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Our windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Verdict

PureVPN has a lengthy windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and appealing feature list, but look at windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the details – app usability, what windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the Windows windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app is doing under the hood, the quality of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the support site – and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the service just isn't as capable windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or professional windows 7 hard drive wipe utility as the top windows 7 hard drive wipe utility VPN competition.

For

  • Loads of features
  • Decent value
  • Unblocks Netflix, Disney+
  • Wide platform support

Against

  • Apps have many issues
  • Below-par support site
  • Nasty encryption concern with the Windows app

Hong Kong-based PureVPN has windows 7 hard drive wipe utility been in the VPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility business since 2007, so it's no windows 7 hard drive wipe utility surprise that it's built up a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility lengthy list windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility features: windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 2,000+ windows 7 hard drive wipe utility self-managed servers across 140+ windows 7 hard drive wipe utility countries and 180+ windows 7 hard drive wipe utility locations, with apps for windows 7 hard drive wipe utility nearly everything, a wide choice of protocols, torrent support, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility DNS and IPv6 windows 7 hard drive wipe utility leak protection, a smart windows 7 hard drive wipe utility kill windows 7 hard drive wipe utility switch, split windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tunneling, and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility payment via Bitcoin if you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility need it.

Platform support windows 7 hard drive wipe utility is another highlight, with dedicated windows 7 hard drive wipe utility apps for Windows, Mac, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility iOS, Android and Linux, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility extensions for Chrome and Firefox, and more windows 7 hard drive wipe utility downloads and tutorials to help you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility set it up on windows 7 hard drive wipe utility routers, Kodi, Android windows 7 hard drive wipe utility TV, Amazon's Fire TV Stick windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and more.

There's support for connecting up to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 10 devices simultaneously, too, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility up windows 7 hard drive wipe utility from windows 7 hard drive wipe utility five since our windows 7 hard drive wipe utility last review.

Pricing is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a little higher than average at $11 billed windows 7 hard drive wipe utility monthly, $8.33 on a six-month plan, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility an effective $5.82 a month billed annually.

PureVPN used windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to offer a two-year plan windows 7 hard drive wipe utility at $3.33 a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility month. That's disappeared, though, which leaves the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility service looking a little expensive. Sign up for its windows 7 hard drive wipe utility annual plan and you're charged $70; choose windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Surfshark's two-year plan and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility you'll pay $48.

There's a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility small compensation windows 7 hard drive wipe utility in PureVPN's 7-day windows 7 hard drive wipe utility trial. This costs $1, but it gives you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility plenty of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility time to see windows 7 hard drive wipe utility if windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility service does what you need, and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility if you cancel your account before windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the week windows 7 hard drive wipe utility is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility up, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility you get your dollar windows 7 hard drive wipe utility back.

There is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility also a 31-day money-back guarantee for the regular commercial plans, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility which is more windows 7 hard drive wipe utility generous than many. PureVPN's refund windows 7 hard drive wipe utility policy used windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to include some sneaky conditions where you wouldn't get windows 7 hard drive wipe utility your money back windows 7 hard drive wipe utility if you'd connected windows 7 hard drive wipe utility more than 100 times, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or used more than 3GB windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of data, but we are happy to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility say that these have been dropped. It's now windows 7 hard drive wipe utility advertised as a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 'no questions asked, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility risk-free, stress-free' money-back guarantee, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility so windows 7 hard drive wipe utility if you're windows 7 hard drive wipe utility unhappy, just send an email and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility ask for a refund.

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Privacy and logging

In a previous review, we pointed windows 7 hard drive wipe utility out that PureVPN made a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility big deal of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility its 'zero windows 7 hard drive wipe utility log' policy, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility explaining windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that windows 7 hard drive wipe utility this meant the company didn't record windows 7 hard drive wipe utility what windows 7 hard drive wipe utility you did online. But the small print said windows 7 hard drive wipe utility there was some session logging, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility which appeared to include the time windows 7 hard drive wipe utility you connect to a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility server, your incoming IP address and the total bandwidth windows 7 hard drive wipe utility used.

This isn't a minor detail. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility In October windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 2017 reports windows 7 hard drive wipe utility appeared of a man arrested windows 7 hard drive wipe utility on suspicion of conducting "an extensive cyberstalking campaign", windows 7 hard drive wipe utility in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility part based on PureVPN records windows 7 hard drive wipe utility showing windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that its services windows 7 hard drive wipe utility were accessed from originating windows 7 hard drive wipe utility IPs windows 7 hard drive wipe utility including the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility accused man's home and workplace. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility The 'zero log' VPN kept some kind windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of logs, after windows 7 hard drive wipe utility all, and these were able to help windows 7 hard drive wipe utility connect internet actions to a specific account.

PureVPN sort windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of responded to this in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a blog post, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility where the company windows 7 hard drive wipe utility pointed out windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it didn't keep full logs, such windows 7 hard drive wipe utility as your windows 7 hard drive wipe utility browsing history, and its limited session windows 7 hard drive wipe utility logging had been fully detailed in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the privacy policy.

This doesn't windows 7 hard drive wipe utility address the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility issue of why the company described windows 7 hard drive wipe utility itself as keeping windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 'zero logs' in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the main windows 7 hard drive wipe utility part windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility website, though, when this turned out not to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility be entirely true. That's also not windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a trivial point. Logging policies windows 7 hard drive wipe utility are based almost entirely on trust, and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a VPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility isn't likely windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to be trusted if it's seen to mislead windows 7 hard drive wipe utility users windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or bury the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility reality of a situation windows 7 hard drive wipe utility in the small print.

The company windows 7 hard drive wipe utility has worked windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to address these issues, though. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility It windows 7 hard drive wipe utility began with the privacy policy, which windows 7 hard drive wipe utility now includes probably the most explicit no-logging windows 7 hard drive wipe utility sentence we've ever seen: 'We windows 7 hard drive wipe utility DO NOT keep any record of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility your browsing activities, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility connection logs, records of the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility VPN IPs assigned to you, your original windows 7 hard drive wipe utility IPs, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility your connection time, the history of your windows 7 hard drive wipe utility browsing, the sites you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility visited, your outgoing traffic, the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility content windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or data you accessed, or windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the DNS queries generated by you.'

In 2019 windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN engaged Altius IT to audit its 'security windows 7 hard drive wipe utility systems and privacy windows 7 hard drive wipe utility policies', and this was windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the conclusion of the report:

“[We] did not find any evidence of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility system configurations and/or system/service windows 7 hard drive wipe utility log files that independently, or collectively, could lead windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to identifying a specific windows 7 hard drive wipe utility person and/or the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility person’s activity when using windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the PureVPN service.”

While windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that's good news, there's no detailed windows 7 hard drive wipe utility information on windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the precise scope windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of the audit, or windows 7 hard drive wipe utility exactly windows 7 hard drive wipe utility what windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Altius IT examined. There's also windows 7 hard drive wipe utility no commitment to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility ongoing audits.

Contrast this windows 7 hard drive wipe utility with TunnelBear, which now windows 7 hard drive wipe utility does annual reviews covering apps, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility infrastructure and its website, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and publishes detailed technical windows 7 hard drive wipe utility reports on (for instance) security windows 7 hard drive wipe utility issues found windows 7 hard drive wipe utility within the apps and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility how windows 7 hard drive wipe utility they've windows 7 hard drive wipe utility been addressed.

PureVPN has taken windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a step forward, then, but windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that's just the start. Next, we'd like to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility see a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility promise to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility carry out windows 7 hard drive wipe utility regular windows 7 hard drive wipe utility audits, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility with a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility much wider scope, and where the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility full report is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility made public – not just a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility sentence.

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Apps

Handing over your money windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to PureVPN is unusually easy, as the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility company windows 7 hard drive wipe utility supports just about every payment format there is: credit card, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PayPal, Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies windows 7 hard drive wipe utility (via CoinPayments), AliPay, assorted gift windows 7 hard drive wipe utility cards, and more than 150 other windows 7 hard drive wipe utility payment windows 7 hard drive wipe utility methods windows 7 hard drive wipe utility via the Paymentwall windows 7 hard drive wipe utility platform.

After parting windows 7 hard drive wipe utility with our cash, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility website pointed us to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility download links for Windows, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Mac, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility iOS, Android, Linux, the browser extensions and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility more. We grabbed the Windows client, and as it windows 7 hard drive wipe utility was downloading, a welcome windows 7 hard drive wipe utility email arrived with login windows 7 hard drive wipe utility details.

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The installer offered to install windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN's proxy extension windows 7 hard drive wipe utility for Chrome and Firefox, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility as well as the Windows windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app, which looked windows 7 hard drive wipe utility like windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a convenient touch. But although windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we accepted the option to install the browser extensions, that windows 7 hard drive wipe utility didn't happen; only the app windows 7 hard drive wipe utility was installed.

On windows 7 hard drive wipe utility launching the app, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it prompted us to pick windows 7 hard drive wipe utility one of five modes: windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Stream, Internet Freedom, Security/Privacy, File windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Sharing and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Dedicated windows 7 hard drive wipe utility IP. We suspect most people will wonder whether windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to choose Internet Freedom windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or Security/Privacy, and there's windows 7 hard drive wipe utility no immediate guidance to explain the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility difference.

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The windows 7 hard drive wipe utility support website windows 7 hard drive wipe utility told windows 7 hard drive wipe utility us windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that selecting windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a mode would optimize windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN's settings for that windows 7 hard drive wipe utility task. For example, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility choosing Security/Privacy would windows 7 hard drive wipe utility prioritize security windows 7 hard drive wipe utility above all else, but the Streaming and File Sharing windows 7 hard drive wipe utility modes windows 7 hard drive wipe utility would optimize for speed.

It's not windows 7 hard drive wipe utility clear what windows 7 hard drive wipe utility this means. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Choose the Streaming option, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility for windows 7 hard drive wipe utility instance, and this windows 7 hard drive wipe utility apparently gets you 'Low windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Security.' Well, that might be okay, but how 'low'? windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Low, in what windows 7 hard drive wipe utility way? There's windows 7 hard drive wipe utility nothing wrong with task-based mode selection, but we windows 7 hard drive wipe utility would like a clear windows 7 hard drive wipe utility display windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of the low-level settings for each mode, so that experienced windows 7 hard drive wipe utility users windows 7 hard drive wipe utility can understand the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility consequences of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility their choice.

Fortunately, there's windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a workaround. Head windows 7 hard drive wipe utility off to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the Settings dialog windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility you can choose windows 7 hard drive wipe utility your preferred protocol windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility other key windows 7 hard drive wipe utility options, ensuring you'll get the security you need. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Well, maybe – but more on that later.

After windows 7 hard drive wipe utility selecting a mode, you're windows 7 hard drive wipe utility able to pick windows 7 hard drive wipe utility locations from a dashboard. This has windows 7 hard drive wipe utility plenty windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of functionality, allowing you to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility browse locations by windows 7 hard drive wipe utility cities windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or countries, search windows 7 hard drive wipe utility by name, see windows 7 hard drive wipe utility ping times, or create favorites for speedy windows 7 hard drive wipe utility recall windows 7 hard drive wipe utility later.

A 'Change Mode' link windows 7 hard drive wipe utility enables windows 7 hard drive wipe utility switching to another mode, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility at least in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility theory. When we windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tried, the app warned windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that we must close our current windows 7 hard drive wipe utility connection first. Well, okay, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility but then why not grey out or hide actions when windows 7 hard drive wipe utility they windows 7 hard drive wipe utility can't windows 7 hard drive wipe utility be carried out?

Connection windows 7 hard drive wipe utility times windows 7 hard drive wipe utility were windows 7 hard drive wipe utility reasonably fast windows 7 hard drive wipe utility at windows 7 hard drive wipe utility around windows 7 hard drive wipe utility three windows 7 hard drive wipe utility seconds windows 7 hard drive wipe utility for IKEv2, eight seconds for OpenVPN. Desktop windows 7 hard drive wipe utility notifications windows 7 hard drive wipe utility alert you when you're connected.

Elsewhere, the Settings box windows 7 hard drive wipe utility has plenty of options; some useful, some not.

There's a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility neat touch in PureVPN's startup options. The windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app doesn't just enable launching windows 7 hard drive wipe utility on system start; windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it can automatically windows 7 hard drive wipe utility open your default browser once you're connected.

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Need a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility different protocol? PureVPN allows you to choose from windows 7 hard drive wipe utility OpenVPN TCP/UDP, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and IKEv2.

Although the PureVPN website advertises split windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tunneling, the ability windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility send windows 7 hard drive wipe utility only windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the traffic windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of specified apps windows 7 hard drive wipe utility through the VPN, it windows 7 hard drive wipe utility wasn't immediately visible in the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Windows app. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility We had to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility enable a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Beta Features setting to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility access it, which windows 7 hard drive wipe utility is a little worrying, as windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the app warned 'beta features may be unstable.' (Split windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tunneling has been in beta for at least windows 7 hard drive wipe utility six months, too, which doesn't give a good impression windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of PureVPN's development resources.)

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A Help windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and Feedback windows 7 hard drive wipe utility link windows 7 hard drive wipe utility displays the main support windows 7 hard drive wipe utility site within the client. Sounds like windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a great windows 7 hard drive wipe utility idea, but it's very poorly implemented. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility The window windows 7 hard drive wipe utility where it's windows 7 hard drive wipe utility displayed is too windows 7 hard drive wipe utility small windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and can't be windows 7 hard drive wipe utility resized, so windows 7 hard drive wipe utility there are always vertical windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and horizontal scroll windows 7 hard drive wipe utility bars. And the 'articles' windows 7 hard drive wipe utility are embarrassingly short, even by windows 7 hard drive wipe utility FAQ standards.

Clicking windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the question windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 'How windows 7 hard drive wipe utility do I select network type?', for instance, gets you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility this advice: 'Go to Settings. Select Network Type. Select windows 7 hard drive wipe utility desired windows 7 hard drive wipe utility option.' Well, uh, thanks windows 7 hard drive wipe utility for that.

A 'PureVPN Ideas Forum' link windows 7 hard drive wipe utility supposedly allows windows 7 hard drive wipe utility you to suggest windows 7 hard drive wipe utility new ideas windows 7 hard drive wipe utility for the service. Unfortunately, clicking it did windows 7 hard drive wipe utility precisely nothing. Our idea windows 7 hard drive wipe utility is to properly test the existing apps, before even thinking windows 7 hard drive wipe utility about windows 7 hard drive wipe utility adding new windows 7 hard drive wipe utility features.

A 'Support Ticket' link was more successful, allowing windows 7 hard drive wipe utility us windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility send windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a message to support windows 7 hard drive wipe utility by typing in a box and clicking windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Submit – very windows 7 hard drive wipe utility easy.

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Advanced features include windows 7 hard drive wipe utility IPv6 windows 7 hard drive wipe utility leak protection, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a multi-port windows 7 hard drive wipe utility option windows 7 hard drive wipe utility which intelligently chooses the best port, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility avoiding any closed windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or throttled options. You can windows 7 hard drive wipe utility choose to use a non-NAT network windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to get a unique windows 7 hard drive wipe utility IP address, and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility port forwarding is available if you need it.

We windows 7 hard drive wipe utility took a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility look at PureVPN's Android app, and it was much the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility same story as the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Windows version. After windows 7 hard drive wipe utility choosing a 'Mode', windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we were able to select countries, cities, or choose windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a Purpose (optimized windows 7 hard drive wipe utility for China, unblock this windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or that streaming service, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and so windows 7 hard drive wipe utility on). windows 7 hard drive wipe utility It's more windows 7 hard drive wipe utility awkward to use than windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the average windows 7 hard drive wipe utility VPN app, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility but you'll figure it windows 7 hard drive wipe utility out windows 7 hard drive wipe utility easily enough.

What's maybe windows 7 hard drive wipe utility more interesting is that the Android app doesn't windows 7 hard drive wipe utility drop windows 7 hard drive wipe utility most of the desktop's settings and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility options, which windows 7 hard drive wipe utility is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility what windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we normally see. It has a very windows 7 hard drive wipe utility similar feature set, including a choice windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of protocol (OpenVPN TCP/UDP or IKEv2), windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a kill switch, split tunneling, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility port forwarding and more. Again, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility if you'll use windows 7 hard drive wipe utility some windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or all of that functionality, it's well worth windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a try.

Windows App Testing

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Windows app testing

PureVPN's windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Windows app looks reasonable and is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility certainly packed with features, but windows 7 hard drive wipe utility does windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it deliver the functionality you need? We ran windows 7 hard drive wipe utility some in-depth tests to find out.

The windows 7 hard drive wipe utility choice of protocol windows 7 hard drive wipe utility proved to be windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the first windows 7 hard drive wipe utility issue. Whether we selected windows 7 hard drive wipe utility OpenVPN UDP or TCP, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the app always windows 7 hard drive wipe utility connected via IKEv2.

Digging deeper, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we found that the app was failing to connect windows 7 hard drive wipe utility via OpenVPN, and by default, if the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app can't windows 7 hard drive wipe utility get online with one protocol, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it automatically switches to another, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and keeps doing this windows 7 hard drive wipe utility until it runs out of options. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility There's windows 7 hard drive wipe utility nothing windows 7 hard drive wipe utility wrong windows 7 hard drive wipe utility with this kind windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of fallback windows 7 hard drive wipe utility feature in principle, but the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility problem is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN doesn't tell windows 7 hard drive wipe utility you that it has done this windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or show you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the protocol you're using, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility which means windows 7 hard drive wipe utility there's no windows 7 hard drive wipe utility way windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility see how secure your windows 7 hard drive wipe utility connection might be.

It got worse when we noticed windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that the app's native Windows windows 7 hard drive wipe utility network connections windows 7 hard drive wipe utility (IKEv2, L2TP) had windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the data encryption windows 7 hard drive wipe utility setting 'Optional... (connect even windows 7 hard drive wipe utility if no encryption).' So, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility in theory at least, you might windows 7 hard drive wipe utility think you're connecting via super-secure OpenVPN, when in reality windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app is windows 7 hard drive wipe utility using the ancient windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PPTP with no encryption at windows 7 hard drive wipe utility all.

To put this in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility perspective, we windows 7 hard drive wipe utility suspect windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it's very unlikely that you'd get windows 7 hard drive wipe utility an windows 7 hard drive wipe utility unencrypted connection, as the server should never windows 7 hard drive wipe utility allow that. But there's no excuse windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to allow even the faintest possibility, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility especially as it's so easy windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility fix. Just windows 7 hard drive wipe utility set the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility network windows 7 hard drive wipe utility connection to use at least the alternative 'Require windows 7 hard drive wipe utility encryption windows 7 hard drive wipe utility (disconnect if windows 7 hard drive wipe utility server declines)' setting, like almost windows 7 hard drive wipe utility every other windows 7 hard drive wipe utility VPN around.

We're also left with a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility bonus windows 7 hard drive wipe utility concern: if PureVPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility could windows 7 hard drive wipe utility make a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility simple mistake like this, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility what windows 7 hard drive wipe utility else has windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it missed?

Finally, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we checked out the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app kill switch. In windows 7 hard drive wipe utility theory this should block windows 7 hard drive wipe utility internet access if the VPN drops, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility ensuring your data windows 7 hard drive wipe utility won't be transmitted over an windows 7 hard drive wipe utility alternative unencrypted connection. But in practice, we windows 7 hard drive wipe utility found multiple issues with IKEv2 connections.

Sometimes, after windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we forcibly closed the connection, the kill windows 7 hard drive wipe utility switch didn't work windows 7 hard drive wipe utility at all, and our real windows 7 hard drive wipe utility IP was exposed until the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app could reconnect.

When the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility kill windows 7 hard drive wipe utility switch did windows 7 hard drive wipe utility work, it displayed an windows 7 hard drive wipe utility alert asking if we'd like to reconnect. If windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we said yes, the app windows 7 hard drive wipe utility fully enabled windows 7 hard drive wipe utility our internet connection, and traffic was windows 7 hard drive wipe utility unprotected windows 7 hard drive wipe utility until windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it could connect. (A windows 7 hard drive wipe utility better VPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app allows windows 7 hard drive wipe utility itself windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to communicate with the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility server, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility but blocks everything else until the tunnel is enabled.)

Worse windows 7 hard drive wipe utility still, after repeatedly closing windows 7 hard drive wipe utility an windows 7 hard drive wipe utility IKEv2 connection while PureVPN was windows 7 hard drive wipe utility trying windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to re-establish it, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app windows 7 hard drive wipe utility was so confused that it windows 7 hard drive wipe utility told us the VPN was windows 7 hard drive wipe utility active, when windows 7 hard drive wipe utility in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility reality it was down, leaving windows 7 hard drive wipe utility us unprotected.

That's one of our windows 7 hard drive wipe utility more extreme tests, designed to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility evaluate how an app windows 7 hard drive wipe utility behaves in extreme situations, and it could be windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that you'll never run into the issue in real-world use. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Most VPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility apps don't fail windows 7 hard drive wipe utility quite that badly, though, and it's another windows 7 hard drive wipe utility indicator that windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN's Windows windows 7 hard drive wipe utility app isn't as good as it windows 7 hard drive wipe utility needs to be.

Speed Test

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Performance

Our performance windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tests began using the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility benchmarking sites SpeedTest and TestMy to measure download speeds windows 7 hard drive wipe utility from a UK location on a 75Mbps connection, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility when using our windows 7 hard drive wipe utility nearest windows 7 hard drive wipe utility UK server.

Our baseline connection windows 7 hard drive wipe utility speed (without windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a VPN) managed 70-71Mbps, and this fell to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a median windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 64-65Mbps when using windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN, around a 9-10% windows 7 hard drive wipe utility slowdown. Some VPNs achieve 4-5Mbps windows 7 hard drive wipe utility more, but you're unlikely to notice much windows 7 hard drive wipe utility difference.

To see windows 7 hard drive wipe utility just how windows 7 hard drive wipe utility fast PureVPN could go, we ran the same windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tests from a US location, connecting windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to our nearest US windows 7 hard drive wipe utility server, and using windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a 600Mbps connection.

PureVPN scored windows 7 hard drive wipe utility very well windows 7 hard drive wipe utility on our windows 7 hard drive wipe utility daytime windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tests, with median speeds windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of 190-250Mbps. Some windows 7 hard drive wipe utility VPNs are much faster – windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Speedify managed 275-410Mbps, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility speed champion Hotspot windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Shield windows 7 hard drive wipe utility reached windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 460-580Mbps – but a lot of windows 7 hard drive wipe utility companies struggle to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility reach windows 7 hard drive wipe utility even 100Mbps.

Unfortunately, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility our evening windows 7 hard drive wipe utility runs windows 7 hard drive wipe utility were so poor windows 7 hard drive wipe utility they were hard windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to believe, at 2-15Mbps.

This could windows 7 hard drive wipe utility be windows 7 hard drive wipe utility some issue of PureVPN's (overloaded or failing windows 7 hard drive wipe utility server, say), but it could also windows 7 hard drive wipe utility be a benchmarking problem, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility something to do with our test setup, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility or its route windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to PureVPN. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility (We windows 7 hard drive wipe utility tested during windows 7 hard drive wipe utility April 2020, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility when coronavirus lockdowns had boosted windows 7 hard drive wipe utility internet windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility VPN traffic, and maybe windows 7 hard drive wipe utility that contributed to these windows 7 hard drive wipe utility low figures.)

As our first windows 7 hard drive wipe utility run returned broadly similar windows 7 hard drive wipe utility results windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility our last review (190-250Mbps vs windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 200-300Mbps), we're going windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to treat those windows 7 hard drive wipe utility speeds as more typical, and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility not mark PureVPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility down for its lower test windows 7 hard drive wipe utility results. These still raise a question, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility though, and we'd recommend windows 7 hard drive wipe utility keeping them in windows 7 hard drive wipe utility mind if you sign up. Don't windows 7 hard drive wipe utility just do one-off windows 7 hard drive wipe utility speed tests, spend your windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 7-day trial checking the performance windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of multiple servers at several times windows 7 hard drive wipe utility of day, making sure they deliver windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the consistency you need.

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Netflix

Most VPNs windows 7 hard drive wipe utility claim they let you access geoblocked windows 7 hard drive wipe utility content from windows 7 hard drive wipe utility anywhere windows 7 hard drive wipe utility in the world, and PureVPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility is no exception. windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 'Movies, TV windows 7 hard drive wipe utility shows or windows 7 hard drive wipe utility sporting events; PureVPN allows you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility instant windows 7 hard drive wipe utility & unrestricted access to your favorite content', windows 7 hard drive wipe utility the website claims.

The apps claim built-in support for windows 7 hard drive wipe utility many platforms, too, including windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Amazon windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Prime Video, BBC, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Hulu, Netflix windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and windows 7 hard drive wipe utility more. This isn't easy to find windows 7 hard drive wipe utility – it's not displayed upfront, you windows 7 hard drive wipe utility must windows 7 hard drive wipe utility choose windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a 'Popular windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Websites' option, then click windows 7 hard drive wipe utility a drop-down list to view the website names windows 7 hard drive wipe utility – but once you've found your way around, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it's easy enough to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility use.

It didn't windows 7 hard drive wipe utility get us windows 7 hard drive wipe utility access windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to BBC iPlayer, unfortunately, as the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility site displayed a windows 7 hard drive wipe utility 'this content doesn't windows 7 hard drive wipe utility seem to be working' error. This isn't the error message windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we windows 7 hard drive wipe utility usually see when the BBC windows 7 hard drive wipe utility detects windows 7 hard drive wipe utility VPN use, so windows 7 hard drive wipe utility it's possible there's some other windows 7 hard drive wipe utility complication. We windows 7 hard drive wipe utility had windows 7 hard drive wipe utility exactly the windows 7 hard drive wipe utility same issue the last time we looked at windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN, though, so if you also have this windows 7 hard drive wipe utility problem, it's probably not going to windows 7 hard drive wipe utility go away any time soon.

There windows 7 hard drive wipe utility was better news with Netflix, where windows 7 hard drive wipe utility not only does windows 7 hard drive wipe utility PureVPN support multiple windows 7 hard drive wipe utility countries (US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan), but windows 7 hard drive wipe utility they work as windows 7 hard drive wipe utility expected, with no odd windows 7 hard drive wipe utility error windows 7 hard drive wipe utility messages, leaving us free windows 7 hard drive wipe utility to browse windows 7 hard drive wipe utility and stream whatever windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Netflix content windows 7 hard drive wipe utility we liked.

The company failed to get us into windows 7 hard drive wipe utility Amazon Prime Video, unfortunately, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility but our testing ended windows 7 hard drive wipe utility on a positive note with PureVPN windows 7 hard drive wipe utility successfully unblocking Disney+, windows 7 hard drive wipe utility something we rarely see with windows 7 hard drive wipe utility other VPNs.

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