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VPN.HT Review – Popcorn Time Approved Privacy Solution

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

VPN.HT is a British Virgin Islands based VPN service provider. The company was in the news recently when it decided to become the official partner of Popcorn Time, the nemesis of Hollywood that allows anyone to stream latest movies and TV shows via torrenting. In this VPN.HT review, we will check what else VPN.HT has to offer and reveal whether or not you should become its subscriber.

Server Locations & Site Access – VPN.HT has deployed servers in a number of countries including United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Singapore, Luxembourg, Mexico and Netherlands. In addition, the service boasts of an in-build SmartDNS service that makes it easy to access location restricted content that are only available within United States and United Kingdom.

The well-distributed server network of the company is indeed a boon for fans on online streaming services. As soon as you subscribe to VPN.HT, you’d be able to unlock GEO-IP blocked services like HBO Now, Amazon Instant Videos, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Direct 8, City TV, Rara, Canal+, Hulu, HBO Go, Channel Ten, Zattoo, Lovefilm, Arte, Much Music, Spacecast, CBC, ABC Player, USA Network, Xfinity, CWTV, Eurosport, E!, Foxtel Play, MTV, Spotify, ABC iView, Mio TV, MLB, Sky Go, The Comedy Network, FOX, TNT, Global TV, iTV Player, Vudu, Bravo, Demand 5, Vevo, 4OD, NBC, RTL, CBS, NHL and CTV from any place in the world. And if you are traveling to a country like China, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Brazil or Thailand, the service can help you to unlock blocked websites and services like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Viber, Skype and YouTube. Also, there is no restriction as far as switching of servers is concerned so you can unlock On-Demand content from several countries with just one subscription.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – VPN.HT delivers unlimited bandwidth and throttle-free speeds to all subscribers. As a partner of Popcorn Time, the company has to optimize its network on a continuous basis in order to deliver high speeds that support HD streaming. Additionally, the service provides good speeds for activities like browsing, downloading, VOIP and multiplayer gaming.

Privacy Settings – In addition to providing unlimited speed and bandwidth, VPN.HT also takes your privacy seriously. The service provides up to 256 bit AES encryption (with 2048 bit keys) through OpenVPN which is more than enough to beat the surveillance conducted the by intelligence agencies as well as hacking activities of online criminals. Moreover, the service also supports L2TP/IPSec and PPTP protocols so it can also work on older devices and legacy systems. The service not hides your real IP address but also secures your private data (bank login/password, social accounts, passwords) when you are accessing the internet from a public or untrusted network (for instance, public Wi-Fi hotspot at a mall, restaurant or airport). However, some users have reported that the service leaks DNS which is indeed a cause of concern.

VPN.HT doesn’t log online sessions of its subscribers; as a matter of fact, logging is disabled on the company’s servers. The provider also uses its own DNS servers to protect your identity. However, the company collects connection data (date/time of connection, bandwidth used and sever location) in order to deliver a foolproof service to subscribers. The company doesn’t share subscriber data with third parties or marketing companies under any circumstances.

Supported Operating System – VPN.HT is a cross platform privacy service that works flawlessly on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. While subscribers need to setup the service manually, a special Popcorn Time client is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The service supports OpenVPN on Android (via OpenVPN Connect) but not on iPads or iPhones. If you need a VPN for multiple devices, you would be happy to note that the service can be used from one computer and one mobile device at the same time.

Customer Support – VPN.HT offers 24/7 support via a Zendesk powered ticket system and email. In addition, customers can contact the support staff via a toll free number.

Pricing Options – VPN.HT offers two subscription options – a monthly plan that costs $1 for the first month (and $4.99/Month for subsequent months) and a yearly plan that is available for $40 (3.33 per month). The company doesn’t offer trials but in case you are not happy with the service, you can ask for a refund within 30 days of subscribing.

Final Verdict – To conclude, I was very happy with what VPN.HT had to offer. While the provider doesn’t have a server in UK (but you can stream the content from the country via SmartDNS) and subscribers have to face occasional issues related to the Popcorn Time client and DNS leaks, there is no denying the fact that the provider offers a fast and secure privacy solution. As such, I have no recommendation in recommending the service to people who wish to subscribe to a cost-effective privacy service. For more information, please visit: www.vpn.ht.

July 7, 2015

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