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Psilo VPN Review – OpenVPN Based Security

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Psilo is a little known French VPN service provider. The service was launched in the year 2009 and it offers OpenVPN based VPN solution to deliver privacy and anonymity on the web. In this detailed Psilo VPN Review, we will look at the pros and cons of the service and decide if it is worth subscribing.

Server Locations and Site Access

Psilo has servers at 5 different locations – United States, France, Germany, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Although the company does not have servers in important VPN markets like United Kingdom and Canada, the service would allow you to unlock location restricted content that is available only within the above 5 countries as well as bypass all kinds of firewalls, censorship and restrictions. As soon as you connect to the service, you would be able to access your favorite sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, YouTube, Skype, Vonage and Google Voice from restricted networks such as offices, schools and countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil and Bahrain. Moreover, you would be able to unlock GEO-IP restricted sites like Netflix, Hulu, Deezer, Zattoo, RTL, Pandora, Amazon VOD, Eurosport, Canal+, MTV, HBO On Demand, Fox, Discovery, NFL, MLB and Xfinity irrespective of your current location. The company even allows server switching so it is possible to unlock local content from all the 5 countries where the company has servers by subscribing just once.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

Psilo VPN offers metered bandwidth plans to its customers. However, the bandwidth availability is close to 6.5 GB per day (200 GB per month) which should be sufficient for even demanding activities like streaming, torrenting, VOIP, downloading and online gaming. The company does not throttle speed in any way and even permits P2P activities from its Luxembourg, Germany and Netherlands servers.

Privacy Settings

Psilo protects your online activities with AES 256-bit encryption (with RSA 1024 bit key) that is delivered through OpenVPN protocol. The higher level of encryption ensures that your online activities like browsing, messaging, VOIP and emailing remain protected from network and ISP based surveillance. In addition, the service is beneficial for securing passwords, financial transactions, credit card numbers and even your identity from hacking and snooping attempts at public Wi-Fi hotspots available at malls, airports, coffee shops and other public places.

The company does not record online activities of its users but it does capture connection details for troubleshooting. The company will not hand over user data to anyone unless a customer is found to be involved in criminal activities.

Supported Operating Systems

Psilo VPN solution is available for Windows (7, XP, Vista), Linux (Ubuntu) and Mac OS X. The company does not offer custom VPN client so the setup has to be done manually. However, the company provides step by step installation instructions for all systems so even people with bare minimum computer knowledge would be able to install and use the service within minutes of signing up. The company does not permit mass mailing through its network so you wouldn’t be able to run email campaigns through the service.

Customer Support

The company provides email based customer support. The company has also published basic troubleshooting information on its site so it is possible to fix common VPN errors without the need to contact the support staff. Since the support staff is based in France and the official website is in French, be prepared for some language related misunderstandings.

Pricing Options

Psilo VPN’s 200 GB monthly bandwidth plan (with unlimited speed) is available for 4.5 EUR per month. The company does not offer term plans so it is not possible to save money by subscribing to half-yearly or yearly plans. The company does not offer refunds but it does provide trial accounts on its test server.

Final Verdict

Overall, Psilo VPN delivers a satisfactory VPN service. The company provides a secure and affordable way to get US and Europe based IPs and even allows torrenting activities. The downsides include metered bandwidth and lack of compatibility with mobile devices. We recommend checking the free trial to see if the service meets your security and connectivity needs. ‘For more information, please visit: www.psilo.fr.

August 13, 2013

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