BlackVPN is a premium VPN service that allows you to browse the web privately and without restrictions. In this review we explain what makes blackVPN unique and whether it is capable of doing a good job for you.
Firstly, it’s important to point out that blackVPN is a very privacy-oriented provider and we can see this just by looking into the company’s history. In the wake of the alarming increase of secret court orders forcing internet businesses to install backdoors for surveillance of customers, blackVPN wasted no time and actually relocated the company from Europe to their new home in Hong Kong.
Now you’re probably wondering why they moved to China (of all places). However Hong Kong is, in fact, a pretty unique administrative region within the People’s Republic of China, and the city’s authorities tend to install many of its own policies that are relatively lenient compared to the mainland. For instance, the notorious firewall of China does not apply to Hong Kong, hence why many VPNs offer anonymous servers specifically there as it is an optimal location for circumventing internet censorship for those living in mainland cities and regions. Oh, Hong Kong is also the first place Edward Snowden fled to following the NSA/PRISM data mining leaks.
BlackVPN’s logging policy reflects a strict approach towards keeping customer information as confidential as possible. On top of not logging any user traffic logs, blackVPN encrypts connection logs, completely hiding your real IP. This is a pretty important and unique feature considering that it’s the norm for most VPN services to log original IP addresses, and this further proves that client privacy is one of the top priorities with this provider.
We tried out three of the numerous available connections to blackVPN servers using L2TP/IPsec encryption and the results didn’t disappoint:
1. Zurich, Switzerland
A near-optimal result while connected to Switzerland over our 30 Mb/s connection. With a ping response of 40 ms and download speeds reaching 28.43 Mb/s, this kind of connection made it very easy and convenient to stream HD video content on sites like YouTube.
2. New York, United States
When connecting out of Europe, it’s not always easy to get a good speeds through US-based servers. However this endpoint in New York still provided us with a lot of room for easy, unhindered surfing. 10.88 Mb/s is a very good average download speed for an inter-continental connection, and after half an hour of browsing through this server, performance changes remained unnoticeable – to the point where we forgot that we were connected to USA. Don’t forget that if you live in the United States and have a good ISP, your speeds would be even higher.
3. Toronto, Canada
Usually our test connections through Canada achieve fairly low numbers, that’s why it was great to see that this Toronto server could handle two-thirds of our original speed with over 20 Mb/s. Upload speeds are almost always slower, but anything above 3 Mb/s is already a very decent result.
blackVPN is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android. Additionally, the service can be configured through a DD-WRT router as well as through open-source firewall/routing platform – pfSense. This provider features OpenVPN as the recommended protocol for the above-mentioned operating systems, having made all necessary, pre-configured files available for download from their website’s ‘support’ section. You can also setup manually using PPTP or L2TP/IPsec encryption.
Too many VPN providers offer any cheaply-rented servers with no second thoughts about implementing any serious encryption. However, after testing out blackVPN and seeing for ourselves – the attention that these guys pay towards maintaining your privacy, we can’t recommend them enough. With blackVPN you are guaranteed excellent speeds, well-selected server locations and, most importantly, a very secure virtual private network.
- Unlimited bandwidth
- No traffic logs
- PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and OpenVPN protocols
- Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android, iOS
- Also works with Boxee Box, DD-WRT routers and pfSense
- Payment methods include Card, Paypal and Bitcoin
- 14-day moneyback guarantee