VPNArea offers a solid service with servers in 70 countries around the world. It is a viable option for streaming and torrenting, and could also be used for bypassing censorship. Read more for details...
Servers & Locations
VPNArea has around 200 servers in 70 countries and over 100 locations around the world. The US is covered with 11 locations, and there are also city-level options for a few European countries.
Unsurprisingly, most servers are located in Europe and North America, but there are also plenty of servers in other parts of the world.
Also, VPNArea has around 200 IP addresses which isn't much, but should in turn make for a more private experience -- with multiple users sharing a single IP.
VPNArea's apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and Linux. In addition, there is an option to configure your router to sing along the service -- or, if you don't want to bother with it, buy a preconfigured one.
Once the router has been configured, you can connect other devices in your home/office like games consoles and streaming boxes -- all which will then benefit from a more secure internet.
You can also set up some other devices to work with VPNArea, Amazon Fire TV Stick being one of them -- there are step-by-step guides for this. Browser extensions are not available.
A single VPNArea license lets you connect up to 6 devices.
Local speeds with VPNArea are fast but the situation changes if you're connecting to a server on the other end of the globe. You will still be able to rely on VPNArea for torrenting and streaming, just don't expect to easily move large files over the web.
Again, VPNArea is not the fastest VPN out there, but should provide a more than decent experience for most users.
Security & Privacy
VPNArea uses several protocols, including UDP, TCP and our favorite OpenVPN -- which is also a default option. Encryption is via AES-256, which is the top cipher used by security experts around the world.
Other options include the VPN kill switch and protection against DNS, IPv6 and WebRTC leaks. Also, VPNArea operates its own zero-log DNS servers -- a big plus in our book.
Like that's not enough, you can select the Double VPN feature that provides an extra layer of privacy.
PrivacyVPNArea has our favorite zero-logs policy and will not collect "any login dates, timestamps, incoming and outgoing IP addresses, bandwidth statistics or any other identifiable data of any VPN users."
The company is based in Varna, Bulgaria, making it a subject to EU's surveillance and intelligence-sharing laws. However, due to the fact that VPNArea doesn't collect any data, you're safe with them. Even if authorities require some information, the company wouldn't be able to offer them anything useful.
Ease of Use
VPNArea's apps are super easy to use. You will be presented with a list of servers immediately upon login from where you can find the one that is best suited for what you're trying to accomplish -- simply go around tabs such as torrenting, streaming and obfuscated to connect to the right server.
Settings are a click away letting you turn on and off security features. These are simple on/off toggles with contextual information provided next to each option.
Even total newbies would find it easy to get around VPNArea's apps.
SupportVPNArea offers 24/7 live chat support and we love it for that. In fact, we've put it to test and were delighted with prompt answers.
Additionally, the support section includes in-depth FAQs that delve into subjects such as security, encryption, VPN protocols and more. And let's not forget setup guides, which for some reason, are available only to paying customers. Not sure why that's the case, but if you do sign-up for VPNArea - you'll get to access those pages, as well.
Streaming & Torrenting
VPNArea has optimized streaming servers allowing it to work with many popular services -- including Netflix and Hulu. The situation is different with BBC iPlayer which didn't work every time we tried it out. This is somewhat strange considering that the company has a dedicated UK server for watching BBC iPlayer. Guess BBC figured that out and decided to block VPNArea. It's an ongoing battle between VPN service providers and streaming services.
Kodi works like a charm with VPNArea-provided step-by-step setup guide. These are easy to grasp steps, and if you enjoy streaming movies and TV shows via BitTorrent, you should implement them.
TorrentingTorrenting is permitted on all VPNArea servers, some of which are even optimized for P2P traffic. More often than not, we've got solid upload and download speeds, the fact that also makes VPNArea great for Kodi.
As of writing this review, VPNArea still works in China using its X-Stunnel servers for loads from different locations. This effectively disguises your connection as normal HTTPS traffic thus allowing you to access blocked content in China.
And if it can "handle" China, it can deal with content restrictions in other high-censorship places, as well. So yes, it is truly a VPN solution you can use all across the world.
VPNArea comes with a built-in ad blocker and malware protection to make for that much better web surfing experience. Instead of ads, you will be enjoying websites with more white spaces with nothing to blink off the screen. And the same goes for any malware a website could have - it will be removed in the code before it gets to you.
Use a drop-down menu to compare VPNArea with other VPNs.
VPNArea accepts all major credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal and Bitcoin. Also supported are international payment methods, such as WebMoney, Alipay and Hipercard. The service offers a short, though no-questions-asked, seven-day money-back guarantee.
Free trial and money-back guaranteeVPNArea has a seven-day money-back guarantee which seems kinda short compared to what its rivals are offering -- i.e. most VPN services extend this guarantee to a full month with some even going up to 45 days. The good thing is that this is one of those no-questions-asked guarantees -- our favorite "kind" of guarantees. Free trial is not available.
- Easy to use apps
- Dedicated streaming and torrenting servers
- Advanced features like Double VPN
- Zero-logs policy
- Short refund period
- Not that fast connections to distant servers
VPNArea is a valid choice for folks looking to use VPN for streaming, torrenting and web browsing. With servers in 70 countries, it offers solid local speeds while connections to distant servers leave a lot to be desired.
VPNArea has a zero-logs policy and comes with several advanced features like built-in ad blocker and malware protection, as well as Double VPN that provides an extra layer of privacy. As such it could be used in high-censorship countries like China.
Round the clock live chat support is available, letting you quickly get answers to any questions you may have.
VPNArea offers a relatively short 7-day money-back guarantee, which is weird considering that other top players extend that number to 30 and even 45 days. It will take Bitcoin payments, though.