VPNArea review

TOP rank 8.7
February 29, 2020

VPNArea has fast servers, dedicated IP addresses, and is optimized for streaming on Netflix.  If you are into P2P activity, VPNArea is also the app for you as most servers are excellent for downloading files on sites such as The Pirate Bay.

You can get VPNArea for $9.90 a month, $4.92 a month for a year, or for $ 2.99 for 36 months. The payment process is great, and they even accept Bitcoins meaning users can enjoy a truly anonymous connection with the app.

While spectacular in many ways, VPNArea has one major drawback. The app only has 30 country locations to choose from. But if you just want to hop from one Western European country to another, or between various American cities, then there is nothing to worry about.

Should you buy VPNArea? Definitively! It is simply a great app.

3 years: $2.99/month
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VPNArea has fast servers, dedicated IP addresses, and is optimized for streaming on Netflix.  If you are into P2P activity, VPNArea is also the app for you as most servers are excellent for downloading files on sites such as The Pirate Bay.

You can get VPNArea for $9.90 a month, $4.92 a month for a year, or for $ 2.99 for 36 months. The payment process is great, and they even accept Bitcoins meaning users can enjoy a truly anonymous connection with the app.

While spectacular in many ways, VPNArea has one major drawback. The app only has 30 country locations to choose from. But if you just want to hop from one Western European country to another, or between various American cities, then there is nothing to worry about.

Should you buy VPNArea? Definitively! It is simply a great app.

8.1
Speed
8.5
Security
8.1
Compatibility
7.8
Price
8.3
Support
Pros
Fast servers
Strong security and privacy credentials
Outstanding customer service
Specialized servers for P2P activity and streaming
6 simultaneous connections
Excellent for streaming on Netflix
Varied payment options including cryptocurrencies
Cons
Few country locations to choose from

Summary

Speed drop speedtest We check the speed with and without VPN, then calculate the average in percentage. The smaller the speed drop, the faster the VPN.
-20%
Logging
Strict no-log policy
IP, DNS Leaks
No
Jurisdiction The 5 Eyes (FVEY), 9 Eyes and 14 Eyes alliances impose laws that force VPN companies to hand over logs to the government upon request. Privacy Havens - These are countries where companies don't have to share their logs to the government and VPN users are completely protected.
Bulgaria (Privacy Haven)
Servers
100+
Countries
65
Netflix Unblock
Yes
Torrenting speed drop
-8%Excellent
Simultaneous connections
6
Works in China
No special features
Support
Live chat, email
Kill switch
Yes
Encryption AES-256 is the most secure type of encryption today. Other standards like DES-CBC, AES-128 provide lower levels of security.
AES-256
Protocols OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPsec are the most popular protocols which provide optimal balance between speed and security.
IKEv2, OpenVPN
Platforms
Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows
Applications
Routers, TV

VPNArea Speed tests

Ordinary connection
Download: 2.20 Mbps
Ping: 34
Upload: 0.07 Mbps

The number one question that most VPN users want an answer to is whether or not the VPN of their choice has fast servers. After all, without fast servers a VPN is practically useless.

That is why we took the time to test each VPN app to see if by buying it, you end up throttling your internet connection or opening a world of possibility with a fast and secure internet connection.

In line with this review philosophy, we tried some of VPNArea servers with a 2 Mbps connection.

Checking VPN servers

A 20% drop in download speeds is remarkable after connecting to a VPN. It is as if there is no VPN connection to begin with. With such a performance, you can still do all the things that you normally do on the internet, but now with a secure connection.

As you can see, the speeds are not all that consistent, but they are still great. You will never see half of your internet speed gone with a VPNArea connection.

Norway
Download: 1.65 Mbps
Ping: 386 Ms
Upload: 0.12 Mbps
Japan
Download: 1.43 Mbps
Ping: 438 Ms
Upload: 0.11 Mbps
USA
Download: 1.63 Mbps
Ping: 509 Ms
Upload: 0.14 Mbps
Australia
Download: 1.76 Mbps
Ping: 464 Ms
Upload: 0.10 Mbps

Average speed drop: -20%Good

Servers

100+ servers
65 countries

VPNArea has 100+ servers in 65 countries. Most of the servers are scattered across Western Europe and in North American cities such as Chicago and New York.

What’s fascinating about VPNArea’s servers is that they are optimized for P2P activities and streaming on Netflix, and the BBC iPlayer. The app also has dedicated IP addresses for anyone who wants to surf with a unique IP address.

VPNArea Security features

How secure is a connection with VPNArea? This is the question that we seek to answer in this part of the review. A VPN app should provide an anonymous connection and it does this with the help of some special features. Let us look at some of these features in VPNArea:

Military-grade encryption

There is no surprise here. The military-grade (AES 256-bit encryption standard) is the most commonly used encryption technology in the VPN universe. It is a safe and tested way of sending information on the internet.

OpenVPN

OpenVPN is a popular open-source VPN protocol. It is safe, fast, and works well with many encryption technologies, such as the AES 256-bit encryption standard. VPNArea uses OpenVPN as well as IKEv2 to make its VPN connections possible.

Check all VPNArea features

Adblock and Malware Prevent

The adblock and malware prevent feature blocks ads from showing up when you connect to the service.

It also prevents scams and malicious sites from launching attacks on your computer.

Public Wi-Fi Protections

VPNArea has a public Wi-Fi protection feature that will protect you from unsafe public networks.

It is handy, especially if you are into using the free coffee shop Wi-Fi.

Internet Kill Switch

The last security feature that we would like to point out is the internet kill switch. The internet kill switch on VPNArea comes in two flavors i.e. through the Windows Firewall and what they call the nuclear option.

The through the Windows Firewall option will temporarily disable your internet as you switch between servers while the nuclear option will completely disable your internet connection.

You have to turn the kill switch on for extra protection.

IP and DNS Leaks

IP and DNS leak protection is one of the areas that VPNArea takes seriously. The app even has settings that allow you to turn the feature on and off if you want. But why would anyone want to not have their IP address protected? I guess will never know.

We tried to see if the features were good as claimed by performing an IP and DNS leak test. Here are the results that we’ve got:

IP Leak test results

The IP address that you see in the screenshot is the one that was assigned to us by the VPN. That means that our real IP address remained hidden to anyone who might have gone snooping around.

DNS Leak Test Results

Our DNS provider does not show in the screenshot above and this is actually good because it makes it harder for anyone to track you down.

IP leak results:
No leaks
DNS leak results:
No leaks

Logs policy

VPNArea has a strict no logs policy. They do not collect any personal information that can be used to identify you or to monitor your online activities. Here is what they have to say on the matter:

“We don’t record any logs on our VPN or DNS servers. You’ll also automatically benefit from extra anonymity by using the same IP addresses as fellow members.”

Why does a VPN’s log policy matter? First, a VPN provider, just as is the case with your ISP, can have a very decent idea of what sites you visit, for how long and when you are likely to visit these sites. With a stretch of their imagination, they can even conclude on your personality type based only on your browsing history.

Scary right? It gets worse when using a VPN because you are likely to visit sites that you would not want anyone to know about, hence the veil of secrecy provided by the VPN. But when the logs policy takes into account your extra need for privacy, it’s all well and good.

VPNArea is located in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe. It is far removed from the Five Eyes coalition of spying nations that share signals intelligence. Thus, with VPNArea, you don’t have to worry that there is a government agency that is going to be spying on you or that the VPN service provider will pass your logs information to the government. In other words, you can trust them to keep your data safe.

Check VPNArea privacy policy

VPNArea for Netflix

If you want access to the best Netflix content, then arm yourself with an American-based IP address.

And it is not just Netflix, as every other streaming service out there, including the likes of Hulu, HBO, Showmax, and ESPN seem to favor American audiences over anyone else.

We wanted to see if using a VPNArea-assigned IP address would unlock some of Netflix’s prized content. Here is what we’ve got.

Yes, we were able to stream content on Netflix. With VPNArea, you too can get access to the best in TV content on earth!

Netflix
Netflix unblock status:
Success

Torrenting

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Yes, torrent files are “free,” but they come with the risk of being caught by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for violating copyright laws.

Some of the sites that serve ‘free’ content also pose a risk to the users. Hackers can use private information to snoop on you and that is why you need a VPN app whenever you are trying to download any files from torrent sites.

Torrenting without VPN:
259 kb/sec
Torrenting with VPN:
236 kb/sec
Speed deduction: -8%
Excellent

A VPN app will, however, negatively affect the speed of your internet connection. We wanted to see if VPNArea would make it impossible to complete the download.

An 8.61% drop in the download speeds will go unnoticeable if the connection is really fast because even on a 2 Mbps connection, it will still make good time.

Tor Check

For extra privacy, you can combine the world’s most secure browser, the Tor browser, with a VPN connection.

It is a combination that will make it hard for anyone to snoop on you because you will be adding an anonymous connection (from the Tor) on top of another anonymous connection, this time from the VPN.

It doesn’t always work that way, however, as some VPN apps aren’t that compatible with the Tor browser and that is why you need to check for compatibility like we did. See? It worked.

Tor
Compatibility status:
Success

Platforms

Android
iOS
Linux
macOS
Windows
Routers
TV
Simultaneous connections:
6 devices

On what platforms can you install VPNArea app? The app is available for Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, iOS, router, and TV. With a single subscription, you can install the app on as many as 6 devices.

For this review, we installed the app on a Windows desktop computer and on an Android phone.

On both devices, the app looks really good. It has an intuitive interface that is easy to navigate about. Check it out.

   

Customer Support

VPNArea

Customer care and support for VPNArea is excellent. They have operators who are available 24/7.

They answer questions promptly and are always willing to help out. You can also use email for support questions, although we would recommend that you use the live chat system. It is more efficient. Here is a screenshot showing the support team in work.

Support channels:
Email
Live chat
Help center
Phone line

Pricing

AreaVPN has a very modern payment system that also incorporates Bitcoins. It is fast, and reliable.

The choice for cryptocurrency should be exciting to privacy enthusiasts because it allows for total anonymity. You can purchase the app for either of three plans: $9.90 a month for one month, $4.92 a month for 12 months or at $2.99 a month for 36 months

1 month
$ 9.90
per month
 
$9.90 every month
1 year
$ 4.92
per month
Save 50%
$59 billed every 1 year
3 years
$ 2.99
per month
Save 70%
$107.64 billed every 3 years

The first plan comes with a 14-days money back guarantee, while the others come with a 30 days money-back guarantee. But if you pay in Bitcoins or Ethereum, there is no way to get your money back.

For this review, we purchased the app for $9.90 with PayPal. The payment process was smooth and we experienced no issues at all.