StrongVPN Review Overview
This StrongVPN review will provide you with the best information and answers to lots of your questions.
We aim to give honest reviews to help you determine which VPN service is best for you.
Is StrongVPN the Best VPN?
We tested StrongVPN based on different factors to see how good it is.
A fun fact about StrongVPN is that it is present in the market for almost 2 decades now. It started operating in 2005 and as the name suggests, it is still going strong.
StrongVPN is currently owned by J2 Global, which is the same company that operates IPVanish, Overplay, and Encrypt.me. Even though they have the same parent company, they maintain different servers than these other brands. This allows StrongVPN to shine in the areas of geo unblocking (Netflix, Hulu, HBO) and bypassing the Great Firewall of China.
As we continue this StrongVPN review, we will tackle the price, services, security protocols, accessibility, and many more.
We always consider first the price of the VPN we review.
StrongVPN offers only two types of plans for their service.
You will definitely save a lot of money on your first year with StrongVPN if you acquire the annual plan.
After the first year, the annual plan will be $79.99, which is still better than $10.99 monthly.
StrongVPN Free Trial
StrongVPN does not offer a free trial for any of its plans. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee but only applicable on the annual plan.
Video on How to Install StrongVPN on Firestick
How to Install StrongVPN on Firestick
1. Click Home on your remote and scroll once to your left. It will be the search icon.
2. You can either say the name of the app to your Alexa’s voice-enabled remote or start typing it. If you typed it, click on the suggestion when it appears.
3. Click on the icon of the app.
4. Click Download
5. Click Open.
6. Input your username and password to log in.
StrongVPN Speed Test
A speed test is a very important factor when reviewing a VPN provider.
Take note that when you connect to any VPN provider, it is normal to have a huge drop in the download speed. Just make sure that it is still within the standard download speed. Results may also vary depending on the Mbps of your local network.
Upon conducting speed tests with StrongVPN, we can say that the results are not that bad. Even using servers from the furthest country possible, shows less buffering still.
- + Unblocked US-Only Content
- + 30-day Money-Back Guarantee
- + Great customer support
- + Up to 12 connected devices simultaneously in one account
- + There are no limits on bandwidth
- + Very Easy To Use
- – No Free Trial
- – Doesn’t Have The Largest Location Listing
- – Not all servers are fast
StrongVPN Review – Client User Interface
Zero Log Policy
Just like most VPN providers, StrongVPN does not log the activities of the users online, data, and information.
They have their own servers privately and make sure that any data will not be sold to any third parties.
Mask Your IP Address
StrongVPN like most VPNs hides your real IP address and replaces it with another one to be visible to trackers.
This is a good thing because your IP address serves as your fingerprints online. By masking your IP address, you will make sure that your identity is safe online.
StrongVPN uses the same level of encryption and privacy that we have come to expect from all large VPN Providers.
We will check every VPN protocol that StrongVPN uses.
StrongVPN uses AES 256-bit encryption keys end to end which is the standard for most VPNs.
One of the protocols that StrongVPN is using with 2048-bit AES encryption is IKEv2.
This is commonly used for security, authentication, and encryption. Even when you change your internet connection from one Lan to another or to cellular data, IKEv2 prevents the disconnection of the VPN.
There are two types of OpenVPN protocols that StrongVPN uses.
First is the Ultra datagram Protocol or UDP. It works for better speed and security.
The second one is the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). It might be slower than UDP but can connect to more networks.
WireGuard is one of the latest VPN technology today. StrongVPN supports the use of WireGuard which usually provides a faster download speed.
Does It Work Well With Popular Streaming Apps
This StrongVPN review tests if StrongVPN can access apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and Kodi even if the user is in the other parts of the globe.
StrongVPN unblocks Kodi.
Some other country like the UK does not permit the use of Kodi. If you are living in the UK, you can connect StrongVPN to another country, probably in the US, to access Kodi completely.
Most VPNs unblock Netflix US only. Impressively with StrongVPN, it unblocks both Netflix US and UK.
So if you are not located within those 2 countries, you can use StrongVPN to access the content that Netflix offers there.
Just like Netflix, StrongVPN also unlocks Hulu.
There are also some other streaming apps that work well with StrongVPN. They are Disney+, Peacock, HBO Max, and more.
As we have stated a few times already StrongVPN is based in the US and follows a No-Log Policy.
Though StrongVPN offers fewer locations than most of its larger rivals, there are over 26 countries for you to choose from, easily circumventing GeoIP restrictions.
However, there are some reports and complaints that there is a shortage of South American countries that can be used for GeoIP unblocking.
Servers and Server Locations
StrongVPN is not competitive enough with the number of servers and locations it offers.
You can choose from 950 servers in over 59 cities within 30 different countries.
Aggressively, there are over 60,000 IP addresses available.
StrongVPN is compatible with a lot of devices. They are Windows, Android, Firestick, iOS, macOS, and Chrome OS.
StrongVPN has a kill switch function on some devices only. Commonly it is not available on Android devices.
Kill switch automatically disconnects your device from the internet when there is a problem with the VPN connection.
StrongVPN also has a split tunneling feature which makes it appear that you are not using a VPN on apps that hinders it.
This is why it is applicable on Netflix and other apps. These apps do not allow the use of a VPN, but because of split tunneling, you can still successfully access them.
We run some tests on StrongVPN. Amazingly, there are no leaks on DNS, IP, and WebRTC.
StrongVPN has its own DNS servers. It offers its own SmartDNS service called StringDNS.
By its nature of being secure and with a zero logs policy there is no reason StrongVPN would be not as suitable for Torrents as any other providers.
But we will still test to see if it has a SOCKS5 Proxy which is a better tool for VPNs to have while torrenting.
Unlike other companies, StrongVPN makes a case for using VPN over Tor. They do state the two can be used in conjunction and their technical arguments are sounds. But we feel like there is a hint of negativity towards Tor and something we haven’t seen before. Definitely compatible but not very friendly.
Upon further testing, we found out that there are no SOCKS5 Proxy servers on StrongVPN.
SOCKS5 Proxy secures the identity of users while torrenting. With this, we can say that StrongVPN is not the best for torrenting.
StrongVPN Customer Support
StrongVPN offers 24/7 live chat customer support on their website.
You can also reach them thru email if you have concerns.
The company does exactly what it says on the tin, and small bonuses like being able to connect up to 12 devices at a time (overkill) are tempting.
After this StrongVPN review, we can say that StrongVPN is a good one but not the best today. Let us know your thoughts and write them down in the comment section below.