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VPNConnected Review – Safety And Security At Your Fingertips

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

VPNConnected is a privacy service that makes it easy to surf the internet securely without leaving any traces behind. The service was launched very recently (in 2014) by NIO Network Management Ltd which is a Bulgaria based company. This VPNConnected Review will reveal what VPNConnected has to offer and recommend whether or not you should subscribe to this anonymity service.

Server Locations & Site Access

VPNConnected has 130+ servers in 32 countries. The choice of VPN gateways include countries such as United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Japan, Belgium, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Luxembourg, Russia, Poland, Austria, Romania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa, China, Ireland, Panama, Brazil and India.

With so many server locations to choose from, customers of the service can enjoy location restricted and streaming services that are available only in the above 32 countries. For instance, VPNConnected users can unblock Netflix, Zattoo, BBC iPlayer, RTE Player, NRK, ABC iView, Tudou, RTL, Spotify, Spacecast, CBC, The Comedy Network, CTV, Pandora, HBO Go, Lovefilm, Amazon Prime, Youku, Demand 5, QQLive, NHL, Deezer, Rara, PPTV, iTV, TVB, TV Asahi, TNT, ABC Player, CWTV, Rai TV, Das Erste, Eurosport, MyTV, TV Japan, WimpMusic, Viasat, ProSieben, USA Network, Xfinity, TV Tokyo, Vevo, NBC, Sky Go, Voddler, CMore, D8, Hulu, Vudu, Wilmaa, Canal+, Pluzz, CBS, AT5, MTV, FOX, 4OD, Arte and MLB regardless of their current location. Not only that, the service makes it possible to access popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Skype, Viber and YouTube even if they are blocked by ISPs (as in China, UAE, Brazil) or network administrators (common in schools and offices).

VPNConnected makes it easy to access local content from multiple countries by offering unrestricted server switching with every VPN plan. Customers are free to switch servers as many times as they want and access premium services from all the 32 countries by subscribing just once.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth

VPNConnected does not restrict speed or traffic for its customers. The service offers up to 1 GBPS speeds through its network which allows users to stream HD content, make VOIP calls, play online games and download tons of content without encountering speed or bandwidth issues. The company even allows torrenting from certain servers (Canada, Panama, Luxembourg, Romania, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany) which is indeed a good news for users who are looking for a VPN service to protect their bittorrenting sessions.

Privacy Settings

VPNConnected offers upto 256-bit encryption which is the same level of protection that is used by most governments and defense services. The service is available through several protocols (PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP) which ensures compatibility with a wide variety of Operating Systems and devices. The service protects your online sessions(including browsing, emails, messages and VOIP calls) from all kinds of surveillance, snooping and security threats and even secures your passwords and credit card details from hackers at Wi-Fi hotspots.

VPNConnected does not keep traffic logs but the company does record connection details for a period of 3 days. The company says that it cannot be forced to reveal logs since its servers are managed by an offshore company. However, it reserves the right to investigate if the network is used for illegal activities.

Supported Operating Systems

VPNConnected is compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7 and 8), Mac OSX, Linux, iPads, iPhones, Android and Windows Mobile. The company offers its own VPN software for Windows OS that doesn’t require installation and makes it easy to change protocols and switch servers but users of other systems would need to configure the service manually. The company has published detailed setup instructions for all systems on its site so setting up the service shouldn’t take much time even for novice users. The company allows 3 active connections per account so it is easy to secure multiple devices with one subscription.

Customer Support

VPNConnected provides 24 X 7 X 365 customer support through emails and tickets. The company has not published troubleshooting guides on its site which is indeed a disappointment.

Pricing Options

VPNConnected’s unlimited plans are available from $7.99 per month, $20.97 for 3 months ($6.99/month), $35.94 for 6 months ($5.99/month) and $59.88 for 1 year ($4.99/month). Customers who need extra security (256 bit encryption), Static IP, port forwarding, SSH Tunnel or wish to use the service from their mobile devices need to spend an extra $2/month for each of the above features. The company does not offer trials but it does provide an unconditional 7 day money-back guarantee. VPNConnected accepts payments through PayPal and Bitcoins so it is definitely possible to subscribe without revealing your personal details.

Final Verdict

Overall, VPNConnected scores well on most parameters. While the service turns out to be expensive especially when you consider the add-on services, it does deliver a safe and reliable privacy solution. We definitely recommend that you check out the features offered by VPNConnected if you are not happy with your current VPN service provider. For more information, please visit: www.vpnconnected.com.

July 16, 2014

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