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Perfect Privacy Review

Perfect Privacy

BestVPN.com Score 9.2 out of 10
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Perfect Privacy is a VPN provider based in Switzerland and Panama. The VPN is aptly named because it offers a myriad of privacy and security options. If you don't have technical skills the app is easy-to-use and will keep your real location hidden with its default settings. However, this VPN does have come problems that raise concerns about the rest of its features. I can't help wondering: do they really work? And, overall, Perfect Privacy VPN seems too expensive compared to other, better services.

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VPN Stats

  • Server Locations N/A
  • Average Speed N/A Mbit/s
  • Simultaneous Connections N/A
  • Jurisdiction N/A

Likes

  • Seven-day money-back guarantee
  • No limit on simultaneous connections
  • OpenVPN, IPSec, PPTP, and SSH tunnel
  • Gradable kill switch
  • Extensive range of security measures

Dislikes

  • Custom apps not implemented for all operating systems
  • Can't get into Netflix

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Features

  • Servers in over 20 countries
  • Seven-day money-back guarantee
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Shared IP addresses
  • Killswitch (firewall based)
  • Choice of OpenVPN or IPSec
  • Choice of encryption methods including AES and Camellia
  • Availability of PPTP for manual set-up
  • Option to apply SSH tunnel
  • Squid and SOCKS5 web proxy
  • Port forwarding
  • Multi-hop option
  • Browser anonymity option
  • Live server speed tests
  • Easy-to-use app for Windows, Mac OS X, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux
  • P2P allowed on most servers (apart from United States and France).

Speed and Performance

Speed tests were performed using testmy.net from the Dominican Republic. Test servers were in Miami in the United States and London in the UK. In each case, five test runs were performed to find the highest, lowest, and average connection speeds. I found that the VPN brought my average connection speed down from 30 Mbps to between 20 to 25 Mbps. The Miami server was slightly faster than the others, but the reduction in speeds was not terrible on any of the servers and would permit most people to stream without any troubles whatsoever.

I checked for IP leaks and DNS leaks. A couple of times my IP appeared to be in a different location to the one I selected (the Netherlands registered as Germany, and the UK registered as Germany). However, I did not suffer any IP leaks, DNS leaks, or WebRTC leaks that disclosed my real location. Thus, overall the VPN appears to have been successful, if not a little temperamental. My internet service provider does not use IPv6 addresses and so I was unable to test for IPv6 leaks.

Price

Perfect Privacy is quite expensive. One month will set you back $15, a three-month subscription is $13.90 per month, six months is $12.75 per month, and one year costs $11.50 per month. By far the cheapest option is to commit for two years at $10 per month. However, that is still an extremely expensive price compared to just about every other VPN on the market. Personally, I don't believe the service justifies the cost - and I would recommend subscribing elsewhere.

The company allows subscribers to pay via PayPal, Bitcoin, With cash sent via the post, and via all major credit cards including Amex. A number of online gift cards such as Mint are also accepted.

Privacy and Security

Being based in either Switzerland or Panama is not considered bad for privacy, and the official base being Panama makes it very hard to serve the firm with a warrant. In addition, the VPN keeps no logs, which means it has nothing to hand over even if approached by the authorities.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this VPN is its large selection of security features. Perfect Privacy allows for double hop encryption (with up to four hops), and VPN into Tor. It also has a killswitch, DNS leak protection, and provides an SSH tunneling/split tunneling feature. A choice of proxies (squid or SOCKS5) are also available. Stunnel (VPN obfuscation) is available for getting around firewalls in locations such as Iran and China.

Users can select between OpenVPN UDP and TCP, or L2TP/IPsec. OpenVPN encryption is securely implemented with an AES 256 CBC cipher, GMAC SHA1 for data Authorization, and a robust Handshake (RSA-4096). Perfect Forward Secrecy is provided with DHE-4096. This makes Perfect Privacy outstanding for privacy implementations.

The VPN also allows people to select various extra encryption options such as changing the cipher from AES to Camellia. While AES is preferable for most people Camellia is often of interest to people located in China (because their systems find it harder to detect).

Final thoughts

Perfect Privacy is a VPN that has paid a lot of care and attention to its clients. The rage of security features is impressive, and they all seem to work well. However, the cost of the VPN is astronomical even when you take this into consideration.

Considering the price, you do not get 24/7 live chat support. It also didn't unblock iPlayer or Netflix US - services I'd expect to access for this price. The choice of server locations is adequate, but it isn't mind-blowing either. And the server it advertises in China is a lie because it is actually in Hong Kong.

I was also disappointed to discover that it doesn't have custom apps for Mac, iOS, or Android - meaning that this is very much a Windows-centric service.

Finally, I'm left wondering why my IP address appeared to be in Germany when I selected the UK server (this might explain why I couldn't access iPlayer). If that is the case, it raises a lot of questions about the quality of all the other features. Unconvinced.

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15 Comments

  1. C
    on August 16, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Douglas, Great articles - a bit new to all of this and am trying to get my head around it all! I came accross your site when looking for an alternative to Google/Chrome and have installed Firefox and implemented most of your recomendations for making it more secure. As well as using a more secure browser you also recomend using a VPN. Could I ask a couple of questions about VPN's? I have been looking at VPN's and came accross Perfect Privacy on a number of review sites, including yours. What I liked about it was that it seems to be strong on privacy/security with kill switch/DNS leak options dedicated bare metal servers - no virtual servers multi-hop option built-in advertisement, tracking, and malware blocker - TrackStop It is based in Switzerland - is Switzerland a good place for a VPN? Is Switzerland a safe place for a VPN for a non Swiss citizen? I have had a look at Nord, which is based in Panama, as an alternative to Perfect Privacy. Nord has similar features to Perfect Privacy, except I beleive they do use some virtual servers. is Panama a good place for a VPN? Would Nord be a good alternative to Perfect Privacy? Would you recomend one over the other? When signing up to a VPN most require a username, a working email and payment. regarding payment - some offer bitcoin but would a credit card be ok? are there other ways of paying you could suggest rather than me handing over my credit card details? if a third party payment processor is used for credit card payments does this mean the VPN provider doesn't have/store your payment details? regarding email address - I would prefer not to give out my proper address, can I use a disposable email?, would a disposabele email address be ok to use? bearing in mind that Perfect Privacy, for example, emails the login credentials to you, would it be ok to use a disposable email for signing up with them or would I risk not seeing/getting the email? I have never used a disposable email before, could you explain what one is and how it works? have you got any suggestions/tutorials of what I should/could use? and how to use it? One last thing could I ask why with a score of 9.2 perfect privacy never made it to any of your top lists? Thanks C

    1. Ray Walsh replied to C
      on August 17, 2018
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      Hi C, I am replying because Doug is currently away. As you can tell from Doug's review, Perfect Privacy is a good VPN. And yes, being based in Switzerland is good for privacy because it is not a 5, 9, or 14 eyes nation. Whether you go for them or Nord is really up to you, they are both good services. Why they don't feature higher on our lists is for a number of reasons. Sometimes smaller VPNs that do very well in reviews, don't have the infrastructure to deal with the massive amounts of traffic that we generate for providers if we feature them. Thus, the VPNs on the lists must be good but also have enough infrastructure to deal with more subscribers. That doesn't necessarily mean Perfect Privacy is much worse, just that it can't necessarily cope with the traffic generated from being high on lists. The best thing to do is to go ahead and use the money back guarantees to test them yourself. I know people who have tried 5 VPNs for 5 months to get an idea of what they prefer! A burner email can be used, yes: it is simply an email account you set up for the sole purpose of subscribing to a VPN. You will need to keep a note of the email address and password so that you can stay in contact with the VPN in future. Whether you need to do this really depends on your threat model and what you intend to do with your VPN. The same is true of payment method. For most people paying with a credit card is fine, because payment details only show that you got a VPN on a certain day: if the VPN is no logs then the authorities could never find out what you did using the VPN. However, as you probably know, some people do prefer to pay with bitcoin and some VPNs even accept cash through the post! To answer your question, yes if a payment processor is used (and it nearly always is) they are the ones who have the details of you having subscribed/paid for the VPN. The details are not generally kept alongside the VPN account details.

    2. C replied to C
      on August 22, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Ray, Thanks for your response, helpful. Regarding payment of VPN's, as I said before I would prefer not to hand out my credit card details. I have had a look and both the vpns I was looking at accept Mint prepaid card and Perfect Privacy accepts Neosurf , but it looks like I can ony buy Mint in dollars and Neosurf in GBP. Does this matter and does the payment processor do the conversion to the required currency the same as with a credit card? Regarding email, I have had a search and found products such as Guerrilla Mail, Mailinator, EmailOnDeck but all of these delete themselves after a short period of time - I assume this is not what you mean by a burner email. Sorry to be a bit dumb but what exactly do you mean by 'burner email'? What could I use as a burner email? Should I use a more private email provider as the account details are emailed back to you from the VPN? If so could you suggest ones I could look at? Thanks C

      1. Douglas Crawford replied to C
        on August 22, 2018
        Reply

        Hi C, I'm back from holiday now! I'm afraid I don't know Mint you Surf, so you will need to check with them how it works. Note that Private Privacy accepts payments in Bitcoin. Paying in Bitcoin is not inherently anonymous, but can be made so. Those services would work, but I think Ray means any email account that you sign-up for anonymously and don't use again. For good email provider recommendations please check out Secure Privacy Email Options 2018.

  2. myself
    on May 31, 2018
    Reply

    Can you do a review on cloud on pro? Also what's the difference between cloud VPN and regular vpn's? Maybe you can write an article about different cloud vpn's without logs and all. Would be good.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to myself
      on June 5, 2018
      Reply

      Hy myself, By "cloud VPN," I assume you mean setting up your own VPN on a VPS. There are a number of ways to do this, and we currently have guides for doing so using CentOS 6 and using PrivatePackets.io, which automates the process. Both these articles have a run-down of the pros and cons of roll-your-own VPN vs. using a VPN service. We may (very well) add more such guides in the future.

  3. Arkanum
    on February 18, 2018
    Reply

    I'm using Perfect Privacy since 2008, and renewed for 2 years each time. This VPN is strongly focused on anonymity and privacy, and managed by a very knowledgeable and competent team. For example Perfect Privacy was the first to introduce "vpn cascading" (in openvpn mode), which is more technically described as "nested vpn connections", and, unlike some others vpn providers providing a "cascading vpn" functionality, you can cascade the servers you want with the servers you want, and with keeping some ports open on the exit server (which is very useful for very secure and anonymous torrenting). Nevertheless, in cascading vpn mode, these ports have for now to be derived manually from the internal IP on the exit server, which is a hassle. Moreover, most of their server are allowing IPV6 connectivity (with NAT firewalling). Last but not least, there is an important security feature Perfect Privacy provides, that this review let unnoticed: Stealh VPN feature: In TCP OpenVPN mode, you can chose to mask your vpn usage with SSH, Stunnel (=https), Obbfsproxy2 or Obfsproxy3. Concerning speed, my ISP provides me FTTH connection, and when using (one hop) Perfect Privacy "gigabit server" for torrenting (in the most fastest ipsec mode), I download up to 20 megabytes/s and upload up to 12 megabytes/s. I tested many other vpn providers, some of which I really liked, but Perfect Privacy remains one the the 3 best (if not the best).

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Arkanum
      on February 19, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Arkanum, Stephen is no longer with us because we were unhappy with the quality of his reviews. We are working on ensuing all our reviewers follow rigorous standards (as laid out here), so in future they should not miss out important information of the kind you mention. I can't promise any timetables, but we will also probably re-review Perfect Privacy in the not-too-distant future.

  4. Willian Waznes
    on November 21, 2017
    Reply

    I am testing the service for a month and am strongly inclined to purchase a multiple-month license. I previously used Disconnect's VPN but I noticed that it is much less efficient at blocking Tracing than Privacy Perfect. Then everything indicates that I will definitely leave Disconnect and migrate permanently to Privacy Perfect.

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