PrivateVPN review: It’s fast and flexible

PrivateVPN review: It’s fast and flexible

P2P allowed: Yes Business location: Sweden Number of servers: 100+ Number of country locations: 55 Cost: $50 per year VPN protocol: OpenVPN Data encry

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  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Sweden
  • Number of servers: 100+
  • Number of country locations: 55
  • Cost: $50 per year
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-128-GCM (server-side negotiation can improve to AES-256)
  • Data authentication: SHA-256 with HMAC
  • Handshake encryption: TLS-ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384(AEAD)

Every VPN service under the sun promises fast download speeds, but few can actually guarantee them. One service that truly delivers the goods (at least in our tests) is Sweden-based PrivateVPN. This simple and easy-to-use service has something for everyone.

It offers a high degree of complexity and choice for VPN users who want it, as well as a far simpler interface for those new to VPNs. Beyond speeds, PrivateVPN promises Netflix access in several countries, as well as access to Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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PrivateVPN’s Simple mode.

PrivateVPN offers two modes: Simple and Advanced. The simple mode is the first thing that all users see. This interface offers a single-pane window that is not adjustable. It has a drop-down menu and a Connect/Disconnect button, as well as an indicator towards the bottom that shows whether you’re connected to the VPN.

Click on the drop-down and you can pick from PrivateVPN’s more than 100 servers in 56 different countries. PrivateVPN offers specific servers for Netflix and other specialty services, which are indicated in the drop-down menu. Beyond that, PrivateVPN doesn’t offer any other details about its servers. For instance, it would be nice to see information such as ping time for each server from your location, or how close to capacity each location is.

After you’ve picked the server location you want, click Connect and you’ll be up and running. Once you’re connected, your new IP is displayed in the middle of the window.

Features and services

If you’re a basic VPN user, that’s about all you need to know to use PrivateVPN. Experienced users, however, can click the Advanced button in the lower-right corner of the window to see a larger dual-pane interface.

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The dashboard in PrivateVPN’s Advanced mode.

The left-hand rail offers three choices: Dashboard, Settings, and Connection Guard. The Dashboard allows you to pick not only the location, but the type of VPN protocol to use, as well as the level of encryption for OpenVPN.

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