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SMOZ VPN Review – An OpenVPN Based Privacy Solution

Monday, April 21st, 2014

SMOZ VPN is one of the newest VPN providers in the market. At first glance, the provider makes a favorable impression due to its sleek and stylish website. In this SMOZ VPN Review we heck out the features available with the privacy solution and discover if the service is worth a shot.

Server Locations and Site Access

SMOZ VPN offers an impressive choice of server locations. The company has VPN gateways in 10 American and European countries including United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Germany, Italy and Ukraine. While the company still does not have any VPN server in Asia, it offers a good choice of gateways for those who wish to bypass censorship and access premium websites from America and Europe.

Subscribing to SMOZ VPN would allow you to access popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, YouTube and Skype from restricted networks (schools, workplaces) and countries (China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Brazil, Thailand). Additionally, the service can be used to change your IP address and unblock GEO-IP restricted sites like Hulu, BBC iPlayer, CTV, Demand 5, Rara, Netflix, RTL, Much Music, ABC Player, MTV, Lovefilm, Russia TV, Spacecast, Das Erste, NBC, Xfinity, CBC, Spotify, ProSieben, Star TV, STV, iTV, WimpMusic, Bravo, Eurosport, Sky Go, Voddler, Deezer, Viasat, The Comedy Network, Sat.1, City TV, Film1, Arte, 4OD, FOX, Pandora, Global TV, UK TV, Rai TV, CMore, Vox, AT5, TSN, Sport1, Amazon Prime, USA Network, MLB, CWTV, HBO Go, CBS, NHL, Vevo, Vudu and TNT from any location in the world. And since the company allows unlimited number of server switches, you are free to change your IP as many times as you want and access local content from all 10 countries with just one SMOZ subscription.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

SMOZ does not restrict speed or bandwidth so the service is perfect for web users who stream a lot of HD content, play online games, use VOIP and download big sized files. The company’s servers are located at Tier-1 data centers so it is able to deliver really high speeds and troubleshoot server issues quickly.

Privacy Settings

SMOZ uses the most secure VPN protocol (OpenVPN) to deliver its service. The service not only camouflages your data with a strong encryption but also secures your data and online activities from ISP/network based surveillance and all types of security threats through a tunneling mechanism. If you connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots available at airports, malls, coffee shops and book shops on a regular basis then you can protect your passwords, social accounts and financial data/transactions just by connecting to the SMOZ service. What’s more, the service offers end-to-end protection for all types of online activities and not just the browsing sessions.

SMOZ does not log traffic details of its visitors. However, the company maintains a log of connection details for a period of 24 hours. The company respects the privacy of its users so it does not rent, sell or share customer data with third parties.

Supported Operating Systems

SMOZ is compatible with Windows (8, 7, XP), Mac (10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x), Linux (Ubuntu), iPhones, iPads and Android based devices. The company offers easy to install and use apps for Windows, Mac and Linux but mobile users would need to configure the service manually. The best thing about the service is that it supports OpenVPN for Android and iOS through OpenVPN for Android and OpenVPN Connect apps respectively. All SMOZ servers are equipped with NAT firewalls so your computer/mobile devices remains protected from viruses, malwares, spywares and other security threats.

Customer Support

The company offers customer support through live chat and tickets. The live chat may not be available at all hours so it is better to contact the support team through the ticketing system.

Pricing Options

SMOZ VPN’s unlimited plans are available from $6.95 per month (only desktop), $39.95 for 6 months and $59.95 for 12 months. For a very limited time, the company is offering a fully functional 14 day free trial. All new VPN subscriptions are backed by a 7 day refund policy so you can test the service with total confidence.

Final Verdict

While the SMOZ VPN service is quite new, it manages to impress on most parameters. And although we were happy with the speed and price, we certainly hope that the company adds new VPN gateways and publishes more content (including troubleshooting instructions) on its website. Meanwhile, don’t forget to grab the free trial and check if the service meets your accessibility and privacy needs. For more information, please visit: www.smoz.me.

April 21, 2014

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