PrivateInternetAccess

User Rating Average: Private Internet Access Review, 7.8 out of 10 based on 20 ratings (see user reviews):


PrivateInternetAccess.comWebsite: www.privateinternetaccess.com
Price: From $3.33 / Month. (If purchased via 12-month plan) Accepts Bitcoins and Ripple.
Our Rating: – 85%
Protection: 5/5
Software / GUI:
3/5
Features:
3.5/5
Speed:
4.5/5
Ease of Use:
4.5/5

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Protocols: Open VPN, PPTP plus L2TP/IPsec.

Service: PrivateInternetAccess offers a paid VPN service with 2900+ servers in 20 countries.

The software is installed using the normal OpenVPN GUI and there is a TCP option for each server. Set-up for PPTP is via control panel. Also compatible with Mac, Linux and Android.

PrivateInternetAccess utilize shared IP addresses rather than dynamic or static IPs, so it should not be possible to match a user to an external IP.

They allow up to two simultaneous connections, so users using OpenVPN can also multi-hop which enables the highest levels of anonymity.

Use up to 5 devices simultaneously.

Privacy: No traffic or request logs are kept and they maintain they cannot match a user to any activity on their system as they utilize shared IPs. See their Policy/Terms/FAQ

Our Thoughts: This is a rapidly expanding VPN service with very good speeds across their network and they are hard to beat on price for the longer term plans. Privacy is placed at a premium and you can pay using decentralized currencies such as Bitcoins or Ripple.

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PrivateInternetAccess Speed Test

Below you can see our testing results for PrivateInternetAccess. For more details of how we conduct our speed tests go to VPN Speed Tests

Test PC #1 – United States – OS (Ubuntu 11.10) – ISP (Cox)

SpeedTest.net (Firefox) Location Ping Download Upload
Not Using VPN United States 32 18.83 7.22
OpenVPN Netherlands 196 6.94 6.02
OpenVPN United States 40 12.64 6.94
OpenVPN United Kingdom 179 7.9 4.84
OpenVPN Canada 123 4.32 4.00
Download Test (Curl) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United States 783M 1640k 08:08
OpenVPN Netherlands 783M 1256k 10:37
OpenVPN United States 783M 1204k 11:05
OpenVPN United Kingdom 783M 1222k 10:55
OpenVPN Canada 783M 1377k 09:41
P2P Test (Deluge) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United States 703.1Mb 1.6Mb 06:57
OpenVPN Netherlands 703.1Mb 1.59Mb 07:23
OpenVPN United States 703.1Mb 1.62Mb 07:14
OpenVPN United Kingdom 703.1Mb 1.61Mb 07:16
OpenVPN Canada 703.1Mb 1.52Mb 07:44

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Test PC #2 – United Kingdom – OS (Win 7) – ISP (Sky)

SpeedTest.net (Firefox) Location Ping Download Upload
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 32 10.56 0.94
OpenVPN Switzerland 59 8.37 0.89
OpenVPN United States 107 9.12 0.87
OpenVPN United Kingdom 41 9.92 0.89
Download Test (Curl) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 620M 1241k 08:31
OpenVPN Switzerland 620M 1119k 09:27
OpenVPN United States 620M 899k 11:45
OpenVPN United Kingdom 620M 1141k 09:16
P2P Test (uTorrent) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 695Mb 1.1Mb 10:22
OpenVPN Switzerland 695Mb 0.81Mb 14:47
OpenVPN United States 695Mb 0.97Mb 12:16
OpenVPN United Kingdom 695Mb 1.0Mb 11:07

Tips: There are four US servers to pick from but selection is random so you may have to reconnect a couple of times if you insist on a particular US server.

Note: The handshake protocol (MSCHAP_V2) used by many PPTP connections has been cracked and therefore PPTP could now be considered unencrypted. For maximum security use OpenVPN or L2TP.
https://www.cloudcracker.com/blog/2012/07/29/cracking-ms-chap-v2/

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Article last updated: September 21, 2015 by vpnadmin

23 Responses to “Private Internet Access Review”

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    I also use btguard and vpn4all and although the others are good for the money you cannot beat this service. Always quick speeds, helpful IM service for chat. Never disconnects either

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    I’ve had no issues regarding geolocation protection during my 7 days of trial with PIA. However, the mains issues I had were:
    -very restrictive NAT on most servers. XBOX rarely gets to connect, their DNS severely limits what you can do online.
    – it’s ok for most computer/tablet use but for other devices (game consoles, dedicated media players) it’s not enough
    – their support is very slow to understand and slow to reply.

    The worst part: there’s no refund like promised! It’s been over two months since I renounced my subscription after the trial (6th day) and even though they acknowledged I am eligible for a refund, there’s been no reaction during all the time (only replies like ‘we’re looking into it’).

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    i OWN MAC….. they told me that there is not DNS leak protection for the MAC OS….. so the tier 1 support tol me to use Google’s DNS servers via 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 and said hundreds of thousands of people use it so they could never track me…. .FUCK THAT! BTW DNS leaks are just as bad as not having a VPN….. they were good on replying back quick and they did have good price.. just missing the mai factor…

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    I´ve been using for 2 months in two diferent countries, one in South America and the other one in the North. Never had a problem and have never been desconnected. Because of this, I´ve just signed for the one year plan.

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    Their automatic fraud policy leaves much to be desired. I subscribed to the service just before I left the states to go to Asia for a temp posting. I had no issues with it. While in Asia after I start using it next day I was unable to do so. When emailed they claim it was fraud policy that disabled my account. So I can’t use it in another country? Support was polite and wanted to re enable my account but I decided to cancel and request refund.

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    Their protection best shines in their in their shared IP system and their policy of maintaining zero logs, something many claim but as Torrent Freak reported, it seems many mean that in different ways. So far I have had zero problems hopping from IP to IP based on geographic locations in their handy little systray tool. I came from BTGuard and the speeds are amazing. I keep a Canadian IP until I need to be back in the states for my needed collections of netflix (remember your location can limit or eliminate you titles available in streaming content). The price seemed too good to be true, but sure enough it’s 6 bucks a month or 3 somthing a month if paid annually. From the time I downloaded the file to the time I was up and running was under 5 minutes and took almost no effort, something even my family could do.

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    cheap but disappointing dumb software port fowrding not work slow speeds.

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    Used PIA for 2 months now and have just signed up for a year.
    Totally reliable, never drops out and the speed is always excellent.
    Very easy to configure for target counties and has the ability to set fail-safe checks if you stupidly shut it down before you should have!
    Thoroughly recommended.

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    I’ve never had such a fast VPN. Well worth it!

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    fast, reliable. been connected for 2 days straight and not one disconnection. i feel a lot safer torrenting.

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