VPN Reviews

Disconnect.Me Review – A Feature Rich Privacy Solution

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Disconnect.Me is a California based company which has developed several award winning and easy to use security and privacy products. Established in 2011 by former Google engineers, Disconnect’s products are used by more than 4 million people around the world. This Disconnect.Me review will focus on how the service protects your privacy and whether or not you should be using the service.

Server Locations & Site Access – Disconnect.Me has got servers at just three locations – United States, United Kingdom and Japan. While this doesn’t compare favorably with VPN service providers that have servers at dozens of locations, the service is helpful for expats and frequent travelers who want to unlock GEO-IP restricted content from these three countries.

With your Disconnect subscription, you would be able to unblock premium On-Demand sites like BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Pandora, TV Japan, iTV Player, CWTV, Lovefilm, HBO Now, Eurosport, ABC Player, TV Asahi, Vevo, MTV, Vudu, Demand 5, FOX, MLB, UK TV, STV, NBC, CBS, Hulu, Xfinity, USA Network, HBO Go, TV Tokyo, NHL, Sky Go, City TV and 4OD from any geographical area in the world. Additionally, the service can help you to defeat internet censorship and access popular sites like YouTube, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and Viber from China, Middle East and Latin America as well as from behind a corporate or university’s firewall. Also, since there is no restriction on monthly server switches, you can access streaming content available in US, UK and Japan by paying just once.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – Disconnect.Me has no speed or bandwidth restrictions in place. The service makes your online experience a lot faster by blocking tracking requests that are used by most web service providers. This makes the service well suited for demanding activities like streaming of HD content, VOIP, multiplayer gaming, downloading and not to mention, plain browsing.

Privacy Settings – Disconnect.Me secures your privacy with OpenVPN and iKEv2 protocols that offer up to 256 bit AES encryption (with 2048 bit keys). The VPN service includes access to other products from the company which deliver unmatched level of security and privacy. Here is what is included with a subscription to Disconnect.Me’s VPN service:

Anonymous search – Keeps your search requests private while you are using your favorite search engine (supports Google, DuckDuckGo, Bing and Yahoo).
Encrypted Internet – Tunneling feature that protects your online activities from surveillance and hacking threats.
Safe Browsing – Blocks 5000+ tracking services that distribute malware.
Privacy Icons – Displays color coded privacy icons below each search result which can help you to understand privacy policies of thousands of sites.
Visualize tracking – Shows a list of all tracking companies which are trying to track your activities when you are visiting a website or using an app.

In short, Disconnect.Me masks your IP address, secures your private data from surveillance and hacking as well as protects you from all kinds of tracking.

The privacy policy of the company is simple; the company doesn’t log IP addresses or any other personal information. The company does collect connection data like time of connection/disconnection and number of bytes used but the information is never handed over to third parties. However, it is worthwhile to note here that since the company is based in US, it will co-operate with all legal requests and may even hand over personal data of subscribers to law enforcement agencies.

Supported Operating Systems – Disconnect.Me works on Windows (7.0+), Mac (10.7+), iOS (7.0+) and Android (4.0+). The company offers app for all operating systems which makes installing the product a breeze. The service can be used from three different devices at the same time so you don’t have to buy separate packages to secure your computers and mobile devices.

Customer Support – Disconnect.Me offers customer support via email. The lack of live chat support is a disappointment more so since the provider hasn’t published troubleshooting instructions on its website.

Pricing Options – Disconnect’s VPN service costs 5 per month or $50 a year. There is no trial of the VPN service available but the company does have a no questions asked refund policy in place.

Final Verdict – It is clear that Disconnect offers much more than a typical VPN service. While some customers could be disappointed with the extremely limited choice of server locations, others are bound to appreciate the anonymous search and safe browsing features offered by the provider. I give the service full marks for taking care of our privacy and recommend that you try it for yourself. For more information, please visit: www.disconnect.me.

July 7, 2015

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