There are a few reasons StrongVPN didn’t quite make it into our top 10, but that isn’t to say it’s not a VPN worth considering.
A recent update has brought it up to speed with the rest of the market and includes newly-designed apps, a strict zero-logs policy and very promising local performance.
True, it still has some work to do in terms of its server network and a handful of other things, but it’s definitely moving in the right direction.
Pricing & Deals
StrongVPN offers a couple of different pricing plans to help you decide on the most suitable option. These have the same features but the longer subscription you opt for, the less you pay on a monthly basis.
The priciest option is the single month plan at $10.00, however this is reduced by 42% to a reasonable $5.83 if you sign up to an annual package.
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StrongVPN Pricing & Deals
StrongVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee in place of a free trial. This is for customers who are “less than 100% satisfied with the StrongVPN service”, and there are no hidden restrictions or data caps.
StrongVPN accepts the majority of standard payment options including most major credit and debit cards, PayPal and Alipay. It’s disappointing to see no option to pay in cryptocurrencies, however.
Speed & Reliability
Local speeds are good enough for HD streaming, peaking at 72Mbps. Transatlantic users will be pleased with US speeds of 40Mbps, and we were impressed by Japan’s server performance at almost 20Mbps.
We found latency to be less impressive, coming in at 10ms even on same-country connections. Considering some of our top-tier providers boast ping times of less than 1ms, keen gamers may want to look elsewhere.
Upload speeds are even better than downloads, coming in at an impressive 94Mbps in the UK. Performance isn’t as good across long-distance connections, however this is to be expected and won’t be a problem for the majority.
An excellent choice as long as you’re not expecting blazing-fast peak speeds.
To read about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Review VPNs.
If you’re a fairly light VPN user then your needs will likely be covered by StrongVPN, but should you need some more choice then you should consider a provider such as HideMyAss!, with servers in over 190 countries.
StrongVPN does however maintain an very high number of individual IP addresses – almost 60,000, meaning it’s far easier for you to get ‘lost in the crowd’.
We were pleasantly surprised to see a choice of 12 US cities, putting StrongVPN up there with some of the top providers for coverage in that country. There’s also city-level choice in the UK, Brazil, Canada and Germany.
Asia has a few options such as Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia, but South America is served by just Brazil. There aren’t any servers in Africa.
You can find the complete list of StrongVPN server locations by country and city on their website below.
Platforms & Devices
StrongVPN offers custom apps for the usual range of devices. There’s a handful of manual setup guides for those lacking native apps such as Linux, Amazon Kindle and Kodi. The 12 device connection limit is very generous, too.
You can purchase a plug and play VPN router with it pre-installed, or StrongVPN also offers step-by-step instructions on how to manually configure your existing router.
Unfortunately, StrongVPN no longer offers any browser extensions. If you want something like this we’d recommend our top pick ExpressVPN.
Games Consoles & Streaming Devices
StrongVPN can be used with other devices by connecting them to a configured router. There is a native app for the Amazon Fire TV Stick, but it still needs a lot of work. IPVanish offers a much more reliable solution for this device, should you need it.
Streaming & Torrenting
A lack of dedicated streaming servers makes the task more difficult, but StrongVPN recently regained access to Netflix on a bunch of US servers after a few weeks of it being completely blocked.
Access to BBC iPlayer has been very inconsistent recently, working on some days but not others. If watching shows on the British streaming service is a priority check out our dedicated roundup of the best VPNs for BBC iPlayer.
Torrenters will love that P2P activity is permitted on all servers worldwide, and a strict zero-logs policy means all your online activity remains anonymous.
Encryption & Security
StrongVPN certainly isn’t the most secure provider we’ve seen but it’s not to be sniffed at. Our main gripe is that OpenVPN isn’t available on all servers – in fact, the vast majority are PPTP-only, which is vastly outdated.
The VPN kill switch was a welcome addition in the last update, as it prevents your true IP address from being exposed. StrongVPN also operates its own DNS servers, meaning there’s no chance of your web traffic being routed through less-secure third-party servers.
We were pleased to see no DNS or IP leaks in our tests, too.
- OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
- DNS Leak Blocking
- First-party DNS
- IPV6 Leak Blocking
- Supports TCP Port 443
- VPN Kill Switch
Despite StrongVPN’s website being blocked in China, it’s still a fairly good option for those looking to connect out from that country. Users can access the site using a variety of alternative domain names.
The broad choice of protocols is really helpful, as even if one is blocked there are several others you can try The additional obfuscation tool is another great feature, as it means your web traffic is far less likely to be detected as a VPN connection.
This also makes StrongVPN a solid choice for people in other high-censorship countries such as Iran, Turkey and the UAE.
StrongVPN operates a very strict zero-logs policy, stating that it doesn’t collect or log any traffic or use of its VPN service. This includes even basic connection metadata such as timestamps, chosen server or bandwidth consumed.
Because it collects absolutely no customer data, there is no way any of your browsing activity can be traced back to you as an individual, which is great news.
StrongVPN operates under the jurisdiction of the USA, one of the least privacy-friendly locations in the world. However you shouldn’t let this put you off, as since no customer logs are kept there’s no way of tying down any activity to an individual user.
StrongVPN states that it will comply with valid subpoena requests, but it can’t provide information that it does not have.
Ease of Use
StrongVPN has recently updated its set of custom apps to make them far more accessible to inexperienced VPN users. The main screen is very stripped back, displaying only essential connection details.
A limited range of settings can be found behind the cog icon along the top of the app, however these are very basic.
The mobile apps are also very good; simple and effective with a big button in the middle of the screen, but lack some security features, such as a kill switch.
Installing StrongVPN is a super simple process, even if you’ve never used a VPN before. It’s as easy as downloading the relevant software from the website and following the prompts given to you by the installation wizard.
Once you’ve done this, all that’s left to do is enter your username and password and you’re ready to start using the service.
Following the recent update, live chat is now available 24/7, but most of the time we just ended up talking to a sales agent who copied and pasted answers from the FAQs.
This was a little disappointing, but whenever they couldn’t solve our problems they’d forward our details to the tech team, who were always quick to respond.
The website offers a great range of setup manuals for loads of different devices, including video tutorials and screenshots. For basic instructions the FAQ section should do the job, but for anything beyond this you’ll have to contact the support team.
The Bottom Line
- Solid local performance
- Quick access to Netflix
- Very user-friendly apps
- Connect securely to 26 countries
- Strict zero-logs policy
- Too many servers are PPTP-only
- Customer support could be better
- US jurisdiction
- Small server network
StrongVPN is a great choice if you’re looking for a user-friendly, zero-logs VPN for general browsing and torrenting.
Additional obfuscation tools mean it works well in China and other high-censorship countries, and a VPN kill switch and first-party DNS servers are great bonus features.
We love the redesigned custom apps, now offering a far more user-friendly experience. Those looking for sheer speed will be disappointed but if you’re looking for a simple, click-and-forget VPN that works with Netflix, StrongVPN is an excellent choice.