Private Internet Access Review
When you connect to the Internet, you probably assume that your actions are not being observed. But that’s a dangerous assumption, and it’s especially questionable when you connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi at a coffee shop, airport, or even at work. On the other hand, when using a VPN, traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel to a server controlled by the VPN provider.
Nothing can get into an encrypted VPN tunnel, so no one spying on your local network (whether at home or in the office) can see what you’re doing. It also prevents your ISP from monitoring your activities. Since your data comes from a VPN server and not from your home router, your IP address—and therefore your geographic location is hidden privates Internet access features and prices
Private Internet access has three billing options, starting at $6.95 per month. You can also get a year of service for $39.95 or two years of service for a very attractive $69.95. I like that all levels provide the same features and don’t reserve advanced tools for higher paying customers.
The average price of one of the most popular VPN PCMag currently is around $10.68, which is significantly higher than the entry price to private Internet access. NordVPN, the five-star winner of editor’s choice,
costs almost twice as much as Private Internet access, at $11.95 a month. Note, however, that NordVPN also offers more features, more server locations,
and a more accessible interface. At the other end of the spectrum, Kaspersky Secure Connection costs $4.99 per month. The first price level of ProtonVPN costs only $4.00 but does not include all the features available at higher levels.
Private Internet access offers great value for money, but there are also many decent free VPN services to choose from. TunnelBear AnchorFree and Hotspot Shield offer free subscriptions with limited data. However, ProtonVPN – best free VPN, which we have not tested it, largely because it does not impose any restrictions on the data available to users. You have several options for purchasing a private Internet subscription.
The company accepts Amazon, Bitcoin, and PayPal payments as well as credit cards. Private Internet access also accepts gift cards from 90 different retailers, including Starbucks and even Bloomingdales. Buy one of these cards in cash and your payment will become quite anonymous. If you ever get tired of private Internet access, there’s a big cancel button on your account page that’s handy.
The company offers customers Android, Chrome, Firefox, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows. Your private Internet subscription allows you to use up to five devices with the Service, which is an average for the industry. NordVPN allows up to six devices at a time,
CyberGhost starts with seven, and IPVanish offers even more generous 10 devices. Avira Phantom VPN and Windscribe do not impose restrictions on the number of devices.
If this is not enough, you can purchase a router with pre-installed Internet access software or install it yourself. This allows you to protect each device on your network with a single router license. Some services go even further. For example, TorGuard VPN sells Apple TV and Roku streaming Box with pre-installed software.
Private Internet access doesn’t offer much in the way of extras. You will not be able to purchase static IP addresses as with NordVPN. You also can’t add additional device connections like with TorGuard VPN. The company allows the use of file-sharing P2P network BitTorrent and their VPN servers. Even better, Private Internet access does not require you to limit your torrenting to specific servers. It’s convenient.
In addition to all that Private Internet access has to offer, it is also gaining a lot of customer loyalty. In the first-ever PCMag survey of readers ‘ choice for VPN, Private Internet access knocked out the competition for overall customer satisfaction.
Affordable. Excellent app interface. Far above the average number of available servers. Ad blocking. Supports P2P file sharing and BitTorrent. Multiplatform support. A strong stance on customer privacy.
No free version. No specialized servers.
- BOTTOM LINE
Private Internet Access offers a robust VPN service at an unbeatable price, and with an excellent new app interface. In terms of value, it cannot be beaten.