Shimo VPN is an excellent software program in every way. Although it’s not exactly a VPN provider per say, it is a company that provides VPN client for Mac OS users to facilitate VPN connections between the users and the VPN providers.
The concept is similar to that of OpenVPN and Viscosity. This means that we can’t evaluate it the same way we do with VPN providers. However, we’ll focus more on its functionality and advanced security features. ShimoVPN is capable of securing multiple VPN connections (up to 3 VPN connections at the same time) with up to 256-bit SHA encryption. It supports almost every major security protocol, including OpenVPN with UDP/TCP, CiscoVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, and SSL.
Shimo also supports AnyConnect and enables users to establish SSH connections which include port forwarding for secure web browsing. Shimo is considered to be the only client for Mac that supports all these protocols.
Even your passwords are pampered with Shimo’s new two-factor authentication feature which stores all the information related to your account.
Live statistics are displayed in front of you with Shimo’s another newly-added feature “Statistics and Accounting,” which also helps you keep track of your billing information.
You can get a taste of the Shimo experience with a limited free trial. As for pricing, it’s a bit costly compared to free Mac OS VPN clients such as Viscosity, but Shimo is truly a work of art.
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.
Shimo’s interface is par excellence by all means and is one of the most sophisticated, intuitive, and dexterous clients for your Mac OS giving you full control over your VPN connections in a breeze.
Let’s start with the interface, Shimo sports a very elegant, interactive, and easy to use client interface. Once launched, Shimo will automatically detect and identify previously installed VPN accounts. You can organize your connections, put them into groups, and you can even set it to connect automatically.
If you want to add an account or more, you can simply do so from the “Trigger” page, and voila! The Menu bar displays a lot of features including active VPN connections, IP address, log, and graph. Shimo runs so smoothly without affecting your connection speed.
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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