VPNSecure Review - UPDATED Aug. 2017
VPNSecure or VPN-S is a VPN service that was launched in 2010 and has developed quite the reputation since. The operation is based in Queensland, Australia, and states that an open and secure Internet connection for its users is the company’s primary concern. Keep reading our VPNSecure review to find out more about this VPN provider.
After the installation process, you’ll face a very simple and comprehensive user interface. The UI combines pale gray with some coloring here and there. It looks very clean with a minimalist approach in terms of detailing, so it shouldn’t be at all confusing for inexperienced users.
The main screen allows you to pick the desired server, also providing useful information regarding your subscription type, IP address, and connection status. If you want to go more in-depth, there’s a menu button in the top left corner. The interface might look a little too plain, but it’s easy to use and 100% functional.
Performance And Reliability
We tested VPNSecure across multiple servers for potential speed drops and the results were pretty positive overall. The VPN allowed us to watch live-streams for the most part, but we did encounter some lengthy buffering periods from time to time.
The biggest downside was the fact that Netflix proxy detection systems were able to “catch” our attempts to connect through the VPN and prevented us from watching any videos on instances outside of our country. So, if Netflix and similar services are primarily what you’re after, VPNSecure may not be the right choice for you.
As far as US servers are concerned, we were able to watch HD videos, so speed drops weren’t as debilitating as with Anonymous VPN, for example. On the other hand, we were “banned” from all major services with regional restrictions in the US as well.
Unlike many other VPN services, though, VPNSecure doesn’t oversell the overall performance of their software. They honestly state that “requirements rise” with every new update and that they’re doing their best to provide the best VPN service possible. Not a huge factor, but definitely a refreshing one on the current VPN market.
VPNSecure is available for Windows and Mac, as well as for Android and iOS. Linux support is also there but can only be achieved through an OpenVPN app, meaning, there’s no dedicated Linux client. VPNSecure’s official page also offers a large number of tutorials regarding Linux setup.
When it comes to features, VPNSecure really shines. Let’s take a look at what it offers:
- No logging – VPNSecure is a pretty open and straightforward company when it comes to both its benefits and shortcomings. They have a strict no-logging policy and have designed their systems around protecting and respecting your privacy.
- Multiple protocols – There aren’t many VPN companies on the market that offer all the relevant protocols. VPNSecure provides OpenVPN (which they recommend), HTTP Proxies, PPTP, and SSH Tunnels.
- Wide coverage – The company currently has servers in 48 countries and constantly works on expanding that number. Instead of going for a wider presence, VPNSecure decided to feature several servers in many of the represented countries. This is a much better approach, in our opinion, since it actually ensures good service instead of just an appearance of one.
- Server switching – You can switch between the available servers anytime and as many times as you like.
- P2P – The app allows for peer-to-peer connections.
- Kill Switch – In cases when the VPN gets interrupted or shut down for whatever reason, the kill switch feature will automatically abort the connection, saving your private data and keeping you perfectly safe.
- Unlimited connections – This is quite the rarity nowadays, but VPNSecure doesn’t limit the number of connections you can maintain simultaneously.
- Extensive knowledge base – Although their user support is flawless, VPNSecure also features an incredibly rich knowledge base, addressing many frequently asked questions.
- Smart DNS – This is a feature dedicated to streaming on different sites, such as Hulu, BBC, and many others.
This is just a short list of all the features VPNSecure has to offer. More will be enumerated in the following sections of this VPNSecure review.
Security And Privacy
VPNSecure gives you a choice between AES with 128-bit and 256-bit keys and DES encryption with a mere 64-bit key. In our opinion, anything but AES-256 is currently below the industry standard and we would definitely opt for that encryption. Session control communications are covered with 2048-bit public key encryption. It’s a common methodology for OpenVPN implementations. You can freely switch between the encryption ciphers through the settings screen within the app.
As we already mentioned in this VPNSecure review, it also features a kill switch, which will prevent your computer or applications from connecting to the Internet while the VPN is not working. If you can’t install the OpenVPN app for some reason, you can always manually setup the PPTP option.
VPNSecure features one of the firmest no-log policies on the market. The company is dedicated to the idea of free Internet to the point of zealotry. They are ready to change jurisdictions whenever legally pressed to log or otherwise spy on their users.
The registration process requires a username (that you can make up), a password (AES-2048 encrypted), and your email address. The company also feature a warrant canary page, which is more of a transparency factor than security.
VPNSecure support team operates 24/7, according to their featured explanation video. Unlike with many other VPN companies, there are 4 different ways to reach their support team:
- Live chat is the first option you’ll come in contact with since the chat window pops up on every page you open;
- If you’re in need of additional help, you can send them an email and converse with their tech professionals;
- You can send a ticket through the support center at the official website;
- The app itself also has a help form within the support tab in the hamburger menu.
The accepted payment methods include Bitcoin, Perfect Money, PayPal, Payza, Cashu, and credit cards. Note that the company charges in US dollars, even though it’s located in Australia.
The basic subscription options include:
- 1-month VPN – 9.95
- 6-month VPN – 8.30$ per month
- 12-month VPN – 6.66$ per month
All of the plans include access to all servers, mobile VPN for iOS and Android, OpenVPN, Anonymous access, HTTP Proxy, smarted DNS, and no logging.
The advanced plans include:
- Open VPN – 1 month – 9.99$; 6 months – 8.33$; 12 months – 6.66$; 2-day trial – 2$
- Dedicated IP – 1 month, OpenVPN 3x dedicated IP – 40.95$; 3 months, OpenVPN 1x dedicated IP – 40.95$; 1 month, OpenVPN 2x dedicated IP – 29.00$; 6 months, OpenVPN 1x dedicated IP – 71.00$
- OpenVPN & PPTV – 1 month – 13.95$; 6 months – 59.95$; 12 months – 109.95$; 2-day trial – 2$
- SSH – 1 month, SSH Tunnel – 9.95$; 6 months, SSH Tunnel – 49.95$; 12 months, SSH Tunnel – 89.95$; 2-day trial – 2$
- PPTP only – 1 month – 7.95$; 6 months – 39.95$; 12 months – 69.95$; 2-day trial – 2$
- HTTP Proxy – 1 month – 4.95$; 2 months – 8.90$; 6 months – 24.95$; 12 months – 49.95$
- Smarter DNA – 1 month – 4.95$, 6 months – 25.00$; 12 months – 45.00$
- 30-day OpenVPN trial with 2 GB cap – free
- 100% no-logging policy
- Multiple protocols
- Free HTTP Proxy and DNS
- Servers in 48 countries with unlimited switching
- Unlimited connections
- Kill Switch
- Numerous subscription plans
- 24/7 user support
- Problems with regional restrictions
- Needs more channels for smart DNS service