5 Best SSTP VPN Services & Reasons to Use SSTP Protocol

SSTP is a protocol technology through which PPP or L2TP packets can be sent over an SSL channel – more specifically over SSL 3.0. PPP packet encapsulation through the SSTP protocol takes place using HTTP for data encapsulation purposes. SSTP saw limelight with Windows 2008 and Windows Vista.

That is why you need to have at least Windows Vista (or higher) installed in order to run SSTP. SSTP is much more secure than Microsoft’s pioneering PPTP protocol.

The fact that SSTP was invented by Microsoft means that you might run into a bit of trouble finding it for other platforms. But the tweaks and techniques needed to run SSTP on different platforms are now pretty easy to find online.

RankProvidersPrice ($)DiscountMore Info
1
PureVPN
 $10.95 
$1.91Per Month
81% Off
3 Year Deal
2
IPVanish
$4.87Per Month
46% OFF
Exclusive Offer
3
IronSocket
$6.99Per Month
40% OFF
7 Days Money Back Guarantee
4
ExpressVPN
$8.32Per Month
35% OFF
No Exclusive Offer
5
Switch VPN
$0.00Per Month
9.1

PureVPN

SSTP VPN Servers

Since SSTP has the same roots as PPTP, you don’t have to worry about the server count cutting down because of varying protocol availability across different VPN servers. PureVPN offers over 450+ servers spread out across more than 26 countries.

Device/Platform Compatibility

PureVPN offers SSTP VPN for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista users.

Cost

All of PureVPN’s subscription packages include SSTP support so there are no complications involved at any point. Prices start from $9.95 per month and go up to (read: come down to) $49.95 for 12 months subscription to PureVPN’s SSTP VPN subscription. All VPN subscriptions are SSTP VPN supported and come with a 3 day money back guarantee and five multi-logins.

PureVPN

Express VPN

SSTP Servers

Express VPN has 60+ servers spread out across 39+ countries. However, only 19 of Express VPN servers provide SSTP VPN services. Keep in mind that Express VPN’s 19 SSTP servers are located in USA, UK, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, France, Australia and Hong Kong.

Device/Platform Compatibility

Express VPN offers the traditional Windows and Mac compatibility.

Cost

Express VPN offers three pricing plans for 1, 6 and 12 month subscriptions, for $12.95, $59.94 and $99.84 per month respectively. Express VPN clearly has one of the most expensive pricing plans of the industry.

Express

SwitchVPN

SSTP VPN Servers

SwitchVPN offers SSTP support on 6 of its 75+ VPN servers that are spread out across 25+ countries around the world. The servers that support SSTP protocol are Hongkong#1, London#1, Maidenhead, Chicago#1, Los Angeles#1 and Los Angeles#4.

Device/Platform Compatibility

SwitchVPN is fully compatible with all internet enabled devices including those running on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. This includes smartphones.

Cost

SwitchVPN offers two packages. One for basic users (Pro Combo) and one for corporate users (Business). Both packages are available in 1, 3 and 12 month denominations.

  • ProCombo is available for $9.95, $8.95 and $4.95 per month for 1, 3 and 12 month plans respectively.
  • Business is available for $59.95, $59.95 and $25.00 per month for 1, 3 and 12 month plans respectively.

SwitchVPN

Express VPN

SSTP Servers

Express VPN has 60+ servers spread out across 39+ countries. However, only 19 of Express VPN servers provide SSTP VPN services. Keep in mind that Express VPN’s 19 SSTP servers are located in USA, UK, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, France, Australia and Hong Kong.

Device/Platform Compatibility

Express VPN offers the traditional Windows and Mac compatibility.

Cost

Express VPN offers three pricing plans for 1, 6 and 12 month subscriptions, for $12.95, $59.94 and $99.84 per month respectively. Express VPN clearly has one of the most expensive pricing plans of the industry.

ExpressVPN

IPVanish

Ipvanish  boasts extensive compatibility and has a very user friendly Setup page with tutorials (step-by-step guidelines as well as video tutorials). However, keep in mind that you will only find native SSTP support for Windows, secondary support for Mac, and back-door setup methods for all other platforms/ devices.

Cost

OverPlay offers 1, 3, 6 and 12 month VPN subscriptions for $10, $26.99, and $77.99.

IPVanish

SSTP VPN Ports

The fact that SSTP uses port 443 (same as HTTPS) makes it easy for SSTP to get through your firewall. This might not sound like much to people who aren’t familiar with ports, but people who have a bit of experience with VPNs and/or ports will tell you that publicly accessible internet services usually block port 1723 to prevent outbound traffic.

In comparison, port 443 is one of the few commonly used ports and is therefore usually left unblocked. You probably don’t know this, but if you have ever made a purchase over the internet, your Credit Card data was secured by using HTTP over SSL through port 443.

Ports 101: A port number is really the name of a specific gateway.You probably know that any communication that takes place between two computer systems is essentially taking place between two IP addresses. The port is like the gateway on top of which your IP address is painted in big lettering. It is the data sending/receiving point (not physically of course because it’s a software construct) for which all data transmissions are destined. Different data transmissions take place over different ports. However in order for a data sending/receiving session to complete, the name of the ports at both end-points needs to be the same. For instance, Port 1234 won’t accept data sent by Port 567; it will only be processed by Port 1234.

 

SSTP VPN Authentication

The PPTP protocol does not use any certificates and carries out authentication before data traffic encryption begins for a VPN connection. In comparison, L2TP/IPSec carries out encryption after the IPSec session has been established – with certificates on the VPN client as well as VPN server side. Somewhat similarly, SSTP uses the VPN server certificate and the VPN client’s root certificate to carry out user authentication after the SSL session has been established.

Conclusions

SSTP encapsulates PPP data traffic over the HTTPS protocol’s SSL channel. The involvement of PPP enables strong authentication methods to be used on SSTP. Using HTTPS allows traffic to flow through TCP port 443, which allows getting across PPTP and L2TP/IPSec traffic blocks. Transport level security is provided by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) ============================================================================================If you just can’t get enough of the VPN Industry then follow us on Twitter and Facebook and stay updated on the latest news and events.

 

 

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