StrongVPN

StrongVPN Review 2022

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes

About StrongVPN

StrongVPN is a VPN company owned by Ziff Davis. It was established in 1995, making it one of the oldest and thereby trusted VPNs in the industry. Their main server is based in Winter Park, Florida,

Fun fact, Ziff Davis owns a lot of tech companies including IP Vanish, another popular known VPN.

Feature of StrongVPN

The features mentioned below are the results of my review on StrongVPN;

Zero Logging

Kill Switch

Split Tunneling

Online Security

Identity Protection

Avoid Censorship

WireGuard Protocol

Kill Switch

As long as your VPN is enabled and working, without any software issues, this feature will prevent you from accessing the internet directly. It must pass through the VPN otherwise it’ll disconnect you.

The feature is helpful in situations whereby you’re suddenly disconnected from the VPN. When you change locations, the VPN software usually switches the servers you’re connected to, to the nearest one in other to ensure you have a fast connection. But it only works on a Desktop.

Split Tunneling

I’m sure that most users won’t want every app to first pass through their VPN software before connecting to the internet. And that’s what split tunneling is for, it lets you decide whether you want an app going through the VPN or connecting directly to the internet. But it only works on Android.

Online Security

The major reason why we install VPNs isn’t that we want to patronize the developers, it’s all because of security. Securing our data, files, accounts, and private information, are the major reason why we use VPNs.

And luckily, StrongVPN is one of the best in the industry, using a 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

Identity Protection

The name of the feature says it all, it conceals the user’s IP Address. The users can surf more, download more and stream more, without the fear of their activities being monitored.

Zero Logging

Now, I’m not saying that StrongVPN shouldn’t be trusted, cause they have been around for 27 years now, and that should mean something. But they are based in Florida, USA, and for those who don’t know, the U.S. is part of the ‘Five Eye Countries’. And every VPN company is demanded to hand a log copy of their users every once in a while.

So you tell me, do you think that StrongVPN is exempted from the rules?

Avoid Censorship

Just like the name, this feature is designed to help StrongVPN users in bypassing certain sites and platforms, so that they never have to be limited again.

WireGuard (Protocols)

WireGuard is the main protocol being used in the VPN, and when it comes to protocols, it outperforms the rest. This protocol speeds up the VPN improves the performance and drops the memory and CPU required for your device to process information across the VPN. The protocol makes it possible for the VPN to be available across most major devices.

Besides WireGuard, OpenVPN, IPSec, and IKEv2 are available in the VPN setup. So users can switch between these options on their preferred choice.

Pricing

StrongVPN has a simple subscription setup, a monthly plan, and a yearly plan. The monthly plan is set at $10.99, while the yearly plan is $43.99 meaning $3.66 per month, but it’s billed at once, not in installments.

The payments are made in Dollars, but you can get a 30-day free trial, you can cancel it, and get your refund whenever you want. This means that you can subscribe to the yearly plan, but as a new user, you get to have a 30-days free use before they officially use your money. After 30 days and you didn’t cancel the plan, then they claim the money. But if you cancel it before the 30 days are up, you get a full refund.

Devices and Platforms

It doesn’t matter which device you’re using, cause StrongVPN is available on almost all devices like macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, and Fire TV. It also has extensions for Chrome and Firefox, as well as designated software for routers.

You can also use connect up to 12 devices using one subscription, so there’s no need to sub for each device.

Regions

Being one of the oldest VPNs in the market, StrongVPN has had the time to build and distribute its servers. Their servers can be found in over 30 countries and 46 cities, with over 950+ servers, and 59,500 VPN IPs. Like I don’t know about you, but that is a huge number to me.

Torrenting (Does it Work? Is it Safe)

My review on StrongVPN after 2 weeks of trying it out, proved that it has no problem torrenting. It’s safe, fast, and most importantly secure, so StrongVPN users don’t have much to worry about in that regard.

Is StrongVPN free?

StrongVPN isn’t free, users need to subscribe to a plan in other to enjoy the benefits offered to their users. Though every new user gets a 30-days free use of the VPN when they subscribe to the 1-year plan before they officially deduct your money. And you get back a full refund if you cancel before the 30 days are up.

Netflix

It’s one of the VPNs that unblocks and bypasses the VPN ban, meaning that it works perfectly with Netflix. Though there are no dedicated streaming servers, it has no problem connecting to the platform.

What about Tor

Though Tor is kind of like a VPN, it’s not one. Its main function is to decentralize your network, making it difficult to trace your work back to you. But VPNs have more features and functions available to them. Using them together is usually recommended since they complement each other, and eliminates each other’s weakness.

And StrongVPN is compatible with Tor so you can use them together.

Customer Support

Unlike some VPN companies who claim to have working customer support, just for the users to find out that it doesn’t work. StrongVPN has actual work customer support, with experienced teams who are on 24/7.

How does TunnelBear VPN compare with your favorite VPNs?

I’ll be comparing StrongVPN with IPVanish and NordVPN, let’s see which among them scores better.

IPVanish is owned by Ziff Davis the same guy who owns StrongVPN. Though StrongVPN is old but has been updated and improved on over the years, they both have their strong points.

In terms of pricing, IPVanish is more expensive, with their monthly plan being $11.99 and yearly being $47.89 at $3.99 per month. While StrongVPN is $10.99 for their monthly plan, and the yearly plan is $43.99 at $3.66 per month.

StrongVPN is available in 76 locations with over 950+ servers, and 59,500 VPN IP addresses, whereas IPVanish is available in 75 locations, and has 2,000 servers and 40,000 IP addresses.

Though their features are alike, IPVanish offers more value. Like in StrongVPN, the kill switch function is only available on desktops, but IPVanish made it possible for all your device. IPVanish also has a free trial version for new users.

So I think IPVanish wins this round.

It’s time for NordVPN, let’s see if StrongVPN can make a come back.

In terms of speed, NordVPN is faster, with an average speed of 369Mbps, while StrongVPN has an average speed of 71Mbps.

In StrongVPN the kill switch feature only works on their desktop version, while NordVPN made it available on all devices.

NordVPN is more expensive though, at $14.29 monthly, and 1-year is $101.85 at $6.79 per month. And 2-year being $142.83 at $5.29 per month. Though their yearly plans have an extra free 3 months added to them.

So even though NordVPN happens to be more expensive, performance-wise, I’d say it’s better.

Pros & Cons

It’s time we discussed the pros and cons of using StrongVPN.

Con Aspect

Personally, I don’t have much of a problem with the VPN, other than the fact that it’s located in the U.S.A. which is part of the Eyes Alliance. This made me doubt whether their no-log policy happen to be a scam or not.

Pro Aspect

I fell in love after my weeks of review on StrongVPN. Since it’s one of the oldest VPNs in the VPN industry, its reputation is solid. Cause no software lasts that long unless it’s trusted by the public.

The features are simple but are highly rated in the programming circle. So what more can you ask of when it comes to VPNs, other than speed, security, and privacy, StrongVPN is known to provide it all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ø Is StrongVPN Safe?

Well, it’s one of the oldest VPNs in the market, so I believe it’s safe to use.

Ø Can StrongVPN Unblock Netflix?

Yes it does.

Ø Is StrongVPN good for Torrenting?

Yes, it is and it’s also safe.

Ø Does StrongVPN sell your data?

No, it doesn’t sell your data. Though I’m not entirely sure about the no-log policy, considering that it’s based in Florida, U.S. and U.S. is part of the 5 Eye Alliance.

Conclusion

I know that I’ve mentioned this a lot, but I’m still gonna say it again, StrongVPN’s reputation is excellent. And since it was developed in 1995, there haven’t been much customer complaints, so the privacy of its users is guaranteed.

About Shushiro

Hi there, you can call me Shushiro, And I'm a professional writer, a front-end developer and also a professional growth counsellor. I've within a lot interesting articles on the blog deepdotnet. But don't get me wrong, although I'm a developer, and enjoy writing, and also good in it, (well that's what I've been told so far), being a writer and a developer is only part of my hobby, strange right? I grew up with the dream of change, and not for my change, but for an improved change of those who meet me for counselling and also read my write-ups. You can contact me through my email - anthony.shushiro@gamil.com

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