VPNTunnel (review) is a component of a corporation called Edelino Commerce Inc.
It is a VPN provider based in Seychelles, with more than 800 servers spread over 32 countries.
They are in many of the standard locations such as the US, UK, and therefore the EU. But they even have some less common places, like Argentina and Israel.
That is an honest place to start.
Because the performance of your VPN often depends on your location. And a friendly jurisdiction like Seychelles is another good sign.
In this VPNTunnel review, we’ll reveal whether they’ve lived up to a solid start or quickly slumped to the end.
|OVERALL RANK:||#39 out of 78 VPNs|
|LOG FILES:||Grey Area|
|LOCATIONS:||31 countries, 43 servers|
|SUPPORT:||Slow customer service|
|NETFLIX:||Unblocks Netflix USA streaming|
|ENCRYPTION/PROTOCOL:||256-bit AES encryption; OpenVPN, PPTP, Stunnel, IPSec IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec|
VPNTunnel has servers in some rare locales. And the location of its parent company bodes well for privacy.
Here’s a quick list of the biggest benefits to expect.
Outside Any Security-Sharing Agreements
Major intelligence agencies around the world increasingly spy on their own citizens.
But that is not news to most people.
What’s news is that many of these organizations will freely share data with each other. meaning that data collected by the CIA within the US is spread across North America, the UK, Europe, and Australia.
The Eyes’ loyalties originally arose around WWII, but have only expanded since then.
Fortunately, VPNTunnel’s location in Seychelles puts them outside of any of those data-sharing agreements.
If a distant government were to request your data from VPNTunnel’s servers, you could get a huge “No”.
However, only a small one hangs.
VPNTunnel makes use of Online Sales Solutions LLC, a third-party payment processor. Who is a member of OG Eyes and who is preaching in the UK?
The only thing they would be ready to show is that you are simply a customer (and what payment method you used). Otherwise, your actual session data should be clear.
User-Friendly App with a Long Verification Process
Some VPNs require a lengthy verification process once you first sign up.
You pay your money. Create an account. But you can’t really use the damn thing until they give you manual authorization.
Unfortunately, VPNTunnel took an inordinate amount of time to submit our verification email. Requesting access took more than 24 hours.
They also wanted us to require an extra step to download Microsoft Visual Studio (similar to a different VPN we’ll review soon called AzireVPN).
But after those first initial problems, the overall experience was great.
The app itself was very lightweight, at just 5MB for Windows. it had also been quite fast, with no noticeable delays.
The interface was also easy to use.
So in general, we will give them the advantage of the doubt and classify them as Pros.
Works on Lots of Platforms
VPNTunnel is compatible with almost any device imaginable.
Even Windows XP. It is not a joke.
That long laundry list includes:
- Mac OS X
- Smart TV’s (like Apple TV)
Fortunately, they also allow up to 5 simultaneous connections. Therefore, you will be able to collect most of them at an equivalent time.
You can also find your router, protect your entire internet connection, and connect as many devices as you like.
Torrenting is Allowed
VPNTunnel seems to allow torrenting and P2P downloading.
That means they will keep your connection truly anonymous, protecting you from other ISPs or people connected to an equivalent Bit Torrent swarm.
Why is it so important?
Because without a VPN, you’re kind of an easy brand for copyright owners. They will not hesitate to issue a DMCA takedown, fine you, or perhaps press criminal charges.
U.S. Netflix Servers Work
For a moment, let’s be honest with each other:
Nobody is attempting to access Netflix in Moldova or Uganda. Please don’t take offense. It’s just that in those regions, the content and license requirements aren’t as serious.
Usually, the United States is near the top of the chart. Particularly for those who still want to watch House of Cards from afar.
We have some fantastic news for you.
Even though Netflix has cracked down on VPNs lately (and geo-blocked them), the two US servers we tested worked.
The only downside is that other regional servers didn’t.
But we’re still classifying this one as a pro, simply thanks to the large number of VPNs not unblocking Netflix lately.
Supports Multiple VPN Protocols & Boasts AES-256 Encryption
At the time of our last analysis, VPNTunnel only supported OpenVPN and PPTP protocols. Other VPNs we’ve looked at can support as many as six different tunneling protocols.
That’s good for people who need options. Maybe they have old devices or have problems with slow networks.
However, since that last revision, VPNTunnel has increased the number of supported protocols to five:
- IPSec IKEv2
That last one, especially, can be a security nightmare. Literally, they are often hacked in under three minutes.
But OpenVPN is legitimate. It is the de facto standard of choice for many VPN companies.
That, plus their industry-standard AES-256 encryption, means they’ve got the basics covered at least.
This one is on the fence due to a lack of protocol choices. So, right before the Cons, I’m going to leave it here.
VPNTunnel has a lot to love.
Unfortunately, we found that they even have tons that they don’t like.
They would do one thing right, only to drop the ball in another area.
This is what we mean …
Gray Area Around their Logging Policy
Like most, VPNTunnel “collects no logs.”
Uh-huh. I heard that before.
Your location, IP addresses, browsing history, or connection times will not be tracked by their servers.
They need your username and email address for account purposes, so it’s not a big deal.
So why is your registration policy listed as a scam?
Wow! Wait a second.
This little paragraph exposes one of the deepest and darkest secrets in the VPN world.
Namely, the questions surrounding VPN servers. If your VPN doesn’t log data but doesn’t actually own its own servers (and instead rents it out to a third party), that logging policy means nothing.
Also, they are talking about complying with enforcement agencies.
So while technically they are located outside of any alliance, they are leaving a loophole for someone with a court order to crawl.
Call us skeptics, but that’s a questionable touch.
There are no DNS leaks. However, one virus was discovered in their installation files
Why would you want to sign up for a VPN in the first place?
For people in hostile countries with VPN, it is anonymity.
When visiting sensitive websites, you can’t take the chance of revealing your true position. The argument is that you aren’t really as certain as you feel you are. And while using a VPN link.
Poor VPNs will actually “leak” your data, exposing your true IP address for everyone to find out. this suggests that your IP is not really hidden and your data is not fully protected.
Fortunately, VPNTunnel passed each of the six DNS leak tests that we submitted.
- https://ipleak.net/ (none found)
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/check-ip/ (none found)
- https://ipx.ac/run (none found)
- https://browserleaks.com/webrtc (none found)
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/dns-leaktest/ (none found)
- http://dnsleak.com/ (none found!)
But the spoiler came within the epidemic type found within the installation file. We run the files of each VPN software through VirusTotal just to check everything. And we’re glad we did at this stage.
Okay, it was only a 68 virus checker that found it. So it could be a false positive. But it won’t be either. And that is an unnecessary risk that most will not want to demand. Especially once you don’t need it with many other best VPNs out there.
The Tor Browser and the Windows-Only Kill Switch are not supported
The Tor browser will give your link an extra layer of protection.
But VPNTunnel doesn’t have one. We even check with customer service. So it doesn’t make sense for it to go on and on.
Unfortunately, they also don’t have a kill switch for many devices; their customer service claims to have one built into their Windows client, but that’s hardly enough.
These are available when your WiFi connection drops unexpectedly, for example. When that happens, your entire browsing session and your IP address will be transmitted to your ISP.
A kill switch cuts your connection before that happens, saving you with one last effort.
However, again, they don’t have one for many devices. Disappointed.
Inconsistent Server Speeds
VPN connections wrap you tightly, transmitting all your data between their servers before your browser can retrieve any data.
A slower experience is always the result of adding that extra layer. When attempting to import or update files, it will add a few milliseconds.
Overall, VPNTunnel comes in because it’s the 35th VPN we’ve tested (out of 78).
His E.U. server was not pitiful.
- Ping: 41ms
- Download: 88.07 Mbps (9.2% slower)
- Upload: 39.02 Mbps (26.4% slower)
Upload speeds are a bit slow, but a download drop of just 9.2% is pretty good!
We should have started here, to be honest.
Because the subsequent server we connected to was very slow.
Here’s what the US one looked like:
- Ping: 149ms
- Download: 2.73 Mbps (97.2% slower)
- Upload: 2.62 Mbps (95.1% slower)
Now our initial speed tests came with a download speed of 97 Mbps and thus the upload speed was 53 Mbps.
But this server was only ready to deliver ~ 2-3% of these speeds. A little slower and it could be stationary.
That is especially terrible if you wanted to start and watch Netflix.
Remember that Netflix streaming only worked on US servers?
Welp. With server speeds of 2.73 Mbps and a couple of .62 Mbps, you won’t be able to stream it anytime soon. Unless, of course, you want to view still images instead.
Customer service response times are slow
We want to test customer service departments to experience both response quality and reaction time.
Think of it this way:
It doesn’t matter if they send you an incredibly comprehensive response … if it’s delayed every week.
You may have an urgent solution that needs to be addressed quickly.
We emailed the VPNTunnel support team, but it took 16 hours for them to respond.
Not good. Especially after the initial 24-hour verification delay.
So we gave them a second chance, sending an easy reply with a couple more queries.
Unfortunately, that one too took almost every day to figure something out.
This sounds very fussy, but the responses also felt a bit cold. Like someone is trying to get through as many tickets as possible in the shortest amount of time.
I get it. Overstuffed, busy with other things, etc. But no name or explanations or anything?
VPNTunnel Cost, Plans & Payment Methods
All VPNTunnel features are available on each plan. So the only different price comes down to how long you would like to commit.
Your month-to-month option comes at the higher end of the size at $ 9.99 / month.
You can take advantage of these huge savings by paying with all major credit or debit cards. You will also make direct bank payments, submit to PayPal, or pay anonymously through fifteen different cryptocurrencies for anonymous payments, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.
Unfortunately, for those over 80, cash is not accepted.
There is also no free trial period to check out their service without purchasing it. But they do offer a guaranteed seven-day money-back refund (no bandwidth limit) if you’re not satisfied.
Do I Recommend VPNTunnel?
They started well. They provide you with a positive element, only to buckle up with two downsides each.
The application is very easy to use. But verification of more than 24 hours before use had been unacceptable.
There were no DNS leaks. But an epidemic scan came back positive.
Netflix worked on US servers, but those servers were too slow to actually stream anything successfully.
See what I mean?
This list could go on and on. And overall, it left us a bit frustrated, to be honest.
As a result, they are only available at position 39 overall. By no way are they the worst. We’ve seen a lot more than this.
They don’t, though, shine on something. And there are far too many unanswered questions to be concerned about.
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