A group of Italian hacktivists during the Pirate Party festival started what have evolved into AirVPN. This VPN provider has features like Tor over VPN that is offered by only few other VPN providers. Furthermore, AirVPN provides highly detailed information about their service.
AirVPN offers their plans the way we like – everything is included in a single package. It makes it very easy to choose your plan since the only factor is the length of the subscription. It removes a burden of knowledge from anyone who is looking for a VPN provider and does not know everything about VPN. Just like most VPN providers AirVPN has 4 different plans: 1, 3, 6 and 12 months. The price varies from €7 Euros for a single month to €54 (€4.50 per month) for an annual plan. What is really unique is that they offer a 3 day plan for €1. This is obviously a plan for anyone who wants to test their service prior to purchase. However, you can receive a free 3 day trial if you contact them via e-mail.
AirVPN offers a selection of 61 server in 14 different countries. Most of the servers are located in Europe and US, while only 2 out of these servers (Singapore and Hong Kong) are located in other regions. Variety in regions is somewhat lacking as there are no options in Africa and highly populated region like Asia has only two options. Furthermore, these servers attract clients from Australia since they have no other alternative nearby. What we liked is a detailed information about server status you can find in their server status page.
AirVPN supports OpenVPN protocol that is encrypted using AES-256-CBC Data Channel and a massive 4096 bit RSA key. Furthermore, all servers support OpenVPN over SSL and OpenVPN over SSH to improve your security even more. Their dedication to our privacy truly reflects their background as hacktivists.
We have no complaints about the payment options to chose from since it include PayPal, Credit Cards, eWallets and Bitcoin. Therefore, it should suit everybody’s preferences and needs.
Being still a small VPN provider AirVPN is able to provide support via email only. To receive an answer may take a couple of hours, however the answer are highly informative and will help you if you have any issues or questions. Besides email you may look at their active forum and find some insightful information.
AirVPN clients use an open source client called Eddie. At first sight it may look like a very simple software. However, once you start looking at all the features it provides you get overwhelmed by all the details it contain. First of all this is the first open source client we have seen that supports OpenVPN over Tor. Second of all it even allows OpenVPN over SSL and SSH. It also has all the basic but crucial features like DNS leak protection.
Even though AirVPN is based in European Union it does not force them to keep any logs. They claim that their VPN servers does not store any databases and the database with all the accounts information is kept in a backend servers. The location of these servers is known only to AirVPN founders. It is very interesting to see a VPN provider that is so transparent and explain how they are able to avoid some of the regulations in countries that require you to maintain specific data for a minimum period of time.
Having such a great service regarding privacy we were wondering how it will affect our internet speed. We have been pleased when we have not noticed changes in our download and upload speeds exceeding 10%.
AirVPN seems to have a clear idea of their perfect VPN provider by having one of the best security solutions of all the VPN providers. Nevertheless, we feel like the lack of servers in their network may be undesired for quite a large group of VPN users who would much rather choose NordVPN that has a more evenly distributed server network.