VPN Reviews

Cryptostorm Review – A Ground Breaking VPN Service

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Cryptostorm is a Canada based VPN provider that offers token based, structurally anonymous VPN service. Launched in February’ 2014, the service is brought to you by the same team that offered CryptoCloud VPN earlier. In this exhaustive Cryptostorm review, we will reveal how the service works and recommend whether you should subscribe to the service.

Server Locations and Site Access

As of now, Cryptostorm has servers in Germany, Canada and Iceland. Although the choice of server locations is extremely limited, the company is planning to deploy VPN gateways in United States, Switzerland, Ukraine, Panama, United Kingdom and Czech Republic shortly.

With the current VPN setup, subscribers can unlock German, Canadian and Icelandic On-Demand services like CTV, Global TV, MTV, ProSieben, Bravo, RTL, Inn TV, CBC, The Comedy Network, Icelandic Cinema, Das Erste, TV5 Monde, Much Music, Arte, City TV, WDR, Vox, Star TV, Spacecast, Sat.1 and TSN from all over the world. In addition, the service provides relief from all types of firewalls and censorship and allows you to access Facebook, Skype, Gmail, Viber, YouTube, Twitter and Blogger even if they are blocked by your ISP (as in China, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Brazil, Qatar, Bahrain and Thailand) or network administrator. Also, since the company permits unlimited server switching, you are free to connect to any server (German, Canadian or Icelandic) and access local content from that country.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

Cryptostorm manages its own servers and offers new subscriptions only when the network can handle the additional load. The company does not impose any kind of speed or bandwidth limits upon its subscribers so the service is highly suitable for streaming HD content, downloading innumerable files, using VOIP tools and playing online games. The company even permits P2P sharing through its network so you can use the service to hide your bittorrenting activities from the authorities.

Privacy Settings

Cryptostorm relies on the OpenVPN protocol (with CBC 256-bit AES encryption, SHA-512 hash authentication, 2048 RSA asymmetric key encryption) to deliver its service. The high level of encryption guarantees a bulletproof level of security at all times and protects your vulnerable data (Credit card numbers, social accounts, etc.) from theft and misuse. So whether you want to secure your unsecured wireless sessions at malls, airports, coffee shops and hotels or wish to protect your emails, instant messages and VOIP sessions from surveillance and hacking threats, Cryptostorm would be a good choice for you.

Cryptostorm uses a token based authentication system that is nothing short of revolutionary. Basically, the company has decoupled payment system from its VPN service which results in an increased level of privacy to the end users. To make this possible, the company does not sell monthly subscriptions, instead customers can only buy tokens to unlock the VPN service. For even more privacy, the customers can buy tokens from resellers and even make payments via bitcoins or other crypto currencies.

The company does not monitor or log user activities. The company has also pledged to shut down its service if it is forced to reveal customer details to third parties or law enforcement agencies.

Supported Operating Systems

Cryptostorm works with Windows, Linux, Android, Mac as well as DD-WRT, Tomato and OpenWRT routers. The company offers a custom client for Windows but users of other Operating systems and devices would need to configure the service manually. The company even offers the source code used to build its VPN client so the customers can check the level of privacy offered by the service.

Customer Support

The company offers support through email, forum, Twitter and voicemail. The Cryptostorm forum contains a wealth of information that can be used to learn more about the service and troubleshoot common problems. However, a lot of information on the company’s website and forum may sound like technical jargon to non-technical people.

Pricing Options

Cryptostorm tokens cost $7 CAD for a month and $64 CAD for a year. The company offers discounts to customers who pay via crypto currencies (Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Zetacoin). While the company does not offer free trials or refunds, it provides free accounts from time to time.

Final Verdict

Overall, Cryptostorm ranks well as far as performance and privacy is concerned. While the service offers limited number of VPN gateways and is not available for iPads and iPhones yet, it provides extraordinary level of privacy to its customers. So if you value your online privacy, don’t forget to subscribe to Cryptostorm VPN service. For more information, please visit: www.cryptostorm.is.

April 21, 2014

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