ZenMate is a German VPN that started out as a proxy service and gradually implemented additional security features until it became a full-blown virtual private network. Today, we’ll be exploring the security features offered by ZenMate and its ability to protect your identity and keep you safe from any malicious third-party influences.
ZenMate is based in Berlin, Germany, which is technically considered to be a pretty safe location for a VPN service (at the time, at least). However, even though German data privacy laws don’t mandate data retention, there is a data disclosure and Internet privacy war going on between the European Court of Justice and the European Union Commission. On the other hand, BND, the German surveillance agency, is quite invasive and has been known to cooperate with foreign government agencies like the NSA, for example. Not to mention that Germany is a member of the 14 Eyes surveillance treaty.
ZenMate uses OpenVPN, which is the most secure and reliable connection protocol at the moment. It encrypts your traffic via AES-256 CGM cipher paired with RSA-4096 handshake and HMAC SHA-384 data authentication. It features ECDHE-2048 Perfect Forward Secrecy as well.
This is an unbreakable security configuration, which means nobody will be able to get a hold of your online traffic and use it against you.
ZenMate allows unlimited P2P filesharing, which is not exactly recommended due to the company’s strict policy against downloading copyrighted content. ZenGuard doesn’t regularly monitor your activity, but it definitely can, as we already mentioned. If it catches you downloading illegal content, your account will most likely be suspended or even deleted.
ZenMate provides its users with excellent protection against DNS leaks and even features a network of proprietary DNS servers. The software also offers protection against tracking and malware attacks.