Here’s our review of PureVPN. The tool is developed by GZ Systems and was released in the year 2007 commercially with servers at just 2 locations, now having expanded by leaps and bounds. The company is based in Hong Kong, VPNs are one of the most powerful software that enable users to stay secure online, hiding their browsing activity from ISPs, authorities, and prying eyes.
A VPN functions by building a secure tunnel through which data travels without the danger of it being intercepted and deciphered by a spying agent. The internet is a great place with several information repositories but one that can put a threat to your privacy and freedom if you aren’t aware enough.
A VPN helps a user stay secure and protected armed with the power of encryption and anti-DNS leak mechanisms. A VPN is one of the fastest ways to stay secure online without requiring the user to master the art of cybersecurity and its nuances. All they need now is a VPN installed on their devices: laptops, smartphones, routers, and the like and that’s about it.
The following table summarizes the basic features of the software in a nutshell for quick reference:
|Prominent Features||Cloaks IP; Secure remote access for businesses;
Split tunneling; P2P support; 256-bit encryption;
|Number of Servers||750 servers in 140+ countries|
|Logging Policy||Does not maintain any log files|
|Encryption Standards||256-bit encryption, OpenVPN, IKEv2,
L2TP, PPTP, SSTP
|Privacy||No data logging, Anonymous browsing,
DNS leak and IPV6 leak protection
|Speed||180 Kbps download speed (baseline: 190 Kbps)
110 Kbps (US Server)
|Device Support||Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Routers, Browser
|Number of Devices||05 simultaneous connections|
|Price||$10.95 per month|
There are countries around the world where governments can impose restrictions on citizens as far as internet browsing is concerned by blocking access to websites and portals. Using a VPN is an ideal way to access geo-restricted services. Let’s see how PureVPN performs when it comes to streaming server performance.
|Netflix||YES, with Windows/Mac browser extensions|
|Hulu||YES, with Windows/Mac browser extensions|
As is clearly evident, PureVPN will unblock US original series when the Windows/Mac browser extensions of the software is used. However, this applies only to US Netflix and not the other regions. If you live outside of the US and wish to see US original Netflix series, you can use PureVPN without a problem. With Kodi, there’s no unblocking of course but having a VPN in place ensures that your activity stays secure.
The following table lists the main pros and cons of PureVPN.
The following is an in-depth review of the PureVPN tool, which will help you decide if this indeed is the best fit for your purpose.
The subsequent sections present a detailed review of PureVPN. We will evaluate the tool’s usability, feature set, security features, DNS leak performance, speed performance, and others. We tested the software (version 6.0.2) on a Windows machine.
PureVPN supports multiple OS platforms. There’s an app for your favorite device! Our Score: 9/10.
PureVPN is easily installed on a number of different OS platforms out there. It doesn’t matter, therefore, which device you own- there’s bound to be an app version for your device.
The tool supports Multi-Login, wherein it could be installed on 5 devices at a time, which ensures protection for the whole family.
Installation & Setup
PureVPN is easy to install and use. Our Score: 10/10.
Most VPNs are easy to install and use. However, some score greater over the rest. When it comes to PureVPN, the tool lends itself to easy installation. The software installer file takes a few minutes to finish downloading. Once done, double-click the installer to begin the installation process.
It’s time now to choose the installation directory. You can leave this to the default value if you aren’t sure. Click on ‘Next’ again.
You can now select the start menu folder. Click on ‘Next’ button to continue further with the installation.
Select the additional tasks. This entails the desktop shortcut settings and the startup at login settings. Click on ‘Next’.
Click the ‘Install’ button to begin the installation. The process takes a few seconds.
The tool would now begin extracting files and complete the installation phases.
You’ll see the screen below when the software installation is complete. Click on ‘Finish’. If you wish to run the software now, select the ‘Launch PureVPN’ option.
That’s it! You’ve now got yourself a completely functional installation of PureVPN. You can now llog inusing your credentials. If you do not have a subscription yet, you can click on ‘Sign up’ to purchase a plan at this stage.
The Multi-Login feature allows multiple logins from up to 5 different devices so as to protect the entire home network. Split Tunneling is a great feature not commonly found in many VPN tools. The feature allows a user to partially route certain web traffic through the VPN and the other bypassing the tunnel. This can help ensure security-critical apps always stay on the VPN network while the others function normally.
The software also offers P2P Protection, which keeps file sharing secure. Ozone is another important feature, which functions as a unique security add-on protecting the user’s identity online.
The tool also inculcates a Firewall and an Internet Kill Switch. While the former helps keep the device secure from potential network attacks, the latter cuts off all internet connectivity in the event that the VPN connectivity drops. This ensures no accidental data leaks occur.
Ease of Use
PureVPN is extremely easy to use. You will be up and running in no time! Our Score: 10/10.
PureVPN features an interactive smart dashboard that is subdivided into a number of different sections: the Stream section allows the user to benefit from unblocking streaming content. Each of the sections functions exactly the way it is named. Let’s take a closer look at how these work. Choose the “Stream” option and select a server of your choice. You’ll now be connected to the network with a server optimized for the best streaming performance. This would come in handy when unlocking geo-restricted content on Netflix, for instance.
You’ll be able to fine-tune the settings further in the ‘Settings’ section. The section will have multiple regions where you would be able to configure the tool, customizing it to best suit your requirements. Here are the generic app settings. You can configure the tool to auto-connect after launching it for instance.
Let’s see the ‘Select Mode’ screen. You can select the mode of operation of the VPN here. Although several modes would allow you to perform tasks specific to other modes as well, it is a great idea to choose the mode wisely.
The ‘Internet Freedom’, ‘Stream’, ‘Security’, ‘File Sharing’and ‘Dedicated IP’ modes all function exactly in the manner the names indicate. You can also click on the ‘VPN Hotspot’ option on the left navigation bar to set up a personal hotspot connection powered by the VPN. This will ensure that the IPs of all connected devices stay cloaked and their identities protected. A great way to protect the entire home network.
Consider the server network of PureVPN. You’ll notice that the software is supported by a network of 750+ servers located in more than 140 countries around the world. PureVPN sure has an impressive network, but the latter is smaller in comparison to many of its peers. It is important to note, of course, that it is of greater significance to have a few well-optimized VPN servers rather than having a large number of poorly-configured servers.
PureVPN performs well in speed test results. Our Score: 9/10.
Speed tests are very revealing of a VPN’s overall performance, for, most VPNs are notorious for severely limiting the network performance. It is also important to note that speed test results depend on the prevailing network conditions at the moment, which keep fluctuating. It is thus important to regard these results in this light and treat them as such when analyzing the test results. At best, they only serve as a basic indication of the software’s performance at the time of testing.
That said, let’s now initiate our tests. Let’s first take a baseline speed reading to see how the network is performing at the moment.
PureVPN Speed test BaselineAs is clearly evident, the network is struggling with performance issues. Let’s now switch to a US server and see how well the VPN keeps up with this extremely challenging situation.
The tool performs well, considering the current network situations. Let’s now take another reading, this time with a different (non-US) server.
Once again, it is clear that tool is doing an amazing job at not restricting the network speed much. All in all, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that PureVPN performs top class in speed test results.
Security & Privacy
PureVPN hosts a number of security and privacy features that make it stand apart. Our Score: 10/10.
Security and privacy features are some of the most important ones to look out for when using a VPN service. PureVPN does a commendable job bringing on the table some of the best security features that ensure the user stays protected online.
The tool supports 256-bit encryption, considered one of the best available today. The tool also offers multiple VPN protocols to choose from. We highly recommend selecting OpenVPN as it is one of the most secure ones available to users today.
PureVPN has a strict no-logs policy, which means that the software does not store any logs of the user activity, which could contain personally identifiable information, which contradicts the purpose of having a VPN in the first place.
DNS leaks are a common phenomenon with many VPN software. This occurs when a software leaks information, thus revealing the user’s location. Let’s see how PureVPN performs in the DNS Leak test results.
As you can see, the tool hides our real IP address well and lends us a virtual identity online, without leaking any DNS information.
PureVPN features a live chat service, which allows you to quickly reach support. Our Score: 10/10.
Customer service plays a pivotal role when it comes to choosing any software. You wouldn’t want to be stranded with a piece of code that has no troubleshooting support after all! PureVPN performs well in terms of customer support quality and response times. To check the latter, we contacted their customer support via live chat online and received their response within seconds.
PureVPN has a number of pricing plans to choose from, which are quite affordable. Our Score: 9/10.
Many VPNs offer multiple features but are exorbitantly priced, which makes them out of the reach of many users concerned about their privacy and security online. Not with PureVPN, however. The tool offers very reasonable pricing packages especially considering that it has a lot more to offer than a normal VPN tool, the former being a complete VPN suite in itself.
The following are the pricing plans the tool offers:
We highly recommend choosing the monthly plan over the 1-year and the 2-year plans even though the former is much costlier. VPNs operate in a highly sensitive space, where services quickly become blocked and restricted. Your favorite server, which streamed Netflix content effortless might suddenly stop working the next day. It is best, therefore, to choose a monthly plan so you could opt out anytime.
We highly recommend PureVPN to anyone looking out for a versatile suite of VPN utilities. The software is easy to use and features a clean UI that does not disappoint. You just need to select the appropriate mode of operation and that’s it.
- PROS: Has several features, provides deep levels of customization, performs well in speed tests
- CONS: Has too many features some users might find intimidating, even though the UI is cleanly laid out
- Final Verdict: 9.44 out of 10!
If you’ve decided to choose this amazing tool, head to the official website of the PureVPN tool and purchase a subscription plan today.
PureVPN is a great choice overall for both beginners and seasoned users who need the best-in-class security features to stay protected online. The tool features many advanced tools and utilities not commonly found in many VPN. Split tunneling, firewall, kill switch, P2P support- the tool has all these features packed under a powerful application. The tool divides its menu into several modes of operation so that beginners can get started with using the software right away with all settings pre-configured for them. Using a VPN has never been easier!
The software is also reasonably priced, especially the 1-year and 2-year plans. However, the monthly plan is a bit costlier and is highly recommended for reasons stated in the earlier sections.
With this, we complete our in-depth review of this software, which is based on our extensive tests spanning multiple functionalities from installation, speed tests, security features through to the ease of use and the pricing plans available when compared to the other competitors in the market.
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Written by David Minister