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VPNArea Review

Rebecca Duff
By Rebecca DuffUpdated
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Our Score8.9
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VPNArea: Ranked #9 out of 99 VPNs that we tested

  1. Fast downloads: up to 69Mbps
  2. Dedicated streaming servers
  3. No-logs policy & No IP, DNS & WebRTC leaks
  4. User-friendly apps for PC, Mac, iOS, & Android
  5. Connect securely to 65 countries
  1. Short refund period
  2. Apps can be glitchy
  3. Small server network

Works with

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Sky, Now TV, HBO, SlingTV, Torrenting, Kodi

Available on

  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. Ios
  4. Android
  5. Linux

Price from

$2.99/mo

Speed & Reliability

Speeds of almost 70Mbps locally

Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server.

Before using VPNArea:

  1. DownloadMbps

    101

  2. UploadMbps

    96

  3. Pingms

    2

When connected to VPNArea:

  1. DownloadMbps

    69

  2. UploadMbps

    64

  3. Pingms

    7

Download speed without VPNArea: 101Mbps

Download speed with VPNArea: 69Mbps

Our download speed loss when VPNArea is running: 32%

VPNArea offers solid speeds on local connections, but isn’t quite as reliable over longer distances. Connecting locally will provide you with download rates more than quick enough for streaming on multiple devices, though.

Overall we were pretty impressed with VPNArea – even if you’re going to be connecting internationally on a regular basis, it should still do the job very well.

Server Locations

Over 120 cities spread over 70 countries

Globe with a blue flag70Countries
Image of a city landscape120+Cities
Image of a pink marker200+IP Addresses

VPNArea has one of the larger server networks we’ve seen in our testing, and is present in 70 countries around the world.

A choice of 42 VPNArea servers spread over 11 different US cities is great for users that need to drill down to a specific state. There’s also city-level choice in a handful of other popular locations.

List of VPNArea server 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 VPNArea’s total number of servers – just 200 – but while one shared IP address per server can mean bad news for performance, it’s excellent for privacy.

Streaming & Torrenting

Works with Netflix & BBC iPlayer, as well as torrenting

Thanks to VPNArea’s optimized streaming servers, we had no problems at all watching Netflix through both the US and UK servers.

VPNArea streaming servers

VPNArea also offers a dedicated UK server for watching BBC iPlayer, but this is very unreliable and access varies from one week to the next. Unfortunately, VPNArea wasn’t working with BBC iPlayer in our most recent streaming tests.

Torrenting

Torrenting is permitted on all VPNArea servers, with a large number optimized for P2P. Combine this with strong uploads and a solid privacy policy and you have a very appealing VPN for torrenters.

Bypassing Censorship

Highly recommended for China

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.

VPNArea XStunnel servers

VPNArea’s 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.

Platforms & Devices

Can be used with tons of different devices, including routers

Apps

Windows LogoWindows
Mac LogoMac
iOS LogoiOS
Android LogoAndroid
Linux LogoLinux
Router LogoRouter

VPNArea offers custom apps for a ton of popular devices and platforms, including Microsoft Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and Linux.

You can also set up VPNArea manually on a handful of other platforms, including routers – if you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, you also have the option of buying a pre-configured router.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

AppleTV LogoAppleTV
Amazon Fire TV LogoAmazon Fire TV
Chromecast LogoChromecast
Nintendo LogoNintendo
PlayStation LogoPlayStation
Roku LogoRoku
Xbox LogoXbox

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.

VPNArea Kodi and Firestick setup

Encryption & Security

Strong privacy features will protect you online

Protocol

IKEv2/IPSec

OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)

Encryption

AES-256

Security

DNS Leak Blocking

First-party DNS

IPV6 Leak Blocking

Supports TCP Port 443

VPN Kill Switch

WebRTC Leak Blocking

Advanced features

Ad Blocker

Dedicated IP

Double VPN

Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

Logging Policy

100% zero-logs

VPNArea is one of the few VPN providers on the current market that is genuinely zero-logs. It does 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.”

Jurisdiction

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

Cluttered apps with some usability flaws

How to Install & Set Up VPNArea

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 torrenting, 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.

Browser Extensions

VPNArea doesn’t currently offer any kinds of browser extensions.

If this is the kind of thing you’re looking for, consider ExpressVPN, which offers full-featured extensions for all popular browsers, or NordVPN which provides less-secure (but quicker) proxies.

Customer Support

24/7 live chat makes up for limited resources

24/7 Live chat support
Online Resources

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, too.

Pricing & Deals

Longest plan is excellent value for money

VPNArea Coupon

VPNArea Pricing Plan

Paying for a single month of VPNArea 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%.

  1. Monthly

    US$9.90/mo

    Billed $9.90 every month
  2. 12 months

    US$4.92/mo

    Billed $59.00 every 12 months
    Save 50%
  3. 3 years

    US$2.99/mo

    Billed $107.64 every 3 years
    Save 70%

All plans have 7-day money-back guarantee

Payment Options

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, though, 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.

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    Switched to VPNArea in 2016 when Netflix started blocking my VPN. VPNArea has been super dependable and I haven't missed a day of NF access. Apps have went a long way and now with their new Canadian Netflix server I didn't need more reasons to renew for 3y

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