This post is a complete review of UltraVPN with A Comprehensive guide on the features you would like to understand
UltraVPN is said to be at UK-based VPN provider that was first launched in 2006 by Network Protect Limited. it has apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android
The desktop apps have all the foremost important VPN features killswitch, DNS leak protection, and powerful OpenVPN encryption. The mobile apps are far more basic; providing nothing but a choice of servers.
Post-Overview UltraVPN 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 UltraVPN Review
- Compatible Devices
- Features of UltraVPN
- Speed and Performance
- Price (Free or Paid version)
- Privacy and Security
- Pros and Cons
1. About UltraVPN (Review)
UltraVPN is a VPN brand run by Network Connect, the company behind other VPN brands such as PrivacyWeb and SafeVPN.
The service has a very convenient feature set: apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android (no manual setup), OpenVPN support with AES-256 encryption, a kill switch to block your internet connection if the VPN drops, and a claimed zero-logging policy (more on that later).
The UltraVPN network is of a decent size with 100+ locations spread across more than 50 countries.
Most servers support P2P, too, a welcome plus. UltraVPN doesn’t say anything about who owns or manages the network, but we noticed it was using a few Windscribe servers.
Support options are more varied than usual, with contact methods including phone, email and live chat.
It can unblock Netflix, but not BBC iPlayer. If you’re looking for a more global streaming experience, I recommend NordVPN.
It can access over 140 streaming services from around the world, and it’s fast enough to stream in 4K.
2. Compatible Devices
Another awesome Ultra feature is that the app is fully compatible with a plethora of different devices. That means that you can access region-blocked sites and applications from almost anywhere in the world.
You can use your phone to download UltraVPN and connect the same account that you use on your computer to it. That way, you will be able to use the same subscription on both devices.
It works quite well in Android and iOS, as it also works quite well in Apple and Windows computers. Compatibility isn’t an issue.
All of the menus are well presented and the interface is very good in all devices, so browsing is definitely made much simpler than it is in other VPN services.
You don’t have to worry about Ultra working differently in some of your devices, as the encryption methods and the way it handles information doesn’t vary regardless of where you’re opening the app.
This is a massive advantage for those that need to use Ultra in many devices at once but bear in mind that you’ll need to pay extra to be able to use this VPN in all of your devices.
3. Features of UltraVPN
UltraVPN is a service that is extremely no-frills. It is low on features and has none of the top-end features you can find with many VPN services.
We asked the provider whether Torrenting was allowed, and it told us that Torrenting was possible on all of its servers (though it doesn’t actively promote or advertise using the service for Torrenting).
Despite this, P2P is not restricted and BitTorrent, uTorrent, etc, all work fine with UltraVPN.
However, on the whole, Torrenting should be non-problematic.
Below you can see all of the features that UltravPN provides its users with:
- Servers in over 50 countries
- Strong OpenVPN and IKEv2 encryption
- 24/7 live chat support
- Apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Amazon Firestick
- Killswitch on both desktop apps
- Unblock Netflix US
- 7-day free trial (no card needed)
- 30-day-money-back guarantee
4. Speed and Performance
In this Ultravpn Review, VPN speed has a great many factors to be aware of. The best way to test VPN speed is to just test out a few servers.
We like to test out the servers closest to our physical location and then test out a few servers we know we would want to use regularly.
The other thing to think about is that not all servers are created equal. There may be two servers in one city but one might be faster than the other one.
Here in Australia, we are far from the US and Europe alike so it is important to test both out.
All in all, UltraVPN competed with the fastest VPNs around. Luckily, the service has servers all over the world.
When connected to the servers in Australia, we only saw a decrease in speed of around 10% on average. This is really good compared to a lot of other services out there. If you want to encrypt your data but keep a server close by, UltraVPN holds up.
If for some reason your IP address needs to leave the continent, Singapore is available to you. The speeds here throttled our connection by about 20%, which again, is pretty good.
Here is where things get a little dicey. When connected to a server in London, our speeds dropped by about 60%. This was perfectly fine as we still had a pretty fast connection.
When we connect to an English server, it’s usually to watch Netflix. These speeds are good for streaming. The issue arose when we connected to a Manchester server.
Our speeds were cut by another 20%. It’s not like we need to connect to that server but it did show us that not all UltraVPN servers are created equal.
In Australia, there really aren’t any VPNs that will give you blazing speeds from the US. We experienced around 10-15Mbps when we connected to their east coast servers. These speeds are fine for streaming and will let you watch Netflix with no issue.
UltraVPN is similar to a lot of other VPNs. The speed on some servers are better than others and geographic location heavily impacts your speed. There is nothing groundbreaking to report here. The speeds are good and the server location is sufficient.
5. Price (Free or Paid version)
UltraVPN offers a 7-day free trial account and a paid subscription service.
With the free trial, you can connect to Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, and Switzerland. Once it’s over, though, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium account.
You can choose to commit for one month, six months, or 12 months. The longer plans offer a higher discount, making them a better overall deal.
You can pay for your subscription with VISA, American Express, Mastercard, or PayPal.
6. Privacy and Security
UltraVPN is based in the UK, which technically means that it is required by British law to keep records about what its users do when they are connected to its servers.
These mandatory data retention logs are stipulated within the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act. This is concerning because it means the UK is a terrible place for a VPN to be based.
We checked the policy thoroughly and found that it is written to be GDPR compatible. However, the policy has some elements that raise some pretty major concerns. Firstly, the firm states the following on Ultravpn Review :
“We will only ever use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:
- Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate business interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
- Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.”
As you can see, UltraVPN is stating that it will use your personal data to comply with any legal regulatory obligations.
This instantly rings alarm bells, because UK regulations require the VPN to store all your connection logs next to an IP address.
Later in the policy, the firm states that it will perform some automatic data collection:
“Automatic Information. We may collect information about the device you access the Services from, such as the IP address or other unique device identifiers. If you access your account from a mobile device, that mobile device may also provide us with details of your location. Most mobile devices allow you to disable this functionality.”
What’s more, later in the policy the firm goes onto explain how UltraVPN uses your personal information to
- “generate and review reports and data about our user base and Service usage patterns,
- analyze the accuracy, effectiveness, usability, or popularity of the Services,
- improve the content and features of the Services and
- allow us to personalize the content and advertising that you see on the Services.”
As you can see, the firm admits that it will use subscriber data to personalize content and advertising. Again, this flies in the face of the zero-logs claim that can be found on its “features” page, pictured below.
As if this wasn’t enough, the firm admits that it will share your personal information with:
- “Carefully selected third parties who provide a service to us to support our core operations, such as: processing our mail, communicating with customers and prospective customers on our behalf (including via social media), running promotions, providing IT systems and administrative services and the development and improvement of internal systems and processes;
- Competent authorities (statutory bodies, regulatory authorities, authorized bodies who have a role laid out by law);
- Other organizations where we are legally obligated to disclose your personal information (such as requests made in the prevention and detection of crime) or where disclosure is necessary to protect the property, rights, and safety of us and our staff or to comply with any law, regulation, or governmental or judicial warrant, rule, order or subpoena;
- Other companies where we are trialing products and services which we consider may improve our offering to customers and/or our business processes; and
- Other third parties where you have given your express consent or where we reasonably believe a third party is acting on your behalf.”
Thus, to conclude, it is clear from the policy that this VPN does store some of your personal information, and while the policy states that it “may” store connection logs next to an IP address, we must take this to mean that it will. As a result, we cannot recommend this VPN for privacy purposes.
7. Pros and Cons
- Very simple to use
- Fast speeds
- Unblocks Netflix
- 24/7 customer support
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Torrenting works
- Kill switch
- Cheap yearly plans
- Few advanced features
- Only 3 connections at once
UltraVPN’s clients are easy to use, and the service can be fast, but it’s distinctly short on functionality and there’s just not enough power here to justify the price. You’ll get more features for much less cash elsewhere.
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