PrivateVPN review: Simple and flexible

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Sweden-based PrivateVPN’s catch phrase is unlock something, shield every little thing. And let’s be sincere, that’s all most of actually need from a VPN. This straightforward and easy-to-use service has one thing for everybody.

It presents a better diploma of complexity and selection for VPN customers who need it, in addition to a far easier interface for these new to VPNs. Past speeds, PrivateVPN guarantees Netflix entry in a number of international locations, in addition to entry to different premium streaming companies.

Be aware: This overview is a part of our finest VPNs roundup. Go there for particulars about competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

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PrivateVPN in Easy mode.

Because the final time we checked out it PrivateVPN has undergone some modifications. The service nonetheless presents two fundamental interface modes: Easy and Superior. The straightforward mode is the very first thing that each one customers see, and the brand new design is similar to many different VPNs. It presents a single-pane window that isn’t adjustable when it comes to measurement. It has a big Join/Disconnect button within the middle, and under that could be a location tile, after which under that’s the button to change to Superior View. When a connection is lively, it says in giant inexperienced letters “VPN Is ON,” and under that there’s a timer exhibiting how lengthy you’ve been related to the VPN.

Click on on the situation tile, and you’ll choose from PrivateVPN’s greater than 200 servers in 63 totally different international locations. PrivateVPN used to supply particular servers for Netflix and different specialty companies, however now you possibly can simply select the nation you need and join. PrivateVPN says it helps Netflix streaming in 21 totally different international locations together with the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

PrivateVPN has additionally added ping occasions to every server location out of your precise location to assist discover the most effective server in your required nation.

After you’ve picked the server location you need, click on Join and also you’ll be up and operating. When you’re related, your new IP is displayed on the high of the window.

Options and companies

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PrivateVPN’s Superior view.

In the event you’re a fundamental VPN consumer, that’s about all you’ll want to know to make use of PrivateVPN. Skilled customers, nonetheless, can click on the Superior button within the lower-right nook of the window to see a bigger interface.

On the high of the window is an on/off button. The left-hand rail additionally presents a number of menu choices: Dashboard, Settings, Connection Guard, Stealth VPN, and Assist & Assist. The Dashboard lets you choose not solely the situation, however the kind of VPN protocol to make use of, in addition to the extent of encryption for OpenVPN. This dashboard additionally reveals how a lot knowledge you’ve used throughout your session in gigabytes.

The Settings part helps you to modify varied choices, most of which aren’t enabled by default, resembling booting PrivateVPN on system startup, connecting mechanically on startup, and minimizing the app window on startup.

Connection Guard homes choices resembling IPv6 and DNS leak safety, and an web kill change, all of that are enabled by default. There’s additionally an utility guard that terminates sure apps when the VPN connection drops.

The Stealth VPN setting is new and is for getting round VPN blockers and DPI (deep packet inspection) firewalls. In the event you discover you aren’t getting by you possibly can specify a port to see if that works.

As for PrivateVPN’s Netflix guarantees, all of those choices labored as marketed, however as at all times, this might change at any second given Netflix’s adversarial stance in the direction of VPNs.

PrivateVPN’s pricing has modified since final time we seemed and is slightly unusual in comparison with the competitors. There is no such thing as a longer a one-year possibility (technically it was 13 months). As a substitute, it has a typical two-year worth for $60 complete, after which the corporate expenses $60 per 12 months after that. In different phrases, new prospects get one 12 months free. If two years is simply too lengthy a dedication, there’s a month-to-month possibility of $9, or three months for $18. PrivateVPN presents apps for Home windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.


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PrivateVPN’s Connection Guard.

PrivateVPN had acceptable speeds in our assessments. The service retained 27.25 p.c of the bottom velocity throughout 5 places over a number of testing days. That’s fairly a drop from the 50 plus p.c common we noticed final time. Nonetheless PrivateVPN’s speeds must be acceptable for many makes use of. 

Privateness, anonymity, and belief

PrivateVPN’s privacy policy says it doesn’t observe your internet exercise or any site visitors whereas utilizing the corporate’s VPN. It does, nonetheless, set cookies and observe utilization on its website—the cookies half isn’t a surprise because you want that to log in to the location to entry your account. To arrange an account, the corporate requires an e mail handle, and it sends a affirmation message to verify the handle is genuine.

Funds are accepted by way of bank card, PayPal, and Bitcoin, permitting for various ranges of pseudo-anonymity.

PrivateVPN is owned by PrivateVPN International AB, which relies in Sweden. The corporate chief is Martin Müller.


PrivateVPN is an efficient selection for Netflix entry, ease of use, and suppleness for energy customers. The primary two years can be found at a great worth, and after that the pricing is fairly normal.

That you could now choose places based mostly on ping velocity is a wonderful addition, and the rise in servers and places can also be good.

Editor’s word: As a result of on-line companies are sometimes iterative, gaining new options and efficiency enhancements over time, this overview is topic to alter to be able to precisely mirror the present state of the service. Any modifications to textual content or our ultimate overview verdict might be famous on the high of this text.