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  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
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    Free; Requires Android phone
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    #12 in Other

Editors' Review

VPN by Private Internet Access is a simple-to-use way to secure your Internet traffic. If you want to adjust your level of encryption, it offers a useful collection of security settings.


Single month to annual subscriptions: VPN by Private Internet Access, or PIA, offers a 30-day subscription for $6.95, six months for $35.95, and a year for $39.95. (Yes, for four more bucks, you get six more months.) You can pay with a credit card, Bitcoin, or gift card.

Global reach: With a VPN, you can avoid country-specific content restrictions for online streaming. PIA has exit nodes in 25 countries, with a few regions hosting servers in several locations.

Networking speeds: VPNs can affect network performance. In our informal tests on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, PIA had a small hit on network performance, but media streamed fine. If you do experience connection issues, go to the VPN's settings pane and switch to the TCP protocol for more stability. The app uses UDP by default, which can provide for a faster connection.

Security: PIA lets you tune the privacy settings to strike a balance between speed and security. By default, PIA uses OpenVPN and AES-128 for encryption. You can also select Blowfish, another sturdy encryption method; or, if you are worried about a government intelligence agency cracking your data, you can pick the 256-bit version of AES. (The company has a helpful page looking at the pros and cons of adjusting your encryption settings.) For most, the default AES-128 should be fine, as many in the security field believe it will remain unbreakable in the foreseeable future.

Personal information: PIA says it does not share its users' private information with third parties and does not collect or log user traffic.


No trial period: PIA doesn't offer a free trial version of its VPN, but you can request a refund within the first seven days.

Bottom Line

VPN by Private Internet Access has something for everyone: It's simple to set up and use and offers plenty of tweakable encrytption settings.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3.2
1. 3. 2 (90) - Fixed error telling users their account was terminated when it wasn't. Fixed issue where stopping the VPN in the notification drawer would prevent the killswitch notification from activating. 1. 3. 1 (86) - Fix for issues with purchase and email confirmations faced by some users- Increased stability and speed of port forwarding- VPN connections can now be paused/resumed from notification- Adding basic support for multi-window mode- Updated OpenSSL to 1. 0. 2j.
Publisher Private Internet Access VPN
Publisher web site
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 1.3.2
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.34MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 18,807
Downloads Last Week 45
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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