VPN Unlimited is a virtual private network we wanted to like. Owned by KeepSolid Inc, a company based in both the United States and Ukraine, it’s part of a diverse slate of products. The VPN has some cool features, especially servers dedicated to streaming (though it isn’t alone with that — read our Windscribe review for another VPN that does something similar).
Although there are a few things to like, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited commits a staggering number of unforced errors. For example, it can bypass geoblocking and get around the Netflix VPN ban, but international download speeds decline sharply enough that you might not be able to do anything once you’re there.
In this VPN Unlimited review, we’ll try to get a handle on its many contradictions. We’ll be going over its features, pricing, UI, security, customer service and other points, before coming to a conclusion about whether it’s worth your money. If you’re looking for alternatives, we’ve also put together a list of the best VPN providers.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Excellent customer service
- Lifetime pricing plans
- Good information on the server list
- Great speeds within the U.S.
- Weak set of features
- Streaming-focused servers work inconsistently
- Excessive upselling in the app
- Vagueness in protocol selection
- Awful speeds outside the U.S.
VPN Unlimited does what it’s supposed to. It gains a few points for the firewall, protocol options and the handful of good ideas that distinguish its server list, but there’s precious little else to set it apart from the crowded VPN field. If you want a service that offers a streamlined feature set without sacrificing functionality, try our ExpressVPN review instead.
You can download VPN Unlimited from its website. It’s available on macOS, Windows and Linux computers, as well as on iOS and Android mobile devices. You can also use it as a browser extension on Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
The most important job of VPN Unlimited is to connect you to different servers, and it offers you a few different ways to do this. You can have the app automatically connect to the best available server or choose from a standing list of servers, including some optimized for P2P file sharing and others geared toward specific streaming services.
Many VPNs have this list in some form, but VPN Unlimited’s list stands out in a couple of ways. The app tells you the approximate current traffic load each server is currently handling and gives you the option to run a ping test on the entire list at once. You can also connect automatically to the best streaming or torrenting server.
Outside of the connection itself, VPN Unlimited lets you manage your account and switch between protocols within the app. It includes a DNS firewall that keeps compromised websites from stealing your information or downloading malware.
You can decide whether the VPN launches on device startup, choose whether to send bug reports to KeepSolid and reach customer support from within the app.
That’s about it. VPN Unlimited is one of the more feature-poor services we’ve seen recently. It used to have a kill switch, but that feature seems to have been removed because of poor performance. The same thing appears to have happened with split tunneling (if that’s a dealbreaker for you, StrongVPN offers a great split tunneling feature for free).
In one of VPN Unlimited’s tabs, you’ll find a menu of extra features for premium browsing. In the Americas, Europe and Asia, you can buy your own private server for an average of $25 per month or a personal IP for $15. Note that the private servers have a data limit ranging from 1TB to 3TB.
VPN Unlimited Features Overview
Starts from$ 278per month
PayPal, Credit card, Amazon Pay, Mint, WebMoney, Yandex.Money, Alipay, Qiwi Wallet
Free trial available
Worldwide server amount
400+ servers in 56 countries
Windows, MacOS, Linux
Chrome, Firefox, Opera
Can be installed on routers
Can access Amazon Prime Video
VPN protocols available
IPSec, OpenVPN, L2TP, IKEv2, KeepSolid Wise, WireGuard
Enabled at device startup
Malware/ad blocker included
There is no free plan for VPN Unlimited, but you can get a free trial for seven days. To do this, you don’t need to click a link; just download the app and get started without entering a payment method. After seven days, you’ll be asked to cancel or pay.
Prices for KeepSolid VPN Unlimited sit right around the industry average. Any subscription nets you all the features available, along with unlimited bandwidth. The plan comes with major discounts for one-year and three-year purchases. The only twist is that each plan length has separate pricing tiers for different numbers of devices, as detailed in the table below.
The lifetime deal is one of VPN Unlimited’s most welcome perks, but if you start from the pricing page on its website, you might miss the deal completely.
To see the lifetime deal on your browser, you’ll have to visit the pricing page in an incognito window — even if you’re currently connected to VPN Unlimited, which is downright bizarre. However, it’s clearly visible in the app itself. Most other VPNs confine their lifetime deals to easily missable windows, so VPN Unlimited still comes out ahead here.
We’re happy to see the extensive variety of payment methods VPN Unlimited accepts, which is leagues ahead of the average VPN service. Along with credit cards and PayPal, you can use bitcoin, Amazon Pay, Mint, WebMoney, Yandex.Money, Alipay or Qiwi Wallet.
The actual pricing page lists these all as unspecified “other methods,” making it hard to tell exactly how many ways you can pay. This variety of payment methods is another big selling point, and we’re not sure why VPN Unlimited is hiding it.
Ease of Use
A VPN service without many features isn’t always a bad thing. We don’t mind that VPN Unlimited doesn’t distract from its core functions with unnecessary frills. However, the lack of control combined with the inescapable upselling is galling.
For VPN services that are fun to use and keep the sales pitches to a minimum, check out our TunnelBear review or Hide.me review instead.
Downloading VPN Unlimited was incredibly fast. After confirming our payment on the website, we downloaded the client and created a user ID. Opening the app prompted a helper tool to download, but this also happened very quickly.
VPN Unlimited’s main control panel and server list are easy to navigate. You can scroll through the list, search it or just connect to the optimal server. The list displays each server’s workload, which will be in yellow if it’s over 50 percent and red if it’s over 80 percent.
Each server can be favorited with a single click. The streaming-specific servers include another button, which takes you directly to the home page of that streaming service. You can theoretically connect to the Disney+ server, then jump to the Disney+ site and start watching Moana just 30 seconds after opening the VPN Unlimited panel (see our article on how to watch Disney+ to learn more).
There are a couple of drawbacks to the main UI, like that the map doesn’t do anything. We expected it to be another way to choose a server, but it’s just a chance for the VPN to brag about how many servers it’s got. We also wish the banner space at the top of the window wasn’t devoted to upselling.
Everything else is located in the preferences window at the top right of the main control panel. The first menu, “my account,” lets you control your account without opening a browser window. You can log in and out, change your password and decide whether the VPN app will ask for a password when it opens.
You can also make purchases. Extra time can be added to your VPN Unlimited subscription from the app; to buy the other KeepSolid products this page advertises, you’ll need to go into your browser. Some of them — like Private Browser, SmartDNS and KeepSolid Sign — make sense, but the goal and chore organizers don’t fit the security theme at all.
On the “settings” tab, you can change your protocol manually or have VPN Unlimited select the best one for your current situation. You can also toggle the DNS firewall on or off, choose whether to send bug reports, set the VPN to launch on system startup or uninstall VPN Unlimited.
The “information” tab lets you send feedback to KeepSolid, but it opens your mail app to do so, which can be annoying if you use browser mail. This tab also tells you what version of VPN Unlimited you’re using and lets you check for updates.
The “support” tab gives you the welcome ability to toggle whether you’d like the VPN to ask for feedback about your connection; it’s great to be able to send that info, but you don’t always want to deal with it. From here, you can submit a support ticket within the app or go to the FAQ in your default browser.
We tested VPN Unlimited by connecting to a series of increasingly distant servers and using speedtest.net to check the download and upload speeds and ping for each. Our results weren’t great. These tests were conducted from an IP in the United States.
|Server Location:||Ping (ms)||Download (Mbps)||Upload (Mbps)|
|United States (unprotected)||25||14.01||2.23|
|United States (protected)||28||12.40||2.24|
Our results for everywhere outside the United States were so bad we assumed the problem must have been on our end. Getting a few second opinions revealed mixed results, with some reviewers getting good speeds and others getting the same slowdowns we observed.
The internal ping test showed better speeds than we got, with VPN Unlimited increasing latency by a range of about 80 to 400 percent, which is actually not awful when compared to the whole VPN field. It’s also important to note that speeds within the United States were exceptional, with one of the smallest cuts to download speed we’ve ever seen.
We also tested a few of the P2P servers. As you can see in the table, they gave us pretty much the same results as the general servers, with decent-to-great speeds within the U.S. and steep performance declines everywhere else.
|P2P Server:||Ping (ms)||Download (Mbps)||Upload (Mbps)|
|United States (unprotected)||25||14.01||2.23|
|United States (P2P)||54||9.79||2.22|
Finally, we tested some of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited’s streaming-specific servers. These were the ones that most needed fast download speeds and, thankfully, they delivered. Netflix recommends a minimum of 5 Mbps for streaming, and all of these blow that limit out of the water.
|Streaming Server:||Ping (ms)||Download (Mbps)||Upload (Mbps)|
|United States (unprotected)||25||14.01||2.23|
We’ve been careful about marking VPN Unlimited down for speed because there are so many outside factors that can influence connections. We’ll just tentatively say that it’s a great VPN for spoofing servers within your country but a poor choice for international work.
If speed is your biggest priority, we recommend choosing from our list of the fastest VPNs instead to be safe.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited secures users’ data with AES-256 encryption, which it insists on calling “military grade.” The website is right that this encryption is used by the U.S. government to protect state secrets, but it’s also used by almost everybody else at this point (read our piece on how secure VPNs are). AES-256 is essentially uncrackable, so we can’t fault VPN Unlimited for relying on it.
The VPN allows you a choice of several protocols. It doesn’t do a great job of distinguishing between them, though. OpenVPN and IKEv2 are both described as “high performance & data protection,” and the blurbs below the menu don’t help differentiate them (see our VPN protocol breakdown if you want to know more).
You can also go with KeepSolid’s own UDP or TCP protocols, or use WireGuard, a new open-source protocol that’s still in beta. We don’t recommend using WireGuard, though. Its main selling point is that it has a smaller codebase than OpenVPN, and small, manageable codebases don’t tend to last long in open-source projects with thousands of contributors.
We used ipleak.net to test for IP, DNS and WebRTC leaks, and we found no vulnerabilities. VPN Unlimited gets high marks for good encryption and protocols, but it loses points for a lack of clear in-app information about what those protocols mean. It’s not acceptable that choosing “optimal” doesn’t tell you what protocol the VPN has selected.
KeepSolid does save personal data that you willingly provide, like your name and email address. It automatically tracks your IP address, country and time zone, along with the amount of web traffic in a given session and your actions on KeepSolid’s own website. It collects your personal data from marketing companies to advertise its products.
To KeepSolid’s credit, its no-logging policy is clearly spelled out. It vows not to monitor or save your browsing habits while you use VPN Unlimited. It also promises to delete the personal data that it does save during your sessions, such as your IP and browser type. KeepSolid has not, as of this update, announced any major leaks.
Nevertheless, we’re not very confident here for a couple of reasons. The info KeepSolid admits to sharing with third parties — on a global network, no less — is concerning enough. Worse, though, is that it’s based in the United States, whose lax privacy laws and membership in the Five Eyes intelligence network mean whatever data it’s saving isn’t safe from subpoena.
For more details on why that’s a problem, see our explainer of the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes and Fourteen Eyes intelligence agreements.
Streaming figures heavily in VPN Unlimited’s branding, to the point where it’s as much a streaming service as a privacy app. Since it has streaming-focused servers, we used those to test streaming performance. Each one is supposed to be perfect for watching a different service. There’s also one that’s just labelled “streaming,” which makes things a bit confusing.
Our speed tests showed that the streaming servers generally have great speeds that are more than fast enough for video. The Netflix server got us into Netflix on the first try. The Hulu server worked wonderfully, as well, as did BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime.
The Disney+ server went worse. It wasn’t blocked, exactly, but despite its strong speed test, the site slowed down so far that the main video page took several minutes to load (we quit after six). However, we’re prepared to call that an outlier.
For now, VPN Unlimited looks like a solid choice for streaming. We’d advise caution, though, since these servers are located in the U.S., and speeds can plummet when crossing international borders. If you’d like some alternatives, our search for the best VPN for Netflix and Hulu might be able to help.
We mentioned above that VPN Unlimited makes a map of its server locations part of the main UI window. Let’s take a closer look at that.
Specific numbers aren’t forthcoming, but KeepSolid claims that VPN Unlimited has more than 400 servers in 56 countries. This country number bumps up to more than 70 if you include P2P and streaming servers.
We like to look for diversity over quantity. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has servers in several typically underrepresented locations: one in Central America, two in South America, plenty all across South Asia and a few surprises, like Libya. Oddly enough, the map shows at least one server that doesn’t appear on the list, somewhere in West Africa near Ghana.
At this point in the VPN arms race, 400 servers is a great start and nothing more. In comparison, NordVPN and ExpressVPN have broken 1,000 servers by now. However, we do like seeing Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia thoroughly covered.
VPN Unlimited makes it easy to reach customer support from the desktop app. On the self-explanatory “support” tab, you can either head to the FAQ in your browser or submit a ticket directly.
The ticket has important information prefilled, which is hugely convenient. Additionally, support promises to get back to you within an hour, but it’s usually more like 20 minutes, making customer service one of VPN Unlimited’s best selling points. The answers to both technical and billing inquiries were well thought out and obviously not copy-pasted.
The knowledgebase is clearly written and extensive, as well, especially the troubleshooting section, which does a great job of holding users’ hands through known bugs. Although there’s no user forum, for this category we have got no problem giving VPN Unlimited a high score.
It should be clear by now in this VPN Unlimited review that we haven’t found much to recommend here. VPN Unlimited is a VPN that works, and it’s not by any means one of the worst VPNs; a service has to be actively hostile to get on that list, rather than just negligent. It has the makings of a decent streaming aid, but it keeps getting in its own way.
Some of its biggest selling points — like the lifetime plan and the huge variety of payment options — seem to be hiding on purpose, while other advertised features are outright absent (looking at you, kill switch and split tunneling). Still others — especially the streaming-focused servers — are easy to find but don’t perform.
While other VPNs are learning and growing, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is collapsing in on itself. Barring a major, publicized course correction, you’re better off staying away.
VPN Unlimited FAQ
Is VPN Unlimited Good?
Our opinion: no. It suffers from slow speeds and a lack of features that distinguish it from other VPNs, without being noticeably cheaper.
Is VPN Unlimited Free?
VPN Unlimited doesn’t have a free plan. However, you can get a seven-day free trial by downloading the app.
Does VPN Unlimited Work With Netflix?
Yes. It even has a server dedicated to getting onto Netflix. However, that server is based in the United States, and VPN Unlimited’s international speeds are slow enough that users outside the U.S. might have trouble watching.
How Do I Pay for VPN Unlimited?
You have several options: a credit card, PayPal, bitcoin, Amazon Pay, Mint, WebMoney, Yandex.Money, Alipay or Qiwi Wallet.
KeepSolid's VPN Unlimited subscriptions supports a wide range of platforms, tends to be good for streaming and its transfer speeds are on the up. Currently available on an extremely cheap special offer subscription deal.
- Wide range of supported devices
- Good range of endpoint countries
- Generally good for media streaming
- Keeps some logs
- Poor UK transfer speeds
- Review Price: £48.89
- Five to ten simultaneous connections
- Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
- Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox
- Supports OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, KeepSolid Wise, PPTP protocols
- UK pricing: Five devices: £8.14 per month; £48.89 per year; £81.49 per three years; £162.99 lifetime subscription / Ten devices: £12.22 per month, £73.34 per year, £122.24 per three years, £244.49 lifetime
- US pricing: Five devices: $9.99 per month; $59.99 per year; $99.99 per three years; $199.99 lifetime subscription / Ten devices: $14.99 per month, $89.99 per year, $149.99 per three years, $299.99 lifetime
Based in Ukraine, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a reliable and well-established virtual private network (VPN) service with a stated strong focus on privacy and freedom of information. However, it’s worth noting that the company keeps some records of connected devices and data consumption.
A lifetime subscription deal that usually costs £227.19 is still, as of April 2020, available from StackSocial for $39 – just £31.86. That’s incredibly cost-effective by any measure, but and you’ll want to take a good look at whether the service’s speed and streaming capabilities meet your requirements. Its performance in my latest tests shows marked improvements over the past two quarters, which is a positive sign in the this regard.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Features and usability
KeepSolid’s Windows client provides a streamlined connection screen with a button to select your desired endpoint. A map displays endpoint locations and the geographic route between your physical and virtual location.
Hit the endpoint selection button and, by default, you’re shown your favourites list. This is initially populated solely by the default optimal server selection option, followed by a list of all endpoint countries, then specialist endpoints. You can also select and connect to a server from the notification area icon right-click menu.
KeepSolid’s other settings allow you to switch from the Windows client’s default IKEv2 connection protocol to OpenVPN or KeepSolid’s – somewhat slower – Wise protocol, which the firm says offers “ultimate protection.” As usual in these tests, I’ve left everything at default settings. There’s also a kill switch to cut off all traffic if the VPN goes down, a run-on start-up setting and a Trusted Networks whitelist to which you can add specific Wi-Fi networks that won’t prompt the VPN to automatically activate itself.
VPN Unlimited has a few quirks. A standard subscription allows you to register a maximum of seven devices with your account, and up to five of those can be connected at any given time. However, every device you connect is registered, and once you’ve connected seven, you have to remove an existing device from your account via KeepSolid’s website. To further complicate this, you can only remove one registered device from your account every seven days.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Performance
|KeepSolid VPN Unlimited HTTP||35.44Mbps||80.16Mbps||65.36Mbps|
|KeepSolid VPN Unlimited FTP||16.23Mbps||77.85Mbps||50.58Mbps|
Average HTTP download speeds for the entire April 2020 VPN group test, measured from a test system in London with a fast internet connection, were 65.63Mbps from UK endpoints, 71.37Mbps for the Netherlands and 51.15Mbps from the US. This setup is built for stability in the face of an unusually high load on internet and VPN services around the world, rather than raw speed.
Despite this, VPN Unlimited logged some of the best test results I’ve seen in months, with the notable exception of its London endpoint, which achived the slowest HTTP and FTP throughput in this round of testing. But 35.44Mbps is still fast enough for pretty much anything you’d want to do online. However, its Netherlands and US HTTP speeds were both well above average.
KeepSolid has endpoints in 54 countries, including specialised servers designed to allow you to watch streaming video services undetected.
Should you buy KeepSolid VPN Unlimited?
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has some great value subscription offers, currently including the the $39 lifetime deal mentioned above. Normally, a five-device subscription works out £8.14 per month, £48.89 per year, £81.49 every three years or £162.99 for a lifetime subscription. The company allows anonymous payment using bitcoin.
Although its performance isn’t as consistently good at it once was, VPN Unlimited still offers a wide range of clients and set-up instructions for various devices and operating systems, including routers.
If you can get a long-term subscription at a substantial discount, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited may well be worth your while, even though it’s a little on the slow side. However, our review score is not based on that, as offers of this kind are transient. However, even on standard pricing, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited’s cost-effective three-year, five-device subscription is also appealing.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is an attractively-priced, beginner-friendly VPN that’s available on a wide range of platforms. But just how effective is it as a secure VPN?
In this definitive review you will learn what is good and what is not so good about KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, and you will find answers to popular questions like:
- Is using VPN Unlimited safe?
- How good is VPN Unlimited?
- Does VPN Unlimited work with Netflix?
- Does VPN Unlimited work in China?
- Is torrenting & P2P allowed?
Before we answer all these questions (and many more), lets first examine VPN Unlimited’s pros and cons:
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Pros & Cons
- Pretty quick speeds
- Easy access to streaming sites through dedicated servers
- Optimized servers for P2P/torrent use
- Instant set-up on all major platforms
- Connect securely to 54 countries
- Collects too much information
- Based in New York (US jurisdiction)
- Short money-back guarantee
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Key Summary
|Logging Policy||Some User Logs|
|Jurisdiction||US (Five-Eyes Member)|
|Works in China||Yes|
|Cheapest Price||$199.99 for a Lifetime|
Still want to know more about KeepSolid VPN Unlimited and whether it’s the right VPN for you?
We’ve carefully tested every single VPN Unlimited app so you can rest assured that we left no stone unturned.
Without further ado, lets get right into this review starting with VPN Unlimited’s speed.
Who is KeepSolid VPN Unlimited?
About & Logging
VPN Unlimited is owned and run by Keep Solid Inc. It was founded in 2013 by Oleg Bocharnikov and Vasiliy Ivanov, who set up what was then-called Simplex Solutions, a business in Odessa, Ukraine.
KeepSolid Inc. is now incorporated in the US with its HQ in New York.
This isn’t a good thing. Being based in the US means that US law enforcement agencies could force the company to log and hand over customer data.
We’re comforted by VPN Unlimited’s policy to only store personally-identifiable information (your IP address) for the duration of your session. But it is worrying that data can be handed over without your consent. VPN Unlimited is not a VPN for total anonymity.
VPN Unlimited’s logging policy is disappointing. It is private enough for most, but let’s look at what it does collect:
- Original IP address
- Browser type
- Operating system
- Device ID
- Time zone
- Connection type
- WiFi network name
Yikes. That’s a lot of information. However, it is not as bad as it sounds as this data is deleted after each VPN session.
What it does not delete is:
- Total amount of data used for each session
- Session dates
- Number of devices using KeepSolid products
- Version of the app used
This is much less an issue for privacy, but we don’t like that the policy doesn’t state how long this information is stored for.
Speed & Reliability
VPN Unlimited is actually quite limited when it comes to speed.
Local Speed Test Results
Before using KeepSolid VPN Unlimited:
When connected to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited:
Download speed without VPN Unlimited: 97Mbps
Download speed with VPN Unlimited: 81Mbps
Our download speed loss when VPN Unlimited is running: 17%
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is particularly poor if you connect long-distance to countries in Asia or North and South America (we test from the UK).
The USA delivered very slow speeds, Singapore was better but still hit-and-miss, and if you’re in Australia, you’re out of luck – VPN Unlimited doesn’t have a single server there.
At least local connections were better, with speeds often above average.
How about ping/latency?
Well, that’s way too high too. On local UK connections we recorded 19ms, which is simply too high for anyone serious about gaming.
We put all of the VPNs on the site through a rigorous scientific speed testing process, determining the average speeds from multiple locations across the globe. These are the average speeds we saw when connecting from the UK to the following locations:
- Germany: 73Mbps (downloads) & 13Mbps (uploads)
- USA: 22Mbps (downloads) & 13Mbps (uploads)
- Singapore: 42Mbps (downloads) & 6Mbps (uploads)
Decent network size
VPN Unlimited offers a decent-sized network. It covers the most popular locations across 54 locations.
Is this enough? Probably.
But if you need access to servers in less well-covered places there are better VPN services out there to do the job. You should take a look at our review of VPNArea if server locations are what matter most to you.
In terms of individual servers, VPN Unlimited has a fairly small number – just over 400.
Customer support refused to tell us the number of IP addresses they offer, saying that it’s against their policy. This leads us to suspect that there aren’t many more than 400.
This is disappointing when compared to the 50,000+ IPs offered by some of its rival services (VyprVPN, for example, has over 200,000). It’s likely that the servers will clog up pretty quickly, resulting in poor performance. Not ideal.
When it comes to the US, the spread is good. 13 different US cities are distributed from East (Florida) to West coast (California), and the South (Texas), too.
Likewise, VPN Unlimited has good European options, with city-level options in UK, France and Germany.
Asia coverage is decent, with VPN Unlimited servers in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea and it was pleasing to see two servers in India and one bridging the continental divide in Turkey. Yet South America is limited to Brazil and Chile only, and the sole option in Africa is South Africa.
Quick and easy access to Netflix and BBC iPlayer
Streaming & Torrenting
VPN Unlimited is a fantastic choice for streaming.
Due to its optimized servers, VPN Unlimited provides quick, hassle-free access to Netflix and BBC iPlayer. VPN Unlimited also has dedicated streaming servers for:
- HBO Now
- Sony Crackle
We’ve had no problems unblocking online streaming servers with VPN Unlimited – it’s extremely consistent, one of the most reliable VPNs on the market.
VPN Unlimited’s streaming game is strong, but we can’t say the same for torrenting.
There are only five VPN Unlimited servers permitted for torrenting. These include:
- Ontario, Toronto (Canada)
- Paris (France)
- Bissen (Luxembourg)
- Bucharest (Romania)
- California (US)
If VPN Unlimited allows torrenting, it seems to do so reluctantly. In its FAQ VPN Unlimited says: “The primary use of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is not to download torrents, but to offer online security.’
Reliable option for bypassing censorship
Even despite China’s recent VPN crackdowns, it would appear that VPN Unlimited is still a fairly reliable option for people wishing to connect out from that country.
VPN Unlimited’s KeepSolid Wise protocol enables users from China to overcome the Great Firewall by making their VPN traffic appear as standard HTTPS web traffic. This makes it extremely difficult to detect and block, therefore allowing the majority of people to beat the government censors.
It should be noted that Chinese users only currently have access to five VPN nearby free speech countries, but this does include Singapore which is the best option if you’re looking for good speeds.
Due to this proprietary protocol, VPN Unlimited is also a fantastic choice for people in other high-censorship countries such as the UAE, Turkey and Iran. A good-sized global network is helpful here, as it means you’ll never be too far from a server in a free speech country.
Good range of custom apps
Platforms & Devices
VPN Unlimited is available on a good range of custom apps for the usual platforms, including:
- Microsoft Windows
You can also buy pre-configured WiFi routers with the software already installed, saving you having to setup multiple apps on individual devices.
VPN Unlimited additionally provides a range of manual set-up guides for devices lacking dedicated apps such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. There are also step-by-step instructions on how to manually configure your existing router to support the software, which are very user-friendly and include lots of helpful screenshots.
Games Consoles & Streaming Devices
Amazon Fire TV
VPN Unlimited can be used on a number of games consoles, including Xbox, Nintendo and PlayStation, as well as streaming devices by connecting them to a configured router or sharing the VPN connection with another device already running the software – a laptop or smartphone.
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Google Chromecast
We would like to see some native apps for these in the future – apps designed for specific consoles and streaming devices – especially as it is offered by rivals, including Windscribe .
Still, VPN Unlimited is generous enough to allow up to five devices connected to the one VPN subscription simultaneously. That comes in handy.
Also handy are the extensive manual set-up guides for plenty of these devices on the support section of VPN Unlimited’s website.
It’s rare for a provider to offer so many manual workarounds for such a large range of streaming devices, and we love that VPN Unlimited has gone to so much effort to make the process as simple as possible. VPN beginners rejoice!
VPN Unlimited offers proxy extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.
Be aware that proxies are not VPNs – they’re unencrypted connections. But they’re helpful for lightweight browsing while hiding your IP and changing the country you appear to be connecting from.
VPN Unlimited’s browser extensions are incredibly easy to download and use, available within a matter of seconds if you already have the main program installed.
They also include the WebRTC Leak Blocker. This is a tool that helps to prevent a browser issue that could potentially expose your true IP address. That’s all well and good, but we think that should be standard anyway.
Features exclusive protocol
Encryption & Security
DNS Leak Blocking
Supports TCP Port 443
VPN Kill Switch
Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.
VPN Unlimited has got some solid security features. If you’re an experienced VPN guru, you may find advanced options lacking.
With VPN Unlimited, you can choose between these protocols:
- KeepSolid Wise TCP/UDP
- TLS Encryption
KeepSolid Wise TCP/UDP is a proprietary protocol, which is to say it’s an exclusive, first-party protocol. It makes use of the TCP 443 port used by secure web traffic (HTTPS).
Tech jargon aside, this means it’s far more difficult for ISPs and government censors to detect that you’re using a VPN, as your traffic simply appears as that of a normal browser.
However, which protocols you can select are dependent upon the device that you’re using. For example, Windows mobile is limited to L2TP encryption. Take a look at what’s available on your device:
We always recommend selecting OpenVPN where possible. It offers the best balance between performance and privacy.
VPN Unlimited’s encryption is also strong. AES-256, as it’s called, is a top cipher said to be unbreakable. The US federal government uses it, so you can trust it to be robust.
VPN Unlimited has also introduced the essential VPN kill switch function, which means that if your connection drops for any reason, it will block online traffic, preventing your true IP address from being exposed.
However, VPN Unlimited could do better by providing its own DNS servers. It currently uses Google Public DNS, which are still considered to provide a very high level of performance and security, though.
We also did not detect any DNS leaks when using VPN Unlimited, as you can see:
VPN Unlimited test from browserleaks.com. We test from the UK.
Very nice apps
Ease of Use
How to Install & Set Up KeepSolid VPN Unlimited
Simply click your chosen platform and the software will begin to download automatically.
Before the software is installed, you'll have to agree to VPN Unlimited's terms and conditions.
The setup wizard gives you the option to create a desktop shortcut for the VPN Unlimited app.
All that's left to do is wait until the installation is finished and then you're ready to start using the VPN.
Click the button in the center to connect. The main screen will then show your chosen server location.
Within the server list, you can search for a particular location. There is a tab for dedicated streaming servers and torrenting-friendly servers are clearly marked.
Within the settings menu, you can activate the VPN kill switch and change the protocol.
You can choose which protocol you'd like to connect with and switch on DNS leak protection.
VPN Unlimited’s custom apps are sleek and user-friendly.
The main screen of the desktop app displays your connection status, chosen server location and a button to have a look at your new IP address on a pretty (if somewhat redundant) world map.
It would be better to see it a little more streamlined to fit in a smaller window, but you can do much worse than this from a VPN (trust us – we’ve seen it).
If you’re looking to customize, advanced settings are located behind the burger menu (the three horizontal lines) and are quite neatly laid out with some helpful integrated support regarding the different VPN protocols.
You can turn on the kill switch function in the settings menu (and we recommend you do), but DNS leak protection is hidden within the protocols menu, which is a little confusing.
We love that you can search for a server rather than having to scroll and scroll through a long list, plus there’s a dedicated tab for streaming-optimized servers. Want to watch Netflix? VPN Unlimited makes it easy.
Also, VPN Unlimited servers that allow torrenting are clearly marked to make them easy to find.
High standard of customer support
|Live chat Support||Yes|
VPN Unlimited offers a high standard of customer support, and has recently introduced a live chat feature.
When we put it to the test, the support agents were helpful, friendly, and quick to respond. We can’t ask for much more than that from a VPN service.
Agents often referred us to FAQ pages to find our answer, which is annoying, but they were happy to provide more details if asked.
Unfortunately, this live chat isn’t available 24/7, a service most top–tier providers offer. You can email the VPN Unlimited support team around the clock, though. Here the response time was very quick – we often received answers within an hour.
Should you not want to contact the support directly, you can find solutions in VPN Unlimited’s online resources section.
This is well organized and comprehensive, and the FAQ search feature enables you to look up keywords rather than scrolling through a long list of answers.
We all know the pain of scrolling through an FAQ for an answer that often isn’t there.
As well as a fantastic selection of set-up manuals, there was good material on more general subjects such as online security, bypassing censorship, and data privacy, which is always useful.
Includes lifetime subscription
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Coupon
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Pricing Plan
VPN Unlimited accepts payment via these options:
- Major credit and debit cards
Unfortunately, unlike most other VPN providers, you’re unable to pay using any international payment methods, such as Alipay or UnionPay.
Do We Recommend KeepSolid VPN Unlimited?
The Bottom Line
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a quick VPN with dedicated servers for streaming and torrenting. It’s easy to set up and use so we’re looking at a VPN with potential for casual users or newcomers to VPNs.
Beyond that, we can’t recommend KeepSolid VPN Unlimited due to its US jurisdiction, which is a privacy threat, and its collection of too much information. I
t’s got an exclusive protocol, which is interesting to see, and it’s not too expensive when you consider its three-year plan, or even lifetime plan, but there are safer options out there.
KeepSolid’s VPN service has a lot going for it, including impressive speeds, affordable plans with a lifetime subscription, and the option for an entire higher tier of plans that support up to 10 devices. However, holding it back is the overall lack of servers, which are housed in fewer countries than competitors, and furthermore, the limitation that a mere 5 of the KeepSolid VPN servers are designated to handle torrent traffic.
- Impressive speeds
- Great range of clients
- Bitcoin supported
- Free trial
- Not good for torrent users
VPN services continue to enjoy high levels of popularity, with exponential growth, and what has evolved into a $15 billion dollar industry (as of 2016). Consumers and businesses have proceeded to find novel uses for the VPN beyond the usual privacy concerns, such as spoofing a geolocation for streaming video, or getting a better deal on travel.
KeepSolid comes from Vasily Ivanov and Oleg Bocharnikov who established a new software development company, Simplex Solutions, back in 2013.
Notably, their first product was a Wi-Fi transfer app to share photos and videos, although later that year, they started a VPN with two servers, one in Los Angeles, CA, and the other in the Netherlands. Within a year, paralleling the meteoric growth of VPN services in general, they were already up to 36 servers, adding locations in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Romania.
Let’s take a closer look at the KeepSolid VPN Unlimited service.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited offers a free 7-day trial, and also a 7-day money-back guarantee. In other words, either way, you can take this VPN service for a test drive for a full week, and see how it performs for your needs on a risk-free basis.
The pricing is based on the length of the contract. The shortest commitment is the month-to-month subscription, which is $9.99 (about £8) per month, about an average cost compared to rivals. Also offered is an annual plan for $59.95 (about £46), which works out to be half price, with a monthly cost of $5 (about £4) when paid for the 12 months at once.
Those willing to commit for even longer will be rewarded with a 3-year plan that commands a one-time payment of $99.99 (about £76), which brings it down to a downright cheap cost of $2.78 (about £2) per month. Finally, there is also the option of a lifetime subscription, which strangely, at least for now due to a 50% off sale, has the same cost as the previous 3-year plan, except that hopefully it will last a lot longer.
The above pricing pertains to plans that support up to 5 devices. There are also corresponding plans that support up to 10 devices costing 50% more at each tier. For those who have even more devices, there are further options to add devices one at a time, or an additional 5, or even 10 at a time.
All plans are for unlimited bandwidth/data for the month. There is also the option for KeepSolid to host your own personal VPN server, so you can avoid overloaded servers by buying, say, your very own New York VPN server.
New York-based KeepSolid is an unusual VPN which stands out in many areas, sometimes in a positive way, sometimes more negatively.
The service scores with its technical extras. A lengthy list of apps includes downloads for Windows (Vista or higher, with an option to support legacy Windows XP SP3), Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, and the less common platforms of Windows Mobile and Apple TV. There are also extensions for both the Chrome and Firefox browsers. Protocol support covers everything important (OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, PPTP) at ‘top secret’ level 256-bit encryption.
You also get the benefit of KeepSolid’s Wise technology to help bypass VPN blocking with an “additional level of encryption and obfuscation for your extended privacy and unlimited web access.”
There’s an integrated kill switch, too, which serves to instantly turn off the internet connection if the VPN tunnel drops, thereby protecting the integrity of the data, and avoiding exposure. Also, be sure to check out KeepSolid VPN’s online DNS Leak Test, which serves to verify the internet connection, and ensure that your data remains out of reach of your ISP.
Unfortunately, for all the pluses above, there are also lots of issues, including some that pertain to service fundamentals. Although you get 70+ locations, there are only 400 servers, which is fewer than some competitors; for example, NordVPN claims more than 5,000 servers. Some apps are a little underpowered, so for example the Windows client doesn’t have a kill switch. There’s some session logging, and torrent support is limited to a paltry 5 KeepSolid servers which are sure to get crowded fast, doubtless limiting speeds.
Our real-world tests were broadly positive, though, with one or two problems. Download speeds were good for US and European connections, reasonable for most of the rest of the world, and KeepSolid successfully unblocked Netflix and iPlayer. But connection times averaged five seconds longer than ExpressVPN, and speeds with a few long-distance locations plummeted to under 10Mbps.
KeepSolidVPN is notable in testing, but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. In testing, t is found to be painfully slow for the initial connection, with the longest connection times among the tested services. Once connected, the reconnects are only occasional, and vary on the location. Unfortunately, the higher latency, and lower download and upload throughput speeds all add up to a painfully slow experience.
Verdict and conclusion
Overall, KeepSolid VPN paints a very mixed picture. Whereas some people might love KeepSolid for its more than fair pricing and impressive speeds, others might hate it given the lack of support for torrents, and the low number of servers and countries supported. So, if KeepSolid’s more unusual features sound appealing, give it a try, and see how this VPN works for you.
Client platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, open-source routers
Supported protocols: IKEv2, OpenVPN, IKEv1, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, KeepSolid Wise
No. of servers: About 400+
No. of countries: About 50
Country of registration: U.S./Ukraine
Payment options: Credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin, Apple Pay, gift cards
Real name necessary? No
Encryption protocol: AES-256
Data usage: Unlimited
Bandwidth usage: Unlimited
Max. no. of simultaneously connected devices: 5 or 10
Customer support: Email
VPN Unlimited is headquartered in New York and is the subsidiary of KeepSolid. While the fact that VPN Unlimited is US-based in New York does not thrill us (as opposed to, say, ExpressVPN, which runs out of the British Virgin Islands) VPN Unlimited provides users with a solid VPN service.
With its server locations and data centers in more than 39 countries and 50 regions respectively, VPN Unlimited offers full anonymity with secured virtual life. It’s easily rated as one of the best VPN service providers in the world, alongside other top provides such as NordVPN and CyberGhost.
Streaming is reliable, and it can even unblock Netflix US and Canada. It’s not quite made it to our top five vendors list, though. Their powerful unblocking capabilities and super-fast speeds a pretty tough to beat.
It offers Personal VPN server or clean static IP to encrypt and protect all your Internet traffic and any sensitive information that you share online from hackers and any third party. Its tightly secured VPN servers give users the assurance that they are totally secured when surfing the web. It also provides users with a faster and more reliable internet on any platform, including computers and mobile. VPN Unlimited has five specially dedicated servers for torrenting only. The five servers are located in the United States (California), Luxembourg, Romania, Canada (Quebec), and France. The other servers aren’t allowed for the P2P file sharing usage, as indicated by “torrents” whenever you select a particular server.
On Mac and iOS, VPN Unlimited connects through L2TP/IPsec and PPTP encryption protocols while it connects through OpenVPN on Windows, Linux, and Android respectively. It also offers IKEv2 for Windows and includes an enhanced KeepSolid Wise protocol. It offers AES 256-bit encryption. While users on Windows, Linux, and Android get to enjoy the more secure OpenVPN encryption protocol on VPN Unlimited, users on Mac and iOS will have to settle for the less secure (compared to OpenVPN) protocols, although they are compensated with a faster performance out of the two.
VPN Unlimited also offers KeepSolid VPN Lite, a free app that offers great security and access to 10 global servers. It’s free to download and use, offers instant connection to dozens of server locations, and guarantees unlimited, throttle-free connection.
VPN Unlimited has another protocol called KeepSolid Wise. This service offers additional cover of encryption and data privacy for locations that are highly restricted. This is a protocol extension that allows you to bypass the firewall quietly and protects your VPN connection from being detected or blocked. This service is available for free on iOS 10, Android, Windows, and Linux devices.
For the most demanding users, VPN Unlimited offers free additional extensions which include Personal Server, Personal IP, and even the ability to set VPN on your WiFi Router.
Like any other VPN providers, VPN Unlimited has different subscription plans with benefits and discounts proportionate to signup length. You can get a personal server starting from $12.50 per month and your own private IP address from $8.33 per month. There is a lifetime protection plan with an excellent discount that will get you secured forever. But if you are open to paying such price, why not get a much faster VPN like NordVPN or ExpressVPN that has a 30 days money back plan which makes it free to try?
|Number of countries with servers||80|
|Number of servers||400|
|Number of IP addresses||400|
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||No|
|Number of devices per license||5|
Good price, but low server count and poor customer service
VPN Unlimited, by KeepSolid, Inc. offers more than most in its price range, as well as six different pricing plans to choose from. They offer up to five connections simultaneously, which is definitely one of its strong points.
It does not, however, have a ton of servers to choose from, with only about 70 worldwide. It can unblock Netflix US and Canada, but for more libraries, opt for one of these vendors instead.
We like that they do not keep any logs, but their customer service leaves something to be desired as we could not get in touch. Overall, they are a decent service, but have some areas to improve upon.
As mentioned before VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid offers new users as well as old ones a host of subscription packages.
Really, there are so many subscription packages and you’re bound to find one that matches your needs and requirements to perfection.
So let’s study them a little bit in more detail in order to know what’s on offer here and then you can make up your own mind if you want to buy or sign up for a subscription package that is offered by KeepSolid for VPN Unlimited.
So start off, know that VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid offers news users about six subscription packages. As mentioned before, that is one heck a lot of choice for one VPN service and of course, the more the number of subscription packages, the more are the chances that you’ll be able to find the one that matches your needs.
In other words, then we’re talking about VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid, we’re talking about a lot of choice, probably more than you care to understand and spend your time studying. But on the positive side, you’ll know exactly how much you want to pay for a specific package and how often will the company behind VPN Unlimited will charge you.
Billing convenience along with package flexibility are really rare offering in the VPN business where most VPN services just try to go for one size fits all approach for all their packages.
The first plan is the Vacation plan which is the cheapest of the lot. It is aimed at those users who only use VPN services when they are on a short journey away from home. This plan costs around $1.99 for seven days.
Told you so, VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid offers some really weird packages and you can sign up to any one of them in order to suit your needs and requirements.
Next up is the Economy plan which requires the user to sign up for VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid for a month long period. If you sign up for this package, you’ll have to pay around $4.99 per month.
Then there is the Standard package which costs around $8.99 for a total of three months. As you can already imagine, this package is aimed at those users who are serious about sticking to a particular VPN service and not just run away after the initial trial period expires.
After the Standard package, there is the Professional package which will cost you around $24.99 every year. As you can probably figure out yourself, this is for the people who are a really serious about signing up for a good VPN service and are ready to show some commitment to the VPN service.
The other thing different about VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid, is that users are charged the full amount of the package at the time of billing. The company behind VPN Unlimited, that is KeepSolid, also offers a seven-day no questions asked money back guarantee. If that wasn’t enough already, then the company also offers a ten day free trial for users who sign up for a given package.
The monthly price for VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid may not sound like a lot but there are other VPN services out there that offer very similar packages in terms of price. We’re talking about Spotflux VPN and FrootVPN which also offer some very affordable packages.
The part where VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid distinguishes itself from the two VPN services that we just mentioned above is the number of features and options it offers for the price it asks from the new users.
Most of the features that VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid offers are usually seen in the more expensive VPN services and therefore, VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid will continue to give a lot of competition to VPN services from all spectrums regardless of price or features.
Let’s assume for a second that you signed up for VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid and are absolutely over the moon with the quality of the service that you’ve received so far. We’ll, KeepSolid wants to be your preferred brand of VPN service not just for this life, but also the next one assuming you’ll need a VPN service there.
Yes, we’re talking about KeepSolid’s Infinity plan which is essentially VPN service from VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid for a 100 year period. You can sign up for this outrageous package for about $499. But depending on your luck and your ability to regularly visit their site to check for discounts, you may be able to sign up for the infinity plan for less than $130.
On the lighter side, KeepSolid which is the developer company behind the much reputed VPN Unlimited has stated on its official website that the company will have little problems in extending the infinity plan’s expiration date if the user requests it.
If you’re really feeling up for it and want to spend a bit of extra money then KeepSolid also offers a To-Do Checklist app for just $33.99 per year as a bundle with the VPN service.
However, if you don’t want to sign up for the additional offerings then you can sign up for VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid for a neat $69.99 for three years.
KeepSolid offers a lot of payment options so you can bet that you’ll be able to pay quickly and easily when buying VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid.
KeepSolid accepts payments through,
- Credit cards
- Amazon Pay
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid Servers
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid has over 50 servers that are located in a very diverse set of countries, geographically speaking. We’re talking 50 servers in over 38 countries.
Most of the 38 countries in which VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid operates its servers are physically located in Africa, China, Mexico, Russia, South America as well as the Isle of Man among many others.
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid is not entirely built from the ground up for BitTorrent and P2P service but unlike other VPN services which outright ban such activities, it offers file sharing services on four servers.
Moreover, there is also a special streaming server for people who want to use the VPN service for HD video streaming on the internet.
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid also caters to the more advanced users who want their/his/her very own personal VPN service and that too in the country of their preference. It also offers a static IP address that is, as per official documents, not even associated with the VPN service.
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid provides these services to new users for a cool $80 per year (for the personal server in the country of your choice) and $6.69 per month for the static IP address with no trace of proxy service.
You might ask what’s the advantage of signing up for such services?
Well, in short, if you sign up for the above-mentioned services, you are more likely to have a clean and new IP address, which in turn means that you’ll be a lot less likely to get blocked from streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu.
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid Features
As mentioned before, VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid has a lot of standard features and we’ll come to those in a bit.
But just to bait you in, we’ll start off with one of the more rare features. KeepSolid offers a feature called KeepSolid Wise and what it does is that it camouflages your VPN traffic as just the normal HTTPS online traffic.
This kind of a feature can prove to be especially useful in regions and countries where access to the internet is restricted or outright unavailable. This feature also blocks attempts by organizations to block the use of VPNs in certain countries.
Among other features, that aren’t too widely available in other VPN services, is the features of a browser extension.
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid has a full set of browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox, two of the most popular internet browsers of the online world. Nevertheless, the extension allows users to connect to the VPN service directly from the browser.
All the users need to do is to install the extension and then log in and then muster up enough energy to perform another click to have all their online traffic encrypted and routed through a VPN server for a secure and anonymous connection.
But this is where VPN Unlimited does you on better and takes VPN services to another level, the browser extension is not just an extension but also a mirror version of the desktop one in the sense that it has all the features and servers that are available in the desktop version.
The browser extension also enables users to turn off some of the features that they might not want to use right away such as WebRTC functions.
Some readers might think to themselves, what is the advantage of having a VPN extension rather than the full thing?
Well, for one, users can have VPN protection on any computer they like as long as they have the extension installed on their favorite browser and second, using the VPN service from within the browser lowers the performance hit taken by your computer machine, desktop or laptop because then the software only has to encrypt the traffic that is going through your web browser rather than the whole computer.
With that said, of course, the sole purpose behind using a VPN service is to secure all your traffic not just the one going through your web browser, so you might want to stay away from the browser extension if you’re concerned about this “whole” issue.
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid Compatible Devices
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid is available for a wide variety of operating systems including Android, Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and iOS.
So if you have any of the devices that support these platforms then you’re good to go.
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid Protocols
This VPN service uses the very secure OpenVPN protocol for the connection made on operating systems such as Linux, Windows, and Android.
For users who want to use the service on a Mac, they’ll have to make do with other protocols such as IPSec and PPTP.
The iOS devices are supported by the IPSec protocol by default but the more savvy of the users can easily go to the settings menu and change that to something more secure such as the OpenVPN protocol.
Interface,Setup, And Installation
The best thing about signing up for VPN Unlimited is that it has native clients for all the major operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, OSX and also Windows Phone which is a rarity.
The fact that VPN Unlimited is a premier VPN service is also proven by the fact that just like all the other top players, it too allows users to connect up to five simultaneous devices to its servers.
Installing the VPN service is mostly a breeze where users just have to download an installer file and then run the installation wizard.
On the Windows platform though, there is one little hiccup which is that users have to install the Microsoft C++ 2013 Redistributable environment.
But anyone who has ever installed anything on his desktop machine should be able to do that without much effort or time.
The design of the VPN Unlimited app is also a pretty solid one. New users can understand and access all the features fairly quickly as the interface does a great job of explaining each element of the app and its function.
The developers showed some great common sense by placing the VPN connection on and off toggle switch at the top of the screen which makes the app intuitive to use overall.
Some users have complained about VPN Unlimited taking some time to connect and disconnect but most of the users should be fine.
There are multiple buttons placed on the left side of the screen that show users their account information along with quick access to the list of available servers.
There is also the right panel which allows a user to see all the available VPN servers and on top of that there is a search box which is pretty handy as well.
Every server that you see on the list shows its country of origin and the overall load on the server. So much so, the list also shows if activities such as torrenting are allowed on the particular server (that you’re looking at) that is selected from the list.
As indicated earlier, VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid also offers high-speed servers which are focused on users with video streaming needs. There is also an Optimal option which enables user connection to the best server (according to its own understanding) for streaming at the given moment.
What About Speed?
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid performed relatively well in Ookla speed benchmarks but increased the latency by a massive 300 percent. Regardless of which VPN service you sign up for, that is a huge latency increase which should be worked on right away by the developers behind the VPN service.
Of course, latency variations are hard to detect especially for novice users so this shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for anyone. Ookla tests also showed that VPN Unlimited decreased download speeds by 30 percent.
Readers should know that there are other premier VPN services out there that not only do not adversely affect your download and upload speed but actually, somehow, improve it. VPN services such as IPVanish along with PureVPN and ExpressVPN all are known to increase performance instead of decreasing it.
As mentioned before, if you’re only using a VPN server in order to get secure and gain anonymity then you don’t need to worry about your internet connection’s performance taking a hit because of the VPN service.
In short, VPN Unlimited is a good enough VPN service that during its use you will be able to load websites faster, even the ones where there is a lot of media content. You are not likely to face problems in streaming 720p videos on YouTube, which if you have used VPN services before, is a rare thing.
Should You Buy VPN Unlimited From KeepSolid?
First, remember three rules. Whenever you are judging a VPN service you should always look for the speed it provides, the number of features it has and its adaptability.
We can confidently say that VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid scores well in all the three aforementioned categories.
The price is affordable and there are a lot of subscription packages. Along with that, it provides good speeds and has P2P support. It has native apps for all major operating systems and has dedicated streaming VPN servers along with browser extensions which make using this VPN service extra convenient.
There are also some advanced features (we’ve talked about them earlier in the review) which put VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid in a league of its own.
VPN Unlimited From KeepSolid Review
- very affordable
- good number of servers in different countries
- very flexible subscription packages
- the 100-year plan
- P2P and BitTorrent support
- personalized VPN server and static IP address available
- dedicated servers for different purposes
- the native apps takes an uncomfortable amount of resources
VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid is probably the most complete VPN service provider there is. It is affordable and has a great variety of packages available for any kind of user. It gives you decent speeds and has some advanced features which aren't normally available in VPN services that are this cheap. Plus, you can sign up for life and beyond.
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- Help & Support
1. Confirmed: Works with Netflix
Ever since 2016, Netflix has been putting a stop to any user accessing their website via a VPN or proxy. According to our research, roughly 70% of VPNs manage to bypass this block.
Luckily, VPN Unlimited is no exception to this rule.
Here are the following servers we tested:
VPN Unlimited servers unblocking Netflix:
- United States: California
VPN Unlimited servers blocked by Netflix:
- Hampshire, United Kingdom (BBC iPlayer)
2 servers out of 4 worked. So they’re not lying. That’s a good start.
2. Good, 24/7 Customer Support via Live Chat
As I have stated time and time again, most VPN providers are kinda bad when it comes to customer service.
Much to my surprise and amazement, VPN Unlimited is not one of them.
While it is true that they do not offer a live chat feature like many of the more premium VPN providers, the quality of their email/ticket support is unparalleled.
I submitted a simple query on their website (asking whether or not their services would protect me from someone monitoring network activity directly from the router) around 6:48 p.m. my time.
Since some time had passed since I last reviewed their customer service (which used to be terrible by the way), I just wanted to gauge the speed and efficacy of their support team to see if anything had improved.
I was pleasantly surprised when, only 20 minutes later, I opened my inbox to find a helpful and polite response from one of their representatives.
When you compare the customer support of VPN Unlimited to some of the other VPNs on the market (for example VPNs like CyberGhost and IPVanish), the quality and speed of their service are actually quite remarkable.
While it might not stand up to ExpressVPN’s live chat feature, the support offered by VPN Unlimited is a breath of fresh air in a market plagued with shoddy customer service.
3. Strong AES-256 encryption w/ OpenVPN, IPSec & Others…
VPN Unlimited encrypts your information with something called the Advanced Encryption Standard or AES.
This super secure encryption standard is the same one used by federal agencies to transmit sensitive data and it is, quite literally, the most secure symmetrical encryption standard in existence (at least that we know of).
It’s true that most VPN providers already use AES-256 to encrypt your data, but since security is one of the primary concerns when selecting a new service, this still counts as a “Pro” in my book.
If you peruse the list of different VPNs that we have reviewed, you will undoubtedly notice that most (if not all) of them offer the above VPN tunneling protocols.
So why in the world would I list this as a “Pro” for VPN Unlimited?
Because of one special little extension.
KeepSolid Wise is a special extension to the OpenVPN tunneling protocol that makes it difficult (nigh on impossible) to detect.
Think of it as your proverbial cloak of invisibility.
In countries with oppressive and outdated censorship laws, government officials will often search for individuals using VPNs to bypass their Draconian regulations.
As soon as they find one of these connections, they will throttle your performance and impede (or completely stop) your browsing session.
However, with KeepSolid Wise, you can slip through these nets and make your traffic appear just like any other standard connection.
And while this is a huge bonus for VPN Unlimited customers, unfortunately, it is not a bonus for all customers.
Currently, KeepSolid Wise is available on the following devices:
They also extensions for both Chrome and Firefox as well as compatibility with any Windows phone.
Update: Since January 2018, they have also included built-in kill-switch feature to their app.
4. Their VPN Software is Smooth and Simple to Use
The interface on VPN Unlimited is incredibly easy to use.
After launching their software you are only one click away from anonymous browsing, and their simple sidebar allows you to quickly find exactly what you are looking for.
While some of the more advanced users might find their overly simplistic interface to be a turn-off, for most customers, this easy to use dashboard will provide everything that you need and more.
VPN Unlimited Cons
1. They Aren’t Fast Enough (Slow Speed)
Whenever you were a kid, you probably heard the statement “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”.
Well, that was true during your childhood and it’s true today.
After hearing about their lifetime pricing plan, many of you are probably chomping at the bit to get started with VPN Unlimited’s services, and I don’t blame you.
Unfortunately, their promise to provide Secure, fast, and easy access to any site online, has yet to be fulfilled.
While VPN unlimited is far from the slowest VPN that I have ever seen, they rank 50th out of 78 (well below average) and their server (which they have 400+, locations in 70 countries) are much slower than NordVPN’s which is a better and cheaper alternative.
Here are our results without using a VPN:
Here are our speed test results when using VPN Unlimited:
US Server (New York)
- Ping: 184ms
- Download: 25.69 Mbps
- Upload: 7.31 Mbps
EU Server (Amsterdam)
- Ping: 37ms
- Download: 47.13 Mbps
- Upload: 24.70 Mbps
Asia Server (Hong Kong)
- Ping: 335ms
- Download: 12.42 Mbps
- Upload: 2.92 Mbps
UK Server (London)
- Ping: 51ms
- Download: 59.69 Mbps
- Upload: 42.09 Mbps
As always, you should take these tests with a grain of salt since they can vary wildly and are dependent on a number of uncontrollable variables. That being said, however, I have scoured the internet for other tests and even went so far as to ask some of my colleagues to test the speeds on their network and all of them reported similarly disappointing results.
While these aren’t the worst download or upload speeds that I have ever seen, if speed is of the essence for your VPN-related endeavors, then you should probably check out some of our other VPN reviews to find a provider that can offer the performance you are looking for.
2. They Possibly Keep Some Logs?
It’s a common practice for free VPN services to log your personal information and then sell it to advertisers and marketers to pay for the services that you are using.
However, most high-quality VPNs guarantee zero logging of your information or activity.
Unfortunately, VPN Unlimited is not one of them.
For starters, VPN Unlimited monitors how many people are trying to access their servers in order to maintain security and help customers troubleshoot network problems.
That seems harmless enough.
They also track the different clicks that you make inside of their software in order to optimize their interface and ensure the best customer experience possible.
Again, seems harmless to me.
Where I began to get suspicious, however, was when I learned that they also track the session duration of users to monitor bandwidth usage for the alleged purpose of “Providing detailed information intended solely for each concrete user.”
If you are someone with real security concerns, this suspiciously vague intrusion should raise a few red flags but, in my experience, shouldn’t be cause for any real concern.
While VPN Unlimited’s logging activities are (apparently) innocuous, I prefer a VPN with a strict “Zero Logging” policy.
And, in the spirit of total transparency, I want to ensure that every potential VPN Unlimited customer is aware of how the company tracks and stores your personal data.
While this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, VPN Unlimited certainly isn’t getting any points for their logging practices.
3. Limited Torrenting Capabilities
If you live in a country that enjoys the freedom of speech and do not plan on traveling anytime soon, then you’re likely in the market for a VPN for one of two reasons.
- You want to secure your connection while using public networks
- You want the ability to torrent online without worrying about potential legal fallout
Unfortunately, VPN Unlimited isn’t much use for potential customers who fall into the second category.
I took a look through VPN Unlimited’s FAQ and found this in response to the question “Is BitTorrent and other file-sharing allowed on all servers?”
While I have no doubt that this stance has earned the approval anti-piracy advocates worldwide, it has also alienated VPN Unlimited from a huge market segment.
If you need a VPN provider with torrenting capabilities, VPN Unlimited is probably not right for you.
4. You Need to Restart Your Computer After Installation
I know that this is a pretty minor bone to pick, but I couldn’t resist.
With so many VPNs on the market that allow you to secure your browsing experience only a few minutes after making your purchase, I was disappointed to find that VPN Unlimited requires you to restart your device in order to get started with their services.
This isn’t exactly a deal breaker, but considering some of the other problems with this VPN, I was hoping for a more seamless user experience.
Pricing, Plans & Payment Methods
The last time I reviewed VPN Unlimited, they offered more than 7 different pricing plans ranging from $2 for 7 days, all the way up to two years of service for around $50.
However, the times have changed and the team in New York decided to consolidate their plans into a more traditional set of pricing packages (with one exception).
They offer one month, one-year, and three-year pricing options (all of which are budget friendly) which is pretty standard fare for a VPN provider.
But where things get interesting is when you look at their unheard of lifetime pricing plan which, as the name implies, means unlimited VPN access… Forever.
Here’s how it all breaks down.
Monthly Plan: $9.99
At $9.99, VPN Unlimited isn’t breaking into any new territory when it comes to VPN pricing. This is a pretty standard rate that can be expected across the board.
This equates to:
- $9.99 per month
- $119.88 per year
- 0% Savings
Yearly Plan: $59.99
- $5.00 per month
- 50% savings
3 Years Plan: $99.99
- $2.78 per month
- 75% savings
Unlike most providers, VPN Unlimited doesn’t have any middle ground between their one month and twelve-month packages. If you want to buy a VPN for short-term travel purposes (i.e. a 3-month business trip abroad), then you will probably want to shop around a little bit more to find a company with a plan that is more tailored to your needs.
All plans do allow for 5 simultaneous connections.
That being said, at only $5.00 a month, VPN Unlimited’s yearly plan is definitely budget-friendly, but as you might know, NordVPN is $3.49/mo (highly recommended in our review) and Private Internet Access is even cheaper.
Here’s the break down:
- $5.00 per month
- $59.99 per year
- 50% savings
The “Infinity” Plan: $149.99
If this plan is making you scratch your head and mutter “Meh?” under your breath, you are not alone. VPN Unlimited is (literally) the only company that I know of to offer a lifetime plan to their customers.
Not to mention that all things considered, this plan is pretty darn cheap.
Only time will tell if this business move is genius or ludicrous, so until then, let’s suffice it to say that if you plan on using a VPN for the foreseeable future, this might be the cheapest option in existence (unless, of course, you are willing to settle for a sub-par free service).
VPN Unlimited also offers a 7-day money back guarantee on all of their plans so if you do make a purchase and then decide that they aren’t the VPN you are looking for, you can easily get your money refunded.
All the major payments options are available, such as Credit Card, PayPal and Bitcoin for anonymous payments.
It’s also worth mentioning that once you’re signed up, you have “auto-renew” ON. Unless you plan to keep using them, it’s worth turning it OFF.
Do I recommend VPN Unlimited?
To put it bluntly…
No, I do not recommend this VPN service. I went into the review process with high hopes.
Their app OK for hiding your IP and protecting your data, but…
There are too many much better VPNs on the market (at a similar or even cheaper price) to settle on a service that provides such limited capabilities and slow performance.
This VPN has tempting prices and generally reliable performance, but matters are spoiled a little by device management hassles and other issues. There's still a lot to like here, though, so take the trial anyway, and see what you think.
- Above average speeds
- Unblocks Netflix, iPlayer, Disney+
- Very fast email support
- Bitcoin supported
- Some kill switch issues
- Relatively few servers
- Access limited to specified devices
- Didn't unblock Amazon Prime Video for us
New York-based KeepSolid's VPN Unlimited is a capable service with some unusual features that you won't always find elsewhere.
The VPN network looks a little small at only '400+ servers' (NordVPN claims over 5,000), but they're widely spread across more than 80 locations, with the most recent additions including Libya, Serbia, Costa Rica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
P2P is supported, though only at five locations: Canada, France, Luxembourg, Romania and the US (California).
Protocol support is moving beyond the usual standards of OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, and PPTP: VPN Unlimited has now added beta support for WireGuard to its mobile, macOS and Windows apps.
There's a further protocol bonus in the company's own KeepSolid Wise, which redirects traffic through the TCP 443 and UDP 33434 ports to theoretically make it more difficult to detect and block.
KeepSolid suggests Wise is ideal for users in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and anywhere else which takes a dim view of VPNs and actively tries to block their use. It has to be worth a try, but if it doesn't work, there are other providers who offer detection blocking ideas of their own (VyprVPN's Chameleon, IPVanish's 'Scramble').
The service has an impressive list of apps, with downloads for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Windows Mobile and Apple TV, and a handy collection of browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge.
VPN Unlimited supports up to five devices on a standard account, but this is a little more complicated than usual. While other providers typically support five simultaneous connections from any combination of devices, VPN Unlimited has five 'slots' which are allocated to particular devices or browser extensions (a Windows client and Chrome extension on the same system will fill two slots) as you connect them.
Once those slots are filled, you won't be able to connect with any new devices until you log in to the website and delete one of the old devices. Oh, and if you run out of free devices, or you replace several, you can only delete one active device a week, potentially a major hassle.
Suppose you're using all your slots, for instance, but then upgrade three devices at the same time. You're only able to delete one of the old devices per week, which means it'll be two weeks before you can use all your new hardware with the VPN.
KeepSolid does have a solution – sort of – in that you're able to buy further slots at extra cost. How generous.
If you run into problems with this, or any other part of the service, KeepSolid has a web knowledgebase with troubleshooting advice, and a support team is on hand 24/7 to answer your questions via ticket and email.
The DNS Firewall is a fresh introduction, allowing blocking websites by content type (Image credit: VPN Unlimited)
Additions since our last review include a new 'DNS Firewall', a DNS-based filtering system which blocks access to malicious and phishing domains, and enables blocking websites by content type (adult, gambling, social networking and so on.)
It's great to see beta WireGuard support now extended to all KeepSolid's mobile and desktop apps, too, a move which puts VPN Unlimited way ahead of most of the competition. (Other VPNs have been talking about WireGuard for a long time, but most have taken no visible action to support it.)
Plans and pricing
KeepSolid's range starts with three straightforward plans. You can cover up to five devices by opting to pay monthly for $9.99, dropping to $5 a month if you pay for a year upfront, and $2.78 with its three-year plan. There are a few cheaper providers - Private Internet Access is just $3.33 over a year, Surfshark a bargain $1.99 over two years - but VPN Unlimited is better than most, and looks like good value to us.
As we write, the company also offers a lifetime of VPN usage for a one-off $199.99. That's the equivalent of $16.67 a month if you only use it for a year, $5.56 if you keep it for three years, $3.33 over five years - you get the idea.
While lifetime plans sound good in theory, based on current pricing, you'll need to use VPN Unlimited for more than five years before it starts to become cheaper than the bargain competition. There's no way to be sure the company will be the best service for you, by then, or even whether it'll still exist, and on balance we wouldn't recommend committing to any more than the three-year plan.
Whatever your preferred plan, VPN Unlimited supports paying by card, PayPal and Bitcoin. Unusually, there's a 10% discount for using PayPal, for example cutting the cost of the three-year plan from $2.78 a month to $2.50.
VPN Unlimited protects your privacy by using only the strongest VPN protocols. By default, that means OpenVPN, which is the standard protocol on both mobile and desktop apps. This uses AES-256 encryption for industry-standard levels of security. And if it doesn't suit your needs for some reason, no problem: IKEv2 is available with most clients as a capable fall-back protocol.
The apps also offer KeepSolid's own Wise technology. This takes the core OpenVPN protocol, scrambles and obfuscates it a little, and maybe routes it a little differently to a regular connection. While this might cut speeds a little, it could help you bypass VPN detection and blocking systems used in countries like China, allowing you to connect from almost anywhere.
There's more good news in the app's ability to automatically connect to the VPN whenever you access an untrusted network, ensuring you're always protected.
The Windows and Mac apps also benefit from a kill switch to block your internet if the VPN drops. (The Windows kill switch doesn't work exactly as it should, but we'll talk more about that later.)
The Windows client doesn't have any specific 'DNS leak protection' settings, either, but these didn't seem to be necessary anyway. We ran checks at IPLeak, DNS Leak Test, DoILeak and others, and found no sign of DNS, WebRTC or other data leaks.
VPN providers understand that potential customers are curious about their logging policies, and most try to make this immediately clear on the website, leaving phrases like 'Zero Logging!' prominently displayed in reassuringly large fonts.
The VPN Unlimited website doesn't make such an effort to highlight its logging procedures, and its front page doesn't mention the issue at all.
A quick check of our VPN Unlimited web console revealed a little more identifying information. A Devices console didn't just record that we had connected from a Windows 10 system, for instance. It also stored both the computer name and even the name of our Windows user account. If there's no logging of activity, that can't help anyone connect an internet action to your account, but we're still a little uncomfortable about a third-party holding that level of information about our devices.
These smaller concerns aside, there's no sign of VPN Unlimited taking any logging liberties with your personal data. We'd like more reassurance than words on a website, though. Other providers are increasingly going through third-party audits to verify their no-logging claims – TunnelBear has annual independent audits of its apps, infrastructure, website and more – and we hope VPN Unlimited will do the same, very soon.
We used Ookla's SpeedTest and TestMy to measure VPN Unlimited's performance (Image credit: TestMy.net)
KeepSolid performed well during our speed testing. Our closest UK servers managed 60-70Mbps on a 75Mbps fiber broadband line, around 5% to 6% down on our regular non-VPN speeds.
Repeating our speed tests from a US location gave us excellent results at 200-300Mbs on a 600Mbps line. That's significantly up on the 130-150Mbps we saw during our last review, a real achievement, especially with internet and VPN traffic significantly higher due to the coronavirus lockdowns.
Connecting to distant servers from the UK delivered reasonable results. Most European servers reached 60-65Mbps, US servers managed 55Mbps and more, and most of the less common locations also performed well (Libya consistently hit 40-60Mbps).
The only exception we noticed was Malaysia, which for us was almost unusably slow at around 1-2Mbps. Most VPNs have one or two poor performers, though, and slow speeds for us won't necessarily apply to everyone. If you're nearer to the server, your experience could be very different.
We tried switching from OpenVPN (our preferred protocol for testing) to WireGuard, but the results were mixed: sometimes a little faster, sometimes a little slower. WireGuard is currently in beta, though, so we're not going to draw any conclusions just yet.
While checking these servers, we also used geolocation libraries and ping checks to confirm their real locations. That's important, as some providers use virtual servers which aren't in the countries they claim, but we found no location-related trickery here. Every VPN Unlimited server appears to be in or close to its advertised location.
In our tests, VPN Unlimited was able to unblock Netflix in the US, so we didn't see any pesky errors (Image credit: Netflix)
A good VPN doesn't just give you a new virtual location, it ensures that your identity is sufficiently undetectable that it gets you access to all kinds of geoblocked content.
To get a feel for a VPN's unblocking abilities, we connect to its UK and US servers, then check to see whether BBC iPlayer, US YouTube, US Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ will allow us access to their content.
The VPN Unlimited apps simplify the process of server selection by highlighting recommended iPlayer, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and other locations on their regular server lists. That's far more convenient than the average VPN, where you might have 10 or more US servers to choose from, but be left to try them, one after the other, until you find which (if any) works with your preferred content provider.
We chose the UK server recommended for accessing iPlayer, and it worked just fine. Out of curiosity, we tried the other UK server, and that let us in, too.
Most VPNs allow access to US YouTube, and that was also the case here, with VPN Unlimited bypassing YouTube's geoblocking with all its servers.
US Netflix is the gold standard for content unblocking, but again, VPN Unlimited passed the test without difficulty. Its recommended US server got us access to the service right away, and when we tried a handful of other US servers, they worked, too.
Amazon Prime Video didn't work for us, with the site detecting the VPN and demanding we close it. But VPN Unlimited ended on a high note, getting us in to Disney+ on our first attempt.
This situation can change weekly, or even day-to-day, and there are no guarantees you'll see exactly the same results. But right now, KeepSolid does better at unblocking than many competitors, and even if problems do crop up in future, the ability of the client to highlight recommended servers will make it easier to find a location which works for you.
VPN Unlimited supports torrents but the company isn't too keen on them (Image credit: KeepSolid)
VPN Unlimited supports torrents, at least in theory, but the company isn't exactly enthusiastic about it. A support site FAQ asking 'is BitTorrent allowed on all servers?' is answered with a distinctly grumpy: 'The primary use of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is not to download torrents, but to offer online security.'
That's not all, with the answer going on to warn that: 'There are limited cases when our technical team has to subside connection speeds due to torrenting.' Presumably this means cut, or throttle, one or more user's speed.
That compares poorly with VPNs who promise they'll never throttle connections. It also leaves us wondering how VPN Unlimited would know they have 'subsided' connection speeds 'due to torrenting.' Is VPN Unlimited monitoring user connections to identify the protocols they're using? If so, that's another black mark when compared to the top competition.
Even if you're unconcerned about that, there's more bad news in torrent support across the network. VPN Unlimited supports P2P on just a small fraction of its locations; five in total. They're well positioned for North American and European customers (Canada, USA, France, Luxembourg, Romania), but users elsewhere in the world may see disappointing download speeds, and it's another torrenting hassle you don't see with the best of the competition.
VPN Unlimited tries to sound a little more encouraging in other areas of the site, but with mixed results. The main torrent page begins with a faintly disbelieving 'even though downloading torrents is illegal in some countries, in a present-day reality it still remains popular', for instance, but goes on to claim: 'KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is your perfect tool for hiding your IP address while torrenting.'
If torrents aren't your top priority, or maybe you never use them at all, this might not matter much. VPN Unlimited supports them, and you can protect torrent downloading whenever you need to do so. But if torrenting is a priority on your VPN shopping list, VPN Unlimited may not be the best choice.
VPN Unlimited offers software clients for most major platforms (Image credit: KeepSolid)
VPN Unlimited was easy to set up, and followed much the same rules as you'll see with any other service you buy online. Choose a plan, hand over your email address to create an account, download and install the client. Simple.
Manually setting up OpenVPN GUI or other OpenVPN-compatible apps is more of a challenge. Unlike most VPNs, KeepSolid doesn't have a single archive with all the OVPN configuration files you need. Instead you must generate them, one by one, from the website.
The company also requires that you generate different OVPN files for each device, as they have separate logins. Oh, and if you're using them with OpenVPN GUI, or anything else which displays the file name, you'll want to rename every one, as KeepSolid uses a naming convention which is, well, inconvenient (try 3237FF6D3B9A7C7A7015B20312CEEB45_bg_openvpn.ovpn, for instance, rather than Belgium.ovpn for VyprVPN).
This isn't quite as dumb as it sounds. The standard OVPN files used by other providers leave you needing to manually enter your username and password to connect, or store them within your app. KeepSolid's more customized files automatically include your credentials, ensuring you'll never have to enter a login on any device. Still, manually generating files one-by-one is a tedious task, and life would be much easier if KeepSolid updated the system to allow multiple server files to be set up in a single operation.
VPN Unlimited's Windows client is lightweight and has a clean interface (Image credit: KeepSolid)
The VPN Unlimited Windows client opens with a world map indicating its various locations, and an arrow indicating the location of your current IP.
Although this looks good, you can't zoom in, pan around, click a location to log in, or perform any other useful actions. It's just a simple static image.
Instead of the map view, you can also see all of the servers available in a more traditional list (Image credit: KeepSolid)
The real action takes place in a more conventional server list. Locations are organized alphabetically, each one with a Workload icon to help you make the best choice. There are separate lists for specialist servers (streaming, torrents), and a Favorites list for your most commonly used locations.
If you need more performance information, an optional Ping Test took only a few seconds to run on our test system, and added a ping time for each location.
Scroll down, find a server which appeals, and you can connect and disconnect with a click.
In the Windows app you can see all of the available protocols and even enable VPN Unlimited's kill switch (Image credit: KeepSolid)
A Settings box includes several useful options. You can manually switch protocols between OpenVPN, IKEv2 and KeepSolid's own Wise UDP and Wise TCP. There's also a WireGuard option. It's marked as a beta version at the moment, but didn't cause any problems for us.
WireGuard is now a supported protocol, although it’s still in beta (Image credit: VPN Unlimited)
A DNS leak feature reduces the chance of your DNS requests being sent outside the tunnel.
A Trusted Networks option enables building a whitelist of networks where the VPN will be deactivated. If you only use a VPN to protect your activities on public wireless hotspots, for instance, you could automatically turn the VPN off at home, or anywhere else you're sure that you are safe.
Elsewhere, there's a basic Run on Startup option to run the client when Windows starts (but you can't define a startup connection), and a Password Protection feature which asks for your account password when it starts, preventing others using the service.
The major feature here is the kill switch. This should block internet access if the VPN connection drops, reducing the chance of any data leakage. At least, that's the theory.
To test the feature, we connected to a VPN Unlimited server, and tried terminating the processes managing our OpenVPN and WireGuard connections, and manually closing various TCP connections used by the client.
The client managed the basics well. Whether we killed OpenVPN.exe or shut down an IKEv2 connection, a notification warned us of the problem, the client automatically reconnected, and all systems were go in a few seconds. Our real IP wasn't visible at any point.
When we tried closing TCP connections belonging to VPN Unlimited's client and service, though, it was a different story. An alert warned us that the connection was lost, but the client seemed to 'forget' that the kill switch was supposed to be active, and our real IP was then available to anyone interested.
This isn't quite as bad as it seems. The client handled the most likely cause of dropped connections with ease. Although it failed our tougher tests, these don't represent situations you'll encounter often in real-world use. There's clearly still work to be done before the kill switch is truly bulletproof, though, and hopefully VPN Unlimited will sort this out soon.
VPN Unlimited's Android app is quite similar to its Windows client (Image credit: KeepSolid)
Much like the Windows client, KeepSolid's Android app opens with a world map showing its various locations. But unlike the Windows map, the Android version is dynamic – genuinely useful, rather than just basic eye candy.
You can zoom in and out with this map, for instance. Drag to pan around. Tapping one of the location markers displays its name, tapping again gets you connected, with a line flying from your current location to the new one to show the route. Maps still aren't our preferred way to navigate any VPN client, especially on a mobile screen – there's too much zooming in and out to access some servers – but this app has at least tried to make it work.
Tapping the location name at the bottom of the screen displays the more standard country list. This works much like the Windows client: a workload figure highlights the least and most-used servers, ping times are available if you need them, and there's a Favorites list to store your most commonly used locations. Torrent-friendly and recommended streaming servers are highlighted, or you can view all the best streaming servers on a separate tab.
A relatively sparse Settings dialog starts with an option to change protocols. There's more choice than you'll usually see in a mobile app, though, with OpenVPN or KeepSolid's Wise option (in either TCP or UDP forms), IKEv2 and WireGuard.
The app doesn't have a built-in kill switch, unfortunately. You can set up one manually via Android's system settings, but that's not as convenient as being able to manage the setting locally.
Welcome bonus options include the ability to automatically connect for insecure networks or disconnect for trusted networks, along with an App Exceptions feature which enables defining apps which won't use the VPN (that's similar to the split tunneling feature you'll see elsewhere).
Put it all together and KeepSolid's Android app is a likeable tool, and better designed in some ways than its Windows offering. It's still mostly about the basics, though, and we've seen more powerful Android apps available elsewhere.
This is VPN Unlimited's iOS app (Image credit: KeepSolid)
KeepSolid's iOS app follows the same basic interface and operating rules as its Android cousin.
A world map allows you to zoom in, pan around and select individual locations. It works, and it looks good, but as ever with map interfaces, it's a cumbersome way to operate a VPN.
A conventional list is more straightforward to use. You're able to scroll directly to the options you need, view server loads and ping times to identify the best choices, or save locations as Favorites for speedy recall later.
A Settings pane enables switching protocols as required. You can choose between OpenVPN, IKEv2, WireGuard, and KeepSolid's own Wise TCP and Wise UDP. That kind of choice is unusual for an iOS VPN app.
Auto-connection options allow users to have the app connect to the VPN when you access all, or just untrusted, wireless networks.
As with the Android app, there's no built-in kill switch.
Overall, KeepSolid's iOS app left us feeling much the same as the others in the range. It's capable, it does the job, and the WireGuard support is welcome, but it's a little short on low-level tweaks and functionality, and there are better VPN apps around.
VPN Unlimited also offers browser extensions for convenient secure surfing (Image credit: KeepSolid)
Connecting to a VPN through an app will usually direct all your system traffic through the tunnel. That's great for protection, but it could also cause trouble, for example if some of your applications don't work with the VPN, or there's a noticeable drop in performance.
KeepSolid's Chrome, Opera and Edge extensions work as proxies, only protecting your browser traffic. That's not great for privacy, but it could be all you need for website unblocking, and a browser-based interface makes it very convenient to use.
The Chrome extension looks good and is easy to operate. It opens by displaying your current location and IP address; you can connect to the fastest server with a click, or choose another as required.
The extension only has the most basic of location pickers. There's no server workload data, no ping times, no Favorites system, just an alphabetical list of country names and a Search box. Still, there's no doubt that keeps it easy to use.
There's a similar stripped-back look to the Settings box, where you'll find only two significant options: WebRTC leak protection, the ability to use KeepSolid's stealthy Wise protocol, and a setting to automatically connect when your browser launches.
These are useful features, but some rivals give you much more. Hotspot Shield's Chrome extension allows you to choose which server to connect to when your browser starts, and the ability to define whether individual websites are accessed through the VPN, or not. It also throws in basic ad, cookie, tracker and malware blocking, for free.
Would the Firefox extension give us any extra functionality? We installed it to check, and found that the answer was no. In fact, it is identical to its Chrome cousin in every detail. (Full marks for consistency, even if we would have liked more power.)
KeepSolid's add-ons aren't bad, then, but they have no significant feature surprises which might win you over, either. They offer a basic way to access the service from within your browser, and that's it.
VPN Unlimited's knowledgebase may not offer the most in-depth articles but support responded to emails relatively quickly (Image credit: KeepSolid)
VPN Unlimited's first line of support is its web knowledgebase, where you'll find various installation guides and a scattering of FAQ pages.
These articles are often short on detail and poorly structured. For example, the guide on how to use the Windows client wastes space explaining what menu items like 'Leave feedback', 'Check for update' and 'Support' mean, and pointing you to website links so you're able to buy more stuff. But it can't find the time to properly cover the available protocols or suggest when and why you might want to change them.
The support site claims to offer live chat support, and pointed us to a couple of links. But one just opened the New Message window of our email client, while the other opened a contact form, prompted us to enter our details and question, and explained that the support team would get back to us via email.
Although email support will never be as convenient as the live chat available with providers like ExpressVPN, KeepSolid gets as close as we've ever seen, with a helpful and accurate response arriving just five minutes after we posted our question. A fluke? Nope. It was the same story for our last review. We would still like to have live chat as an option, but if email responses can be this speedy, it's not a significant issue.
KeepSolid offers excellent performance for a fair price, and apps that run on almost everything. It's short on servers, the device management is annoying, and the Windows kill switch needs work, but if you can live with those hassles, it's well worth a look.
With a virtual private network (or VPN), such as VPN Unlimited from KeepSolid, you can rest assured that your browsing is encrypted and your online privacy is greatly improved. This service provides industry-standard security, but KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has lost the flexible pricing we previously appreciated, retained its restrictive device policy, and become more opaque about its practices and privacy policies.
What Is a VPN?
When you switch on your VPN, it creates an encrypted tunnel between your computer and the VPN server, one that can foil hackers spying on your network or even your ISP from watching your activities. From the server, your web traffic travels off into the public internet unencrypted (unless you're connecting via HTTPS), but your actual IP address remains hidden. Without your real IP address, data-hungry website advertisers will have a harder time tracking you across the web.
By hiding your IP address, VPNs also disguise your physical location. This is why these services are used by journalists and political activists operating in countries with restrictive internet controls.
Pricing and Features
VPN Unlimited offers several pricing plans, differing in the duration and the number of devices you can use with the service. For five devices, you'll pay $9.99 a month, $59.99 per year, $99.99 every three years, or $199.99 to last your lifetime. Step it up to 10 devices, and you're looking at $14.99 per month, $89.99 per year, $149.99 every three years, and $299.99 per lifetime.
Note that all prices are charged in full at the time of billing, and a seven-day money-back guarantee is included. You can buy a plan with PayPal, credit cards, Amazon Pay, Bitcoin, and Payment Wall.
That said, the current $9.99 monthly plan is still below average for the industry. Looking just at the top 10 VPNs we have reviewed, the average listed monthly price stands at around $10.30. Among those top VPNs I've reviewed, Private Internet Access is the most affordable, at $6.95 per month.
Want to go cheaper? KeepSolid does offer a free version of VPN Unlimited called KeepSolid VPN Lite Free. This service works on Android, iOS, and macOS, and gives you access to one VPN server. The app supports the IKEv2, OpenVPN, and KeepSolid Wise VPN protocols, but chooses the "optimal" protocol and does not let you change it (more VPN on protocols later). Importantly, it does not restrict the amount of data you can use. You can also upgrade your VPN Lite account to Turbo for $24.99 per year or to Turbo Stream for $6.99 per month. While I appreciate the effort to diversify the pricepoints, this separate product with separate pricing and separate device limitations is a bit confusing. I test VPN Unlimited rather than the free VPN in this review.
There are numerous free VPNs available. ProtonVPN, from the makers of the security-focused ProtonMail email service, has the best free subscription I've seen. While it limits you to just a few countries, ProtonVPN places no limit on the amount of data you can use with a free account. VPNLite and ProtonVPN are the only free VPN subscriptions I've found that do not have a data cap.
VPN Unlimited lets you connect up to five or ten devices simultaneously. The industry average is five, and I'm happy to see KeepSolid add the ability to easily double the number of devices on your subscription. If you've got a big family or a lot of devices, it's a good option. TorGuard VPN lets you purchase up to 200 additional connections, while Avira Phantom VPN and Windscribe VPN place no limit on the number of simultaneous connections. Alternatively, you could set up your router to use KeepSolid's VPN service, providing protection to every device on your network. If you're not into that kind of a digital DIY project, KeepSolid will sell you a router preconfigured to use with the VPN.
One irritating aspect of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is the way the company handles simultaneous connections. Most other companies simply limit the number of devices that can use the VPN service simultaneously. KeepSolid, on the other hand, allots each user five (or ten) slots that are assigned to specific devices. Even if all those devices are offline and you try to log in on a sixth (or eleventh), you'll be rejected. You can delete devices from the list to free up slots via the KeepSolid VPN website, but you can only delete one device every week. That's an unusual and irritating restriction to place on paying subscribers. It's a transparent effort to herd users toward purchasing more device slots. You can opt into the five or ten device plans, or add them in groups for less. One additional device costs 99 cents per month, five devices cost $2.99 per month, and 10 devices cost $5.99 per month. That's in addition to your monthly fee.
Unlike TorGuard VPN, which is designed as a VPN for BitTorrent and P2P services, VPN Unlimited allows file sharing on only five servers (in California, France, Luxembourg, Ontario, and Romania).
Power users looking for a personal VPN server in the country of their choice or a static IP address that is (allegedly) not associated with proxy services will be pleased to know that VPN Unlimited offers these rare options. A static IP not known to be associated with VPN companies is handy, as IP addresses used by VPN companies are sometimes blocked.
KeepSolid offers personal IP addresses, available in Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US. An IP address in any of these locations costs $14.99 per month. A Personal Server offers users improved speeds, since you won't be sharing it with other VPN users. These start at $24.99 per month and have a bandwidth limit of 1TB to 3TB per month, depending on options. TorGuard also offers static IP addresses and includes other add-ons, such as access to a high-speed 10-gigabit network. So far, VPN Unlimited is the only service I've reviewed that offers server rental.
VPNs are a mature technology; as such, they offer more than one way to create an encrypted tunnel. Of the VPN protocols in use today, I prefer OpenVPN. It's known for its speed and reliability, but most importantly, it's open source. This means the source code has been picked over for potential vulnerabilities by many volunteers.
In addition to the normal slate of protocols, the company offers something called KeepSolid Wise, which disguises VPN traffic as HTTPS traffic. This is designed for use in countries where access to the free internet isn't available, and where the use of VPNs is blocked. TunnelBear has a similar feature it calls GhostBear.
For Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, and Windows, VPN Unlimited supports IKEv2, OpenVPN, and KeepSolid Wise. That's great, since Apple forces developers to jump through extra hoops to include OpenVPN in apps. iOS and macOS also support the older IPSec protocol, while Windows Phone users (if any) are limited to the less secure L2TP/IPSec.
Servers and Server Locations
VPN Unlimited sports 400 servers across 70 locations in 51 countries. That's a good distritibution of server locations compared to the competition. Private Internet Access has servers in 33 countries, while NordVPN has servers in 62 countries. ExpressVPN leads the pack, with servers in 94 countries. A good mix of countries means you'll always have a VPN server close by for better performance while traveling, and more options for location spoofing.
While VPN Unlimited offers a fairly good mix of server locations—covering the oft-ignored regions of South America and India—it has no servers in all of Africa. KeepSolid does provide servers in some regions known for internet censorship, such as China, Turkey, and Vietnam, it has ceased operations in Russia. It's not too surprising to see Russia leave the list, as operating a VPN in many regions is becoming increasingly difficult.
With only 400 servers, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a squarely mid-sized operation. NordVPN leads the pack with over 5,200 servers, while CyberGhost, ExpressVPN, and TorGuard VPN all have over 3,000 servers. Total server count is partly a function of the number of subscribers, but a larger collection of servers can mean you'll have better performance.
We think of servers as being physical machines, but a single hardware server can host several software-defined virtual servers. The trouble with virtual servers is that it's not always clear where they are truly located or where your data is traveling. Some companies, like ExpressVPN, make it clear that they use virtual servers to meet sudden demand and to provide coverage for dangerous regions by keeping physical servers in safer locations. KeepSolid has opted not to provide information as to the actual location of its servers, citing a non-disclosure agreement. No other VPN company has cited an NDA as a reason to withhold this information and KeepSolid refused to even characterize its use of virtual servers. That's very disappointing and doesn't engender trust in my eyes.
Your Privacy With KeepSolid VPN Unlimited
Although a VPN is intended to protect your privacy, using one requires that you trust the VPN company. That's because the company can have the same level of insight as your ISP and could do all kinds of unpleasant things if it isn't an ethical company. It's also important that a VPN service retain as little information about you as possible. Otherwise, that information could be used to identify you online and defeat the purpose of using a VPN in the first place.
The policy also says that the company won't sell or rent your personal data, but if KeepSolid did do that, it would ask first. Lastly, the policy mentions that data may be given to law enforcement if necessary, but does not indicate what information that could be or if that information would be unencrypted or identifiable. When I spoke to a KeepSolid representative, I was told that the company keeps no logs and therefore would have nothing to provide to law enforcement.
KeepSolid's representative was clear that the company does not make money from sources other than subscriptions. That's very good.
The full name of the company is KeepSolid Inc., and the representative I spoke with says it is based in the US with its R&D in Ukraine, and operates under US legal jurisdiction. This means it is not subject to any specific data retention laws. I don't believe that I can make a judgment on how safe a VPN company is based solely on its location, and I encourage you to simply go with the company you feel you can trust the most.
Many VPN companies have begun commissioning third-party audits to verify different aspects of their privacy policies and service. TunnelBear, for example, has committed to releasing annual audits. KeepSolid has a more contrarian view. A company representative tells me, "We rely on our users' feedback and experience and trust them more than third-party audits." KeepSolid also has not participated in the Center for Democracy and Technology's VPN questionnaire.
Hands-On With VPN Unlimited for Windows
Although you can manually configure a computer to use a VPN, most services offer an app to do the heavy lifting for you. In my testing, I used a Lenovo ThinkPad T460s laptop running Windows 10. An even older version of the client, for Windows XP machines, is also available on the company website, but if you're still using Windows XP you have other problems to worry about besides VPNs.
KeepSolid recently launched a new version of its app with a refreshed interface, which is bright, clean, and easy to use. Unfortunately, it still advises users to deactivate their antivirus applications before installing the KeepSolid Unlimited VPN client. I'm disappointed that KeepSolid is advising people to deactivate their antivirus products in order to install, of all things, a security product. Not only is it a confusing hurdle to pass, but it also encourages people to make themselves less safe. Sure, maybe it's just off for a moment, but if it were a bogus installer made to look like KeepSolid VPN Unlimited then the victim would find the real site advising them to turn off their antivirus. Or perhaps customers won't remember to turn their antivirus back on. Either way, it's not great.
My installation appeared to work fine, so I soldiered on. The app is built around a map of the world, showing your current location in blue and bubbles across the world indicating VPN Unlimited servers. Unlike NordVPN ($3.49 Per Month at NordVPN) or TunnelBear, you can't interact with the map. A large Start button at the bottom quickly connects you to the nearest server by default. I appreciate this design choice, since most people just want their VPN app to work without having to fiddle with it.
Clicking the location button pulls up a new view showing all the available VPN servers. Tabs across the top let you sort the list by servers you've added to Favorites, All servers, Torrent, and Streaming. You can also use the search bar at the top. I like this arrangement, and I especially like that the client shows ping time and an approximation of the load on each server. I also like that I can see individual servers, not just generalized locations, and pick the one that works best for whatever I need.
From Settings, you can change your VPN protocol, and toggle VPN Unlimited's custom DNS server. You should probably leave these alone. The Kill Switch toggle, when activated, blocks all traffic from your machine should the VPN connection break. The Trusted Networks pane is a whitelist of networks. If you connect to a network you've added to the list, VPN Unlimited switches off. I prefer this to blacklists, since most networks shouldn't be trusted.
When using a VPN, you don't want your information being leaked accidentally. In my testing, I confirmed that KeepSolid VPN Unlimited successfully hid my IP address and my ISP information. Using the DNS Leak Test tool, the service did not appear to leak DNS information. That's excellent.
Alternatively, you can opt to install KeepSolid VPN Unlimited from the Microsoft Store. Doing so does not generate a warning about needing to deactivate antivirus before installation. I found the app to be easy to use and snappily responsive. It does lack some of the advanced settings found in its standalone counterpart. For example, the Microsoft Store version only supports the IKEv2 protocol.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited and Netflix
Netflix and other streaming services are keen to block the use of VPNs. That's because of geographically specific licenses for streaming content. For example: in the US, Star Trek: Discovery is only available on CBS All Access. If you live anywhere else in the world, you can watch it on Netflix. In order to enforce that restriction, Netflix and others will try to prevent you from spoofing your location via VPN.
Unfortunately, I was not able to stream shows from Netflix while connected to a KeepSolid VPN Unlimited server in the US. That could change at any time, so your mileage may vary. I was, however, able to watch Netflix when connected to KeepSolid's dedicated Netflix streaming server.
KeepSolid previously offered what it called DNS Firewall. This was a bundle of features aimed at preventing websites from tracking your movements, protecting you against malware, and blocking ads. However, the company has since decided to remove this suite of tools. When I asked why, a KeepSolid representative said that the DNS Firewall blocked only 80 percent of ads and was being redesigned to better protect users.
Other VPN services bundle malicious site protection, protection against malicious downloads, and even ad blocking in with their VPNs. It's important to understand their limitations. These tools complement your existing antivirus solution or privacy tools, rather than replace them. NordVPN and Private Internet Access block ads, and TunnelBear notably offers separate browser apps for ad blocking and password management, the latter known whimsically as RememBear.
Regardless of the VPN service you use, you'll likely experience more latency and decreased upload and download speeds. To get a sense of the impact using a particular VPN will have on internet speeds, I perform a series of tests with Ookla's speed test tool to find a percent change between performance with and without a VPN. You can read all about how I test VPNs in a feature aptly titled, "How We Test VPNs."
(Editors' Note: Ookla Speedtest is owned by j2 Global, the parent company of PCMag's publisher, Ziff Davis.)
My tests showed that KeepSolid VPN Unlimited increased latency by 3,150 percent—surprisingly, not the worst score for this category. I also found that it reduced download speeds by 89.9 percent and upload speeds by 96 percent. You can see how KeepSolid VPN Unlimited compares in the chart below with the top 10 performers among the more than 30 services we tested.
All that being said, I try to discourage people from choosing a VPN based on speed test results alone. After all, different servers and network conditions can dramatically change the results. Based on my results, however, it's fair to say that HideIPVPN is the fastest VPN, as it had the best results in both download and upload testing.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited on Other Platforms
KeepSolid has numerous clients for its VPN Unlimited product, including: Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Notably, the company also offers a Windows Phone option and has instructions on how to use the product with Apple TV—although you're just streaming via AirPlay. I highly recommend using a first-party VPN app whenever possible, as they provide greater access to features and are infinitely easier to use than manual configuration.
KeepSolid also offers browser plug-ins for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Browser plug-ins let you spoof the location of your browser traffic—and only your browser traffic—but secure your connection differently than a fully realized VPN. They're useful, but I recommend sticking with an app wherever you can.
We continue to recommend our Editors' Choice winners: NordVPN for its features and server fleet, Private Internet Access for its affordable pricing, ProtonVPN for its technology and flexible pricing, and TunnelBear for its friendliness.
Strong features in some versions.
Allows P2P and BitTorrent.
Restrictive policy on number of devices.
Small number of servers.
No ad blocking.
The Bottom Line
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited provides a strong slate of security features, but it doesn't offer many servers, has a restrictive device policy, and is less transparent than we prefer.
We’ll apply our standard review breakdown to make it easier to compare this VPN service to others. The review is divided into the following sections:
- Device Support
- Security and Privacy
- Legal and Geographic Considerations
- Global Coverage
- Streaming and Torrenting
- Additional Considerations
- Customer Support
Without further ado, let’s dive right in.
As you can see in the image below, VPN Unlimited provides pretty good device support. It goes beyond the 4 core types (Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS) with support for Linux devices and Windows phones, as well as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
Available on platforms
Unless you need support for more exotic devices like gaming systems, VPN Unlimited should work for you. Even if you need to protect unsupported devices, you can buy routers pre-configured with VPN Unlimited which will protect anything that connects to the router.
Your VPN should be as fast as possible. Under all but the most extraordinary circumstances, all VPN services slow down your connection. All messages that pass to and from your computer need to be encrypted by VPN software, passed to a VPN server that adds additional length to the path the messages must follow, then decrypted before being passed to its final destination.
Testing VPN speed is complex and we are lucky to have some solid results on VPN Unlimited. These results come from a company called AV-TEST GmbH. In June of 2018, it published the results of extensive testing of a dozen VPNs, including VPN Unlimited. In the AV-TEST GmbH results, VPN Unlimited turned in the following results:
- Streaming – 8th out of 12
- Torrenting – 9th out of 10 tested (2 of the services didn’t support torrenting)
- Downloads – 10th out of 12 tested
- Uploads – 12th out of 12 tested
- Latency – 11th out of 12 tested
While this is only one set of tests by one company run almost a year ago, it is disappointing to see that VPN Unlimited gave uniformly bad results.
Security and Privacy
In this section, we look at how good VPN Unlimited is at providing security and privacy for your online activities.
By Security, we mean the ability to keep others from reading the messages that pass back and forth between your computer and whatever you connect to on the Internet.
By Privacy, we mean how safe are you from someone figuring out your identity or knowing what you are doing online.
VPN Unlimited uses the industry-standard AES-256 encryption standard to keep unauthorized persons from reading your messages. It also uses the industry-standard OpenVPN protocol to create the virtual tunnel that carries messages between your device and the VPN’s servers. Beyond this, you get access to KeepSolid Wise, the company’s stealth technology for hiding your Internet traffic.
KeepSolid Wise makes the messages passing between your device look like regular Internet traffic instead of communication with a VPN. The company recommends using this technology when connecting to the VPN from repressive countries like China, Russia, and Iran. Add it all up, and VPN Unlimited has your security covered.
Whether your streaming videos, or playing in a bitcoin online casino, you should be free to do it without being snooped on. The most privacy-friendly VPNs have a “no-logs” policy. That is, they keep no logs of your activities that could be used to identify you or what you do online.
The best of the best have proven that they don’t keep any logs. Some do this by hiring an outside firm to audit them.
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Others do it by being unable to produce logs even when legal action demands it. VPN Unlimited is not in either of these categories. In fact, it seems to reserve the right to monitor your online activities and share personally identifiable information with third parties to serve its “legitimate interests.” Which basically means they can keep logs, a big ‘NO NO’ for us at Blokt.
This is another area of concern. Your VPN must prevent your true IP Address from “leaking” out to the Internet. And it must do so both when the VPN is functioning normally and when you lose the connection to the VPN service for some reason. The standard technology to prevent IP Address leaks when the connection to the VPN is lost is called a Kill-Switch.
As of this review, KeepSolid is in the process of adding a Kill-Switch to all the versions of its product, but it has not posted an ETA for this improvement. Kill-Switch or not, AV-TEST results showed that VPN Unlimited successfully protects against all the common forms of IP Address leaks.
Legal and Geographic Considerations
It is easy to forget that every VPN service is based in some country in the physical world and isn’t just some website on the Internet. That places the service in some legal jurisdiction, the laws of which can have a major impact on how well the service can really provide privacy and security for you.
Likewise, the geographic location of the VPN’s servers can make a big difference in how suitable it is for your specific uses. In this section, we take a look at how these factors impact the KeepSolid VPN Unlimited service.
VPN Unlimited is a product of KeepSolid, Inc. This company publishes a number of other privacy-related products besides VPN Unlimited. Unfortunately, the company is incorporated in the United States, which has a history of mass surveillance that goes back long before the revelations made by Edward Snowden over the last several years.
If your interest is in general privacy for your online activities, the United States is not the best legal jurisdiction for a VPN service.
VPN Unlimited has servers in more than 70 locations around the world. According to its VPN Server Locations Map, those 70+ locations are spread across approximately 50 countries. They hit mostly European countries, but also have a significant number of servers in the USA and Canada. For most uses, this is a reasonable distribution of servers.
If you need access in smaller markets like Ecuador, or in countries that put heavy controls on Internet access such as China or Russia, VPN Unlimited is probably not your best option.
KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited reports that it has over 400 servers in more than 70 locations worldwide. This is a decent-sized network, much larger than that provided by some of its competitors but is thousands of servers less than industry leaders like ExpressVPN, NordVPN, IPVanish, PIA, cyberghost etc.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Global Coverage
VPN Unlimited supports both streaming and torrenting for vpns.
Whether VPN Unlimited streams fast enough for your taste will depend on where you are located, where the content you want to watch is located, and which particular VPN servers you use to make the connection.
VPN for Streaming Services
Testing the results for your specific circumstances could be an excellent use for KeepSolid’s free VPN Lite service which we will touch on a bit later in this article.
Many VPN users want to use the service to get around Netflix’s geo-blocking features and view their favorite shows from outside the areas Netflix allows. VPN Unlimited does make an effort to get around the geo-blocking by Netflix.
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As with every other service that tries this, sometimes they succeed and sometimes they don’t. Checking this for your specific location and version of the Netflix service could be another good test use for VPN Lite.
VPN Unlimited does allow you to use P2P (torrenting) services, but only on a small number of its servers.
VPN for Torrenting
As of the date of this review, P2P is restricted to:
- US-California 1
This is not good for anyone who plans to use this VPN for torrenting.
Get KeepSolid VPN Unlimited
You’ll want to take these considerations into account before deciding whether or not to subscribe to KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited service.
VPN Unlimited is more generous than most companies when it comes to the number of simultaneous connections it supports. It offers 5-connection plans and 10-connection plans all of which allow you to mix and match device types as desired. In other words, you don’t need one for your Windows PC and another subscription for your Android phone.
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What if you need more than 10 connections? KeepSolid has you covered with the ability to add up to 10 additional users to your existing subscription for a small additional cost. This is an approach we would like to see more VPN services take.
Here are some extras that KeepSolid makes available to VPN Unlimited Subscribers. Be aware that this is only a subset of the full options KeepSolid gives you. To see more visit its Extras page. If you want to manage VPN services for your team or your family members, you’ll want to check out VPN Unlimited for Teams & Family.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Extras
It allows you to centrally manage the VPN settings of everyone in the team or your family. This service starts at managing five accounts (25 simultaneous device connections) and goes up to 20 accounts (100 simultaneous device connections).
VPN Unlimited Lite – A Free VPN
As we mentioned earlier in this article, KeepSolid also offers a free VPN service. While we think relying on a free VPN service is a bad idea, the KeepSolid VPN Lite service could be useful. As we’ve mentioned throughout, the results you see when using a VPN are affected by details like where you are, what sites you connect to, and what activities you engage in.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Lite
VPN Unlimited offers a 7-day money-back guarantee. It would be nice to have more time to test the service to be sure it works for you, especially if you are thinking about investing in a multi-year subscription. KeepSolid VPN Lite uses the VPN Unlimited infrastructure. It doesn’t give you all the capabilities of its full service. But with the free service, you can get a sense of how its network would work for you and what it is like to use as a VPN.
Preconfigured VPN Unlimited Routers
If you want to protect all the connections in your home or office, without installing VPN software on every device, you could consider a preconfigured VPN Unlimited Router. This protects every device connected to the router without the need to install or configure anything on those devices. This can be a great solution, but of course, offers no protection to devices when they are not connected to the router.
KeepSolid’s prices are one of the strong points for VPN Unlimited. It offers a range of plans for both 5 and 10 connected devices. All the plans give you unlimited traffic with no bandwidth throttling. The quoted prices on April, 2020, looked like this:
|Length of Plan||# of Devices||Price||Total Price Billed Up Front|
|1-month||5||$9.99 per month||$9.99|
|10||$14.99 per month||$14.99|
|1-year||5||$5.00 per month with an additional 3 months free||$59.99|
|10||$7.50 per month||$89.99|
|3-years||5||$2.78 per month||$99.99|
|10||$4.17 per month||$149.99|
As you can see, the pricing for most VPN Unlimited plans is low, with its 1-month, 1-year, and 3-year plans for 5 users all priced below average. It even beats NordVPN’s famously low prices. Then there are the Lifetime pricing plans. These could be tremendous deals.
Lifetime use of VPN Unlimited for a single payment of $199.99 for 5 users or $299.99 for 10 users. I am of two minds on this unique pricing approach.
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On the one hand, making one payment and never having to worry again about paying for my VPN service would be great. With the VPN Unlimited Lifetime plans, you basically pay for six years of service and get an unlimited number of years.
On the other hand, six years is a long time in the tech world. Even if VPN Unlimited is the perfect service for you today, will it still be the perfect service for you six+ years from now? Will the company even still be in business six years from now? According to this article from Time, the average lifespan of a company is only ten years.
For me, the idea of paying for six years of service now, in an industry that changes as fast as the VPN market just doesn’t make sense. But if you see things differently, one of the VPN Unlimited Lifetime plans could result in an incredibly inexpensive VPN service over time.
While we have not had to use it, VPN Unlimited’s support gets good ratings from users. The company does not provide chat support like some of its competitors, but it does provide fast turn-around of emailed support requests. Beyond this, it provides a basic FAQ page as well as a collection of manuals for installing and using VPN Unlimited.
KeepSolid VPN customer support
While KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is definitely not a bad product and has some nice innovative features, there are many better options and we don’t recommend it.
Unless you have a very specialized need that only VPN Unlimited can fill, we think you will be happier with one of the other products out there.