I downloaded Kaspersky Secure Connection a few weeks ago to test the VPNs various features. I wanted to see for myself whether it was worth paying for a plan. The three categories I tested include:
After just a couple of weeks using Kaspersky Secure Connection, I am satisfied with its performance. If you’re looking for a full security suite for your business or personal computer, Kaspersky Lab is a solid option. However, if you’re just looking for a standalone VPN you will get better value for your money with NordVPN.
Security is an area where Kaspersky can compete with some of the best VPNs in the industry today. The VPN defaults you to the industry-standard OpenVPN protocol and protects your data with the highest standard 256-bit encryption.
Additionally, if you run on outdated networks or services, you also have the choice to connect to various other protocols, some of which include IKEv2, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and SSTP. You can also switch between VPN protocols with just a few clicks.
However, while you’ll enjoy the highest standard encryption, the VPN doesn’t come with an automatic kill switch, which means if your connection drops, outsiders can get their hands on your browsing data.
In the final section, you’ll notice Kaspersky turns you over to the authorities if you violate the terms and conditions they have set. However, the company doesn’t tell you exactly what violates their terms and conditions.
Kaspersky Secure Connection is under Russian Jurisdiction. What this means is it’s out of the Eyes intelligence alliance and, therefore, North America, Oceania, and Europe can’t get their hands on users’ data. But, Russia has its own serious issues.
The country only allows the use of government-approved VPNs. In fact, it recently banned VPNs from having servers in Russia unless the companies complied with ISP online censorship to prevent the spread of unlawful content and extremist materials online.
In February, new reports came to light that Russia is planning a brief disconnect from the internet to ensure all future traffic will pass through Russian servers. While the government claims it’s to protect the country from state-backed cyber attacks, others believe it’s a way to pry on data and undertake cyber attacks of their own. Kaspersky CEO, Natalya Kasperskaya agrees with the new legislation.
Despite the above, Kaspersky Secure Connection is making strides to clear its name by starting a Global Transparency Initiative. They’re moving core processors from Russia to Switzerland. But, while the company tries to make amends, various European countries remain adamant that their governments will never use Kaspersky security software while it is subject to intrusive Russian legislation.
People commonly use a VPN is to hide their IP address, and Kaspersky Secure Connection does just that. I checked for IP and DNS leaks, and the VPN passed with flying colors. I also looked up my IP address on different websites to make sure that the results were consistent. Every IP test showed the location of the Kaspersky server rather than my actual location.
However, since Kaspersky doesn’t come with an automatic kill switch, if your connection goes down, your online identity could fall into the wrong hands.
As someone who travels a lot, finding a VPN that could bypass geo-restrictions was extremely important to me. I tested the VPN on my Mac as well as my Android smartphone to check whether I could access all my favorite sites from both of my most used devices.
By connecting to a US server, I gained access to local network TV websites as well as streaming channels like:
Thanks to Kaspersky’s servers in the UK, France, and various other countries, I could also access BBC iPlayer, ITV, and France2. I wasn’t able to access DAZN or SBS Australia.
Netflix is using technology to detect and block VPNs. Fewer services can still grant you access to the popular streaming channel. Unfortunately, from my research, Kaspersky Secure Connection is not one of them.
I connected to four different servers in different locations with the hope of gaining access to my favorite shows but had no luck.
Generally, VPNs slow down your internet connection, thus leading to buffering and lag. Often, it’s because there are too many people using the same server, or the server is too far away. You can normally bypass this issue by connecting to a different server in the same location.
With Kaspersky Secure Connection, you don’t have this opportunity. There is no way of finding out how many servers Kaspersky has in each location. As a result, you could be using the same server as thousands of other people, again and again. The quality of the streaming was inconsistent. Moreover, there was little I could do to rectify the issue.
Because Kaspersky Secure Connection doesn’t allow you to access Netflix, you may want to torrent movies and shows so that you don’t miss out.
Kaspersky Secure Connection doesn’t state that torrenting is not permitted. That said, Kaspersky also doesn’t have any dedicated P2P servers, and the company is openly against the violation of copyright laws.
When it comes to speed, Kaspersky Secure Connection ranks low in my books. Predominantly because of the quality of the videos I streamed was pixelated and sometimes buffered. But, I also used a Speed Test to see how Kaspersky Secure Connection affected the speed of my internet.
Without the VPN, my baseline download and upload speeds were 4.54Mbps down and 4.08Mbps up.
Then, I connected to a random Kaspersky Secure Connection server in the US and tested the speed again. With the VPN, my download and upload speeds were 3.33Mbps down and 2.22Mbps up; a significantly lower score than my baseline speeds.
The results will depend on the location of the server and the number of people connected. In some instances, you may find that your connection is faster with the VPN. However, more often than not, a VPN will slow down your connection.
The only option you have if your connection is too slow is to connect to a server in a region closer to you. While this can help users who are only using the VPN for security reasons, it’s not an ideal option for bypassing geo-restrictions or accessing specific geo-dependent content.
If you’re using the free Kaspersky Secure Connection plan, you have limited options as it doesn’t allow you to connect to a server of your choosing. Instead, the VPN assigns you a random server. Unfortunately, there’s a chance many others are using this server, thus leaving you with a poor internet connection
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.
I couldn’t find out exactly how many servers Kaspersky Secure Connection owns. The company claims to have servers in 18 different countries, some of which include the United States, the UK, France, various countries in Europe, and some parts of Asia. However, there is no way of knowing which cities these servers are in and whether the VPN has one or multiple servers in each country.
If you look at the small print shown below each subscription (you can see a screenshot below), Kaspersky clearly states the VPN isn’t available for download and activation in China, among other countries.
Many countries have strict internet censorship and restrictive laws when it comes to VPNs. While this does make sense, Kaspersky Secure Connection claims to have servers in Hong Kong. People living in Hong Kong cannot use Kaspersky, but, visiting nationals can connect to a server in the country. It is an odd arrangement, and I haven’t seen this with any other VPN.
Kaspersky Secure Connection is available for Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows users. Downloading and installing Kaspersky Secure Connection is extremely straightforward. It took less than five minutes to start using the application on my Mac. However, if you use the free service before paying for a subscription, you will have to uninstall the app and download it again to use the paid version.
With the free plan, the VPN will assign a server to you. Again, you can’t choose the location. While this is fine for anyone wanting to add a layer of protection to their browsing data, it’s not a good option if you want to access geo-restricted content.
On the other hand, the paid plan gives you plenty of options. All you have to do is turn on your VPN and choose the country you’d like to connect to via a drop-down list. You’ll also receive a short tutorial on how to use the VPN when you first open the application.
Unlike other popular VPN services, Kaspersky Secure VPN doesn’t offer its customers a live chat feature. You also won’t have access to an email support option. Getting answers to your questions could take you hours, if not days.
The best way to get help is via the company’s knowledge base. To do this, you’ll have to log into the My Kaspersky account site. Then, you will have to sift through various products to find the option specific to the VPN service.
Once you find the right option, you can open a support ticket. If you opt for this method, you’ll have to fill in extra details, including:
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.
Kaspersky Secure Connection offers a choice of three different subscriptions. The first one is completely free and offers 300mb of daily data allowance, and you can connect unlimited devices. I noticed that with the free plan, the VPN always connected me to a server in the United States.
The other two plans cost just under $5 a month and just under $30 a year, respectively. They both offer users unlimited data allowance and protection for up to five devices. They also give you the chance to connect to your preferred server in a choice of 18 different countries.
With Kaspersky, you can pay for your subscription with Paypal or with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, or American Express. Kaspersky Secure VPN products come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
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