Founded way back in 2008, Perfect Privacy is a Swiss VPN with an interesting and unusual mix of features.
The service seems very standard, in some areas. 36 locations in 26 countries aren’t bad, for instance, but nothing special.
You get VPN apps for Windows, Mac and Android, only (iOS users must set the service up manually.) There’s no trial, and Perfect Privacy only offers a 7-day money-back guarantee.
I have used this network as well as several others since 2008. Thus, I am well aware of its Pros and Cons.
What struck me the minute I turned on Perfect Privacy was how simple and attractive the design is.
By the end of this review, you will, without a doubt, know if Hotspot shield is the right option for you or not.
Post-Overview Perfect Privacy Review
I will keep it simple but concise and straight to the point. You will learn about its products and services offered.
Below is the breakdown of what I would be covering:
- About Perfect Privacy Review
- Compatible Devices
- Features of Perfect Privacy
- Speed and Performance
- Price (Free or Paid version)
- Privacy and Security
- Pros and Cons
1. About Perfect Privacy Review
Founded in 2008, VPN Company Perfect Privacy is the result of international cooperation, with headquarters or significant places of control residing in Switzerland and Panama.
They also have offices in New Zealand and Latvia. These countries are advantageous when starting a VPN business, as they are not burdened by the EU’s or US’ data retention laws.
Perfect Privacy offers connections across 58 servers located around the globe in 26 different countries.
They develop their software solutions themselves, so it is worth noting which protocols they work with. For encryption, they are well-versed in today’s standards and thus use OpenVPN, SSH, and IPSec, along with PPTP.
Their greatest strengths include a very lenient log policy with almost nothing logged on their side which, combined with the list of rare features, is a rare and welcomed packaged.
Customizable port forwarding, two types of proxy to use, cascading which is continuously swapping connections across multiple servers and even DNS Leak protection are built-in sides of Perfect Privacy’s facets.
2. Compatible Devices
Perfect Privacy supports a good range of devices. Conforming to the standards of these days, Windows 8 (OpenVPN/IPSec, HTTP proxy, TOR, IKEv2), 7 (OpenVPN/IPSec, SSH2, HTTP proxy, TOR, IKEv2), and Vista (OpenVPN/IPSec) users can establish their VPN connection.
It is quite strange though that no support is available for Windows XP, considering that they were founded in 2008. Mac OS X is also welcome (via Tunnelblick) and so is Linux Debian/Ubuntu (OpenVPN manually).
Mobile and other devices come in a similar range; the iPad and iPhone (IPSec, L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN), Android (IPSec, PPTP, OpenVPN) are the mobile options available.
In terms of routers, DD-WRT and TomatoUSB should provide connections. Overall, selection is fair, and some up-and-coming devices could be included in the future. As far as security protocol options, the more popular devices enjoy excellent service, while less used ones suffer a tad bit.
3. Features of Perfect Privacy
There is a very high-quality list of features that come with their service. We have tested these in detail with the help of the client suited for Windows. Yes, this is not exactly Perfect Privacy’s own OS application they do not have such software.
The company requires you to download an open source client and configuration files, suited for their VPN service. Of course this means that the setup process to establish any VPN connection is slightly longer and a bit more difficult to understand.
Naturally, Perfect Privacy does not leave their customers hanging until they dry; for all possible types of device you are supplied with guides that are actually necessary in most cases for a proper setup.
4. Speed and Performance
Perfect Privacy is not that actually fast. Even when we connected to servers near our physical location (London, UK), we still experienced around a 30% drop in our internet speeds. We actually found the fastest speeds when connecting to the France server.
While this won’t be noticeable for most users, those with more performance heavy needs like torrenters or gamers will probably need better speeds.
Local Speed Test Results
Before using Perfect Privacy:
When connected to Perfect Privacy:
Download speed without Perfect Privacy: 93.26Mbps
Download speed with Perfect Privacy: 65.49Mbps
Our download speed loss when Perfect Privacy is running: 30%
Unless you just plan on browsing, we don’t recommend connecting to Perfect Privacy servers that are far away from your physical location it’ll really slow down your internet speeds.
From London to the US East Coast we experienced a speed drop of over 80%. Not good at all.
5. Price (Free or Paid version)
Perfect Privacy has several plans, but the major difference is the term and price. Here’s a quick list, along with pricing in USD as of February 2019 exchange rates:
- 1 Month – $12.99
- 1 Year – saves 23% – $119.99
- 2 Years – saves 31% – $214.95
Payment options are extremely versatile. You can pay with wide-range of options like PayPal, Bitcoin, Mobiamo, Visa and Mastercard, Amex, and UnionPay.
If you like old-school anonymity, you can even pay in cash by sending your money in a concealed envelope to a remote address in Latvia. (No joke.)
Perfect Privacy offers a seven-day money-back guarantee. Except, if you pay with cash or Bitcoin. Anonymous payment methods are great for privacy. Not so great for getting a refund.
6. Privacy and Security
Not even connection logs, though they can be displayed for your viewing pleasure. The only three specific data sought are login credentials, email address and account expiration date.
This is good news and comes as close as it can to making your VPN experience fulfill its number one priority: anonymity.
You can connect to Perfect Privacy’s VPN via two main security protocols: OpenVPN or IPSec. The official website unlike elsewhere makes a good effort to explain the difference between the two, their advantages and disadvantages.
OpenVPN uses AES-256 encryption in every case. IPSec however, varies based on the device you use. The default setting is AES-256 in this case too, but it is very possible that mobile devices are not supported in this matter a 128-bit encryption sounds more likely.
Instead, since those connections go through dedicated applications, SSH2 tunnels are also available in their case.
7. Pros and Cons
- Great performance worldwide
- Powerful and configurable Windows client
- Many advanced technical features
- Runs on almost anything
- Very high price
- No trial
Living up their name, Perfect Privacy is really focused on providing you the best and most widespread options to disappear on the internet.
With many built-in features, most of which are not even available elsewhere (or they cost extra money) are parts of the standard package here.
Unfortunately, the excellence that Perfect Privacy offers has a price; a price that should be more expensive than the rest for a good reason.
However, we feel like they threw the hammer a bit too far. And while you can’t call the size of Perfect Privacy’s server network spectacular, it does host enough servers in a good number of locations.
The client isn’t plug and play, but it doesn’t have a steep learning curve and puts you in full control of your VPN setup. Furthermore, their guides and customer support do a great job in helping unleash all the power that sits in this VPN service.
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