PrivateVPN Review 2022

A VPN, or virtual private network, is often used to bypass blocks in order to gain access to a site or service blocked in your country. But that’s not the only benefit of a VPN. These technologies protect your data from those who try to find out what you are doing on the Internet – and will be useful to anyone who is worried about the safety and privacy of their information.

Here we present the review on PrivateVPN and answer the following questions:

  • How quick is this VPN download and upload speed?
  • How well does it work on Netflix?
  • How good is it for torrenting?
  • Are there differences in these options for different regions?

Our key findings about PrivateVPN

🌍Country of IncorporationSweden
🖥️Number of Countries63
🖥️Number of Server Location63
🖥️Number of Servers200
💰Price€ 9.20
⤵️Download Speedavg. 48.78 Mbps
⤴️Upload Speedavg. 15.49 Mbps
🔒Dedicated IPYes
📱 Multiple Devices10
📺NetflixNo
📥TorrentingYes
💻Operation SystemWindows, Mac OS, Android, iOS
🌐Browser extension
🇨🇳 Does it work in ChinaYes
🆓Free TrialYes, 7 days trials and 30 days money back
👩‍💼Live Chat Support

Servers and Locations

The number of PrivateVPN’s servers is less than the industry average. It is only 200 ones – 20% of the industry average.

Header LabelPrivateVPNIndustry average
Number of Countries6360
Number of Server Locations63120
Number of Servers2001000

Therefore, we think that this low number of servers potentially will decrease upload and download speeds.

Speed tests

When connected to a VPN, the speed may slow down a bit. This slowdown is due to the process of encrypting internet data, as online traffic is routed through a secure, encrypted tunnel. But there are other reasons for slowing down: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) limit Internet speed and too far server location.

Here we present tests on download and upload speeds.

Download speed

We tested 226 countries worldwide but managed to obtain test results for only 65 – for only 27%. The test results of downloads are presented below.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries1134 (+1fail)19 (+1 fail)
Number of countries without test data3620106
Average Download speed25.95 Mbps42.99 Mbps73.8 Mbps
Min Download speed0.96 Mbps (Columbia)0.6 Mbps
(Cyprus)
7.17 Mbps
(Australia)
Max Download speed123.8 Mbps
(USA)
157.19 Mbps
(Switzerland)
168.69 Mbps (Singapore)
No VPN178.48 Mbps178.48 Mbps178.48 Mbps

Here we observed the following trends:

  • max speed for all regions was close to the no VPN speed (in particular, no VPN speed was 178.48 Mbps, and max speed for the Americas was 123.8 Mbps (USA), for Europe 157.19 Mbps (Switzerland), and for the Asia Pacific 168.69 Mbps (Singapore));
  • average speed for all countries was 48.78 Mbps, but average speeds for regions differ a lot (it was 25.95 Mbps for the Americas, 42.99 Mbps for Europe, and 73.8 Mbps for the Asia Pacific);
  • minimal speeds differ a lot; they were 0.66 Mbps (Columbia) for the Americas, 0.6 Mbps (Cyprus) for Europe, 7.17 Mbps (Australia) for the Asia Pacific.

PrivateVPN Download speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*

Header LabelPrivateVPNNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest168.69 Mbps178.48 Mbps1.06 times less
Slowest0.6 Mbps178.48 Mbps297.5 times less
Average (all countries)48.78 Mbps178.48 Mbps3.66 times less

*Note: We’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked dozens of top VPNs and selected the top ten that are worth your money. To do this, we carefully studied their features, market reputation, feedback, and prices.

Upload Speed

We tested 226 countries worldwide but managed to obtain test results for only 65 – for only 27%. The test results of uploads are presented below.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries1134 (+1 fail)19 (+1 fail)
Number of countries without test data3620106
Average Upload speed12.4 Mbps42.99 Mbps17.53 Mbps
Min Upload speed0.36 Mbps (Costa Rica)0.15 Mbps
(Cyprus)
4.56 Mbps (Thailand)
Max Upload speed18.39 Mbps
(Argentina)
24.43 Mbps
(Turkey)
23.61 Mbps (United Arab Emirates)
No VPN16.78 Mbps16.78 Mbps16.78 Mbps

Here we observed the following trends:

  • max speed for all regions were bigger than the no VPN speed (in particular, no VPN speed was 16.78 Mbps, and max speed for the Americas was 18.39 Mbps (Argentina), for Europe 24.43 Mbps (Turkey), and for Asia Pacific 23.61 (United Arab Emirates));
  • average speed for all countries was 15.49 Mbps, but average speeds for regions differ a lot (it was 12.4 Mbps for the Americas, 15.41 Mbps for Europe, and 17.53 Mbps for the Asia Pacific);
  • minimal speeds differ a lot; they were 0.37 Mbps (Costa Rica) for the Americas, 0.15 Mbps (Cyprus) for Europe, 4.56 Mbps (Thailand) for the Asia Pacific.

PrivateVPN Upload speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*

Header LabelPrivateVPNNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest23.61 Mbps16.78 Mbps1.4 times more
Slowest0.37 Mbps16.78 Mbps45.35 times less
Average (all countries)15.49 Mbps16.78 Mbps1.08 times less

*Note: We’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked dozens of top VPNs and selected the top ten that are worth your money. To do this, we carefully studied their features, market reputation, feedback, and prices.

Ping out test

Ping is no less important for the quality of the connection and to the Internet than the speed of traffic. Even instant downloads and a high-speed network will not provide the user with a normal connection and a decent download level without a suitable ping rate. That is why, in case of difficulties, you need to check Ping. In this case, the minimum indicators will be preferable.

Ping shows the time (in milliseconds) it takes for a special network packet sent from a client to reach the selected server and receive a response back (the shorter this time, the better).

PrivateVPN ping speed, ms

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Quickest170 (USA)22 (Poland)23 (Hong Kong)
Slowest353 (Brazil)260 (Romania)305 (Uzbekistan)
Average256.33209.08144.57
No VPN connection191919

PrivateVPN ping speed compared to other VPNs

Header labelCountryPing
QuickestHong Kong22 ms
SlowestIceland407 ms
OverallAll countries216.36 ms
No VPN connectionAll countries19

PrivateVPN ping speed compared to the industry average

Header LabelPrivateVPNOther VPN avgDifference
Quickest22 (Hong Kong)65.83 ms3 times less
Slowest407 (Iceland)65.83 ms6.18 times more
Overall216.1665.83 ms3.28 times more

PrivatVPN is an outsider because the average ping exceeds the other VPNs 3.3 times.

DNS Leak Test

Even with a VPN connection, often requests to the DNS server remain unsecured, and you can easily track where your DNS requests go. In other words, it is called “DNSleaks”.

No VPN connectedVPN connected DNS leak test
172.253.237.2
(Central, Hong Kong)
172.105.17.57
(Toronto, Canada)
Good
172.253.4.1
(Hong Kong)
185.152.67.131
(United States)
Good
172.253.4.5
(Hong Kong)

172.253.5.4
(Hong Kong)

172.253.6.1
(Hong Kong)

172.253.6.4
(Hong Kong)

Our DNS leak test was successful with this VPN. NO DNS leaks were detected.

Streaming

Streaming mainly means watching live videos using VPNs. Here a good VPN should provide enough bandwidth for watching.

We tested this VPN to provide streaming from every region. As for indicators, we chose the USA, UK, Japan, and South Korea for the Americas, Europe, the Asia Pacific. But unfortunately, this VPN did not unblock streaming.

Netflix

Header label PrivateVPN – LibraryPrivateVPN – Streaming buffer PrivateVPN – Streaming quality
Americas
United StatesNO
Europe
United KingdomNO
Asia Pacific
JapanNO
South KoreaNO

Torrenting

Torrent, or BitTorrent, is a fast, reliable, and reliable protocol that helps users download and share data, including files, movies, games, etc., over a peer-to-peer network without affecting the performance of web servers.

BitTorrent with PrivateVPN

To test this VPN, we completed a file of 3.5 GB. We considered the number of seeders, speed, and time. The table below presents the test results.

BitTorrent with PrivateVPN

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
PrivateVPN3.5 GB0.5241.6 MBps43 min 6 s
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.8782.1 Mbps11 min

The observed speed was 30% less than the industry average. But the time was 2 times less than the industry average.

uTorrent with PrivateVPN

To test this VPN, we completed a file of 3.5 GB. This file has the same size to provide equal conditions. We considered the same options (the number of seeders, speed, and time). The table below presents the test results.

uTorrent with PrivateVPN

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
PrivateVPN3.5 GB0.8251.1 MBps47 min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.2192.1 Mbps22 min

The observed speed was twice less than the industry average, but the download time was the same (considering the file size). It’s a good result.

Routers

The following routers are the best for PrivateVPN:

  • VPN Router TP-Link AC1750 Flashed & Pre Configured Plug And Play VPN Router;
  • Private VPN Router Linksys WRT3200ACM Flashed DD-WRT Router.

Browser Extension

There are no browser extensions.

TV

Private VPN is compatible with Your Smart TV, MAG Box, Android TV Box, Google TV Box, Apple TV, TV Stick.

Devices and Operating Systems

PrivateVPN is compatible with the following OSs:

  • Windows (for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10);
  • Mac (Mac OS X);
  • iOs VPN (iPhone and iPad iOS version 9.0 or later);
  • Android (for Android 4.0 or later).

Price

PrivateVPN offers 3 subscription plans:

  • Subscription for 1 month –  €9.20;
  • Subscription for 3 months – €16.50, which is €5.50 per month;
  • Subscription for 36 months – €65.00, which is €1.81 per month.
PlanPrivateVPNIndustry AvgDifference
1 month€ 9.20$9.00+15%
3 months€ 5.50
36 months€ 1.81

It’s worth buying this VPN for 3+ months..

Discount

There are discounts for each plan.

Free Trial

There is 7 days free trial at this time. And it offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Customer support

Unfortunately, we did not manage to contact customer support.

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