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Pure VPN

PureVPN isby far one of the best VPN providers on the market in terms of both cost and speed. As we have noted belowwe still have a number of concerns with the level of security offered byPureVPN.

Pricing Structure

Pure VPN offers a competitive pricing structure, which becomes cheaper the longer period which you subscribe for. Prices range from $49.95 for an annual subscription to $9.95 when signing up month by month.

Features

PureVPN offers access three types of protcol to connect with, PPTP, SSTP, and L2TP. Unlike many other comparable services on the market PureVPN doesn’t offer OpenVPN as standard. Users should give sufficient weight to this fact when considering whether to go with PureVPN as a provider.

More favorably, PureVPN offer servers in over 100 countries, placing them in the top tier of providers in terms of server diversity.

Security

A key issue for Pure VPN is it’s lack of compatibility with Open VPN.Additionally Pure VPNis not a ‘zero logging’ service, so users looking for a high level of security might want to consider giving Pure VPN a miss.

Support

Pure VPN offers a high level of support, 24/7support, forum and live chat available.

Set Up

The set up process for PureVPN is slightly more convoluted that many other VPN services available on the market. When initially opening the software you will be prompted to choose either China or Rest of the World which initiates the installation.

During the installation if you dont have .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile installed on your machine then you will be prompted to download it.

After installing the software you will be prompted to run through the get started guide, which will direct you in your use of the service.

Final Word

Good option for those looking towards a cheap VPN with good support. Lack of access to OpenVPN will be a significant issue for many users

Vypr VPN

VyprVPN is an established VPN service which is affiliated with the Golden Frog internet freedom group.
There are a few minor issues with the service that Vypr VPN offers, however for the most part they offer an efficient and relatively cost competitive service with good customer service.
Pricing structure
As with most VPN service Vypr VPN offer a pricing structure which becomes cheap the longer that you subscribe for. Prices range from $6.67 per month (paid annually) to $10.00 per month (paid monthly)
Features
Vypr VPN have some of the most comprehensive server locations of any of the VPN’s reviewed by this site. At present 700 different servers are available in over 43 different countries.
Security
Vypr VPN offers their customers a high degree of security by offering users use of both Open VPN and Chamelon, a piece of software designed by Vypr VPN to offer a high level of security without a major impact on speeds.
A cause for concern for users however should be the physical location of Vypr VPN. Whilst Vypr VPN proclaim on their site that their are registered in Switzerland, the organisation is located within the US. As a result Vypr VPN still adhere to DCMA requests, providing users with two strikes.
Of further concern to potential customers is that Vypr VPN does not use shared ip adressed, making it easy for law enforcement bodies to track down individuals guilty of an offence.
Support
In terms of support, Vypr offer all the trimmings, with 24/7 live support, email support and a broad FAQ on their website.
Sign Up
As with most providers, signing up is as simple as providing you’re name and email address. For the privacy conscious the absence of bitcoin as a payment method may be a concern.
Set Up
The setup process for Vypr VPN is one of the simplest of all the VPN’s which we have reviewed. Futhermore, once you have opened the software, you’ll notice that the interface is highly consistent across all platforms, making life easier for those who wish to use the service on both their PC and their smartphone.
Final Word
If you’re looking for fast speeds and ergonomic interface, Vypr VPN is the way to go. If you’re the sort of person who is very specific about their privacy, or planning on engaging questionable activities,then perhaps this is not the VPN for you.

Express VPN

ExpressVPN is a simple and secure service, offering a large number of servers and an ergonomic user interface.

Pricing Structure

ExpressVPN offers a competitive priced VPN service, utilizing a cost structure that provides incentives for signing on for longer. Prices range from $8.32 per month when signing up for a year to $12.95 when signing up a month at a time.

Features

Express VPN offer three connection protocols with servers available in 78 host countries. Whilst the service will limit you to 2 simultaneous connections at one time it makes up for this fact with its sublime user interface.

Security

Express VPN offers OpenVPN as standard protocol and uses 256 bit encryption. L2TP and PPTP protocol are also available for users looking to increase their speed.

Express VPN operates out of the British Virgin Islands making the organisation exempt from data retention laws, as well as Australian, US and UK law.

Access to bitcoin as a payment method offers an additional layer of security for privacy conscious net users.

Support

Express VPN offer 24/7 live support, which allows users to access instantaneous support for resolving issues and bugs. In addition to this, it’s website offers a detailed breakdown of frequently asked questions.

Sign Up

Signing up for ExpressVPN is supremely simple, with only an email required for registration (and payment method of course!)

Set Up

Downloading and setting up ExpressVPN’s software is quick and easy, requiring the user to copy and paste their verification code in order to get started.

When starting the software, the user can select from a designated list of servers and change the protocol (OpenVPN is default).

Final Word

Express VPN is an affordable and ergonomic service with quick and easy set up. If not for the high cost per month, Express VPN would defiantly rank among the top providers reviewed by this site.

 

Buffered VPN

Buffered is a newly established VPN service operating out of Hungary. They are a offer a fast, cheap VPN service with impressive privacy controls.

Pricing Structure

Buffered offer competitive prices which get progressively cheaper the longer the period that you sign on for. Costs range from $10 per month when signing on for a year to $15 when signing on monthly.

Features

Due to the company’s Hungarian base, Buffered fall outside the reach of Australian, US, and British law. In addition, ISP’s are not required to retain data by the EU.

Buffered provides access to 3 simultaneous connections whilst also offering hosting in 14 countries worldwide.

Security

Buffered have gone to great lengths to provide their customers with a secure connection. This is evidenced by the company’s move to only support OpenVPN. Whilst this provides additional security it also limits use of the service to more modern devices.

Support

Buffered offer no live support, however it does offer an efficient ticketing service. Buffered has indicated that it will look tooffer live support in the near future.

Sign Up

Buffered offers an efficient sign up system, the software should be up and running on your machine in 20 minutes.

Set Up

Buffered can be run on all 3 major operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux). Once you have downloaded the software, just click on your Country’s relevant flag and you’re ready to go.

Final Word

Buffered is one of the best VPN’s available on the market, offering competitive prices, privacy and an easy to use interface