Private Internet Access vs PureVPN vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
PureVPN, out of Hong Kong, and the US-based PIA are two superb VPN services with differing strengths and weaknesses. PureVPN has a lead when it comes to speed; however, its server locations, including Central America, Oceania and Africa, while impressive, don't match PIA’s abundance of servers, which are spread out in an equally impressive amount of countries. Security wise, they both have comparable 256-bit data encryption to protect users, and kill switches to protect users from unencrypted data leaks. As far as logs go, PureVPN keeps no activity logs, only session logs while PIA keeps no logs. On the other hand, both PureVPN and PIA cannot access Netflix so they are on equal footing there, but both offer a seven-day refund policy should you be unhappy with the service.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.5
  • 3.7
Pricing
  • 4.4
  • 4.5
Ease of Use
  • 4.5
  • 4.0
Reliability & Support
  • 4.5
  • 4.0
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

Sarit Newman
Content Manager & Internet Security Writer
  • 4.4

I found PIA very simple to install on Windows and Android and, although I didn’t try it out, would assume a similar standard for other platforms, like Linux and Mac. While it isn’t the fastest VPN out there, speeds are consistent, with a little more latency in areas where there are fewer servers, such as Hong Kong and Australia. While I found it a little frustrating that PIA doesn’t enable u

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Latest positive user review
Cerkaz
  • 5.0
Perfect vpn It's cheap, it works, super fast connection. Only downside is that you can't stream Netflix, sometimes they renew the IP's but else you can't. The UI is super nice and quick, not a big ugly box each time you open the vpn.
Latest negative user review
John L
  • 1.0
Very Poor I joined today but I couldn't connect to the internet. I sent an email asking for assistance but hours later I hadn't had a reply. I have cancelled my membership & asked for a refund since I've never used PIA. I did get a reply after I'd cancelled with the excuse that they'd been extremely busy which didn't bode well.
Review by our expert

Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
Ex-Hacker, left the dark side and teaches young padawans to use the force
  • 4.0

After PureVPN provided an IP address for an ongoing FBI investigation, it has come to our attention that PureVPN might maintain more than they let on. Their policy clearly states that, from time to time, they record your connection and bandwidth for their flow of traffic. This is what many VPNs do, and as long as they delete the data after a temporary time, it still falls within the reigns of "no-

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Latest positive user review
Phil
  • 5.0
Great customer service I had an account for 3 months so far,I have used online chat for service, first to get me connected to torrent, (super fast btw), second when my monthly account renewed, even though i had later purchased a two year, (if you do that same, make sure you cancel your monthly after you buy an annual) and 3rd time was when a connection stopped working, solved it quickly via the online tech support.
Latest negative user review
Alexi
  • 1.0
Avoid them, they do not refund if problem appears Just wanted to say PureVPN do not refund your money (despite they advertised on their website, money back guarantee!) if the vpn do not work for you, in other words they are scam. Some of their features such as Split Tunneling are not working.
Latest positive user review
Cerkaz
  • 5.0
Perfect vpn It's cheap, it works, super fast connection. Only downside is that you can't stream Netflix, sometimes they renew the IP's but else you can't. The UI is super nice and quick, not a big ugly box each time you open the vpn.
Phil
  • 5.0
Great customer service I had an account for 3 months so far,I have used online chat for service, first to get me connected to torrent, (super fast btw), second when my monthly account renewed, even though i had later purchased a two year, (if you do that same, make sure you cancel your monthly after you buy an annual) and 3rd time was when a connection stopped working, solved it quickly via the online tech support.
Latest negative user review
John L
  • 1.0
Very Poor I joined today but I couldn't connect to the internet. I sent an email asking for assistance but hours later I hadn't had a reply. I have cancelled my membership & asked for a refund since I've never used PIA. I did get a reply after I'd cancelled with the excuse that they'd been extremely busy which didn't bode well.
Alexi
  • 1.0
Avoid them, they do not refund if problem appears Just wanted to say PureVPN do not refund your money (despite they advertised on their website, money back guarantee!) if the vpn do not work for you, in other words they are scam. Some of their features such as Split Tunneling are not working.
 

Pricing

Starting price $3.33/ month $3.25/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 7 7
Devices per license 5 5
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 The Bottom Line

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert

PureVPN wins by offering 3 price plans, with the lowest really a bargain, while PIA offers 8 price plans, which is more flexible, but most of the time more expensive. PIA also has an economical option of a yearly plan, which comes out cheap in the long run. Both of these global VPN providers are tough contenders that support major devices. PIA takes the lead with their good, old-fashioned customer service over PureVPN’s poor support record. In the end, PureVPN is the only contender that works within China, taking it to the top.

Interestingly, if you compare PureVPN with NordVPN, which is our top ranked vpn, you'll see that PureVPN can learn a lot from NordVPN. Compare PureVPN with NordVPN