PrivateVPN encapsulates all browser-generated traffic, although packet capture shows DNS traffic sent to manually configured servers. This issue can be fixed by using PrivateVPN’s DNS server in TCP/IP/Adapter settings. No DNS or SSL interception was detected by PrivateVPN, showing actual privacy being maintained for the duration of web browsing.
Global average speed (based on 20 different locations) was found to be 72.5 Mbps, which is quite good for all sorts of browsing, streaming, file sharing purposes. The US, Europe endpoints support download speeds of 100+ Mbps, even when latency to remote locations such as New York is 107ms. The average latency of 25ms for VPN endpoints in the EU region shows that VPN endpoints are not overloaded or dropping traffic. There is a possible indication of a reliable underlying hardware. The operating system in use on PrivateVPN servers seems to be some flavor of Linux.
PrivateVPN provides its own client for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. By default OpenVPN(TUN+UDP+1194) protocol is used by clients, and there are options to choose from 4 other protocols. Download speed while connecting via PrivateVPN client was lower compared to Wireguard VPN client connecting to the same endpoint. It is possible to generate a Wireguard config from the My Account page of PrivateVPN’s site.
Based on IP location checks, the company seems to be using co-location/self-hosting for VPN servers, and they are not hosted in known public clouds. Also, servers in a region or country are not clustered in one place but are spread around different locations.
Satisfactory performance with streaming services, 4K, 8K videos were easily streamed while connecting to remote VPN endpoints. Netflix 4K videos were checked as well and performed smoothly as well. It is possible to watch content that is blocked by geography, country – both YouTube and Netflix reflect this. Besides streaming, PrivateVPN also provides dedicated IP addresses for torrent and file share purposes; these IPs are located globally. When paused videos continue to buffer 15-30 seconds in advance, six simultaneous connections are allowed.
There is active protection against DNS leaks, IPv6, and WebRTC leaks, plus the website mentions no logs of users are kept, assuring complete privacy. Overall, above-standard performance, security, the ability to unblock & stream content, dedicated IPs for downloading, and user-friendliness make PrivateVPN a service of choice.