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PureVPN: A Simple, Easy-to-Use VPN [Giveaway]

Dann Albright 24-06-2014

If you’re concerned about your privacy and security on the internet, there are few things that will put your mind at ease like a virtual private network (VPN). By routing your traffic through another server and encrypting it along the way, a VPN allows you to browse anonymously and safely. We’ve reviewed a number of VPN services in the past, including these 5 great free VPN options The 5 Fastest VPN Services (One Is Even Completely Free) Looking for a fast VPN but don't want to pay too much for it? Here are the fastest VPN services that we've tested. Read More — but if you need premium performance, you’ll want to pay for a premium service.

That’s where PureVPN comes in. We have ten 1-year accounts to give away!

Why Use a VPN?

People use VPNs for a number of reasons. Many people first encounter them when they need to access data that’s stored on a company or university server while they’re out of the office. But VPNs are becoming more popular for their other benefits: privacy, for example. Because you connect to a website through a different server, and your traffic is encrypted, anyone monitoring your connection can only see that you’ve connected to a VPN server — they can’t see what you’re actually looking at (or what you’re downloading).

One of the most common reasons for using a VPN is to appear to be browsing from another country. This is a great way to get around region restrictions on YouTube or to watch programs on Netflix or Hulu that aren’t available in your country. US-based Netflix has a lot more content than Netflix based in other countries, so making Netflix think that you’re a US-based customer can be highly advantageous. To learn more about Netflix, read our Ultimate Netflix Guide The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More .

VPNs also help you get around internet censorship How to Bypass Blocked Sites and Internet Restrictions Need to access a blocked website? Try these tips and tricks to bypass internet restrictions and view the content you want. Read More , which is a huge benefit if you live in a country where that’s a problem.

Getting Started with PureVPN

PureVPN is a cinch to set up — as you can see in the screenshots below, the dialer software for OS X is very simple, and doesn’t provide you with tons of different features, making this a good option for people who are new to VPNs (screenshots of the Windows dialer that I’ve seen appear to show more options). After signing up for an account and downloading the software, all you have to do is choose a server, enter your account information, and press “Connect.” That’s really all there is to it.


If you’re new to VPNs, you might be asking yourself, “How do I choose a server?” PureVPN has you covered here, too. The server selection tool allows you to choose a server based on where it’s located (which is useful if you know which country you’d like to appear that you’re browsing from) or based on the purpose of your browsing.


The “Select by purpose” dialog has a lot of useful options, including maximum privacy and anonymity; US-, Canada-, and UK-based TV watching; unblocking websites; online streaming; and VoIP. Especially useful right now is the long list of World Cup-qualified countries, making it easy to watch World Cup games wherever you are (don’t forget to follow the World Cup Soccer Mad? How To Follow The World Cup The following are some cool ways to keep up-to-date with the goings-on in Brazil. You can also use these methods during the regular soccer season to follow your favorite teams. Read More in other ways, too!).


With servers in 45 different countries, PureVPN allows you to browse from almost anywhere you could want. It can be a bit difficult to find the country you’re looking for, however, as the sorting functions in the server selection tool don’t seem to sort by country or city (I haven’t been able to figure out yet how they sort the servers, in fact). And despite their “300+ servers in 45 countries” promise, I’ve only been able to see about 60 servers in the country dialog.

Speed Test

Speed is a huge issue when it comes to VPNs. Encrypting your traffic and routing it through another server can take a big toll on your upload and download speeds if the VPN isn’t optimized. Let’s see how PureVPN performs.

First, I established a baseline for my connection using SpeedTest Are You Getting The Broadband Speed You're Paying For? How fast is your Internet connection, really? Your Internet service provider quotes you speeds, but how do you know if you’re actually getting the speed you’re paying for? You can find out using one of... Read More by running it while I wasn’t connected to the VPN. I got a ping of 12 ms, a download speed of 32.92 Mbps, and an upload speed of 1.81 Mbps.


I ran the same test while connected to PureVPN, using a server in Chicago (I’m based in the UK), and got a ping of 122 ms, a download speed of 24.85 Mbps, and an upload speed of 1.65 Mbps.

The numbers show a moderate increase in latency and drop in download speed, and almost no loss in upload speed.

In addition to using SpeedTest, however, I also did a bit of browsing while on the VPN. I loaded up Netflix and started a movie, and it was just a tad slower when using PureVPN, though not enough to be bothersome. Browsing to other websites didn’t seem to be noticeably slower. Whatever you want to say about the quality of the dialer software, PureVPN is quite fast (as Matthew Hughes pointed out in a previous review of PureVPN PureVPN: Fast, Affordable, Privacy-Conscious VPN Service There is only one PureVPN package on offer - it comes with a huge variety of endpoints to hide behind, and allows you to consume as much data as you want. Read More ), and will suit most people, including heavy downloaders and power users.


There are three different PureVPN pricing plans: a one-month, a six-month, and a 12-month plan. Although the pricing page says that the current prices are available for a limited time only, it doesn’t say how long, or what the standard prices are, so it’s difficult to tell if you should hurry to snag a good deal. However, because the VPN offers unlimited data transfers and 5 logins so you can use it on all of your devices, the $4.16 monthly cost of the 12-month plan is a great deal!


But why bother? We’re giving away ten 1-year accounts for free!

How do I win a subscription?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

The Winners

  • Nathan Wiebe
  • Robert Ocheltree
  • Rhonda Fearns
  • Sam Kar
  • Gwenni Balmer
  • Theo Evans
  • Claire Turner
  • Linu George
  • Suyanto Light
  • Kaushik Medhi

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Jackson Chung before August 9. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 4. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Submit your apps and software to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

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  1. Morrison
    July 5, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I once needed to use a VPN to connect to a router, in order to access a FTP site that was blocked by port locally.

  2. Alfred Chan
    July 4, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Some online shopping site are very slow loading my country. Not sure is the problem with the website itself or the ISP of my country. So with the help of VPN hopefully it get load up much more smoother. With less geography information captured. :)

  3. Mike
    July 4, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Gaming over VPN?

  4. Sacha Obado
    July 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Help share torrents and get to watch hulu, crackle and use bbc iplayer here in Uganda

  5. mike
    July 3, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Sharing torrents w/o usual fears of receiving a cease and desist letter in the mail, fines, court, etc.

  6. shiva
    July 3, 2014 at 3:35 am

    accessing blocked websites in my country.

  7. Rena
    July 3, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I need the security to keep out viruses!

  8. kp
    July 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    watch all the programmes I love in a different time zone.

  9. michael
    July 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    vpn to watch hulu from anywhere.

  10. Amit Konstabler
    July 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    bypass area restrictions

  11. Anuj S
    July 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Honestly, the only use I see is equivalent to using a Proxy.. but safer surfing is what I would strive for.

  12. Jesse
    July 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Having US Netflix would be a blessing, so would safer internet browsing.

  13. Ted W
    July 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    creative is not my strong suit, i just like the idea of safer surfing

  14. Rakib Khan
    July 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Helps Me a lot to use Spotify here in Bangladesh where Spotify is still not Available!

  15. Gökhan
    July 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I live in a country that constantly blocks websites, so...

  16. Ari
    July 2, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I just want to use netflix with my chromecast outside of the US

  17. Tarn A
    July 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

    International crime reporting.

  18. l p
    July 2, 2014 at 6:01 am

    it's a safety factor - people wouldn't know where I really was. not that creative but sure would be a good thing for some. thanks

  19. claire turner
    July 2, 2014 at 5:34 am

    watch my local tv when working away

  20. Nishant
    July 2, 2014 at 5:10 am

    There are many advantages. But the one advantage i like is we can view our securely over the internet through a private ip using vpn.

  21. Christopher W
    July 2, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Watching curling matches.

  22. José Luís A
    July 2, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Yes :D
    Telling someone i had to go to a business trip in China while staying home being a couch potato :D

  23. sasikumar
    July 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    great for improving latency

  24. Anthony
    July 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Chris Trak
    July 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Where I choose to look in the internet is my business........privacy.........

  26. Gary Hitchcock
    July 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great for visiting country restricted sites

  27. Jack
    July 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Good for throwing off any company that is trying to track your location via an IP address.

  28. Ben
    July 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I would use a VPN to watch game of thrones on my iPad when I'm in Brazil watching the World Cup in real life.

  29. Torsten N
    July 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I could use VPN to view local networks from the outside.

  30. MikeB
    July 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    One word. Privacy.

  31. carmelo badalamenti
    July 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    security. Of course

  32. Eric R
    July 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    ghost views on your youtube videos.

  33. Theo E
    July 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I don't have any needs as exotic as masking my browsing, or accessing foreign entertainment. I'd access my work files from home.

  34. Raazan M
    July 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Access websites for security reasons.

  35. victor
    July 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    And who wouldn't want VPN? At no charge? I would love it! And nurture it.

  36. Adrian
    July 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Accessing my local TV streaming sites when overseas.

  37. Basma A
    July 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    if you are looking for a good vpn service to open blocked sites , you should try wasel pro vpn service .
    wasel pro changes ip address
    break proxy
    open blocked web sites
    break proxy for voip apps
    and speed up your internet connection

  38. Kamal K
    July 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    thank for the giveaway!

  39. Charles A
    July 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Privacy on the internet is paramount! As long as they don't have logging on the VPN, then all is well...

  40. Jon T
    July 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Not really creative.. just great for getting around country blocks.

  41. Sarah Oswald
    July 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I would use it at public places other than that I have no creative uses for it.

  42. Aaron
    July 1, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Protecting my surfing from prying eyes.

  43. Mary
    July 1, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Newbie here....Would love to give this a tryout!

  44. Glenn G
    June 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Use this to watch video from other countries.

  45. mike
    June 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    this article doesn't make any sense. If you send email or whatever through a service like this, the service itself creates a tracking method. A court order or a hacker has the perfect target of suspect communications.

  46. Kaushik M
    June 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Surf Anonymously while you are in restricted area

  47. Kim M
    June 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I like the ideas already stated.

  48. Joe
    June 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    The main thing I'd use it for are secure access at public hotspots. I'd also use it to gain access to video streams restircted to other regions like BBC and Canadian TV.

  49. Muhammad A
    June 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Streaming Videos

  50. Adrian
    June 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Streaming of personal data

  51. Zsolt Janka
    June 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    secure access in public hostspots

  52. Al C
    June 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Useful protection from snooping when using public WiFi.

  53. D
    June 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Doing Personal business over the office guest WiFi.

  54. Bill
    June 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm


  55. Steve
    June 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Essential for use at public WiFi hotspots.

  56. Eddie
    June 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hotspots is the main reason for me.

  57. Brad
    June 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    VPN is perfect for public hotspots and for use in hotels,

  58. Nancy B
    June 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I want to be able to stream TV and videos from the USA in Canada...... totally annoying when I only have to cross 1 mile bridge and I'm in the USA!

  59. Joel G
    June 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Streaming US services from another country while on vacation!

  60. Roni
    June 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Watching British TV!

  61. Ben Leverett
    June 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    How about getting really creative, using a foreign IP address to enter giveaways locked down to a particular country (or set of countries, for that matter).

  62. Rico R
    June 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    YouTube's "This video is not available in your country" is really annoying. For me, it's always been hard living in the US, since most solutions use US-based proxies. Not to mention that I would always be trying to find some random proxy to try and see the thing. And that doesn't work all the time! This PureVPN software would not only bypass this annoyance completely, but it also looks like it would ease me trying from one country to another!!

  63. Colin H
    June 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Streaming videos only available in the US (e.g. Netflix) from Singapore!!!

  64. Shashank
    June 30, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I am going to move to Japan , where Torrenting is blocked , VPN might just open up my life

  65. Nick H
    June 29, 2014 at 3:49 am

    The best creative way to use a VPN was a trick me and my friend played on someone. We secretly set up a VPN on our friends computer, and shared his printer through it. This made it so we could begin printing various documents at odd hours so as to creep him out.

  66. Joseph Potter
    June 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    For purchasing products online, and Privacy.

  67. Dina A
    June 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Due to security concerns, threat to online privacy and anonymity you can hide your IP address using VPN account to get European IP address enabling you to browse freely and anonymously.

  68. Chris K
    June 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Based off the options, I'm going to use it simultaneous logins through multiple devices, allowing me unlimited data transfer and loads of security potential and protocols. This looks nice.

  69. Grim
    June 27, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I just want it 'cause my college uses pesky mcafee and other things to block everything , even this site ! and at home i want more privacy from my ISP

  70. Dinesh S.
    June 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    its a vpn so i'll use it for anonymity

  71. Jason N
    June 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Creative? Not really, but I would like to 'create' an online space I feel safe & secure in, one where I have the freedom to...who am I kidding? I'm not happy with my current VPN and would love a new (and free) one :)

  72. Todd H
    June 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Quite a bit of the work I do requires secure, encrypted connections. Most of the VPN services I use have noticeable performance degradation. After seeing the performance of PureVPN, I am really anxious to try it out.

  73. Tukang N
    June 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    for secure browsing

  74. Loren S
    June 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Nothing creative about wanting to secure my anonymity.

  75. Kelly B
    June 26, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Well there's the obvious use of securing free WiFi. Using VPN as a means of accessing blocked content in/from other countries.

  76. MRoti
    June 26, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Securely use the internet from coffee shops.

  77. Dan D
    June 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Nope, I don't think I should say what I would use it for.

  78. Va D
    June 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I can't really think of a positive reason to have to use VPN.

  79. Sandy S
    June 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I'll use it so the ladies in our club can keep up with each other and share pictures and event updates.

  80. Andrew
    June 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Access BBC UK-Only Content from Antarctica.

  81. Dany
    June 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Watch stuff from other country that are region restricted.

  82. Ashwin
    June 25, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    To watch football matches that aren't available at my location.

  83. Sam K
    June 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Apart from accessing blocked sites, VPN's can be used to increase browsing speeds to a limited sites, which otherwise load slowly due to DNS or other issues.

  84. DAN J
    June 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Everthing is about compiling data about online use nowdays; so a VPN is the only way to go for any security and privacy...
    Great givaway!!!

  85. Raymond C
    June 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    ill use it for my social site

  86. Victor
    June 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Avoid this company. You can read my complain here:


    Thanks for sharing the same. We regret to inform you that we will not be able to issue you account on behalf of these document. Please share an image /scan copy of any non-confidential document like ID Card, Passport, Driving License etc. with us then we will proceed accordingly.

    Please acknowledge, as we repeat, these steps are merely intended to protect your identity from online fraud and to establish legitimacy of this transaction.


    PureVPN Support Team

  87. Dave Jones
    June 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Hmmm, I have often toyed with the idea of a vpn for secure browsing in public places (even online banking) and also for bypassing the workplace firewall. Maybe I'll get a chance to try this out!

    How about an article on "rolling your own" VPN? In other words, buying a server and creating your own. Synology offers this feature on some of their offerings but I always wondered how these worked IRL.

  88. Paul V
    June 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Watch Geo location blocked videos and websites

  89. Vittorio
    June 25, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I'm planning a business trip to China, Do you think it work well with usual use (mailserver access, streaming video play, Gmail, etc..)?

  90. VPN Aware
    June 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    What about privacy? Do they log? Store data? Monitor connections? One trip through their policies shows this "giveaway" is like wrapping up a lead brick and calling it a gold medal. Good old advertorials, glossing over the important parts.

  91. lupe
    June 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    view shows that are geo location blocked and secure my online browsing

  92. Vic L
    June 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Using VPN for free monthly data subscriptions.

  93. Ashish Kumar Chaubey
    June 25, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Secure connections and avoiding snoops

  94. Db
    June 25, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Creative...not so much, but useful for our business to help further increase our security.

  95. Bill Fleet
    June 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    To prevent my children from leaking too much information about their browsing habits jsut from where they go. Also, to evade regionalization, and watch BBC content from a UK node as though I were not in the US.

  96. Roger C
    June 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Secure connections, avoiding snoops, alternate routing and many more.

  97. Salvador H
    June 24, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    secure connection on public wifi

  98. Martijn
    June 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    To prevent the nerd at network secuity to stalk me online. he trolls the firewall log for sites that we visisted and then complains about it to my boss.

  99. jeff
    June 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    i can't think of a creative use of a vpn other than secure browsing which isn't very creative

  100. Shak
    June 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm


  101. Shak
    June 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm


  102. Julian
    June 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    secure myself on a public wifi network

  103. Laurel N
    June 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Remaining an enigma.

  104. Scott H
    June 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    use it on a flash router and there you will be protected on everything you do so it make it a bit harder for people to find you

  105. Thalia
    June 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    To enjoy our rightful privacy online!

  106. Imaduddin S
    June 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Hacking or doing some other " Privacy Concerning " Stuff as well as unblocking sites blocked in your area and if you are really really heavily concerned about your privacy and your bandwidth is ample then turning it on all the time also serves a good need.

  107. Graeme W
    June 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Changing you IP Address

  108. Thomas A
    June 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Unblock restricted websites

  109. Adham
    June 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Securing yourself from snoops.

  110. Linu George
    June 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Anonymous and safe browsing through the loop holes of restriction.

  111. Mike
    June 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Remain anonymous and keep communications secure and private.

  112. Clay Z
    June 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Secure Surfing

  113. Hania
    June 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Secure surfing through the internet.

  114. SH
    June 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Watching Netflix when I'm overseas!