Perfect Privacy is one of the most expensive VPNs in the industry yet its users are growing in tandems.
You might be wondering:
What has the subscribers emptying their pocket for this VPN?
Well, this Perfect Privacy review will answer your question with comprehensive testing of the VPN’s features, speed, reliability and other important aspects.
Perfect Privacy: Synopsis
Perfect Privacy boasts some high-end security features that are hard to find elsewhere.
The VPN revolutionized online privacy by introducing built-in and self-configurable multihop capability.
It then went on to introduce an AI routing mechanism called NeuroRouting. This technology uses an algorithm to determine the securest route for your internet traffic (I discuss NeuroRouting in details in the later part of the review).
And it gets better.
TrackStop filter of the VPN is no ordinary ad blocker. It is reinforced with the tech to block varieties of advertisements and powerful malware.
Ultimately, the people behind Perfect Privacy are trailblazers in the VPN industry. While other providers sit back and wait for cyber criminals to devise new hacking techniques, these brilliant individuals are already working on new online security solutions.
However, this VPN is not without its faults. Scroll down to learn every positive and negative aspects of the VPN.
- More than 60 payment methods
- Sufficient Customer Support
- Multiple protocols and strong encryption
- User Friendly Windows Client
- No Live Chat
Pricing and Plans Review | Bit on the Expensive Side
There is no doubt that Perfect Privacy is an expensive VPN service. I mean it does cost more than my rent.
Here are the price converted into USD:
- One month: $15.12
- Three months: $13.95 /mo
- Six months: $12.80 /mo
- 12 months: $11.63/mo
- 24 months: $10.42/mo
The promise of a superior VPN service aside, these rates are high enough to drive away many customers who would otherwise be interested in what Perfect Privacy has to offer.
So how did Perfect Privacy build such a massive customer base with ridiculously high prices? The feature section of this review has your answer
Perfect Privacy Payment Method Review
You can pay Perfect Privacy through 60 different payment methods via Paymentwall. The payment options include Bitcoin, PayPal and credit cards. The users who are seeking a private transaction will be better off using Bitcoin but even if that is not enough – they can anonymously mail cash to the company’s office in Latvia.
The absolute glut of payment options suggests that Perfect Privacy really lives up to its boastful name.
Perfect Privacy refund window extends to 7-days. Although it has few standard clauses, there is no usage limitation or any other restriction in the company’s refund policy.
You can take the VPN for a drive for a week and get your money back if you did not enjoy the experience.
Perfect Privacy Free Trial
Unfortunately, the VPN does not offer a free or a paid trial to the privacy seekers. Hopefully, the provider will give this policy a second thought in the near future.
Perfect Privacy Review VPN Speed Test
Perfect Privacy provides some strong security features to the users and unfortunately, this causes the speed to drop significantly. To review Perfect Privacy’s speed, I ran tests on its three different servers using an 8 Mbps connection.
The tests on a Germany server revealed three varying results with the highest download speed going up to 6.56 Mbps and the lowest being 4.51 Mbps.
“Highest speed provided by a Germany server”
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The server of Amsterdam provided similar speeds.
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The Perfect Privacy VPN download speed went down a bit further when I connected to the server of the American city of Los Angeles.
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For context, the download speed before the trials was 7.74 Mbps.
Perfect Privacy VPN review 2018 | Unique Features
I previously mentioned in this Perfect Privacy review that the features of this VPN make it worth the money. And I stand by my statement.
Here are some top-notch security tools used by Perfect Privacy.
A proxy server acts as a middleman for users who want to gain access to content that may be restricted in their physical location. It does this by making one’s internet traffic appear from a different location altogether.
With a proxy, a person sitting in Australia can make their internet traffic appear from the United Kingdom and connect to website that may be restricted for Non-UK users.
Proxies are mostly used for tasks with low-stakes. They are good when it comes to accessing restricted videos and bypassing location-based restriction but they do not provide security from hackers, government surveillance and local ISPs.
Perfect Privacy offers Squid and SOCKS5 proxies that do not provide much privacy on their own, but can tempered with to avail greater security.
To make your proxy connections much safer you can:
- Connect proxies to the Tor network
- Connect to VPN via the proxy
- Apply an SSH Tunnel to the proxy
With a SSH Tunnel, you can transport some of your networking data through a secure SSH connection. It can also be used for bypassing firewalls that filter some specific content.
The Windows client of Perfect Privacy comes with built-in SSH tunnel. You can even combine SSH tunnel with a proxy server or VPN for an additional layer of security.
Network Address Translation or NAT hides the IP addresses of different devices linked to your network from external connections. It does that by giving them a single IP address of all your devices.
Furthermore, it makes your connection more secure by working as a sort of filer between your devices and any threatening information packets that can harm your system. It protects your network from malicious attacks from hackers and other ill-intentioned individuals.
Like many other VPN providers, Perfect Privacy’s client includes NAT Firewall. Here, you can also moderate the setting to your liking but that option is best suited for advanced users.
With the recent advances in cyber surveillance, VPN services have also upped the ante.
Perfect Privacy has led the way in this battle by innovating groundbreaking online security tools. The most prominent of the provider’s inventions is multihop.
Multi-hop creates a chain of VPN servers with each server assigning you with a new IP address before connecting you to the internet. And not to forget, your traffic gets re-encrypted throughout the process.
With Multi-hop, users can even safely connect to servers in risky jurisdiction (i.e: Five eyes), by simply selecting a different entry server.
Mac, Window and Linux client of Perfect Privacy comes an in-built multi-hop feature. You can create a custom VPN chain with up to four different server.
Overall, multi-hop is the kryptonite of lone-wolf hackers and government surveillance agencies alike. It has the power to make you invisible on the web.
The providers have brought new advancement in the multi-hop connection that takes your online privacy to a new level.
In NeuroRouting, a neural network evaluates routes to different sites and determines the way of minimizing the traffic outside of the VPN network.
The neural network uses Tensorflow, an open-source library for machine learning. This allows it to learn the best and the safest routes for different websites and servers.
Your internet traffic to different servers and websites takes a distinctive path with NeuroRouting. If you access multiple websites, you will be given multiple IP addresses at the same time.
NeuroRouting secures your connection without throttling much of the connection speed. This tool is active on the provider’s side, which means it is active regardless of your device.
However, you can disable it from the member’s area of the dashboard. But I would advise against it. NeuroRouting is a work of genius and should be utilized to thwart cyber criminals.
Unsolicited advertisement, dangerous malware and involuntary web tracking are plaguing the internet. TrackStop combat these malicious entities with myriads of filters.
The tracking and advertisement filter blocks over 30,000 trackers and ad domains. Fraud filters blocks 45,000 domains with malwares and 20,000 domains hosting phishing scams.
It also has a Facebook filter, Social Media filter and a Parental filter.
Funnily enough, Trackstop also boasts a ‘Fake news’ filter that blocks propaganda websites identified by GitHub.
You can turn these filters off from the dashboard area.
Perfect Privacy has dedicated apps for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android. Surprisingly, the iOS is still in the work, which means that iPhone users need a third party OpenVPN app to access the service.
Perfect Privacy for Windows
Windows users too have the option of using the VPN service with OpenVPN GUI, Viscosity and IPSec/IKEv2, but I recommend custom Perfect Privacy client for a more fulfilling experience.
Windows client of this VPN is stacked with security features. In addition, it allows you the liberty of customizing it as per your liking.
Right of the bat, the client has a slick in-built ping test feature that lets you select the fastest server possible. It also lets you see the respective bandwidth of different servers.
The setting allows you to configure variety of options including Auto connect with preselected server.
The client also includes some of the advanced kill switch, firewall and leak protection tools.
Perfect Privacy for Mac
Mac clients can use the VPN either through manual configuration or through the BETA app of the provider.
The VPN can be configured via an IPSec/IKEv2 setup and be directly integrated with the Mac OS firewall. This method ensures little to no chances of an IP leak.
Meanwhile, one can also take the traditional approach and opt for third-party clients. Viscosity and Tunnelblick are two popular clients for this purpose.
However, the chances of data leaks increase tenfold with these clients as they do not posses a built-in kill switch.
Lastly, the BETA client is a work in process but it is user-friendly app.
Perfect Privacy for Android
The Android app secures your connection with a single tap. It is intuitive and sophisticated yet not that complicated.
Interestingly, the app is not available on the Google Play store. Instead, you can download it from the provider’s website.
The app is based on Strongswan App. You can also access the VPN on Android via OpenVPN and IPsec/L2TP
Perfect Privacy for Linux
VPN Manager app of Perfect Privacy works on Linux mint and Ubunto. You can read the guides of the provider’s website to utilize the VPN on the platform.
Perfect Privacy for Routers
Perhaps, the best way you can utilize Perfect Privacy VPN is by setting it up on your router. This way, you can protect all your devices without going through the hassle of separately installing the app on multiple devices.
The VPN has partnered with Flashrouter to offer customized Perfect Privacy routers.
The info section of Perfect Privacy has dedicated sections for all the prominent operating systems. Here, you will have information about how this VPN service can be accessed from platforms such as Windows, iOS, Android and Linux.
There is also a FAQ section on the website that has short answers to question relating to the Perfect Privacy policies, payment methods and its functionalities.
You can also contact the company through emails and if you prefer an anonymous mode of communication, you can use PGP encryption software. There also exists a contact forum on the website where you can submit your queries and interact with other users.
“Perfect Privacy Contact Form”
For this Perfect Privacy review, I used the contact form to enquire them about their policy about trial accounts and received the answer within 24 hours. The answer regarding the Perfect Privacy trial was clear, concise and helpful.
Overall, my experience left us with an impression that Perfect Privacy takes its customer support seriously and is committed to providing the best possible assistance to users.
Protocols and Encryption| Capable Protocol and Robust Encryption
Perfect Privacy offers multiple protocol and encryption service. Perhaps, more than most VPNs in the market. The app even lets you choose your preferred protocol.
With manual installation, you get PPTP protocol. This protocol is fast but provides relatively weak encryption.
However, the saving grace of PPTP is that it is available on a variety of routers and you can easily install it on these devices. By doing this, you can save the time of installing it separately on different operating systems. All things considered, PPTP is for the people who have moderate privacy requirements.
OpenVPN is widely regarded as the one of the most secure VPN protocols. And this reputation is well-earned. This open source solution provides immaculate security with pre-shared keys and a robust AES- 256 bit encryption through OpenSSL.
Also, with OpenVPN you get utmost reliability as it prevents loss of data by pausing the connection for repair in case the service goes down.
In short, OpenVPN provides you a higher level of safety by mixing up different methods of encryption and adding extra layers security. But it does take a toll on your CPU.
One of the features that make Perfect Proxy stand out is that it allows users to opt for IPSec. The Internet Protocol Security or IPsec is unique in its function as it secures the traffic going in and out of the network. It does this by making the security layer part of the overall security.
Another benefit of IPSec is that its operation is somewhat invisible and does not require direct interaction by the user. Also, like OpenVPN, IPSec uses a 256 bit encryption.
But IPSec is not without its faults as it comes with a major security risk. If you unwittingly use it with a sub-optimal configuration, you will end up with weak encryption that is extremely easy to crack. Though, new and more sophisticated algorithms of IPSec are available, one can never to be too careful when it comes to cyber security.
When you install Perfect Privacy, you are given the option to either select OpenVPN or IPSec, you can also change your preference later on in the setting tabs. I recommend that on the stay safe side and go with OpenVPN.
Perfect Privacy Servers Review:
There are 23 servers available on Perfect Proxy’s VPN manager. It can be noticed that most of these servers are from European Nations where internet freedom is not much of an issue. There are also multiple servers available for users who would like to access services such as Netflix USA or Hulu.
According to Perfect Privacy’s website, these are all dedicated servers and the company fervently renounces virtual servers.
What is most likable about Perfect Proxy’s client is that it lays out the available bandwidth on all of these servers. You can also ping the servers to see if they are reachable.
Meanwhile, connecting and discounting to the servers is super easy. We connected and disconnected to multiple servers and faced no issues whatsoever.
The page states with much clarity that the website does maintain minimal data of the users. The information they have is the username, password and expiry date of a customer’s account.
Other than this, Perfect Privacy has the usual No logs policy.
Netflix and Hulu
Here the deal:
Perfect Privacy does not advertise itself as the premier VPN for Netflix. Perhaps Netflix geo-dodging is not one of the VPN’s priorities.
Hence, I went in to my Perfect Privacy Netflix test with little hope.
Predictably, the results were disappointing as I was unable to unlock Netflix US with the VPN. Same happened when I tested the VPN for Hulu.
My Netflix and Hulu tests were a dud. In the immortal words of Rolling Stones, ‘You can’t always get what you want’.
If you are not quite satisfied with what Perfect Privacy has to offer than fret not. There are other options available. Below are the reviews of some capable VPN services.
Perfect Privacy review reddit
Redditors overwhelming favor this VPN over other providers. However, some have complaints about Linux and android app.
The VPN service also made few admirers with its DNS tests.
Perfect Privacy is a VPN service that has a lot to offer. Perhaps, this Perfect Privacy review would even suggest that it offers a bit too much. But overall, it is a service that comes with some ultra-impressive features that may appeal to knowledgeable VPN consumers who have a no-comprise attitude towards their online privacy.
However, these users will need to pay a fair price for all the features Perfect Privacy provides. How was your experience of the VPN service? Do let us know in the comments below.