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proXPN Review

proXPN

BestVPN.com Score 5.6 out of 10
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Founded in 2009, proXPN is a seasoned VPN provider that doesn't have a lot to show for it. Server locations are somewhat limited, its free account is lacking, and its encryption is embarrassingly bare-bones. However, it does try to make up for it with intuitive software and excellent customer service.

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VPN Stats

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

Likes

  • Excellent customer service
  • Intuitive software
  • 30-day risk-free trial
  • Nice kill switch
  • Bitcoin accepted

Dislikes

  • Limited server locations
  • Terrible encryption

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Features

proXPN was founded in 2009 in the Netherlands. The Dutch provider has 18 server locations, including European cities such as Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and London. And more far-flung places like San Jose, Sydney, Hong Kong, Toronto, Japan, and five locations across the US.

  • No logs policy
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Kill switch
  • Servers in 14 countries
  • Software for all platforms (mobile app is PPTP only)
  • OpenVPN encryption
  • 30-day risk-free trial
  • Easy-to-use software
  • Excellent customer service
  • Basic free plan (highly restricted speeds and only one server location)
  • Unlimited data transfer and connection time for both free and paid users
  • Four simultaneous connection

Speed and Performance

The first thing to note is that the free plan has extremely throttled bandwidth (300 kbps). This makes it completely impossible to use it for streaming and other such purposes. 

We tested the premium version in a number of locations (Netherlands, UK, and US east coast) and found it to deliver reasonable, if not lightning fast speeds. ProXPN VPN was tested on a 30 Mbps connection and reduced speeds to around 17 Mbps in Europe and 12 Mbps on the US server. Upload speeds were pretty constant at about 2.5 Mbps. This means the VPN will be Ok for streaming particularly if you have fast internet in the first place. 

No IP leaks, DNS leaks, or WebRTC leaks were detected during my tests using ipleak.net. However, it is worth noting that an IPv6 connection was not tested because my ISP does not provide for it yet.

Price

proXPN keeps things simple by only offering two plans: Basic (free) and Premium. Premium is extremely over-priced considering what you get to show for it. 

The proXPN Premium plan starts at $6.25 per month (if purchased annually for $74.95).  Subscribers can also choose to pay $8.33 per month for a six-month subscription, and $9.98 per month for a three-month subscription. These prices are truly exorbitant; I can = literally think of tons of services that are cheaper and better in every possible way. Color me unimpressed. 

You can pay for proXPN VPN via Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, or by check.  Bitcoin and cash sent by mail are also options. proXPN provides subscribers with a risk-free 30-day money back guarantee.

Privacy and Security

Being based in the Netherlands is generally accepted as being a place that is good for data privacy. In addition to this, proXPN VPN has a zero logs policy, which means that it stores no usage or connection logs about what users do on the service. Sadly, however, the VPN does ask users to hand over a phone number in order to subscribe to the paid version. 

Encryption-wise, users are offered the choice between OpenVPN and PPTP (an outdated and insecure protocol we recommend against). Unfortunately, their OpenVPN protocol is implemented extremely weakly with a 512-bit cipher and a 2408-bit encryption key. The VPN also provides no perfect forward secrecy. 

The result is an extremely insecure VPN that is easy to hack and should not be considered secure for privacy purposes.

Final thoughts

proXPN is a well-established VPN that fails to deliver on almost every level. The VPN does not unblock popular services such as Netflix US, encryption is poor, and the help desk is not available via live chat support despite the premium cost of the VPN. In fairness the support I got via email was good, however, it was not 24/7 as advertised. 

The free version is unlimited and this makes it very interesting for people in crisis areas where the government is blocking unbiased news. However, because it is restricted to just 300 kbps it will not be suitable for any data-intensive tasks such as streaming. At the end of the day, this VPN is over-priced and it truly is a wonder that it has any subscribers left at all. Honestly, you would need to be mad to pay for this VPN

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8 Comments

  1. Ed Espiritu
    on August 19, 2017
    Reply

    I managed to find a lifetime membership on Black Friday 2015 and having never used VPN before still found it easy to set up and use on Windows 7. I rarely use it on my home network, but it is always on at McDonald's and Starbucks type locations. I have experience no discrimination as a "lifetime" subscriber and improvement have been made over time. I never investigated the VPN guard feature until I heard about it here.

  2. Bryan
    on August 9, 2017
    Reply

    I see they do provide a free app in the (iOS) App Store. They don't do a good job of advertising the 30-day money back offer; is that still legit? Can any proXPN customers confirm if / how many cocurrent devices I can connect (I presume a Premium plan is required). By contrast, ExpressVPN clearly states a money back guarantee, and that I could use 3 devices simultaneously, for a competitive monthly rate.

  3. Stan
    on July 19, 2017
    Reply

    I've been using proXPN since 2015. I had to use the proXPN 24/7 support only 3 times and each time they responded very fast so I could fix the problem. IMO well worth the price.

  4. Tom
    on July 2, 2017
    Reply

    Good value for the low monthly fee

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