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Summary : Excellent on all aspects!
Private Internet Access is a US based VPN service provider that is known to provide very high-level services to its subscribers. Also, being a major player in the market, it is known to provide anonymity to users, along with massively fast Internet speeds. It is also one of those VPN providers that price their services very adequately, thereby making it affordable to people who seek Web anonymity in the lower price bracket. By taking you through our exclusive Private Internet Access review, you can learn if it is the right fit for your needs.
- No logging policy
- Fast speeds
- Easy usage
- VPN kill switch feature
- DNS Leak Protection feature
- Affordable pricing
- We didn’t like the fact that there’s no free trial or money back policy
The infrastructure of a VPN service literally showcases the strength of the services that are offered. As a matter of fact, Private Internet Access comes out unscathed in this sphere.
Although it might not boast of a huge network of servers and exotic locations in its list of countries (spread across 13 countries with no presence in South America and Africa), it still does the job very well.
Also, with respect to protocols over which Private Internet Access offers its services, these are the same just like any other VPN service provider. This means OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec protocols are all supported by the provider.
With Private Internet Access, it seems as if performance is guaranteed. In what you might term as lack of servers, it definitely makes up in this category largely. Internet speeds were fantastic, and there were also no restrictions on any of speed or bandwidth.
The tested Internet speeds on Private Internet Access can be seen as given below. You’d actually be pretty surprised to note how good they actually are!
IP addresses, as such, are shared in nature, and allocations are dynamic. IP tests and DNS leak tests that were carried out did not reveal any kind of untoward results. In fact, the software suite comes with something known as a DNS Leak Protection, which we believe adds up as an extra layer of protection.
As for concurrent connections that are permitted on this particular VPN service, it stands at a high 5, compared to the 2, which is generally the norm for other players in the market.
So for that bunch of people who take privacy very seriously, it can be said that Private Internet Access is a must have VPN as it maintains a no logging policy. Thus, total anonymity is what is on the offer here for users.
Besides this, security protocols are well in place thus encrypting all the traffic that sets foot from your point. The encryption standard that is used by Private Internet Access is the 128-bit CBC Blowfish, which does a fair job. There is also a feature of automatic disconnection, just in case the VPN connection snaps at some point of time.
On the whole, it is fair to say that Private Internet Access does extremely well when you are talking about its performance in the privacy domain.
Private Internet Access is accessible to a wide range of major platforms that are present for PC and mobile. There’s are dedicated clients for Linux, Windows, and Mac while, in the case of mobile phones, applications for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile are all available. All of these clients and applications also come out well in terms of ease of use and operability.
In case you have a DDWRT or Tomato router present, you’d be happy to know that these are also supported by Private Internet Access.
Just like many other service providers in the field, Private Internet Access offers 24/7 support in the form of live chat and email ticketing system. Support received is also very friendly and sound.
Pricing is another sphere where Private Internet Access largely edges out other competitors. For all of the service, they are known to provide their users with, it can largely be said that it is one of the best among the present set of VPN service providers.
There are three subscription options in place, them being 1 month, 6 months and a yearly plan. With the yearly and half-yearly plan, you generally end up saving a whole lot more. Despite the subscription options being divided into several time periods, there are no services that are exclusive to just any one plan(s).
As far as payment options go, PayPal, Google Checkout, Visa/Mastercard, American Express, Ripple, Amazon, OKPay, CashU, and Bitcoin are supported. There’s no bank transfer option though.
Private Internet Access is pretty well represented in major public forums like Reddit. In fact, many have praised the fact that they maintain a no logging policy and also how affordable their services are.