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VPN Monster review
10:37 am | December 4, 2020

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We are all aware by this point that the government, businesses, and cybercriminals are watching everything we do online. By encrypting your online data, a VPN can help you feel more secure and give you peace of mind, however, it can be difficult to find a trustworthy VPN. 

Due to the fact that many VPNs are only effective at talking and working, when we come across a VPN that claims to be able to unblock any website or server and protect you online, we test it out and give an unbiased review to determine its suitability. And that brings us to VPN Monster

The Russian VPN provider has 120 server locations spread across 40 nations. Comparing this to the best VPNs on the market, which offer thousands of servers, coverage is incredibly inadequate. 

VPN Monster: Pricing & plans 

VPN Monster offers three paid packages (all of which have the same features) as well as a three-day free trial that requires your email address. You can also net a 35-day free trial depending on whether or not you are willing to surrender your email and phone number; however, the free trial is limited to a small number of VPN servers. And there’s no true free VPN option here either. 

The premium plan, which includes three packages, comes with a 7-day money-back guarantee if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the service; however, this isn't impressive given that the industry standard is 30-days. The following are the packages:

Monthly: $9.73 

Tri-monthly: $32.10

Annually: $46.68 

VPN Monster accepts credit cards, PayPal, Qiwi Wallet, UMoney, WebMoney, and even Bitcoin for anonymity. 

VPN Monster: Privacy & encryption 

VPN Monster in action

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It should be noted that although VPN Monster claims to have a strict no-logs policy, you shouldn't just take its word for it because they haven't asked an independent auditor to check the servers for any logs. Without a VPN audit, this claim is difficult to accept at face-value. 

However, we reviewed VPN Monster's privacy statement and discovered that it does log some of your information, such as your email, order status, and cookies. VPN Monster claims that cookies are only stored in order to prevent re-registration for the free trial. If you are oblivious to the fact that browser cookies can be used to track you, this should worry you. 

VPN Monster in action

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Although VPN Monster is a Russian product, the company that created it is registered in Seychelles, so it is not subject to Russian legal restrictions. Seychelles' government has strict guidelines regarding online privacy. As it is not under the jurisdiction of the Five Eyes Alliance, you can use this VPN with confidence, knowing that no one can access your data.

Though we prefer having a wide range of protocol options, VPN Monster offers only the OpenVPN protocol (TCP/UDP) with military-grade AES 256-bit encryption, a double VPN feature that navigates your online activity through two servers rather than one, encrypting your data twice. VPN Monster also has a VPN kill switch that disconnects your device from the internet in the event that your VPN connection drops unexpectedly. This helps prevent the disclosure of your information to uninvited parties like websites and hackers. 

When we checked for IP and DNS leaks, we were pleased to see that the VPN did not reveal our IP address or DNS requests. You can browse now without worrying about your privacy being invaded. 

VPN Monster: Streaming 

When we tried, the US server could connect and stream Netflix. But, regrettably, it didn't work for Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or BBC iPlayer, which most often put locational restrictions on access to their content. 

This part is getting more and more crucial as more people learn about the benefits VPNs have for bypassing geo-restricted content - in other words, changing location and IP address with a VPN. Selecting the correct provider who can meet your needs is advisable if this is a top priority for you - and thankfully, there are plenty of Netflix VPNs and streaming VPNs that do provide this service.  

VPN Monster: Speed & experience 

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Despite the fact that every VPN will, to some level, slow down your connection, the best ones have quite a negligible effect that restricts lags or buffering. The location, connection, and internet network you are using may also affect the speed. 

Running our speed test did not provide us with particularly impressive connection speeds. On a connection that can handle 70.02Mbps, we only received a comparatively small 12.05Mbp. Then after, we ended up choosing to use a server in Luxembourg, which delivered only 9.89Mbps and performed worse than we had anticipated. we used a 25 Mbps internet connection and connected to its Italian server; we got a download speed of less than average at 25 Mbps. 

VPN Monster: Customer support 

On its official site, VPN Monster doesn't provide live chat, email support, or even a ticketing system. While submitting a ticket was simple, the customer service team at VPN Monster occasionally takes a while to give a response. 

After having to wait for 10 hours, we eventually received a response, but it lacked both professionalism and technical assistance. Besides that, it has a FAQ section with answers to technical questions, primarily troubleshooting instructions. The FAQ section was helpful to me, so I found it to be useful.

VPN Monster: Apps 

VPN Monster in action

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Linux, Windows, iOS, macOS, Android, and routers are all supported by VPN Monster through its desktop and mobile VPN apps. You can configure VPN Monster on your router, but it must support TLS authorization, the OpenVPN protocol, and configuration files with the .ovpn extension. 

On your desktop Mac or Windows computer, VPN Monster is simple to install. You can just register for any of the trials if you want to try it out first. You can easily navigate the app because both the Mac and Windows versions of the user interface are identical.  

The installation of the applications on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and routers went without a hassle; but even so, since VPN Monster supports the OpenVPN protocol, we had to confirm that our routers also support TLS authorization and configuration files with the.ovpn extension.

VPN Monster: Alternatives 

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is one of the best VPN services available. It has lightning-fast, live chat support 24 hours a day, servers in over 94 countries, and excellent security measures. It enables five concurrent connections on devices and unblocks everything. It also has a rigorous no-log and privacy policy, so you can be confident that your data will not be shared.

Read our full ExpressVPN review 


NordVPN

NordVPN is a VPN industry giant. The service has over 5,200 servers scattered across 60 countries, provides live chat help, 24/7 email support, military-grade encryption software, and supports up to six simultaneous device connections.

Read our full NordVPN review


Proton VPN

Proton VPN is an alternative that does not monitor your actions and does not utilize any of your personal information. Furthermore, Proton VPN offers a feature that prevents trackers from following you, as well as a built-in kill switch that automatically stops all network traffic if the VPN connection is lost.

Read our full Proton VPN review


PureVPN

This VPN provides the finest protection against ISP speed limiting, allows you to access prohibited websites, and protects you from third-party online snooping. With the availability of sophisticated features such as intrusion detection systems, anti-spam, IP protection, and web threat monitoring, you can expect the greatest degree of network threat security.

Read our full PureVPN review 

VPN Monster: Verdict 

Due to the lack of available servers in a few locations, VPN Monster does not stand out when compared to its competitors. It is slow, has poor unblocking capabilities, and there hasn't been any independent auditor to inspect the servers, so you cannot be certain that they do not log your data.  

ZoogVPN review
6:12 pm | December 3, 2020

Author: admin | Category: Computers Gadgets | Comments: Off

When it comes to privacy tools and online security, ZoogVPN does a good job. It is one of the best options available in the market today. In this review, we will discuss the features that make ZoogVPN a great choice for those looking for online security and privacy. We will also look at how ZoogVPN compares to some of the best VPN providers on the market.

Zoog Services IKE was founded in 2013 by IT professionals with experience dating back to the 1990s. Zoog Services is the leading provider of ZoogVPN with headquarters in Patras, Greece, and offices in different continents like Asia, and North America. With ZoogVPN, you can have access to over 60 VPN servers

ZoogVPN: Price 

ZoogVPN in action

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ZoogVPN's pricing structure is pretty straightforward. The free VPN plan allows you to use the program without spending a dime. With the free plan, you will have access to 10GB of bandwidth and you can connect up to 2 devices at the same time. 

The monthly plan starts at $9.99. This gets you access to all of ZoogVPN's servers in over 50 locations, over 1000s IPs, unlimited devices, P2P included, 256-bit encryption, full features, 20 Netflix regions, Hulu, Disney+, iPlayer as well as their strong encryption software and 24/7 customer support.

If you need more than that, they also offer a yearly plan for $2.99 per month (billed annually at $35.99). This plan comes with everything in the monthly plan, plus additional features like unlimited bandwidth and access to "stealth servers" in 10 additional countries. 

Finally, it offers a 2-year plan for $1.87 per month (billed annually at $44.99). This is the top-of-the-line offering and includes everything in the monthly plan, plus even more features like dedicated IP addresses and priority customer support. 

ZoogVPN offers a 7-day money-back guarantee. This allows you to test-run the service before making a long-term commitment. The VPN accepts payment methods from credit cards, PayPal, WebMoney, Qiwi, and Mint. There are other options such as cryptocurrency (BTC, ETH, LTC, DAI, USDC, and BCH).

In comparison to other top VPN providers, ZoogVPN's pricing is on the lower end of the spectrum. For example, ExpressVPN - one of the most popular VPNs on the market—starts at $12.95 per month for their annual plan (or $8.32 per month if you want to pay monthly). So, already you're looking at savings of over 50% with ZoogVPN's premium plan compared to ExpressVPN's monthly price. 

NordVPN is another popular option that starts at $11.95 per month for their annual plan (or $12.95 per month if you want to pay monthly). Again, that's a significant saving compared to ZoogVPN's premium plan—over 30%. Needless to say, when it comes to price, ZoogVPN is tough to beat.  

ZoogVPN: Privacy and encryption 

As far as ZoogVPN is concerned, it takes its customer's right to privacy seriously and provides full details on how they work to ensure your privacy. It uses AES-256 encryption with a 2048-bit key while transferring data over its VPN tunnel. In addition to this, they use other advanced technology including SHA1 and SHA256 authentication mechanisms which ensures no third-party can see what you are doing on the internet. The result? Your activities can never be traced back by third-parties or by government agencies, allowing you to use the internet freely.

ZoogVPN provides you with the most reliable and secure VPN protocols. By default, ZoogVPN comes with IKEv2 and OpenVPN connections as well as L2TP and IPSec protocols for maximum online security. One thing we love is its built-in VPN kill switch feature. This protects you from unexpected VPN connection drops by automatically locking your internet when they happen for extra peace of mind.

When you are connected to ZoogVPN, your IP address and DNS will be fully anonymous. There is no risk of identity theft or other unwanted activity when using this service because it comes equipped with leakproof enabled by default that ensures there are never any leaks. 

However, we are not impressed with ZoogVPN’s keeping a log of the email and activities of its users. We do not know the intention behind this, but if top-notch anonymity is your goal, then ZoogVPN is not the best choice. You may consider going for ExpressVPN and IPvanish VPN, which offer zero-log policies. 

ZoogVPN: China 

ZoogVPN in action

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At the time of writing, this VPN does work in China. You may be met with a few speed issues, but other than that there are no major problems reported by users using this as a VPN for China. This tool is able to bypass the Great Firewall of China using its Shadowing feature. 

ZoogVPN: Ad blocker 

During our test, we found out that ZoogVPN includes an ad blocker in its service that can help to prevent ads from appearing on your browser while you are connected to the VPN. This is a great feature for those who want to stay distraction-free and focus on their online activities without having to deal with pesky advertisements at all times. 

You can simply enable the ad blocker within the ZoogVPN app and enjoy a seamless browsing experience free of ads. Additionally, this feature also helps to improve your browsing speed by blocking unnecessary trackers, cookies, and other resources that may cause unwanted popups. 

ZoogVPN: Torrenting and P2P 

ZoogVPN serves up a reliable VPN for torrenting and P2P file-sharing. Additionally, the strong security features of ZoogVPN also offer added protection and privacy when using torrenting and P2P networks, keeping your activities and personal information safe from prying eyes.  

ZoogVPN: Streaming 

ZoogVPN in action

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During our test, ZoogVPN unblocked US Netflix and Disney+. Also, we were able to stream content from Hulu, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, and RTE. ZoogVPN performed above our expectations in terms of bypassing geo-restricted content from the US, UK, and many other countries. Ideal if you’re on the hunt for a streaming VPN or a VPN for Netflix.  

ZoogVPN: Customer support 

The VPN is compatible with all of the popular operating systems which include Windows, macOS, and Linux, with mobile VPN apps for Android and iOS. It even supports certain TV and routers. You’ll also find secure access over OpenVPN protocols. Customer support was a big concern for us, so we reached out to see how it went. 

Using the live chat, we received an instant response that was genuinely helpful. Via email, we had an answer to our query within 10 minutes of sending. The company also lists its contact information on official websites which adds credibility when needed like during emergencies or crisis situations where having quick access can be crucial. 

ZoogVPN: Speed and experience 

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While this VPN is pretty quick, make no mistake, this isn’t the fastest VPN in the world - and the servers are not as quick and reliable as the speeds they advertise. We connected to one of their VPN servers, but it dropped down unexpectedly after just a few seconds. We connected to one of its US servers and found that our internet speed without ZoogVPN was 51.41 Mbps, but when we hooked up with the service it decreased to 13.67Mbps. 

ZoogVPN: Alternatives 

NordVPN is a popular VPN service that offers unlimited bandwidth, multiple server locations across the globe, 2 simultaneous logins, and P2P support for downloads. It also provides additional features like a kill switch, dedicated IPs at an affordable price, and 24/7 customer support through live chat or email.

ExpressVPN is another excellent choice if you're looking for a fast and reliable VPN service. ExpressVPN has servers in 94 countries, which means that you can unblock nearly any website or online service in the world. ExpressVPN encrypts your traffic with strong encryption, making it impossible for anyone to snoop on your connection. ExpressVPN also offers live chat support 24/7 in case you ever need help with the service. 

PureVPN is yet another popular name in the VPN industry and offers many useful services like unlimited bandwidth, high-speed servers across the world, P2P file sharing, malware protection, DDoS protection, etc. This service comes with a good privacy policy as well and you can use it without any worries about your confidential data getting leaked or compromised in any way. 

Zoog VPN: Pros and Cons 

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One of the biggest pros of using ZoogVPN is its excellent customer support. The live chat feature allows you to get in touch with a representative quickly and easily, and the helpful responses we received from the team really impressed us.

Another major benefit of this service is that it offers great security features like strong encryption and an effective kill switch, which help keep your data safe from hackers and other online threats.

However, some users may find that the limited number of server locations available can be a drawback when trying to access certain websites or content that may not be available in specific regions. Another con of ZoogVPN is that it keeps logs of users’ email and online activities. Additionally, ZoogVPN slows down the internet connection.

Verdict

Overall, ZoogVPN is a reliable and secure VPN service that offers great customer support and good security features. It does keep logs of its users’ activities, so if you want to remain completely anonymous online, you may consider a different VPN service. But, if you're looking for a decent VPN service with plenty of features at an affordable price, then ZoogVPN should meet your needs.