PIA VPN has many happy followers who use it for torrenting. We couldn’t ignore that and we tested everything in this service that is relevant for BitTorrent. Below is our review with all our test results and opinion about this VPN software.
These are their recommendations on which encryption settings to select:
Connecting to a VPN Server
The main difference from most VPNs is that PIA is managed from the Notification Area. This area is at the bottom right of your screen, and it looks like this:
Features and Options
One of the things we like is the simplicity of the software. Although it has advanced features, they did a great job organizing them, making it easy to use. Beginner users will have no problem in managing every option. Each feature has a brief description and also a link for an extended explanation. This way the users know what they are doing. Let’s take a look at each tool, with our personal recommendation on what to enable and disable.
PIA has a total of 3100 servers, in 28 countries. Those countries are spread through all continents. That way, every user in the world will find a good option nearby to connect to. It’s also important to mention that they allow torrent traffic on every server.
The VPN is compatible with the main platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux.
We tried the Android and iOS Apps as well and they are very pleasant, quite similar to the Desktop version. They have the same features, even the Kill Switch, which is great, you don’t see that feature on a phone every day. For more details about the Android app, check here. Or check out the iOS app, if that is your case.
The number of simultaneous connections is one of the highest in the market. You can have a total of 5 devices connected to Private Internet Access at the same time.
DNS Leak Test: All the results were clean in our several tests. The DNS leak Prevention did not allow any leak at all.
IP Test: The results were always as expected, the IP was the one assigned to us by the VPN in every test.
Torrent IP Test: Our real IP was never leaked when downloading a torrent file. The IP was always the same as we got before, the one from PIA VPN.
The speed was recently improved and we enjoyed to see how fast they have become. Keep in mind that we tested this provider with the highest encryption, 256 bits. And naturally, the higher the level of protection, the higher the impact on speed. But even with such high protection, we were able to get very good results:
Torrent Speed Tests
We were happy to see great speeds on many servers. Even servers located in different continents gave us very good speeds. And of course, having fast servers in torrenting friendly locations is a big advantage for Private Internet Access.
As it happens with most VPNs, the longer plans have better discounts. The 2-year plan is 3.49 dollars per month, and it’s one of the lowest prices in the market. The major payment methods are available, such as Credit Card, Bitcoin and Paypal.
Regarding the trial period, there is a money-back guarantee of 7 days, which is enough time to test the service and decide if you are happy with it.
What we like about PIA
- Advanced 256 bit encryption
- Ability to select the level of encryption
- Doesn’t save logs
- Important features, such as a kill switch
- Shared ID addresses
- PIA MACE is an original and useful feature
- A good amount of servers
- 5 simultaneous connections
- Extremely simple and easy to use
- 7 days money-back guarantee
What could be improved
Although this VPN provider is very complete, we have a couple of suggestions to make it even better:
- It would be nice to have a few more countries available.
- They are fast replying to emails, but live chat support would be a nice addition.