AzireVPN Review (2019)

AzireVPN Highlights

  • Country: Sweden (Fourteen Eyes)
  • Logging: No (Traffic),  No (Connection), No (IP address)
  • Bypass VPN Block (DPI): WireGuard
  • Pricing:  €3.75 (~ 4.40$ per month, in yearly subscription)
  • Allows P2P/ Torrent: Yes
  • Simultaneous connections:  5 
  • Chat Support: No
  • Custom clients/apps:  Yes (Windows, macOS and Linux), No (Android, iOS)
  • Alternative website:  N/A
  • Trustpilot rating: Not rated

My First Impressions

AzireVPN is a relatively young VPN service, active since 2012 and based in Sweden. The company introduces itself with the motto “When privacy matters”.

My first impression about the website is good. The website has a nice design, navigation is good and everything is clear. However, the website does not have much detailed information about the service, and only important information is covered. I would love to find every answer to my questions about a VPN provider on their website. Another cons are that AzireVPN offers neither multi-language website, nor live chat support.

 

Does AzireVPN keep logs?

This is where AzireVPN stands out. Everything is precise and clear, no vague terminology that may confuse you. AzireVPN does not keep logs of connection, IP address or traffic. 

Isn’t that amazing? I wonder why other VPN providers cannot be that clear. 

Another advantage is AzireVPN does not require any personal information, even an email address is optional (you may need it for email support).

 

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AzireVPN Logging Policy
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AzireVPN Logging Policy

 

AzireVPN does not log your connection, meaning that there is no info about how much bandwidth you use, your connection time, etc. They also do not log your IP address, meaning that they do not record your real location. And they do not log your traffic, so they do not keep info about websites you browse.

AzireVPN also has Blind Operator mode, so that they cannot monitor users’ traffic.

That’s really good!

To sum up, we can conclude that AzireVPN does not keep:

  • Traffic logs
  • IP address
  • connection logs (connection start/end time, bandwidth usage)

Does AzireVPN bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) or similar VPN blocks?

Countries like China, Turkey, Russia implement firewalls that block access to VPN services. As an example, China uses the Great Wall of China (GFW) system to block most VPNs and proxies. Some VPN providers offer extra protocols, often called Stealth VPN or anti-DPI protocols, that help users to bypass VPN block and access free internet.

An update regarding WireGuard:

As of 2019, WireGuard protocol works only on Wi-FI connections in my country. The protocol itself was not designed to evade deep packet inspection, making it not the best option for the future.

An update regarding SOCKS5:

Even though SOCKS5 proxy can sometimes bypass the DPI, it is not encrypted and not the secure way to go.

AzireVPN offers WireGuard, OpenVPN and IPSec protocols plus SOKS5 proxy. 

What is AzireVPN’s WireGuard, and how it differs?

WireGuard is an open-source project from ZX2C4 and Edge Security.

WireGuard is a modern VPN protocol with state-of-the-art formally verified cryptography while being extremely minimal and fast.

Here is some more info about WireGuard:

  • ChaCha20 for encryption
  • Poly1305 for authentication and integrity
  • Curve25519 for the Elliptic-curve Diffie–Hellman key agreement protocol
AzireVPN WireGuard

After connecting to OpenVPN or WireGuard tunnel SOCKS5 proxy can be used to by-pass geo-restrictions.

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AzireVPN SOCKS5

There is no information whether AzireVPN can by-pass DPI or other VPN blocking systems. The only way to find out is to test it.

 

And I tested AzireVPN

Thanks to the 24-hour free trial offered by AzireVPN, I could test it without costs. As usual, I test the VPN on Windows 7 PC and an Android phone running Android 6.0.1. I am testing on an ADSL internet provided by the local telecom company and cellular internet provided by our local mobile operator.

Windows test

For Windows AzireVPN offers OpenVPN and standalone client software azclient. Both in OpenVPN software and azclient, AzireVPN failed to connect.  There was a notification “Connecting…” and it never connected. 

As WireGuard’s Windows client is yet to be published, I could not test WireGuard protocol on Windows platform.

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AzireVPN WireGuard test Windows

Android Test

I had better results with my Android device. When I was connected to WiFi OpenVPN connected to the blocked content easily. However, when I was connected to mobile internet, OpenVPN failed connect. 

On the other hand, WireGuard did not disappoint. It worked smoothly, both on Wi-Fi and mobile networks. 

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AzireVPN android test OpenVPN and WireGuard

And this is how the OpenVPN and WireGuard apps look like when connected.

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AzireVPN OpenVPN and WireGuard interfaces

To sum up, AzireVPN managed to bypass DPI in my country on Android platform, however I cannot say the same for Windows platform, where AzireVPN failed to connect. 

If you are considering buying  AzireVPN subscription, try free 24-hour trial to check whether it works in your country. 

 

Is AzireVPN affordable? (AzireVPN’s pricing)

AzireVPN’s pricing is simple and straightforward, as shown in the picture below. If you buy a yearly subscription, then it will cost €3.75 (~ $4.40) per month or €0.75 (~ $0.88) per device. Pricing is good if you are planning use VPN on multiple devices or planning to share with your family/friends. 

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AzireVPN Pricing

AzireVPN accepts major credit cards, PayPal, and 8 different cryptocurrencies from Bitcoin to Verge.

If you want to test AzireVPN, you can enjoy the 24-hour free trial, which activates automatically when you sign up. 

AzireVPN offers a 7-day money-back-guarantee if you are not happy with their service. However, I should note that refunds exclude 1 month payments and cryptocurrency payments. 

 

What features are offered by AzireVPN?

– Supported Platforms

AzireVPN supports Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and some routers. WireGuard supports only Linux, macOS, android and some routers right now. So if you are using iOS or Windows device, then you can’t enjoy WireGuard. OpenVPN   supports all platforms mentioned above. Also, custom client azclient is available on Windows, macOS and Linux.

 

– Supported Protocols

AzireVPN offers two protocols (or tunnels as they call it) and one proxy: WireGuard, OpenVPN and SOCKS5. I am not sure whether WireGuard was designed as obfuscation (aka stealthvpn) to bypass DPI. What I can say is that it works well and bypasses DPI in my country, even without SOCKS5 proxy. OpenVPN, on the other hand is not as effective as WireGuard. 

– Number of Servers

AzireVPN has 24 servers in 6 countries, even though they claim to have 5 locations and 22 servers. It is just a marketing gimmick. While it is very good that they have dedicated servers, which is also operated by them, the truth is only 5 server locations are available: Spain, Malaga, US Miami, Canada Toronto, UK London and Sweden Stockholm. They just count servers for WireGuard, OpenVPN, SOCKS5 and DNS separately.

Lastly, AzireVPN got a good rating on the Simple VPN Comparison Table. Scores are good on most of the categories except for Protocol Types, since only WireGuard is available, and Servers, as AzireVPN has only 22 servers.

Wanna check other VPNs? Head over to the VPN Comparison Table, and find the best VPN that fits you.

Conclusion

What I liked:

  • No traffic logs, no connection logs, no IP address logs
  • WireGuard (bypass Deep Packet Inspection)
  • Pricing ($ 0.88 per device/month)
  • Torrents/P2P allowed
  • 8 different cryptocurrencies accepted

What I didn’t like:

  • Only 6 countries
  • No native apps for Android and iOS devices
  • WireGuard not available on Windows
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