Our SecureVPN review found a new provider with great intentions but some weak points regarding the Windows app and Encryption questions leave something to be desired. We expect SecureVPN to improve with time, so take a look at the service using the link below, or keep reading for some more in-depth discussion.
- Easy To Use
- No IP Leaks
- 5 Simultaneous Connections
- Hard-To-Justify Price
- No Bitcoin
- Unclear Encryption
- Limited Support
Pricing & Plans
SecureVPN offers two pricing tiers as part of a freemium model. The Free plan does not allow for P2P usage and has a 1GB data transfer per month, not to mention only allowing for one device connected to the VPN service at any given time. If you opt for the Premium straightawy – or after a trial period – you’ll have no P2P restrictions, unlimited data access, and up to 5 device connections meaning you can cover your bag of gadgets, or share with the family for $7.99 per month or $49.99 for a year’s commitment.
The pricing certainly isn’t the most economical, but it is in line with most higher end VPNs (with that definition somewhat dependent on your individual preferences).
It isn’t immediately clear if SecureVPN has dedicated or shared IPs, thought torrent is allowed despite what’s written below for legal purposes. That said, logging concerns remain to an extent – which we’ll discuss further below. Click the link to visit SecureVPN.
Security & Privacy
“We may collect and disclose personal information, including your usage data, to governmental authorities or agencies, including law enforcement agencies, at their request or pursuant to a court order, subpoena or other legal process, if there is a good faith belief that such collection or disclosure is required by law.”
The quote above coupled with the fact that SecureVPN logs your internal and external IP addresses makes torrenting a dicey-seeming proposition at the moment, though SecureVPN say they would only disclose information according to a court directive, it’s still worrying. Unfortunately, the encryption suite doesn’t exactly boost confidence. The default in both mobile and desktop apps is 3DES-EDE3-CBC 192 bit. It’s not s stretch to label the outdated DES encryption a vulnerability. When spliced with Diffie-Hellman keys, it’s a bit better,subsequently diminished with 192-bit keys leaving a lowest common denominator taste in the security palate.
SecureVPN’s websites is a minimalist affair, with links to the client area, support, and service benefits clearly denoted in the top panel on the homepage. Just below, there’s a link to get started or download the SecureVPN Windows Client.
The bottom portion of the homepage has further links to the PP and TOS, as well as the FAQ section, and Social media outlets.
SecureVPN’s website also features a blog covering security and privacy industry news, as well as service updates, and VPN tips, as part of a well-rounded website.
Supports is limited to ticket-based queries at the moment. That said, responses take up to several days, though the answers I received were polite and informative.
Registering for SecureVPN requires your name, a working email address, and credit card information. Then, simply download the app relevant to you and then follow the installation instructions. The entire process took roughly ten minutes.
The SecureVPN Windows VPN client
In line with other service aspects, the Secure VPN Windows client isn’t that expansive. You may choose which server to connect to from the dropdown menu pictured below, and tap the Connect/Disconnect button to link to a server.
Connecting to any particular server didn’t seem to pose any problem. There aren’t any additional useful (and often industry-standard) features such as a killswitch in case you connection drops, or an auto-boot option to connect to SecureVPN the moment you power on your computer. That said, the SecureVPN client is ok, though it would definitely benefit from some updating as we’ll explore next in the Performance section below.
Performance (Speed, DNS, WebRTC and IPv6 Tests)
I ran into some complications when trying to run speedtests using testmy.net as we do with all reviews. Firstly, speeds were inadequate for running a test. In fact, the only successful test I ran showed speed in Kilobytes, while the remainder crashed the page due to timing out. In effect, this means that SecureVPNs speed isn’t enough to browse more than the simplest webpages – backed up by my Gmail inbox loading like an early aughts webpage. More troubling still was this: I tried running speedtests on all five available servers (US,NL,LX, SA, RU) only to find out the VPN exit node was always found in Texas, so the only working VPN server is in the US. What’s worse, anyone thinking themselves connected anywhere else might be in for a rude surprise if or when that individual were to become aware of how their connection isn’t as it should be. I’d hope to see this serious matter address as soon as possible.
That being said, there were luckily no DNS leaks to be found, all. Nevertheless, in light of the above, it’s always good practice to run periodic tests and make sure everything is in working order as it should be. You may use ipleak.net to check DNS leaks and the WebRTC Bug, while test-ipv6.com looks for IPv6 leaks. There’s also doileak.net, combining bits and pieces of the other two tests, for more peace of mind.
SecureVPN has dedicated apps for Mac OSX, iOS, Tablets, and Android OS, in addition to the Windows platform we covered earlier.
The SecureVPN Android client doesn’t differ much from it’s desktop counterparts, though it oddly seemed to connect to the correct servers it purported to. I’m still unsure what was off with the Windows client in terms of properly connection. Hopefully it will be addresses soon.
SecureVPN Review Conclusion
- Minimalist Feel
- Straightforward Setup
I wasn’t so sure about
- No Livechat – Long Support Wait
- Average Price With Few Features
- Lack of Setup Guides & Resources
- No Bitcoin Payment
- Encryption Is A Mystery
SecureVPN dispenses with the frills found in many other providers, but that seemingly comes at the expense of the robust encryption performance you’d expect from a prospective VPN provider. By the same token, the minimalist appeal may be just the thing for some users’ purchasing model criteria, or for those looking for unblocking. Take a look at SecureVPN for yourself today.