VPN Reviews

PRQ VPN Review – How Does it Rate?

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

PeriQ Networks AB is a Swedish corporation that specializes in delivering web hosting, domain registration, dedicated servers and VPN solutions to customers. Established in 2004, the company is a big supporter of free speech and firmly believes in the right to anonymity and privacy on the internet. In this detailed PRQ VPN Review, we will evaluate the features provided by the service and decide if it is worth the subscription price.

Server Locations and Site Access

PRQ’s VPN servers are located at Sweden. Although the company does not offer any real choice of server locations, the service is useful to unlock popular sites like Gmail, Facebook, Skype, YouTube, Vonage, Twitter and Google Voice from restrictive corporate and school networks and from countries like Brazil, China, UAE, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. In addition, since the company provides a Swedish IP address to its customers, you would be able to unlock premium sites like Spotify, Voddler, TV3, WimpMusic, Kanal5Play, TV6, CMore, Eurosport, TV8, Viasat, TV10, Kanal9Play as well as Swedish ecommerce and banking sites from any location in the world.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

PRQ offers fixed speed and unrestricted bandwidth plans to its customers. The company delivers its service through high capacity backbone network so you will get optimum speeds for downloading, VOIP, streaming, torrenting and online gaming. The company allows P2P traffic but it is the responsibility of the customers to ensure that their bittorrenting activities are in compliance with Swedish laws.

Privacy Settings

PRQ VPN protects your online activities with 256 bit encryption. The company favors OpenVPN protocol to deliver its service which means you will get highest level of security and protection whenever you go online. The high level of encryption ensures that even your network administrator or ISP is not able to monitor your traffic and your personal details remain safe from cyber criminals. The service also offers Wi-Fi protection to safeguard your privacy at airports, malls, coffee shops and other places where hackers often take advantage of low security and steal passwords, credit card numbers, bank account details and even identity from unsuspecting netizens.

PRQ does not log details about the traffic passing through its network but the company does record connection details (connection time, bandwidth) for maintenance and troubleshooting. The company respects the privacy of its customers and it will not hand over user details to third parties or advertisers. However, you must also keep in mind that Sweden has strong anti-piracy and anti-privacy laws and by using the service, you agree to follow them.

Supported Operating Systems

PRQ VPN is compatible with Linux, MS Windows (7, 8, XP, Vista), BSD and Mac OS X. The company does not provide a custom VPN client so you need to configure the service manually. The setup process does require some technical expertise and people who are not familiar with their OS may find it difficult to install the service on their own. On the positive side, the company provides static IP addresses with the ability to specify your own reverse DNS, does not block ports (not even port 25 that is needed for bulk mailing) and even allows port forwarding.

Customer Support

The company provides customer support through email. The lack of other means of communications is extremely disappointing especially since setting up the service is not that easy. The company does have a support forum but it doesn’t seem to be very active.

Pricing Options

PRQ offers several different plans for the benefit of its customers. The unlimited bandwidth plans are available for $13/month with 512 KBPS speed, $21/month with 10 MBPS speed and $34 /month with 30 MBPS speed. The company even has a higher speed plan that provides 2 static IP addresses and 100 MBPS speed for $100/month. The company does not ask for your real name or address during the signup process and even supports payment through bitcoins so it is possible to subscribe to the service anonymously. However, the order process is slow and cumbersome since the company no longer accepts payments through PayPal. You need to send an email to the support staff with the VPN package that you are interested in buying and wait for the reply before you would be able to subscribe to the service. In addition, prepayment of one month is required before the service is delivered to you.

Final Verdict

The PRQ VPN service is clearly expensive and does not offer any choice of server locations or VPN protocols. In addition, the setup process is somewhat difficult which suggests that the service is not meant for VPN novices. On the positive side, the company delivers higher level of security, allows you to choose speeds as per you needs and even provides additional features that are not available with other VPN providers. We recommend that you subscribe to the service if you want a Swedish IP address or if you are looking for extra features that come with the service. For more information, please visit: www.prq.se/

August 18, 2013

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