Anonine on the whole is a pretty good company for the services it wishes to provide with plenty of ticks in the security and speed areas but a slight let down in the other categories. Read the review to find out if this niche market is what you have been looking for.
Pricing & Plans
Like nearly every other VPN provider out there Anonine provides you with the same set plan but with increased price discounts given if you sign up for a longer period of time. Their cheapest – 12 month – plan is $5.43/month which puts it’s pricing in the average category. Unfortunately there is neither a money back guarantee or a free trial.
With Anonine there is no boasting about number of servers/ countries/ etc. because as we mentioned there is only the one – Sweden. This is great news for security and it also allows you to carry out actions such as P2P which is strictly banned on almost all other providers. Being fairly young there is still plenty of improvements that they can make but they say these are in the process so hopefully they will get a lot better in the near future (within a month).
Security & Privacy
Anonine allows both OpenVPN and PPTP encryption mechanisms which is good news and these use 256 and 128 bit respectively. They use Dynamic Dedicated IPs which is good news and unlike many providers they regularly replace their stack of IP addresses with new ones to provide an extra level of protection. They collect absolutely no personal information (unless required for payment) which is another great bonus though a slight shame that they don’t accept BitCoin in sight of this.
Being Swedish based in a fantastic bonus point for this company as there are very little laws for VPNs and they aren’t required to log in any matter and the country has been known for their internet and freedom concerns hence so many companies are based there i.e. The Pirate Bay. You can read more about Sweden and VPNs here.
The Anonine website is pretty straight forward no useless or annoying fancy animations and most of the information that you could require a click away. It does however have a few bugs here and there and we wish they would keep a blog and/or their social media more updated but these do not impact on the service they provide.
Being a small company there is only a Ticket Support system and this isn’t fast in anyway as they claim they prefer quality over quantity and as a small company they can’t provide both.
Signing up is straight forward like with most provider but as mentioned they require no personal information (except for payment) which is a good thing.
The Windows VPN client
The most annoying fact about Anonine is that they do not have any of their own software and the set-up of PPTP differs from OpenVPN making it a bit more difficult then it really needs to be. For OpenVPN they use the standard OpenVPN Client and the built in PC settings for PPTP which is pretty usual in these cases.
Performance (Speed, DNS and IP Test)
We carried out our three primary tests as usual. We had no problems with the IP test and the DNS leak test was exemplary. As shown in the table below their VPN speed tests were great with both encryption types with PPTP showing slightly improved speeds as expected.
|No VPN Speed||OpenVPN Speed||PPTP VPN Speed|
Android, iOS, Linux, etc
Since they do not have any of their own computer software it is no surprise that they do not have any for mobile platforms. However, just like with their desktop platforms they provide a clear setup guide but unfortunately only for PPTP. We gave it a test anyway as some protection is better than none at all and their speeds were great just like on the desktop.
We hope that they will improve their device support in the future.
- Great speeds
- Great Security
- Based in Sweden
- No logging
We weren’t so sure about
- Only Swedish servers
- Lack of software