I was interested to see if VPNSecure could live up to its name. With “Secure” in the title, I expected an air-tight VPN with advanced security protocols and a vast array of protections. This VPN has a lot to offer in terms of security, but it fell behind my expectations in other key areas that in turn weakened its security measures.
This VPN has a modest network of servers, average connection speeds, and lackluster unblocking capabilities. Where it should shine is its military-grade AES-256 bit encryption and seemingly air-tight no-logs policy. However, some digging revealed that this VPN will monitor your usage and report said logs to the Australian authorities if it suspects you of illegal activity.
While there is no free trial available, there is a 7-day money-back guarantee and a low-cost 30-day trial period with VPNSecure. These options make it easy to try this VPN out without a large financial commitment. If you are looking for a VPN with a free trial then there are other options available.
VPNSecure was able to unblock a few of the streaming platforms that I tested, but it fell far short of a comprehensive unblocking experience. I found that I could unblock Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+ consistently using a range of server regions. I did experience some false positives where Netflix and Hulu would detect my VPN usage, but that error would go away upon refreshing the page. So, it is possible that you may run into issues on certain servers.
For BBC iPlayer, I asked my colleague located in the United Kingdom to test this service and see if they could access the streaming service. Unfortunately, they were unable to and were immediately detected by BBC iPlayer as using a VPN.
VPNSecure was able to consistently unblock content from Netflix, Hulu, and Dinsey+. Unblocking services like US Netflix is notoriously difficult for smaller VPNs, so I was pleased to find that this service didn’t run into many issues unblocking these platforms. Now, there were a couple of hiccups that resolved themselves. If you run into an initial block, I would try and refresh to see if it goes away before changing servers.
I had a consistent experience while streaming content from Netflix with VPNSecure. The quality never dropped, and I did not experience any noticeable lagging or stuttering while streaming.
Both Prime Video and Disney+ offered quality streaming experiences while connected to VPNSecure’s network. I found that my quality remained the same regardless of which server I was connected to, though shows did load quicker on VPNSecure’s dedicated streaming servers.
VPNSecure was picked up by Hulu, HBOMax, and BBC iPlayer immediately. For all of them, I was greeted with similar error codes to the one below and was unable to access the catalog of content on these sites.
It looks like you’re using an anonymous proxy or VPN
For a more reliable streaming experience on a VPN, I recommend trying ExpressVPN. It is known to unblock all major streaming platforms, which means you will be able to enjoy your home content while you travel abroad.
I found that VPNSecure had slightly lower than average connection speeds that varied a good deal between server regions. It’s expected for a VPN to slow down your connection to some degree, but the inconsistent nature of the experience led to severe slowdowns on some servers.
With a home network speed of 400Mbps, I found that my speed fell to around 40% of that figure on average with the occasional plummet to only 17% of my base speeds. These are significant slowdowns that did impact my browsing and content streaming experience.
While my download speeds were inconsistent, I was quite impressed with how low my latency remained. Even on servers where my connection speeds fell to a fraction of my base home speed, I found that my latency was low enough for high-paced tasks such as gaming. Some servers near my location even offered latency so low that it was nearly identical to my base connection speed without a VPN.
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.
VPNSecure has a small network that services 33 different countries with around 80 total servers. The site has some mixed information with claims of over 40 countries supported, but I counted through the site’s server list and through the application’s list to confirm that 33 region figure.
This VPN owns all of its servers. There aren’t any third-party entities to worry about VPNSecure sharing your data with. The company states this fact clearly on its server list page.
The server list also shows which servers are currently online and where you will be routed through. The application also lists out the use case for each server. VPNSecure has a range of servers optimized for streaming and ad-blocking. With these clear labels, it is easy to find the right server to suit your intended use. However, there are no details regarding the latency or capacity of a given server, so slowdowns due to overcrowding are possible.
VPNSecure’s main focus is on security, and this VPN has robust encryption standards that will ensure your data remains safe. You can choose from AES-128 bit and AES-256 bit encryption ciphers, the latter of which is highly regarded as uncrackable. This network makes use of OpenVPN TCP & UDP security protocols. These are industry-standard and offer a fair balance between speed and air-tight security.
There aren’t quite as many security protocol options as other VPNs, but the ones here will keep your information safe. The application makes it easy to toggle and view these options by opening up the advanced configuration menu in the settings.
You will also find an easy-access kill-switch option labeled “Disable internet on disconnect” that will ensure your IP isn’t leaked even if your connection to VPNSecure breaks or falters. Enabling this feature will make it so that your connection to the internet is completely severed in the event of an outage or break in coverage.
On the face of it, VPNSecure seems to offer a robust, uncompromising no-logs policy. The privacy page clearly states that this VPN doesn’t keep any logs regarding user activities, IP, or bandwidth usage. However, digging into the VPN’s terms of service revealed that this no-logs policy can be swept away if it suspects you of engaging in illegal activity.
With the VPN being based in Australia, you will have to worry about the rather strict and intrusive privacy laws. If you do not adhere to those laws then this VPN can and will report all of your usage to authorities. Now, this VPN is in the process of mitigating this by moving its central location to Hong Kong. However, this move has not yet occurred at the time of writing this review, and there is no firm timeline as to the completion of this transfer.
While P2P connections are supported on any of VPNSecure’s servers, I would not recommend torrenting with this VPN due to Australia’s restrictive content sharing laws. With the looming possibility of authorities being able to request your data from this VPN, I would not risk engaging in any sort of P2P file-sharing.
If you do attempt to torrent a piece of content, be sure to confirm that the content is readily available in the public domain. Also, make sure to adhere to and consult your local laws and ordinances before engaging in P2P file-sharing.
The application boasts a “Stealth Mode” that claims to obfuscate your location and bypass restrictive firewalls such as the one used by the Chinese government. As I am not located in China, I was unable to test VPNSecure’s claims personally.
However, reports from users regarding this feature have been mixed. While it does seem as though this VPN can unblock sites for users in China, it does not seem to be able to do this consistently. For a VPN that can consistently bypass Chinese censorship restrictions, I recommend ExpressVPN.
If you do plan on traveling to China, make sure to download your VPN of choice ahead of time. Chinese authorities have been known to block non-approved VPNs, which can make it so that you cannot access content from your home region while you travel. While these policies do exist, there are no reported cases of Chinese officials punishing or fining travelers for using non-approved VPNs.
VPNSecure does not list out how many simultaneous connections it supports on its site, so I had to reach out to the support team to get that information. The support team noted that the VPN supports up to 5 device connections with a single account subscription. That number isn’t ideal if you have a lot of devices, but it is about average when it comes to VPNs of similar size.
If 5 simultaneous device connections don’t quite cut it for your specific use case then you should consider using an IPVanish, as it supports an unlimited amount of device connections with a single membership.
VPNSecure supports standard operating systems like Windows and macOS as well as Android and iOS mobile platforms. This VPN’s support doesn’t stop at just popular platforms like Windows. You can also configure this VPN through compatible routers to enable all devices on that network to benefit from VPNSecure’s network. Since this VPN doesn’t list out which routers are supported, it’s best to reach out to support and verify that your router is supported before going ahead with configuration.
As an alternative to the VPN’s full coverage, there are HTTP and SSH SOCKS proxies available through VPNSecure. Proxies are particularly useful for tasks such as P2P file-sharing. A proxy won’t encrypt your traffic or data, so it is much faster than your standard VPN connection. What it does instead is mask your IP address and keep your location shrouded while you are connected to something like a torrenting client.
I found it pretty easy to install and configure VPNSecure. It only took me a couple of minutes from landing on the site to signing into the client and connecting to a server. To download the client, you just need to head over to the “Support” tab. There you will find the download page that lists all supported platforms and clients.
There are simple, illustrated instructions for each operating system. These instructions were easy to follow and made setting the application up easy. You will need to save the generated password provided to you along with your chosen username credentials.
My only point of frustration with the application is that it cannot be pinned to your taskbar. It is easy to lose the VPN window by clicking on a different application. To retrieve it, you will need to go to the bottom-right hidden icon menu on your taskbar to access the VPNSecure application. Additionally, the client failed to launch occasionally. I found that launching the application as an administrator resolved this issue.
VPNSecure offers a simple ticket-based support system. There is no live chat or phone support, and I found that turnaround times were right around 24 hours. The support team members that I spoke to were knowledgeable and able to answer my questions, but it will take at least a day to hear back regarding an issue. This can be frustrating if you have a pressing concern or an account problem that needs immediate attention.
There is a knowledge base on the site that does cover many frequently asked questions. This is a great resource full of detailed guides and tutorials for troubleshooting common issues. However, a more immediate support option would still be beneficial.
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.
This VPN comes in at a rather average price point when you go for a monthly membership, though it offers more extreme discounts for long-term plans when compared to other VPNs of similar size. SecureVPN does have some competitive features like its stellar military-grade encryption and overall ease of use. However, I found that the price point is a bit high considering some of the larger issues like complying with Australian authorities and the admission of monitoring user data in certain circumstances.
This VPN does accept the most popular payment methods such as credit cards and PayPal. Alternatively, you can pay with Bitcoin, PaymentWall, and Payza. These payment options make it easy to remain anonymous while using this VPN.
You can also make use of a 30-day low-cost trial period before signing up for a complete monthly subscription. This trial period is fully featured, though you can only make use of this trial period once. As for a return policy, you can request a full refund for your service within 7-days of purchase. Just keep in mind that you will need to meet VPNsecure’s return criteria. These are stricter than other sites, and the inability to unblock a certain site or streaming platform does not fall under an acceptable return condition.
VPNSecure fell short of my expectations. It is an average VPN in terms of the server network, connection speeds, and unblocking capabilities. What brings this VPN down is its dubious no-logs policy and compliance with Australian authorities. The strict privacy laws of that region coupled with VPNSecure’s admission that it does keep track and store data of certain users make this service impossible for me to trust.
I was impressed by this VPN’s military-grade encryption and overall ease of use. I think that this VPN will have a lot more to offer if and when it does make the move to Hong Kong as its main location. In this VPN’s current state, it’s difficult to recommend for most use cases. It doesn’t quite unblock all streaming sites. Its server network is fairly limited. Support inquiries take some time to hear back about.
I did like that I was able to test this VPN for a very low price for 30-days. That generous allowance lets you give the complete VPN a shot without any major financial commitment as long as you cancel before those 30 days are up. Additionally, the inclusion of a 7-day money-back guarantee was nice to see even if the return policy is a bit strict.
Yes, VPNSecure is good even if it lacks in some key areas. It doesn’t offer the most comprehensive server coverage or have the best no-logs policy. However, it does boast military-grade encryption and modest connection speeds.
No, VPNSecure does not have a free trial. It does have a 7-day money-back guarantee and a low-cost 30-day trial period that allows you to try out the full service with minimal risk.
I don’t often recommend free VPNs since they often have to compromise security, speed, and/or privacy. However, there are some reliable options available if you want to try a VPN without worrying about any financial commitment.
Yes, VPNSecure is safe as your data will be protected by AES-256 bit encryption. However, you need to be careful with this VPN since it does admit to tracking usage data of users it suspects are engaging in illegal activity.