Today we stumbled upon yet another VPN providing service, Astrill VPN, which seems a promising solution for all your privacy and security-oriented needs. Its name isn’t a play on words, doesn’t hint at security or anything close to it, so we’ll just take it as it is.
Then and only then we’ll award it a rating on a scale of 0 to 5 so that you can make a quicker, easier decision regarding whether you should stick with it or not.
The content of this review might be fairly large, we get it, and some information might not be of interest to you (although we’re trying to restrict the details to include only relevant information), so here’s a table of contents for your convenience.
- Company information
- Seychelles Jurisdiction
- Terms of service analysis
- A quick introduction to Astrill VPN
- Creating an account
- Downloading the Astrill VPN app on your computer
- Checking the installer for malware
- Installing the application
- Running Astrill VPN on your computer
- A bunch of extra features
- Messing with the settings
- List of servers
- Services that they can unlock
- TOR and torrenting support
- Customer support
- Security check-up results
- Speed Test results
- Trial included
- Pricing plans
The company behind Astrill carries the same name (i.e. Astrill) and was reportedly founded in the year of 2009, when the demand of personal VPN services started to increase drastically for both domestic users and travelers.
The company is registered in Seychelles and their focus’ balance is tilted more towards expats and travelers who seek a service that can offer them an encrypted and boundless Internet connection, regardless of their current geographical position.
Their team is relatively short, counting more than 20 members, cryptographers, programmers, experts and customer support agents alike. After their first year of business, they grew up to cover parts of U.S. and E.U. markets.
Ok, so we’ve learned that the company is based in Seychelles, so how about we have a little talk about this country’s jurisdiction and how this mechanism affects the regular VPN user? Fine by you? Great.
First thing’s first, VPN usage is perfectly legal in Seychelles, more so considering that more than just one provider chose this location as their operating base.
Regarding the freedom of the Internet, it’s generally unrestricted, but sometimes restrictions do occur as a consequence of the involvement of political parties and defamation is strictly prohibited.
On the bright side, Seychelles is not a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances, so technically they can’t be persuaded into handing out personal information to another government or intelligence agency from another country, as opposed to 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances member countries.
Terms of service analysis
Here’s to hoping that one day we’ll stumble upon a simplified Terms of Service document in our journey, but until then we’re committed to reading the long, tedious ones and extract the essentials for your convenience.
- If you want to use Astrill’s services, you must agree to their terms, which can be done by either clicking the “accept” or “agree” buttons whenever prompted or by simply using their services;
- You have to understand that actually using their services will be seen as your acceptance of their terms from that point onwards;
- Astrill has subsidiaries and affiliates around the world and sometimes they’ll provide the service to you on behalf of Astrill, and you should learn that they’re entitled to do so;
- Astrill is claiming to be “constantly innovating” so you understand that the form and nature of their services might change from time to time without any kind of prior notice;
- As a result of this “innovation”, Astrill might, at any time, stop providing their service to you or to anyone, temporary or permanently without any prior notice;
- You can stop using their service at any time and you’re not obligated to inform Astrill whenever you decide to do so;
- If Astrill decides to cut your access to your account, you won’t be able to use their service anymore;
- Their service, in its current form, doesn’t work on ARM, PowerPC or virtual machines;
- Astrill doesn’t guarantee static IP addresses on any of their VPN servers. More so, their dedicated IPs also change, rarely, but they do;
- You may not use their service if you’re in a country that’s subjected to U.S. or E.U. economic sanctions (Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe);
- You may not use their service if you live in one of the following countries: “Belarus, Burma, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, United Arab Emirates or Zimbabwe”. Strange to find that Seychelles is also on this list;
- You’re not allowed to use the services if your country’s jurisdiction claims that it’s illegal to do so;
- If you access their service from any location that restricts its usage in any way or if you choose a false location in order to bypass this limitation, they reserve their right to close your accounts and prohibit your further access to their services without a refund;
- You may not interfere with or disrupt the service or engage in actions that might lead to those situations, perform operations which might resemble hacking or engage in unsolicited forms of communication (spam);
- You’re not allowed to reproduce, copy, duplicate, sell, trade or resell Astrill’s services unless you have been specifically allowed to do so;
- You are the one and only responsible for any breach of their terms and for the consequences;
- You can’t transfer, rent or share your account with anyone;
- You can use Astrill on up to 5 devices at the same time, except for routers, where it has to be maximum one router;
- You can only use Astrill for personal purposes only. Aka no using it for commercial purposes;
- You can purchase VIP packages for traffic on their VIP VPN server network, but if you buy it on any other day than the 1st of the month, your traffic will be reduced to match the remaining days of the month;
- Some features advertised on their website might suddenly become unavailable or might’ve already been unavailable for your location;
- They’re not to be held responsible for any content you might access while connected to their service or for contents you might transfer while connected to their service;
- They can red flag, review, filter, modify or remove contents to their heart’s content;
- Astrill can change their terms at any time and the modifications will be brought to you through the “affected services”;
- If you keep using their service after such modification came into place, it will be counted as your acceptance of the change;
That’s a lot of terms right there, some of which heavily contradict the initial mindset behind the Astrill project. So they’re offering a service and they claim to focus on travelers or people who seek a totally free Internet connection, but there’s a HUGE list of countries that can’t access their service, and it appears that Seychelles is among those unfortunate locations. Oops.
- Astrill claims that they enforce a strict no-logs policy and that they’re trying to “keep as little personal information as possible”;
- Some information is necessary to them for the technical functioning of the services;
- Their system keeps track of active sessions, which include the connection time, your IP address, your device type and the Astrill app version that you’re currently using, and once you disconnect, these pieces of data reportedly get “removed permanently”. They claim to be using this information to limit the number of devices connecting from a single account at the same time;
- They count the amount of traffic you use “in order to plan network expansions” but they claim that no personally identifiable information is kept, only the amount of transferred bytes;
But here’s an interesting thing:
“No logs whatsoever are stored on VPN servers after connection is terminated.”
So what, logs are kept while your connection is active and deleted afterward? Then what happens if their systems get seized during the timeframe when your connection is still active?
In addition to the clauses above, Astrill keeps the latest 20 connection records. These include the connection time and its duration, the originating country, your device type, and the Astrill app version number. These details are reportedly used by the customer support crew to identify issues and provide their support and apparently contain no personally identifiable information. More so, this information gets deleted automatically only if there’s no sign of activity in the last 30 days.
While we understand that these details mentioned above might not point DIRECTLY at you, it’s more than enough to narrow down the list of users if the need arises. Especially if you come to consider that a few clauses back, they claimed to be keeping track of your IP address, as well as other details.
But wait, there’s more.
- They collect your name and email upon registration;
- Depending on your preferred payment method, they might require your phone number and address;
- Since they use third parties for payment processing, credit card info is not saved on Astrill’s servers;
- Pages visited by users, their IP addresses and activities performed are recorded whenever visiting the website and its mirror domains;
A quick introduction to Astrill VPN
We’ve headed to the product’s landing page to learn a thing or two about Astrill as a product, as a service, and we’ve found a bunch of features that we would like to discuss briefly.
- “Surf anonymously” – no argument there, there’s nothing mentioned about activity logging;
- “Surf like from home wherever you are” – we now know that this is a lie, we’ve seen the list of restricted locations and it’s not that small;
- “VPN servers in 115 cities across 64 countries” – no argument there, either;
- “Trusted by millions around the world” – arguable;
Scrolling a bit lower we stumble upon this claim:
“Hide your online identity and surf web anonymously. Your IP address is a total secret – so you will never be tracked.”
We’ve also spotted a “Connect unlimited devices” feature listed on their website, which is obviously misleading, especially when a bit higher on the same page you can find the “up to 5 devices” statement.
Among the other features advertised on their website, you can find:
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited server switches
- Unlimited speed
- 24/7 support
- No logs kept
- BitCoin supported
- Servers in 64 countries
- 7 days of free trial
Let’s hope we won’t find any more ‘inconsistencies’ from here on.
Creating an account
You can’t use Astrill’s services if you don’t create an account, so let’s get to work. Creating an Astrill account can be done by performing the following:
- Navigate to the landing page of the product;
- Type your email address in the designated box;
- Hit the “Start free trial” button;
- Check the inbox of the email address you just used for registration for the confirmation mail and open it;
- Confirm your phone number (??);
- Your account is now created;
So if you want a trial, you must verify your phone number. Not weird at all.
- Navigate to the landing page of the product;
- Head to the “Pricing” section of the website;
- Choose a subscription plan by clicking it;
- Scroll down till you see a “Create account” section;
- Fill in your name, e-mail, password and password confirmation;
- Decide if you want the 7-day trial;
- Hit the “Continue to payment” button;
- Choose your preferred payment method;
- Fill in your payment details;
- Complete your order;
That’s it. You’ve successfully created an Astrill account.
Downloading the Astrill VPN app on your computer
Astrill doesn’t give you any direct download links if you don’t have an account, so if you didn’t already, we suggest you do so by following the steps listed above.
- Navigate to the landing page;
- Log into your account by using the “Login” button in the top-right corner of the screen;
- Hit the “Download software” button;
- Select the device you want to download the app for;
- Click the “Download Astrill VPN” button on the newly-opened page;
You can choose from Windows, macOS, iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, Linux and Router categories.
Checking the installer for malware
If you don’t do this all the time (checking everything for malware), maybe you should, since there’s a chance that every source, even trustworthy ones, could get targeted by cyber attacks, given that they’re getting more and more creative by the day.
Although not 100% accurate (since 0-days take longer to get detected and filtered), we’re using VirusTotal to check our files, since it’s better to have a lower-than-100% success rate than to skip checking our files at all.
During the scan, one of the antivirus engines detected “AdWare.JS.ChromeExt.a” as potential malware within the installer. However, more often than not, those alerts are false positives. You can check our result here and our screenshot below.
Installing the application
We’re just going to go through the installation steps with you and not over-encumber you with needless information. If you need further guidance, check our screenshots below.
- Double-click the downloaded installer;
- Accept the License Agreement by selecting the “I accept the agreement” radio button;
- Hit “Next”;
- Decide whether you want a desktop shortcut to be created or not;
- Hit the “Install” button in the confirmation screen;
- Wait for the process to unfold;
- Select “Install” in the confirmation dialog for device software;
- Restart your computer when prompted;
- Hit the “Finish” button;
After restarting the computer, Astrill will be installed on your computer.
The version we’ve installed on our PC is 3.7.
Running Astrill VPN on your computer
Astrill’s main window is probably the tiniest we’ve ever seen yet and it fashions a theme that seems somewhat outdated: round buttons, dark theme, all of that. More so, since the window is so tiny, it feels a little cluttered especially when you try to access all of its features.
After you use your login credentials to gain access to the app, you’ll be prompted by the ‘real’ main window, which is just as small and it encompasses a server selection menu, the expiration date of your subscription, the program’s version, a visual traffic analyzer, a on/off switch, a protocol selection menu and a “more” menu. Yeah, you’re asking yourself where do all of these fit?
Well, apparently, they do. If you want to secure your connection, just select a server from the list and flip the switch to “ON.” That’s all you have to do. Now if you want to perform additional actions…
A bunch of extra features
Astrill lets you in on some extra features if you want to customize your VPN experience with them. If you want to access them, all you have to do is press the hamburger menu button (three horizontal lines, top-left corner) and go nuts.
For once, you can customize the technology you’re using to connect to your favorite VPN server, but first, you have to select it. You can choose from OpenWeb, OpenVPN, StealthVPN and WireGuard, all of which are customizable.
More so, there’s a site filter that lets you tunnel or exclude some websites, enable a “Tunnel browsers only” feature and then choose what browsers will be affected by your decision, toggle an ad blocker as well as whitelist websites on it, block tracking sites, and toggle VPN sharing capabilities.
However, we recommend that you first familiarize yourselves with those features before operating them, since doing so in an irresponsible manner can bring damage to your connection.
Messing with the settings
The settings section of Astrill can be found in the same place as the extra features since they’re part of the same little menu. Although you can customize a whole lot of parameters, we’re a bit disappointed with the layout management.
Instead of having a separate “Settings” window with easy-to-navigate tabs, Astrill shoved all the configuration options in the tiny menu and used the main screen of the app as their display, so every time you want to jump to another configuration section, you have to re-open the menu and select it from there, which is kind of a hassle.
You can show or hide the tray icon, use a “big servers menu” feature, which is not necessarily big, only a bit bigger than the default one, choose what to tunnel, set the port, choose the protocols, enable the automatic tunneling of apps, set the app to operate on the system’s proxy, configure the proxy, automatically clear cookies, enable a kill switch, prevent DNS, IPv6 and WebRTC IP leaks.
However, note that the settings menu WILL change depending on which mode you select. For instance, OpenWeb won’t have the kill switch option, since it has it built in, but it will have a “keep alive” option which bypasses the kill switch. As before, make sure you know what you’re doing when operating these settings if you don’t want to mess up your connection.
List of servers
While it’s not exactly a list of servers, we found a list of locations where Astrill have placed their VPN servers, with the mention that some of them support private IP addresses (if you decide to purchase them from Astrill).
- Los Angeles [Private IPs available]
- Dallas [Private IPs available]
- Fremont [Private IPs available]
- New York [Private IPs available]
- Seattle [Private IPs available]
- Chicago [Private IPs available]
- Miami [Private IPs available]
- Phoenix [Private IPs available]
- San Jose
- San Francisco [Private IPs available]
- Newark [Private IPs available]
- Kansas City
- Washington DC
- Salt Lake City [Private IPs available]
- Santa Clara [Private IPs available]
- Atlanta [Private IPs available]
- Las Vegas
- Oklahoma City [Private IPs available]
- St Louis
- Buffalo [Private IPs available]
- Hong Kong [Private IPs available]
- London [Private IPs available]
- Manchester [Private IPs available]
- Maidenhead [Private IPs available]
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
- Oostkamp [Private IPs available]
- Zurich [Private IPs available]
- Frankfurt [Private IPs available]
- Hanau Am Main [Private IPs available]
- Frankfurt Am Main
- Copenhagen [Private IPs available]
- Tallinn [Private IPs available]
- Valencia [Private IPs available]
- Helsinki [Private IPs available]
- Reims [Private IPs available]
- Budapest [Private IPs available]
- Codogno [Private IPs available]
- Siauliai [Private IPs available]
- Luxembourg [Private IPs available]
- Amsterdam [Private IPs available]
- Oslo [Private IPs available]
- Warsaw [Private IPs available]
- Moscow [Private IPs available]
- Stockholm [Private IPs available]
- North York [Private IPs available]
- Mexico City
- Johannesburg [Private IPs available]
United Arab Emirates:
- Ramat Hasharon
- Seoul [Private IPs available]
- Yong-dong [Private IPs available]
- Kuala Lumpur
- Singapore [Private IPs available]
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Sydney [Private IPs available]
- Casula [Private IPs available]
- Buenos Aires
- Vina del Mar
However, we also found the list of VPN servers along with their addresses, in case you want to establish a connection manually.
|USA – Los Angeles||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||lakv.asn247.net|
|USA – Denver 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||dn2.asn247.net|
|USA – Dallas 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||dal1.asn247.net|
|USA – Fremont 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||gfm.asn247.net|
|USA – San Jose 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||sjo.asn247.net|
|[China] Supercharged 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||lacn2.asn247.net|
|[China] Supercharged 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||gla4.asn247.net|
|[China] Supercharged 3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||last2.asn247.net|
|USA – China Optimized 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||co.asn247.net|
|USA – China Optimized 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||gla3.asn247.net|
|USA – Los Angeles 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||gla1.asn247.net|
|USA – Los Angeles 4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||la3.asn247.net|
|USA – Los Angeles 5||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||la4.asn247.net|
|USA – Los Angeles 6||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||glap.asn247.net|
|Los Angeles Optimized||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||laz.asn247.net|
|USA – Seattle 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||gst1.asn247.net|
|USA – Seattle 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||gst2.asn247.net|
|USA – San Francisco||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||sf.asn247.net|
|USA – Portland||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||pt.asn247.net|
|USA – Salt Lake 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||slc.asn247.net|
|USA – Kansas||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||ka.asn247.net|
|USA – Washington||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||wa.asn247.net|
|USA – New York 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||ny1.asn247.net|
|USA – New York 3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||nw3.asn247.net|
|USA – Chicago 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||gch.asn247.net|
|USA – Chicago 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||ch2.asn247.net|
|USA – Miami 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||mi1.asn247.net|
|USA – Las Vegas||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||lv.asn247.net|
|USA – St Louis||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||sl.asn247.net|
|UK – London 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||uk1.asn247.net|
|UK – Gosport||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||uk2.asn247.net|
|UK – Gloucester||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||uk3.asn247.net|
|Germany – Frankfurt||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||de1.asn247.net|
|Germany – Hanau||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||de3.asn247.net|
|France – Roubaix||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||fr1.asn247.net|
|France – Reims||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||fr2.asn247.net|
|Australia – Melbourne||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||au2.asn247.net|
|Australia – Sydney 1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||au3.asn247.net|
|Hong Kong 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||hk2.asn247.net|
|Hong Kong 4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||hk4.asn247.net|
VPN configuration parameters:
IPSec Pre-shared key/secret: way2stars
L2TP Secret: (Disabled)
IPSec Pre-shared key/secret: way2stars
Group for Mac/iPhone/iPad/Shrew: (blank)
Group for Android on VPNC: Android
Services that they can unlock
Astrill VPN can and does unlock some of the most popular entertainment services out there, which include Netflix along with its U.S. version, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Spotify and BBC iPlayer.
Not to burst your bubble or anything, but these entertainment service providers have, more or less, decided to wage war on VPN companies and their users and restrict them from accessing their services.
TOR and torrenting support
A wide range of computer users turn to VPN solutions whenever they face the risk of their anonimity to be uncovered, especially when engaging in P2P file-sharing activities such as torrenting. So, naturally, we’ve decided to give torrenting a try when using Astrill.
We’ve connected to a P2P-friendly server (we found out that they’re marked with a star), fired up our torrenting tool and attempted to download (legally, of course) a file. We encountered no interruptions, no throttles, no slowdowns. Bottom line: Astrill is torrent-friendly.
How about TOR? Well, this is some sort of a gray area. While it does work with Astrill, our recommendation would be to pick either one you feel more comfortable with, and stick with it. The reason why is that TOR, although adding an extra layer of security when used in conjunction with your VPN, will slow your connection speed down to a pulp.
More so, if you’re unfortunate enough to pass your traffic through a malicious TOR exit node, you should know that these nodes can usually intercept your traffic, since they pass it in an unencrypted manner.
However, if you just want to access the secret services that TOR unlocks for you, you’re in luck, since Astrill features support for the .onion websites natively. You just have to be connected to an Astrill VPN server and you’re free to access the .onion websites.
Astrill pretty much got you covered regarding customer support, as they include a live chat system, a contact form, a FAQ section, video tutorials and setup manuals for every device that they support.
So if you’re not a fan of basic human interaction, you can just explore their ‘knowledge base’ and try to fix the situation by yourself (if there is one to begin with, obviously).
We’ve tried contacting them by using both the live chat and the contact form, and we were nothing short of pleased. The live chat was obviously faster than the contact form, but both methods yielded prompt, friendly and, most of all, helpful replies from the customer support crew.
Security check-up results
It’s time for performing our security tests and for that to happen, we chose a server located in New York, U.S.A.. As usual, our security tests will unfold exactly as described in this article.
Conclusion: As you can see from the screenshots below, the ipleak service couldn’t be accessed while connected to Astrill. We tried switching servers and even modes, but to no avail, the service remained unreachable, but only while connected to Astrill. Disconnecting from the service let us access the website without any issue.
Aside from some inconsistency (?) regarding the server’s location (displayed somewhere in New Jersey instead of New York), we encountered no IP, DNS, WebRTC and Flash IP leaks. The difference between the servers’ locations might be a consequence of using virtual servers instead of physical ones.
Speed test results
As opposed to our security tests, which are based on a single server, speed tests require multiple ones, so we handpicked a few, aiming for a wide spread, to highlight the service’s capabilities on various locations.
The speed test results are back and are as follows:
- U.S.A. – 71 Mbps;
- Netherlands – 74 Mbps;
- Japan – 19 Mbps;
- Australia – 41 Mbps;
- Egypt – 1.1 Mbps;
- Brazil – 3.2 Mbps;
The speed tests yielded some pretty crazy speeds in the first half of our speed testing procedures, but dropped dramatically in the second half, so we can’t say it scores high in the speed tests, if you take the average value of the results into consideration. No matter if the U.S.A. and Netherlands servers reached some pretty sweet speeds, the Egypt and Brazil ones were downright disappointing.
You have probably figured it out by now since we’ve mentioned this in the account creation section, but Astrill VPN comes with a trial version that enables you to take it for a test drive before purchasing a subscription plan. It’s a fairly generous one since it comes with 7 days of usage, but it does have some limitations, such as not unlocking all of the available servers for you to use.
On the other hand, if you want to benefit from the 7-day trial, you must provide Astrill with your email address and, shortly after, with your name and phone number as well, since that’s what they’re using as identification data to prevent abuse.
Here’s the list of subscription plan prices that Astrill VPN provides you with:
|1 Month||6 Months||1 Year|
As you can see, the monthly price is fairly high and the larger subscriptions are also not very generous with their discount, comparing to other similar VPN services.
Bottom line, Astrill is a VPN service provider based in Seychelles, which although isn’t a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances and permits the usage of VPNs, does have its own set of restrictions and rules regarding Internet usage.
The company’s terms of service might seem normal at first, but if you take a closer look you’ll find some clauses that heavily contradict the initial idea behind the Astrill project, which was to provide a boundless Internet connection to anyone, regardless of location. Instead, we found that there is a considerably large list of countries (including Seychelles, where the company and service are based) that are forbidden from accessing their service and potential customers in those locations are threatened with termination of services without any refund. That’s harsh.
The application comes with the tiniest window we’ve encountered to this point on a VPN application and gave us the impression that its designer just grabbed a handful of features and crammed them up there nice and tight. The clutter is only made worse by the fact that the “Settings” menu doesn’t have a standalone window, but it shares the same space as the main screen, and using it is generally counter-intuitive. However, they provide you with a test speed that not only has a standalone window, but it’s also a huge one compared to the app’s size.
You can configure a whole lot of settings since there is a wide range of possibilities regarding the customization of the app and the way it works, ranging from selecting a preferred mode (WireGuard, OpenVPN, OpenWeb and StealthVPN) to enabling a kill switch and IP and DNS leak protection.
During our security tests, we picked up a bit of malware with VirusTotal, but we brushed it off as being a false-positive since we’ve detected nothing wrong on our computer after installing the app. More so, no leaks of any kind were detected, but a bunch of inconsistencies regarding the server’s location were picked up by 2 out of 3 test tools (one of the 3 tools was blocked by Astrill for unknown reasons).
Our speed tests had a great start with results as high as 74 Mbps, then dropped dramatically to a low value of 1.1 Mbps, which was kind of disappointing, to be honest.
Astrill can unlock various popular entertainment services such as Netflix, U.S. Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, works great with torrenting clients as long as you select a suitable P2P server (marked with a golden star) and not only supports TOR, but it also has native .onion support, meaning that as long as you’re connected to an Astrill VPN server, you’ll be able to access hidden .onion websites without the aid of TOR.
It comes with a limited 7-day trial that lets you test its features, but they require your name, email and phone number during registration. Furthermore, if you decide to purchase a subscription plan after the trial expires, know that their prices are not exactly on the small side, not even after applying the discount.
+ No leaks detected; (5)
+ Works with TOR (native support for .onion websites) and torrenting; (5)
+ Can unlock Netflix and other popular services; (5)
+ Free limited trial; (4)
– Logging and monitoring is involved; (0)
– Low speed values in some locations; (0)
– Some inconsistencies regarding server location; (1)
– Poorly-designed app with cluttered layout; (1)
– Blocked one of our security testing tools without any possibility of bringing it back; (0)
– High subscription plan prices, even when discounted, compared with other services; (0)
– Lie about “unlimited devices” when the actual number of maximum devices supported is ‘5’; (0)
Astrill VPN receives a 1.75/5 rating.