PureVPN is a very interesting VPN provider. Among their many security features, there are some unique tools that set them apart from other VPNs. In this review, we will test the safety and speed that PureVPN provides when torrenting. We will also explore all the extra features available in this software.
Safety and Privacy
“PureVPN specifically chose Hong Kong (HK) for its headquarter because there are No Mandatory Data Retention Laws in Hong Kong”.
“We Do Not monitor user activity nor do we keep any logs. We, therefore, have no record of your activities such as which software you used, which websites you visited, what content you downloaded, which apps you used, etc”.
The User Interface
The software has a large number of tools to increase security, and some of them are actually rare. All tools can be found in “Preferences“. The user is able to control every option from the same place. That way there’s no need to wander around to find different options. Let’s have a closer look at the most important features in PureVPN:
This panel offers the possibility of choosing a mode for the VPN connection. The goal is that, after selecting an option, the software will enhance user experience. For example, selecting the mode “File Sharing” will optimize the software for torrent downloads. In other words, it will focus on anonymity and speed. For other modes, there will be other priorities. The available modes are Stream, Internet Freedom, Security/Privacy, File Sharing and Remote/Dedicated IP.
This is another rare tool, and a great one too. The users have the possibility of creating a VPN Wifi Hot Spot. If you don’t know what a Hot Spot is, it’s a device that acts as the Internet host for other devices. With this tool, you can turn your device into a source of secure Internet. And of course, only the devices that you allow can connect to that Hotspot. The Internet you will be providing to those devices is powered by the VPN, which means it’s encrypted.
Pure VPN is compatible with the most popular platforms, such Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and more. They allow 5 simultaneous connections, so a single user can protect up to 5 devices with the same account. It’s more than enough for one person. There are enough extra connections for someone you trust to use your account. For example, a single account can protect an entire 5 member family.
DNS Leak test: Because of the DNS leak protection feature, we didn’t see any leaks.
IP Test: During our extensive testing, the IP detected was never our real one. It was always the IP from the server of the VPN.
Torrent address detection test: We performed several torrent downloads connected to PureVPN. The IP address detected was always the one provided by the VPN software.
Like all the VPN providers we recommend, the speed with PureVPN was good. We liked the fact that we still had very decent speeds in servers located far away from us. These are the results we achieved with this VPN software:
As usually happens with VPNs, the longer the subscription, the bigger the discount. That is the case with PureVPN. They offer a very affordable two-year plan, which is cheaper than many VPNs offer for their annual subscription.
Also, there is a money back guarantee policy of 7 days. This means the user has 7 days to test the software and decide on whether to continue using the service or having his money back.
What we like about PureVPN
- They don’t keep user logs
- Based in Hong Kong
- Great encryption (256 bit AES)
- Shared IP addresses
- Good speed
- Many important security extra features
- Possibility of changing the language of the software
- Impressive number of server locations
- 5 simultaneous connections
- 7 days money back guarantee
What could be improved
This is a complete provider that offers a lot of features. But like every other service, there are always details that can be optimized. At the moment, this is our suggestion:
- Even though PureVPN doesn’t have any data limitations, the 7 day trial period has a download limit of 3GB. This means that, if during those first 7 days, the downloaded data is higher than 3GB, the user is no longer entitled to a refund. It would be nice to increase this amount of data, or even make it unlimited.