SaferVPN Review 2017
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SaferVPN is a slick and user-friendly VPN service with a very classy look. It is still relatively new compared to some of the big names in the VPN industry but with interesting features and good customer, support addresses the top-notch quality from SaferVPN. It has servers located in all the major countries across the world and has impressive performance that will help you secure your online privacy and access geo blocked content. We try our best to cover all aspects in our SaferVPN review.
- 400+ servers in more than 30 countries
- Four tunneling protocols including OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP
- Automatic Diagnosis & Fix in –app feature
- Military Grade 256 bit data encryption
- 5 Simultaneous connections
- Free Trial (limited features)
- Wide compatibility
- 14 Days Money Back Guarantee
- 24/7 Customer Support
- Based in the United Kingdom
- Retains massive amounts of user data
- No browser extension for Mozilla Firefox
SaferVPN Pricing Packages Review
Reverting from its previous pricing packages, SaferVPN now offers 3 subscription plans including
- 1 month @ $8.99 per month
- 1 year @ $5.99 per month (onetime payment of $71.90 per year)
- 2 year @ $3.49 per month (onetime payment of $83.77 per 2 years)
Previously, the brand emphasized on business and group VPN services. After a complete revamp the provider has revived as anend user VPNB service. All premium SaferVPN pricing plans come bundled with:
- More than 400 high speed VPN servers in 30+ countries
- Easy to use single click apps &extensions
- 24/7 Customer Support
- Four tunneling protocols including PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN & IKEv2
- 256bit data encryption
- Automatic Diagnostic Fix feature
- No activity logs
How to Crack SaferVPN – BEWARE!
Yes, there are various cracked versions of SaferVPN’s Windows and Android apps available in Google searches. Most of these cracked Safer VPN apps are either expired or carry some kind of malware/ransomeware within them. I highly recommend not to use crack SaferVPN services or use older patched versions.
Keep in mind that most of these cracked versions were not created by a distraught user who had a grievance with the provider. These are cleverly created backdoors designed to infiltrate your personal devices and eventually hack or brick them. This leads to ransoms, blackmail and leaked data issues.
In case you wish to use a free VPN service consider our list of free VPN providers here.
Once you have selected the package that you want, it is time to pay for the plan. The payment options offered by SaferVPN include VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, PayPal, JCB, and Wire Transfer. In our SaferVPN review, we were pleased to see that the service supports BitCoin payment method as well, making you anonymous while you pay for the service.
In addition to these basic payment methods, region specific payment options are also available like Alipay for China, Skrill (Moneybookers), and WebMoney for Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan and other regions surrounding Russia.
SaferVPN Servers Review
SaferVPN’s website mentions a massive network of 400+ servers located across a massive network of more than 30 countries. Since the provider creates its unique proposition as un-blocker more than a privacy service, its coverage is more established in countries with popular web services like Netflix, HBO, Spotify, Canal+, Sky, Hot Star and many others.
Currently, popular destinations offered by SaferVPN include USA, UK, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Australia and Romania amongst many others. Now access and unblock Netflix US, BBC iPlayer UK, HotStar India, Fox Australia and many other video streaming services from around the world. In addition, SaferVPN has expanded its server presence in Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and Ireland.
In each of our reviews, we conduct speed tests and judge the overall browsing and streaming performance of VPN service. For SaferVPN review, we did the same and were pleased with its overall performance.
Initially we conducted speed tests using speedtest.net without any VPN connection and following results were obtained:
Next we connected SaferVPN with US West server, leaving the protocol setting on ‘Automatic’ and the following results were achieved:
The download speeds dropped slightly but there was no impact on the overall browsing and streaming performance. We accessed various streaming services like Hulu, Pandora, and Netflix to stream various videos, movies and music. SaferVPN allows us to enjoy online streaming in HD quality while unblocking geo restricted channels.
SaferVPN covers all the basic areas when it comes to customer support. The options offered by SaferVPN include FAQ section, email and ticketing system, and live chat feature.
Since SaferVPN is still relatively new, the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section is not quite dense. There are few basic questions about SaferVPN and only a handful of questions regarding technical issues and SaferVPN app. This is one area that SaferVPN should work on and increase its knowledge base.
SaferVPN offers 24/7 live chat feature which was very impressive. We tested the live chat feature in our SaferVPN review and the live chat support was excellent. The response time was very quick and resolved all of our queries while purchasing SaferVPN, setting it up, and connecting it to our desired server.
When we first tried to connect, the software would keep on disconnecting. Then we faced another problem where Hulu did not allowed access to its content. Thanks to the quick fix provided by the customer support, we were able get things running.
Email & Ticketing System
Just like the live chat feature, the email and ticketing system was also very quick in responding to our queries. We inquired about the regions where SaferVPN is blocked and received a reply in matter of few minutes.
Compatibility & Tutorials
SaferVPN is compatible on all the major operating systems and devices. SaferVPN apps are available for Windows (XP, 7, 8) and Mac OS X operating systems, Android and iOS devices, Chromebook, Linux (Ubuntu), and routers (DD – WRT & Tomato).
SaferVPN offers tutorials for each of the platform it is compatible on. You can access the tutorials by clicking on the ‘Help’ option given on top of website and then going to ‘Setup’. Using these tutorials, one can easily configure the service on your chosen device and operating system.
If you are looking for their tutorials, access their Youtube Channel which has all the tutorials you require.
Along with the manual configuration setup guides, SaferVPN also offers VPN software for Windows and Mac. It also has exclusive VPN apps for Android and iOS devices which can be downloaded from the respective app stores.
SaferVPN Windows Software
For our SaferVPN review, we tested the VPN client on our Windows 7 PC. The VPN software looks very neat and is easy to use. Download the client from SaferVPN’s website and using the installation wizard, you can easily install the software.
Once you have installed the software, run the program and then you will be asked to enter your login details that you selected during the signup process.
After entering the login details, you can now access the VPN software. Select the server from the list given on the left, you can also favorite the preferred servers by clicking on the star made in front of each server option.
You can also select the protocols that are offered by SaferVPN through the VPN client. If you are not sure which protocol to use then leave the setting on ‘Automatic’. This way the software selects the protocol for optimum performance.
In addition, SaferVPN’s Windows app offers a new feature of ‘Auto WiFi’. With this feature enabled, SaferVPN automatically kicks in and starts protecting your device when connected to unsecure WiFi network. The build-in DNS and IPv6 leak protection adds extra security. It prevents your identity from leaking while using the VPN service.
Another new feature added to SaferVPN client is of ‘Kill Switch’. Given the industry standard, most providers are offering kill switch option in all the pricing plans and it’s great to see SaferVPN introducing this feature. When you enable Kill Switch, it will automatically stop your internet connection if SaferVPN disconnects, hence preserving your privacy.
SaferVPN for Firefox Browsers
SaferVPN does not offer an extension for Firefox browsers. In case your default browser is Firefox consider downloading the Windows or Mac app for your device.
SaferVPN Chrome Browser Extension Review
Safer VPN now offers its official Chrome browser extension as a simple one click unblocking solution. For users’ who wish nothing more but to unblock their favorite video, music, news, entertainment and torrent websites’, SaferVPN’s Chrome extension is nothing less than a blessing. Download the SaferVPN Chrome extension from the official Google Chrome web store.
You will be required to register a free account either through the Chrome extension after it has been installed or directly on the SaferVPN website. Once registered you have limited 500MB (per day)to use for free unless you are a premium member and can use unlimited bandwidth.
How to Uninstall SaferVPN
Depending on which device or operating system you are using, SaferVPN is a really sleek app but the same can’t be said about its reliability, it crashes on my Android phone.So, for one reason or another if you wish to uninstall SaferVPN here is how to remove it over different devices.
How to remove SaferVPN from Windows
To remove SaferVPN from Windows:
- Go to the Control Panel > Programs & Features
- Scroll down the list and search for SaferVPN
- Double click Safer VPN
- Click yes when the system asks to Uninstall the app
How to remove SaferVPN from Android
Depending on which AndroidOS version you have:
- Go to Settings thenscroll down and tap‘Apps’or ‘App Manager’
- From the list of apps search for SaferVPN and tap the icon
- Tap the UNINSTALL button
How to remove SaferVPN from Mac
- Open a Finder window
- Click Applications from the left hand menu
- Right click the SaferVPN app and then click Move to trash. You can also simply drag and drop the SaferVPN icon to Trash to delete the app.
Protocols & Encryption
SaferVPN offers you three different protocols to choose from. These include OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, and PPTP. The OpenVPN and L2TP over IPSec protocols use 256 bit level encryption while the PPTP protocol uses 128 bit level encryption.
When it comes to securing your private data from the risk of theft and fraud, we recommend that you use OpenVPN or L2TP over IPSec protocols at all times. They will encrypt all your internet traffic and will keep your data safe from hackers, spammers, phishes, malware, and other malicious cyber threats.
However, if unblocking and fast streaming performance is your top concern then PPTP should work just fine. It is the lightest of all the protocols and allows fast performance but lacks the security and stability of other two protocols.
- a time stamp when you connect and disconnect to our VPN service;
- the amount of data transmitted (upload and download) during your session;
- the VPN location which you connect;
- from which country you have connected
However, one thing that bothers me about SaferVPN is its base location. The provider operates from New York, USA. So, if one day you feel like downloading a torrent and it is copyright material, a fat infringement notice will be on your doorstep before you can say … Antidisestablishmentarianism! After reading through their policies, I can clearly assume the provider is more of an unblocking service than a privacy service.
SaferVPN is based out of the UK, now, one of the enemies of internet (Data courtesy: Companieshouse.co.uk)
So, if one day you feel like downloading a torrent and it is copyright material, a fat infringement notice will be on your doorstep before you can say … Antidisestablishmentarianism! After reading through their policies, I can clearly assume the provider is more of an unblocking service than a privacy service.
SaferVPN Netflix Review
Yes, SaferVPN works absolutely fine with Netflix services from all over the world. Not only does it work fine but the provider also offers are dedicated web page for Netflix users who wish to unblock the US version of the website.
You can choose between leading apps (desktop & mobile), the Chrome browser extension, a manual setup or Safer VPN’s router configuration to use Netflix USA from anywhere in the world.
To sum up our SaferVPN review, we highly recommend SaferVPN to anyone looking for an easy to use VPN service. Although these are still early days for SaferVPN and it has a long way to go but the early signs are impressive.
The overall performance of SaferVPN is excellent and provides all the basic features that one would expect from a top notch VPN service. There are few areas that SaferVPN should look into and improve them in order make the overall service much better.
However, combined with good customer support, industry competitive pricing packages, and user friendly VPN client and app, SaferVPN rates among some of the best VPN services we have reviewed.