VPNArea | Review and cost
Offshore Security is a Bulgarian company that launched VPNArea in 2012. While providing a serious solution focused on privacy and security, they also managed to remain accessible. And they promise users a high performance! Also, as you may know (or not) Bulgaria is a heaven for Internet users. Therefore they logically improved their network in the past few years. Let’s review VPNArea in details now.
VPNArea, tough on security and performance
Over the past two years VPNArea has grown a lot in terms of value for money and covered countries (with dedicated servers). But above all they offer several servers in the UK that are currently almost always empty. And that means high performance for the few users!
Indeed, I was immediately impressed by the performance when I tested it. Especially relevant are the results I got for streaming videos. Thanks to their complimentary SmartDNS, I could watch American Netflix. And being a “small sized” company, they're under the radars of various types of Netflix blocks etc.
And the speed was fast on the torrent downloads!
VPNArea: Plans and pricing
The plans VPN Area are what you can expect from a VPN offering a service with dedicated and high-performance servers. Indeed, the cost of a month subscription is not very competitive. But it's perfect for those who want to give it a try. Because there's no free trial unfortunately…
Therefore you must subscribe and activate the 7 day money back guarantee if you're not happy with it. And, no one has ever been denied a refund, no worries here!
While there's a little VPNArea discount of the 6 months package, you can get a dedicated IP address. For example, if you buy an American IP, you'll get your own dedicated server, with only you. And the price is highly competitive!
Much as with other providers, the yearly package is the most attractive price wise. Indeed, you get up to 50% discount on VPNArea. Also the dedicated IP option is of course still available.
Since VPNArea regularly offer promotions on their website, I recommend you to click on the image above to get the latest deals!
Summary sheet for VPNArea
|Encryption||Military 256 bit|
|Supported devices||PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), Android, iOS, Selected routers|
|OpenVPN supported||Support for SSL-based OpenVPN protocol on 256-bit data encryption.|
|Support type||Live Chat, mail, forum|
|Money back guarantee?||7 days|
VPNArea in details
You can enjoy the work done by VPNArea to offer clients for most platforms! Indeed, they provide an app for all major OS for PC and mobile devices. And the client is near-identical across platforms.
While the client is complete, it can be a bit complicated for those looking for a one click solution. And in some ways it reminds me of the HideMyAss or PureVPN clients. Therefore, the more complete the interface, the more options you get!
However, you'll quickly realize that the top menu and the tabs are just buttons to the same features… So I guess they could have saved some space and make it clearer by removing one of these!
Also the name of the client itself reminds me of another VPN: VyprVPN with its Chameleon protocol. But I don't think there's any relation here.
In the Home tab, you can connect to a server quickly from the drop-down list. And you can also decide whether the client launches at the startup too.
Servers & Speed tab
As its name implies, you'll find servers speed on the Servers & Speed tab! But also the load with the number of users online. Furthermore, you can also test the Download Speed, to make sure you've got the optimum server for torrenting.
Kill Switch tab
The Chameleon client includes a Kill Switch feature, in the Kill Switch tab. See how conveniently these tabs are named! And you have two options there: Either the regular kill switch which will disable all network connections when VPN Area is disconnected. Or the alternative Kill Switch which will use your firewall to block all your traffic.
Anti-DNS Leak tab
First of all, you should read my article about DNS leaks. Because I'll just mention the DNS leak fixes in this paragraph, not the problem.
Being aware of DNS leaks, VPNArea offers the Anti-DNS Leak tab to fix these common problems of VPN. If you enable Anti-DNS Leak, you make sure that all your traffic goes through the VPN. Also you can select your own DNS servers (like OpenDNS or GoogleDNS) from the client directly. And if you don't know what servers you should use, VPNArea provides a list on the Members Area.
Finally, the client of VPNArea protects you against WebRTC IP leaks. Therefore, websites can never find your real IP address!
Auto-IP Changer tab
With the feature on the Auto-IP Changer tab, you can automatically change your IP address every X minutes. While it's an interesting feature, note that it's not compatible with the Kill Switch. Therefore, you DNS might leak when you're changing IP. So use this feature with caution.
Last but not least, is the Settings tab! Here are the classic options. And the IPv6 Leak Protection, which is another feature against IP and DNS leaks.
Furthermore, you can customize the OpenVPN config file directly from here if you need.
VPNArea is torrent friendly. So you can use the P2P protocol and download torrents. And obviously you should not use this service to download copyrighted content… Just sayin'
During my tests, I was able to get 100% of my bandwidth (in WiFi). However, torrenting did not work with these servers: USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, France, Sweden, Singapore.
VPNArea is no longer be supporting SmartDNS. Because they now offer a reliable VPN server solution which works with Netflix, Hulu and other streaming sites. To use it on Chameleon just select the USA-0-NFLX server.
Native apps for mobile
VPNArea provides 6 simultaneous connections. And you can easily use the logins on all your Android and iOS devices. Indeed, they provide native apps for these. So enjoy VPNArea with OpenVPN protocol.
Offshore Security is a Bulgarian company that launched VPNArea in 2012. While providing a serious solution focused on privacy and security, they also managed to remain accessible. And they promise users a high performance! Also, as you may know (or not) Bulgaria is a heaven for Internet users. Therefore they logically improved their network in the past few years.
VPNArea is a great VPN focused on offering the best to their users. It is suitable for all those who need a complete VPN to watch streaming TV, surf anonymously and download torrents without limits. Dedicated servers are affordable there!
- High speed connection
- Many countries
- Native app for iPhone and Android
- SmartDNS included
- No logging policy
- Not user friendly interface
- No built-in firewall (NAT firewall)