AltVPN was founded in 2015 and has since provided VPN services mainly to Russian-speaking customers, although non-Russian-speaking users can also use the service with the help of Google Translate. The service’s Windows app is available in both Russian and English.
AltVPN’s services are available at three pricing options: 1 month for £ 359 (Russian ruble) or $ 4.74 per month, 6 months for £ 200 or $ 2.64 per month, and 1 year for £ 150 or $ 1.98 per month, making this VPN one of the cheapest out there.
You can also get a personal proxy IP for an additional 100-650 per per IP (final price depends on location and number of IPs selected). They can also be purchased separately from the main subscriptions, either individually or in bundles of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1000 IP addresses.
We were thrilled that this provider had a free 24-hour trial that we could use their platform to test and see what it was about. There is also a 7-day money back guarantee, but it does not include personal IP addresses purchased separately from the main account.
Customers can pay with a variety of payment methods including credit cards, Qiwi, Yandex, Bitcoin, PayPal, and Interkassa. Interestingly, you can do it once a day try your luck on the website you can get 50% discount on the purchase or renewal of the VPN or private proxy services.
Simultaneous VPN connections are supported on up to 3 devices under one account.
AltVPN has some very attractive features. However, it still lags behind the biggest names in the industry like ExpressVPN, NordVPN, Surfshark or CyberGhost. Although most of them (except Surfshark) are far more expensive, they offer a much more advanced service with native apps for all major platforms (and a few more), complete transparency, lots of information, and many more servers.
In our experience, AltVPN is able to share geographically limited content from today’s popular streaming channels such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer. The latter is particularly difficult for many VPNs, but we simply selected a server in the UK and were able to access all of the BBC iPlayer’s content without any problems.
about the company
This VPN is registered in Belize, safe outside of any jurisdiction that has historically violated corporate or individual privacy. It provides access to over 100 servers in 30 countries worldwide, including Belarus, Hong Kong, Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and other countries.
The live status of each server can be viewed on the website. There you can also check which IP address is currently assigned to your device. Speaking of the website, it’s only available in Russian. Hence, you may have to use Google Translate on your browser to get around this. However, the Windows app is available in both Russian and English.
Data protection and encryption
We are not sure if this provider allows P2P as there is no information on the website and we are still waiting for a response from customer support. The same applies to encryption. What we do know is that it uses the classics in terms of connection protocols: OpenVPN (UDP / TCP), IKEv2 and L2TP / IPSec.
The Windows app also has some extras. A kill switch prevents leaks by blocking traffic outside of the VPN. It offers three options: Off, Always on and Automatic. You can also take your privacy to a higher level by providing an additional redirection of the VPN connection via a proxy server – Shadowsocks (a redirection method that can bypass blocks in countries with severe network restrictions) and Socks5 (additional connection via the Socks5 -Proxy).
AltVPN only has an app for Windows, while other platforms, including Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, and routers, can be covered by this VPN using its built-in VPN capabilities and certain protocol connection types (L2TP / IPSec for Android, IKEv2 or L2TP for iOS, OpenVPN or others for Mac etc.).
You can try using the provider’s setup guides on their website. However, you will need to use the Google Translate option on your browser as the instructions are only available in Russian.
Help is also available through his Knowledge base (FAQs) or direct contact with customer support via Web form and email, all of which can be accessed directly from the app. However, we still haven’t received a response to our email request.
Speed and experience
We tested the speeds on the vendor’s Windows app on an 85 Mbps test connection and got some excellent results. First we tried a VPN server in Milan that delivered an incredible 47.70Mbps, and then another one in London that gave us slower but still very fast 24.29Mbps.
Then it was time to cross the ocean and test a server in New Jersey that hit 13.89 Mbps. A server on the other side of the world in Singapore did not do badly on itself, hitting 10.33Mbps which is considered fast for a location so far from ours.
The app itself was very nicely designed and easy to use, although we can’t say the same for other supported devices. However, with the help of the (translated) website, even a beginner can set up this VPN on their phone, Mac, Linux or router.
AltVPN may be cheap and fast, but it has a lot to do if it ever aims to become a major player in the VPN space. First, you would need to expand your server network, provide more information about the services, improve customer support, and consider designing apps for platforms other than Windows.
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