SaferVPN Review

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Editorial Score

78%

Pros:

  • 24-hour free trial
  • 14-day money-back guarnatee
  • Nice refer-a-friend program
  • Google Chrome extension adds hands off security
  • Signup only requires email and password
  • Top of the line customer support
  • Shows willingness to improve service based on feedback
  • Consistent download speeds with fast uploads
  • Good for unblocking Netflix or bypassing ISP throttling
  • Super cheap 2 year plan

Cons:

  • No killswitch for dropped connections
  • Some weaknesses in leak protection
  • Limited number of cities and countries
  • Based out of the USA
  • Records connections for up to several months
  • No advanced features

SaferVPN's strong suit is streaming. We highly recommend it for services like Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer. The free trial limits nothing so you can easily get an honest look at the service. As an improving company with solid customer support, their cheap 2-year plan really is a good deal. The biggest concern with SaferVPN is they lack some of the advanced features higher end VPN services offer. Ultimately, it depends how much you value privacy versus paying more money.

This service is built for casual to intermediate users looking to unblock content worldwide across multiple user friendly devices. The 7 simultaneous connections make it a perfect choice for families as well.


Privacy and Security

The OpenVPN AES-256 bit data encryption is on par with the rest of the industry. This provides high level encryption, but there's not much else to write home about. The leak protection is not bullet proof and has some issues. Surprisingly, there's no killswitch either. We do like that signup only requires an email and password so Bitcoin payments are actually noteworthy.

The company is also based out of the USA. There's a lot of risk in choosing an American VPN service, especially when privacy isn't a major selling point like SaferVPN. The VPN service doesn't log activities but does record connection activity. This means their users' IP addresses, bandwidth usage, and connection time stamps may stay on file for several months.

Speed

SaferVPN's speeds showed themselves to be consistent but not exciting. Downloads ranged between 20-30Mbps in the US/Europe. Asian area downloads performed about half as well. Uploads were surprisingly very close to download speeds. These speeds make SaferVPN an all around good performer for file sharing. However, P2P users should carefully monitor their usage due to the above privacy concerns. Latency and connections times are above average.

Countries

SaferVPN is pretty limited in their territorial offerings. They host 400 servers worldwide, spread across 30 countries. Their presence in South America is especially lacking. As stated in the speed review, SaferVPN does still deliver fast speeds despite the limited choices. We can't recommend SaferVPN has a worldwide travel choice, but these countries will grant you access to the major streaming services.

Ease and Usability

The signup process is super easy. Subscribers basically only need an email to get started since SaferVPN offers a free trial. The interface is very easy to use. The modern UI responds well to user input with an easy to understand menu system. There aren't any advanced features to activate so what you see is what you get.

Support

I'm happy to report that there's no issues at all with the support. Their 24/7 live chat support is helpful and quick to respond. Email can be useful for more technical questions. No matter how you go about contacting support though, it should be a pleasant experience. Their video tutorials also serve as nice guides to getting started.

Value

The $10.49 regular monthly price for SaferVPN isn't worthwhile. There are much more complete VPN services out there for that high of a monthly price. Where SaferVPN picks up value is in their free trial and 2-year subscription plan. The $83.76 price for 2 years comes out to $3.49 per month. Anything less than $4/mo is bargain bin pricing in the VPN world. It's a nice deal worth considering for a basic VPN package.

Bottom Line

Despite the name, SaferVPN isn't the safest VPN choice. Security and privacy features found in TorGuard and NordVPN far surpass this one. The company has shown a lot of improvement over the past year though. Their support is top notch, and we like their direction. The two year deal is an especially good price, and it's hard to say no to a 100% free trial.

With SaferVPN, users gain some limited privacy protection while gaining access to blocked sites and services. Streaming is definitely the lifeblood of SaferVPN's user experience. If that's what you care about most then it's certainly worth a look. SaferVPN is the easiest VPN to get started with so there's not much to lose.

RATING

Privacy
5
Speed
8
Countries
6
Usability
8.5
Support
10
Value
9.5
78%

BEST USES

  • BBC iPlayer
  • Gaming
  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Streaming
  • YouTube

DEVICES


Windows

Mac

Linux

AppleTV

iPhone

Android

Router

iPad

PlayStation

XBox

Roku

PROTOCOLS

  • L2TP/IPsec
  • OpenVPN
  • IKEv2
  • PPTP

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Email Support
Live Chat

COUNTRIES


USA

UK

Germany

Australia

Canada

Brazil

France

Netherlands
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