As someone who uses the Internet a lot, I want my online data and activities protected at all times, so getting a good VPN becomes a necessity. Not only does this protect my online activities, but it also prevents bad people from tracing my online movements back to me.
But with tons of VPNs to choose from though, selecting the best can get pretty tough. I’ve tried several VPNs in the past, and they all have their own pros and cons.
One VPN that I’ve tried is PureVPN. It gives you good protection and, at the same time, it is user-friendly as well. But like all VPNs, it also has some limitations.
PureVPN is compatible with most devices – Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux. It also works well with Mac.
You can also easily connect PureVPN to your router. This gives you wider online protection especially since multiple devices are usually connected to your router such as your smartphone, smart TV, Boxee Box, Amazon FireStick, Roku, Kodi, etc.
PureVPN was launched in 2006, making it one of the oldest and most used VPNs in the world. They started with only a couple of servers, but now use more than 2,100 servers across the globe – from North America to Africa.
This gives PureVPN the advantage of geographic diversity. This means that you’ll always find a VPN server that’s not choked with other users, and you can also easily get around geographical restrictions.
Geographic diversity also gives you the advantage of a more reliable Internet connection at a better speed. The closer you are to the VPN server, the better your speed and connection.
Downloading and installing the software is easy. Its interface is easy to use, and it also comes in multiple languages.
You can even customize PureVPN based on your needs. This feature is actually one of the things that I liked best about PureVPN. I can choose the setting I want based on what I need.
Say for example I want to go online, then PureVPN will let me choose among its five settings based on common uses:
If I choose to stream, then PureVPN’s intuitive design will ask what steaming device I want to use or the website I want to visit. It will then choose the best setting and best server for my needs.
While I love this feature, it can also easily confuse non-tech-savvy users. The different settings can seem pretty complicated for someone who simply wants to go online.
PureVPN offers a very competitive price. You can choose between their 1-month plan which will cost you $10.95 monthly and 6-month plan which will cost you only $8.33 monthly.
You can even try PureVPN for seven days at only about $0.99. If you choose to continue using PureVPN, then they give you a huge 47% discount on your first month at only $5.82.
Payment methods are PayPal and major credit cards.
PureVPN offers several add-on features such as dedicated IP for $0.99, port forwarding for $0.25, and DDoS protection for $0.99.
These features give you additional protection in accessing your files remotely anywhere in the world and restricting access to your network, especially if you’re sharing an IP address with other users. Their DDoS protection also prevents unwarranted traffic that can affect your internet speed or cause unwanted lags in your connection.
PureVPN makes use of trusted VPN protocols such as OpenVPN (which is its default), L2TP, PPTP, SSTP, and IKEv2. All VPN protocols offer 256-bit encryption, with the exception of PPTP which only provides 128-bit encryption.
PureVPN has a relatively good customer support that’s available 24/7. Their staff is also very responsive, friendly, and helpful. You can easily contact them via their live chat and social media platforms. You can also send them an email.
Like all VPNs, PureVPN is far from perfect. Below are some of its disadvantages:
I find that it takes some time for PureVPN to find a good server it can connect to, especially when it’s trying to connect to an Asian server. It will attempt to connect, but it gets pretty annoying when it times out. And when it does finally connect, there will be some conflicts between the Asian server and my local net connection.
Their download speed is sometimes inconsistent, unstable, or slow.
I connected to a few servers near my location and ran some speed tests for this review. Using PureVPN, the first server I connected to gave me a download speed of about 5 Mbps and an upload speed of 7 Mbps. The next server gave me only 2 Mbps download speed and 1.5 Mbps upload speed.
Comparing these results to my baseline no-VPN download and upload speeds, I can say that I’ve had better luck with other VPNs.
We use VPNs because we want to protect our privacy, especially our personal data. Unfortunately, PureVPN had faced some scandals in the past.
A test done by another reviewer also showed that PureVPN may have been leaking sensitive user information like IP addresses, putting their users at risk of hackers and hostile organizations.
These issues have since been resolved though. PureVPN is now a certified “no-log” VPN and is being audited by a reputable third party. They have also fixed their data leak issue when their PureVPN’s Firefox extension was patched.
PureVPN has its pros and cons. It has geographic diversity with over 2,100 servers in 180 countries, and it also has a customizable and easy-to-use interface. Its solid performance has made it popular across the globe. But for its price though and poor speed, there are other cheaper VPNs with better speeds.