StrongVPN is a product of Reliable Hosting. It offers various network services one of which is VPN. The company has been working in IT industry since 1995 and thus has 2 decades of experience.
StrongVPN offers various packages to choose from: LITE, STANDARD and DELUXE PPTP as well as packages with the same name for OpenVPN. If these packages are still not enough for you you can subscribe to a Premium Open and PPTP package that is the biggest plan StrongVPN offers and has the most features.
PPTP package allows to connect to VPN servers using PPTP, L2TP and SSTP protocols. You should avoid LITE and STANDARD PPTP packages as they allow their users to connect to servers located in the US only. However if you subscribe to a DELUXE PPTP package, you will be able to connect to 317 servers located in 21 different countries thus making this package more attractive than LITE and STANDART plans. The DELUXE PPTP plan costs $15 a month.
If you are not interested in protocols included in the PPTP packages and are attracted by OpenVPN protocol instead, there are various plans to choose from, too. Just like the PPTP alternatives LITE and STANDARD packages allows you to connect to the servers located in the US only. Therefore, you most likely should look for a DELUXE package as it, just like DELUXE PPTP package, allows you to connect to servers in 21 country. Furthermore, the server count for OpenVPN connection is increased to 480. This package costs $20 a month.
The third plan that is offered by StrongVPN is PREMIUM OPEN & PPTP package. The package adds France to the list of the of the servers that is available to the users. It also increases the choice of servers to 486. This package costs $30 a month.
Besides the high price we also did not like the facts that the shortest package is 3 months, limited amount of server switches and there is no trial to test the service.
While there seems to be a huge choice of servers, most of them are located in the US. However, the rest of the servers cover the main regions where VPN servers are required and does not cause inconvenience. It also looks like expansion in the US is a strategical move by the VPN provider to focus their resources in a country where they are based.
As noted in the plans section StrongVPN offers PPTP, L2TP, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols depending on the plan you choose. With a different protocol StrongVPN offers a different encryption method. While they encrypt data passed using PPTP with 128bit MPPE , L2TP with 56bit 3DES and SSTP with 256bit AES-CBC encryption methods, for an OpenVPN protocol they use variable (128bit AES-CBC,
128BF-CBC, 192 AES-CBC, 256bit AES-CBC) with BF-CBC 128 bits encryption cipher by default. DH parameters length for TLS is 1024 bit and TLS authentication key is 2048 bits.
There is really not much to say about the payment options offered by StrongVPN. You are able to choose from Credit Card, PayPal, Wire Transfer, Western Union, checks, Stripe and Bitcoin. Therefore you should always be able to find a method most suitable for you.
If you seek information you can check FAQ, Blog and Forum that StrongVPN publishes. In case you have specific questions or do not like to search for an answer in a FAQ you can always ask a live support team that works 24/7. However, it feels like they put too much effort in making their service as unique as possible. For instance. Every team member is responsible for a certain area of StrongVPN services. Also you can find all their support team listed in their Contact Us page with their skills and time working at StrongVPN. However, as a simple client I would not be interested in any of this information and all I would look for is answers to the questions I have. Though I consider support over Voicemail and Team Viewer a nice touch.
The software that StrongVPN provides is really enjoyable. It is easy to set up, and use. The interface of the main page is informative without providing features that may distract from the main information. However, if you are interested in more than just basic features you are more than welcome to go to the options menu. There you will be able to configure your software the way you like.
Unfortunately being based in the USA StrongVPN keeps certain logs of their users. The information they keep include: time and IP address the VPN connection was made, duration the connection was used and how much data was transferred during the time of the connection. Furthermore, in order to register as a StrongVPN client a lot of personal information is required to be entered.
Considering all the information that StrongVPN keeps it should be clear that the information of our online activity may be given to third parties. However, there was no information about StrongVPN providing this information to government.
After testing the speeds of StrongVPN servers at first I have noticed less than 10% change in speeds, for a VPN that might be considered nothing due to the fact that the server has to encrypt data. Such a small loss of speed is almost impossible to notice when using a VPN. However, testing some other servers had worse results with the up to 25% loss in download speed. While the speed across the server may be inconsistent they are still relatively good.
StrongVPN is a Veteran in the IT market that knows how to make end-user experience as pleasant as possible. However, their log policy is their biggest weaknesses since a lot of people use VPN for privacy reasons thus making their anonymity situational. If you are concerned about your privacy you should consider taking a look at VPN providers like NordVPN who are against keeping any logs and therefore is in the top of our VPN providers list.