PureVPN is a well-established VPN service. It has been based in Hong-Kong since 2007. We tested lots of top level VPN servers that have the same features: wide range of countries, OpenVPN protocol, rapid tech support, integrated VPN client, fast speeds. However PureVPN differs from its competitors on three fronts:
- PureVPN offers the most recent protocols: OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP, as well as two rare ones – SSTP and IKEv2
- PureVPN has the option for Split Tunneling with its integrated connection client.
- PureVPN also offers a dedicated IP as an option with its packages
Before continuing with these three points, here are the other essential facts:
PureVPN pricing plans : $9.95/ month. Unlimited Data Transfer - Unlimited Server switches
45 countries: Argentina , Australia , Belgium , Brasil , Bulgaria , Canada , Czech Republic , Chile , China , Costa Rica , Denmark , Egypt , France , Germany , Hong Kong , Hungary , Iceland , Indonesia , Ireland , Italy , Japan , Latvia , Luxembourg , Malaysia , Mexico , Netherlands , New Zealand , Norway , Panama , Philippines , Poland , Romania , Russia , Singapore , South Africa , South Korea , Sweden , Switzerland , Thailand , Taiwan , Turkey , UK , Ukraine , USA , Vietnam
SSTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, IKEv2 (BlackBerry VPN settings on Z10 step by step instructions), and PPTP protocols
PureVPN’s NAT Firewall Add-on to its Windows Application
PureVPN customers can connect 5 devices simultaneously with single PureVPN account.
The smartphone / tablet app is very well developed. It has tech support with Live Chat – all of the available countries – possibility of using your dedicated IP and the type of connection desired: VOIP - Poker - Higher Security and anonymity - Unblocking Websites -/Social Media Access - TV Watching - Gaming - All
Support: Mail - Support Ticket - Live Chat - Teamviever
Payment: PureVPN accepts one of the widest range of payment methods (apart from the obvious credit cards, Bank Transfer and Paypal). From the rarest to the most inventive like: Bitcoin, AliPay, Webmoney, Yandex, PaySafeCard, Ukash, CashU, Giropay, Necard, Mercado Pago, MyCard Wallet, Qiwi, iDeal, Todito Cash, Mol Points, NeoSurf, Dotpay, Payza, Skrill
PureVPN Software and SSTP
What is SSTP?
The SSTP (Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol) is a reliable and safe solution. The SSTP that is completely integrated into Windows (Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8) has the great advantage of using port 443 that avoids most restrictions and filters. Where other protocols get blocked, SSTP allows a VPN connection through HTTPS (TCP port 443). Some reviews say it is faster and more stable than OpenVPN.
When would you want to use SSTP?
- Possibility of avoiding firewalls, by utilizing the same protocol as HTTPS (secure web connections), firewall rules will typically allow the traffic.
- Your Internet provider is blocking or limiting speeds for certain types of Internet traffic. Once the traffic is contained within an SSTP connection, your Internet provider will not be easily able to limit the speed or access of any service.
- Works with P2P applications (BitTorrent, such as uTorrent, BitComet and many others clients). NB: IP Guard (VPN Kill Switch) is now available with the integrated client (PureVPN software). As the SSTP appears with Windows network connections then you can still use VPNLifeguard.
SSTP on PureVPN Software
We recommend installing SSTP from the PureVPN connection client.
This can be found in the Download section of your user space.
On installation you have the choice between China and the rest of the world. Most users will choose the rest of the world.
For those that do need China the connection program may vary. You need to ask PureVPN’s technical help for the server address needed for the Server IP box. This is strictly confidential data and must not be shared.
For other countries you will find a classic connection client that aims to improve your VPN experience. Be aware that OpenVPN is not an inbuilt option with the client but must be installed manually. However we would like to remind you that the SSTP protocol is equivalent to OpenVPN.
The Personalized Selection tab allows you to choose your country depending on your current activity. You can find it explained on the site: http://www.purevpn.com/speed-test. This is where you can use your dedicated IP if you chose it as an extra option (+$2/month)
The Split Tunnelling tab : The most interesting and the most surprising! When you activate this option you can choose which programs to protect with VPN. When Split Tunnelling is active then only these applications runfrom the integrate client will benefit from VPN.
The principle of Split Tunnelling is to block VPN from certain apps or programs. So you can use one browser protected by the secure tunnel of VPN and another with your usual IP from your internet service provider (ISP).
Why Split Tunnelling?
- Flexibility for your network. You can have two lines, one normal and one secured.
- Some programs like Newsreaders that provide access for the Usenet network have no use for VPN since the Usenet network is already made secure by SSL. So your VPN as well risks slowing down your connection.
- Avoid disconnecting to use certain websites.
- No more blocking FTP.
- Easier to send emails with a VPN.
In fact Firefox run through your VPN client will give you a Dutch IP (NL) if it is connecting via Hollant. The same Firefox browser run from yourdesktop will use your normal IP from your ISP. In any case, you can always check your IP after connecting with: whatismyipaddress or whatismyip
Tab settings. Two options to tick :
- Redial Automatically if connection drops
- Switch to Secure DNS. Why ? This option stops DNS leaks. DNS allows the connection of a server name to an IP address. A DNS leak happens when your request to the primary DNS is sent without VPN. So your ISP knows the site you are about to visit. We thoroughly recommend watching this video to learn more: The Importance of DNS
All applications are permitted by PureVPN even P2P with a few restrictions: PureVPN doesn't allow p2p/filesharing on their UK, US, Panama, CA and dedicated servers. You can connect to mentioned shared servers for p2p / filesharing: Turkish , Sweden, Romania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany (de1 only) , Russia
They offer Port Forwading therefore you get HighID on the Emule network
What is IKEv2 ?
IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange version 2) is a key exchange protocol used for IPsec. IKE is used for mutual authentication and handling IPsec security associations (SAs). Building upon the earlier IKEv1 specifications, IKEv2 represents a substantially redesigned, restructured and improved effort to define IPsec key exchange.
IKEv2 is supported only on computers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. By using IPsec, IKEv2 VPN connections provide data confidentiality, data integrity, and data authentication. IKEv2 supports the latest IPsec encryption algorithms.
The primary advantage of IKEv2 is that it tolerates interruptions in the underlying network connection. For example, if the connection is temporarily lost, or if a user moves a client computer from one network to another, IKEv2 automatically restores the VPN after the network connection is reestablished — all without intervention on the part of the user. This feature is referred to as VPN Reconnect or Agile VPN (also known as VPN Reconnect).
Configuring IKEv2 on Windows Seven - VPN Reconnect feature (also known as Agile VPN)
Navigate to the Network and Sharing Center, and click Set up a new connection or network.
Click Use my Internet connection (VNP). This allows you to setup a VPN connection negotiated over a current Internet connection.
Enter the IP address of the IKEv2 server (PureVPN offers three IKEv2 addresses: Romania, UK and USA. The example below is for Romania: ro1-ikev.pointtoserver.com), and give it a Destination name to identify it locally. Because additional parameters need to be set, check Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later, and click Next
Type Your Username and Password
Navigate back to the Network and Sharing Center, and click Change adapter settings
Right click the newly created VPN connection in the list and select Properties.
On the Security tab, the type of VPN should be IKEv2
In the Data encryption, choose Require encryption
In the Authentification, choose EAP-MSCHAP v2
Enabling Mobility: In the advanced properties tab there is a Mobility check box. By default this check box is enabled for VPN Reconnect.
Once the configuration is done all you need to do is click connect.
Behavior of Mobility manager - VPN Reconnect feature (also known as Agile VPN)
IKEv2 based VPN connection exhibits three states-:
2. If your internet connection is lost the VPN will appear as Dormant. When you reconnect, the VPN will too ! The dormant VPN connection will start using a new Internet capable interface in a few milliseconds.
3. If the client cannot restablish a connection with the VPN server after a certain time, the connection will be terminated and error 868 will appear : Unable to establish the VPN connection.
AgileVPN (VPNReconnect) solves one of the most common problems with traditional VPNs, which are not resilient against connection failures or device outages.
PureVPN's Dedicated IP
What is Dedicated IP?
Dedicated IP mean IP never changes and stay they same all time you using VPN connection. Dedicated IP is an IP assigned only to your and not shared between other customers. In most cases come with all ports open so can be used on server.
Dedicated IPs from PureVPN are :
- An added extra at $2/month
- To choose from US – UK – CA – DE
- Full Open Port
- PureVPN doesn't allow torrents/filesharing on their dedicated servers
Why a dedicated IP ?
We tried the dedicated IP to access our Synology NAS from outside the network in total security. We have made a tutorial for this configuration, see: Access NAS Synology from the outside with a VPN
Our opinion on PureVPN
This VPN seems promising and willing to go off the beaten track and try new options and protocols: OpenVPN + PPTP. There are now so many VPN servers that PureVPN is at least different from the others for its two different protocols (SSTP is especially useful for residents or expatriates of countries that block PPTP-L2TP protocols and censor internet and applications like Skype) and some added extras: Split Tunnelling and dedicated IPs.
The only things missing is the fact that Torrents and P2P are banned on the dedicated IPs.
As for the rest of the service, it is clearly a professional one, as evidenced by its tech support. The Live Chat is really useful and not just window dressing.