Main Features of Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access requires no software installation and includes instant activation of their services. While no software is required, they do offer a client support program that can help you set up their service for you if you do not wish to do so manually. Manual installation of their service follows a simple 10-12 set guide, available on their website. Once you’ve changed your computer’s settings by following their simple online tutorial, you’re able to securely surf the internet with no need to further micromanage your connection.
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Private Internet Access currently offers proxies in Switzerland, Romania, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. US-based servers include support all over the nation. Furthermore, you can switch between these options for international VPN access at will, free of charge.
Currently supported protocols include PPTP, OpenVPN, and IPSEC/L2TP. This means that you can use their service through any router or device that supports one of these protocols. They also feature unlimited bandwidth and no restrictions on traffic.
Private Internet Access makes no traffic or request logs of your internet access. This helps assure your identity protection, because no logs mean that no users can be matched to internet activity through the Private Internet Access system.
From the moment you connect, browsing history and personal data is anonymous. This means that you can access websites that are blocked in your region, or even visit websites which you’ve been banned from. You can also safely and securely access public Wi-Fi networks without concern for prying eyes and common public network privacy exploits.
OS, Device Support
Supported operating systems include Windows NT, 2k, XP, Vista, and 7. Mac OSX 10.4 through 10.8 and Ubuntu Linux are also supported. The setup process for each operating system is meticulously documented on the Private Internet Access website and is simple enough for anyone to do on their own. Supported devices include iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android tablets and phones.
Private Internet Access offers three VPN Tunnel service packages. The monthly option is $6.95 per month, the semi-annual option is $35.95 for six months, and the annual option is $39.95. All packages include the full assortment of available features including unlimited bandwidth, secure VPN access, encrypted Wi-Fi connections, P2P sharing, and VoIP support.
While not offering a money back guarantee or a trial period, the $6.95 price tag is a fairly inexpensive means of trying their service. Payment options include PayPal, major credit/debit cards, Google Wallet, Amazon, OKPay, Liberty Reserve, CashU, and Bitcoin.
Private Internet Access includes several support options. They offer a contact form on their website as well as a customer support e-mail address and toll free number. Telephone support is available 9-5 EST, Monday through Friday. While installation is carefully documented on their website, they also offer a comprehensive FAQ page.