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Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection Review

Screenshots of the Kaspersky Secure Connection app

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Our Verdict

How is this calculated?

We calculate the VPN service’s Overall Rating by combining the ratings of several testing categories. Each category is weighted as follows:

  • Privacy & Logging Policy: 20%
  • Speed: 20%
  • Security & Technical Features: 15%
  • Streaming: 15%
  • Ease of Use: 10%
  • Torrenting: 5%
  • Server Locations: 5%
  • Bypassing Web Censorship: 5%
  • Customer Support: 5%

Learn more by reading our VPN testing and review methodology.

Kaspersky VPN delivers impressive speeds, but it is not safe or secure enough to be trusted with your personal data. We can't recommend it due to its close relationship with Russian authorities, intrusive activity logging, and subpar streaming capabilities.

Ranked #34 out of 62 VPNs

Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection Category Ratings

  • 5.3/10
  • 6.3/10
  • 1.8/10
  • 9.3/10
  • 6.5/10
  • 3.8/10
  • 4.5/10
  • 7.0/10
  • 6.3/10
  • 6.5/10

Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection Pros & Cons

  • Excellent local and global speeds
  • Unblocks BBC iPlayer, Disney+ & HBO Max
  • ChaCha20 & AES-256 encryption
  • Easy to use applications

  • Excessive logging
  • Based in privacy-unfriendly Russia
  • Poor customer service
  • No Firestick application & no Smart DNS
  • Fails to bypass web censorship

Why Trust Us?

We’re fully independent and have been reviewing VPNs since 2016. Our ratings are based on our own testing results and are unaffected by financial incentives. Learn who we are and how we test VPNs.

Kaspersky is most well-known for its antivirus software, but it also offers a VPN service that’s available through a cybersecurity bundle or as a standalone subscription.

Kaspersky is an extremely controversial company due to its alleged co-operation with the Russian state. Its services have even been banned on US, Canadian, and UK government devices due to fears of surveillance.

It’s important to note that Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection (or Kaspersky VPN) isn’t entirely operated by its parent company. The VPN service is actually a ‘white-label’ version of Hotspot Shield, which means it uses Hotspot Shield’s servers network, protocols, and technology.

For this Kaspersky VPN review, we examined all aspects of the service’s free and paid applications, including its privacy and security settings, speed performance, and its unblocking capabilities.

Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection Key Data

Data CapUnlimited200MB per day
Download Speed92Mbps96Mbps
Logging PolicySome User LogsSome User Logs
Data LeaksYesYes
JurisdictionRussia (Privacy-Hostile)Russia (Privacy-Hostile)
IP Addresses2,000+2,000+
Countries with Servers721
US NetflixNoNo
Simultaneous Connections5Unlimited
Works In ChinaNoNo
SupportTelephone, Email & Online ResourcesTelephone, Email & Online Resources
Cheapest Price$2.71/mo over 24 monthsFree
Money-Back Guarantee30-day Money-Back Guarantee-
Official WebsiteKaspersky.com

Privacy & Logging Policy

Kaspersky VPN Is Not Private

How is this calculated?

We analyze and dissect the VPN service’s logging and privacy policy. A VPN should never log and store:

  • Your real IP address
  • Connection timestamps
  • DNS requests

Headquarters outside of 14 Eyes or EU jurisdictions are also preferable.

Kaspersky's intrusive logging policy and Russian jurisdiction make it a bad choice for privacy. The VPN logs your real IP address, bandwidth usage, timestamps, and even the websites you visit. The service has also directly co-operated with the Russian state, which means you could be vulnerable to government surveillance.

Ranked #50 out of 62 VPNs for Privacy & Logging Policy

Here’s a table summarizing the information that Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection logs:

Data TypeLogged by Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection
Account InformationYes
Browsing ActivityYes
Date of Last ConnectionYes
Device InformationYes
DNS QueriesYes
Individual Bandwidth UsageYes
Individual Connection TimestampsYes
Number of Simultaneous ConnectionsNo
Originating IP AddressYes
VPN Server IPNo
VPN Server LocationYes

You can read Kaspersky VPN’s full privacy policy on its website under Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection.

Kaspersky VPN’s privacy policy is honestly very confusing. Like most major tech companies, it has 20 different privacy policies for its VPN service, each one for a separate operating system and region. However, these do not detail what data the VPN collects.

This is because Kaspersky VPN is actually a white-label version of Hotspot Shield. It uses the same server network, protocols, and software. This means that all of Kaspersky VPN’s activity and usage data is actually being processed by Hotspot Shield.

Hotspot Shield’s parent company, Pango, was bought by Aura in 2020. Both of these companies are based in the US, meaning your data could be subject to US data surveillance laws too.

In short, Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection’s logging policy is actually a combination of Kaspersky VPN and Hotspot Shield’s.

Hotspot Shield and Kaspersky VPN together log a lot of information. Crucially, they log your real IP address, websites you visit, timestamps, and VPN server location. Your real IP address is deleted after each VPN session, but we would rather the VPN not collect it at all.

Combined with Kaspersky’s Russian jurisdiction, this excessive data collection is extremely concerning.

Russian Headquarters & Jurisdiction

Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection is owned by Kaspersky Lab, a company headquartered in Russia.

Russia is an extremely privacy-hostile jurisdiction for a VPN. It does not allow for a free and open internet, and may mandate VPN companies to log and share activity or connection data.

The company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky, has also come under fire for alleged connections to the Russian government.

The contents of Kaspersky VPN’s privacy policy are therefore critical. Any data the VPN retains may be subject to surveillance from the Russian government. We recommend avoiding the VPN on these grounds if you’re at all concerned about your online privacy.


Fast & Consistent Global Download Speeds

How is this calculated?

We calculate the VPN’s speed rating using our download speeds, upload speeds, and ping (latency) measurements.

We regularly test the VPN’s local and international speeds using a dedicated 100Mbps internet connection in New York, USA.

Kaspersky VPN outperformed our expectations in speed tests. This is largely thanks to its use of Hotspot Shield’s server network and connection protocol, Hydra. Our tests reveal it's an extremely fast VPN, with minimal slowdown on short and longer distances.

Ranked #16 out of 62 VPNs for Speed

Kaspersky continues to perform extremely well in our speed tests. Here’s a table showing Kaspersky VPN’s speed test results:

We experienced a 8% speed reduction when connecting to nearby servers. Although this isn’t as fast as the leading VPNs, it’s still an impressive result.

Kaspersky’s speeds are more than fast enough for data-intensive tasks, including online gaming, torrenting, and 4K streaming.

Connections were also very stable, and never dropped out during our tests. The international speeds above are exceptional. Not even top VPNs like ExpressVPN and Private Internet Access can match these results.

This is due to Kaspersky VPN’s partnership with Hotspot Shield, which is the fastest VPN on the market. Kaspersky VPN actually uses Hotspot Shield’s servers, software, and protocols — even Hydra, its proprietary protocol built for fast download speeds.

To demonstrate this more clearly, we’ve compared Kaspersky’s international speeds to the very best VPNs in the chart below:

Comparison bar chart showing Kaspersky's average international speed performance against top VPN services.

The VPN service uses Hotspot Shield’s very fast Hydra protocol, which in part explains the impressive speeds above.

However, Kaspersky VPN’s latency (ping) suffers over longer distances, and doesn’t match up to Hotspot Shield’s low ping times. This means if you’re an online gamer you should avoid using this service, unless you’re connecting to a nearby VPN server.

Security & Technical Features

Improved Security Standards & Technical Features

How is this calculated?

A secure VPN must offer OpenVPN or WireGuard protocols, AES-256 encryption, and a working kill switch.

To calculate this rating, we also factor in additional security settings and features.

Kaspersky VPN's security standards and technical features have significantly improved over time. It offers both WireGuard and Hydra protocols, as well as AES-128 and ChaCha20 encryption. Kaspersky also offers Double VPN, split tunneling, and WiFi connection rules in its VPN clients. However, it is still missing some useful features, like an ad blocker and first-party VPN servers.

Ranked #43 out of 62 VPNs for Security & Technical Features

ProtocolsAvailable in Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection
EncryptionAvailable in Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection
SecurityAvailable in Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection
Diskless ServersNo
DNS Leak BlockingNo
First-party DNSNo
IPv6 Leak BlockingNo
Supports TCP Port 443No
VPN Kill SwitchYes
WebRTC Leak BlockingNo
Advanced FeaturesAvailable in Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection
Ad BlockerNo
Dedicated IPNo
Double VPNYes
Split TunnelingYes
Static IPNo
Tor over VPN ServerNo
Tracker BlockerNo

Safe Encryption & Security Protocols

Kaspersky VPN offers two VPN protocols on desktop and mobile: WireGuard and Hydra.

OpenVPN isn’t available in its apps, but strangely you can use OpenVPN servers with manual router configuration. We don’t know why Kaspersky VPN didn’t include OpenVPN in its apps as well, as it would’ve been a great addition.

Nonetheless, WireGuard is a trustworthy, open-source protocol that’s widely used by the best VPNs in the industry. It offers strong ChaCha20 encryption and uses minimal data, which is great when using a VPN on mobile.

Hydra is a proprietary protocol developed by Hotspot Shield for fast speeds. It’s based on TLS 1.2, uses 128-bit AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA certificates for server authentication, and includes perfect forward secrecy (PFS).

Kaspersky VPN's protocols settings

Kaspersky VPN has two protocol options — one open-source and one proprietary.

The protocol’s main drawback is its closed-source code base, as this means it can’t be audited by independent security experts.

Hotspot Shield claims the code has been audited by third party experts, but we expect VPNs to publish the results of audits so that the results can be verified.

Subpar Kill Switch

A VPN kill switch is the most important security feature a VPN can have. It prevents your real IP address from leaking should your internet connection suddenly drop, or you switch VPN servers.

Surprisingly, Kaspersky VPN offers a kill switch on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. Considering that it’s built using Hotspot Shield software, which doesn’t offer a kill switch on macOS, this does raise concerns about its effectiveness.

Kaspersky VPN kill switch test results

Kaspersky VPN’s faulty kill switch leaked our real IP address on macOS.

In our tests, we found mixed results. Kaspersky VPN’s kill switch doesn’t leak your IP when the internet disconnects, but it does leak your real IP when you change a VPN server location without turning off the VPN beforehand.

We’ve seen other VPNs with the same fault, but they usually add a notification in-app to warn users that their IP address might be leaked if they don’t switch off the VPN.

Geolocation Leaks Detected

We ran Kaspersky VPN through our IP, WebRTC, and DNS leak test. The VPN service sadly failed to hide our HTML5 geolocation data. This means websites like Netflix will be able to identify your real location, even when you’re connected to a VPN server.

Kaspersky VPN leaking geolocation data

We detected geolocation leaks with Kaspersky VPN.

If you’re using a VPN for unblocking services and websites, this suggests Kaspersky won’t be as reliable as other VPNs that don’t leak geolocation data. Some VPNs also offer browser extensions to fix geolocation leaks, but Kaspersky VPN hasn’t done this.

Customizable Double VPN

Kaspersky has a double VPN feature, which allows you to route your traffic through two different VPN servers.

The service lets you manually select your exit and entry country, which is a rare feature. However, you can find similar functionality in safer, more secure VPNs like Hide.me, Surfshark, and Proton VPN.

Kaspersky VPN double VPN feature

Kaspersky VPN offers fully-customizable double VPN connections.

Technical Features We’d Like to See

Kaspersky VPN is missing some key features that would make the service even more secure, including:

  • Always-on kill switch to block all network traffic, even when switching VPN servers while a connection is active.
  • OpenVPN support to offer users an open-source, safe VPN tunneling protocol.
  • Diskless servers to guarantee your data is deleted after each VPN session.
  • Leak protection to stop geolocation leaks.


Kaspersky VPN Cannot Unblock Most Netflix libraries

How is this calculated?

This rating is calculated by how many different streaming services and regional content libraries the VPN can unblock, and how consistently it can access them.

We test access to Netflix, Disney+, Max, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, and many more platforms on a weekly basis.

Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection is a reasonable choice for unblocking streaming services. It has improved in recent years, and can now unblock streaming platforms including BBC iPlayer, ITVX, Max, and Disney+. However, it failed to unblock Hulu and multiple Netflix libraries in our tests, including US Netflix.

Ranked #26 out of 62 VPNs for Streaming

Here’s a list of popular streaming platforms that Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection currently unblocks:

Streaming PlatformKaspersky VPN
Amazon Prime VideoYes
BBC iPlayerYes
Channel 4Yes
Hotstar IndiaNo
Netflix USNo

Unblocks Some Streaming Services

Considering that Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection uses Hotspot Shield’s server network, we’re disappointed to see it doesn’t unblock as many streaming services as Hotspot Shield does.

Kaspersky VPN streaming The Iron Claw on Max

We used Kaspersky VPN to stream The Iron Claw on HBO Max.

In our most recent streaming tests, the premium VPN worked to unblock popular platforms like Max, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC iPlayer. It also offers streaming servers designed to unblock specific services.

However, we couldn’t stream Hulu or any Netflix regions using Kaspersky VPN. It used to work occasionally with US Netflix, but it hasn’t been as reliable lately.

Kaspersky’s Free VPN Doesn’t Unblock Streaming Services

We don’t recommend using Kaspersky Free for streaming. Disappointingly, we found it’s not able to unblock a single streaming service.

This is largely due to the fact that Kaspersky Free doesn’t let you choose a server location — you’re always assigned a local server instead.

Even if you are able to unblock a streaming service, the free VPN’s 200MB data cap will only last a couple of hours.

Kaspersky VPN Free has server "Auto selection"

Kaspersky VPN Free doesn’t let you choose a server location and has a restrictive daily data cap.

There are much better free VPNs for streaming, like Windscribe Free and PrivadoVPN, which offer 10GB of free data per month.

Server Locations

VPN Servers in 72 Countries

How is this calculated?

The key factor for calculating this rating is the global spread and coverage of the VPN’s server network.

We also consider the total number of servers, the number of city-level servers, and the number of IP addresses available.

Kaspersky VPN runs 2,000+ servers in 72 countries, which is less than half the number offered by industry-leading VPNs. While its server coverage is great across Europe, Asia, and North America, there are only a few servers in Africa.

Ranked #42 out of 62 VPNs for Server Locations

Globe with a blue flag
72 Countries
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21 Cities
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2,000+ IP Addresses

Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection has servers in these regions:

Continent Number of Countries
Europe 37
Asia 20
South America 5
North America 6
Africa 2
Oceania 2

After some investigation, we’ve identified that, although Kaspersky VPN uses Hotspot Shield’s technologies, it has a distinct server network.

Its server network across Europe and North America is actually quite extensive. In fact, it’s possible to choose a Kaspersky VPN server in the majority of European countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Norway, and more.

There are also plenty of Asian server locations to choose from, including Hong Kong, Japan, India, and South Korea.

However, if you want to connect to servers outside these regions, you may be disappointed. Africa is extremely lacking in server options. There’s only two: Egypt and South Africa. There’s also only five server locations in South America.

Given Kaspersky’s close Russian ties, it’s not surprising there is a server available in Russia. This is a rarity following Russia’s laws surrounding VPNs.


Not Private Enough for Safe Torrenting

How is this calculated?

This rating is determined by the VPN’s torrenting speeds, the percentage of servers that allow P2P file sharing, the service’s privacy and trustworthiness, and useful settings like port forwarding.

For speed specifically, we calculate the VPN’s average download bitrate using our bespoke torrenting setup.

Kaspersky VPN logs too much sensitive data for us to recommend it to torrenters. Despite allowing P2P traffic on all its servers, and having a kill switch, the company's invasive logging practices are a red flag for us.

Ranked #27 out of 62 VPNs for Torrenting

Here’s a quick summary of how Kaspersky VPN performed in our torrenting tests.

Torrenting Attribute Result
Average Download Bitrate 9.9MiB/s
No. of P2P Servers 2,000+
Logging Policy Some User Logs
Kill Switch Yes
Port Forwarding No

Kaspersky VPN allows P2P traffic on all its 2,000+ servers.

When we tested the VPN for torrenting, we recorded very fast torrent speeds, found no IP or DNS leaks, and verified the kill switch works effectively.

However, despite the positives we’ve identified above, we still wouldn’t recommend using Kaspersky VPN for torrenting. This is because we’re concerned with its intrusive logging policy and lack of port forwarding.

Torrent test with Kaspersky VPN

Kaspersky VPN is not good for downloading torrent files.

Kaspersky VPN is too risky of a VPN to use for torrenting, especially when there are strict no-logs alternatives like PIA and ExpressVPN instead.

Bypassing Web Censorship

Avoid Kaspersky VPN If You Need to Bypass Censorship

How is this calculated?

We routinely test if the VPN can bypass strict internet restrictions in China using our remote-access server in Shanghai.

Other important factors we consider include obfuscation technologies and the availability of servers in neighboring countries (for faster connections).

Kaspersky VPN is a poor choice for bypassing web censorship. It does not work in China or Turkey, and it strongly discourages VPN use in highly-censored regions. In fact, the service directly asks users to cancel subscriptions altogether if they’re from these regions.

Ranked #40 out of 62 VPNs for Bypassing Web Censorship

Kaspersky has never worked in China, according to our tests using a remote desktop in Shanghai.

This isn’t surprising at all, given that the VPN doesn’t offer any obfuscation technology at all. For protocols, there’s only WireGuard and Hydra — both of which aren’t built for bypassing sophisticated firewalls.

Hotspot Shield, which shares a server network and software with Kaspersky VPN, also isn’t the best for bypassing web censorship. It hasn’t been performing well in China for months now.

Kaspersky VPN also strongly discourages users from installing the VPN in the following censored regions due to legal limitations:

  • Belarus
  • China
  • Oman
  • Iran
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia

Overall, we don’t recommend you use Kaspersky VPN for bypassing online censorship, least of all if you’re based in Russia. Since the VPN is Russia-owned, it might be cooperating with the Russian authorities and sharing server logs.

Device & OS Compatibility

Apps for Popular Devices & Router Support

How is this rated?

A high-quality VPN should maintain functional, fully-featured applications and browser extensions for as many platforms and devices as possible.

Our ‘Device & OS Compatibility’ assessment contributes to the Ease of Use rating.

Kaspersky VPN’s device compatibility is relatively limited. The company has native applications for iOS, Mac, Android, and Windows. There’s also the option to manually set up Kaspersky VPN on your router, but it doesn’t have a dedicated router app. There is no Fire TV Stick app, no browser extension, no Smart DNS tool, and no Linux GUI, either.


Kaspersky can be installed on the following devices:

  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. iOS
  4. Android

Kaspersky has custom apps for Windows, mac, iOS, and Android. You can manually install Kasperksy onto your router, too, though the setup process is complicated.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

By installing Kaspersky VPN onto a router, you can reroute the traffic from the following devices:

  1. Apple TV
  2. Amazon Fire TV
  3. Android TV
  4. Chromecast
  5. Nintendo
  6. PlayStation
  7. Roku
  8. Smart TV
  9. Xbox

Confusingly, Kaspersky VPN doesn’t provide a list of compatible routers, but the router installation guide suggests it can be used on some Asus routers, Keenetic routers, Netgear routers, and TP-Link routers.

In addition, Kaspersky doesn’t offer OpenVPN on its apps, but it does support OpenVPN on compatible routers.

Ease of Use

Easy to Use but Missing Some Key Features

How is this calculated?

This rating mainly consists of the user-friendliness and intuitiveness of setting up and regularly using the VPN.

We also factor in customization settings, as well as device and OS compatibility (see section above).

Kaspersky VPN is super easy to use. You just need to toggle on to connect to a server, as the app automatically chooses the fastest server. This makes the VPN great for beginners, but it’s missing quite a few features.

Ranked #36 out of 62 VPNs for Ease of Use

Kaspersky VPN couldn’t be easier to use. To install the VPN, simply sign up to the service and install the app from My Kaspersky.

After subscribing, we had an issue linking our device to the paid subscription, but once we got in touch with customer support via email, this was sorted quickly and efficiently.

Here’s a more detailed look at the interface of each Kaspersky VPN application:

Desktop & Laptop (Windows & macOS)

Kaspersky’s desktop apps are minimalistic and easy to use. From the homepage you can see your subscription tier (free or unlimited), select a server location, and turn on the VPN.

Kaspersky VPN’s server navigation is a mixed bag, though. We’re disappointed to see the server list isn’t sorted into separate continents, like it is with other VPNs, but you can search for specific countries in the search bar.

The biggest difference between the Windows and macOS clients is that Windows gives you access to dedicated servers for streaming, gaming, and torrenting in separate tabs. Kaspersky VPN on macOS doesn’t feature these dedicated servers.

Both desktop clients offer double VPN servers, where you can choose entry and exit servers, which isn’t common with VPNs. You can also add your favorite servers to a separate tab on both clients.

Ideally, we would like to see a bit more information about the VPN connection (e.g. the protocol and VPN server location). If you connect using the default settings and servers, you can’t actually see your new location or active protocol.

The three main features available on desktop apps are split tunneling, kill switch, and unsecured WiFi. These are all turned off by default, but we would prefer the kill switch to be automatically enabled.

Mobile (iPhone & Android)

Kaspersky’s mobile apps are even more stripped back than their desktop counterparts. The homepage simply shows a toggle switch (to turn on and off your VPN), your current server, and a favorites button to save the server location.

Both Android and iOS feature the same server list with a search bar and favorites tab. Similar to the desktop apps, the servers haven’t been sorted into continents, which is a minor downside.

The mobile apps also don’t give you access to the streaming, gaming, and torrenting dedicated servers that are available on Windows. Double VPN servers have also been omitted from the mobile apps.

On Android, you get the basic VPN features: a kill switch, split tunneling, and connection rules for unfamiliar WiFi networks. We would prefer the kill switch be enabled by default on mobile devices, too.

Disappointingly, the iOS app is missing even more features. You only get access to a kill switch, which is truly a bare-bones experience compared to other VPNs like Surfshark, which offers geo-spoofing, ad blocker, double VPN, obfuscation, IP rotation, and more.

Kaspersky’s mobile apps are even more stripped back than their desktop counterparts. The homepage simply shows a toggle switch (to turn on and off your VPN), your current server, and a favorites button to save the server location.

Customer Support

No Live Chat Support

How is this calculated?

This rating is based on our assessment of the VPN’s:

  • Live chat support
  • Email support
  • Online resources

Not every VPN offers all these support options, and they often vary in quality and response times.

Kaspersky VPN’s customer support is operated by Kaspersky cybersecurity and not Hotspot Shield. As such, it lacks the instant, effective user support of smaller, more focused VPN products. It does offer FAQs and a ticket system, but no live chat.

Ranked #37 out of 62 VPNs for Customer Support

Customer SupportAvailable in Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection
24/7 Email SupportNo
24/7 Live Chat SupportNo
Email Support via Online FormYes
Live Chat SupportNo
Online ResourcesYes
Tutorial VideosNo

Our experience using Kaspersky VPN’s customer support was disappointing. Sadly, it just isn’t up to scratch with the leading VPN service providers.

The main downside is that there is no live chat support. Instead, you have to rely on online resources, or a slow ticketing system.

The VPN’s online customer support resources are comprehensive, but difficult to find and navigate, largely due to the fact that Kasperksy offers so many different products and services.

In many cases, we found Kaspersky’s guides more confusing than helpful.

If you send a query via the ticketing system, it generally takes at least a day to receive a reply. On one occasion we were even told to call an operator instead.

Price & Value

Cheap, but Still Not Worth the Money

How is this calculated?

While we do assign a ‘Price & Value’ rating, it doesn’t contribute to the Overall Rating. We believe the reader should decide what is or isn’t a reasonable price.

A good rating isn’t just based on how cheap the VPN is, but for the overall value it offers.

Kaspersky is one of the cheapest VPNs we’ve ever reviewed. At just $6.99 per month on a rolling subscription, there are only a couple VPNs that are cheaper — Mullvad and IVPN. However, these competitors offer far better value for money, considering they’re much more private, secure, and unblock more streaming services. Kaspersky also offers a free tier, but it’s virtually unusable thanks to its 200MB daily data cap.

Ranked #24 out of 62 VPNs for Price & Value

Most Kaspersky VPN users are actually using Kaspersky’s entire cybersecurity bundle.

This makes the service very different to other VPNs, which focus primarily on producing their own high-quality VPN, whereas Kaspersky focuses on its antivirus software and offers a rebranded version of Hotspot Shield.

Note that Kaspersky Premium Total Security and Kaspersky Plus give you access to the same VPN service as the Kaspersky VPN standalone. There aren’t any additional features or server locations if you buy a complete security package.

Now, Kaspersky uses Hotspot Shield’s software, but it sets its own prices. Here’s how much Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection costs:

  1. Monthly


    Billed $6.99 every month
  2. 12 Month(s)


    5 Devices: Billed $33.99 the first 12 months, renews at $42.99 per year
    Save 20%
  3. 2 Year(s)


    5 Devices: Billed $64.99 the first 2 years, renews at $42.99 per year
    Save 24%
  4. 12 Month(s)


    10 Devices: Billed $59.99 the first year, renews at $74.99 per year
    Save 20%

NOTE: We are only reviewing Kaspersky’s VPN subscription, not Kaspersky’s home security bundle, which includes antivirus, anti-malware, hard drive health monitor, remote-access detection, and more.

To compare Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection prices and renewal rates with other VPNs, see the table below:

VPN Service First Year Subscription Price Renewal Subscription Price
NordVPN $59.88 $99.48 (+66%)
Surfshark $47.88 $59.76 (+25%)
Kaspersky VPN $33.99 $42.99 (+27%)

Payment & Refund Options

  1. Mastercard
  2. PayPal
  3. Visa

Kaspersky VPN offers very few payment options. You can only pay using a credit or debit card. You can’t pay using alternatives like PayPal, Bitcoin, Monero, or cash.

The VPN service also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, which essentially lets you try the VPN before fully committing. There’s also a free version of the app, though the data limit is awful.

Kaspersky’s Free VPN service

Kaspersky also offers a free VPN product, with a daily usage limit of only 200MB. This allowance is simply too low to allow for meaningful use of the VPN. We weren’t able to conduct our usual speed, streaming, or torrenting tests using Kaspersky VPN Free.

You can increase the free data allowance to 300MB per day by setting up a My Kaspersky account. However, this is a miniscule improvement — 300MB is only enough data for roughly 20 minutes of Full HD streaming.

Unlike other free VPNs like Proton VPN Free and PrivadoVPN Free, Kaspersky Free doesn’t let you select a server of your choice. Instead, you’re automatically assigned a nearby server. This is extremely frustrating when you want a choice of server locations.