VPN.ac Review 2020 - Keep This in Mind Before Buying
Romanian based in Bucharest, VPN.ac is a relatively new kid on the block as a VPN service provider since it was founded in 2012. Its credentials are boosted though as it has been in the information security industry for over 15 years. Can it stand up to a premium VPN like NordVPN that's four years its senior? Not yet, the fledgling service doesn't have the ability to unblock Netflix and it's missing many of the premium vendors advanced features.
VPN.ac pride themselves on experience in security features with their roots in the company, Netsec Interactive Solution. They have gone the extra mile for ISO27001 and ISO9001 certifications. These security certificates provide VPN.ac with an additional edge over the competition by ensuring that they are aware of the vulnerable areas in VPN infrastructure.
Though a company registered in the EU, Data Retention was declared illegal by the Romanian Constitutional Court in July 2014. Not that it ever applied to VPN services only to telecom and ISP operators. However, VPN.ac will log your real IP address, your connection start/end time, and the data over the total traffic transferred during the session (e.g. 100MB, 2GB, etc.). The good news is that this information is kept only for one day to enable them to improve on performance. They don't actually store any of the sensitive data you may transfer on your connection.
As for encryption; it's pretty top notch: up to AES 256-bit encryption with Elliptic Curve and 4096-bit RSA authentication, SHA512 HMAC, as well as PFS. Reclaim your privacy and browsing anonymity and protect your data. It's compatible with all operating systems and devices according to the site. It also provides step-by-step guides including screen shots and videos to make connecting a doddle.
VPN.ac allows torrenting without limitations, but it can't unblock Netflix and other popular streaming sites. If you need the power to unblock Netflix, we recommend using a premium vendor instead.
They provide 70 premium Gigabit servers in 22 countries around the world. For just $2 you can try out their services for a week and should you choose one of their packages; "7 days Money Back Guarantee. Full refund, risk-free!" Following that; prices are per month, 3 months, 6 months or for 1 year. Very reasonable.
They have a variety of payment methods including PayPal, CashU, Perfect Money, Bitcoin and also Credit Cards, Union Pay, Alipay, over 100 types of US Gift Cards, WebMoney, ideal, Giropay and mobile/SMS depending on your location in the world.
VPN.ac also pleasantly surprised us with its great customer support. There are four ways to reach the support; live chat, email, Skype, and ticket submission. They state as well that when you talk to their customer service, they promise you will be speaking to "those who implemented the entire VPN infrastructure, and who have the required technical skills to assist you in any problem." No copied or pasted responses here.
All in all, VPN.ac comes out the end as a very attractive provider. Military-grade encryption, good speeds, and an excellent support system dedicated to keeping users happy, all at great prices. Attractive to say the least.
VPN.ac has a long way to go before it's in the same class as a premium vendor like NordVPN. We recommend NordVPN to our readers because it offers total anonymity, and the advanced features to bypass geo-blocking for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
|Number of countries with servers||78|
|Number of servers||40|
|Number of IP addresses||40|
|Does VPN keep logs?||Yes|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||Yes|
|Number of devices per license||3|
- ISO27001 and ISO9001 certified
- OpenVPN, L2TP/IP Sec, and PPTP
- Unlimited switching between servers
- Completely secure DNS services
- Unlimited traffic and bandwidth
- Military grade encryption
- Get started with VPN.ac now
Showing bandwidth in use 2-3% for node I choose, but sites loading ~5 min. I use it almost every year and this happens all the time. Spend your money on something different which actually works, don't waste your time with this vpn.
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I tried ExpressVPN, Windscribe and hide.me all get denied by my university's firewall even with TCP port 443. But VPN.ac with china settings XOR enabled manages to get through. Very nice piece of software.
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Interface is nice and kill switch works well. No logs presumably In the Asia Pacific region there are not enough servers. It can take a while to connect to a server and drops outs are frequent during busy times. The kill switch works, but the software gets confused sometimes and I need to reset my adaptor before I can reconnect. My local area speed without VPN is around 30Mbs, and 10ms pings (measured by ookla). Using VPN.ac I can typically expect about 20% -50% of the bandwidth(6-10Mbs is common ) and pings of 200-500ms . It is a bit faster if I connect to the local country server(upto 20Mbs), but I use a VPN because you cant trust the Australia gov! I normally connect to the EU servers as they are slightly faster than the AP ones. But the distance means I take a hit to pings and speed. It has definitely got slower over the last year. Other than the speed I quite like it. I have used NordVPN and PureVPN. By comparison the VPN.AC interface is much better. Speed wise it was similar to Nord. I still have an active account for PureVPn, which is the fastest, but I do not trust the software reliability (or the company). The biggest reliability issue with VPN.ac is it sometimes doesn't connect and I am impatient and forgot to check it was connected properly before using.
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