Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN service keeps your communication private and your data safe and secure. This means that your emails and chats can’t be read by strangers. When you use this VPN, you can conduct transactions, browse, and connect with your friends safely.
The Kaspersky VPN helps you unlock websites around the world without letting them know of your presence. This feature is useful to people who are frequent travelers and book airline and hotel tickets frequently.
In terms of speed, we found in this Kaspersky VPN review that it is fast enough for users who just want its basic features. However, the basic version is not good enough for power users. Please note that the speed of a VPN depends upon the number of users accessing its server at a given point of time, as well as many other features.
Price wise, there is a free plan, which comes with restrictions. You can get 200 MB of data per device daily. If you create a My Kaspersky account, then you get 300 MB data free per device. For $29.99, one can subscribe to this VPN for one year with 5 devices. This service provides customer support to clients from around the world.
Regarding Netflix, we aren’t sure if you can watch Netflix content over the Kaspersky VPN at all. Like other VPNs, Netflix also blocked Kaspersky. This VPN is torrenting friendly. We have checked a few torrent clients and found that torrenting is easy, even for the new users.
This Kaspersky VPN review article will help you determine if it is the right one for you.
Is Kaspersky VPN safe to use?
Kaspersky Labs is known for offering a wide range of online security products for personal and small, medium and enterprise businesses. It’s got a reputation to uphold, so that should be a tiny assurance that their VPN service should offer solid security.
Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN protects the identity of its users with OpenVPN and AES-256 encryption standards. In addition, this VPN works with PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, and a few other protocols. These protocols can be switched easily from inside the app.
It is a Russian based VPN service provider, and not part of any information sharing network. But, they are regulated under Russian laws and the VPN service provider does keep some logs of user sessions.
Apps and Extensions
Kaspersky VPN is available on Windows, iOS and Android platforms. On the iOS platform, this app comes free. You get 9 GB of free data in a month. This means that per day, you are entitled to 300 MB free data. When you sign up to the premium version, you can access content without any geographical limits. The size of the app is 136 MB and is compatible with iOS 10.0 and above.
The Google Play Store app allows ads to run on the app, so this may affect user engagement. Compared to the iOS version, the Play Store app is lighter – it is just 22 MB.
One good thing about this product is that you can activate your secure connection even when you are in power saver mode. Updated regularly (the last update was on 30th October 2018), this product can run on any Android 4.1+ device.
Speed of Kaspersky VPN
The speed of the VPN varies from the basic plan to the paid one. When we tested the free version for our Kaspersky VPN review, we found that the app won’t let us choose our server. The speed, while using this plan, was anywhere from 24 to 32 Mbps, which is quite good.
It went up appreciably to 40 Mbps when we tested the commercial application. We were also able to choose our server.
Unfortunately, speed dropped to 18-22 Mbps when we chose US servers.
Does it work in China?
China routinely blocks VPN providers and that has to do with its domestic policies. Services are restricted during big international events and summits. Many big companies that use VPNs are required to submit their users’ details to the Chinese government.
Kaspersky VPN has a China-based website but is unclear whether that country allows the VPN to fully operate there. Also, there is very little online information about Kaspersky VPN data logs in China.
Kaspersky VPN for Netflix and other sites
Many people use a VPN for streaming US or UK Netflix due to its huge content base. Netflix, however, is aware of this and blocks VPN services and its subscribers from geo-restricted content.
Kaspersky VPN users cannot access Netflix content and there is very little that this company can do in this regard, unless it invests in the resources to stay ahead of Netflix censorship. However, you can watch BBC iPlayer while using Kaspersky VPN in Britain.
Many users also like to watch Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Fox News. Kaspersky VPN does not support Hulu. Its customer support also is unable to troubleshoot the problems. Perhaps that has to do with the legacy of the company, which is built on the security of hardware, software, and data, as opposed to obfuscation measures and circumventing restrictions.
Kaspersky VPN and torrenting
Torrenting is a file sharing protocol and is based on the P2P mechanism. The bad news is that Kaspersky VPN is not suited for this purpose, given that their terms of service state that anyone caught violating the terms will “be reported.”
While torrenting is not illegal, downloading copyrighted content definitely is. VPNs help people to download anonymously. It is preferable for you to read the privacy policies of Kaspersky VPN carefully before torrenting.
Pricing of Kaspersky VPN
There are two types of plans:
- Free plan – this one allows the consumption of 200-300 MB of data every day. It looks attractive, but this plan runs out very fast and the user is forced to migrate to a higher plan.
- Kaspersky Secure Connection for $29.99 in the first year. The fee may jump in the following year, when it’s time for renewal.
You can pay using PayPal, Visa, MasterCard or Discover Cards. Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies are not accepted.
When you visit the website, you will find it very user-friendly. The app is easy to navigate and there shouldn’t be any issues in using it, but if you need support, there are several ways to get help.
A live chat option is available, so is a help hotline. These however, are manned for limited hours.
From the app, there is an online guide that can be accessed by clicking the Help link. There is also a Knowledge Base that addresses many general queries. There is also a community forum, where helpful fellow users can share their troubleshooting solutions with others. You can also fill out a support ticket, which is available 24/7, though it may take a while to hear back.
Conclusion of Kaspersky VPN review
Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN’s biggest draws are its strong security and very affordable first year rate. There were no DNS leaks, which put our minds to rest, and no viruses, which upheld the reputation of Kaspersky VPN’s parent company as an online security provider.
For newbies, this VPN service is a good entry point into VPN services. Especially when you consider the low rate in the first year, you don’t really have anything to lose in checking it out.