BTGuard Review (2018)

BTGuard Highlights

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  • Country: Canada
  • Logging: No (Traffic), Yes (Connection), No (IP address)
  • Bypass VPN Block (DPI):
  • Pricing:  7.5$ (per month, in yearly subscription)
  • Allows P2P/ Torrent: Yes
  • Simultaneous connections: Unlimited (may be terminated if shared)
  • Chat Support: No
  • Custom clients/apps:  No
  • Alternative website:  N/A
  • Trustpilot rating: 3 stars out of 5 (2 users)

My First Impression

BTGuard is a VPN company which is based in Canada, one of Five Eyes country. They mainly focus on providing anonymous torrenting for the clients.

My first impression about BTGuard’s website is below average. The website is dark and hard to navigate. Also, the year indicated on the Footprint is 2014. Another downsides are lack of multilanguage website and live chat support.

 

Does BTGuard keep logs?

BTGuard is a perfect example of what the privacy policy page of a VPN company should not be like. The sentences are complicated, why do not they write it in simple sentences.

To put it simply BTGuard:

  • collects your personal information
  • they will tell you why they collect that information
  • they may collect your personal information for other prposes if you permit or the law requires them to do so
  • they will let you know if the law told them to collect your personal information
  • they will protect your personal data from theft, loss etc.

BTGuard states that they do not collect your IP address or customer usage. They, however keep connection logs (timestamps, bandwidth usage etc.)

BTGuard updated their Privacy Policy in 2011, like 8 years ago. Either these guys are not that active, or there was no need to change the privacy policy.

 

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BTGuard Privacy Policy

Does BTGuard bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) or similar firewalls?

Countries like China, Turkey, Russia etc. 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 services use extra protocols so that users in those countries can bypass VPN block.

BTGuard offers two options, you can buy a SOCKS proxy or a VPN. There is no mention on the website about whether BTGuard is capable of evading VPN blocking firewalls. Also, I was not able to test it yet, since no free trial is offered. There is a possibility that SOCKS proxy offered by BTGuard can bypass deep packet inspection. I would suggest more secure protocols/proxies, as SOCKS5 is an unencrypted proxy.

Is BTGuard affordable? (BTGuard’s pricing)

No, if you have less than 7 devices. The reason is that, in a yearly subscription for the VPN you pay 7.5$ per month or 5.42$ per month for the proxy service. I believe it would be a lot better, if they had both VPN and proxy service in one account.

In the FAQ page, it is mentioned that one can use VPN/proxy on unlimited devices, but the user is not allowed to share, if an account is shared, BTGuard may terminate the account.

So, if you have 5 devices to use the proxy (1.08$ per device/month) or 7 devices to use the VPN (1.07$ per device/month), then BTGuard can be considered affordable, otherwise it is an expensive VPN.

BTGuard Pricing

 

BolehVPN accepts major credit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin.

If you wand to test BolehVPN,  you can enjoy 24-hour free trial, which activates automatically once you sign up. 

BolehVPN offers 14-day money-back-guarantee, if you are not happy with their service. However, I should note that refunds exclude cryptocurrency payments in general (there may be exceptions). 

 

What features are offered by BolehVPN?

– Supported Platforms

BolehVPN supports Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and some routers. Sharesocks supports all mentioned platforsm except for routers. L2TP is supported on Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

– Supported Protocols

BolehVPN two protocols and a proxy: L2TP, OpenVPN and Shadowsocks. OpenVPN protocol has 6 traffic methods.

  • Proxied: uses SOCKS proxy
  • Fully Routed: all data goes through VPN
  • Surfing/Streaming: P2P not allowed, useful for online streaming
  • Cloak: able to bypass deep packet inspection or similar firewalls
  •  TCP Servers: useful to bypass campus/corporate firewalls
  •  BolehGEO: used to access sites that are restricted US address

– Number of Servers

BolehVPN has 35 servers in 12 countries, however the servers are not different cities of a country. They are different traffic methods servers like FullyRoutedGermany, ProxiedGermany, xCloakGermany etc.

Conclusion

What I liked:

  • No traffic logs, no connection logs, no IP address logs
  • Cloak traffic method (bypass DPI)
  • Torrents/P2P allowed
  • Several cryptocurrencies accepted
  • Various platforms supported
  • Shadowsocks

What I didn’t like:

  • Pricing 2.22$ per device/month
  • No native iOS app
  • Native app is not unique
  • No live chat support
  • Only 12 countries
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