(Ex-Google, International tech speaker)
Disconnect is a multifaceted, open-source privacy suite, offering protection against tracking and “malvertizing”, in addition to a solid VPN.
How does the virtual private network fare in a vacuum?
VPN functionality is included in the Premium package, which gives the highest tier of equipment in a yearly payment plan. Disconnect Premium also bumps up the number of devices, from 1 to 3.
Disconnect’s VPN is compact and somewhat limited in its features — it doesn’t come with advanced tools like a kill switch or DNS leak protection, so don’t expect anything fancy.
Two encryption protocols are supported. OpenVPN is used for devices running Windows, Mac, and Android, while IKEv2 operates with iOS. The cipher is 256-bit AES across the board.
There is no way to find the number of IP addresses or servers — the only piece of info you have at your disposal is available locations. The VPN connects to the USA, Europe (Germany), and Asia.
The locations are few, but well-optimized. One thing we loved about Disconnect’s VPN was the speed — both download and upload remained intact as we tested each server.
Another strong suit is the FAQ section. Customer support is nothing to write home about, being neither super informative nor particularly responsive, but Disconnect’s Help page is a great hub of useful information.
There are some concerns, though. For one, Disconnect is US-based, which means it’s subject to invasive surveillance laws. Moreover, this impacts the VPN’s content unblocking capabilities, as it makes it much easier for American streaming services like Netflix to blacklist its servers, which aren’t that many to begin with.
Disconnect doesn’t hide this at all. And while the company states that it doesn’t collect any personal info (apart from what you willingly provide), they may be legally required to share everything they know about you.
Our advice: take their logging policy with a grain of salt if you want immaculate privacy. Disconnect is located in the heart of the Five Eyes — despite their efforts in transparency, they can easily be forced to disclose your data, even if it’s unlikely.
|Number of countries with servers||3|
|Number of servers||3|
|Number of IP addresses||3|
|Does VPN keep logs?||Partially|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||No|
|Number of devices per license||3|
- Excellent speed
- Wide array of supported platforms
- Optimized apps and custom Windows client
- Simple installation and configuration
- OpenVPN encryption (IKEv2 for iOS)
- Detailed FAQ section
- Get started with Disconnect Premium (formerly known as Privacy Pro by Disconnect) now