LiquidVPN Review 2018 – Does it Promise a Secure Browsing Experience?

As the netizens continue their struggle for online privacy, they cannot help but find the deck stacked against them. This is because multitudes of governments and international authorities have decided that digital privacy is not a right but a privilege.

To help them fight for their privacy and freedom, different VPN providers have extended their hand to millions of internet users. These VPN providers promise anonymity and unrestricted internet access through strong encryptions and vast range of servers. We write VPN reviews to help you understand which VPN service is good on its promise.

Below, we have conducted a LiquidVPN review to discuss a VPN service that claims to be the best at what it does.

LiquidVPN Pros

  • OpenVPN protocol
  • IP modulation
  • Access to Netflix US
  • Diverse packages
  • Clients for Windows and Mac

LiquidVPN Cons

  • Limited number of servers
  • No free trial
  • Average customer service

 

 

LiquidVPN Review – Company Background

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For this LiquidVPN review, we looked up the About Us section of their website and found some background information of the company.

Dave Cox of S.M.R Hosting L.L.C. SMR Hosting owns liquid VPN. The service provides a variety of services including Web Hosting, SEO, SMM, Domain registration, and others.

VPN hosting is part of SMR Hosting’s rapidly expanding portfolio of services. However, a visit to the official SMR Hosting website shows that LiquidVPN is operating as somewhat an isolated subsidiary.

LiquidVPN Feature Review

Our LiquidVPN review suggests that this VPN service has put together a unique set of features that appeals to a big portion of internet users. The said features help LiquidVPN set itself apart from other VPN providers in the market.

IP Modulation

The service takes an unconventional approach to VPN tunneling. It automatically changes your IP address in the same VPN session. Here, the server remains the same that means your connection remains stable. The IP modulation feature also makes it impossible for hackers and authorities to trace your connection.

Liquid Lock

Liquid Lock is a combination of a standard kill switch and a firewall. It halts your internet traffic if your VPN server drops for any unforeseen reason. This stops your actual IP address from being exposed to your local ISP or to the website you are visiting. Liquid Lock also prevents DNS leaks.

No Bandwidth Limitations

LiquidVPN review founded that this service offers unlimited bandwidth that is accompanied by P2P optimized servers. This allows to you download torrents with utmost freedom.

Smart Content Streaming

With LiquidVPN, you get SmartDNS servers that allow you to stream content that may be limited to locations such as the United States. Through this feature, you can easily access streaming services such as Netflix US and Pandora Radio.

LiquidVPN Plans and Pricing Review

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LiquidVPN has three pricing plans: Sidekick, Road Warrior and Ultimate or Family Plan. Each of the pricing plans is available in 1 and 12 month denominations.

The Family Plan is the platinum plan priced at $18.00 and $105.96 for one and twelve months subscriptions respectively.

Subscribing to the Family Plan will give you access permission for 8 concurrent sessions packaged on different devices. With that, you will get an extra viscosity license for each platform.

The subscription will give you access to LiquidVPN’s rapidly expanding server base currently standing at 40+ servers in 13 countries. This gives you the cover of 2168 IP addresses to secure your internet sessions.

Remember, this LiquidVPN review of 2018 provides server count of this year. Most VPN increase their servers with time and LiquidVPN is expected to the same. To keep yourself updated, check out their website.

The subscription is covered a 7 day money back guarantee of service quality.

The Road Warrior plan is the gold plan priced at $10.00 and $69.00 for one and twelve-month subscriptions respectively.

Subscribing to the Road Warrior Plan will give you access permission for 4 concurrent sessions packaged in the form of 1 PC and 1 Mac license. The subscription comes with access to the same server count as the Family Plan, as well as the Firewall, and money back guarantee.

The SideKick plan is the silver plan priced at $7.00 and $57.00 for one and twelve-month subscriptions respectively.

Subscribing to the SideKick Plan will give you access permission for 2 concurrent sessions packaged in the form of 1 PC and 1 Mac license. As with the previous two packages, SideKick plan also comes with a 7 days money back guarantee. However, this subscription provide less IPs than the previous two plans.

LiquidVPN Payment Methods Review

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LiquidVPN accepts PayPal, Bitcoin, Peercoin, Darkcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Vertcoin, Xcurrency, BitcoinDark and cash/check. Credit Cards are also entertained through PayPal. You have to choose the option to pay via credit card on the PayPal site.

For this LiquidVPN review, we corresponded with the VPN service and found out that they rarely entertains payments via Credit Card. You will have to open a ticket to place your request if you want to pay via Credit Card.

Like all VPN service providers, expect a bit of verification (submission of documents for identity authentication) to take place if you opt for direct payment through Credit Card because of all the online fraud threats these days. On a personal note, we do not recommend the use of Credit Card to pay for VPN service subscriptions. If you absolutely must use your Credit Card then use it via PayPal.

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Compatibility

Compatibility is not an issue with LiquidVPN. Dave Cox has ensured that LiquidVPN remains highly compatible and seamless in its functioning across different platforms. The service has custom clients for Windows and Mac. They have also released a beta version of their Android App.

The remaining multi-platform demand for VPN is being catered through the manual VPN configuration features available in today’s devices.

Protocols and Encryption

Liquid VPN offers PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN protocols to its users. The PPTP encryption protocol uses 128 bit Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption while L2TP uses the 256-bit version. OpenVPN encryption changes with technology and may go as high as 2048 bit RSA.

Free Trial

Unfortunately, you cannot avail LiquidVPN free trial at present. However, all subscriptions are covered with a 7-day money back guarantee. You can request a refund within 7 days of having subscribed to Liquid VPN if you are not satisfied with the service and wish to get your money back.

Note: checkout the list of 5 Best Free VPN providers 2017 to stream worldwide.

Simultaneous Connections

Number of devices you can connect on LiquidVPN depends on the subscription package you choose.

  • Sidekick package, which is the most affordable package, lets you connect two devices simultaneously.
  • Road Warrior package allows you to connect up to devices at the same time.
  • Family Plan package provides eight connections and also, you get an extra Viscosity license for each platform.

LiquidVPN Review for Different Platforms

For this LiquidVPN review to be comprehensive, we had to test the service ourselves and determine how it fares on different platforms. LiquidVPN has custom clients for windows and has a beta app for Android. You can also manually set up LiquidVPN on popular platforms such Apple, IPad, Linux and DD-WRT routers.

LiquidVPN for Windows

The custom client of LiquidVPN comes with OpenVPN protocol and AES 256 bit encryption. You can download LiquidVPN’s client from their website and on the same site you will find the guide to help you through the installation process. In our experience, the client LiquidVPN is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

LiquidVPN for Mac Client

LiquidVPN client for Mac is also available on their website. In addition, it comes with features very similar to the ones present in LiquidVPN windows client. These features will be enough to guard your privacy online and protect your sensitive information.

You can also manually configure LiquidVPN on Mac OS for L2tP/IPsec, PPTP and Tunnelblick. The guide is available on LiquidVPN’s website that enables you to perform the task of manual configuration hassle-free.

LiquidVPN for Android

For Android users, LiquidVPN has released a beta app. The app is easy to use and is similar to the Android apps of popular VPN services. In the app, you can choose protocol, region and topology of your liking. There are different servers for TCP and UDP protocols on the app.

LiquidVPN for iPhone

There is no custom client of LiquidVPN on iOS but you can use their service by manually configuring L2TP/IPsec on your device. The website of LiquidVPN has detailed guides for this process.

LiquidVPN Servers Review

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LiquidVPN has around 32 servers in five different countries. This gives LiquidVPN the ability to provide users with around 400 IPs. LiquidVPN is clearly far behind the race if you compare it to the other VPN service providers who boast about having tens of thousands of IPs, but the rapidly expanding VPN service provider has laid down a strong foundation and can be expected to expand to top-tier VPN standards within this year.

A LiquidVPN review cannot be complete without mentioning that LiquidVPN hands out actual IPs to users who want it. In addition, LiquidVPN also uses IP modulation – which is an added plus point.

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LiquidVPN Speed Test Review

These were the speed test statistics we recorded when we tested LiquidVPN. They may not sound very favorable, but the fact that LiquidVPN was functioning at only 70% capacity that day stands in LiquidVPN’s favor. We also recommend that you attribute the high Ping in both tests to my lousy internet connection.

Before connecting to LiquidVPN, I recorded the following upload and download speed.

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After connecting to one of LiquidVPN’s European servers, I recorded the following upload and download speeds.

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The download speed does not seem to have suffered a lot but the upload speed fell considerably, and I am not very comfortable with that. However, we plan on updating these statistics once we are informed that LiquidVPN is back on full throttle so don’t get too disappointed. Furthermore, you need to consider a number of factors when you judge speed tests, which is why we always encourage our users to run independent speed tests on their machines before making any final decisions. You may be surprised by the results you get.

LiquidVPN Tutorials Provided

The availability of tutorials is not an issue with LiquidVPN. In fact, there is enough material in the setup guides on the website to publish a book!

A number of setup guides are available for users having problems with the Liquid Viscosity VPN client. These are beside the setup guides available for WindowsMac, Linux Mobiles, DD-WRT Routers and other guides.

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LiquidVPN Review – FAQs

As it is mentioned before in the review, LiquidVPN is VPN service based in the US which started its operations in 2013. Being a founder, Dave Cox manages the affairs of the provider. LiquidVPN is one of the many VPN service providers in the industry but it separates itself from others by offering a unique feature called modulated IP. The company also offers distinctive package plans to meet the diverse needs of VPN customers.
As it already mentions in our LiquidVPN review, this service has three packages aptly named Sidekick, Road Warrior and Ultimate.

  • Sidekick package costs $7 a month but for an annual subscription, the price reduces to $4 .75 dollars per month. It provides two simultaneous connections and 564 IP’s.
  • Road Warrior package is priced $10 per month and costs $5.75 per month if you buy the annual plan. You get four simultaneous and 2168 IP’s connections with this plan.
  • Ultimate or Family Package can be bought for a month for $18 or $8.83 if you are willing to sign up for the annual package. It comes with 8 simultaneous connections and 2168 IP’s.

Based on the above information, this LiquidVPN review concludes that this service neither cheap nor expensive. It all depends on the features you require.

Most VPN provide a standard internet kill switch to stop your vital information from being leaked. However, LiquidVPN goes a step further.

It has developed a unique feature that completely cuts off your device from the internet when your VPN connection drops. After this, it creates an encrypted tunnel between your device and the VPN servers. This protects your information from being ended up in the wrong hands.

In addition to this, it has strong encryptions and different protocols to secure your internet activities.

Does LiquidVPN Keep Logs?

LiquidVPN review discovered that the providers store basic logs to prevent their service from being abused by individuals with criminal intent. This means they track the log in and long out times of their customers and how many sessions they are using at one instance.

They do not store your browsing history or session data.

You can download and install the LiquidVPN’s custom clients for Windows, Android and Mac from its website. The download and installation process is very simple.

  • Click the link of download is present on dashboard of LiquidVPN’s portal.
  • Select your respective platform
  • Open the downloaded file and click “Next” in all the screens
  • Hit finish when the app is finished installing

We used LiquidVPN’s App for this review and we were able to use it without much difficulty.

  • Click the LiquidVPN shortcut on your desktop
  • If the app is already running than click its icon on the far right side for your toolbar.
  • You can easily select the protocol and server of your choice on the app
  • When you connect to the service for the first time, you will be required to provide a Username and Password
  • This User name and password will be present on the user dashboard of LiquidVPN’s portal

Netflix US has a strong VPN detection system which hard to circumvent. However, LiquidVPN has features like Liquid Lock, LiquidDNS and Smart Content Streaming that can help you access the streaming service from anywhere in the world. Just connect to LiquidVPN’s server in the United States and you will be able to enjoy the variety content provided by Netflix USA.

Alternatives to LiquidVPN

LiquidVPN has all the means to help you keep a low profile on the internet. It can even provide you access to geo-restricted content. Regardless, everyone have their own preferences when it comes to VPNs.

If you are looking for something not provided, you can check out:

1. CyberGhost Review
2. Windscribe VPN Review
3. Hotspot Shield Review
4. Turbo VPN Review
5. ZPN VPN Review

Final Verdict

This LiquidVPN Review concludes that this service has enough to offer to internet users who seek to enjoy safety and liberty on the digital world. LiquidVPN offers impressive features such as IP modulation, P2P compatibility and ultrafast servers. Of course, there are some issues with the service but perfection is rarely what you get with VPN services.

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4 Responses to LiquidVPN Review 2018 – Does it Promise a Secure Browsing Experience?

  1. David Cox says:

    Mike,

    I am quite sorry you felt slighted. The reason you didnt get a refund is because you abused the service by accumulating well over 6 thousand logins over the course of just an hour of actual time online. You caused a minor problem with our authentication system. This is why the chargeback you filed was settled in our favor. If you would like to come finish out your time with LiquidVPN I am more than willing to let you as long as you follow the rules.

  2. dave says:

    Mike,

    The reason your account is locked is because you are trying to make it sound like our TOS changes were made so we could keep your BTC. When this policy was in place before you signed up and you were well past the allowed bandwidth to be eligible for a refund in the first place. As you can clearly see from the link below our policy about not refunding BTC payments was in place before you signed up for service. You were asked to read them and agree to them when you signed up https://web.archive.org/web/20150803142923/https://www.liquidvpn.com/terms-of-service/

    We had every intention of allowing you to finish out your term until you decided to try and smear our name.

    Enjoy your weekend

  3. mike says:

    They do not honour their refund policy. I would stay away from them.

    Request for refund was made within the 7 days policy.

    1. Refund was delayed as they said they do not keep Bitcoin in their wallet and it takes time to transfer from their bank.
    2. Requested for an update one week later, no reply and my ticket was closed,
    3. Started a new ticket and Mike Chamberlain replied that it takes time as they haven’t had a Bitcoin signup recently. Thus they could not refund.
    4. 2 Weeks later. Asked for an update, no reply and the ticket was deleted.
    5. Started a new ticket and this time Mike Chamberlain replied stating that BTC, Cash and other crypto currencies are not eligible for a refund.

    This is mind boggling since he was the person who replied at (3). Secondly the TOS was changed after the request for a refund was made. In fact this line –

    “We do not refund cash and other cryptocurrency payments”

    was added after the 25th September 2015.

    Here’s the link to Google cached page –
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:LvmzM9fy4s0J:https://www.liquidvpn.com/terms-of-service/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk

    My account has since been locked which means I can’t even start a conversation with them regarding this. Even if I could, there isn’t much point in doing so, since they would either delete the support ticket and delay anything but refund.

    Unethical and obnoxious. Mike Chamberlain has tried to hoodwink and bully the refund from me. I would really think twice about trusting them with anything.

    • VPNRanks says:

      Hello Mike,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      It is quite unfortunate that you face such issues with Liquid VPN.

      According to users reviews, PureVPN is currently providing best customer support 24/7 with excellent VPN service. Check out PureVPN review here http://www.vpnranks.com/purevpn-review/

      Hopefully, it will help you out and let you to access all geo-restricted content without facing such issues.

      Kind Regards,
      VPNRanks.com

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