“PureVPN” offers a lot of useful options and the ability to connect with one click to the Netflix service. What are the other advantages and whether it has defects? Check!
PureVPN on its website is referred to as the fastest virtual private network (VPN) in the world and promises excellent support for streaming video from the network in regions where they are blocked, as well as full anonymity without any impact on the speed of data transmission. Many other VPNs promise similar possibilities, so it’s good to delve into details and see if it’s worth investing in this VPN network.
PureVPN – functions
The VPN network offered by Chinese hosts over 2,000 servers located in 141 countries. They state that this network works completely independently, and logging in is only for the time of using it. PureVPN has an advantage over its rivals who rent servers from other suppliers. Kill switch – it breaks the connection when the VPN tunnel is destroyed. Thanks to this, even the internet provider should not discover on which pages the user was in the moment of interruption of the secure connection. It is not enabled by default – this should be done by entering the settings.
PureVPN has several practical options. A good option for beginners is the ability to enable the default browser when the VPN connection is established, and there are extensions available for Chrome and Firefox that redirect traffic from the browser through the VPN.
Separated tunneling allows you to independently choose which applications can use the VPN, and which to leave the normal connection. However, there is also a problem with finding this function – it is in Beta and to run it, run the Windows application on the administrator’s account, and then enable split tunneling in the settings. It would be nice if PureVPN would improve access to these and other functions a bit, and also provide a sort of guide for people who use the web for the first time instead of – as now – putting each explanation on a separate web page. Therefore, the user may feel a bit confused – when you enable the VPN before running the distributed tunneling, all applications will use it. Separated tunneling helps in a place where the network provider monitors the use of VPN. Thanks to this, you can hide the VPN connection in an unencrypted – a special Stealth Protocol is used for this. Technically, it works so that VPN packets travel through HTTPS.
In addition, it’s worth adding that PureVPN offers dedicated IP addresses and port forwarding options as subscription-related additions. Although most people will not need it, it is extremely important for business.
PureVPN – applications
There are dedicated PureVPN applications for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS, as well as extensions for Chrome and Firefox browsers – it will soon be also for the Opera browser. You can also install a network directly in the router (manual on the PureVPN website), use it with Kodi and Amazon Fire TV Stick, and soon there will be support for Apple TV. The main interface allows you to select one of several work modes – which can also be found in other private networks, such as CyberGhost VPN. The different modes differ in settings and protocols. You can view these settings and see what level of protection each mode offers.
Stream – as it is easy to guess, this mode allows streaming from places that are blocked based on user’s geolocation; after selecting you can choose a country or a channel from the drop down list (Netflix is on it)
File-sharing – enables secure file exchange in the p2p system
Security / Privacy – has additional protection against tracking the user’s activities on the network by the internet provider
Internet Freedom – this mode was created to allow free access to information and allows VoIP connections, allows to bypass websites and websites blocked by the authorities
On Windows and Mac OS, the size of the interface can not be changed, but there is no need – everything is presented in a very clear, transparent way. You can choose the server not only in countries, but also in cities. They are sorted in such a way that devices with the best ping (ie the fastest) are at the top of the list. The search box allows you to enter the name of the city you want to find.
PureVPN – performance
644/5000A year or two ago, you could find several negative opinions about PureVPN on the internet. However, the problems that were the reason for low network ratings were resolved since then. During the latest tests, you could browse the Internet protected VPN with the same speed as without it.
Testing a VPN is a thankless task, because the result often depends not only on the selected server, but also on such factors as the day of the week and even the hours of testing. We will write in a nutshell – the speeds were very good at any time of the day or night, and on some servers they exceeded 100Mb / s.
PureVPN – summary
PureVPN is a stable, secure VPN network for people who are streaming, sharing files and want to make secure VoIP connections. Additionally, it has several advanced settings that will only be useful for advanced users.