PureVPN has 7 years of experience providing VPN services to people concerned about their security or wanting to access content that is restricted in their location or by ISP. Their headquarters are located in Hong Kong.
PureVPN offers 3 different packages to choose from: 1 month plan for $9.95, 6 months plan for $44.95 and 12 months plan for only $5 extra – $49.95. All servers offer the same features making the only difference between them the length and the price of the package. We value such solution of plans because it makes all the main features available even if you are going to pick the smallest package available. Furthermore, once you press the “Buy Now” button under your selected plan you will be given an extra 3 months plan to choose from for $24.95. Moreover, you will be able choose optional addons like dedicated IP or NAT Firewall for additional cost. PureVPN does not offer any free trial though they have a 3 day money refund policy.
A competitive VPN provider must provide servers around the world in order to provide their users options to access various geographically restricted content. PureVPN offers a wide selection of over 450 servers located in 87 different countries. The amount of servers and their spread across 87 countries guarantees that you will be able to connect to a server in any region you like thus allowing their users to bypass various restrictions. You will also should always be able to find a server that is close to you.
There are 5 protocols to choose from: PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, OpenVPN and IKEv2. These protocols should be enough for most users as they provide a significant option to choose from. Unfortunately, if you use PureVPN client you will only be able to select PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP protocols. The OpenVPN protocol is available by modifying the configuration and IKEv2 is enabled manually. Considering the popularity of the OpenVPN protocol it is really odd that it requires additional effort to use it and may discourage some people who may stay with PPTP protocol as they are not aware of the differences among the protocols. According to PureVPN they use up to 256-bit encryption and we did not find any way to find what encryption is being used. Nevertheless, there are options in the client to drop the VPN connection if it does not satisfy the requirements you have put. It is really worrying as most of the time you are not aware of the encryption strength used to protect your data.
When you decide to subscribe to PureVPN you can select from over 50 payment options that include PayPal, Paymenwall, CashU, Webmoney, Mycard, Bitcoin an many more. Therefore, you will always be given a desirable option to pay for your PureVPN service.
There are 4 options to find answers to service and technical questions that may concern you: FAQ, e-mail, live chat and forum. Whether we chose live chat or e-mail both times we received response very quickly and were provided the information we were looking for. The forums are also frequently visited by PureVPN staff and they are willing to help out anybody facing problems with their service. Overall, their users should never feel left out as they can always find answers through various contact options.
Pure VPN can be set on almost any device that uses internet. For the most common platforms there of course is a custom PureVPN client. The most interesting feature that PureVPN client has must be split tunneling. It allows you to use your VPN connection for certain programs only without a need to use a virtual machine. It is a very interesting feature as some people need their original IP for some of their programs. It also decreases your VPN traffic which may payoff during peak hours. Another important feature is internet kill switch. In case your VPN connection ever drops down, the feature will suspend all your outgoing internet traffic. Once the software identifies that you have reconnected to the server you are able to use internet again. It is also important to note that there are special software releases for VPN users from China that allows to bypass the restriction in China much easier.
We have tested a couple of servers that are in UK and US. We found out that even though ping and upload speed are not effected while connected to a VPN, you suffer a significant loss of download speed to get under PureVPN connection. The speed losses we have experienced were over 50% of the speed you have without VPN. For some users it may not be acceptable but overall the connection seemed to be stable which is the most important fact.
PureVPN provides a very good price and quality ratio and should be an option to consider for everyone looking for a VPN. Their excellent support will help anyone that may be facing issues with the service or simply seeking information about PureVPN. Furthermore, features like split tunneling are very interesting and valuable for most of the regular internet users. However, if you are looking for a hardcore VPN protection you should look for a providers like NordVPN that offers strong encryption and keeps no logs.