A virtual private network, aka VPN, is a service which provides the Internet users with anonymity and security, the lack of which is present in the modern virtual world. A VPN prevents information leaks allowing users to remain private during all the time of their browsing.
This service also lifts such restrictions like geo-blocked websites and Internet resources with the excessive censorship. A VPN is popular in the countries which control their citizens’ online activities. Its uptake doesn’t allow government organizations to get an access to users’ database.
It’s important to underline that this service is a great tool for protection against hackers, malwares and annoying adverts, too.
The central figure of this review is SaferVPN. This provider like any other VPN is also aimed to help users who face the problems of geo-restrictions, lack of anonymity and safety.
SaferVPN Plans and Pricing
SaferVPN has a typical set of plans which cover periods of 1, 6 and 12 months. The pricing policy is also standard – the longer the period is, the less you have to pay.
The first package provides a user with all SaferVPN functions for a month and costs $7.50. A price of a 6-month plan is $5.82/mo. But the biggest savings you can have choosing an annual package because it costs $4.99/mo and that’s $2.5 cheaper than the first plan.
By the by, SaferVPN has regular seasonal sales. So, don’t forget to follow them because this will help you save money. This provider also guarantees a 14-day money-back guarantee.
What we really liked in SaferVPN is that all the pricing plans as well as the payment steps are placed on one page. Of course, it’s a small detail which doesn’t play any important role, but it makes the payment process very compact.
The information you must provide SaferVPN with involves only your email. In case, you are a registered user, all you need to do is to log in.
SaferVPN payment methods are different, and embrace the following:
- Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, etc)
- Bitcoin payments
- Webmoney, Mint, Qiwi Wallet and others.
Besides, you can choose a currency you like.
There is also one-day free trial which involves all options of the Premium Plan.
Furthermore, you can get a free month of SaferVPN service if your friend joins this provider, too.
A headquarter of SaferVPN is located in Israel, that is why one of its available currencies is Israeli new shekel what isn’t typical for a common VPN provider.
SaferVPN was founded by Amit Bareket and Sagi Gidali in 2013. And for just 3 years of its life on the modern market SaferVPN managed to make its name known for the whole business world – Forbes, Inc., The New York Times, The Guardian, The Daily Dot, The Washington Post, BBC and other media giants are regularly writing about this VPN provider.
By the way, you can become not only a user of this service, but also its affiliate. SaferVPN offers high commission rates for the traffic you send them. It will provide you with all the necessary materials like banners, images and other marketing stuff.
On the whole, SaferVPN has its servers all over the word and is compatible with all types if devices and operating systems. This provider keeps minimum of users’ private information and protects their online activities. The customer support is also available and is presented in different forms.
SaferVPN Security and Privacy
The range of protocols provided by this VPN service includes PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, IKEV2 and OpenVPN. However, the best choice out of all these available options is OpenVPN.
OpenVPN has a powerful AES 256-bit data encryption and 2048bit SSL/TLS handshake encryption. It also uses SHA256 for control messages. This protocol is not only safe but also doesn’t slow down a speed. You can read more about advantages and disadvantages of each protocol here.
As to its privacy, SaferVPN ensures that it doesn’t keep any logs, but in fact, it does save some connection logs. Note that this VPN provider also keeps the following users’ data:
- a time stamp when you connect and disconnect to our VPN service;
- the amount of data transmitted (upload and download) during your session;
- the IP address used by you to connect to our VPN;
- the IP address of the individual VPN server used by you.
SaferVPN explains the storing of these data by the necessity to
- monitor the use of their network for technical purposes and to manage their service;
- prevent and detect fraud against their service (e.g. credit card fraud);
- prevent and detect abuse of their network, such as spamming, file sharing or other illicit activity.
Still, SaferVPN doesn’t keep any information about the websites you visit or what data and messages you send using its service.
Although users’ private information is promised not to be exposed to the third parties, something like this may happen. The fact is that in its pricing policy SaferVPN allows transferring users’ personal data to outsiders, which assist this provider in operating its website and business in general. But these third parties are obliged to keep this information secret.
There is also a list of other occasions because of which your personal data can be exposed to third parties. For example, “in the event that Safer SocialLtd. becomes a part of a group of companies, they may disclose your data to any member of such group” or “in the event that SaferVPN sell or buy any business or assets, in which case they may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets”.
SaferVPN can also hide your real IP allowing you to change it into a different one. Its team has also created a short guide with video about how to do this just in 30 seconds.
SaferVPN has more than 400 servers all over the world. Its server coverage embraces more than 24 locations including European and Scandinavian countries, Asia, Australia, the US and others. By the way, a function of unlimited server switching is also available.
Though such feature as compatibility may seem to be not as crucial as anonymity or data encryption, sometimes it can turn out to be a real trouble or a determinative factor while choosing a VPN.
Imagine you’ve found a VPN with a top-notch security and privacy level, a helpful team and great variety of server locations. But it’s only minus is that it isn’t compatible with the platform of your device. We give 99.9% that you will look for the other VPN provider which has a better compatibility level.
SaferVPN won’t put you into such stressful life situation as it works on all devices and has apps for almost all popular platforms – Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Routers and even Chrome.
Nevertheless, the owners of Ubuntu OS aren’t able to make use of SaferVPN as there is no app for this platform. In case you belong to this category, it’s better to look for a VPN which is suitable namely for Linux OS.
Installation, Speed and Leak Protection
Windows VPN client
The first SaferVPN client we decided to test was Windows desktop version. Installation process is easy and contains a short VPN guide.
Design of Windows VPN client is not only nice but also convenient in use.
There are settings by means of which you can choose a protocol, location, etc.
Note that via this client you can also contact SaferVPN customer support.
We didn’t find any IP and DNS leaks. Thus, SaferVPN really proved to be a safe provider.
Speed test showed us average results. But if to look at the US servers they are really good. Usually their speed is sufficiently slowed-down because of the long distance, but here it’s really fine.
Unfortunately, when we checked SaferVPN on Fast.com we got the following results.
This mistake means that SaferVPN is blocked by Netflix and its users have no access to this geo-restricted streaming channel. Their customer support claims that it is just for several days, but we are not sure whether this issue can be solved in such short term.
IOS VPN client
As well as a desktop version, mobile VPN client has a short guide in the beginning of the installation process.
This client is also rather cute and has a high usability level.
You can choose a necessary server from the location list you are offered.
As you can see, this VPN client has also got an option of automatic warnings for the safe public Wi-Fi use.
As well as a desktop version this VPN client doesn’t have any DNS or IP leaks, too.
It’s a pity, but the speed of mobile VPN has got worse results than a desktop version.
SaferVPN Chrome Extension
In March, 2016 SaferVPN announced the launch of a new Chrome Extension. Its installation won’t take much time but its uptake will make your browsing much safer.
To download this extension you can either visit their website Download category and choose Chrome extension, or visit Chrome store and get this widget there. Your next step is to log in. To do this you need a user name and password you have already got, or start a free 24-hour trial.
Having installed this extension you can start using it. You can do this in the following way:
1) Visit one of the websites, an access to which is restricted (usually these are Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, etc).
2) Click on the SaferVPN Chrome extension icon and click Connect.
3) Then refresh the page and you will see that a previously blocked website is now accessible.
Together with Chrome extension you can connect to any international server which is in SaferVPN location list and remain anonymous and safe even using a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also create a separate list of your favorite locations/servers.
On the whole SaferVPN browser extension is very simple and has lots of in common with desktop and mobile versions. The only difference is that Chrome extension doesn’t have any settings.
This SaferVPN feature deserves a special attention because this provider has worked out the whole system of customer support which involves different forms.
First of all, we are glad to inform you that this VPN service provides a 24/7 Live Chat. Whatever support forms a provider has – Live Chat is still considered to be one of the best. And it is not strange, as you receive the answer to your question here and now what is especially relevant in emergency situations.
However, not every Live Chat means good quality and help. We have checked SaferVPN Live Chat and were pleasantly surprised to find out that it is multilingual. We asked in French and we got our answer in French, too. It’s a boon to those who need to explain their problem not in English but in other language.
As to the other ways of support, SaferVPN offers an option of quick search for the answers using a search field.
On the whole, their Help Centre covers the most popular topics and offers a range of setup guides and other relevant articles.
SaferVPN also leads its blog where they share their news and information which can be useful for their clients.
The layout of SaferVPN website is very handy for use. First of all you can easily find the topic you are interested in as all the categories are placed on the top and bottom of any website page. There is also a quick access to Live Chat thanks to a chat popup window.
SaferVPN homepage contains almost all important information about the service which you can read just scrolling down it. Moreover, you can follow this provider on the most popular social networks and websites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn and Google+.
SaferVPN is a provider after the acquaintance with which you have got ambiguous feelings. On the one hand, it has a number of useful options and characteristics like AES 256-bit encryption, reasonable prices, 14-day money-back guarantee, pleasant and friendly looking website, and a great speed.
On the other hand, it has some moments which make you doubt whether this provide can give you what you are looking for – full privacy and compatibility with your device OS.
In any case, we highly recommend you to learn all SaferVPN peculiarities before subscribing to it in order to make sure that this provider corresponds to your demands.
- Reasonable pricing policy
- AES 256-bit encryption
- Easy to use
- 14-day money-back guarantee
- 24-hour free trial
- Informative website
- Unlimited speed, bandwidth and server switching
- Doesn’t support Linux OS