Atlas VPN Review – Pros & Cons in 2020

7.5/10
Great free version for mobile
Last updated: November 26, 2020

Atlas VPN is a fresh free service with good security credentials that has big plans for 2020. We recommend trying it out – new users get 7 days of Premium for free.

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Atlas VPN is probably the first provider born in the new decade to catch widespread attention. Aiming to become the best free VPN, it also plans to avoid using ads and will live off premium version users.

But is Atlas VPN safe and fast enough to try out already? Does it unblock Netflix and other streaming platforms? What do we know about Peakstar Technologies Inc., the company behind this new project? Read my Atlas VPN review and find out.

Overview

Rank #22 out of 215 providers
Company location United States
Website atlasvpn.com
Number of locations 17+ countries
Number of servers 500+
Unblocks Netflix Yes
Safe for Torrenting Yes
Encryption AES-256
Protocols IKEv2
Customer Support Email, tickets, 24/7 live chat
Logging policy Minimal data collection
Price From $0.00/month
Free version or trial Yes

Is Atlas VPN safe?

This provider has a solid foundation for becoming a truly safe to use VPN. It all starts with military-encryption, safe protocols, and strict no-logs policy. However, at this stage of development, Atlas VPN still lacks a kill switch for Windows and other security features, such as split-tunneling, a stealth protocol, or multi-hop.

In short, it’s too early to say what security level Atlas VPN will offer users.

Atlas VPN encryption and tunneling protocols

The Atlas VPN official website and Google Play Store page don’t list the level of encryption. However, after contacting customer support, I found out that it uses AES-256 – the same encryption standard we find in the military and financial institutions. This is practically unbreakable and should make Atlas VPN users feel very safe indeed.

When it comes to tunneling protocols, Atlas VPN offers IKEv2, which is both fast and secure. More options will be coming soon, so OpenVPN fans should get it eventually in 2020.

Kill switch

At the moment, Atlas VPN has a kill switch for Android and iOS but not Windows. Fortunately, it’s currently in the pipeline and we expect it before 2021. Android users can also use the native “Always-on VPN” feature.

No IP or DNS leaks

Atlas VPN has no IPv6, DNS, or WebRTC leaks. It’s difficult to say how sophisticated their leak protection it is, but my real location didn’t pop up during any of the tests.

Atlas VPN has no leaks

I connected to a server in the Netherlands and saw only this country as the assigned IP location wherever I went.

Where is Atlas VPN based?

Atlas VPN is located in the United States and its Terms of Service were written in accordance with the laws of the state of Delaware. The company behind this service is Peakstar Technologies Inc., but I found little about it on the web. I was able to learn that it registered the Atlas VPN trademark in October 2019, its CEO is someone named Jim Roberts, and the media contact is Valentina Perez.

In its press release, Atlas VPN states that it aims for “transparent ownership, a clear privacy policy, and adherence to the highest privacy standards.” It remains to be seen if these words are true, but one thing is certain – the US is not the best place for the privacy-minded.

Does Atlas VPN keep logs?

Having a true no-logs policy is not that common among VPNs and finding a free service with one is a tough task. That’s why Atlas VPN stands out from the crowd by doing minimal logging, which is needed to provide the service and comply with applicable laws. The fact that there’s no account creation in its free version speaks volumes.

Atlas VPN privacy policy excerpt

Atlas VPN Privacy Policy states that the company doesn’t collect any information that could trace internet usage to you. Also, all information is encrypted, making it impossible to know what exactly you are doing while connected. Premium users will only have to share their email, but the payments made via Google Play or Apple Store won’t be anonymous.

Further in the Privacy Policy, it’s stated that Atlas VPN may collect application data, IP address, device data (including approximate location based on the IP), and the device ID for marketing purposes.

So is there anything you can do about the data that’s being collected? Well, California residents may ask for a copy of their data once a year. As for the others, they can write to Atlas VPN support and request an edit or full deletion of their data.

Speed: what drop-off can you expect with Atlas VPN

I tested Atlas VPN on my Android phone from Europe. You should expect a significant downloading speed drop-off, but having a fast connection will allow you to stream in HD and download large files anyway.

First, I checked my baseline speeds without a VPN connection.

Atlas VPN baseline speed

  • Download: 225 Mbps
  • Upload: 151 Mbps
  • Ping: 1 ms

Later, I measured how they changed with the free and premium version of this provider. I used the average from them both.

Netherlands (free)

Atlas VPN speed test - Netherlands - free version

  • Download: 36 Mbps (86% drop-off)
  • Upload: 135 Mbps (11% drop-off)
  • Ping: 42 ms

Netherlands (premium)

Atlas VPN speed test - Netherlands - premium

  • Download: 31 Mbps (86% drop-off)
  • Upload: 91 Mbps (40% drop-off)
  • Ping: 39 ms

United States, East Coast (free)

AtlasVPN speed test - USA - free

  • Download: 17 Mbps (92% drop-off)
  • Upload: 105 Mbps (41% drop-off)
  • Ping: 118 ms

United States, East Coast (premium)

Atlas VPN speed test - USA - premium

  • Download: 39 Mbps (83% drop-off)
  • Upload: 89 Mbps (30% drop-off)
  • Ping: 114 ms

Australia, Sydney (premium)

Atlas VPN speed test - Australia

  • Download: 28 Mbps (88% drop-off)
  • Upload: 36 Mbps (76% drop-off)
  • Ping: 340 ms

Connection times are fast, but download speeds are below average with Atlas VPN, leaving you with less than 20% of your bandwidth. Strangely, the distance to the server had almost no impact (except on ping) as I had nearly identical speeds in the Netherlands, the US, and Australia.

I wrote to Atlas VPN customer support and they’ve told me that there are no limits for the free version in terms of speed. And while Premium servers are available to everyone (that’s at least three months more), comparing them will be impossible. It would be easier, though, if Atlas VPN added server load metrics to its app – now I can only guess that the Australian speeds were nearly identical because of the low load.

In any case, it’s a bit too early to evaluate Atlas VPN speeds because it’s only available on Android. Besides, it still has a small fleet of 500+ servers in 17+ countries that will definitely grow together with the userbase.

Does Atlas VPN support my device?

Currently, Atlas VPN supports Windows, Android, and iOS as of August 2020. Later on, you should expect a macOS app as well. There are also rumors that the Chrome browser extension is currently under development.

Atlas VPN for Android

This provider markets itself as a “free and simple VPN for everyone.” While I’m not sure about the “everyone” part, it cannot be more easy-to-use than it is now. That stems largely from the awesome interface, as well as the low number of features, which is common among the industry’s freshmen and shouldn’t be frowned upon (at least not yet).

atlas vpn for android disconnected and server list

The main menu has four clickable areas – a huge Off & On button, Server list, premium features section indicated with diamond, and settings dashboard. Free version users get servers in the US and the Netherlands, while the Premium version unlocks all countries. It doesn’t take long for Atlas VPN to connect to your desired server.

Atlas VPN for Android – hamburger menu and Settings

Clicking on the diamond icon lets you enter your email and check if it’s been hacked. If it was  – you’ll be informed that your password was leaked and how many times. It’s best to change the compromised passwords as soon as possible. It’s a good practice to check your and your family’s emails on a regular basis with this tool. However, this service is reserved for Premium clients only.

The Settings dashboard is where support, FAQ, payment, and security options are located. There’s however only one option to tweak it  – SafeBrowse. Turned off by default, this still-in-development feature protects you from entering malicious websites by using special DNS servers that don’t resolve malware-containing addresses. In the future, the Atlas VPN team plans to add a blocker for trackers and ads.

You can download Atlas VPN for Android from the Google Play Store. At the moment of writing this review, it had a rating of 4.2 from over 700 votes. The app has been installed on more than 5,000 Android devices so far.

Atlas VPN for iOS

The recently released iOS version has little differences between the Android one. The apps are virtually the same, but on the iOS version’s icons are somewhat slicker.

atlas vpn ios version menu

All the clickable areas are identical to the Android version but have more rounded icons. Plus, the diamond marking premium feature on the iOS version is called Assistant. This too works the same way and lets you check if your accounts were hacked.

The only thing that’s exclusive to iOS is under the settings dashboard. Once you click security options you’re able to toggle Improve me.

atlas vpn improve me button

Since the iOS version was released recently, the developers are still gathering data on what works and what doesn’t with this app.

Atlas VPN for Windows

The most recent addition to the Atlas suite of apps visually is very similar to the Android and iOS interfaces.

atlas desktop

Feature-wise, Atlas on the desktop feels like an Android app adaptation. It delivers only if you’re fine with the bare minimum of what a free VPN service can provide. This isn’t that evident on mobile, but on desktop, it pales in comparison to the market leaders. Mind you, some of them have superb free versions.

I’m aware that this is a fresh release, and the development team is working hard to port the apps to make them available on desktop platforms as well. At this stage, however, the desktop version lacks too many features, including a kill switch, to be useful.

Atlas VPN for Netflix and other streaming services

Using the free version of Atlas VPN, I was able to watch Netflix US and NL. Switching to the Premium account also opened the door for Netflix UK. This is quite impressive for a VPN that’s both very new and, more importantly, completely free.

The aim of the Atlas VPN team is to continue supporting Netflix and other streaming platforms via their free service. Let’s hope their success continues!

To sum up, using Atlas VPN for streaming is not a bad idea, especially if you’re on a budget.

Does Atlas VPN support torrenting?

Yes, you can download torrents using Atlas VPN. At the moment, there aren’t many countries and servers to connect to, so you shouldn’t expect fast speeds. Also, Atlas VPN doesn’t offer a SOCKS5 proxy or port forwarding, so it’s probably not the best for your P2P activities. With that said, for a free service, Atlas VPN is a great proposition if you want to torrent anonymously.

Support: Atlas VPN’s FAQ and ticketing system

At the moment, Atlas VPN has only a few customer support options:

  • FAQ
  • 24/7 Email
  • Submitting a ticket

The FAQ can be found on the Atlas VPN website and also in your app. It covers some basics but is far from being named helpful. In fact, it acts more like an introduction to the new provider that still holds the majority of its tricks in its proverbial sleeve.

I submitted a ticket on its website to test the support. Although it took some time to get a response, the agents were clear and informative. Again, this is the very beginning of a new service that grows by the day, so the next evaluation will come when Atlas VPN adds a 24/7 live chat, which I hope will be soon.

Pricing: 7 days of Premium Atlas VPN for free!

Atlas Premium has three subscription options: monthly for $9.99, 1-year plan for $2.49/month, and a 6-year plan for $0.70/month.

Atlas VPN Black Friday deal

With Premium, you get more locations, better connection speeds, 24/7 customer support, UHD streaming, and no ads. Keep in mind that you can also try Premium for 7 days for free.

Should you get Atlas VPN?

Yes, you should get Atlas VPN. It’s free and the premium version is decently-priced. There couldn’t be a better time to try this new service out. It’ll provide you with robust security, decent privacy, and OK speeds. Hell, it will even unblock Netflix US for you.

The best is yet to come for this provider if you’re an Android or iOS user. If you’re not, at this point in time, their desktop version is something that you should skip.

Good

  • Free
  • Good security
  • 24/7 email support
  • Unblocks Netflix US

Bad

  • Few countries
  • Windows app lacks kill switch
 7.5 / 10
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  1. Ronan

    It does not say where to download it for the free trial, I want to try this out and see if its fit for me


    1. Karol Wojcik

      Hey Ronan, after pressing this link: AtlastVPN you will be able to find download options for different devices.


  2. Armando

    thanks for the review, Karol, I’ve been searching for a free VPN service since I use it occasionally and don’t see a point in paying for a subscription. So far Atlas VPN has been working great, it’s fast and there were no data leakage. But, it doesn’t seem to have a killswitch, is it really safe for torrenting?


    1. Karol Wojcik

      Hey Armando, thanks for stopping by! You are right – torrenting without a kill switch is not safe. However, Android has its native Always-on VPN switch that you can use. Of course, it would be great if Atlas VPN added a kill switch of its own.

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