There are so many new VPN companies that it’s getting really difficult to pick out the good ones. In this Atlas VPN review we will be covering all the aspects and little details of this new VPN service. Launched in 2019, it has been acquired by NordSecurity in October 2021, just a few months ago. Now, it’s part of a big family of VPNs and it’s looking to be the best. If you’re wondering what are the other ones, you can read about them in our NordVPN review and Surfshark VPN review.
So, what makes Atlas VPN different and worth checking out? First of all, you should know that you can download it for free. Just select the platform you’re currently using and click on the free version button. They are still offering their iron-clad 30 days money back guarantee, just to be clear. We rarely say this about VPN apps but this is one of the cleanest ones we’ve ever seen. The user interface is very intuitive and feels natural. This means even the users with no experience will be able to navigate it.
Secondly, it offers unlimited connections. Yes, you read it right, this is one of the features that even the most popular VPN apps do not offer. It skipped altogether the old OpenVPN protocol went straight for the latest technology in adopting WireGuard. However, we will talk about that later in this review. Now, let’s move on to supported platforms.
Atlas VPN offers native apps for Windows, macOs, Android, iOS, Android television sets and Amazon Fire television sets. As you can notice, this is quite a limited selection of devices. However, these are also the most commonly used devices. And the vast majority of users will be able to use Atlas VPN.
We always think it’s better to focus on the most popular devices and make the best possible applications for them instead of trying to cover everything. Let’s face it, most of the users will not want or know how to install a VPN on their router. This also means that the applications are very easy to install and use.
At the moment, Atlas VPN features whopping 750 accross 39 countries. You can find the full list at their site but for now let’s focus on the features. Firstly, all of the servers support WireGuard, IPSEC/IKEV2, Private DNS and are P2P friendly. Secondly, most of them support streaming services so you’ll be able to watch your favorite content no matter where you life. And finally, only some of them support the latest proprietary Atlas VPN technology SafeSwap.
Now, they are working to even further update their server list and we can expect that things will start looking much better in the coming months. As far as SafeSwap is concerned, since its application is limited, it’s not really a problem. When you want to go absolutely dark not leaving any trace or breadcrumbs, speed is not your priority so the servers that are availble now should work just fine.
When you install Atlas VPN, all you have to do is click power and the application will automatically connect to the optimal location. If you’re using the free version there are three servers you can access. Two of them are in the United States and one in Netherlands. And you should also know that all three of them support P2P but not streaming.
Safety & Security
We previously mentioned in this Atlas VPN review that they’re using a unique technology to offer their users highest levels of safety and security. It’s called SafeSwap and it uses multiple IP addresses to hide your location and other data. We always love when companies use technologies like this. First of all, since they are not widespread, hackers and other parties find them difficult to crack. Also, they enable users to have a couple of extra layer of protection on top of all the usual ones.
However, we shouldn’t forget to talk about those usual protection levels as they are also important. Atlas VPN uses WireGuard protocol released just three years ago to make your VPN experience quicker and easier. It doesn’t matter whether you’re streaming, gaming or just browsing, WireGuard’s military-level cryptography will help you do that with ease.
Using the WireGuard® protocol makes your VPN experience quicker and easier. Its state-of-the-art cryptography is more reliable than ever for streaming, gaming, and browsing. Atlas VPN employs AES-256 for data encryption, makes tunnels with IPSec/IKEv2 and WireGuard, and adds SHA-384 and PFS for even more security. Of course, we don’t need to tell you that it also has a Kill Switch, halting all traffic if the connection becomes unstable.
Finally, we would like to mention three more aspects that make Atlas VPN one of the most secure and reliable VPN solutions currently available on the market. Tracker Blocker is a malware, tracker, and ad block tool that’s constantly running in the background and making sure that you’re safe from any type of manipulation. Split tunneling is another nice feature that enables you to choose which apps to include and exclude from VPN protection for the optimum browsing experience.
The last and probably the coolest feature we want to talk about is MultiHop+. As its name suggests this is a technology that randomly selects servers and connects you to them automatically. And it does that as long as you’re connected. This means that anyone who tries to follow you online will end up looking at one of those maps you see in movies. Pretty cool if you as us.
Logging & Privacy
One of the first test we like to run is to see whether their free version of the product requires users to register. First of all, we think it’s a hassle and secondly this is a pretty easy way for your email to get distributed to third parties. And before you know it, you inherited millions of dollars that are waiting for you in a secret bank account. If you download the free version of Atlas VPN, you don’t have to register and you can use it immediately.
Moving on, Atlas VPN is a No Logs company. This means they do not collect information that would allow them to trace Internet activity back to individual users. They also engage in independent security auditing. The company that used last time they had an audit was independent cybersecurity giant VerSprite. We don’t need to tell you that the results were great.
Most of the servers you’re going to be using if you decide to become a member of the Atlas VPN family do support streaming. As we previously mentioned in this review, if you’re using the free version of the application, the three servers you have access to will not be able to stream content. If however, you decide to buy a subscription, you will gain access to all of the premium servers and will be able to stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and other services without any issues.
And this is true regardless of your location. Yes, sometimes the server that’s closest to you will not have streaming but the ones that do enable streaming are fast enough to provide you with the smooth expirience.
Atlas VPN allows torrenting as all of its 750 servers are P2P friendly. The same goes for those three free servers they offer. When you combine this with their strict no logs policy, it turns out that Atlas VPN might be the perfect solution for those who want to share information online.
Plans & Pricing
We’ll start with the free version of Atlas VPN and then move on to other, paid options. The free version offer 10 GB per month and three servers. If you decide to buy a one-month subscription, it will cost you $11.99. We all know that this option is the priciest so let’s get to the good stuff. While the initial price remains the same for both 1-year and 3-year subscriptions, you can always get them at much lower prices by using coupon codes.
For example, Atlas VPN is currently running a promotion that will save you 70% meaning you will pay just $3.29 per month if you choose the 1-year subscription. If, however, you opt out for the 2-year subscription you will save 85% and pay just $1.82 per month. Now, when add those numbers up, 1-year subscripiton will set you back $39.42 and the 2-year one $49.21 ($23.83 per year).
Atlas VPN boasts a very broad and detialed support section. Firstly, if you run into any type of problem you can just use the Live Chat option to troubleshoot it. You can also write an email to their support staff and get a fairly quick response. That is, of course, if you haven’t found a solution for your issue in their comprehensive FAQ and Help Center sections.
Overall, we would like to say that Atlas VPN has a solid support system that will help you resolve any issues you have quickly and without much hassle. Their support team is available 24/7 which is a huge plus.
Atlas VPN Pros & Cons
It is time to wrap up this Atlas VPN review and go over main characteristics and features we talked about.
- Excellent security and encryption
- 4K fast streaming
- WireGuard protocol
- Email Protection
- Unlimited connections
- Automatic killswitch
- Tracker Blocker, Split tunneling and MultiHop+
- Torrenting is allowed
- Free limited version
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- 24/7 customer support
- Modest server network
- Not all servers support streaming