StrongVPN Review – A Great VPN Service At A Great Price
By Paul Liu
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Strong VPN is one of the oldest VPN service providers out there. The service is brought to you by ReliableHosting which started its operations as a small company selling computers in South Lake Tahoe area, way back in 1994. Over the last few years, the company has significantly expanded its operations and it now offers full fledged hosting solutions that include dedicated hosting, VPN services and collocation services. In this StrongVPN review, we look at its features and whether the service is worth the money.
Choice of Locations
StrongVPN has over 300 servers spread across 20 countries around the world. The list of countries include popular choices such as USA, Canada, UK, many European countries as well as some offbeat locations such as Luxembourg and Malaysia. This makes StrongVPN a very good choice for accessing local content and blocked websites from all corners of the world.
The StrongVPN services scores a very high score as far as browsing speeds are concerned. By accessing a server located near your location, you can expect great upload, download and streaming speeds. Of course the exact speed would depend on your location, hardware and internet connection but you can rest assured that you would be getting best possible browsing speeds through StrongVPN service.
Accessing Blocked Websites
StrongVPN provides an excellent way to access blocked websites such as Facebook, Hulu or bypass government tracking services. The strong security features that come with a StrongVPN service would ensure that you can access blocked websites without your administrator knowing about your browsing activities.
StrongVPN supports a wide variety of computer systems, protocols, routers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The installation supports OpenVPN and PPTP protocols which are most popular connection protocols. The service works great equally on Windows, Mac and Linux systems as well as most mobile devices.
StrongVPN recommends using OpenVPN installation kit for using its services. After installing OpenVPN, you need to copy StrongVPN configuration files to OpenVPN installation folder manually. While this makes installation more cumbersome, it is great for people who know how to manage their VPN connection.
StrongVPN allows you to change up to 5 servers within a month. Changing servers is as easy as selecting a different server from StrongVPN admin area and then copying the new configuration file to OpenVPN installation folder. If you need to switch more than 5 servers within a month then you need to pay extra depending on the number of switches you need.
StrongVPN uses 128 bit blowfish encryption to encrypt data. While the encryption is considered less secure than advanced encryption standard, it is adequate to protect your personal and financial details from prying eyes.
StrongVPN offers excellent customer support through live chat and email. You can expect to get replies for your technical questions within the same day.
The StrongVPN services start from $7 per month for PPTP protocol and $10 per month for OpenVPN protocol. You can also access both the protocols by paying starting $30 per month. You need to pay more if you want to switch more than 5 servers in a month. Of course you can save money by subscribing to long term plans. There is also a 7 day money back guarantee that allows you to test different aspects of the service without any long term commitment.
StrongVPN offers a great VPN service at affordable price. While it doesn’t provide automated installation and allows only 5 server switches per month, it is a great service for people looking for a fast, secure and versatile VPN service.