VPNArea isn’t one of the better-known names in the VPN world but it certainly should be.
This secure, zero-logs VPN offers optimized servers for a whole host of use cases, making it a perfect fit for torrenters and streaming fans, as well as users in high-censorship countries.
Sure, it could do with a few small tweaks here and there to bring it up to speed with our top performers, but it’ll definitely do the job for most.
Pricing & Deals
VPNArea offers three different pricing plans so you can choose a length that best suits you. The longer your subscription, the less you pay on a monthly basis.
Paying one month at a time is the most expensive option at $9.90, but you can drop this right down to $2.99 on the three-year plan, saving you 70%. There’s also an annual plan at $4.92, a reduction of 50%.
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VPNArea Pricing & Deals
VPNArea offers a seven-day money-back guarantee in place of a free trial, which seems a little stingy in comparison to the 45 days offered by rival provider CyberGhost. It does appear to be ‘no questions asked’, however, which is good.
VPNArea offers loads of different payment options, including all major credit and debit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin. You can also pay using a ton of international methods, such as WebMoney, Alipay and Hipercard, which is great for those living abroad.
Speed & Reliability
VPNArea offers solid performance on local connections but isn’t quite as reliable over longer distances. Connecting to nearby servers will provide you with speeds more than quick enough for streaming on multiple devices at once, though.
Downloads peaked at almost 70Mbps in the UK and averaged around 50Mbps across the rest of Europe. Connecting out to the US East Coast you can expect downloads of over 30Mbps, which was a pleasant surprise, even if connecting out to Australia failed to produce a paltry 10Mbps.
Latency was a little higher than we’d expected, at around 11ms on same-city connections. While this is hardly going to affect the majority of users, keen gamers should consider looking elsewhere.
Uploads were surprisingly even better than downloads, consistently coming in at 60Mbps+ on local connections. Combined with P2P-optimized servers and a strict zero-logs policy, this makes VPNArea an excellent choice for torrenters.
Overall we were pretty impressed with VPNArea’s performance, but if you’re going to be connecting internationally on a regular basis, there are better options out there.
To read about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Review VPNs.
VPNArea has one of the larger networks we’ve seen in our tests so far, and is present in 70 countries around the world.
A choice of 42 servers spread over 11 different US cities is great for users that need to drill down to a specific state for whatever reason. There’s also city-level choice in a handful of other popular locations.
Europe and North America have the best coverage, however there’s a lot of choice outside of these regions too, which is refreshing to see.
We were disappointed by the total number of servers at just 200, but while one shared IP address per server may be bad news for performance, it’s excellent for privacy.
You can find the complete list of VPNArea server locations by country and city on their website below.
Platforms & Devices
VPNArea offers custom apps for a ton of popular devices including Microsoft Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and Linux.
You can also set up the VPN manually on a handful of other platforms, including routers, with VPNArea providing step-by-step tutorials to give you a helping hand.
If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, you also have the option of buying a pre-configured router from a site such as FlashRouters.
Games Consoles & Streaming Devices
VPNArea can be used with loads of different games consoles and streaming devices by connecting them to a router running the VPN software, as this will automatically protect all of the internet-connected devices in your home.
VPNArea also offers step-by-step guides for Kodi and Amazon Fire TV Stick as you can install the software directly onto these devices with some manual configuration, however this might not be the easiest solution for VPN newbies.
Streaming & Torrenting
Thanks to VPNArea’s optimized streaming servers, we had no problems at all watching Netflix through both the US and UK servers.
VPNArea also offers a dedicated UK server for watching BBC iPlayer, however access was inconsistent – some days we were able to watch content and other days we found it to be blocked.
Encryption & Security
VPNArea does a lot right for privacy. The desktop app runs on OpenVPN, the most secure protocol, with the option to toggle between UDP and TCP. Encryption is via top cipher AES-256.
The amount of privacy features in VPNArea’s desktop app puts even some of our top-tier providers to shame. As well as the essential VPN kill switch feature, you’re also protected against DNS, IPv6 and WebRTC leaks. VPNArea also operates its own zero-log DNS servers, meaning your ISP has no way of knowing what you’re doing online.
Additionally, VPNArea operates Double VPN servers, providing you with an extra layer of privacy. There’s also a built-in ad blocker and malware protection.
- OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
- DNS Leak Blocking
- First-party DNS
- IPV6 Leak Blocking
- Supports TCP Port 443
- VPN Kill Switch
- WebRTC Leak Blocking
- Ad Blocker
- Dedicated IP
- Double VPN
We highly recommend VPNArea to users in China. It offers X-Stunnel servers for loads of different locations, which will disguise your connection as normal HTTPS traffic and allow you to access blocked content.
These obfuscated servers mean that it’s also a reliable solution for those in other countries with oppressive censorship regimes such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.
VPNArea is one of the few VPN providers on the current market that is genuinely zero-logs. They do not monitor, record or store “any login dates, timestamps, incoming and outgoing IP addresses, bandwidth statistics or any other identifiable data of any VPN users”.
VPNArea has its headquarters in Varna, Bulgaria, which could be a red flag for some as this makes it subject to intrusive EU surveillance and intelligence-sharing laws. However, a strict zero-logs policy means this is nothing to be concerned about, as even if a third party requested your personal information, VPNArea would not be able to hand it over.
Ease of Use
VPNArea’s desktop app has some excellent features but also a few annoying quirks that ruined the experience for us a little. There’s no main screen as such, so you’re just redirected to the server list on login.
The server list is split up into useful tabs such as P2P, streaming and obfuscated – you can suit them by distance, speed or load too. The settings all come with simple on/off toggles and we particularly like the contextual information that’s provided.
Getting started with VPNArea is incredibly quick and easy. All it takes is going to the support section of the site, downloading the relevant software for your device and following the installation prompts.
Once that’s done, all you have to do is enter your login credentials and you’re good to go – just remember to use the username from your confirmation email, rather than your email address.
VPNArea’s customer support is decent enough for a provider of this size but we don’t like that some of the resources (such as setup guides) are limited to paying customers only. On the website, there are loads of in-depth FAQs covering a variety of topics from encryption to the security of different VPN protocols.
We were pleasantly surprised that VPNArea offers a genuinely 24/7 live chat feature with friendly, helpful agents. We always received a response within a matter of minutes, and even though elements of these were often copied and pasted from the FAQs section, we were always satisfied with the information we were given.
The Bottom Line
- Quick local download speeds
- Dedicated streaming servers
- Custom apps for all popular platforms
- Connect securely to 70 countries
- Strict zero-logs policy
- Short refund period (only 7 days)
- Some resources limited to paying customers
- Slow server connection times
VPNArea is a secure, genuinely zero-logs VPN that offers solid local performance and loads of extra privacy features.
If you’re looking for the highest possible levels of security, VPNArea is a very good shout. It’s also an excellent choice for easy access to Netflix and other streaming sites, and servers optimized for P2P activity will appeal to torrenters.
As long as you’re not mad into gaming or need to connect internationally on several devices at once, VPNArea is definitely worth a try.