VPN Reviews

VPN Authority Review

Monday, January 12th, 2015

VPN Authority is a Victoria, Australia based privacy service provider. The service was launched in 2005 to help online users protect their financial transactions at Wi-Fi hotspots. This VPN Authority review will reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the service so that you can make your subscription decision.

Server Locations & Site Access – VPN Authority has servers in four countries:

United Kingdom
United States
Czech Republic (Prague)
Slovakia (Bratislava)

While there is no doubt that there are very few options available as far as gateway locations are concerned, the service works in all countries and can help you to unblock almost any website from any location. For instance, American and British expats can use the service to unlock Netflix, Demand 5, ABC, FOX, HBO Go, Sky Go, Eurosport, Hulu, USA Network, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Vevo, UK TV, TNT, Lovefilm, MTV, STV, Xfinity, NBC, CWTV, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, CBS, MLB, iTV, NHL and 4OD from their current location while those visiting China and Middle East would find it useful to access blocked websites and services like Skype, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Since the provider has not placed any restriction on server switching, you can unlock American as well as European content with one subscription.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – VPN Authority does not throttle speeds nor does it limit bandwidth by package. The company has twelve dedicated servers in US and UK (including few IPv6 SuperSpeed Servers) which ensures that no single server gets overloaded and all users get reliable connections. In addition, each server is optimized to deliver fast speeds for gaming, streaming, browsing and VOIP sessions. The provider even allows P2P activities from a limited number of servers.

Privacy Settings – VPN Authority creates 128-256 bit of encrypted tunnels and relies on most popular protocols (OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP) to deliver the service. The OpenVPN protocol is definitely the most secure protocol available today while the PPTP and L2TP protocols ensure that the service can be used even from mobile devices. The service ensures that your personal or financial data doesn’t get stolen at Wi-Fi hotspots plus it even protects you from most security and surveillance threats.

VPN Authority collects connection logs to monitor server performance and identify bugs and security breaches. While the company does not monitor online sessions or share customer information with third parties, it may reveal user data to police if there is an illegal activity involved.

Supported Operating Systems – VPN Authority is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, Linux, Windows (7, 8, Vista, XP), Mac, Android, Boxee Box and routers from D-Link. TP-Link and Sitecom. The company provides an OpenVPN based client for Windows and VPN profile for iOS devices but for other systems, you must configure the service manually by referring to the available instructions. The service offers dynamic IPs that change every 1-2 days so there is no risk of your personal data getting compromised.

Customer Support – VPN Authority offers 24X7 ticket based support that is ranked as the best in the industry. The provider has also provided detailed troubleshooting instructions for a variety of errors so you can even resolve common issues on your own.

Pricing Options – VPN Authority is available to new subscribers at a subscription price of $7.5 a month, $21.3 for 3 months ($7.1/month), $39 for 6 months ($6.5/month) or $63.6 per year ($5.3/month). Unlike other VPN providers, the company offers flexible plans so it is possible to subscribe for any length of time from 1-12 months. New customers can try the service for free for 2 days (session time is limited to 5 minutes at a time during the trial period) plus there is also a 3 day money back guarantee available.

Final Verdict – VPN Authority certainly qualifies as one of the better privacy services on the web. The provider may not have servers at many locations but it does manage to provide an efficient and fast service. We recommend that you check out the free trial and upgrade to a term plan if you are happy with the features offered by the service. For more information, please visit: www.vpnauthority.com.

January 12, 2015

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