Kaspersky Secure Connection

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Pros

  • Generous free tier
  • Typically fast performance in transfer speed tests
  • Provides international access to Netflix and iPlayer

Cons

  • Slow transfer speeds

Key Features

  • Review Price: £19.99
  • 200MB per day free account available (300MB with registration)
  • Connect up to 5 paid, unlimited free devices
  • Supports OpenVPN
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
  • £19.99 per year
  • £3.99 per month
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What is Kaspersky Secure Connection?

Kaspersky Secure Connection is the famed anti-malware firm’s virtual private network service, with endpoints in 18 countries, including Canada, France and Ukraine. Rather than being run directly by Kaspersky, Secure Connection uses VPN infrastructure supplied and run by AnchorFree, the company behind the Hotspot Shield VPN.

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Kaspersky Secure Connection – Features and usability

The VPN’s default installation settings opt you into Kaspersky Secure Network, an anti-malware service which provides “instant response to new threats” and “real-time website reputation information”. If you’d rather not have this, you can untick the relevant box before hitting Install.

Kaspersky recently moved its operations from Russia to Switzerland, but Secure Connection’s terms and conditions still list the company and service as falling under the laws of the Russian Federation, which has a reputation for being hostile to VPN providers. However, if you examine the fine print, Kaspersky’s VPN service is actually provided by US-based AnchorFree, which has a no-logging policy.

The client opens above the notification area and is easy to use, by default connecting to the fastest available endpoint, but with the option of selecting from one of the VPN’s list of 18 endpoint countries. Although Kaspersky says more endpoints are available to paying users, the same range of countries was available in both free and registered modes during our tests.

Advanced settings allow you to configure whether the client opens at boot time, whether it connects as soon as it opens and how it behaves when you connect to an insecure Wi-Fi network. You can also select a specific country to connect to by default.

Secure Connection uses the OpenVPN protocol, but only allows you to connect to it from Windows, macOS, Android and iOS devices. No clients or connection instructions are provided for any other platforms.

Kaspersky Secure Connection – Performance

During our FTP speed tests, Secure Connection was among the slowest services we’ve reviewed, managing 4.72MB/s from a UK endpoint, 4.02MB/s in the Netherlands and 2.04MB/s with a US endpoint.

We weren’t able to view Netflix from a US endpoint, but we could watch region-locked YouTube and BBC iPlayer videos.

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Why buy Kaspersky Secure Connection

Kaspersky Secure Connection is available in a free version, which gives you 200MB of data every day and doesn’t require you to create an account to use it, although linking it to a Kaspersky account will bump your allowance up to 300MB per day. This adds up to around 9GB of data per month, although, unlike free rival Windscribe, you can’t use it all in a single block if you need to.

There’s also a paid-for extended version, which gives you unlimited data and extra endpoints on five simultaneous connections for a very reasonable £19.99 per year for up to five simultaneous connections, which works out at £1.67 per month, making this the cheapest paid VPN service we’ve reviewed.

If you’d rather pay month-to-month, though, that’s also competitively priced at £3.99 per month.

Verdict

Although it’s not very fast and was detected by Netflix, Kaspersky Secure Connection is a good budget option for occasional VPN users, whether you use its free or paid-for service.

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