Private Internet Access VPN review 2020
Quick verdict: Private Internet Access is a reliable VPN that provides multi-layered security with IP cloaking and advanced privacy protection.
- Keeps no traffic logs
- Dedicated apps for Linux, MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS
- Unlimited bandwidth
- No servers in China or Russia
- Might be too advanced for some users
- Expensive (sans discount)
Private Internet Access (PIA) is a Denver-based, open source VPN provider owned by Kape Technologies. It goes the extra mile when it comes to online privacy. You're buying into multi-layered security with IP cloaking and VPN tunnelling. And this is all happening at a TCP/IP interface level, too. In layman's terms: every online-enabled program on your computer device will become eavesdrop-proof, not just your web browser. Let's take a look at the included features and performance.
- Servers in 46 countries
- Unlimited bandwidth
- High grade encryption
- 10 simultaneous connections
- Easy to set up
- Lots of security options
- Strong customer support
- A security-packed VPN for serious users
Private Internet Access is a feature-rich VPN with an impressive amount of security beneath the hood. It provides unlimited bandwidth, DNS and DNS leak protection, a connection kill switch, a 'no logging' policy and access to servers in over 40 countries. While a little pricier than the average VPN you should be able to get it at a discount by shopping at the right time. Highly recommended.
Pricing and availability
PriceFrom $4.64 per month
Where to buy
PIA's normal monthly service pricing is much higher than average at $16.35 per month. That's a lot to pay for a single VPN licence (especially if you only need it for a single purpose like watching US Netflix.) Fortunately, PIA regularly runs sales on its website with discounts of up to 70%. You can currently get a 12-month subscription for $4.64 per month, for example.
As with most VPN plans, you'd have to be pretty foolish and/or unlucky to be paying full price. If you don't see a deal on its website, our advice is to wait a few weeks as another is bound to appear in quick order.
Curiously, PIA does not currently offer a month-to-month or multi-year plan in Australia. Instead you're limited to a 12-month contract. (There is a 7-day money-back guarantee, however.) If you require multiple licenses you can also bulk purchase VPN accounts for a slight discount.
Quite a wide array of payment options are available, from Paypal to Amazon Pay, Bitcoin and a large collection of cryptocurrencies. (You can also do it the old fashioned way with your choice of five major credit cards.)
Private Internet Access discount codes
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
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