Virtual Private Networks, by design, exist to help protect users from prying eyes online. Netmap is a Russian service that offers five different encryption protocols for users to choose from: PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, TOR node, and OpenVPN. Ensuring that users are secure online relies on a high degree of traffic encryption. This VPN service keeps no logs, to help protect the anonymity of users.
There are no bandwidth limits. Netmap is perfect for those interested in streaming the latest videos. They are one of the few VPN providers that offer a static IP address for all their users. This masked address allows you to fly under the Netflix/Hulu VPN ban and enjoy your favorite shows. Of course, the streaming services are getting better at tracking VPNs all the time. However, Netmap currently excels at bypassing geoblocking protocols.
Netmap does offer a full money-back guarantee for unsatisfied users. However, their payment methods do not include credit cards or PayPal. They only use Bitcoin, WebMoney, and the Russian service InterKassa. InterKassa does allow you to add credit card information.
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.
Netmap has 32 servers in 23 countries.
Overall, Netmap has a lot of great features. There is a minor speed drop compared with a non-VPN connection, but it is not significant enough to be problematic. While it is an excellent alternative, especially for users outside the US, you need to be at least a little computer literate to operate the client software. There are various protocols which you must set manually, and sometimes you must download a separate file to make it work. However, once it is set up, it works well.
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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