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SaferVPN review

October 2017
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Good encryption and fast servers are excellent for streaming and browsing the web with SaferVPN.
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Overall score
7.7
Rating #6 of 81
Highlights
  • Multiple VPN protocols
  • Easy-to-use software
  • Automatic Wi-Fi security
Best for:
privacy
Torrenting
privacy
Hiding IP
privacy
Sports
privacy
Gaming
Supports:
netflix
HBO
netflix
BBC
netflix
Kodi
netflix
Roku

SaferVPN Ratings

7.5
privacy
Privacy
8.6
speed-performance
Speed & Performance
7
apps
Apps
7.6
server
Servers
7.9
support
Support
8
Value for Money
Overall score

7.7

General overview

SaferVPN is pleasantly surprising. It has an eye-candy design and provides all the needed information. Most important of which is that SaferVPN has a 24-hour free trial with no Credit Card data required. In only a few minutes a well designed desktop application is already running on my Macbook. One of the more intriguing facts is that Chrome extension is also available as an option. Go on and try it yourself for free or read further to find out what other benefits we've discovered.

SaferVPN is a great choice for the majority of users. It has a well designed UI - both in web and desktop/mobile applications. It seems that the company really thought through the whole experience of using the product - from the first website visit to a pleasantly surprising free trial for such a well developed product.

SaferVPN general highlights:

Overall Rank
#6
Money-back guarantee
14
Setup time
10 min.
Device count per license
2
Mobile apps
iOS & Android
Best price
$3.49/month
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Company information
Company name: Safer Social ltd.
Company incorporation country: US
Years in market: 4
No-logs: Yes
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Overview - conclusion
Easy to use software, good speed and a variety of support options compensate modest SaferVPN's server location list. Moreover, SaferVPN offers a good quality to price ratio.
Privacy
7.5

The privacy policy states that SaferVPN is collecting: a time stamp when you connect and disconnect to their services. Also, the amount of data transmitted during user sessions, IP addresses used to connect to the VPN as well as individual VPN server IP addresses.

However, recently SaferVPN has removed connection logs, making it a full no-logs VPN service provider, so you can say that it provides full anonymity at the moment.

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Feature / Criteria SaferVPN ZenMate VyprVPN  
OpenVPN
PPTP
L2TP/IPSec
IKEv2
P2P allowed
Encryption (strongest) AES-256 AES-128 AES-256
Internet activity logs
Connection logs
Killswitch
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Privacy - highlights
  • OpenVPN is the default option
  • No-logs policy
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Privacy - Conclusions
SaferVPN has improved their services and now has a no-logs policy.

What Twitter users say about SaferVPN

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The best VPN #SaferVPN
@xadaura
14 days ago
expert
I have been using SaferVPN since three months now and it works perfectly with me, they have a great customer support with high response. I really recommend it for all.
@xadaura
7 days ago
expert
Was looking for an app that works with my kindle and finally found SaferVPN and it works perfectly!
Ashraf Saad
2 days ago
expert
As an American living abroad, there is a lot I have to get used to, but restricted Internet access isn't one of them. Using SaferVPN, I have access to all my favorite websites from anywhere, at any time.
Jonjon L.
5 days ago
Speed & Performance
8.6

There was no visible downgrade on the upload speed while using SaferVPN. While the download speed was reasonably lower, it still reached up to 30.74 Mbps, which is far more than enough for everyday browsing as well as P2P file-sharing.

When you search for a VPN, fast speed is an extremely important factor. You want your streaming services to work well and without annoying buffering and your browsing experience to be smooth. Moreover, it is known that in general, Internet speed drops when using a VPN, so it's important to try and find a VPN that still offers good speed even when using VPN services. We check the speed when connecting from the US to the UK, as it's half across the globe. It is a big distance, so keep in mind that closer locations may provide better speed and latency.

Internet speed without a VPN shows your general Internet Service Provider download and upload speed. On the other hand, it is known that you lose speed when using a VPN service. So be sure to take into consideration if your speed drops too much.

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Feature / Criteria SaferVPN ZenMate VyprVPN  
Unlimited speed
Server switches Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Unlimited data
Speed consistency & reliability 8.7 7.1 9.1
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Speed - highlights
  • No significant speed drops
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Speed - Conclusions
The speed drops a little, but it does not become a hinderance.

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Apps
7

As it can be seen from the image below, SaferVPN supports all major platforms – Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.The apps have the same sleek design as the website itself. The simplicity just shines through, but more advanced users will be satisfied by the fact that the basic VPN configuration can easily be updated via the application itself.

It was an interesting experience in trying out the Chrome extension of SaferVPN - the first of its kind in the market. To our surprise, it was fully functional and even quicker to install than the Desktop version. Chrome extension is not just "one more platform" type of addition to the feature set, it really opens up new opportunities for users. Imagine a scenario where you would be willing to maintain the generic connection for torrent traffic, where high bandwidth is preferred, but still willing to have VPN protection for the web browsing. Chrome extension covers this scenario well and SaferVPN deserves credit for its innovative approach!

While most platforms only need a simple installation of the VPN software or app, some devices might need manual configuration, as there are only certain protocols and options available for a certain type of device.

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Feature / Criteria SaferVPN ZenMate VyprVPN
Mac
Windows
Linux Manual configuration Manual configuration
iOS
Android
Blackberry Manual configuration Manual configuration
Windows phone Manual configuration
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Apps - highlights
  • Great app design
  • Compatible with routers
  • Has a Chrome extension
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Apps - Conclusions
Simple to use, incredibly designed SaferVPN applications.
Servers & Locations
7.6

400 servers in over 30 countries are available by SaferVPN and should be enough for most of the users.

Though there are many providers out there with even more servers and geographical coverage, SaferVPN is a good choice if more exotic locations than the US and Western Europe are needed - for example South Africa or Thailand and more.

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Feature / Criteria SaferVPN ZenMate VyprVPN  
Countries 30 30+ 70
Server locations 400+ 30+ 700+
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Locations - highlights
  • Easy location switching
  • More than 30 countries available
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Locations - Conclusions
While 30 countries isn't a lot, SaferVPN offers some exotic locations as well.

SaferVPN Servers are located in these countries:

Support
7.9

SaferVPN has a standard set of customer support options - an article center, a FAQ page and a live chat support as well. The article center separates technical pieces of information from the intro type of articles and it can be said that both categories are exceptionally well covered.

Live chat is integrated into the overall experience of the website - after spending several minutes in one certain page, live chat support window pops up.

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Eventually, you will run into a problem - payment method not working, servers not connecting, pretty much anything can happen. That's where support comes through - many different customer support options mean that there are multiple ways to contact the support and get help from a professional.

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Feature / Criteria SaferVPN ZenMate VyprVPN  
Live chat
Email
Knowledge base
FAQ
24/7 support
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Support - highlights
  • Troubleshooting available
  • Extensive FAQ section
  • Live chat
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Support - Conclusions
A variety of options to support customer support.
Value for money
8

The pricing options that are available for SaferVPN – 1 month, 1 year and 2 years. The pricing plans are quite lengthy, as there are no 3 months or 6 months plans available. Though the yearly plans are relatively cheap, the length of the subscription might scare off some users, especially the new ones, who might want to test out the service first.

The free trial, though only 24-hours long, is a very attractive opportunity to try out the product before committing to it financially.

There are multiple payment options to choose from: BitCoin, major credit cards, Paypal and also some local payment methods available.

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Value for money - highlights
  • Great 1 and 2 year plan offers
  • Multiple payment methods
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Value for money - Conclusions
Very good price to quality ratio.
7.7

Good encryption and fast servers are excellent for streaming and browsing the web with SaferVPN.

SaferVPN review
October 2017
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