With a big number of VPN providers out there it is very hard to decide which one best suits one’s needs so services are trying different approaches in attracting customers.
Private Internet Access is one of the services that can stand out from a crowd. It’s cheaper, still growing and surprisingly good. It’s also much more focused on the quality of a product rather than marketing and visual aesthetics.
The website is simple and pleasing to the eye. On the top of the page you’ll be able to check your current IP address and name of your internet service provider.
Scrolling down you can preview basic information, pricings, features and redeem gift cards. There’s a long list of tunnel features with gateway locations for the whole planet.
On the bottom of the website there are links to the pages that provide valuable information to both unexperienced and experienced internet users. Examples are Why Hide My IP Address and Why Browser The Internet Anonymously.
After you’re done with the registration which is dead simple, username, password and payment method, they accept all major credit cards as well as bitcoin, you’re ready to download the app client.
It wouldn’t be harsh to say that PIA team probably doesn’t have graphics designer because the application reminds you of Microsoft office 2003.
Black and white colors with a few shades of grey. But the user interface design is very good. The application is intuitive and guides user in the right direction therefore being very easy to use.
It’s really hard to get confused and overwhelmed with such a little amount of information in front of you. After typing in the account information and logging in, you’ll get to configure the VPN connection, choose data encryption, authentication and handshake (the options will become available after selecting the “Advanced” button).
Selecting Save button will make the PIA run the background and it will become available in the system tray, down in the taskbar.
Right clicking the PIA icon in the system tray will allow you to connect to a server of your choice. That’s all, PIA’s interface is dead simple and very easy to use and technology that’s running in the background is solid and reliable.
FaceNiff and Firesheep
FaceNiff and Firesheep are applications available for desktop PC as well as mobile devices that allow anyone using them to easily steal Facebook and Twitter account information if both you and the attacker are connected to the same network.
That’s why public Wi-Fi is so extremely dangerous. Now days anyone can be a “hacker” and steal your information in a matter of seconds.
Private Internet Access is specifically designed to protect you against these applications by providing you with a high level encryption and security against FaceNiff and Firesheep and help you stay safe on public Wi-Fi hotspots.
United Nations Recommend VPN
If you thought VPNs are a tools for extremely paranoid people, think again. United Nations explicitly reported that using encryption is necessary for citizens to stay safe and hide their data from oppressive governments and spying internet providers.
Speed is very pleasing, on the European servers the bump around the main connectingare around 2 megabytpes and on the US server the speed stays the same as without using the VPN.
There was no DNS leaks and torrent is working as well. As for the speed of torrenting client, it is a bit slower but nothing that’d make a problem out of it.
PIA’s customer support is average. Phone calls and live chat support are not available. The only way to contact them is throughout the online, ticket based form.
To compensate for that, there are some very useful video tutorials and written guides available on their website. There are more than 300 written tutorials, and if you do contact the support, they are helpful and pleasant, but not very fast.
Mobile versions of the app, Andorid and iOS both have PIA ports available on their dedicated app stores. Apps are almost identical to desktop versions which is a very good and common user interface design practice, striving for consistency.
If you’ve learned how to use the desktop app, you’ll be familiar with the mobile version from the very begining. Remember to choose transmission control protocol (TPC) when you’re connecting to a public WiFi.
As most of VPN providers, PIA offers three payment programs. One month will cost you $6.95, six months will cost you $35.95, that is a discount of 14%, $5.99 per month and a yearly price is $39.95, that’s a 52% discount with a month costing $3.33 and the very best value out of the given three programs.
PIA has more than 3200 servers in 24 countries across the globe and it is still growing. It supports P2P application so your torrent clients will still be working, you get to keep five devices connected simultaneously, all that with unlimited bandwidth and without traffic logs. They also accept bitcoin.
Private Internet Access lets you choose among three different encryption protocols. Options available are PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN.
A go to and a recommend choice is OpenVPN for it is the most secure protocol. It encrypts your data with AES – 256 algorithm, authenticates with SHA256 and the handshake is done with RSA4096 cryptosystem.
PIA doesn’t save any logs, which is explicitly pointed out on their website. The laws in the European Union and few other regions request of the internet providers to save keep logs, information about what user is using the internet for. PIA doesn’t have to follow these laws because it is a private network.
Private Internet Access is a balanced and a good choice for people looking for a reliable VPN provider.
Sponsored and trusted by large tech portals such as Wired, lifehacker and Forbes it is a very popular VPN solution. With a big focus on internet of things security it helps every device at your home stay safe.