With claims of being rated as the #1 fastest VPN service, VPNArea has some big expectations to live up to. How do the company’s pricing, speed, privacy/security and usability stand up in comparison to other options on the market? In our VPNArea review, we’ll dig into the nuts and bolts and help you decide if this is the right option for your needs.
Ease of Use
Signing up is pretty simple – you just need to choose the price you want to pay (which we’ll cover shortly), provide a few basic pieces of information, and enter your payment details. Once you’re a member, you can log into the members’ area, where you’ll find instructions on how to download the software to your machine. As a note, you can run the service on up to five devices at a time, including smartphones and tablets.
All you really need to do is find the icon for your operating system/device, and click it. You’ll be taken to a new page with instructions on how to download and install the software, how to input your username (not your email address) and password, choose a server, check the connection speed and more. All the steps are outlined with pictures to ensure you’re able to follow along easily.
With all of that being said, the feature-rich nature of this VPN may actually make it harder for new users to learn. Simply put, it will take time to learn how to use things like the kill switch function and the like. Yes, they offer benefits, but the learning curve may be a bit tough for some.back to menu ↑
A measure of speed, privacy, protection and quality for any VPN service is the number and location of their servers. Generally speaking, the more servers available, the better. However, you really need to ensure that those servers are located in different nations to benefit from a VPN.
Thankfully, VPNArea offers access to 194 different servers located in 54 different countries. That’s actually a good number compared to many other VPNs out there, and they’re still adding more servers today.back to menu ↑
Here’s where things get tricky with some VPNs, but not with VPNArea. The company actually offers very transparent pricing plans. There are three to choose from, including monthly, annually, and every six months. The most expensive is the monthly plan, which will cost you $9.99 per month. With that plan, you get everything included in the other two plans, except for a dedicated IP option.
The next up is the six-month plan, which will cost you $50 per six months, and comes to roughly $8.33 per month. The least expensive option is the annual plan, which will cost you $59 per year, and breaks down to about $4.92 per month. Again, all three plans allow up to five devices per account, and compatibility with Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android and Linux.back to menu ↑
VPNs protect your privacy and foster security, or at least they should. However, some options out there don’t even explain to their users what level of encryption is used to protect their data. If the level is too low (say 128-bit), then it’s more easily broken, and all your information is up for grabs, whether that’s your credit card number, or the fact that you’re browsing a site blacklisted by your national government.
VPNArea offers 256-bit encryption on both up and down stream data to ensure robust protection at all times. However, they go farther than that. Encryption only prevents the data being transmitted to or from the website from being seen. The ISP can still see the name of the website.
VPNArea provides an anti-DNS leak system to ensure that your ISP has no idea what website you’re on. The company also delivers an anti-WebRTC system to prevent your physical location from being determined by websites.back to menu ↑
Many VPNs suffer from lag – it’s supposedly just the nature of the beast. The more users on a particular server, the slower it runs (along with your physical distance from the server). However, VPNArea’s handy “users online” feature lets you see exactly how many people are on what servers, and then change to one with a lower user load to speed up your online experience. There are also two different speed tests you can run to determine the speed of your connection, and which servers have higher speeds. Of course, the fact that the company does not limit your bandwidth at any time is also a huge benefit here.back to menu ↑
Chances are good that you’re going to need help at some point while using any VPN, so the measure of customer support provided is a crucial factor.
VPNArea offers a handy live chat feature, but if there is no one available, it automatically lets you send a message.
There is also an in-depth support forum where you can browse by topic, ask questions and find answers to your challenges all on your own.
There’s also a contact page on the website with links for tech support, as well as billing and to get in touch with the company’s president.
Is VPNArea the best thing since sliced bread? Maybe, maybe not. However, in the world of VPNs, it really is a serious contender, with some significant advantages and truly powerful features. The price is affordable, particularly if you pay by the year, and the long list of tools, systems and features included across all account types is definitely a big plus in their favor.
- Low price (annually)
- Ability to find high-speed/low user servers
- 194 servers worldwide and growing
- Pictorial-based software installation guide
- No logging
- Users unfamiliar with VPN features may experience a learning curve with the software
- The monthly membership cost is a little high for those looking to just test the waters