(Ex-Google, International tech speaker)
Keenow Unblocker has been developed by Keen Media Group, who have a proven track record of consistently placing their users first despite the many and varied challenges of the VPN industry. They boldly claim they are “best unblocker and VPN for the United Kingdom” and the “fastest DNS and VPN on the market”. So, what does Keenow Unblocker have that backs up this claim?
Keenow Unblocker uses Smart-DNS, which, as its name suggests, is a very clever way to reach restricted or censored content without compromising on connection speeds. Traditional VPNs route all your traffic through to a remote server, this can affect the overall connection speed. However, Smart-DNS only re-routes DNS requests, without tunneling all your traffic. So, when it comes to streaming HD video/audio, Smart-DNS may be your answer, especially where it comes as part of a comprehensive VPN package.
When it was first released Keenow Unblocker was 100% free. But, following a series of setbacks involving the Chrome Web Store policies, web users employing AdBlockers, overall higher running costs, and Netflix cracking down on VPN users circumnavigating their restrictions, resulting in a higher bandwidth cost to unblock their service, the company felt they had to change their business model.
In February 2018, Keenow made another change to their policy because of Netflix. Only premium plan holders can access Netflix, lite members are redirected to their country's site.
The good news is that a Lite version is still available that gives access to hundreds of US sites with 512MB bandwidth per day for free, which is a clear display of their gratitude towards their users in spite of the challenges thrown their way. Premium users have the additional benefit of a high-functioning VPN with unlimited bandwidth and along with Keenow Unblocker’s own proprietary software, which is currently suitable for Windows, Android and Android TV app. The provider is in the process of developing software for Amazon Fire and MAC OS; this with then be followed with software that is iOS and Linex compatible. However, that does not mean you cannot use Keenow Unblocker’s Smart-DNS on these platforms. It does mean that you need to follow the manual set up guides that are provided on the website. Everything you need to know is explained in reasonably simple language, with screen shots, so as long as you follow the steps you should be ok. If you have any doubts or problems, then contact support, you can add files, or screen shots, to your questions to show exactly what the problem is.
Whether Keenow Unblocker is the best Smart-DNS or VPN on the market remains to be seen. However, it does do exactly what it says, and there is no noticeable slowing down of speeds when using the Smart-DNS. Its ability to seamlessly unblock content (even with the free version) and provide a very user-friendly service at a very affordable price, mean that you are unlikely to be too disappointed with Keenow Unblocker.
|Number of countries with servers||14|
|Number of servers||20|
|Number of IP addresses||20|
|Does VPN keep logs?||Partially|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||Yes|
|Number of devices per license||Unlimited|
Keenow Unblocker promises to be easy to set up and use, and it really is. Setting it up is as simple as choosing your package, choosing your payment method (if not using the Lite version) and following the on-screen instructions if you are using Windows or Android. Your user name and password are sent to you in an email, and once set up all you need to do is enter these into the dialogue box and you are ready to go. Things take a little longer with other platforms but there is ample onsite guidance to walk you through every step.
Keenow Unblocker Lite remains free and enables you to unblock content from the US, it also gives you access to standard customer support. To access the full range of Keenow’s services you need the Premium package, which can be purchased either monthly or full a full year. As well as a cheaper price, purchasing yearly package gives you a 30-day money back guarantee, instead of the 7-day that is available with a monthly subscription.
I experienced absolutely no problems or drops in speed while testing this VPN, the Lite version does exactly as promised, and more importantly, for me anyway, standard customer service is excellent. My question was answered within the hour, and my follow up questions were answered just as quickly with an impressive level of clearly explained detail, and links for finding more information should I choose to. I used the Keenow Unblocker on Windows 10 with no problems, however, it is worth noting that during my conversation with customer support they did state that if using the service on an IPv6 address, I would need to disable it for Keenow Lite to work properly. As with everything else with this provider however, an easy to follow guide was provided to achieve this.
- Uses Smart-DNS for faster speeds
- Unblocks many US sites for streaming
- VPN included in the premium package
- Easy-to-follow set up guides
- Excellent customer support
- Get started with Keenow now