SurfoNym VPN Review – Should You Subscribe?
By Paul Liu
Monday, April 21st, 2014
SurfoNym VPN is a privacy offering from JPE Consulting Ltd., a UK based company. The company offers secure and anonymous internet access through proxy and VPN solutions. In this exhaustive SurfoNym VPN Review, we will discuss the features offered by SurfoNym’s VPN service and reveal whether it is worth subscribing.
Server Locations and Site Access
As of now, SurfoNym has VPN servers only in Austria. While the customers looking forward to access Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and Pandora from anywhere would be disappointed by the lack of American and British servers, the service allows you to access premium Austrian sites like A1 TV, 3Live!, Sky TV Austria, ProSieben, ORF, ATV, Okto TV, Salzburg TV, ARF and Puls4 from any location in the world. In addition, the service makes it possible to access popular sites such as Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Gmail, YouTube and Blogger from behind corporate firewalls and countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Brazil and Kuwait.
VPN Speed and Bandwidth
SurfoNym does not restrict speed or shape traffic in any way so the service is ideal for speed and bandwidth consuming activities like streaming of movies and TV shows, downloading big data files, VOIP and multiplayer online gaming. The company owns and manages its own servers so it is able to deliver uninterrupted service and fast speeds at all times. For P2P lovers, the company even permits bittorrenting activities within its network.
SurfoNym offers security and privacy through PPTP and OpenVPN protocols. The powerful VPN solution protects your vital data like passwords, social accounts and credit card numbers even while you are connected to a wireless hotspot at a hotel, coffee shop, shopping mall or an airport. Additionally, the service is versatile enough to secure all types of online activities (browsing, FTP, VOIP, IM, emailing) with just one configuration.
SurfoNym has an extremely user friendly logging policy. The company does not log traffic activities nor does it keep a record of any personally identifiable information (like IP addresses). The company will protect user information at all times unless it is ordered by a court to reveal details about a particular customer.
Supported Operating Systems
SurfoNym works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhones, iPads and Android. Since the company does not offer its own client, you must configure the service manually on your computer, Smartphone or tablet. The company offers detailed setup instructions so configuring the service on any device shouldn’t take much time. Unlike most other VPN service providers, the company has not blocked port 25 so it is possible to send SMTP mails through the service.
The company offers customer support only through email. While the lack of ticket based and live chat support is indeed disappointing, the support staff makes it a point to respond to most support queries in a timely fashion.
SurfoNym’s unlimited plans are available from 9.9 Euros per month. Unfortunately, the company does not offer free trials or refunds so there is no way to test the service without spending some money. On the positive side, the company offers free proxies with every VPN subscription.
Overall, SurfoNym doesn’t disappoint with its service. The biggest drawback of the service is that it doesn’t offer any real choice of VPN gateways. Additionally, the official website of the company looks pretty basic and unprofessional when compared to the sleek and stylish sites of other VPN companies. As such, the service is mostly suitable for those customers who wish to unlock Austrian content or those who are not able to use other VPN services for some reason. For more information, please visit: www.surfonym.com.