The following service that we’ve caught our attention and decided to perform our research, tests and review on, is called SaferVPN. There’s just something about being somewhat suggestive when naming your service that gets almost every VPN service provider.
Given that this service has been launched in a time of need, when many countries were heavily focused on censoring various publications, social media platforms and other means of information that might’ve been deemed as dangerous to some entities, it’s no wonder that a suggestive name was a strong move from VPN developers.
As usual, this article holds a lot of useful information about SaferVPN, ranging from its history, how it came to be, events that it has been involved in, details about the company that developed and is currently supporting its services, test procedures and results and more. So, if you’re curious about the outcome, join us in this discovery-based journey to see if it really holds up to its standards.
Something to begin with
You’re maybe curious about the birthplace, time of conceiving, and reason for creating such a service. First thing’s first, the company behind this project is called Safer Social Ltd., but the story behind this service is much, much more interesting than just the basic “company X developed Y product” story.
In 2013, a team of cyber security-focused software developers, including founders Sagi Gidali and Amit Bareket, released SaferVPN. The parent company behind the SaferVPN first got success after developing and patenting a service for aiding law enforcement in successfully identifying and busting car thieves. The first application created by the two co-founders mentioned above won the second place in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.
Dark times passed
A few years ago, in 2014 to be more specific, Turkey made an attempt at Internet freedom by enforcing a block on Twitter, which was, is, and probably will be a major player in the social media market. As a response, SaferVPN launched an initiative suggestively called #UnblockTheWeb, which gave users the chance of unlocking the forbidden content by providing them with free access to their VPN services. The #UnblockTheWeb initiative was made possible with the help of the non-profit “Advancing Human Rights” and their crowd-sourcing platform, Movements.org. Their aim was to provide users who lived in closed societies all around the world at least one million hours of Internet access.
But there’s more to come. In the year of 2016, the same initiative provided free VPN accounts to a coalition of bloggers from Bangladesh, so that they could communicate with each other in a stress-free manner. Apple tagged along and, in the same year, approved of SaferVPN to implement an automatic Wi-Fi security system. This patented technology would alert users whenever they connected to a Wi-Fi network that was not secure, even in the situation that their devices were locked, thus preventing privacy violations, data leaks and other unfortunate incidents.
SaferVPN advocates and fights for Internet freedom, without any boundaries or censorship to anyone, regardless of location. According to their website, they have successfully established beneficial collaborations with global NGOs, and several free-speech activists who are unfortunate enough to live in countries that are highly censored.
“At SaferVPN, we aim to provide secure, private and uncensored internet to anyone, anywhere. As Internet freedom fighters, we’ve successfully established ground-breaking collaborations with global NGOs and free speech activists living in highly censored countries.”
An accurate example of such a country would be China, which denies its inhabitants the right to use Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Google and various other services. Another similar situation is that of services that are only available in their parent countries, or, if they’re available in other countries as well, their quality is highly diminished or content is heavily censored (e.g. Netflix, Pandora, Spotify).
The mission SaferVPN has embarked on aims to disrupt these “local villages” that have formed over the last few years and help users bypass these unfair restrictions, whether it’s censorship or geographical limitation we’re talking about. Last, but not least, SaferVPN’s service also helps its users to remain connected without being monitored by government institutions, large companies, ISPs or other malevolent users and connect to public Wi-Fi networks without compromising their security, as well.
What about privacy?
Wandering around SaferVPN’s website, we were starting to get more and more curious about the location of the company, since we didn’t find any direct statement, such as “X company is based in Y country” or something similar.
What we did find, however, was a mention about Israel on one of their pages, along with some explanations why you shouldn’t be concerned about Big Brother. Alright, that’s good enough for us a confirmation as any: the company is based in Israel.
Now for the clarification: Israel had a history of collaborations with government surveillance programs, which might make you rise a brow when you learn about SaferVPN’s location. Maybe that’s the reason why they don’t say it upfront and let you do some digging on your own, these concerns might cost them the trust of some customers, even though their policy is in favor of its users.
The three reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned that are proudly displayed on their website are as follows:
“Israel’s new Privacy Protection Regulations came into effect in May 2018
Israeli law protects information security under the Protection of Privacy Law (PPL).
Israel’s Supreme Court limits authorities’ power to invade privacy.”
We couldn’t just put them out there and leave them like that, we want to clarify a bunch of things as well. However, if you want to check for yourself, here you go, the Privacy Protection Regulations, the Protection of Privacy Law (PPL) and the article referring to Big Brother Law limitation.
Although certain data can be collected (the “Big Brother Law” hasn’t been completely abolished), it can only be used to aid law enforcement in solving a concrete crime case and not gathered idly or used for “general crime prevention.”
It has been noticed that, given total freedom on the matter, certain institutions had “exceeded their authority under the law,” and, as a response, some limits have been set in order to prevent such events from ever re-occurring. Thus, the limitation is applied in such a way that keeps individual privacy violations to a minimum and, even more, limits them to cases of crucial necessity.
First thing’s first, the policy has been updated on the 1st of August 2018, a month after Israel’s new Privacy Protection Regulations came into effect. The PP begins by informing you that the team is “committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of our users.”
Also, a few lines after, they state that no browsing activity, data or IP address is collected, logged or stored. However, they also mention that a minimum of data is collected though, but that it doesn’t store any personal information, therefore it couldn’t be shared, not even if they wanted to, since it doesn’t exist.
The full excerpt is as follows:
“[…]At SaferVPN (hereinafter – “us”, “we”, “our”), we understand your legitimate privacy concerns. We want you to know we are committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of our users (alternatively – “you”, “your”).
We do not collect, log or store any browsing activity, data or IP addresses. (Please refer to Section 3 “Collection of Information” for further details).
Since we only collect the minimal usage statistics needed to maintain the quality of our service, and do not store users’ personal information, we cannot, willingly or unwillingly, share user information with third-parties or government authorities – because this data does not exist.”
Data they do collect
Alright, so the zero-log policy is not exactly zero-log. But if they do collect some data, then what type of information are they looking for? Reading the same document, we learn that you can be asked for details such as, but not limited to your name, telephone number and email address. You’re not obligated to share these details with them, but refusing to do so “may prevent you from accessing and using the Web Services or using certain Web Service features.”
Scrolling down, we discover that some VPN data is also collected while you’re using their service, claiming that the reason for collecting it is to maintain the quality of their service. This data consists of:
“date and time on which the Session began, date and time on which the Session ended,
the amount of data transmitted during each Session,
to which location (eg. USA East) (We do not hold servers’ IP addresses),
and from which country you connected from (We do not hold IP addresses).”
Another excerpt from the PP discloses that browsing activity, data or IP addresses are not collected, logged or stored:
“At SaferVPN we guarantee that we will never log your browsing activity, data or IP addresses including:
Any of the websites you visited in the past or plan on visiting in the future.
Any data you may have downloaded, shared, or viewed.
Any of your IP address or DNS queries..
If for any reason a government, business, or any other type of organization will want to acquire from us any user data mentioned in this policy, it will be impossible for us to do so because the data simply does not exist.”
A few words abut SaferVPN
Alright, we’ve learned that the company behind this project has been founded in 2013 by Amit Bareket and Sagi Gidali, but there are still some things that have not been discussed.
According to their website, as of September 2017, SaferVPN boasts a total of 700 servers in more than 34 locations world-wide. While that’s not the largest network of servers we’ve encountered, it is still an admirable amount.
However, the complete list of serves is not disclosed anywhere on the website, so it’s hard to know exactly how many of them are available to the wide public. You can still see a map of server locations, but selecting any of the pins on that map won’t trigger any effect. Hovering your mouse cursor on top of a pin will just display its name.
Protocols they use for keeping your data safe
This is one of the most important aspects when choosing a VPN provider: checking for protocols they offer support for, since these little guys will help you keep your data safe, even in the event of a breach (yes, I’m talking about hackers.)
Alright, coming back to our list: SaferVPN lets you choose from four different protocols, as listed here:
- OpenVPN – this is the most commonly-used protocol thanks to both its security level and overall performance;
- PPTP – also known as Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol, it is commonly-used for its basic encryption that provides its users with high connection speeds;
- L2TP/IPSec – Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol is a secure alternative, but slower than other protocols; is a good alternative only if OpenVPN or IKEv2 are unavailable; requires the use of certificates or a shared key;
- IKEv2 – this is the newest and fastest protocol available; provides good security but not all platforms feature support for IKEv2.
Supports several device types
Ok, so you do want a VPN service to unlock various contents for you and keep your connection anonymous, but you’re not just a regular user: you have several devices that need the same level of protection.
Fortunately, SaferVPN doesn’t stop at just Windows-enabled computers, but features support for several other device types. The list comprises Windows computers, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux devices, Chrome, Firefox, eBook readers, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone and Blackberry phones, streaming media such as Open Elec, Amazon Kindle Fire, Roku, Apple TV, Smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick TV, Kodi, Popcorn Time, PS3, PS4, Chromecast, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, routers, NAS and VPN-sharing devices.
To be honest, that’s an impressive list of supported devices, maybe the one with the widest range we’ve encountered so far. More so, each device has an installation guide available on the website, in case you ever get lost or confuse during the setup.
Limited number of devices
Unfortunately, the maximum number of devices you can run the application, simultaneously, on the same account, is 5 devices. However, instead of purchasing a new license if you plan to use it on more than 5 devices, you can just go to your account details and hit the “add more” hyperlink. This lets you add more devices (up to 20) for a cost, obviously.
Although we used the “unfortunately” term above, this is not an uncommon practice, limiting the number of devices per account, since this can be easily exploited by customers by simply sharing the same account with several others, leeching from the same account. Netflix learned this the hard way and they’re now struggling to stop this account sharing phenomenon.
How does it do that?
We know a lot of what it can do, but how exactly does it work? Well, for starters, the first step would be installing the client on the device of their choice, pick the desired server location from the combo menu and hit the connection button.
Once the location has been selected and the connection procedure has been initiated, the customer receives an alternate IP address matching that of the server they’re connected to. Until the connection is closed, the IP address along with everything it involves, will remain the same (spoofed/masked). In other words, you’ll be perceived online as if you were browsing the Internet from the location you chose.
How can you use that to your advantage
Among the reasons to use such a service in the first place you can find, of course, securing your connection (protecting your privacy against prying eyes), unlock geo-restricted content or censored/banned services, platforms and apps, as well as save money on flights, streaming services, car rental, etc.
It is well-known that more often than not, some service providers do little to no effort in order to ensure that their pricing is a fair one, depending on the consumer profile. For instance, Netflix provides its services for the same prince in US as in the rest of the world, which is highly unfair to begin with. On top of that, they also block certain contents for non-US users, so it’s kind of a double-damage situation.
Using a VPN service such as SaferVPN spoofs your location and virtually places you in any country you want, as long as they have an active server in that location that you can connect to.
Deploying SaferVPN on your PC
As we’ve previously discussed this matter before, we will refer to installing this application only on Windows-enabled computers, since we belive they’re the most commonly-used devices in correlation with this kind of service and also one of the most commonly-owned devices.
First thing you need to do would be downloading the installation executable to your computer. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the setup kit was available to download (visible and all) right after you log into your account on their website, since other providers do superhuman efforts to hide the download button as well as they can. Just click the “SaferVPN for PC” button in the designated window to start the download.
The actual installation process doesn’t take long and it can be figured out even by the least experienced computer users, since all you have to do is accept the End User License Agreement and follow the on-screen instructions embedded in the wizard layout. The rest of the process is carried out automatically, without any additional assistance on your side. The version we’ve installed is 4.4.2.
Using it for the first time
Now it’s all set up and waiting for you to launch it, but before you get to all it has to offer, you must provide it with valid credentials. After typing your username (email) and password in the designated fields and toggling the “remember password” option according to your needs, you’re brought to the main window.
As you can notice by looking at the app (or at the gorgeous screenshots below), SaferVPN is quite simplistic, but not in a bad way at all. It packs everything you need to get you started without crowding your screen too much. More so, hitting the close (x) button will just take it out of your sight, minimizing it to the System Tray, so you can keep on working without thinking about it too much.
Simple does the trick
Like magicians who don’t reveal the tricks up their sleeve, sometimes it’s best to not spoil the magic by keeping things out of sight. I’m not talking about secrecy, but for users who prefer a simple approach, this kind of interface does the trick pretty good. One push of a button and you’re anonymous and instantly browsing from another country.
However, that doesn’t mean that SaferVPN doesn’t come with a bunch of nifty switches that you can tinker with, especially if you’re into this. At the top-right corner of the main window you’ll notice the sandwich button (the one looking like three horizontal lines one on top of another). Clicking this lets you access your account profile on the service’s website, upgrade your account, sign out and, finally, get into the “Settings” window.
The famous “Settings” window
As before, the “Settings” window isn’t something to be scared of, since its layout is still user-friendly and its functions intuitive enough to be used even by novices.
This window is divided into five main categories, which are quite self-explanatory: “General,” “Protocols,” “Auto-WiFi,” “Kill Switch” and “Support.” Ok, maybe the “Auto-WiFi” is a bit ambiguous, but we’ve mentioned before and if you paid attention, you probably know what it’s all about.
Tampering with the settings
It’s worth mentioning that not a single parameter you’ll change will crash the application or make it unusable, unsafe, unsecured and so on. This can be a bit of a letdown for users who like living life on the fast lane, but it’s great news for novices who might want to experiment for a bit knowing that nothing could go wrong with their service.
First thing’s first, we got the “General” tab, where you can set the app to be launched on OS startup, toggle if you want it to start as minimized or not, show notifications whenever you connect or disconnect to a VPN server, perform a manual update check and enable sending crash reports automatically to the support team (hey, I didn’t say the app will NEVER crash).
The “Protocols” category comprise the ones we’ve talked about earlier, plus an additional one called “Automatic.” You probably figured out what this is, but, if not, we’ll let you know that this option connects to the best protocol in the list. You can leave it like that if you’re unsure, or just use OpenVPN.
The “Auto-WiFi” section we talked about earlier lets you enable automatic Wi-Fi security whenever you’re browsing the Internet over unsecured Wi-Fi networks. This provides you with instant protection by keeping your data safe. From this same section you can enable a “Trusted Wi-Fi Network Management” feature, which lets you add SSIDs to the list that don’t need the added security.
If you’re familiar with VPN software, then you probably know what the “Kill Switch” is. Basically, it’s a measure of protection that stops all the Internet traffic if you get disconnected from SaferVPN unexpectedly. Some hackers used this technique, of attempting to severe the client’s connection to the VPN, so that they could accurately locate them and uncover other bits of private data. More so, it can also happen when you’re using torrents, that your computer will automatically connect to the next available network and resume the download or upload process, creating a breach in your security system. Using the “Kill Switch” makes sure that this won’t be an issue. You can also allow access to local network printers from the same category.
Last, but not least, the “Support” tab enables you to open the “Knowledge Base,” open a “Support ticket” and even run a speed test directly from the app. Using any of the three mentioned features will open a new tab in your web browser with the function you requested.
Connecting to a server
Once you launch the app, you’ll probably find that a server has been already selected for you and is just waiting for you to connect to it. However, if you’re not satisfied with this selection, you can easily change it by clicking the “pinpoint” button next to the large “CONNECT” one. It can be easily missed, but if you know how a map pinpoint looks, you should have no problem identifying and operating it.
Once you press it, a secondary window will become visible on your screen, along with a combo menu that hosts several locations, sorted by a bunch of criteria, including “Favorite,” “Recommended” and “All locations.” Furthermore, you can let the app decide what server to connect to by choosing the “Automatic” option from this menu.
Each server can be added to a “Favorite” collection by clicking the star button next to it. This places the server higher on the list, so that you can notice it quicker and connect to it with minimum efforts.
List of locations
Here’s a list of locations that SaferVPN harbors its servers in, as available on their website. As stated before, only the list of locations is available, the full list of servers is not accessible to the wide public.
The list is as follows:
United Kingdom (Streaming)
United States (East)
United States (West)
United States (Streaming)
Middle East & Africa:
As you can see, the list doesn’t exactly comprise an outstanding amount of locations, but it’s to be appreciated that a wide and varied range of the world has been covered by their network. One quick glance at the in-app list of locations lets us know that for US and UK there are special streaming servers that you can connect to for an optimized experience with streaming services.
Unlocking content with SaferVPN
It’s time to run a quick rundown on services that can be fully unlocked with the aid of this VPN service provider. Although new entertainment flood the market day by day, not all of us are fortunate of us to have 100% access to them, since some are partially censored, while others are completely banned from certain locations or for some users.
Take Netflix for example. Originally a service for US residents, it has recently opened its exclusive gates to other countries as well. However, aside from the fact that the service has the same price for US and non-US residents, some of the content it delivers to US customers is not available at all for users in other countries. Double the unfairness.
Fortunately, VPN providers such as SaferVPN can help you trick the system by making it believe you’re a US resident. How? As stated above, you just connect to a US server and the service you’re trying to access will “see” you as a US resident. Although, recently, Netflix started addressing VPN users and started cracking down on them, closing accounts and severing access to their services. Most of the time, VPN providers don’t take responsibility for these incidents, so tread carefully.
Some services, as explained above, are blocked entirely in certain locations. Using a VPN usually bypasses this censorship, but in some situations you have to take some extra steps. For instance, some countries also ban VPN usage, so you have to connect to VPN servers manually, by inputting the server’s address.
As stated on SaferVPN’s website, you can unlock various services such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia (English pages are blocked in China, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia), YouTube, Google and Whatsapp.
Since using a VPN service has the ability to virtually place you anywhere else in the world (for instance, in countries where the services above are not censored/blocked), you can easily bypass these limitations.
Unblock Smart TVs and streaming devices
Another SaferVPN feature that’s worth mentioning in our review is the unlocking of Smart TVs and other popular streaming devices, such as the Chromecast, Xbox and Playstation gaming consoles.
If you’re unfortunate enough, you’ve probably encountered the dreaded “Content unavailable in your country” message prompt or maybe a similar one when using any of the devices mentioned above. However, the situation can be fixed.
Since this VPN service doesn’t provide you with native support for the Smart TVs and other streaming devices named above, you must follow a different approach. Actually you have to chose between two alternatives: either use your laptop to create a virtual hotspot (after you connect to a VPN server, that is, since all the traffic will be routed through the VPN server), or use a VPN-enabled router (after you configure it to the server of your choice).
Customer support services
The SaferVPN customer support has got you covered in more than just a way. As soon as you’ve landed on their homepage, you’ll notice a round avatar icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen with a chat bubble, greeting you and asking if there’s anything the support team can assist you with.
Curiosity got the best of us and we clicked it and a chat little prompt appeared, along with an inviting “Chat Now” button. Shortly after pressing it, we needed to fill in some details such as an email address, specify whether we’re existing customers or not and choose a issue we wanted to discuss about. Along “Inquiry/question” and “Technical issue” there was also an “Other” option we could pick. The customer support was friendly, replied in short notice and had no trouble in answering all of our questions. At the end of the chat, you can give the person who you chatted with a thumbs up or a thumbs down, depending on your experience, and also save the transcript.
If that’s not enough to satisfy your customer support needs, you’ll be glad to know that SaferVPN also provides you with a ticket system, an article database with integrated “Search” functionality, a FAQ section, a Help Center, as well as a collection of quickstart guides that are sorted by device type.
Each one of the quickstart articles can effectively guide you through the whole installation process and even throw you a bit of information about using the app efficiently, depending on the device you’re using it on.
If that’s not enough, you’ll be glad to find out that (like numerous other important VPN service providers) they keep a blog, where you can keep yourself up-to-date with various cyber-security-related information, but they’re also available on major social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
A quick glance on their social media pages lets us know that these pages are quite well-kept, with frequent updates. We also attempted to contact them on Facebook, since this platform provided us with more relevant information, such as the typical response time, which currently is situated around the “1h” mark. So, whatever your needs are regarding customer support, it’s likely that SaferVPN has, indeed, got you covered.
Prepping our tools and such
If you’re familiar with our reviews, you probably know that no VPN service provider we ever had our hands on could dodge our tests, the part where we try the service’s capabilities against various scenarios and then come to you with fresh results.
As usual, we’re going to test whether the product we’re currently analyzing can really provide you with air-tight security by checking for any leaks that might occur while connected to the Internet. After the security tests come to an end, we’ll focus on whether the service boasts high-speed servers.
We understand that some users go for speed-oriented VPN providers, without taking into consideration the implications of having an insecure VPN. We strongly believe that an efficient VPN service should first ensure the security, privacy and overall well being of its customers and then worry about high speed values. Of course, an ideal provider comes with both top-notch security and high-speed, but if given a choice, most should focus on the former.
IP X will be used for security tests, while Netflix’s fast.com service will be our tool of choice when deciding whether the service we’re testing can actually provide you with the speed values that the team behind it brags about. Stay tuned.
The results are in!
First, we’re going to take a look at the security results. If you’re in a hurry and are not a huge fan of chewing the fat with us, you can take a look for yourself here.
Our IP was successfully masked in order to match the one displayed in the application’s main window. So far so good. The PTR record was also looking good, our country, city, latitude and longitude were accurately pointing at the location we chose in the application, while the ASN, ISP and domain name pointed to AS20473 Choopa, LLC, Vultr Holdings LLC, respectively vultr.com. The IP type was detected as non-residential (Data Center).
Moving down, IPv6 geolocation data was not available (good thing), DNS pointed to a cluster of addresses located in Belgium, with a Google ASN, while WebRTC and Flash IP data was invisible. The rest of the data displayed in the tool such as the user agent, browser and timezone, is standard data and can’t be used for privacy breaches. Good job!
Let’s have a look at speed results, as well
With our security-related concerns out of the way, it is time to make a little room for speed tests, as well. The procedure is executed as follows: we pick a bunch of servers and run our speed test on each one of them.
It goes without saying that if you let the app pick the server for you automatically, you’ll probably be directed to the fastest one, so, obviously, that’s not how we’re going to run our tests. Instead, we pick one server for each continent (for a bit of variety, ensure we have a wide spread), test them and publish the results.
The results came in and are as follows:
Germany – 31 Mbps;
USA East – 43 Mbps;
Argentina – 1.5 Mbps;
South Africa – 6.5 Mbps;
HongKong – 6 Mbps;
Australia – 4.7 Mbps.
We had a little trouble with connecting to the Australia server, but we didn’t do anything special for it to work. We just disconnected, tried again, and our second attempt was successful.
SaferVPN effortlessly passed the speed test, since it boasted pretty high connection speed values, especially for locations that are somehow popular for their bandwidth throttling or Internet censorship. Surprisingly, some servers that were located further away from our current location yielded higher speeds than those which were closer to us. The results are highly satisfactory, if not great.
Unfortunately no trial
For those of you who hoped that you’ll get to sample the product before actually committing to buying a subscription, unfortunately I have to disappoint you: SaferVPN doesn’t offer a trial period for their product.
This is totally understandable, what with recent exploits and workarounds with ghost accounts and fake credit cards. Such service that has to provide its users with airtight security, protect them against various exploits and also grant high connection speed values take time and a whole lot of money is invested behind such advanced projects.
Sure, you could always opt for a free VPN service, but more often than not, those free services seep into your security by allowing ads or other malware components to run on your computer. Or worse, collect your data and sell it to the highest bidder. So you’re not paying with money and believe you’re 100% protected, but the consequences are way worse than losing a bunch of dollars a month. Your call.
Various subscription plans
Now we talk about the money. As any other premium service we’ve previously tested, SaferVPN provides us with a bunch of subscription plans, with the classic “the more you buy, the cheaper it gets” plan in mind.
So far they’ve got three plans, as follows:
- 1 Month plan – 10.99$ per month;
- 1 Year plan – 5.49$ per month; 65.88$ billed every 12 months instead of 131.88$; you save 51%;
- 2 Year plan – 3.29$ per month; 78.96$ billed every 24 months instead of 263.76; you save 71; this is also advertised as their best seller.
On top of that, SaferVPN provides you with a 30-day money-back guarantee. This means that if anytime, during those first 30 days of usage, you change your mind about the application, find it to be not exactly fit to your needs or for any other reason you don’t want it anymore, you can ask for a full refund.
SaferVPN for business
We’ve mentioned earlier that you can add up to a maximum of 20 devices per account, but your billing information will also be updated. What does that mean? It means that each additional device you add to your account will increase the cost of your subscription plan. Simple.
Now the reason why you can’t add more than 20 devices. The team behind SaferVPN also runs a project aimed at business owners, called Perimeter 81, which can be accessed here. Alternatively, if you try to push the limit past 20, you’ll be suggested to visit this page, or you can access it by clicking the “Learn More” button in the “Interested in SaferVPN for Business?” section of your account page.
You can request a demo, access various materials from the page listed above, view a list of products and explore their solutions, sorted by category. But if you’re interested, you should pay them a visit.
Wrapping it up nice and clean
To sum it up, SaferVPN is a VPN service, which means it can protect your privacy while browsing online, but also unlock new content for you, one that’s been subjected to censorship or banned from certain regions.
The company behind this project is based in Israel, which might rise concerns from various users who may believe that their data can be easily leaked to government institutions, law enforcement or intelligence agencies. However, the Israeli laws have been revised and privacy is no longer an easy target for certain groups.
The standard subscription enables you to use a maximum of 5 devices on the same account, but the amount can be increased (for money) for up to 20 devices. After this threshold, you’ll be advised to use a business solution. SaferVPN scored some good results in the security tests we’ve performed, and their speed was also more than satisfactory.
The number of servers as well as the amount of locations they cover is not outstanding, but it’s no pushover either. They offer no trial for their end users, but they boast a 30-day money-back guarantee. Also, their monthly payment is a bit higher reported to other similar products, ones who offer higher speeds, support more devices and have a wider range of servers.
+ Great customer support with lots of options; (5)
+ Wide range of supported device types; (5)
+ Offer a business plan; (5)
+ Satisfactory speed; (4)
+ Browser extensions; (4)
– Israel-based company, might raise a few data privacy concerns; (3)
– Small number of servers; (3.5)
– Higher price than other competitors; (3.5)
– Standard subscription supports 5 maximum devices; (4)
– Some VPN usage data is still logged, despite zero-log policy; (3)
SaferVPN has scored a 4/5 rating.