Arethusa VPN has undoubtedly a weird name and definitely a more mysterious website. This very small, limited, and measly provider is based in Seychelles and has been in business since 2010. Seychelles is a safe haven for VPNs for its privacy-friendly laws, but sadly Arethusa VPN is an exception to this fact as it keeps partial logs including connection logs and timestamps, no gold stars in this department.
Security is fundamental as well and doesn’t stand out in any way. Although Arethusa VPN supports OpenVPN (good choice) and PPTP (keep away from this one), it uses strong AES 256-bit and RSA 4096-bit encryption to secure your traffic over the Internet. Without power tools such as a kill switch and DNS leak protection, Arethusa VPN remains on an average VPN scale.
Arethusa VPN gives you 5 simultaneous connections in total, but don’t jump in joy just yet because platform support is very limited to Windows, Mac OS, and Ubuntu. This means that you’ll be able to use the VPN on limited devices mainly with desktops and laptops, but not on your Android or iOS gadgets.
On the other hand, prices are generally acceptable and reasonable. Also, Arethusa VPN accepts more than one payment method including our personal favorite, Bitcoin. As for support, it’s highly discouraging, disappointing, and restricted to email tickets and a forum.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
Arethusa VPN has servers in 7 countries.
No frills, no sparkle, in fact, nothing to marvel at or rave about. Arethusa VPN’s obscurity and apathy are very obvious and providing only manual configuration for limited platforms instead of developing a reliable software client is proof of that statement.
Yes, you read that right…you’re required to follow a long chain of configuration steps to be able to connect to Arethusa VPN. You can do so by checking the company’s setup guides and tutorials.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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