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MonkeyVPN Review – Does The Service Provide Value For Money?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

MonkeyVPN is a security solution provider that has been around for more than 3 years. Launched in 2009, the company aims to deliver blazing fast VPN service to its customers. In this detailed MonkeyVPN Review, we will check the pros and cons of the service and decide if it worth the subscription price.

Server Locations and Site Access

As of now, the company has its servers in just one country – United States of America. The company is also planning to deliver its service from United Kingdom and Germany in the near future. While the lack of choice of server locations is indeed disappointing, the service is useful for unblocking US based premium sites from anywhere as well as bypassing firewalls from organizations, schools and certain countries (example China, Brazil, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar). Once you establish the VPN connection, you would be able to unlock sites like Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Twitter, ABC, CBS, NBC, Gmail, CWTV, Skype, HBO Go, Fox TV, Discovery, Dramafever, Google Voice, MLB, NFL, Vonage, Vudu, Amazon Prime and Xfinity from any country in the world.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

MonkeyVPN delivers its service through Tier-1 servers with high bandwidth and low latency. The company does not impose any kind of speed or bandwidth limit on its subscribers so the service is suitable for activities like downloading, VOIP, streaming of HD content and online gaming.

Privacy Settings

MonkeyVPN protects your privacy and anonymity with 128 bit encryption. As of now, the company delivers its service through the PPTP protocol but it is planning to offer support for other protocols soon. The service protects your personal and financial details (bank accounts, credit card numbers, passwords, social accounts) from hackers and even shields your online sessions from your ISP and network administrator. The service can also be used to secure wireless sessions at airports, public parks, malls, coffee shops and hotels since there is a great risk of data and identity theft while using public Wi-Fi hotspots.

The company does not spy on its users’ online activities but it does record connection details (date/time, duration of connection and bytes transferred) for a period of few days. The company will not hand over customer data to anyone unless it is forced to do so by legal authorities.

Supported Operating Systems

MonkeyVPN’s service works well with Windows (all versions from Win 95 to Win 7), Mac OS X (10.2+), Linux, Windows Mobile, Android, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch. It is also possible to use the service on Smart TVs and gaming consoles through DD-WRT routers. The company does not provide a custom VPN client so you will need to set up the service manually. The company provides setup guides for Windows and Mac on its official site but you will need to refer to other websites for configuring the service on other systems and devices. The company prohibits sending email messages through port 25 so you won’t be able to send mails through Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird while using the service.

Customer Support

The company provides customer support through email. The company also provides basic troubleshooting guide on its official site so it is possible to resolve common VPN problems with ease.

Pricing Options

MonkeyVPN offers 24 hour account for $1.49, 1 month account for $9.99 and a 3 month account for $24.99. The company does not offer refunds but it does offer a free 1 day trial which should give you an idea about the capabilities of the service. The company accepts payments through PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account to subscribe to the service) so it is easy to cancel recurring subscriptions from your own PayPal account.

Final Verdict

MonkeyVPN does not offer many options as far as server locations, VPN protocols and payment methods are concerned. The service is also a bit pricey for the features that it is offering. We recommend checking the free trial of the service if you are not happy with your current VPN provider or if you are looking for a VPN service having servers in United States. For more information, please visit: www.MonkeyVPN.com.

August 12, 2013

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