PureVPN review: Now with a new app and streaming-service support

PureVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes, select countries
  • Business location: Hong Kong (officially)
  • Number of servers: 6,500+
  • Number of country locations: 139
  • Cost: $50 per year, $10.95 per month
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA-1, SHA-256 
  • Handshake:  RSA-2048, RSA-4096

We haven’t taken a good look at PureVPN in more than two years, and in that time the service has been busy updating network infrastructure, overhauling its apps, and focusing on streaming service compatibility. It’s about time we took another look to see what’s new and how the service compares to its former self.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

PureVPN says it recently finished upgrading all its major traffic servers to 10Gbps uplinks, and all other servers have at least a 1Gbps uplink. PureVPN also now supports a wide array of streaming services including Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK; Disney Plus in Australia, Canada, and Germany; Channel 4 in the UK; and MX Player, Voot, and Zee5 in India. There’s more to come too, including Peacock TV, Denmark’s DR TV, RTE in Ireland, and Tenplay in Australia.

One of the more noticeable upfront changes, other than the app overhaul, is that you no longer need to sign in to the app with a special username. Instead, you just sign in with the email and password you used for creating the account, as with other VPN services. It does require a short account migration on the PureVPN website, but it only takes a second.

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PureVPN with an active connection.

The new PureVPN app is quite different from its predecessor, which was showing its age with a non-interactive map, and some pointless links to social media sites like Google Plus.

All of that is gone. Instead you get an app that’s cleaner and easier to navigate. The primary dashboard features a large connect button with the current server selection above that, and then the most recent connection underneath.

Anyone who wants to choose a specific country can click on the globe icon in the left rail. This shows you all of the country locations, with a ping time showing the best server response time at each location. Anyone who wants to drill down into specific regions in each country can click on the arrow to the far right of each country listing.

In addition to the country list, there are also sections showing recommended servers, recent locations, and favorites. As before, PureVPN uses some virtual server locations where it’s not possible to place actual servers. You can find PureVPN’s complete server listings on its website. Any server location with a “V” next to it signifies the server is not physically located in the country it claims to be in.

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