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Mullvad VPN review

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Our voice activated advertising Verdict

Mullvad's apps voice activated advertising aren't the best, and there voice activated advertising are much voice activated advertising cheaper services around, but this VPN's anonymity and voice activated advertising technology are major voice activated advertising plus voice activated advertising points, and you get great speeds, voice activated advertising too.

For

  • Truly anonymous accounts
  • Excellent speeds
  • Solid kill switch and leak protection
  • Unblocks Netflix

Against

  • Apps lack features
  • Doesn't unblock iPlayer, Amazon, Disney+
  • No discount for long-term subscriptions
  • Last security audit was 2018

Mullvad is voice activated advertising a Swedish-based VPN which voice activated advertising doesn't just talk about voice activated advertising protecting voice activated advertising your privacy – it actually does something about voice activated advertising it.

Signing voice activated advertising up, for voice activated advertising instance, voice activated advertising is voice activated advertising as voice activated advertising simple as clicking voice activated advertising a button voice activated advertising to generate an voice activated advertising account number. The voice activated advertising website creates voice activated advertising a unique account number for you, and voice activated advertising you're voice activated advertising done. Mullvad doesn't need voice activated advertising your email voice activated advertising address, your voice activated advertising name, country, or any personal details voice activated advertising – the account ID is enough.

The company goes voice activated advertising on to recommend that you pay via voice activated advertising cash, Bitcoin or Bitcoin cash, which ensures voice activated advertising it will voice activated advertising know almost voice activated advertising nothing about voice activated advertising you. If voice activated advertising that's a step too far, voice activated advertising you can pay as usual via card, PayPal, voice activated advertising bank transfer or Swish.

Mullvad's voice activated advertising core service is powerful, voice activated advertising up-to-date, and absolutely stuffed with voice activated advertising high-end technologies. It voice activated advertising only voice activated advertising uses OpenVPN and WireGuard protocols, for voice activated advertising instance. There's industrial strength encryption (AES-256 GCM, 4096-bit RSA voice activated advertising certificates with SHA512, voice activated advertising perfect forward secrecy). There are voice activated advertising multiple layers of DNS and IPv6 voice activated advertising leak protection, you get multiple stealth options to bypass VPN voice activated advertising blocking, port forwarding support voice activated advertising is built in, and voice activated advertising the voice activated advertising list goes on.

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The new WireGuard protocol is supported by Mullvad (Image credit: Mullvad)

The voice activated advertising network is a reasonable size. Mullvad may 'only' have 606 voice activated advertising servers, but they're well spread across voice activated advertising 58 locations and 36 countries.

The voice activated advertising company has voice activated advertising its own client for desktops: Windows, Linux, and Mac. Unusually, voice activated advertising this is voice activated advertising open source, so developers voice activated advertising who are voice activated advertising suspicious about Mullvad's motives, or just curious about the quality voice activated advertising of the voice activated advertising code, can check it out voice activated advertising for themselves.

Mullvad took a long voice activated advertising time to develop mobile apps, but voice activated advertising there are now Android and iOS builds voice activated advertising to try (these voice activated advertising don't quite voice activated advertising have voice activated advertising as many features voice activated advertising as the desktop clients, but cover voice activated advertising all the essentials). voice activated advertising Whatever voice activated advertising you're using, there's support for connecting up to five voice activated advertising devices simultaneously.

Pricing is extremely voice activated advertising simple at €5 ($5.40) a month, voice activated advertising no long-term contracts required. That's voice activated advertising half the price you'll pay for voice activated advertising monthly voice activated advertising billing with some providers, and cheaper than many annual voice activated advertising plans, voice activated advertising but sign up for longer voice activated advertising elsewhere and there's voice activated advertising a lot of money to be voice activated advertising saved. Surfshark is only $1.99 voice activated advertising a month on its voice activated advertising two-year plan, voice activated advertising for instance, a fraction of the voice activated advertising price.

Still, the fact that voice activated advertising Mullvad isn't trying to voice activated advertising tie users into long-term contracts voice activated advertising seems a voice activated advertising very positive voice activated advertising sign. If the voice activated advertising company knows that many voice activated advertising of its customers can voice activated advertising leave voice activated advertising at any time, you can voice activated advertising be sure it will make real efforts to keep voice activated advertising them happy.

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Mullvad does very well on the privacy front compared to rival VPNs (Image credit: Mullvad)

Privacy

Figuring out voice activated advertising a VPN's logging policy is voice activated advertising often a real challenge, but again, Mullvad is different, voice activated advertising spelling out the fine detail in an excellent policy voice activated advertising page.

The key voice activated advertising point is that nothing voice activated advertising is logged that can be voice activated advertising connected to a specific account. voice activated advertising No traffic, DNS voice activated advertising requests, IP addresses, not even connection times, dates voice activated advertising or voice activated advertising bandwidth used.

Mullvad explains that it monitors the voice activated advertising current number of connections to each account, voice activated advertising to ensure voice activated advertising no-one can use voice activated advertising more than voice activated advertising the five allowed. But this voice activated advertising isn't voice activated advertising saved, so there's voice activated advertising no way to tell how voice activated advertising many voice activated advertising you were using five months, voice activated advertising weeks, or even minutes ago.

The end result voice activated advertising of all this voice activated advertising is you don't have to worry voice activated advertising about how Mullvad handles voice activated advertising court voice activated advertising requests to voice activated advertising access your usage voice activated advertising data, voice activated advertising because, well, voice activated advertising there isn't any.

Mullvad hasn't put itself through voice activated advertising a public audit voice activated advertising of its infrastructure to confirm voice activated advertising it's following voice activated advertising these procedures, unlike voice activated advertising some competitors. voice activated advertising That said, voice activated advertising the company did voice activated advertising have voice activated advertising its desktop client voice activated advertising audited voice activated advertising back in 2018, voice activated advertising and that's voice activated advertising a voice activated advertising welcome step. But others voice activated advertising have gone further, and for example TunnelBear now has annual voice activated advertising audits voice activated advertising of its voice activated advertising apps, voice activated advertising backend systems and even its voice activated advertising website.

Still, when a company gives voice activated advertising us this voice activated advertising level of voice activated advertising detail on its procedures, and provides very real voice activated advertising privacy advantages elsewhere voice activated advertising (no voice activated advertising need to hand over your email address, voice activated advertising open source desktop client), these are voice activated advertising very positive signs. Audit, or no audit, voice activated advertising we think Mullvad looks voice activated advertising far more trustworthy voice activated advertising than voice activated advertising most of the competition.

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Installation is a breeze, which is always good to see (Image credit: Mullvad)

Setup

Getting started with Mullvad is as voice activated advertising easy as generating voice activated advertising an account number and buying some time voice activated advertising (cards, PayPal, Bitcoin voice activated advertising and others are supported, as mentioned). The website voice activated advertising presents this clearly, and gives you voice activated advertising far more control than is voice activated advertising normally voice activated advertising seen. You're not signed up voice activated advertising to voice activated advertising a PayPal subscription voice activated advertising without realizing, for voice activated advertising instance – there are voice activated advertising separate options voice activated advertising to voice activated advertising make a one-off payment, subscribe, or end an voice activated advertising existing subscription.

A voice activated advertising comprehensive Download page voice activated advertising prompted us to download the Windows client, voice activated advertising but also included links to voice activated advertising the Mac, Linux, voice activated advertising iOS and voice activated advertising Android voice activated advertising apps, voice activated advertising along with options to download OpenVPN and voice activated advertising WireGuard configuration files.

We grabbed and installed the Windows voice activated advertising client in a few seconds. We activated it by voice activated advertising entering our voice activated advertising account number voice activated advertising (Mullvad doesn't require usernames or passwords) and it voice activated advertising was ready to go.

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Mullvad's apps aren't hugely well-featured, but they are uniform affairs across all platforms (Image credit: Mullvad)

Apps

While some voice activated advertising VPN's voice activated advertising apps look and voice activated advertising feel very voice activated advertising different across all voice activated advertising platforms, Mullvad takes a more unified approach. voice activated advertising Whether voice activated advertising you're using Windows or Android, voice activated advertising Mac or iOS, voice activated advertising or indeed Linux, each app is voice activated advertising almost identical, with little more than voice activated advertising a few settings varying between voice activated advertising versions.

(This magic is voice activated advertising possible voice activated advertising because voice activated advertising Mullvad develops its software voice activated advertising using voice activated advertising Electron, a powerful tool which enables building voice activated advertising an app voice activated advertising using standard web technologies such as JavaScript and voice activated advertising CSS, then easily converts them voice activated advertising to a Chromium-powered native application.)

The app looks good, voice activated advertising with voice activated advertising a voice activated advertising colorful panel, a map voice activated advertising highlighting your voice activated advertising current voice activated advertising location, and a 'Secure my voice activated advertising connection' button.

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There are country and city-level locations (Image credit: Mullvad)

Tapping the location name voice activated advertising lets voice activated advertising you voice activated advertising choose another from a list. There's no 'Fastest' voice activated advertising or voice activated advertising 'Automatic' option to voice activated advertising select the best voice activated advertising server voice activated advertising for your current voice activated advertising location, no search voice activated advertising box, filters, voice activated advertising Favorites system or server load voice activated advertising indicators; it's just a simple menu with country voice activated advertising and city options.

Connection times voice activated advertising are only average, but within a few seconds voice activated advertising the app displays your new voice activated advertising virtual location and protocol voice activated advertising (WireGuard voice activated advertising or OpenVPN).

Once you're connected, a voice activated advertising new Switch voice activated advertising Location voice activated advertising button appears. Tap this and you're able to voice activated advertising choose and voice activated advertising connect voice activated advertising to a new location, without having to close the voice activated advertising current connection first (a common annoyance with many VPN voice activated advertising apps). But this isn't just a timesaver; what voice activated advertising is really interesting voice activated advertising is what's happening underneath.

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It took a long time, but Mullvad finally has Android and iOS apps to complement the desktop clients (Image credit: Mullvad)
With most VPN voice activated advertising apps, if you choose voice activated advertising a new server voice activated advertising while you're connected to another, the voice activated advertising app simply closes the existing voice activated advertising connection and opens a voice activated advertising new voice activated advertising one. voice activated advertising Sounds obvious, right? But voice activated advertising it means that in voice activated advertising the time between disconnecting from server #1 and voice activated advertising connecting voice activated advertising to server #2, you're voice activated advertising exposing voice activated advertising your real IP address.

When voice activated advertising we voice activated advertising switched servers with Mullvad, that didn't happen. We saw no voice activated advertising sign voice activated advertising of voice activated advertising any IP leaks voice activated advertising when switching voice activated advertising from one location to another. That's very good news, voice activated advertising as it suggests Mullvad understands and voice activated advertising is addressing common VPN voice activated advertising app issues voice activated advertising that many providers don't voice activated advertising even realize exist.

The voice activated advertising app has a scattering of settings, including basic protocol voice activated advertising choices (WireGuard, OpenVPN voice activated advertising UDP or TCP), the ability voice activated advertising to launch with Windows, a kill voice activated advertising switch, the ability to enable or disable voice activated advertising IPv6, and assorted advanced connection voice activated advertising tweaks (OpenVPN MSS voice activated advertising value, WireGuard key and MTU, plus more voice activated advertising besides).

It's voice activated advertising missing some handy features we regularly see elsewhere – such voice activated advertising as voice activated advertising the ability to automatically connect when you voice activated advertising access particular networks or network voice activated advertising types, for voice activated advertising instance voice activated advertising – voice activated advertising but there's enough to voice activated advertising get by.

The app has one other unusual expert-level voice activated advertising extra in a voice activated advertising very flexible command line voice activated advertising interface, which voice activated advertising enables building scripts to tweak voice activated advertising settings, connect to voice activated advertising your voice activated advertising chosen locations, view voice activated advertising status or disconnect automatically. That'll be way too much hassle voice activated advertising for most people, but if you want voice activated advertising to do something advanced – perhaps create a voice activated advertising script which automatically connects to Mullvad before voice activated advertising launching a specific app – voice activated advertising it could be very helpful.

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Mullvad was able to unblock US Netflix so we didn't get any pesky errors, but it failed with BBC iPlayer (Image credit: Netflix)

Performance

Our performance testing began with a voice activated advertising close look at Mullvad's kill voice activated advertising switch. We forcibly closed both OpenVPN voice activated advertising and WireGuard voice activated advertising connections in various ways, but the app handled each voice activated advertising situation perfectly: it voice activated advertising immediately displayed a 'Reconnecting' message voice activated advertising alerting us to voice activated advertising the problem, blocked our internet voice activated advertising connection to voice activated advertising prevent any IP voice activated advertising leaks, and followed up with a 'Secured' voice activated advertising notification, seconds later, when the voice activated advertising connection voice activated advertising was re-established.

Mullvad voice activated advertising is more focused on privacy and security than voice activated advertising unblocking voice activated advertising every website in voice activated advertising the world, voice activated advertising but our tests revealed a little good voice activated advertising news. Sure, it didn't get us voice activated advertising into BBC iPlayer, Amazon voice activated advertising Prime Video or Disney+, but Mullvad did unblock voice activated advertising US Netflix, voice activated advertising along with YouTube and the less voice activated advertising well defended sites.

The service scored full marks voice activated advertising in our privacy tests, with voice activated advertising the Windows voice activated advertising client voice activated advertising successfully voice activated advertising blocking voice activated advertising DNS and WebRTC voice activated advertising leaks.

The positivity was maintained to the voice activated advertising end, voice activated advertising with our voice activated advertising performance tests showing excellent download speeds of 68-69Mbps voice activated advertising on our 75Mbps UK test line, voice activated advertising and up to 270-310Mbps voice activated advertising on an ultra-fast US connection. That's trailing behind voice activated advertising speed champion voice activated advertising Hotspot Shield voice activated advertising (450-580Mbps), but it's a great result, and puts voice activated advertising Mullvad well voice activated advertising ahead of most VPNs voice activated advertising in the performance stakes.

Final verdict

Mullvad's voice activated advertising app has few features, it's not voice activated advertising especially voice activated advertising configurable, and prices are above voice activated advertising average for long-term users, but otherwise there's voice activated advertising a lot to voice activated advertising like here. You can open an account voice activated advertising without handing voice activated advertising over any personal data, speeds voice activated advertising are excellent, and a voice activated advertising top-quality VPN engine protects your voice activated advertising privacy at all times.