Smart DNS Proxy review

December 2017
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SmartVPN is an additional VPN function that is integrated on top of the Smart DNS service.
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Overall score
6.5
Highlights
  • P2P/Torrenting allowed
  • A variety of protocols
  • 24/7 support
Best for:
privacy
Gaming
privacy
Sports
privacy
Pandora
privacy
Hiding IP
Supports:
privacy
Roku
privacy
Kodi
privacy
Hulu
privacy
HBO

Smart DNS Proxy Ratings

6.0
privacy
Privacy
7.4
speed-performance
Speed & Performance
5.0
apps
Apps
6.5
server
Servers
7.2
support
Support
7.5
Value for Money
Overall score

6.5

General overview

Smart DNS Proxy is one of the widely used Smart DNS services available. It comes complete with a Smart DNS Proxy + SmartVPN + VPN package which offers three types of services: SmartVPN, SmartDNS, and business-class VPN services. While the SmartDNS service allows you to primarily access content that is geographically restricted with very quick speeds, it lacks any form of security to protect online users from prying eyes.

As such, the SmartVPN service is developed to provide an added layer of security and data encryption to the Smart DNS service but it can also function independently. This review will focus entirely on the SmartVPN service which is also notably known as Smart DNS Proxy VPN.

Smart DNS Proxy general highlights:

Overall Rank
#60
Money-back guarantee
30
Setup time
10 min.
Device count per license
5
Mobile apps
iOS & Android
Best price
$2.08/month
Overview - conclusion
SmartVPN service is a combination of Smart DNS Proxy with VPN technology to give you an added layer of encryption and security.
Privacy
6.0

There are a variety of VPN protocols available with Smart DNS Proxy VPN to secure your private information over the public internet. These include PPTP, L2TP, SSTP & OpenVPN. Each protocol offers different operations in terms of encryption, speed, and protection. Thus, you can select your preferred encryption method that best suits your requirements.

Since Smart DNS Proxy VPN is primarily based on a Smart DNS service, it’s no surprise that it lacks clearly laid out privacy and logging policies. On their website, they mention that they collect personal information related to your service subscription (e.g. email) and use it strictly for service delivery. They also outline that such information is not shared with any third parties. There's not a whole lot of detail about their logging policy, however, they mention that they do not maintain any logs and all your traffic and data will remain anonymous.

Privacy - highlights
  • A variety of protocols
  • Logging policy not transparent
Privacy - Conclusions
Smart DNS Proxy VPN offers multiple encryption protocols so you can select your preferred encryption, speed and protection options.
Features
7.4

Because Smart DNS Proxy VPN is an optional product included with the Smart DNS Proxy service, it comes with relatively few features. Aside from the availability of multiple encryption protocols mentioned earlier, the VPN service is also Torrent-friendly, allowing you to send and receive private data over P2P sharing networks. Its incredible speed is also something worth mentioning. This will come a long way when you need to stream content from different sites like Hulu, YouTube, etc. Also, 5 simultaneous connections are allowed.

Like other VPN products, the Smart DNS Proxy VPN service benefits from its constantly updated virtual locations. It currently has a list of 90 VPN servers distributed in 38 countries globally, which is quite impressive considering that there are more on the way.

Features - highlights
  • Fast speeds
  • Torrent friendly
  • No killswitch
  • Basic feature set
Features - Conclusions
Because SmartVPN has been primarily developed to complement the Smart DNS Proxy service, it comes with a limited feature set.
Apps
5.0

Smart DNS Proxy VPN service does not have its own client applications. As such, it provides a complex installation process. What’s even better is once you set it up, you can use it for a long time without having to change any settings. You will also be able to secure your major devices with the VPN service. The list of compatible devices includes Windows/Mac PCs and laptops, iOS, Android smartphones and tablets, Smart TVs, Gaming consoles, etc. The service does not offer compatibility with routers, so make sure to check out their website for a detailed list of all the compatible devices.

Apps - highlights
  • Supports all major platforms
  • Router compatibility
  • No client apps
Apps - Conclusions
The Smart DNS Proxy VPN service does not have its own client applications.
Support
7.2

Smart DNS Proxy is backed up by a superb 24/7 live support service on their website so you can reach them for any queries or issues at any time. Subscribers can also use their email platform to reach the support team. Additionally, their website contains a wealth of informative articles and technical guidelines which you can use to set up your devices or resolve some of the concerns you may encounter with their service.

Support - highlights
  • 24x7x365 support
  • Multiple support channels
Support - Conclusions
VPNSecure offers a superb 24x7 live chat support that is instantaneous.
Value for money
7.5

SmartVPN is part of the Smart DNS Proxy package. As such, it does not cost extra to access its features. The Smart DNS Proxy comes in 4 different packages. 1 month, 3 month, 1 year and 2 years. Of course, as with every Smart DNS service, Smart DNS Proxy offers cheaper rates for its packages. For a month of Smart DNS Proxy + SmartVPN, you will be charged $4.90. The quarterly package (3-month) costs 4.30/month while the annual plan costs $3.33/month and $2.08/month for the 2 year plan.

In addition to the basic packages, Smart DNS offers a free trial plan for new customers to try out the service. It lasts for 14 days and the SmartVPN service is not included. Thus, you have purchase the service in order to try it out. If you purchase any of the packages, and encounter issues with it within 30 days, they can refund all your money back. The available payment methods include credit/debit cards as well as PayPal. This is however determined by the providers Terms of Service which are not transparent enough.

Value for money - highlights
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Limited payment methods
Value for money - Conclusions
Smart DNS Proxy VPN is a relatively cheap Smart DNS service.
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