So today, we will be looking at the Complete and Comprehensive review of Private Tunnel followed by the Definitive Guide on all you should know before choosing it.
From a business perspective, it is the commercial child of OpenVPN Technologies, that is, those responsible for the OpenVPN protocol.
It is not widely known in the VPN industry, so I personally conducted a Private Tunnel review to test the service performs.
OpenVPN is usually recommended when using a VPN, hence, it was intriguing finding out where Private Tunnel stands as a VPN service.
That’s said, at the end of this review, you will definitely know if Private Tunnel is truly the best for you.
Now let’s dive in,
Private Tunnel Review
Private Tunnel will be discussed under the following sub-headings.
- About Private Tunnel (Overview)
- Compatible Devices
- Features of Private Tunnel
- Speed and Performance
- Price (Free or Paid version)
- Privacy and Security
- Pros and Cons
1. About Private Tunnel (Overview)
This VPN started with a very popular story of James Yohan and Francis Dinha, the founders of OpenVPN Technologies Inc.
They successfully won the award-winning OpenVPN project in 2002 and launched their company to improve its further development.
Private Tunnel looks more like an online privacy idea rather than the ordinary VPN provider you already know of.
The main aim of creating this VPN was to provide its users with high level security, protected communication services, and a trustworthy connectivity.
This service have been heavily scrutinize and I will relay the results in this comprehensive review.
2. Compatible Devices
Private Tunnel supports Windows, Mac, Android 4.0+, and iOS 6.1+. It can also perform well on Linux, but this particular platform requires prior knowledge and ideas with the command line interface.
Apart from Linux, it can also on a variety of different operating systems and devices, but you have to download the configuration files and do some extra work.
As we went on researching on this Private Tunnel review, we carried out the tests of this VPN on our PC and Android smartphone. Luckily the installation was done sharply in just a few minutes without any difficulties.
Below are some list of devices that are incompatible with Private Tunnel as a result of their limited support for the OpenVPN driver:
- USB TV sticks
- Set-top TV boxes
- Specialty tablets
Few years ago, there were intentions of implementing support for Blackberry and Windows Phone, but so far, that hasn’t happened yet.
3. Features of Private Tunnel
Private Tunnel provides a few number of server locations, including the US, Sweden, Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, etc. This isn’t enough for a global coverage, hence, it might be impossible to connect from your geographic location, depending on your location.
You won’t be able to access Private Tunnel from the following countries due to their censorship rules:
- Saudi Arabia
Private Tunnel doesn’t offer service in the following countries:
- Ivory Coast
It was also impossible for us to access Netflix using Private Tunnel, so if streaming is yo6main aim for purchasing a VPN, you should probably look for alternatives.
If you decide to go premium, you’ll have unlimited data access and keep 3 or 4 simultaneous connections, but these will only come with a premium service.
4. Speed and Performance
Throughout our testing circuit, we connected to numerous random servers and can report average results.
The speeds were not consistent between different servers, but the US server is somewhat a better results than all the others.
There was constant disconnection when trying to connect to the UK server and we were not able to get good results due to persisting connection interruptions.
Also, servers in Germany and Hong Kong were not left behind, they showed underwhelming results compared to our initial expectations.
In general, our speed-testing phase yielded poor to mediocre results. Notwithstanding, we would like to hear more opinions, so you are very much welcome to contact us and inform us of your experiences as well.
So we can conclude that Private Tunnel is very slow, even if you should connect to a VPN server in the same country as you, it may still be slow.
After our testing, below was the result we got.
Local Speed Test Results
Before using Private Tunnel:
When connected to Private Tunnel:
It is body seen that the upload speeds were some what faster than downloads speed, when we connected to nearby servers, still, that doesn’t make Private Tunnel any good for torrenting (read more about that here).
5. Price (Free or Paid version)
Private Tunnel provides a 7-day free trial on all available plans. With $6, you can purchase the monthly plan, while the yearly plan cost only $36 a year. Do not forget that it gives unlimited data access and three to four simultaneous connections. The pricing is pretty straightforward and accessible, considering the seven-day free trial.
The company accepts the traditional payment methods like PayPal, credit and debit cards, and Apple gift cards. It does not offer anonymous payments like cryptocurrency, I expected the company behind OpenVPN to offer the latest form of payment in VPNs.
6. Privacy and Security
Private Tunnel makes use of the OpenVPN protocol exclusively. This implies that you would not have the option of connecting with other protocols like PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and SSTP. We do not see this as a downside in our opinion since we have always recommend using OpenVPN.
The service is based in the US, which can be a deal-breaker for many VPN users. Even though the US does not have any mandatory data retention laws, it is a base home to the CIA and NSA, These people are notorious for their warrants and gag orders. Hence, the US is not a friendly place for VPN services.
Private Tunnel do not use the top-notch form of security, it uses the AES-GCM cipher with 128-bit keys, which is rather weak compared to the modern standards, “AES-256” known as the strongest cipher currently on the market and is yet to be “cracked” by the authorities.
You are allowed to visit the site anonymously, but once you decide to register, you’ll be asked to provide vital information like your name, email, phone number, and payment details.
This information is collected by Private Tunnel recorded it into its database. The recorded data is strictly protected via SSL technology, but it would be much nicer if the company do not record any logs in the first place.
They claim that the collected information will be used only to improve the service and monitor performance. This is a very nice one, but it can not beat a completely log-free VPN.
7. Pros and Cons
- Seven-day money-back guarantee
- Expandable simultaneous connections for an extra fee
- Good speeds in synthetic tests
- Multiple protocols
- Live chat support
- Connection logs
- Possibly usage logs
- Basic software
- No Netflix, no BBC iPlayer
- Limited server locations
- Does not accept Bitcoin
- Geared toward advanced users
- No-kill switch
After evaluating their service,, I found some good qualities. For example, it uses a strong protocols for encryption, which is the OpenVPN protocol.
The customer service is also recommended because they give responsive answers without wasting time.
The downside of the service is the fact that it keeps your IP logs for 30 days, doesn’t providea protective features like Kill Switch, it has a very small server network, and doesn’t give access to Netflix and torrenting.
We have successfully completed the review of this VPN,
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