Gibraltar-based Drakker VPN offers decent performance and portability at a very affordable price. But, as many budget VPNs, it suffers in some areas.
Good news first — Drakker VPN comes with OpenVPN SSL encryption and a bulletproof no-logs policy.
The compact server network and overall basic levels of security are pretty much what you should expect from a VPN in this price range. Uptime is excellent, and there are high-bandwidth servers for streaming or downloading chunky files.
Sadly, there are no servers in the US, so no American Netflix or Hulu with this VPN.
Drakker VPN could also do with a website overhaul — as its main source of info, it feels incomplete and poorly translated. The original content is in French, but the English version sounds rather confusing, at times even contradictory.
Fortunately, you can get a one-month trial to test Drakker VPN extensively before purchasing. Use this free period wisely — refunds aren’t allowed once you commit to the (exclusively) annual subscription.
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.
Drakker VPN has 8 servers in 5 countries.
Installing Drakker VPN is dead simple on Windows and Mac, thanks to a streamlined process and native clients. The apps don’t win any design awards, but are intuitive and easy to navigate.
This VPN is the definiton of “plug-and-play” — you can even put it on a USB stick and have VPN protection literally in your pocket.
On mobile it’s a different story. The necessary files aren’t available right away, and you’ll have to obtain a “private package” from customer support.
Drakker VPN also has its own definitions for automatic and manual configurations. These depend on the server you’re using — the former run all traffic through the VPN, while the latter work with “tuned” applications only. There are in-depth tutorials on how to manually enable Drakker VPN for your programs, complete with visual pointers.
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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