VPN services have changed a lot since their initial launch. Now it’s not just a mean of encrypting the traffic for protection of sensitive information. VPNs are also a solution giving access to all sorts of entertaining content. From Netflix to torrents to gaming.
You probably have known this for quite a while. It’s no better time than right away to start using a VPN. If you already do, make sure to check the competition so you can stay with the best for your needs on the market.
Today we are testing KeepSolid VPN Unlimited. This is a VPN service with a network of servers worldwide and apps for nearly all platforms.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited offers mobile and desktop apps: for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Linux, Mac, as well as addons for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. For some devices, like Mac and Android, the developer also offers standalone versions. In case the store is unavailable in your location, opt in for this option.
VPN app is not the one you’re to open too often. Most users would prefer just pressing the Start button and rely on the protection and IP masking functions. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited lets you forget about it. It’s interface very intuitive. On your first screen after login and quick tour, you’ll see the aforementioned button. On your PC or laptop you can navigate to the list of servers in the left menu or below the start button. You can even not open the app itself. For instance, on Mac everything you need can be accessed from the top menu bar. On iPhone and Android, in addition to the servers list accessible from the menu, you can also switch them by taping dots on the map.
You might want to open the menu for more advanced option though. There you can change protocols, add trusted networks, get support, prolong your subscription and more.
It looks nice and never caused any troubles when we were looking for specific functions.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is also called on of the most affordable VPNs. Their prices start at $2.78 per month if opt in for a 3-year subscription plan. On their site you’ll see 4 plans: 1-month for $9.99, 1-year for $59.99, a 3-year for $99.99 and a lifetime subscription available for $199.99. If you need this VPN for 5 devices. Should you be willing to extend this protection to 10 devices be it your family members’ smartphones or your small team laptops, KeepSolid offers the same duration plans with more device slots. One month subscription for 10 devices will cost you $14.99, 1-year – $89.99, 3-year – $149.99, and you can get a lifetime plan with 10 slots for $299.99.
The offering doesn’t stop there. First of, you can check options in the app or the user office, There you will find a 7-day and a 3-month subscription plans. If you continue to browse the VPN Unlimited site, you will also find extras, which include plans for teams and families, personal VPN servers and static IPs.
They do have a 7-day free trial and a 7-day money back guarantee. No credit card is required to start the trial, which is definitely an advantage.
This VPN offers servers in 70+ locations which is over 50 countries as locations sometimes include different states and regions in the same country. This number is pretty decent and they really cover all continents.
If you want to check the list of their servers before purchasing subscription, you can go to the appropriate page on their website. Or check the list during the free trial period. You can use the app for absolutely free for 7 days and they do not ask for your payment details.
What you should pay attention to are Streaming servers. They can be found on the servers list and should be chosen if you are trying to access the USA Netflix or the UK BBC iPlayer from other countries. Connection to regular US servers might not work for you.
We tried connecting to Netflix and Hulu both when changed location with a location changing app, and on our trip to Canada. The services worked well with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited.
We didn’t actually require any assistance during our tests. The service worked fine and the set up process went smoothly. However we contacted the technical support team for the review purpose.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited lets you send a message from the app or their website or via social networks. App works best as they automatically generate some details regarding the device and OS you use. If the app won’t open, you can go with these two other options.
They do not have live chat support. However I received the response within 8 minutes, which shouldn’t frustrate too much. Their representative was very patient and responded to all the questions so the experience was very satisfactory.
KeepSolid operates under the US jurisdiction, which often rises concerns in terms of privacy. However, they state they have no data to send upon subpoena or any other request from the authorities.
They do send promotional newsletters if you allow marketing materials to be send, when setting up an account. You can unsubscribe from the email directly or in the user office on the account tab. To stay up to date on discounts and news we’d recommend following their Facebook page instead.
Your traffic will be protected with a strong AES 256-bit encryption. According to Wikipedia, in order to break a symmetric 256-bit key by brute force 50 supercomputers that could check
a billion billion AES keys per second (which is impossible to date) would, in theory, require about 3×1051 years to exhaust the 256-bit key space. This means the information you receive on or send from your PC or smartphone with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited enabled consists of chiphered nonsense and is useless for anyone, who catches it halfway through.
Though nearly all websites use a more secure HTTPS instead HTTP, and you probably already know external links from a spammy-looking messages and emails shouldn’t be followed. An additional layer of protection won’t hurt.
What else is there to protect you? KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has a range of protocols so you could get not only the most solid security level, but also the fastest performance. Below is the table providing more details.
|Android||OpenVPN, KeepSolid Wise via TCP/UDP|
|Windows||OpenVPN, KeepSolid Wise via TCP/UDP, IKEv2|
|iOS||IPSec, IKEv2, OpenVPN, KeepSolid Wise via TCP/UDP|
|macOS||IPSec, IKEv2, OpenVPN, KeepSolid Wise via TCP/UDP|
|macOS (standalone version)||IKEv2|
|Linux||OpenVPN, KeepSolid Wise via TCP/UDP|
|Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox||TLS encryption|
KeepSolid Wise is their custom protocol that masks VPN traffic as a regular HTTPS traffic. It best for use in countries, where VPNs are banned. If you are going to China or the United Arab Emirates, remember you can switch to this protocol in the settings.
In our tests, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited showed a really solid performance. It’s not the cheapest though not the most expensive too. It works well with Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer. If connected to the optimal (nearest and least loaded) server it works like a charm, which isn’t surprising though. The farther a server is, the worse is a lag, but we never experienced any connection drops or significant slow downs that would stop us from using the app. Overall, it’s a decent VPN service and with it’s free 7-day trial is an absolutely safe pick.