StrongVPN Review

From $ 6.67 a month

Speed - 7/10
Usability - 6/10
Price - 7/10
Reliability - 5/10

6.8/10

Properties

  • Software for: Windows, iOS, macOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Linux
  • Protocols: IPSec, OpenVPN, L2TP / IPSec, IKEv2
  • Pay with: Credit card, Paypal, Bitcoin
  • Max simultaneous connections: 12
  • Country of residence: United States
  • Log policy: logs

Characteristics

StrongVPN is a well-known service that operates from the United States. The service is best known and widely used by expats, many Westerners in China use this service for example to view content from their own country and bypass China’s strict censorship. This group also uses the service en masse to watch content from their own country. In addition, StrongVPN is known for its good customer service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. There are skilled people on the support desk who can help you quickly and adequately with any problem you encounter.

Servers

The service has more than 650 servers distributed in more than 20 countries. This is an impressive number. However; when you look at the map on the Strong VPN website you immediately see that global coverage is rather disappointing. You won’t find any servers in Africa, in Australia only 1 location with servers and in South America only 2 locations with servers. The protocols are also very limited. You can only use OpenVPN and PPTP. IPSec IKEv2 L2TP and SSTP. OpenVPN is always a very good and safe choice. Also the fact that a shared IP address is used for the VPN clients means that your privacy is well guaranteed at StronVPN.

Use StrongVPN

StrongVPN has developed an application or program for the frequently used devices and operating systems to make it as easy as possible to use. As 1 of the few, StrongVPN has also made an app for the Windows Phone operating system. A smartphone that runs on Windows can therefore also be used to easily connect a VPN. We see the user-friendliness as an advantage in this review. Below you see a number of screenshots of the StrongVPN software on the different devices and operating systems so that you get an idea how you could use the service. If you would like to see a photo of a specific operating system or device, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page.

Iphone

The StrongVPN app for the Iphone is easy to use. Below you can see an image that makes clear what the interface looks like.

StrongVPN Iphone app interface

You can easily use the various functions from within the app. This way you can easily make a connection and use the server that you want. Another handy option is that you can get support from employees of Strong VPN in the app itself. This support can be switched on 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The application for the Android phone looks about the same. This is just as easy to use and scores high with us, just like the Iphone app.

Windows software

The computer software for Mac and Windows computers also works well. You really notice that StrongVPN is trying to offer a solution that is workable for everyone. Below you can see some screenshots of the software as it looks on the computer or laptop. The interface is very simple and shows few options. Yet it is possible to use all the settings that you would like to use from that one screen. Easily see if you are connected the choice for the server and the protocol that you want to use are all available. In addition, just like with the apps, you have the option to contact the support department of StrongVPN directly.

Windows software for StrongVPN

Automatic connection not possible

The StrongVPN software itself has no possibility to connect automatically when, for example, starting your PC. There is a Kill switch option that, when you lose the VPN connection, ensures that all internet traffic is blocked.

The privacy and security of StrongVPN

Private Internet Access . StrongVPN indicates that they log the following by default:

  1. Time, date and location and connection
  2. Duration of the connection
  3. How much data is sent and received during a connection

In addition, the privacy policy states that they may also give / sell data from users to affiliated companies. We are naturally not in favor of this. In addition, there are known situations where users of the service were shut down because those users were downloading Torrent files. They also indicate that when a complaint comes from DMCA that they find out who this user is and then close this service. In addition, there are only 2 protocols to choose from, 1 of which is PPTP. PPTP is seen as a very unsafe and easily cracked protocol. Fortunately, OpenVPN is available that is seen as a very secure protocol. The conclusion is that we will not recommend StrongVPN if you want to make your surfing behavior anonymous. We think the privacy policy is actually a big minus point of the service.

Speed ​​of the servers

The speed of the StrongVPN is excellent in the UK. Certainly because there are enough servers in the UK and the rest of Europe, you can always achieve good speed in Europe as far as we can see. However, we also had a test carried out by someone in Africa and in Asia. It should be noted that the speeds were a lot slower. This has to do with the fact that there are far fewer servers in those areas geographically. Our testers lost up to 50% of the original speed there.

Netflix with StrongVPN

As mentioned, the service is primarily aimed at expats. There are many people who  need a VPN from Asia and especially China . One of the reasons that many expats use a VPN service is because they want to enjoy the Netflix version from their home country. Another popular Netflix is ​​the American Netflix because of the simple fact that it has the most video content to offer. However, Netflix tries to block connections that enter VPN servers. There are only a few VPN services that can bypass these attempts of Netflix; You can find this on our Netflix VPN page. In any case, StrongVPN appears unable to bypass Netflix’s VPN block. If you are looking for a VPN to be able to watch Netflix you will have to look a little further for another VPN service that does work with Netflix.

Costs StrongVPN

StrongVPN is on  average priced compared to other VPN services , we can briefly discuss that. They have recently adjusted the pricing and made it very simple. There is a choice between 2 packages. You can opt for a monthly subscription or an annual subscription. The only difference in the 2 packages is the price: the annual subscription is a lot cheaper. You only pay $ 4.85 per month. While a subscription that needs to be renewed every month costs $ 10 a month.

Conclusion

The VPN service is mainly used by expats working in countries where the internet is not so free. For example, there are many Americans working in China who opt for StrongVPN. The service can also be used perfectly if you want your internet traffic to be sent encrypted, ideal if, for example, you often work on public networks. We think the price is very high, compared to other providers in which we have a review, StrongVPN costs too much in our eyes. In exchange, you get a very good customer service and software that works very easily. If you attach great importance to your privacy, you can probably also look better at another VPN service.