Whether you’re a French expat away from home for a while, a person who enjoys streaming France’s TV channels, or even a France-based individual trying to get away from online surveillance in your country, checkout IdealVPN. Launched in 2010, IdealVPN is a small provider based in France with only 3 server locations and a set of fair features to casually bypass geo-restrictions. However, we wouldn’t suggest IdealVPN for advanced VPN users due to its limited features and basic encryption. Relying on 128-bit PPTP encryption is démodé (as the French would say), but a couple of frills such as NAT firewall and port forwarding reinforces their service together with unlimited bandwidth, unlimited speed, and support for P2P and torrenting. Their website is available in 43 different languages, so whether you speak French, Hebrew, or even Chinese, you won’t have a problem navigating the site. Connection speeds are reliable and fast, we tested their servers and we weren’t disappointed. If you come across any technical issue (especially during the manual setup process), there’s an email customer support team that responds within 24 hours and an F.A.Q section for self-assistance. There are three price plans available and a 3-day trial given with the semi-annual plan.
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.
IdealVPN has 92 servers in 3 countries.
IdealVPN doesn’t have native apps for operating systems, so you need to manually set it up to connect. The manual configuration process isn’t rocket science, and – thanks to their setup guides and F.A.Q section – we didn’t face an problem. Nothing stands out with this VPN, it’s all pretty basic.
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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