SaferVPN presents a great package of features, aimed at a diverse user range — whether security, unblocking, or overall performance is what you’re after, this VPN delivers.
Based in Israel, SaferVPN may be concerning to some as far as privacy, but there’s nothing to worry about. This VPN operates under a stern no-logs policy, and it’s been improving — recently, it stopped storing IP addresses as well, so the only gathered information is of zero threat. Israel also has one of the strongest privacy laws, which are enforced state-wide.
You’ll be further protected thanks to a kill switch, so forget about any accidental exposure. Advanced leak protection isn’t overtly present, but the latest versions of SaferVPN have worked to introduce much better stability specifically in that regard.
Encryption is covered thoroughly, with support for PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, and most importantly, OpenVPN.
Servers are a healthy 760+ in over 35 countries, so expect to find a fast, reliable location close to you, wherever you may be. Speed is also satisfactory, albeit nothing special — in layman terms, you won’t have problems streaming 1080p.
Speaking of streaming, SaferVPN now works with Netflix, which is huge. Other sought-after services are also unblocked with this VPN — feel free to access/watch anything to your heart’s desire.
There are some rough edges. Namely, we’d like customer support to be a bit more attentive to complex inquiries.
The free trial is another thing. It’s there, it’s unlimited, and that’s great — but it’s just 24 hours. On the upside, you don’t need to disclose anything other than your email address. Plus, you have a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want more time to test the VPN yourself.
While the speed tests show wide variation between the different server locations, surfing and downloading are possible with no issues. We did not notice any lagging while streaming on US and UK servers.
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.
We had a great time with SaferVPN’s clients on Windows and Android. The GUI is smooth and easy to navigate, and the user is assisted by a few tabs, including favorites and most recommended servers.
SaferVPN has apps for every platform it supports, so if you want an OpenVPN protocol on your iPhone for example, you don’t have to resort to third-party apps and copy/pasting.
Speaking of protocols, this VPN has its very own “automatic location selection algorithm” — simply put, it’s a diagnose tool that chooses the “best” protocol for you, based on your system. It’s optional, and tech-savvy users may not even need it, but it’s great for beginners.
We liked the response times — SaferVPN’s live chat answered our easier question within several minutes. The other option, tickets, was a bit of a letdown. We expected a more comprehensive answer to our question — nevertheless, customer support here is friendly and at least tries to be as helpful as they can be.
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.
SaferVPN takes a solid place in the middle of the pack, as far as prices are concerned. There are great deals on annual and bi-annual plans, but a monthly subscription is going to set you back. This is a common strategy in the VPN industry, so nothing out of the ordinary.
What’s important is that you have a free unlimited trial in addition to a one-month money-back guarantee. As we mentioned, we’d love to see the trial jump to 3 days, or even 7.
You can pay for SaferVPN with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and more). PayPal and Bitcoin are also options, as are alternative payment methods like Neosurf and AliPay.
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