPN’s servers and facilities, no matter what subscription you ultimately decided to purchase.
So ultimately, the online thing that differs between the three offered package is the contract’s duration. However, for an extra free, it also possible to purchase additional services. For example, for an additional $1.99 per month, you can purchase a dedicated IP address. This means that this IP address can only be used by yourself. This offers possibilities for adds security. You can customize your settings so that only your IP address can be logged on to your network or online bank account for example. Additional security can also be obtained with the NAT Firewall (also $1.99 per month) that offers protection against viruses.
Final conclusion about PureVPN
PureVPN has been active for almost ten years as a VPN provider and has built a very large network of fast VPN servers that are fully managed by the company itself. This is why PureVPN can truly fulfil the promise of safely and anonymously browsing the web. Although downloads are usually slowed down by VPN services, PureVPN significantly increases your download speeds. One disadvantage is the monthly subscription’ price of 10.95, but when you sign off on a contract for two years, this price drops to a low $2.95. In the contrary to other VPN providers with similar low costs, PureVPN does have any bandwidth restrictions. With PureVPN, you can thus stream all the movies or series you’d like for only a few euro’s per month. And considering the large number of additional features, PureVPN is truly one of the most attractive choices for a wide audience.