This Months Best Offers for StrongVPN

1 Month

$10.00

Per Month

Servers in 20+ Countries

5 Simultaneous Connections

Zero-log Policy

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12 Month

$5.83

Per Month

Servers in 20+ Countries

5 Simultaneous Connections

Zero-log Policy

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Our Rating for StrongVPN

Privacy

8.3

Speed

6.9

Locations

7.0

Ease

8.4

Support

6.8

Value

7.7

Our Verdict

7.6

CHOOSE FOR

Zero logging policy

Decent speeds on some servers

Still working with Netflix

A zero logs budget VPN

IDEAL FOR

Privacy

Unblocking

Travel

Sports

COMPATIBLE DEVICES

iPhone/iPad/Mac

Windows

Android

Amazon/FireTV

StrongVPN Overview

StrongVPN is headquartered in California and has been delivering online protection since 2005 but a recently designed app has brought some improvements to the service. A VPN kill switch and DNS leakage are now inbuilt while OpenVPN is available on some servers but not by default. The app works well with most devices and user guides can assist with the manual set-up.

The company operates a total zero-logs policy but their fairly limited server base has a majority of servers running on PTPP protocol only; a protocol out of date and infamous for its data leaks.

WHAT ARE THE PROS

Zero logs policy

Excellent custom apps

Free access to StrongDNS service

WHAT ARE THE CONS

Small number of server locations

Based in privacy-unfriendly US

Limited customer service

Privacy

StrongVPN has most of the commonly seen security features such as DNS and IPv6 leak protection and for added peace of mind, they have their own first-party servers.

The company has taken a firm stance on user privacy with its zero-logs policy stating that they do “not collect or log any traffic or use of its VPN service”, which is great seeing as they are based within US jurisdiction.

Features StrongVPN
Open VPN (Auto)
Open VPN (UDP/TCP)
PPTP
SSTP
L2TP/IPSec
IKEv2
Supports TCP Port 443
Supports Multihop
Permits P2P
Strongest Encryption AES-256
First Party DNS Servers
DNS Leak Blocking
Killswitch
Accepts Cryptocurrency
Accepts Paypal
Activity Logging
Connection Logging
Tor Over VPN Server
Features StrongVPN
Avg Global DL Speed 78.89 (FR)
Avg Global UL Speed 90.63 (NL)
Ping Time 2ms
Unlimited Bandwidth
Average Time to Connect 12s

Speed & Performance

If stable and consistent speeds are a prime concern when choosing a VPN then some users may want to look elsewhere. The most commonly used servers perform poorly on OpenVPN, and speeds differ drastically between locations.

HD streaming is best restricted to the European and US servers where adequate speeds will allow for it and gamers will experience the benefits of a low latency score.

Speed Breakdown

We continuously test the performance of all our featured VPN providers to ensure you have all the latest information you need to choose.

For this provider, we use our own proprietary speed test tool to track speeds between servers within each location with traffic directed through the VPN provider.

Our base (no VPN) download speed is around 80Mbps, upload 90Mbps and ping 3ms and results are from London to the listed locations.

Our tests are intended to give you an idea of the range of connection speeds. The closer the server and faster your connection, the faster your speeds.

Server Location Download Speed (Mbps) Upload Speed (Mbps)
Australia 34.52 5.07
Germany 44.77 61.18
UK 59.28 79.90
USA 61.15 41.54
Singapore 26.31 8.06
Netherlands 73.48 90.63
France 76.89 80.91
Canada 53.81 37.01
Japan 29.71 5.61
Features StrongVPN
Server Locations 46
Servers 650+
IP Addresses 162,500
Dynamic Server Switching

Locations

With 650 servers in 27 countries, StrongVPN has a rather streamlined server network but not the smallest. Over 60% of these servers operate on PTTP VPN protocol only though. There are 46 locations from which to choose with city-specific servers in several countries including the UK and the US.

Unfortunately, Asia suffers from poor server coverage while Africa and South America are not catered for at all.

Ease of Use

The new user interface benefits from clearly visible connection details including IP address, and a fresh modern look. Server and VPN protocol selection is simple with additional tips to help users select the best option for their requirement. The connection is fast and can be optimised to auto-connect on opening the app.

The mobile app is every bit as easy to use as the desktop but thankfully only runs on Open VPN on iOS and Andriod apps.

WHAT ARE THE PROS

Slick and streamlined apps

iOS and Android apps are OpenVPN only

Integrated protocol support

WHAT ARE THE CONS

OpenVPN only available on some servers

Desktop app defaults to IKEv2

World map has no practical use

Features StrongVPN
Support Quality 7.0
24/7 Support
Live Chat
Knowledge Base
Video Tutorials

Customer Support

Live 24/7 chat is on offer with StrongVPN but the feedback on the quality and usefulness of the support given is mixed. A technical team is on hand via email to resolve more complex queries but response times are not the fastest.

The online resources are sparse and not overly helpful. Simple problems can be resolved by the FAQ’s but frustratingly none of these texts are searchable.

Value for Money

WHAT ARE THE PROS

Comes with free access to StrongDNS servers

Recently updated apps are very good

Works with Netflix and BBC iPlayer

WHAT ARE THE CONS

Based under US jurisdiction

Limited server network

Customer service could be better