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VPN Baron Review – A No-Frills VPN Service

Friday, November 6th, 2015

VPN Baron is a Romania based service provider which claims to enforce your right to privacy. Founded in 2014, the service is one of the newest VPN providers in the market. In this VPN Baron review, we will explore the features of the service as well as check out its pros and cons.

Server Locations & Site Access – VPN Baron has deployed VPN servers in 6 countries including United States (Dallas, San Francisco, New York, Silicon Valley), France (Paris, Lyon), United Kingdom (London), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Hong Kong and Australia (Sydney). Although the choice of IP locations is rather limited, expats and business travelers can use the service to unblock several different GEO-IP restricted streaming services like Netflix, ABC Player, BBC iPlayer, Rara, USA Network, Hulu, NBC, Spotify, Canal+, Lovefilm, Sky Go, Amazon Prime, Pandora, CWTV, TVLab, iTV Player, ABC iView, MLB, 4OD, Film1, Direct 8, Foxtel Play, Eurosport, HBO Now, RTVNH, Ten Sports, UK TV, Vevo, CBS, HBO Go, Xfinity, AT5, MyTV, Sport1, TVB, Deezer, FOX, NHL, MTV, Vudu and Demand 5 from anywhere in the world. And for those who are based in China, Middle East or Latin America or wish to get around workplace firewalls, the service makes it easy to bypass even the most stringent censorship measures and unlock sites like Gmail, Line, Skype, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Also, since there is absolutely no restriction on server switching, customers would be able to access hundreds of IP restricted services with just one account.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – VPN Baron is based on the principle that customers shouldn’t have to compromise browsing speeds for security. As such, the provider doesn’t impose any type of speed or bandwidth restrictions upon its subscribers. With the speed and bandwidth available at your disposal, you can use VOIP services, download and share content via torrents (bittorrenting allowed through few servers), stream HD videos, play online games and browse at near ISP speeds without worrying about any restrictions.

Privacy Settings – VPN Baron uses the most reliable OpenVPN protocol (with 128 bit encryption 1024 bit RSA keys) to secure user sessions. The service protects all kinds of sensitive data (including IP address, identity, social security number, social accounts, passwords) from snooping and surveillance plus it secures every type of online connection (browsing, FTP, mailing, messaging) on its own. Business travelers who travel a lot would be happy to learn that the service can also secure unprotected Wi-Fi connections at malls, airports, public parks and hotels.

For the technical nerds, here are the algorithms that VPN Baron uses: 
Encryption Cipher : AES-256-CBC
Hash: SHA512  —
TLS-Cipher: DHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384 2048 bit RSA.

For our not so technical readers:

VPNBaron uses strong OpenVPN encryption without compromising speeds. AES as the best encryption standard currently available.

The number of operations required to brute force a 256-bit cipher is 3.31 x 10(65),  roughly equal to the number of atoms in the universe!

On top of that, we offer another 2 security protocols, that add another layer of encryption. SSL and OBFSPROXY – These are very helpful against ISPs and Governments that try to kill VPN connections.

VPN Baron has a strict no logging policy. While the provider records connection details like timestamp and bandwidth usage, it doesn’t record personally identifiable information like IP addresses.

Supported Operating Systems – VPN Baron works well on Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. There is a lightweight VPN client available for Windows OS but for other systems, customers would need to set up the service manually. The setup is via Tunnelblick for Mac OS X and OpenVPN Connect for iOS and Android so you would be up and running in no time.

Customer Support – VPN Baron offers support only through email. Since there is not much troubleshooting information available on the provider’s official website, you will have to wait for a reply from the support team even for minor problems or connection issues.

Pricing Options – VPN Baron offers 3 different plans:

1) Bronze plan – costs $9.99 per month, simultaneous multiple connections not allowed.

2) Silver plan – costs $41.94 for 6 months ($6.99/month, 33% saving), 2 simultaneous connections allowed.

3) Gold plan – costs $59.88 per year ($4.99/MO, 50% saving), 3 simultaneous connections permitted.

Although the company doesn’t offer free trial, there is a no-questions asked 3 day money back guarantee available to new customers who consume less than 10 GB of bandwidth. To protect the privacy of customers, the company even accepts payments via bitcoins.

Final Verdict – On the whole, VPN Baron fares well on most parameters. While the choice of IP locations is somewhat limited, the service delivers as far as speed and security is concerned. So if you are looking for a no-frills VPN service, I urge you to test drive the service today. For more information, please visit: www.vpnbaron.com.

November 6, 2015

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