Unlocator Review 2019: Does it Work with Netflix?
Unlocator belongs to the Denmark based solution provider “Linkwork ApS”, founded in 2011.
The company provides Custom Computer Programming Services and released its SmartDNS service in 2013 to cater the accessibility and unblocking needs of netizens around the world.
Along with DNS service, Unlocator comes packed with an amazing feature Unlocator VPN.
However, it is widely considered as an unblocking tool rather than a robust online security solution.
So although my focus remains on writing the popular VPN reviews, this service deserves a fair shot.
In this Unlocator review, I will scrutinize every offerings of the VPN including server destinations, subscription plans, unblocking abilities, accepted payment modes and most importantly level of security.
|Servers||2000+ Servers in 140 Countries||30 Servers in 16 Countries|
|Money Back Guarantee||31-Days||14-Days|
|Encryption Level||256 bit||256 bit|
Let’s dig in.
- Unlimited Devices Simultaneously
- Compatible across a wide range of Platforms
- Offers an Instant access to 215+ Channels
- Free Trial Version offered
- High Speed Connectivity
- 14-days Money back guarantee
- Fewer Support Channels
- VPN service lacks secure tunneling protocols
- No Dedicated Apps
Privacy and Logging Policy – is Unlocator Safe?
As I mentioned at the start, Unlocator’s primary focus is on geo-dodging and not privacy.
Hence, one should not expect them to go out of their way to protect the user on the web.
Still, the provider mentions that it maintains a generic activity report of subscribers, but doesn’t shares this report with anyone. The report is stored for only 24 hours to ensure that subscribers comply with terms of service.
Unlocator VPN Encryption Protocols
Unlocator hasn’t revealed about offered protocols. But, for this Unlocator VPN review, I dropped off a query on their support system to enquire about tunneling protocols.
The support agent confirmed that Unlocator is only offering PPTP and L2TP at the moment.
However, both protocols are unsecure for online data protection, but performs well for streaming and unblocking purposes. The provider can add secure tunneling protocols like OpenVPN to enhance online privacy of subscribers.
Free Trial Version
Unlocator offers a generous seven day free trial version, allowing subscribers to test the service at its best prior to making payment. The Unlocator free trial version doesn’t require any credit card information.
Interestingly, netizens can enjoy each and every service feature of premium version through Unlocator free trial version for seven days.
With a single account of Unlocator, you can connect unlimited devices simultaneously. This is gives you the liberty of securing all your household devices without paying extra. What’s more, this even kills the need to configure the VPN on your router device.
Through a mediating server, Smart DNS allows users to redirect web requests.
This helps them hide their actual location and gives them a new identity on the web.
However, Smart DNS often find themselves blocked by network owners and ISPs alike. That’s why, Unlocator uses a VPN as a sort of a backup.
Otherwise, the Unlocator DNS service remains the priority of the provider.
DNS Leak Test
Since this service aims to change your DNS to unblock streaming service, I found no point in conducting an IP leak test.
Still, I checked the DNS leak to see if the service was working fine.
Here is the result.
No DNS leaks were detected.
Unlocator does not use powerful tunneling protocol or encryption to shield the user against hacking threats.
Hence, it does not have a significant impact on your server speed.
As you see, no significant drop in the speed occurred during my test.
Unlocator Netflix: Does it unblock the Streaming Site?
There always that one question when it comes to a Smart DNS and VPN service.
Does it unblock Netflix?
Sadly, the answer here is no.
I have tested the service for this Unlocator review and managed to successfully unblock Sky Go and Hulu.
But Netflix remains outside the grasp of this Smart DNS service.
Because Unlocator alters your DNS with a basic proxy. This works on most websites given that they have not employed powerful anti-proxy firewalls.
Netflix’s war against VPNs and Smart DNS services is well document.
It cannot be unlocked easily.
Torrenting on Unlocator
Downloading torrents is an alternative to online streaming. But this practice comes with its own set of problems.
Torrents expose your IP address to numerous individuals. Some of them might use it to lure you in and steal your personal information.
VPN service can help torrent users stay safe by masking their IP address. But not all providers like to take this burden on their shoulders.
Some VPN services comply with DMCA and do not permit torrenting due to copyright issues.
Unlocator does not have a clear policy regarding torrenting.
Although its VPN service can secure torrent users in theory, we do not know if Unlocator allows torrenting or not.
Unlocator chiefly serves to unblock leading-edge entertainment services.
The provider has its servers spread across France, Canada, USA, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, UK, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and Middle East.
It has 30 servers in total but you cannot select a server in particular. The service makes this choice for you.
This part of the Unlocator review will leave many readers disappointed.
Apparently, the provider does not offer any direct method of support.
No live chat or ticketing system.
The only mode of support is the FAQ section that offers solution to basic queries of users regarding VPN service.
There also some guides and troubleshooting articles to help you around the way.
Still I would appreciate a bit of personal touch in Unlocator’s customer support service.
Compatibility across Various Platforms
When it comes to compatibility, Unlocator takes an edge over many paid VPN services with its compatibility on a range of platforms. Unlocator is available across iOS, Android, tablets, Smart TVs and many gaming consoles.
However, the only drawback of Unlocator VPN is the lack of client app. There is no Unlocator app for any of the supported platforms.
Subscribers can manually setup Unlocator VPN on iOS, Android and Windows by referring to setup manuals in support section.
SmartDNS and VPN for Windows
As mentioned earlier, there’s no dedicated client of Unlocator for Windows. Users need to enter the details of DNS server manually.
You can easily configure Unlocator on Windows by reading step by step installation guides here. After connecting to Unlocator you will be able to access Fox Go, Hulu, Vudu, CNBC, NBC and more streaming services through Unlocator Smart DNS.
Here is how you set up Unlocator on Microsoft Windows:
- Go to the Windows menu and search “Settings”.
- In settings, click on “Network and Internet”.
- Select WiFi or Ethernet (depending on what you are using) and click “Change adapter options”.
- From here, uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6). Then, highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 and click “Properties”.
- Below “use the following DNS server addresses” enter:
- Primary DNS: 220.127.116.11
- Secondary DNS: 18.104.22.168
- Click “OK” and you are all set.
Unlocator for Operating System
Since PC users often complaint about geo-restrictions all the time, they would be glad to know that Unlocator works with different versions of Window.
It is also supported on Mac and Ubuntu.
Unlocator for Media Players
With online streaming taking over the conventional means of video entertainment consumption, different Media Players have emerged in the last few years.
Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast are some of the popular streaming devices available.
However, these devices are often afflicted with geo-restrictions. For instance, Firestick lets you stream wide variety of content.
Still if you happen to be in the “wrong country”, some quality content will stay away from your reach. Here, you would need a Smart DNS or a VPN for Firestick.
Fortunately, Unlocator works with Amazon Fire devices.
Similarly, Unlocator Roku service also available to optimize the Japanese streaming device. It works with plenty of other platforms too.
Unlocator for Gaming Consoles
A VPN on gaming consoles can give you plenty of benefits.
It lets you access geo-locked games and servers that may be blocked in your location. VPNs also protect your consoles against DDos attacks.
Hence, I will advise everyone reading this Unlocator review to use a VPN whilst gaming.
Unlocator could be a suitable option as it is numerous consoles.
Unlocator for Smart TVs
Just a year back the most popular story related to online privacy was CIA spying though Smart TVs. So to avoid such a scenario again, you will be best served using a VPN like Unlocator.
It works with variety of Smart TV devices.
Unlocator for Smartphones and Tablets
Streaming through a tab or smartphone is a new fad. After all, carrying around a Laptop is not much fun.
Unlocator works with both Android and iOS.
Unlocator for Routers
Setting up Unlocator on a router can help you secure multiple devices at the same time. This is not a feature that should be ignored.
Comparison: PureVPN vs Unlocator
Unlocator Pricing & Plans
Being a fresher among VPN services, Unblocker keeps its pricing plans economical as possible. At the moment, it is offering three premium plans segmented into monthly, semi-annual and one-year plan.
Interestingly, there is no discrimination among service offerings in all plans. Subscribers can utilize various devices along with all server locations through any Unlocator plan.
The monthly plan is charged about $4.95, six-month plan at $27.50 and one-year plan at $49.95. But, subscribers can save a great deal of money with long-term subscriptions, as six month plan saves up to 7% and yearly plan saves up to 16%.
When it comes to payment methods, Unlocator VPN accepts payments from all leading credit cards. Subscribers can make payment through Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB.
While writing Unlocator review, I was happy to find that Unlocator accepts bitcoin payments, as not many providers accept anonymous payments. That said, Unlocator is a safe solution for those who wish to keep their identity undercover.
To the benefit of the subscribers, Unlocator offers a 14-day money back guarantee.
In order to avail the refund, you need to send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind that you need to use the same email used in your Unlocator login account.
Alternatives to Unlocator
Unlocator is not an option for Netizens that wish to experience secure browsing. For them, other VPN providers will do a better job. Here are their reviews.
- IPVanish review
- Ivacy VPN review
- Windscribe VPN review
- Betternet review
- Blockless review
- TorrentPrivacy review
- Onavo Protect review
Unlocator Trustpilot Review
On TrustPilot, there are many satisfied customers of this Smart DNS and VPN service.
Surprisingly, you will also found some praise for Unlocator’s customer service.
Unlocator Twitter Review
Over at twitter, you will see several people complaining about different service issue.
@Unlocator I don't see the US Region on my Region Settings, and that's the only reason I registered, how can I solve it?
— David García (@davidgami) December 9, 2018
Hulu block seems be a big issue with this VPN. However, it unblocked the streaming service in my test.
@Unlocator Hulu block is back. Please resolve
— SCSA 3:16 (@scsa3i6) December 4, 2018
Unlocator Reddit Review
Redditors are always vocal about different VPN and Smart DNS services.
Below, Unlocator’s subscriber shares a mixed experience with the service.
Another commenter faced some issues while accessing Unlocator Apple TV service.
As a SmartDNS service, Unlocator offers a lot more than other DNS providers. Let it be unblocking, streaming or exploring media on internet, Unlocator performs well in all three areas.
However, when it comes to reliable online protection, Unlocator is definitely not a preferred option.
Reading this Unlocator review, you should have gotten the idea that it lacks some crucial online security tools.
Unlocator can add optimum privacy features to cope up with modern-age cyber threats. Otherwise, people seeking online privacy solutions will ignore this service.