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Hello! My name is Per-Erik Eriksson and I’m the head author of VPNetic. In this review, I will be going through the security, policies, performance, and reputation of PureVPN.
PureVPN is a VPN provider that provides a service that is chocked full of features for users to get their teeth stuck into.
It is decent value for money overall, does a lot of the key things you need a VPN to do, and has a reasonable amount of platform support.
This is a service for people who might want to do a little bit more than watch American Netflix.
While it works fine for that as well, the add-ons offered by PureVPN is not something the everyday user would use.
One useful feature that every VPN should have, and PureVPN does – is the Kill Switch.
The Kill Switch acts as a fail-safe button to ensure that you are never exposed, even if you get disconnected.
You can find out more about their service on their official website here.
Speed and servers of PureVPN
PureVPN currently have 2000+ servers in 140 countries, and if yours is missing, they have a request feature on their website.
The download speeds were tested on 5 different servers around the world with the VPN connected to the closest one.
These are the results:
Baseline: 92.29 Mbps download, 95.24 Mbps upload.
USA: 72.69 Mbps download, 89.58 Mbps upload.
Sweden: 90.70 Mbps download, 91.28 Mbps upload.
South Korea: 17.34 Mbps download, 77.66 Mbps upload.
Spain: 80.91 Mbps download, 90.71 Mbps upload.
Brazil: 60.41 Mbps download, 28.60 Mbps upload.
- These tests were performed with https://speedtest.net/.
Initial thoughts, very impressive speed.
Most providers will have quite the discrepancy between countries and servers, but PureVPN seems to have decent speeds on all of their servers.
While you might think, isn’t the speed for South Korea slow?
That is the best speed I have measured so far.
Encryption and logs
One big, essential feature that PureVPN uses to market their product is a zero-logging policy meaning that they don’t track your activity at all.
However, in the fine print for this service, it is stated that some tracking does occur in the form of the bandwidth you are using.
Transparency – Who is behind PureVPN?
PureVPN is a service based in Hong Kong that began operating in 2007.
It is owned by GZ studios who also create android sports apps.
This company was co-founded by Uzair Gadit who is from Pakistan and this company employs contractors from Hong Kong, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The company came to be due to a VPN experiment within GZ studios in 2006 and one year later this would lead to the commercial launch of their product in 2007 in two locations.
As of today, PureVPN has a presence in 180 locations, in over 140 countries and boasts a total of over 2000 servers.
PureVPN with Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services
This is an excellent service for watching another region’s Netflix catalog because of the sheer download speed that is required.
As I mentioned earlier, they offer 140 country locations which obviously is a big plus when you want to watch what the rest of the world is watching.
PureVPN will let you access over 7 Netflix libraries that offer 4,335 movies and 1,197 TV shows.
- SEE ALSO: Guide: How to watch Netflix with a VPN.
Is PureVPN safe for torrenting?
PureVPN allows for P2P sharing on all of their servers and have exceedingly high download speeds, which is nice to have when downloading movies.
I detected zero DNS-leakage on 5 different locations, but it is recommended that you test it yourself once you have installed it on your device.
Note: If you are concerned with DNS-leaks then it is most effective to find a leak while testing it on your own machine.
You can do it easily on this website: https://www.dnsleaktest.com/
Regarding the customer support that is on offer with the VPN service, it is very responsive.
When you are in need of technical support, help to navigate the app, or any other queries, the service will be on hand fast to lend their help.
However, if your issue is more complex than something you will find in the FAQ section, then you may see where the support could need some minor improvements.
The responses that are delivered from the agents are quite lackluster, with many being generic or unhelpful depending on the nature of the query.
You will eventually get clarity if you press the agent, but initially, be prepared to be directed to their FAQ.
This is at no fault of PureVPN, as they like many other operators outsource their customer support.
Truth is that their FAQ section will answer 95% of your issues.
- Link: PureVPN FAQ.
Price is probably the key selling point for PureVPN. They offer an affordable service with their 6 month-plan priced at $8.33 a month, 1 month-plan at $10.95 and 7 day trial for $0.99.
Plus, the services can be paid for in basically any way imaginable as PureVPN accommodates all forms of payment.
Even the likes of cryptocurrencies are applicable in this situation which allows for an untraceable online payment and helps with the overarching goal of remaining hidden online.