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PureVPN Review

PureVPN is one of the VPNs on since 2007 with more than 6500 encrypted VPN servers, 78+ coutries, 96+ Locations around 300000 anonymous IPs and high-speed. PureVPN was co-founded by Uzair Gadit who is based in Pakistan.

About PureVPN

PureVPN is a fast VPN which is common get mostly positive reviews from users.
It offers strong data encryption, plenty of secure protocols, as well as outstanding features for seamless torrenting and streaming, making it a great VPN for media consumption. On the other hand, PureVPN’s critics mention rather inconsistent speed results and mixed security reputation.

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PureVPN Features

PureVPN works by creating a virtual private network (VPN) when the Internet is connected via your home network, cellular data, or a public Wi-Fi hotspot. This creates a middleman between you and your internet service provider (ISP) so that your ISP only sees you connecting to the VPN servers. It means your ISP will not know what you’re doing on the web.

Will PureVPN Log My Data?

PureVPN got negative response for this because its claims of not logging data at the time turned out to be misleading. After that incident, PureVPN changed its privacy policy and even got an independent security firm, Altius IT, to verify that its system doesn’t log any data that could identify a user. Later, PureVPN was audited by the KPMG, one of the Big Four auditing firms, confirming this no data-log status. So to summarize, you can feel safe that PureVPN will never log your web traffic.

Does PureVPN Have A Kill Switch?

A kill switch, also known as a network lock feature, is a feature that “kills” your internet if your VPN connection goes down. This feature could save your skin if you’re a journalist or activist, or if you’re downloading content that might be copyrighted, which we highly advise you not to do. Without a kill switch, a momentary outage could expose your public IP address to your ISP and the websites you’re on. Luckily, PureVPN has a kill switch on Windows, Mac, Android, and Linux.

Does PureVPN Offer Split Tunneling?

Split tunneling is a feature that lets you decide which of your internet traffic your VPN encrypts and which goes to your ISP directly. Without it, your VPN is either on or off; when it’s on, all your device traffic goes through the VPN, and when it’s off, your browsing data is out in the open.

Why is this feature necessary to have? Imagine you live in New York City. You want to rewatch “Lucifer” on Netflix in HD without any buffering, so you need to turn off your VPN. However, at the same time, you want to browse the web securely.

With split tunneling, you can do both things at once. You’ll get to watch Netflix without a VPN and still use your VPN to encrypt your browsing activity. We’re glad to inform that PureVPN offers split tunneling, on Android and Windows at least.

Is PureVPN good for streaming?

Although it’s not the best VPN for streaming, PureVPN is able to unlock some geo-blocked content depending on the server you’re connected to. Also, it has a dedicated app for Apple TV, which is a big plus. There are some outstanding benefits of Pure VPN.

Unblocking Netflix with PureVPN

Luckily, I managed to unblock the US library of Netflix on my first try. The VPN also unblocked the Japanese library without an error.

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However, PureVPN wasn’t successful at unblocking the French and German libraries – Chrome simply displayed content from my own country.

It is reported that Netflix doesn’t load at all when this VPN is turned on. However, the experience may be different because it is based on the tunneling protocol, the server used, and your browser.

Does PureVPN unblock other platforms?

It was pleasant surprised when PureVPN is able to unblock BBC iPlayer. However, the connection was incredibly slow and lots of buffering happened. This might have been due to a busy server.

I also tried my luck with DAZN and successfully unblocked it with the help of a UK server. However, the streaming site didn’t work when I was connected to a US server.

Unsurprisingly, accessing geo-blocked content from YouTube was a piece of cake, as I have yet to see a VPN that doesn’t unblock this streaming service.

Is PureVPN good for torrenting?

PureVPN is known as a decent choice for torrenting. However, you should remember that not all PureVPN’s servers support it. That’s because the VPN provider has blocked P2P on servers located in countries that prohibit file sharing (the US, the UK, Canada, etc.). Luckily, there are still lots of servers to choose from.

You can see which of them support P2P on the list under the Locations tab.

So, I checked whether torrenting with PureVPN truly works. There was no issues but the speeds weren’t great: it took 25 minutes to download a 5GB Linux installation image, while it only takes 3 minutes without a VPN.

PureVPN and gaming

With the speeds being a bit touch and go, it is thought that PureVPN would not be a great fit for gamers. But suprisingly, as long as you can find a decent server nearby, it makes sure that PureVPN shines in certain aspects.

Because PureVPN is pretty stable, reliable, and rather seamless, it did not cause us any trouble at all when it came to gaming.

However, the casual gamer is probably not PureVPN’s target gaming audience. With highly specific addons, such as DDoS protection, this VPN is pretty much a perfect triple-A service for competitive gamers.

Additionally, the huge selection of Asian servers comes into special play here as well. This is where you can get games particularly cheap, which makes it every gamer’s dream.

To sum up, PureVPN does an unexpectedly great job when it comes to everything gaming. It is said to be one of the better VPNs for competitive players.

PureVPN servers and locations

Regarding to the number of servers, PureVPN can compete even with the most popular VPNs like NordVPN and ExpressVPN, as it offers 6500 servers in 78 countries:
With that said, you might want to know that there are two types of servers offered by PureVPN. A good chunk of them are physical, which means that they are physically located in the country they appear to be in.

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However, a lot of PureVPN’s servers are virtual. A virtual server seems to be located in a different country than it actually is. For example, if you choose to connect to a Bulgarian server, it might be located in Greece. Luckily, you’ll be assigned a Bulgarian IP address anyway. Unluckily, you can’t hope to get a similar level of performance compared to a physical server.

Testing PureVPN

So now that we know what’s under the hood, let’s find out how PureVPN performs when the rubber hits the road. Our main concerns are speed and security.
For speed, we tested the download speed, upload speed, and latency of our internet connection before and after using PureVPN. And for security, we tested to know if PureVPN is doing its job of hiding our IP addresses. Specifically, we tested for DNS and WebRTC leaks.

Interface and ease of use

On each device, the experience about the interface nd ease of use PureVPN brings is different. In this post, I will evaluate on some popular devices such as Windows, Mac book, Linux, Android, and IOS.

Windows

The Windows version of PureVPN is quite intuitive and easy to use, albeit a bit plain-looking. It supports WireGuard, OpenVPN (TCP and UDP), and IKEv2 tunneling protocols.

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It lets you select the protocol, as well as enable/disable the kill switch and auto-connection.

Mac

The Mac version of the app is almost identical to the Windows one – except there’s no ping displayed next to each server, which I found a bit disappointing.

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Also, this macOS VPN only supports IKEv2 and L2TP/IPSec tunneling protocols.

Linux

With Linux, it is the most different of them all. It functions through the Command Line Interface, which means that it is targeted at users with an IT background.

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It’s quite a common occurrence when it comes to Linux VPNs. The app offers OpenVPN TCP and OpenVPN UDP protocols.

Android

PureVPN on Android is the most feature-rich of the bunch. It offers different server modes (Stream, Internet Freedom, Security/Privacy, and File Sharing), split tunneling, the possibility to choose the network type (NAT or non-NAT), as well as the Dark and Light themes. The Android application offers WireGuard, IPSec, and IKEv2 tunneling protocols.

IOS

With IOS, the app is similiar to the Windows version in terms of design and functionality. It supports OpenVPN TCP, OpenVPN UDP, and IKEv2 protocols. It’s more basic than the Android app, but that’s usually the case with VPN apps for iOS.

Is PureVPN safe?

PureVPN is a safe VPN service. It uses AES-256 encryption and offers reliable tunneling protocols like WireGuard and OpenVPN.

Encryption and tunneling protocols

All the tunneling protocols supported by PureVPN offer AES-256 encryption. This encryption is the current industry standard of encryption, trusted by the US government, military, and companies that deal with sensitive data because of its cipher’s complexity and the huge number of 2256 possible key combinations.

Logging

Firstly, PureVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands. Previously, this VPN was based in Hong Kong – but in late 2021, it switched to a different jurisdiction.
Both Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands have privacy-friendly data retention policies. However, it is rumored that China’s pressure on the city could make PureVPN a less attractive option.With the latest switch, these doubts are all but subsided.
Secondly, PureVPN has already proven that it can leak personal information to the authorities. In 2017, the company aided in the arrest of an alleged cyberstalker by providing his logs to the FBI. More precisely, they managed to trace two of the criminal’s email accounts to the same IP address.
After this incident, PureVPN altered their privacy policy to take their users’ trust again. It is said that they don’t collect IP addresses, assigned VPN server IP addresses, VPN session timestamps, browsing activities, and DNS requests. Moreover, their privacy policy has been audited by Altius IT and KPMG auditing firms.
However, PureVPN’s website claims that it still tracks your name, email address and payment method: but that’s just standard procedure. You can also pay in crypto for an anonymous currency transaction. That being said – with independent tests and a great location, PureVPN now offers solid security features that compete with the best VPN providers.

Always-On Audit

Recently, PureVPN announced that they’re becoming the first VPN on the market with an always-on audit. Their agreement with KPMG International Limited highlights that the auditing company can conduct a thorough surprise audit without notice. The message is clear – audits could happen at any time, so your privacy is safe at all times.
Not that long ago, KPMG has already inspected the service and found no evidence that the service doesn’t adhere to their no-logs claims. Expect additional checks in the future. KPMG will be publishing these reports publically.

PureVPN Vs. NordVPN

Currently, NordVPN is one of the biggest PureVPN’s rivals. Let’s try comparing PureVPN with NordVPN
First, let’s look at server numbers. PureVPN has over 6,500 servers in 140 locations (including virtual servers) while NordVPN has more than 5,200 servers in 60 countries.
Now, I will point out their similarities.
Both PureVPN and NordVPN have great no-data logging policies. PureVPN and NordVPN both operate in countries not part of any international surveillance alliances. Both VPNs have kill-switch features and special servers for P2P torrenting and Netflix.
Both offer split tunneling on Android and Windows devices, as well. Lastly, both VPNs give you the option of a dedicated IP address.

The only big category is when it comes to IP addresses. With NordVPN, you get the same shared IP address every time. PureVPN gives you dynamic IP addresses, meaning each time you access the VPN, you will get a different IP address. We prefer dynamic IP addresses when it comes to VPNs. Because of ever-changing IP addresses, it is harder for others to track our online activities.
The price of PureVPN and NordVPN are pretty similiar

PureVPN is slightly cheaper, both if you pay monthly ($10.95 vs. $11.95) or for two whole years ($2.04 vs. $3.67). Overall, NordVPN and PureVPN have similar features and come with almost identical price points. The big factor is whether you prefer NordVPN’s static IP address or PureVPN’s dynamic IP address.

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PureVPN pros and cons

Pros

  • AES-256 encryption
  • Unblocks Netflix
  • Supports torrenting
  • No DNS leaks
  • Compatible with Android TV
  • Supports port forwarding
  • 31-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Limited Linux app
  • Connection issues
  • Some features don’t work with WireGuard

FAQ Pure VPN

Is PureVPN any good?

It successfully unblocks Netflix, BBC iPlayer, DAZN, and Youtube. It uses reliable encryption like most quality VPN services. What’s more, it should work in China thanks to the SSTP tunneling protocol.

How do I get PureVPN for free?

You can’t get PureVPN for free because PureVPN does not have a free trial. However you can try it risk-free with the company’s 31-day money-back guarantee. You can also try out PureVPN for seven days for $.99.

Does PureVPN work in China?

It is definitely yes when you use VPN in China. The VPN supports the SSTP tunneling protocol which is usually able to bypass the Great Firewall. In case, you’re not happy with the service, feel free to browse our take on the best VPNs for China.

How much does PureVPN cost?

PureVPN costs between $2.04 and $10.95 depending on how long you subscribe and which promotions are running at the time of your purchase. Currently, if you commit to a one-year subscription, the cost is $3.32 a month. A two-year subscription is $2.04 a month. Or if you want to just pay monthly, the cost is $10.95.

Conclusion

PureVPN is faster than most, has a decent feature set and is good value on the longer-term plans. But the unblocking failures, kill switch and assorted app issues prevent this service from competing with the top providers.