HashtagVPN Review – An Affordable VPN Solution
By Paul Liu
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
HashtagVPN is a privacy solution from HashtagVPN Inc., a UK based service provider. The service was conceived in 2012 as a way to encrypt traffic and provide online security to everyone. After the initial tests were successful, the company launched the service as a full-fledged privacy solution in the year 2013. In this HashtagVPN Review, we will explore the features of the service and determine if it is worth our time and money.
Server Locations and Site Access
HashtagVPN has deployed VPN servers in 9 different countries – United States (Dallas, Chicago, North Virginia), United Kingdom (London, Derby), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Ireland (Dublin), Japan (Tokyo), Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil and Australia.
Since the service allows you to choose an IP address from any one of the 9 countries, you can unblock GEO-IP restricted services such as Spotify, NHL, 4OD, Fox, Pandora, Lovefilm, Demand 5, ABC Player, Hulu, MLB, Xfinity, iTV Player, Netflix, Eurosport, BBC iPlayer, NBC, HBO Go, USA Network, CWTV, Vudu, CBS, Amazon Prime, ABC iView, RTE Player, TV Tokyo, SBS, TV Asahi, Mio TV, TV Japan, TVB, Rara, RTL, Deezer, MTV, Vevo, TV Lab, Film1, My TV and Sport1 from any location in the world. In addition, the service can help you to bypass stringent firewalls and censorship and unlock popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Skype and YouTube from restrictive environments (for instance, office or school networks) and countries such as China, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Qatar and Kuwait.
Customers who want to unlock local content from several countries would be happy to learn that the company allows unlimited server switching within its server network.
VPN Speed and Bandwidth
HashtagVPN is powered by a high speed, Tier 2 global server network so you can experience extremely fast speeds for streaming HD content, multiplayer gaming, VOIP activities, downloading and torrenting. The company offers unlimited speed and unrestricted bandwidth to all customers and even guarantees 99.9% service uptime. For those who want to use a VPN for securing their P2P sessions, the company permits torrenting activities from its Amsterdam based servers.
HashtagVPN Privacy Settings
HashtagVPN secures your data and privacy with up to 2048 bit SSL based encryption. The company delivers its service via PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN protocols which ensures that you get an optimum choice between speed, security and compatibility. The service protects all kinds of online activities (browsing, FTP, VOIP, emailing etc.) from surveillance and monitoring and even protects your passwords, social accounts and financial transactions from hacking and theft while you are connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot (freely available at malls, parks, airports, hotels and coffee shops). Due to the high level of encryption available, the service offers protection from Deep Packet Inspection activities carried out by certain governments (example, China). The service even includes a server level NAT firewall which offers additional security from malicious programs.
HashtagVPN logs connection details like timestamp, connection duration, IP address and number of bytes transferred. The information is used only for debugging and troubleshooting and is never handed over to third parties or advertisers. The company respects the privacy of its users so it doesn’t log any kind of traffic details.
Supported Operating Systems
HashtagVPN is compatible with Windows (8, 8 RT, 7, Vista, XP), Mac OSX (10.5+), iPhones, iPod Touch, iPads, Chromebook, Android (2.x, 4.x), Linux, DD-WRT and Boxee Box. As of now, the company does not offer its own VPN client so you need to configure the service manually. However, since the company has published setup guides for all operating systems, configuring the service is simple and easy. On the downside, the service disconnects automatically after 10 minutes of ideal time plus the company doesn’t allow multiple connections at the same time.
The company provides support through support tickets and email. While the live chat option is not available, you can refer to the FAQ section to get quick resolution to common VPN problems.
HashtagVPN’s unlimited speed and bandwidth VPN plans are available from $6.99 a month, $35.94 for 6 months ($5.99/month) and $39.99 per year ($3.33/month). The company offers a 3 day free trial to allow customers to test the service before making a subscription decision. In addition, paying customers are also covered by an unconditional 3 day money back guarantee. New customers can also save money by using discount codes and coupons during the subscription process.
On the whole, HashtagVPN scores well on most evaluation parameters. While the company does not have gateways in many countries and it stores IP address as a part of connection logs, it offers a fast and affordable VPN service that doesn’t compromise on security or privacy. So if you want to subscribe to a cheap and dependable VPN service, check the VPN plans from HashtagVPN today. For more information, please visit: hashtagvpn.com.