If you’re in the market for a VPN that’s focused on tackling geo-restrictions and unblocking your favorite streams abroad, you’re looking for Keenow.
This Israel-based service is a two-in-one, offering a VPN in addition to Smart DNS (which you can test out for free). That said, it keeps away from any big privacy claims — mostly because its specialty is no-borders Internet access, rather than keeping you anonymous.
So, if you want zero logs and peace of mind from your VPN, Keenow isn’t ideal. Despite the AES256 encryption and OpenVPN support, they collect a lot of data. We can’t grill Keenow for this, as they don’t claim to be log-free, but the privacy-conscious probably won’t find their new VPN here.
Those who want to stream content will like this VPN. Keenow unblocks a wide array of online content with ease — especially American services. Anything from Netflix and Hulu to US TV channels is fair game. BBC’s iPlayer is also accessible.
We appreciated the fact we could see Keenow in action without committing to any subscription. Sure, only US servers are available in the free Smart DNS version, with a 512MB bandwidth limit — but it’s enough to show you it actually works. Plus, there’s a money-back guarantee.
Bottom line? Keenow shouldn’t be your first choice for privacy, but earns our recommendation for watching geoblocked content from anywhere.
We expected fast speeds from a VPN who main function is streaming and we were not disappointed. After connecting with US Netflix, we were able to enjoy streaming several episodes without any buffering, and the picture quality was great.
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.
Whether it’s setup or customer support, Keenow offers a superb user experience.
Everything you need for a smooth installation is available on the well-organized website. Simple, but optimized clients are provided for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS — Windows users can even benefit from the Virtual Router feature for a VPN-protected hotspot!
The absence of live chat is noted, but Keenow will quickly convince you that you don’t need it — their ticket system is seriously fast, with replies taking around 1 hour on average. For general inquiries, there’s a handy automated wizard.
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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