Bright Green VPN Review – Is The Service Worth A Look?
By Paul Liu
Friday, December 20th, 2013
Bright Green VPN is a US based VPN service that has been around for almost 4 years. Apart from shared and dedicated VPN services, the company also provides web hosting solutions to its customers. In this detailed Bright Green VPN review, you will discover the pros and cons of the company’s VPN service and learn whether or not the service is worth subscribing.
Server Locations and Site Access
Bright Green VPN has a vast network of VPN servers located in 26 different countries. Apart from big VPN markets like United States, Canada and United Kingdom; the company has servers in Finland, South Korea, Chile, Germany, Romania, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Italy, Austria, France, Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Sweden, Iceland, Hong Kong and Latvia. The well-distributed server network makes it easy to unlock premium On-Demand services such as CWTV, ABC, Netflix, MTV, CBS, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Rara, Fox, Spotify, iTV, Pandora, Hulu, 4OD, Xfinity, USA Network, Zattoo, Eurosport, NBC, Wilmaa, Lovefilm, ProSieben, MLB, NHL, TVB, CTV, CBC, BBC iPlayer, Vudu, MyTV and Demand 5 from any location in the world. In addition, the service allows you to bypass local censorship while visiting a country such as China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Brazil and Thailand and access sites like Facebook, Skype, Gmail, Vonage, Google Talk, Twitter and YouTube without facing any restriction. The company even allows server switching which means you are free to unlock GEO-IP restricted sites from more than one country with just one VPN subscription.
VPN Speed and Bandwidth
Bright Green VPN does not impose speed or bandwidth restrictions upon its users. In addition, the company buys extra bandwidth as and when necessary so that its customers do not experience throttling issues or downtimes. The lack of speed and bandwidth limit makes the service well-suited for demanding activities such as uploading/downloading content, streaming HD videos, FTP, VOIP and multiplayer online gaming.
Bright Green VPN delivers its service via PPTP and Open protocols. Although the PPTP protocol is not very secure, it offers faster speeds and maximum device compatibility. On the other hand, the OpenVPN protocol is well-suited for protecting social accounts, financial transactions and other sensitive data. The service not only secures your browsing sessions but also provides adequate protection for FTP, VOIP, ICQ, messaging and emailing activities. Furthermore, the service is robust enough to protect your wireless sessions when you are connected to an unsecure Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop, mall, airport, hotel or public park.
Bright Green VPN does not log the browsing activities of its subscribers. The company does collect bandwidth usage and connection time details but they are used just for maintenance and troubleshooting purpose. The company does not hand over customer data to third parties or law enforcement agencies unless there is a fraud involved.
Supported Operating Systems
Bright Green VPN works well with devices that support OpenVPN or PPTP protocol. The service is ideal for Windows (7/8/XP/Vista), Mac OS and Linux based computers as well as mobile devices like iPads, iPhones and Smartphones/tablets using the Android operating system. The company provides its own proprietary software for Windows but other systems/devices would require manual installation. However, the manual setup process is extremely simple thanks to the detailed setup instructions supplied by the company.
While subscribing to the service, you have a choice of shared or dedicated IP VPN accounts. The dedicated accounts are available with all TCP/UDP ports unlocked so it becomes easy to run applications that require a dedicated IP or need a specific port to be open.
The company provides 24X7 customer support through a ticket system. The support staff is helpful and is even willing to provide remote assistance for technical problems. Additionally, the company has published troubleshooting instructions in its FAQ section so it is even possible to resolve common connection and technical problems on your own. However, the company’s website is slightly difficult to navigate so it could take some time to find answers to your queries.
Bright Green VPN’s shared IP VPN plans are available from $2.99 for 3 days ($4.99 for a week, $6.99 for a month, $18.99 for 3 months, $34.95 for 6 months and $44.28 for a year). The dedicated IP plans are available from $16.96 for a month ($39.96 for 3 months, $69.92 for 6 months and $99 for a year). Apart from term discounts, it is possible to save money by using the company’s coupons. The company does not offer free trials or refunds so it is recommended to subscribe to the cheapest (3 day) plan first in order to test the service. On the positive side, it is possible to make payments through a variety of methods like Credit Cards, Perfect Money, Cashu, PayPal, Bitcoin and Coinbase.
On the whole, Bright Green VPN delivers a satisfactory service. While the company does not provide free trials or money back guarantee, it offers a good choice of VPN server locations. We recommend subscribing to the 3 day plan first and then upgrading your subscription if you are satisfied with the available speed and bandwidth. For more information, please visit: www.brightgreenvpn.com.