Anonine VPN Review
Anonine VPN was established 11 years ago as a humble Swedish VPN provider focused on airtight Internet security and loyalty to its users. As the political climate in Sweden started to change, the new legislation forced companies to log and store user data in order to hand it over to the government upon request. This is when Anonine VPN transferred its corporate headquarters to Seychelles in order to preserve the privacy of its users.
The best thing about this relatively small company is that its team is not ready to compromise service quality for more users, which becomes apparent the moment you contact its customer support. Keep reading this honest Anonine VPN review to learn more about its most important features and whether it fits your online security needs and preferences.
Anonine VPN comes with a very minimalistic client reminiscent of the past client versions of some of the biggest names on the VPN market today. The main screen provides you with a full list of servers and also allows you to filter them by country. You can create a personal list of favorite servers and choose the connection protocol. Once you are satisfied with the chosen settings, all you have to do is click the big green “Quick Connect” button and your traffic will be secured. Additionally, you can also observe the connection log for more information.
The top right corner of the client is reserved for the settings and quit buttons. The client allows you to start the program with your operating system, auto-connect if the connection is interrupted, and hide identity when the program starts. You can also choose your preferred language and change login details. As you can see, the client does not feature an abundance of options, but it definitely gets the job done. This also makes it ideal for VPN beginners without any technical prowess.
Performance And Reliability
Anonine VPN is not the fastest piece of software we have ever tested, but the overall speed with this service is quite decent even when streaming content on platforms like Twitch, Hulu, and Netflix. In other words, you will be able to enjoy your favorite content in HD without any lag or buffering issues. On the other hand, Anonine VPN does not work all that well with torrents since the download speed lowers drastically for whatever reason. Our guess is that the company does not have servers specialized for P2P filesharing.
During our testing phase, we did not experience any sudden disconnects or similar issues and the overall speed was pretty consistent. Also, we did not notice any DNS leaks or other security/privacy threats.
Anonine VPN currently has a native client for Windows and an iOS app (.apk For Android). However, the official website also provides users with detailed setup guides for MacOS, Linux, and routers. This goes well with our previous claim that Anonine VPN is one of the best possible options for individuals without any previous contact with VPN software.
As we already mentioned in this Anonine VPN review, the software is very easy to set up and use. The client does not feature any ads or annoying pop-ups that could potentially confuse users.
The company currently features over 150 servers spread across 32 countries. Since it was initially headquartered in Sweden, more than 80 high-speed secured servers are located there. You are provided with unlimited speeds and bandwidth as well as server switching. As already stated, the company does not exactly handle torrenting well and we definitely hope this improves in the future.
The official website does claim the existence of dedicated P2P networks, but not even the available port forwarding feature, which usually improves the speed of P2P filesharing, did much for us during our testing. However, it is important to note that the port forwarding feature did improve our gaming experience significantly.
Finally, Anonine VPN supports up to 5 simultaneous connections, which is more than enough to secure all your favorite devices at any given time.
Security And Privacy
First of all, Anonine VPN maintains a strict no-logging policy. It collects the following information: email address, username & password, payment history, traffic used (in Mbs), user ID, and number of allowable simultaneous connections according to your subscription type. All information is kept for the entire duration of your subscription and longer than 3 years after you stop using the service. Note that info regarding used traffic is kept for 2 months.
When it comes to connection protocols, Anonine VPN supports OpenVPN (+ Stunnel), PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and IPSec IKEv2. As always, we recommend using OpenVPN or IPSec IKEv2 and forgetting PPTP and L2TP even exist.
The software encrypts your traffic with military-grade AES-256-CBC cipher with a 2048-bit SSL key. 2048 bits still feels like a marketing gimmick since 1024 is equally unbreakable.
Finally, one of the pleasant surprises we encountered while researching for this Anonine VPN review is the Warrant Canary maintained on the official website. According to the provided data, the company has NEVER been served with any warrants, including any National Security Letters and/or gag orders. No searches or seizures of any kind have been performed on Anonine assets and the company has never disclosed user data to any third party.
Anonine VPN’s support team operates 24/7 and is comprised of individuals who are truly dedicated to solving any potential problems and answering all your questions. Having said that, the staff has a firm grasp of the basic concepts, but more demanding technical questions are beyond their reach. The representative we talked to was very polite and forthcoming and tried to answer everything we asked, but he did leave us without a couple of important facts we wanted to know.
Anonine VPN offers 3 different subscription plans:
- 1 month – $6.99 per month
- 3 months – $5.99 per month (you save 14%)
- 12 months – $3.99 per month (you save 43%)
Every subscription comes with a full 7-day money-back guarantee and the company accepts numerous payment methods, including major credit cards, PayPal, cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Monero, Ripple, Zcash …), global payment methods (WebMoney, Sofort, GiroPay, Mint, Bank Transfer…), Payson and Phone/SMS in Sweden, and Perfect Money.
Anonine Pros & Cons
As we wrap up this Anonine VPN review, here’s a quick overview of the features that wowed us and the aspects of the service that could use some improvement.
- Easy to use
- No logs
- Located in the Republic of Seychelles
- Solid security configuration
- 11 years on the market
- Port forwarding
- Unlimited speed/bandwidth/server switching
- 24/7 user support
- Scarce information about the parent company
- Poor torrenting performance
- Killswitch only for Windows
- No live chat
I can’t say anything good about them. I paid for an annual crypto subscription and NOTHING! correspondence with the support for 3 weeks did not give anything except the answer “sorry, but we do not see that this is a transaction on our part.” The support answered in the best case after 5-6 hours. more often than not, they did not respond for two days at all. They answered all my proofs that we did not see the translation. I transferred 0.01897505ETH to them!
Now it’s much more than their annual subscription. In short, they didn’t understand anything and stupidly unsubscribed that we didn’t see anything! Very disgusting support.. I sincerely do not recommend it, because if something goes wrong, you will not see any services or money!!!
Not as impressive as Express or Nord but you definitely get what you paid for. I really like that they accept a bunch of crypto coins no other service would touch.
Decent VPN and not too expensive. Works really well but I have to complain about user support since they didn’t know what I was talking about half the time. Really need to up your support game guys otherwise a perfectly serviceable VPN.