They say one of the best ways to secure yourself online is by investing in a VPN service, and that’s true. At the moment, there are quite a few VPN services available on the web, but today, we’re going to look at PureVPN to see what it brings to the table.
I’m a Jamaican, therefore, to enjoy the Internet to the fullest and for my own protection, I’ve always tended to invest in VPN. Over the years I’ve dabbled with quite a few VPN options, with the majority giving issues after issues.
It’s never a good look when a VPN service is unable to keep up with the speed of your local ISP connection. I understand it’s one of the many reasons some folks have chosen not to give VPN a chance because it slows down their internet connection, and at times, it might even slow down the computer’s performance.
PureVPN is a Different Beast
What set’s PureVPN apart from many of the services available today, is its robust pillar of diversely located VPN servers. Furthermore, when it comes down to speed tests, PureVPN is right up there with the best.
Additionally, it should be noted that the service works across Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS. Therefore, a single subscription should cover all your devices for the duration of that subscription.
When it comes down to ad-blocking, this is something PureVPN supports. However, it only works when Chrome and Firefox are in use, and that’s quite disappointing since not everyone uses those web browsers.
One can only hope the company adds support for Microsoft Edge and Opera in future updates to make sure everyone gets their monies worth.
Blacklist Powers Malware and Ad Block Features
These features are great for when you’re visiting a website that might not be too safe. However, I wouldn’t go out on a limb and replace my anti-virus program and my browser-based adblocker.
The thing is, Blacklist isn’t perfect, and as such, its chances of failing when compared to local protection is high. At the end of the day, be sure to use PureVPN in conjunction with your favorite anti-virus and adblocking tools for the best protection on the web.
Software for Routers and Streaming Devices
That’s right, the folks at PureVPN do provide software for your streaming products and routers. We recommend it because running VPN on your router is a smart way to extend protection to multiple devices that are connected to the network, and that includes your video game consoles, smart appliances, and even your new Sony Aibo smart robot dog.
Now, the good thing about this is the fact that it comes at no extra cost to subscribers, so that’s wonderful and should be commended.
There are several other benefits of taking advantage of PureVPN. The service offers more than 200 servers around the world, BitTorrent, and file sharing. Additionally, I came to enjoy the Split Tunneling feature that gives the user the ability to allow some traffic to go through VPN, while non-sensitive and more data-hungry tasks can gain access to the full force of your Internet speed.
It should be noted that as of right now, the service supports IKEv2, L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN, and SSTP, protocols. All have support for 256-bit encryption, with the exception being PPTP as it supports 128-bit encryption instead.
Let’s Talk Pricing
OK, so a single month subscription will cost $9.99, while six months subscription goes for $7.95 each month. The best option is the two-year plan, and that’s $2.45 per month, which is around $60 for the entire two-years.
If you’re a business user, then the price starts at $8 per user for each month.
I should make it clear that PureVPN is based in Hong Kong, and since that section of China doesn’t have mandatory data-retention laws, then the company is not required in any way to store information on subscribers.
Any Problems While Using PureVPN?
Well, the only major issue I came across was the fact that I was blacklisted after a few days of using the service. Now, I reside in Jamaica, and a PureVPN staff told me that Jamaica is on the company’s blacklist.
It didn’t take long for the removal and I was off again scouring the web.
Overall, PureVPN was a great experience, and I’m seriously considering the idea of making it my go-to VPN service in the near future.