PureVPN is a very popular VPN provider that many users rely on for torrenting. It offers some features that set them apart from many VPNs in the market. The recently updated their software with new features, new servers, and an improved user interface.
In order to keep our PureVPN review updated, we tested this VPN again. As always, torrents and P2P were our main priority when analyzing 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
How To Use PureVPN for Torrenting
As we just mentioned, there is no special way to setup PureVPN for torrenting. But there is a mode that will make it very easy to start downloading files. After selecting the File-Sharing mode, the user will only see servers where BitTorrent traffic is allowed. Such servers are optimized for torrents and P2P, which means they were built to provide greater download speeds.
As you can see, the servers are organized by milliseconds (ms). That’s because the software has a ping test included and it checks which are the fastest servers available for you.
PureVPN's P2P Servers
PureVPN has more than 2000 servers spread through 140 countries, in 180 cities. The fact that some countries have different server locations is a nice touch. You can actually select a server in a country or you can be more specific and chose a city.
Torrent downloads are allowed in servers located in 85 countries. That is because some countries have strict policies when it comes to file-sharing. They decided to play it safe by not allowing P2P in servers located in those places. The way of knowing if a server allows BitTorrent is by checking if it has a P2P symbol in front of it.
These servers are well distributed around the globe, making it easy for every user to find servers in nearby countries. As you know, it’s important to connect to servers that are not extremely far from you because you could lose some speed.
The software has a large number of tools to increase security. 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. Naturally, we are only going to focus on the tools that can have a direct impact on torrenting.
It’s nice to see that the software comes with more than the traditional Kill Switch button. It has options that give the user full control over this feature. For example, there’s the option of stopping the Internet completely in case you stop the VPN manually. In other words, if this last box is checked, your Internet will only work when there is a VPN connection. This is a great way of ensuring that your data is encrypted at all times.
Besides the features we described, there are plenty of other tools that can play a role in your protection, or simply make things easier. These are other tools included in the software:
- Dedicated IP address
- Multi Port
- VPN Hotspot
- Port Forwarding (It can increase torrent speeds, but it can also reduce security)
- NAT Network
- Ping Test
- Software in 8 different languages
Pure VPN is compatible with the most popular platforms, such as 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.
Like all the VPN providers we recommend, the speed with PureVPN was good. Although some servers were on the slower side, we could easily find fast ones as well. Considering we had the maximum encryption selected, the results are quite good. These are the results we achieved with servers located in the Netherlands.
As it 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 most VPN providers.
Also, there is a money back guarantee policy of 31 days. This means the user has 31 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
- Many important security extra features
- Possibility of changing the language of the software
- An impressive number of server locations
- 5 simultaneous connections
- 31 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:
- Improving the number of fast servers would be great. Although we saw many good servers, there were also quite a few with slower speeds.