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PrivateVPN vs F-Secure Freedome 2021

After testing all, we can decleare a winner

Rating

Features 9.2/10
Pricing 8/10
Ease of Use 9.4/10
Reliability & Support 9/10
Features 8/10
Pricing 9.4/10
Ease of Use 8/10
Reliability & Support 8/10

Reviews

Expert Review
Author Image Katie Kasunic
Katie Kasunic

Technology Researcher

9.2/10

PrivateVPN is a growing provider that claims to be a great VPN for security and privacy, as the name implies. Instead of offering a long list of unique features, this VPN sells itself as a simple but high-performing service. We put PrivateVPN through a series of tests to find out how it performs in each category and whether it will truly keep you safe and private. PrivateVPN’s strength...

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Latest positive user review
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TRCIII
8.0/10
Comparatively Slow, but otherwise good product

It allowed my Plex to be accessed from outside of my network. That's a plus. It was much cheaper t... han the service I was already using (Express VPN). Another plus. Although everyone talks about how this service has fewer access points, they had enough close to me to not be a problem. Yay! And that may be enough for you. Here's my problem with this service: Baseline Internet Test Speed for download, NO VPN (server in Dallas): 446.2 Mbps Express VPN Internet Test Speed for download (server in Dallas): 292.6 Mbps PrivateVPN Internet Test Speed for download (server in Dallas): 53.3 Mbps Other locations were even worse (Atlanta: 50.1 Mbps, Phoenix: 46.0 Mbps) Basically, while using PrivateVPN, I'm wasting my money on a high-speed bandwidth service. That's the same speed I was getting when I only had 100 Mbps service. Express VPN did not support IP pass-through, which broke my Plex access, so it's not even an option for me anymore. But I'm going to keep looking for another service with a better download speed than this one.More

Latest negative user review
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Anonymously
6.0/10
Awesome VPN experience

Everything was fine and awesome, am gonna rate 100 start if possible. The customer service is alway... s active and replies in 2 minutes from my experience Their servers are different, I mean really different from others Try it out and I guarantee you going to be happier than I am.More

Expert Review
Author Image Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes

Anonymous Cybersecurity Experts

7.2/10

F-Secure has been in business longer than most of the other VPN services you will find. They began in 1988 and today have more than 25 offices around the world. The company is based in Helsinki, Finland, and has more than 900 employees, and serves tens of millions of users around the globe. F-Secure provides a stable VPN designed to maintain your privacy, but it can't unblock Netflix or BBC iP...

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Latest positive user review
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Anonymously
10.0/10
Easy setup, fast connection

What I do not like at all is that F-Secure Freedome is keeping logs. What if a Government or any state...  agency puts pressure on them to hand over the logs ? Plus, can those logs be hacked into ? I wish they would drop this practice. Other than that Freedome works very well for me.More

Latest negative user review
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Markku Lahti
4.0/10
Beware of logs!

Freedome stores logs of your internet activity for 90 days. Many have feared that this may lead to abu... se by the authorities. And guess what: that happened! In January 2019, the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland raided Freedome and confiscated VPN logs on a single user. The information had been requested by the police in Germany as part of a criminal investigation. This week, Freedome was able to beat the confiscation in court, and the NBI was ordered to destroy any data it had acquired from Freedome. But this doesn't negate the fact that the NBI had the data in its possession for over a year! Who knows what they did with it during that time? For your VPN needs, do not choose a provider that is situated in Finland. Despite all outward appearances, Finland is not a country where due process is respected, and it does not have a very strong system in place against government abuse. Sources: yle.fi/uutiset/3-11605233 (the news story in Finnish); afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2020/10/21/vpn-provider-wins-a-court-fight-police-can-t-get-or-use-its-database (paraphrase in English)More

Pricing

Starting price $2.5/month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 days
Devices per license 6 devices
Starting price $3.33/month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 days
Devices per license 7 devices

The Bottom Line

Author Image Katie Kasunic
Katie Kasunic

Technology Researcher

PrivateVPN is a great multi-purpose VPN with many strengths, including competitive pricing plans, robust encryption for ultimate privacy and security, torrenting support, and a strict no-logs policy. The VPN is able to unblock Netflix and bypass censorship in China, and the user-friendly app interface is a pleasure to use. While there are some areas where this VPN still has room to improve, it doesn’t suffer from any major weaknesses.

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