VPN.ac Review (2019)

VPN.ac Highlights

  • Country: Romania
  • Logging:  No (Traffic), Yes (Connection),  Yes (IP address)
  • Bypass VPN Block (DPI): OpenVPN XOR, OpenVPN ECC
  • Pricing: $4.8 (per month)
  • Allows P2P/ Torrent: Yes
  • Simultaneous connections: 6 
  • Live Chat Support: No
  • Custom clients/apps: Yes (all platforms)
  • Alternative website: N/A
  • Trustpilot rating: 7.2 out of 10 (2 users)

My First Impressions

VPN.ac is one of the VPNs that I have used for a long period. The VPN service is relatively a small one based in Romania and operated by Netsec Interactive Solutions SRL since 2009.

The website is well designed and well structured. I was not confused about where to look for specific information. Also, the team keeps the website up to date. The website, however, lacks live chat support, and like most of the VPN websites, it is available only in English.

Does VPN.ac keep logs?

VPN.ac, which is based in Romania, is far from the “Five Eyes” and “Enemies of Internet” countries. On the website, information about the logging policy of VPN.ac is shown on the Privacy Policy and FAQ pages. The VPN provider does not track user activity and DNS queries, however, it stores connection logs. Here, VPN.ac defines connection logs differently than I have been defining in my reviews. Connection logs include IP address, connection start and end time, and bandwidth usage.

 

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VPN.ac Logging Policy

To sum up, we can conclude that VPN.ac does not keep:

  • Traffic logs

And, stores following logs:

  • IP address
  • connection logs (connection start/end time, bandwidth usage)
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VPN.ac Privacy Policy

 

Does VPN.ac bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and similar firewalls?

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.

VPN.ac offers two different “stealth protocols”. 

The first one is OpenVPN with XOR obfuscation. XOR explanation by proprivacy.com:

XOR is usually pronounced Ex-or and stands for Exclusive or, a type of mathematical operation used by the XOR cipher. The XOR algorithm is basically a simple substitution cipher. In other words, it just replaces each alphanumeric in a string that is fed into it with another number.

The second “stealth VPN” is OpenVPN with ECC, which stands for Elliptic Curve. And, this is how VPN.ac defines Elliptic Curve:

Elliptic Curve is one of the most powerful types of cryptography today, it is future-proofing and is arguably significantly more secure than RSA. In our implementation we decided to use the secp256k1 elliptic curve. ECC is being used during the OpenVPN tunnel authentication and key exchange, which is the most important part of VPN communication.

The protocols are not available on all platforms. As an example, the iOS version of VPN.ac app lacks the feature because of Apple’s regulations.

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VPN.ac anti-DPI protocol

Testing VPN.ac

VPN.ac test not ready yet. The VPN worked well the last it me I tried it on Windows and Android.

 

Is VPN.ac affordable?

VPN.ac has subscription plans with duration starting from 1 month to 2 years. When paid the 1 year price of $58, the cost per device a month will be $0.80. The pricing is affordable, as it is slightly below my affordable price point of $1. Even though, the price is not high, you could get the VPN for a better price on Cyber Monday or using a coupon. And, the good news is that generally VPN.ac automatically applies a recurring 10% discount, bringing the price per device a month down to $0.73. 

VPN.ac Pricing

VPN.ac accepts Credit/Debit Cards, PayPal, Unionpay, Alipay, Gift Cards, Webmoney, iDEAL, Giropay, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dash, Dogecoin, Monero, Ripple and more.

The VPN service provider offers a paid 7 day trial for $2. Also, VPN.ac has a 7 day money bank guarantee. You may not get the refund if the payment method is not refundable.

What features are offered by VPN.ac?

– Supported Platforms

VPN.ac supports Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, and some routers. Also, all the platforms have a custom app of VPN.ac. The VPN provider also offers SecureProxy extension for browsers and double hop feature. VPN.ac does not block torrent/P2P. 

– Supported Protocols

VPN.ac offers OpenVPN, OpenVPN with XOR and OpenVPN with ECC protocolsIn addition, the VPN provider is working on adding WireGuard to its services. The protocol is on beta since 15.03.19.

– Number of Servers

VPN.ac provides its services with 117 servers from 26 countries all around the world.

Lastly, VPN.ac got a good rating on the Simple VPN Comparison Table. Scores are good on most of the categories except for Logging Policy.

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

 

Conclusion

What I liked:

  • Traffic logs not stored
  • OpenVPN XOR and OpenVPN ECC (anti-DPI)
  • Pricing, $0.80 per device a month
  • P2P/Torrenting allowed
  • Cryptocurrency accepted
  • Double hop

What I didn’t like:

  • IP addresses and connection logs stored
  • No anti DPI protocols on iOS
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