PureVPN review 2020

Quick verdict: Sturdy encryption and thousands of servers makes PureVPN a solid choice despite some questionable logging policies.

  • Huge number of self-managed servers
  • Simple setup
  • Easy-to-manage split tunnelling
  • Occasionally records your connection
  • Paid 7 day trial

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PureVPN
Finder score: 4.5

PureVPN is a Hong Kong based company that's all about two things: split tunnelling and great reliability. The former is quite a unique feature that essentially means your data will be encrypted and securely passed through a series of tunnels that lead to PureVPN's servers. We'll go into the technicalities of that in a second but the essential theory is this: you're completely “anonymized” and protected at all times.

Features

Features

  • Servers in 150+ countries
  • Lots of security settings
  • 10 simultaneous connections
  • Enables split tunnelling
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Performance

Performance

  • Easy to set up
  • 24-hour customer service
  • IP records could be an issue
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Verdict

Verdict

  • A good all rounder with impressive arsenal of self-managed servers
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At current count, PureVPN offers a whopping 2000 odd servers and 300,000 available IP addresses spread across more than 140 countries. This gives you access to a world of movies, music, TV shows and games, all the while keeping your personal data safe from hackers and eavesdroppers. A solid VPN in all areas.


Pricing and availability

Price

From US$2.88 per month

Where to buy

PureVPN costs US$10.95 per month but there always seems to be some sort of discount on offer that'll make this cheaper. You can also opt to lock in for a one-year deal where you'll pay US$4.08 per month. You can also hop on a 24-month plan for US$2.88.

PureVPN supports an absolutely ridiculous amount of payment options. Over 50 in fact. Obviously, this includes the most popular methods like credit card, bank transfer, PayPal and Bitcoin (popular in this case due to the extra anonymity cryptocurrency payment can afford you). Heck, you can even pay with gift vouchers from popular retail chains. It doesn't get much more versatile than that.

Unusually, PureVPN has a 7-day "trial" that users actually have to pay for. While it's only 99 cents, we're accustomed to software trials being offered free of charge. The "trial" also automatically bills you for a full year if you don't unsubscribe within 7 days. Considering all PureVPN plans come with a 31-day money-back guarantee, we advise steering well clear of this promotion.


NordVPN discount codes

Store Discount
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Extra 15% off VPN plans

Ends

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73% off for 2-year plan
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5-year plan: $0.99 for 7-days trial then $5.75/month for 1-year
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1-month plan for $10.95
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62% off for 1-year plan

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14 Comments

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    Ed
    February 14, 2016

    To me it seems you are implying that(regarding geo restricted content) even though these are supposed to provide complete anonymity one could be identified, so whats the point?

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      Brodie
      February 25, 2016

      Hi Ed,

      Different VPN providers have different privacy policies in place. While most pride themselves on their “no data log” policies, there are some that keep basic account information or even browsing data for a limited time. We only suggest that you do your research before signing up if privacy is a concern for you. Over at our guide and comparison of VPN providers, we had a few providers comment on their data log policies, so that’s a good place to start.

      All the best,
      Brodie

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    Ed
    February 14, 2016

    What does it matter regarding legality of accessing geo restrict data
    if ones anonymity is assured?

    Thanks

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      Brodie
      February 17, 2016

      Hi Ed,

      We’re just covering all bases. Sure, your identity is concealed, but that doesn’t stop a VPN provider from cancelling your service (and potentially putting you out of pocket if you have prepaid) if you’re found to be dodging geo-blocking or torrenting through their services. Very few VPN providers have policies that restrict you from torrenting/dodging geo-blocking, but some do (and they don’t tend to make it obvious).

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    Lex
    September 28, 2015

    Hi,
    I want to purchase a 12 month subscription in australia will it include the smart DNS option free? and how do i checkout in australian dollars

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      Shirley
      September 29, 2015

      Hi Lex,

      Thanks for your question.

      The 1 year subscription has DNS leak protection included. Since PureVPN is an American business, they only accept USD.

      You can checkout as per normal but you may be charged an international transaction fee for each transaction. This can be avoided by opting for a debit cards for online shopping.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    Lez
    August 26, 2015

    Can you tell me the price for a 12month subscription in Australian dollars

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      Brodie
      August 27, 2015

      Hi Lez,

      PureVPN costs $49.95 AUD for a 12-month subscription.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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    Lawrence
    August 8, 2015

    Hi
    More on the vpn issue. I use chromecast and when using the vpn the connection to the chromecast becomes flakey. Is there a vpn service that works with chromecast and the Netflix app? Or a config with purevpn that works. Thanks

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      Brodie
      August 10, 2015

      Hi Lawrence,

      We don’t know of any issues when using Chromecast with Pure VPN. You might be best off visiting their website for live chat support. Alternatively, you could try Hide My Ass VPN or Vypr VPN. These are both compatible with Chromecast.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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