Anonymous VPN Review - UPDATED Aug. 2017
Anonymous VPN was launched in 2015 as an ambitious project dedicated to providing unprecedented online security and speeds for browsing, streaming, downloading, and similar activities on the web. There is a lot more work to be done in order to accomplish their end goal, but the app is making progress with every new patch. Continue reading our dedicated Anonymous VPN review to see if their service can meet your online security needs.
Anonymous VPN’s interface follows the company’s casual flavor, but not to the cartoonish extent of their official website (except Android). We expected something similar to TunnelBear, but Anonymous’ UI has a much more serious look to it. The black and white overtones provide a dash of elegance, as well as proper contrast.
Once you log in, you can use the automatic server selection or pick one manually. Unlike, let’s say, NordVPN, Anonymous VPN doesn’t immediately provide server information (capacity, speed, and so on). Their user interface adopts a minimalist approach without too much “noise” and clutter and we, for one, like it.
Performance And Reliability
Our speed test brought nothing but bad news in this case, no matter how many sites we tried to load while researching for this Anonymous VPN review. We all know by now that using a VPN will slow down your connection somewhat, but when you get to the point of not being able to completely load Facebook, we have a serious red flag on our hands, coming from a service that’s supposedly predominantly used for streaming platforms, such as Popcorn Time. We also tried connecting through pretty much all the servers and all came back with similar results, regardless of the proximity factor. We do leave space for temporary malfunction, however, and will try again in due time.
Anonymous VPN covers only the most popular platforms at this time. This list includes Windows, iOS, and Android. The site doesn’t specify exactly which versions the app supports.
We were also glad to see that the app can support unlimited simultaneous connections on different devices. This, however, comes with a caveat since Anonymous reserves the right to limit the number of connections to 3 per account if they notice any server overload.
One of the most important factors about any VPN service is whether they keep your traffic logs or not. Anonymous VPN promises a strict no-logging policy, claiming that “privacy is their first, middle, and last name.”
On the other hand, they admit to collecting data as to “better their service.” The info we’re talking about includes the servers you choose, how many times you have used the VPN, and the amount of data you transfer during one day. They store the collected information on a secure server, but we still don’t like seeing this type of connection logging, even if it genuinely serves for “learning and investigation.”
Anonymous VPN also utilizes dynamic IP addresses, which is an excellent feature in our opinion.
The service provides unlimited bandwidth, which goes hand-in-hand with our previous remark that some of Anonymous VPN’s most popular uses are supposed to be streaming and downloading.
The site claims that speed is one of their most prominent features and how their dream has always been to create a VPN that you can use without even realizing it’s there. In our humble experience, that wasn’t the case, as we definitely knew it was there. We repeat, though, that a temporary malfunction is always an option and that we’ll perform additional tests later on. There’s also a claim of custom-built state-of-the-art hardware and software involved in their daily business, but we have no ways of ever confirming that. Another minor detail we don’t know how to feel about is the fact that their YouTube comment section is permanently disabled. We’re not particularly fond of such practices in general.
Once you dig a bit deeper into the client itself, a couple of useful features appear. Primarily, we’re talking about the kill switch, a welcome addition to any VPN service. You have the options of starting the app at login, as well as auto-connecting on every start-up. You can also pick you protocol or use the auto function.
Security And Privacy
Anonymous VPN provides servers in around 20 countries all over the world. Europe is especially well-represented, unlike South America, whose inhabitants will probably have to try their luck with US servers if they want to use the service. The app allows for P2P file sharing, which is good news if you manage to “catch” a decent clip.
We couldn’t locate any info on the company registration, its location or any other data we would expect to get from a company dealing with online security. Their “try it out and you’ll see” approach is definitely not good enough for us. On top of that, there is no mention of any encryption whatsoever, which is a highly troubling fact on top of all others. “We use strong industry standard encryption” simply won’t cut it nowadays. We also noticed the absence of config files, preventing us from manually establishing any potential security measures.
Anonymous VPN claims that their 24/7 user support answer within 30 minutes or less, but the general public is somewhat split on that one. We tried contacting them through Facebook during the research phase for this Anonymous VPN review to no avail, so we projected that their social media accounts are updated roughly (bi)weekly.
The thing that we don’t like in this regard, however, is the fact that there is no live chat function. You can only submit a ticket and wait for their reply.
Anonymous VPN offers 3 different pricing options:
- 3-day trial – 2$
- Monthly subscription – 12$
- Yearly subscription – 69$
We have to say that offering a short trial period is extremely fair on their part. You get 3 days of using the app for just 2 dollars, which is enough time to determine if it is the right fit for you or not. The service also supports promotion codes, but we weren’t able to find any coupons/discounts at this time.
Note that you have to contact their user support if you decide to unsubscribe. They will automatically renew your membership and charge you at the end of the subscription period unless you send them a message.
- Strict no-logging policy
- Simple and easy-to-use interface
- P2P sharing
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Kill switch
- No live chat
- No encryption details
- No company data
- Considerable speed drops