Witopia Review

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Witopia used to be one of the cheapest and most popular VPN services. They are still relatively cheap and popular, but they have definitely been knocked down a peg or two. The downturn for Witopia started back in 2011 when there was a high profile incident where their service was successfully blocked by the Chinese government for a sustained period. Outside of bypassing Chinese firewalls and torrent usage, Witopia is still a solid VPN provider.

 

Company Background

Witopia is based in Fairfax County (Reston), Virginia. The company came to fruition in 2005. Their listed address is:

11654 Plaza America Drive #316
Reston, Virginia 20190-4700

They claim to have customers in over 160 countries. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of evidence on how many total customers they have. Given the age and reputation of the service, it is fair to estimate the number of subscribers in the tens of thousands.

Pricing

Price was the key marketing advantage for Witopia a few years back. While they are still affordable, annual plans from services like Private Internet Access are a better deal for those looking for the absolute best deal.

 

Both annual plans comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. The unconditional refund period for 3 and 6 month plans is 10 days. These terms are quite generous and indicate a high level of confidence in customer satisfaction. The only comparable money back guarantee is the 30 day offer from HMA.

 

Torrent Policy

If you are looking for a VPN service to mask torrent usage, keep looking. Witopia clearly states that they don’t allow P2P traffic. The excuse they give is that they prefer to focus on privacy and security. The reality is they likely would rather avoid the legal hassle of fighting DMCA complaints from copyright holders. Here is the official statement in their FAQ:

witopia torrent policy

While this isn’t the answer most of us would like to see from a VPN provider, we should give them credit for being upfront and honest. Many VPN providers are purposefully elusive on the topic in an effort to play both sides of the fence. If you are looking for a cheap and reliable service for P2P, I would again recommend using PIA. They are well known and respected for their no logging plus shared IP pool policies.

Witopia also clearly states in their privacy policy that they log user activity. They claim that these logs are routinely deleted within 30 days. This answer is non-committal and doesn’t fill me with confidence that my privacy is of utmost important.

 

Client Software

Witopia has long been known for their easy to use connection software. It is available for download in the customer portal in for Windows and Mac machines. They also provide instructions for manual setup if you are more of a technical DIY type. Their software is easy to use and reliable. You couldn’t ask much more on this front.

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Servers

Witopia boasts an impressive number of servers in more than 30 different countries. You can see the full list on their Wiki here. 13 major U.S. cities have gateways along with the largest cities in Europe. From a geographic standpoint, most users will find the service more than sufficient.

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Conclusion

Witopia has provided reliable VPN service with easy to use software since 2005. While they aren’t the right service for users concerned about logging or torrents, they are above average for users looking for a security boost. They also excel at helping users bypass geographical restrictions by offering servers in more than 33 different countries. Their refund policy is also extraordinarily generous. This latter feature alone makes giving the service a shot a worthwhile and risk-free prospect.

2 Responses to “Witopia Review”

  1. jacque schuchow says:
    June 28th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Hide My Ass offers a really awesome software. Definitely would recommend it to anyone trying to access data from China or US as I travel to both areas and rely on VPN to help me with accessing files. Great product!

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  2. seth says:
    July 2nd, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Really enjoyed this article.Thanks Again.

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