NovaVPN has private DNS servers and a solid no-logs policy, but is it as secure as it seems? It will need a little work before it can compete with trusted services, especially since it only offers some of its features on specific devices.
NovaVPN has 250+ servers in 10 countries including (but not limited to) the UK, Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The servers are spread across 100 locations. While the server network is a bit small, the wide distribution of servers worldwide offers plenty of connection opportunities.
The website for NovaVPN says it’s compatible with macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android. The fine print in its knowledge base clarifies that a bit further, saying it only supports macOS 10.12 or later and Windows 7 or later. While most mac and Window enthusiasts have upgraded to one of these versions, it’s worth noting for anyone still running Vista or El Capitan.
There are a couple of impressive security features including optional DoubleVPN and a kill switch. Double VPN offers twice the encryption, which means twice the security. Add private DNS servers that reduce the risk of leaks, and its secure enough to torrent anonymously. On the downside, the kill switch is only available for Windows.
I was also able to choose between TCP and UDP for encryption. Generally, UDP gives better speeds for streaming but TCP is more reliable as a whole (even if it slows you down a bit).
NovaVPN’s speeds are fast enough to stream in HD, and it even has a list of recommended servers for different actions. Designated server lists include Watch TV, Torrents Download, and DoubleVPN.
For example, I just selected Watch TV, chose a server in the US, connected to Netflix US, and viola! I should note that speeds were slower during peak hours, but still fast enough to stream SD without freezing.
|Number of countries with servers||10|
|Number of servers||250|
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||Yes|
|Number of devices per license||5|