VPN Reviews

VPNium Review – A Freemium VPN Service

Monday, September 15th, 2014

VPNium is a recently launched free VPN service that offers security and privacy to its users. Apart from its never ending free plan, the company also offers a Premium subscription option to customers who are looking for a fast and secure privacy service. This VPNium review will focus on the features available through VPNium and recommend if the service is worth using.

Server Locations & Site Access

VPNium has VPN gateways in 18 countries including United States, Finland, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Germany, Russian Federation, Netherlands, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain and Ireland. Free users of VPNium get access to limited number of servers but premium subscribers can connect to all VPN gateways and switch servers as many times as they wish.

With a VPNium subscription, it is possible to get an IP address from any one of the above 18 countries and unblock premium sites such as Netflix, RTL, BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, Canal+, RTE Player, Spotify, CTV, Pandora, CWTV, Amazon Prime, NHL, Pluzz, Deezer, Bravo, Russia TV, ABC, Rai TV, TNT, Sky Go, Hulu, CBC, Rara, Arte, Lovefilm, USA Network, HBO Go, Vevo, iTV Player, Xfinity, Vudu, MTV, Demand 5, FOX, MLB, 4OD, NBC and CBS regardless of your current location. The service can also be used to circumvent firewalls and censorship at schools, offices and locations like Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil, UAE, Thailand, Kuwait and Bahrain and unlock often blocked sites like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Viber and YouTube from anywhere.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth

The free users of VPNium get limited speed (with unlimited bandwidth) that is suitable for light browsing and emailing work. On the other hand, the Premium subscribers get access to fast servers and do not face any kind of speed restrictions. Thus, the premium plans are more suited for heavy duty streaming, VOIP, downloading and gaming sessions.

Privacy Settings

VPNium provides security and privacy on the web with up to 2048 bit encryption. The company relies on OpenVPN protocol to deliver its service which is one of the most secure VPN protocols currently available. The service offers protection for almost all online activities (browsing, FTP, emails, VOIP, ICQ etc.) and it even secures your personal details (passwords, bank logins, credit card numbers, identity) when you are using a Wi-Fi hotspot at a hotel, mall, airport or coffee shop.

VPNium does not keep logs of user activities; it just captures anonymous technical information to maintain the quality of the service. The company delivers a totally anonymous service and subscribers don’t even have to register in order to use it. The free users don’t have to deal with pesky ads which makes the overall connection faster and more secure.

Supported Operating Systems

As of now, VPNium is available only for Windows based computers (XP, Vista, 7, 8). The company has developed its own VPN installer so there is no manual configuration needed to setup or use the service.

Customer Support

VPNium provides customer support through a ticket system. The premium subscribers get priority support whereas the free users may have to wait a bit longer to get answers to their queries.

Pricing Options

As mentioned earlier, VPNium offers a no-obligation, never ending free subscription to all customers. Customers who wish to access faster servers or use the service for resource intensive activities can subscribe to the Premium plan for $7.95 for a month, $39.95 for 6 months and $60 for a year. There is no free trial available for the premium plan but you can subscribe to it for a day for $ 1.95.

Final Verdict

Overall, VPNium scores high on most parameters. While the service is currently available only for Windows, it provides a high level of security even to those who cannot afford to subscribe to an expensive privacy solution. We recommend that you download the VPNium software to secure and anonymize your online sessions. For more information, please visit: www.vpnium.com.

September 15, 2014

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