SlickVPN is an American VPN service launched in 2014 and registered in Weston, Florida. They have managed to secure their position in the competitive world of VPN providers by offering high-quality service at very budget-friendly prices. In this SlickVPN review, we’ll focus on giving you all the relevant info about this VPN, including its performance, features, and security.
SlickVPN client feels very powerful and smooth at the same time, with a very rich portfolio of features. It’s also very elegant and done in their signature color combination of black, green, and white.
The main dashboard contains a prominent connect/disconnect button and information about your current connection (IP and location). It also features two other tabs, containing your IP history and a full log. On the left side, apart from the dashboard tab, there’s also a tab for locations, speed test, and preferences.
Note that you’ll have to add servers to a group before being able to connect to them, which is a very convenient feature if you don’t care a lot about geographical locations and just want to find the quickest server available. This feature allows you to connect to the least-loaded or the closest server as well.
Performance And Reliability
Our speed tests gave back mixed results. We were initially quite impressed with the speeds we got on US servers, but international servers ranged from sluggish to downright unresponsive. So, if you’re a USA resident, this VPN will offer blazing speed compared to some other options. We also couldn’t connect to some of the servers for unknown reasons. Once you encounter an error, though, the otherwise smooth client starts “dragging its feet” and becomes somewhat unresponsive.
Apart from the servers we couldn’t connect to in the first place, we didn’t experience any connection problems or sudden and frequent disconnects during our testing phase. So, SlickVPN is a very reliable VPN service once you manage to connect and get decent speeds outside of the US.
SlickVPN features clients for Windows and Mac OSX. Additionally, they also offer setup guides for Android, iOS, Ubuntu, and Tomato/DD-WRT routers. On their site, you can also find guides for manually setting up the VPN on both Windows and OSX. The guides are very comprehensive and well-illustrated, so even beginners will have no problems following them. The service is, therefore, available on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, WIFI router, and laptop.
SlickVPN currently works with over 125 servers spread across more than 45 countries around the world. We already mentioned in this SlickVPN review that the best results are achieved if you connect to one of its servers located in the US.
The company offers unlimited bandwidth, which also means unlimited P2P traffic. On that topic, they allow P2P file sharing, so you don’t have to fear about the torrenting potential with this VPN. They also allow P2P on all of their servers, which is exactly what you’re looking for if torrenting is one of your major concerns.
You are allowed up to 5 simultaneous connections, which means you can keep 5 of your devices perfectly safe while connected to the Internet. This is a top-notch feature since not many VPNs provide the possibility of 5 connections at the same time. Note that SlickVPN also offers thousands of IP addresses, but you can only stay connected to one at a time.
Security And Privacy
SlickVPN offers OpenVPN, 128-bit IPSec, and PPTP protocols. As always, we recommend you opt for OpenVPN. Choosing OpenVPN means your connections will be encrypted with AES-256 cipher, SHA-1 authentication, and RSA-2048 handshake, which is a formidable level of security.
The company also features “Hydra,” which is a multi-hop that further obfuscates your IP address. Hydra encrypts your connection to the point of (almost) un-crackability, but we would never say never when talking about these matters. It would take a considerable governmental effort to do so, though.
Even though the company is registered in the US, they are, in fact, a complex corporate conglomerate with a multitude of operating offshore holding and subsidiary holding companies. They’re an American company for marketing purposes, but they’re operationally located on the Island of Nevis in the West Indies. Therefore, their complete legal situation is a bit of a mystery to us, but the majority of their operations definitely falls under the jurisdiction of the US legal system.
In order to disperse any concerns this may bring upon, they claim a strict no-logging policy and even maintain a Warrant Canary page, which enables them to relay to their customers any governmental attempt at interference of any kind. The page is PGP signed and updated every two weeks. The service incorporates protection against IP and DNS leaks with a neat feature which warns the user if the settings are prone to causing DNS leaks and offers instructions on how to solve the problem.
SlickVPN provides 24/7 user support that is ticket-based and only available after you log into your account. They do not have live chat.
When we contacted customer support while doing research for this SlickVPN review, the staff was very professional and helpful, they provided knowledgeable solutions to our mix of problems, and were very patient throughout the conversation.
The accepted payment methods include PayPal, credit cards, Bitcoin (our recommended option), cash, checks, money orders, and an invoice.
The VPN plans go as follows:
- 1 month – 10$
- 6 months – 5$ per month, billed 30$ every 6 months
- 1 year – 4$ per month, billed 48$ every 1 year
SlickVPN Pros & Cons
At the end of this SlickVPN review, here’s a quick overview of the features that wowed us and the aspects of the service that could use some improvement.
- Very strong encryption
- Setup guides and support for all major platforms
- No-logging policy
- Several protocols supported
- Excellent speeds on US servers
- Bitcoin payment supported
- Budget-friendly prices
- Unlimited bandwidth and P2P traffic
- Warrant Canary
- Effective 24/7 user support
- Confusing corporate structure and legal situation
- Low speeds on international servers
- No live chat
- Inept client response to errors