Examen SaferVPN

Mise à jour: 04 décembre 2020 / Article par: Timothy Shim

SaferVPN n'est pas l'un des noms que vous associez généralement aux grandes marques de VPN. Développé pour la première fois par une société appelée Safer Social, Ltd en 2013. vie bien banale.

In XNUMX, it was acquired by JXNUMX Global, la même organisation qui possède également IPVanish et Encrypt.me. À l'heure actuelle, les trois marques de VPN restent distinctes. Malgré la solide expérience de J2, les VPN sous leur parapluie sont un peu suspects, leur siège social étant aux États-Unis.

SaferVPN Overview

À propos de l’entreprise

Ergonomie et spécifications

  • Applications disponibles pour - Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android
  • Plugins de navigateur - Chrome, Firefox
  • Devices – Routers
  • Protocols – OpenVPN, IKEvXNUMX, LXNUMXTP/IPSec and PPTP
  • Limited Streaming and PXNUMXP allowed

safervpn

Pros of SaferVPN

  • Vitesses décentes
  • Good spread of apps
  • Excellent support client
  • Browser extension works with Netflix US
  • Good long-term pricing

Cons of SaferVPN

  • HQ in US jurisdiction
  • Windows app doesn’t work with Netflix
  • Very limited PXNUMXP support

Prix

  • 12.95 $ / mois pour un abonnement mensuel à 1
  • 5.49 $ / mois pour un abonnement mensuel à 12
  • 2.50 $ / mois pour un abonnement mensuel à 36

Verdict

SaferVPN is relatively well balanced with decent speeds and a fair spread of server locations. However, their price offering remains mediocre at best for what's on offer. Personally I would opt for a better service at more competitive prices.

 


Pros: What's Good About SaferVPN?

XNUMX. Traditional Security Approach

SaferVPN, despite its relatively low long-term rates, offers most of what other VPN service providers do. This includes mainstream protocols such as OpenVPN et IKEv2 which are the ones I’d recommend at the moment if you don’t have access to WireGuard.

Il peut également être déployé sur de nombreux types d'appareils, notamment les ordinateurs de bureau, les mobiles, les routeurs et certains navigateurs. Ceci est important pour les raisons que vous verrez plus loin dans cette revue. Bien sûr, vous bénéficiez également du standard de sécurité habituel en ce qui concerne un VPN aujourd'hui, un cryptage 256 bits plus le kill switch typique.

While there may not be anything outstanding in all of this, it does check a lot of boxes that are essential to providers for privacy and security services.

XNUMX. SaferVPN Servers Offer Decent Speeds

With a spread of XNUMX Server locations and an unknown number of servers in play, SaferVPN is neither large nor small by today’s standards. For example, it doesn’t match up to network behemoths like CyberGhost with their XNUMX+ servers in XNUMX locations, but it can step over the smaller fry like Le plus rapideVPN

Also, you have to take into account their ownership by JXNUMX, meaning they can make use of servers operated by other VPNs in their little gang. This can clearly be observed by SaferVPN connecting to IPVanish servers sometimes during speed tests.

Let’s see how fast SaferVPN performance is:

Baseline Speed Test

baseline speed test
As usual, we start with a baseline speed test for local performance, demonstrating achieved speeds and latency at the time of testing. Typically I manage to obtain full advertised speeds of XNUMXMbps up and down at any given time (voir le résultat original).

SaferVPN Speed Test – US Server

SaferVPN Speed Test - US Server
As you can see, this is the first instance we observe IPVanish servers appear. Results are also atypical of what we normally see on IPVanish speed tests. These are for the most part characterized by mediocre download speeds paired with unusually high upstream speeds (voir le résultat original).

SaferVPN Speed Test – German Server

Although SaferVPN has a streaming server in the UK, I decided to use their German server for testing to further illustrate the similarity with IPVanish. Incidentally, StackPath, the server they connected to in Germany, is also owned by JXNUMX (voir le résultat original).

SaferVPN Speed Test – Singapore Server

SaferVPN Speed Test - Singapore Server
With my physical proximity to Singapore, tests here are almost always fast. While XNUMXMbps is good, it is by no means fantastic when taken in context of other service providers. Still, it is usable (voir le résultat original).

SaferVPN Speed Test – Australia Server

SaferVPN Speed Test - Australia Server
Not much remarks for SaferVPN’s Australia server except that we can clearly see that for some unusual reason, JXNUMX VPN companies always seem to have greater upstream capability (voir le résultat original).

SaferVPN Speed Test – Africa Server

SaferVPN Speed Test - Africa Server
Ditto with Africa as well, although it is unusual for a VPN service provider of this size to list in this location. Most will stick to mainstream areas such as Europe and North America (voir le résultat original).

XNUMX. Netflix Works – Sort of

I’m a Netflix junkie and the region I’m in has a pretty sad Netflix movie library. Of course, that means I use VPNs to access Netflix US region content. As a stingy old miser, I tend to make full use of my Netflix account and get rather miffed if I can’t get it to work.

Of course, I test every single VPN for Netflix access. At first I was a bit dubious whether SaferVPN could do it or not – and was surprised when I could actually connect to Netflix with a SaferVPN US server.

The error messages I'm getting when I try to play the movie.
The error messages I'm getting when I connect to Netflix service.

Sadly, it refused to work with Netflix giving me the standard error messages each time I tried to play something. The bright spark is that Netflix will work if you use the SaferVPN Chrome app, very smoothly in fact.

Ce n'est peut-être pas la solution idéale pour tout le monde. Si vous utilisez l'extension Chrome, l'application SaferVPN doit être fermée. Cela signifie un trou flagrant dans la confidentialité de vos données pour tout le reste, sauf le navigateur.

Still, as I said, Netflix will work.

XNUMX. Customer Support is Fast and Helpful

SaferVPN customer service is fast and helpful

One of the things I dread the most about any service (not just VPNs) is getting in touch with customer service. It is normally laborious and infuriating, compounded by long waits given different time zones that everyone is in.

Customer service is one area that SaferVPN wasn’t a let-down in. Their response was fast (I was second in line) and the agent managed to resolve my issue competently. This scenario did however highlight something I did not like – that the SaferVPN app would not work with Netflix.

XNUMX. Cheap Long-term Plans

SaferVPNPrix ​​d'inscription
1 mois (facture mensuelle)12.95 / mo
12 mois (facture annuelle)$ 5.49 / mo
36 mois (facture tous les 3 ans)$ 2.50 / mo
Visitez en ligneSaferVPN.com

If you’re looking at SaferVPN for a short use duration – there is no point really bothering. Just go for one of the big names in the VPN business like ExpressVPN and be done with it. If you’re looking for a budget VPN over an extended service life, then you might consider this one.

For a three-year subscription SaferVPN’s price drops to $XNUMX per month. While not the lowest around, it does offer a decent balance of speed and usability that can satisfy most. There are some top dogs around that can meet this price, but not many.

Consider it a superior alternative in the mid-tier market.

SaferVPN Cons: What I Dislike

XNUMX. They’re Based in the US

There have been arguments about whether the jurisdiction that a VPN service provider falls under matters. However, consider this: as long as you’re operating a business in a country, you’re subject to the laws of that country. 

Even if they can’t outright force you to do something, governments can exert a stunningly high amount of pressure on corporate entities if they wish to. With SaferVPN being based in the US, the government isn’t likely to ‘let things go’ if they want something.

As an even greater point of concern, SaferVPN is owned by the same company as IPVanish now. The latter has demonstrated before that it was guilty of keeping user logs and handed them over to US agencies on demand.

All in, not a fantastic track record, and dubious circumstances to entrust your privacy and security.

XNUMX. Very Limited PXNUMXP / Torrent Support

As I have mentioned many times, PXNUMXP or torrenting is a cornerstone of my life. I use it to find many things – you will be surprised at the nutty stuff you can find on PXNUMXP networks. Because of that, I’ve always frowned on service providers that try to curtail these activities.

Yes, it is understandable that PXNUMXP users take up a lot of bandwidth, but if you’re in the business, provide the service! Some providers like NordVPN can get away with things like this since they have a massive network of servers, so users still have choice.

On SaferVPN, PXNUMXP is limited to three locations: the Netherlands, Spain, and Canada. Not commenting on the choice of these three countries, it simply means that those of us in Asia are SOL when it comes to PXNUMXP with them.


Verdict: SaferVPN vaut-il la peine d'être acheté?

SaferVPN is a good example of the fair to middling ground in service providers. It benefits from being associated with some strong brands and can make use of their infrastructure when needed. However, it also inherits the drawbacks of those companies such as a hit in reputation.

Personally, this isn’t a service I would go for and if looking for something better in the same price range, I would much rather go for something like Surfshark. It’s newer to market but has so far performed very consistently, kept its nose clean, and offers serious bang for buck.

La récapitulation

Pros of SaferVPN

  • Vitesses décentes
  • Good spread of apps
  • Excellent support client
  • Browser extension works with Netflix US
  • Good long-term pricing

Cons of SaferVPN

  • HQ in US jurisdiction
  • Windows app doesn’t work with Netflix
  • Very limited PXNUMXP support

Alternatives

Pour voir plus de choix dans les services VPN, consultez notre liste des meilleurs services VPN 10.

Gagner la divulgation - Nous utilisons des liens d'affiliation dans cet article. WHSR reçoit des frais de référence des sociétés mentionnées dans cet article. Nos opinions sont basées sur une expérience réelle et des données de test réelles.

A propos de Timothy Shim

Timothy Shim est un écrivain, un éditeur et un geek de la technologie. Il a débuté sa carrière dans le domaine des technologies de l’information et a rapidement trouvé son chemin dans la presse écrite. Il a depuis travaillé avec des titres de médias internationaux, régionaux et nationaux, notamment ComputerWorld, PC.com, Business Today et The Asian Banker. Son expertise se situe dans le domaine de la technologie, tant du point de vue du consommateur que de l'entreprise.