Hungary based Buffered VPN has been in service since 2014. The brand has been honored by mentions on Wired, TIME online edition and The Sydney Morning Herald for its brilliant service bundle.
During my Buffered VPN review I noticed a website with a superb design and very user friendly navigation. The simplicity of the Buffered VPN website in itself if quite motivating, but exactly for that reason we will take the brand for a test drive to analyze their server network, customer support, VPN apps, pricing and various other features.
- Offers Servers in 31 Countries
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS, Android & Linux OS
- Offers 3 Tunneling Protocols including PPTP, L2TP/IPSec & OpenVPN Protocols
- No Activity Logging Policy
- 5 Simultaneous Logins
- Expensive compared to the competition
- No Live Chat Service for instant support
- Fewer Payment Methods Available
Buffered VPN Pricing Plans And Packages Review
Buffered VPN offers three pricing plans including a monthly plan, a semi-annual plan and an annual plan. All 3 plans come with complete Buffered VPN services without restrictions on devices, bandwidth or number of servers that can be accessed.
A 30 day money back guarantee come attached with all Buffered VPN packages, allowing subscribers to try and test the service. The 3 pricing plans are summarized as follows:
- Monthly Plan – $12.99 per month
- Bi-Annual Plan- $9.99 per month ($59.94 on time payment)
- Yearly Plan – $8.25 per month ($99onetime payment)
Buffered VPN Servers List Review
Buffered offers servers across 37 countries around the world with high speed locations from North America to Europe. Popular Buffered VPN server locations include:
- Korea, Republic of
- United Kingdom
Buffered VPN doesn’t use Google’s DNS servers and passes traffic through its own DNS servers. This is a brilliant aspect of the service as Google gets no access to your data and activities. Do remember that the provider offers no Internet Kill Switch or Auto Reconnect option so in case of a connection drop the ISP will know what you are upto online.
Buffered VPN Speed Test Review
During my Buffered VPN review I also experimented with different servers to test the provider’s claims of turbo speed servers. Tests were conducted over Ookla’s flash based broadband testing service, YouTube and utorrent. When tested over a 10Mbps connection in a controlled environment the following speed tests were recorded on Ookla:
Buffered VPN Customer Support Review
Buffered VPN offers customer support through:
- An email ticketing system, and
- A FAQ section.
Buffered VPN offers a brilliant ticket system with a categorized issues list while encouraging subscribers to list as much information about issues as possible. The ticket system may take up to 24 hours for responses depending on the issue.
The FAQ is simple &answers most basic queries including those for account management, common VPN errors, payment issues, connectivity, and logging error queries with more solutions being added routinely. Since the brand is fairly new we expect this section to grow over time.
Buffered VPN Payment Methods Review
Buffered VPN currently offers two payment methods for subscribers to purchase the service through. These include:
- PayPal , and
- Debit / Credit Cards – VISA, MasterCard & Discover
Buffered VPN Apps Compatibility
Buffered VPN is compatible with all major operating systems including
- Android, and
Buffered VPN is also available to use on DD-WRT routers and Tomato routers as well. Currently, Buffered VPN offers apps for only Windows & Mac OSx desktops only. Linux OS and mobile users on Android & iOS can setup the service using the tutorial guides available in the website’s support section. Alternatively, mobile users can also download the OVPN files to use the service through the open-source OpenVPN client.
Buffered VPN Windows App Review
I put the Windows app to the test for this Buffered VPN review testing it for stability, reliability and ease of use. I found the app to be very easy to go around so even beginners will find the app easy to use and navigate. Buffered VPN’s Windows app has been designed with a sleek and minimal interface to ensure users’ don’t get confused with a heap of options to configure through.
Buffered VPN Tunneling Protocols & Encryption
Buffered VPN offers a simple selection of tunneling protocols including:
Although they offer fewer protocols than the competition, it is a good mix indeed. By the looks of it PPTP (an older technology) and OpenVPN (a fairly fast technology)have been added to the service bundle to ensure high speed streaming. Alternatively, you can use the L2TPprotocol with IPSec encryption to ensure ironclad data security.
Buffered VPN offers a great mix of speed & security by providing subscribers with 256bit Blowfish data encryption. This is a great upgrade to the 128bit AES SSL encryption that Buffered VPN employed previously. Not only is 256bit Blowfish still unbroken by crypto analysts it is the military grade standard around the world. The reasons Buffered chooses 256bit Blowfish encryption to be their new standard include:
- It is a very efficient algorithm
- It is easy to tweak and manage
- It is fast compared to other 256bit algorithms
Buffered VPN Free Trial & Money Back Guarantees
As much as everyone likes free stuff, Buffered VPN does not offer a free trial at the moment. Instead, it offers a generous 30 day money back guarantee. In case subscribers’ are unsure of Buffered VPN services they can use the money back guarantee to trial the service.
Now, although there is the 30 day money back guarantee, Buffered VPN sets particular limits in case you wish for a refund:
- You must not connect more than 100 sessions,
- You must not cross a 10 GB data limit, and
- You must not use Buffered VPN for more than 10 hours
- Telephone number
- IP Address
- Browser version and brand
- Operating System
Buffered VPN Review Verdict
After careful analysis, my Buffered VPN review concluded that the provider offers a decent service bundle, but nothing over the top. I felt some features are very good including the Windows App, the email tech support, local DNS servers and streaming speed.
Many of Buffered VPN’s features do require significant improvements; we have listed the areas of improvement as follows:
- Introduce apps for Android & iOS
- Add latest tunneling protocols for better security
- Add a Live Chat feature for instant support
- Add payment methods to help subscribers
- More servers in most visited regions
Buffered VPN has lots of room to grow and still has lots of time to improve given it’s only a toddler in a room full of veterans. My verdict in this year’s BufferedVPN review ranks it an average 3 out of 5.