Anonine is a P2P-friendly VPN but not every server available is compatible for using torrents. Users will have to check the server list to find out which servers can be used for torrenting before connecting. Server lists also show which ones have port forwarding enabled. While not every server is P2P-friendly, we found that the majority maintain good download speeds, so you’ll find no problems with streaming and there are specific servers optimized for BBC iPlayer and U.S. Netflix.
Anonine has recently added WireGuard to its list of protocols. Switching to WireGuard instead of OpenVPN, or any of the many other modern protocols supported by Anonine, may show a significant increase in internet speeds – another great feature for those looking to download and stream. If it’s your first time using WireGuard then don’t worry, there are some great set-up guides on the Anonine website that will have beginners ready to go in no time.
Besides that, Anonine doesn’t offer a vast variety of features. Anonine’s apps are designed to be functional and easy-to-use but they don’t go much further than connecting you to a server and sending you on your way.
Anonine doesn’t hold a blockbuster number of servers, with just 150 servers from 34 different countries from all over the world (although none of them are based in Africa).
The speed varies from server to server, we tested from Europe and found, as expected, that nearby servers scored very well with little speed drops, including the iPlayer server which streamed without issue. Testing out one of Anonine’s Netflix servers showed a noticeable drop in speed, although it was still fast enough for streaming. Going further afar reduced the speed considerably, which wasn’t a surprise, but when testing out the Tokyo server we found it to run a massive 90% slower than normal.
Safeguarding user privacy is what really makes Anonine stand out; it uses the industry standard AES 256-bit encryption and the choice of WireGuard and OpenVPN amongst other protocols, meaning there are no worries about security. However, the kill switch is only available on the Windows app so anyone using other systems should take note.
OS, Device Support
Anonine has a desktop client for Windows users but there is no client for Mac users. Mobile users will be satisfied as both Android and Apple phones have their own simple application. Anonine is also available for other systems including Linux and can be used with Apple TV as well as PlayStation and Xbox, albeit with no dedicated application.
We tested out the Android app and found it simple and easy to navigate, and we were connected almost immediately. After opening the Anonine app, you can either connect to a location of your choice or the Optimum Location option. When testing the Optimum Location feature, we found it gave us a server location to use the majority of the time but occasionally threw us a curveball with a location on the other side of the world. Unless you’re in a particular rush you’re better off spending the extra half second choosing a suitable location yourself. The Android app could use more care in its layout; one example is that the live chat function isn’t where you might expect it to be. Confusingly, the support menu only allows you to send emails but going through the FAQ guides is the only way to find the live chat function – it’s a simple problem that could be easily fixed.
Anonine is one the best value for money VPNs out there. It uses the standard three option price plan with the cheapest available plan starting at just $3.99 a month.
There are no differences in the features over the three plans. Unlike other VPN service prices, you won’t feel ripped off by choosing to have a shorter subscription either. Although 12-month deals are the cheapest, a three-month subscription comes to $5.99 and a single month will cost you just $6.99, much cheaper than most of its rivals for a similar timeframe. There are no free trials or special offers available for Anonine however the 7-day money-back guarantee means you can test everything on offer before you commit.
If you do decide to subscribe, then you’ll find that there are plenty of payment options. As usual you can pay with credit card and PayPal but those who want to pay with greater anonymity will be pleased to see that Anonine also supports 15 major cryptocurrencies.
Anonine claims to offer 24/7 support but sometimes you will find opening the live chat function gives you an away message. When someone is on the other side it’s usually a 15-minute wait for a reply to your query. Otherwise, you’ll have to email your query or fill out a ticket. Anonine has little social media presence, and although they do have Facebook and Twitter, they’re rarely updated and you’re unlikely to find any help through there.
The Anonine website has some excellent user guides that walk you through any process so that even the most novice user will be able to get to grips with the most complex settings.
If you want privacy and security in your VPN then you should seriously consider Anonine. With absolutely no logs kept of your online activity and cryptocurrency payment accepted – it’s a perfect fit. We also experienced some great connection speeds, so if you’re looking for a VPN to cater to P2P or streaming then it’s one of the best out there for you.
It’s not perfect, of course, there are very few features for users to get stuck on and the apps they offer are basic. With the lack of a native app, Mac users will want to look elsewhere. Anonine could also be vastly improved by a greater number of servers available and for a greater range of countries to choose from.
Really, it depends what is most important for you. If you care about privacy and security and you want an easy-to-use VPN for a great price then Anonine is an ideal choice for you.
- Impressive speeds
- Anonymous and secure
- Netflix and iPlayer support
- No Mac desktop client
- Small amount of servers
- Basic customer support