Proxy.sh Review 2020 | Price, performance, features compared

We break down what Proxy.sh brings to the crowded market of VPN providers

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Let's start our review of Proxy.sh with a bit of worrying history. In 2013 this Seychelles-based company committed the cardinal sin of VPN services by admitting it was actively trying to spy on the traffic of one of its customers. I'll spare you the finer details of the drama, but the basic gist was a hacker was using the service to stalk somebody. Proxy took action to temporarily install a logger known as Wireshark to help locate the individual and bring the situation to a close (not via legal means).

I mention this so you can walk into a potential purchase with your eyes open. While most VPN services state and stand by strict “no logs” policies, at least one time in its history Proxy thought there was some wiggle room. Or, as they themselves put it: “We will only intervene into our traffic when we believe there have been activities infringing our ethical terms – that is when activities harmful to human beings (not corporations or entities) are taking place on our network”.

On the plus side, that incident prompted Proxy to include not only a privacy policy but also its own list of ethical rules, which is a fairly unique thing with VPNs. Proxy has also evolved to include a Transparency Report (essentially a collection of rebuffed legal complaints and counter-measures) on its main site, plus there are Network Alerts (should its servers become compromised). It's my opinion that Proxy had some rocky times in its infancy and has grown to be a better, more crystal clear service because of it. That, and it's service and speeds are top tier stuff.

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What features does Proxy.sh offer?

Upon signing up with Proxy you'll be downloading a VPN client called Safejumper, a powerful, custom built app that will have you happily tunnelling your Internet connection through international servers in no time. It has to be said that the installation will be a bit fiddlier compared to most other VPN apps out there (think a few extra steps than usual). Get past that and you can easily slip into anonymous mode while enjoying the benefit of some pretty heavy duty security.

In terms of protocols you'll be getting the industry standard 256-bit encryption from OpenVPN (both TCP and UDP), L2TP and the less secure PPTP (it's only 128-bit). Those of you after extra protection have the option to setup an untraceable hashed VPN account that isn't linked to an email address (Proxy's usual means of setup).

This service is also something of a rarity in that their proprietary software, while not as newb-friendly as it could be, is open source. This sort of transparency allows the wider community to improve it and ensure it's free of nasty surprises in the code.

What is IPv6?

Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) was created with the sole purpose of overtaking IPv4 as the industry standard for network layer protocols.

IPv4 (32-bit) only consists of four-digit number strings with three digits (fairly limited by today's standards) whereas IPv6 (128-bit) consists of eight-number strings with four characters each, allowing well over 340 undecillion unique IP addresses.

To illustrate, here's what the Google's Public DNS IP looks like on both.

  • IPv4 8.8.8.8
  • IPv6 2001:4860:4860::8888

 
Shifting servers and seeing when you're off the grid is easy enough once you get the hang of Safejumper. Unlike a few other VPN apps I've tried, you can quickly spot individual server loads and millisecond delays to better optimise your online speeds. Your standard features are all present and accounted for, including auto-connect, kill-switch (to keep you off your ISP's grid, no matter what Proxy's servers are doing) and leak protection for both DNS and IPv6.

Proxy loses points by having a somewhat confusing array of options in its pricing plans. The vast majority of VPN service providers will offer a singular product and a pricing model that offers the user greater discounts as their time commitment increases. Sometimes the more money you pay will come with side benefits including things like more devices supported simultaneously. Proxy takes that further by tightly controlling both the number of servers you can have access to and which countries you can tunnel through.

Getting your bearings on what the “full” experience offers can end up being a costly proposition. More on this in a sec.

That said, and if you are willing to pay top dollar, Proxy delivers some phenomenally good service and speeds. Couple that with unusually high security features – which in many cases go well above and beyond what's currently expected by the industry – and Proxy stands as one of the best options available if you're deadly serious about your data and privacy insurance.

How much does Proxy.sh cost?

The Proxy experience varies wildly across its four membership plans. Quick is a US$2 toe-dip for 72hrs that will give you 1Gbps and access to only 30 nodes and 2 countries. Basic is US$5 for a month – same speed but you're getting 50 nodes and 5 countries. US$10 a month will get you into the Solid plan that I'd recommend going with, what with its 300 nodes and 57 available countries. Last but not least we have Pro, the $20 a month deep end with an impressive 7 node, 50Gbps network.

What payment methods does Proxy.sh accept?

Proxy supports the usual suspects including major credit cards, PayPal, Paymentwall and G2A Pay. Especially anonymous options like Bitpay and CoinPayments are also available.

What devices does Proxy.sh support?

Proxy's proprietary Safejumper app can be downloaded for Linux, MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS.

What servers does Proxy.sh offer?

300+ VPN servers in 57 countries. (Note that any plan beneath Solid will get you far fewer of both)

How does Proxy.sh compare?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Price p/month (Monthly) Equivalent price p/month (Annual) Free trial? Simultaneous logins Crypto payment? Recommended encryption
ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN
US$12.95
US$6.67
Yes
3
Yes
256-bit AES
FastestVPN
FastestVPN
US$10.00
US$2.49
No
10
No
256-bit AES
Ivacy
Ivacy
US$9.95
US$3.33
No
5
Yes
256-bit AES
Proxy.sh
Proxy.sh
US$10.00
US$7.50
No
3
Yes
256-bit AES
NordVPN
NordVPN
US$11.95
US$6.99
Yes
6
Yes
256-bit AES
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