proXPN is one of those VPN services that impresses in almost every segment. It allows you to bypass geo-restrictions that might be in place in your country, to view all the content you like without limitations, and to do so while feeling (and being) completely secure and protected. The company offers good encryption and works on the most commonly used platforms and operating systems. It has servers all over the world and, most importantly, you can use their services for free. proXPN enjoys a very good reputation, thanks to its reliable services, good prices, and praises from its many users.
The client is very easy to use. Setup is simple, but if you encounter some problems, there are either detailed tutorials or readily available support staff. Before downloading the client, you are required to sign up and create an account, after which you choose the plan you want and proceed to download the client. As mentioned above, setup and configuration are rather simple and can be done in no time.
We tried out the Windows client and found that it is simple, a bit basic even, but in a good way. You can easily pick a server you want to connect to, the protocol you want to use, and you can opt for manual VPN connection or automatic connection upon system startup.
Performance And Reliability
The speeds achieved through proXPN are good, but to say they are great would be exaggerating. There is always some speed loss when using a VPN, but we found that when you connect to very remote servers, your download speeds may even be cut in half. Still, even with the slowest connections, you should be able to stream content, use Skype, and play games without major slowdowns or buffering.
proXPN has a lot of servers located strategically around the globe, but most of them are found in the United States. There are some servers in Europe (London, Amsterdam…) and also in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and Costa Rica.
proXPN is supported on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Basically, you can use it on your computer or mobile devices – or both. Unfortunately, the client is not Linux-compatible. You can’t use it on your router either. For now, there are no apps for iOS and Android but the manual setup is explained in great detail, with screenshots provided.
proXPN masks or changes your IP address, so basically everything you do online remains private and hidden from prying eyes. This is the main feature of this VPN service, along with protecting valuable personal data, such as credit card info, social security numbers, and so on. It is also vital for those who often use public hot spots since a lot of data theft happens precisely through such connections.
Another important thing that proXPN does is conceal your actual location. This is important because certain websites and web content are off-limits to people living in certain parts of the world. When you use a VPN, you can access any of those websites, regardless of restrictions.
When it comes to speed, free accounts are unfortunately limited to 300Kbps while the premium ones come with unlimited speed. Premium accounts also have better (wider) access to the company servers, located strategically across the globe. Many of the servers are located in the United States, but there are also server locations in Switzerland, Island, Germany, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Costa Rica, and Japan. Bear in mind that free users only get to connect to one single server, located in the United States, which is basically useless for anyone located in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, China, and so on.
proXPN offers an interesting feature called VPN Guard. This feature, which is reserved for premium users only, offers an additional security mechanism that automatically shuts down your traffic should the VPN connection drop unexpectedly. You can decide which programs to shut down in case you get disconnected.
This VPN provider offers a choice between IPSec, PPTP, and OpenVPN. OpenVPN is definitely the safest, but it is not as easy to setup and install on various devices as PPTP. OpenVPN also causes slower connections. IPSec is relatively new, providing stronger, more stable encryption, and better reconnection ability.
Bandwidth is unlimited for premium users and so is server switching. proXPN VPN services can be used on your mobile devices, but, again, this is something that is reserved for paying customers only. P2P sharing (torrenting) is allowed on premium accounts.
Security And Privacy
As already mentioned in this proXPN review, this VPN allows you to choose between OpenVPN, IPSec, and PPTP (which is available only to paying customers, though) and the encryption goes up to 2048-bit, which is pretty impressive.
As for privacy, the company keeps some records of your sessions. More precisely, it logs the connections to the servers. These logs are purged after 14 days. The company states that it cannot see the websites you access or track your online activity nor does it provide any such information to third parties, which should be enough of a reassurance for most users.
proXPN provides a phone number for their customers to call in case of any questions or problems, which is nice, of course, but not very helpful for those outside of the United States who aren’t exactly crazy about making such long-distance calls. The company states that the support staff is available 24/7 via phone, e-mail or a dedicated Twitter account. From our experience, those aren’t empty promises – they usually respond in a matter of minutes if you contact them through e-mail or Twitter.
Like we already said in this proXPN review, this VPN provider offers you a free package, but just to be clear, this package has very limited features and functions, which is why we recommend opting for the “premium” one. The monthly “premium” package costs $6.25 for a 12-month period. The three-month subscription costs $9.98 per month and the six-month subscription is $8.33. All premium subscriptions come with a 30-day risk-free trial.
proXPN Pros & Cons
Finishing off this proXPN review, here’s a quick overview of the features that wowed us and the aspects of the service that could use some improvement.
- Good security and privacy protection
- Quick and helpful support system
- Easy to use client
- Free subscription and risk-free trial
- Average speeds
- Not compatible with Linux