VPN Reviews

CryptLine VPN Review – No-Frills VPN Service [not active as of 6/6/2014]

Monday, July 1st, 2013

CryptLine is an established provider of VPN services. The service was launched in the year 2009 and since then it has helped countless people to secure their online activities. In the CryptLine review below, we take a look at the features offered by the service and decide if it is worth subscribing.

Server Locations and Site Access

CryptLine has VPN servers in just 2 countries – United States of America and Netherlands. While the choice of server locations is not as comprehensive as provided by other VPN providers, the service provides a great way to unlock location restricted services available only inside USA and Netherlands. Moreover, the service offers a simple but effective solution to bypass censorship and firewalls that are imposed inside many countries (for example, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Brazil and UAE), schools, organizations and universities. Once you subscribe to the service, you would be able to unlock sites like Gmail, Netflix, ABC, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Facebook, Vudu, Pandora, Xfinity, YouTube, NBC, CBS, MLB, NFL, Twitter, HBO Go, Fox, MTV, Vevo, Rara, Skype, Deezer, Blogger and Spotify from any place in the world. The company also allows unlimited server switching so it becomes easy to unlock local content from both US and Holland with just one subscription plan.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

CryptLine offer both fixed speed and unlimited speed plans to its users. Regardless of the plan that you choose, the bandwidth available is unmetered so you can download unlimited content, make long Skype calls, play online games and stream HD movies/TV shows without worrying about hitting monthly usage limits. The company does not allow peer to peer sharing so you cannot use it to hide your bittorrenting activities.

Privacy Settings

CryptLine VPN offers excellent security through PPTP (128 bit MPPE encryption) and OpenVPN (1024 bit SSL encryption) protocols. The PPTP protocol works with all devices whereas the OpenVPN protocol is ideal for desktops and laptops. The high level of security available helps in protecting high value data such as credit card numbers, PayPal login information, passwords and social accounts so that you don’t become a victim of identity or monetary theft. The service even comes with hotspot protection for protection against hackers and snoopers who often take advantage of low security measures implemented at public Wi-Fi networks (public parks, airports, hotels, coffee shops and malls) to steal data and money.

The company does not keep logs of user activities. They just keep connection logs to maintain their servers and even that data is deleted on a regular basis and is never handed over to third parties or higher authorities.

Supported Operating Systems

CryptLine VPN works well with many operating systems including Windows (7, XP, Vista), Linux, Mac OS, iOS (iPad and iPhone OS) and Android (another popular OS for Smartphones and tablets). The setup is quick and easy and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to configure the service on any device. The company is yet to publish installation guides in English (they are available in Russian) which is a major drawback associated with the service.

Customer Support

The company provides customer support through ICQ, Skype, live chat and email. Since the live chat is not available 24 X 7, it is best to use emails to get answers to technical queries and connectivity issues.

Pricing Options

CryptLine offers flexible VPN plans for its customers. The Pro VPN plan with no speed limits starts from $20 per month, the Lite plan with 1 Mbit/s speed limit starts from $10 per month while the Micro VPN plan with no speed limit is available for $1 a day. The company also offers a 3 day money back guarantee so you can test the service without worrying about losing your money.

Final Verdict

On the whole, CryptLine VPN scores well on most parameters. While the service lacks a good choice of server locations and support documentation, it does deliver high security and good speed. So if you are looking for a simple and usable VPN service, check the VPN offers from CryptLine today. For more information, please visit: www.cryptline.net.

July 1, 2013

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