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KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Review

Verdict

KeepSolid's VPN Unlimited subscriptions supports a wide range of platforms, tends to be good for streaming and its transfer speeds are on the up. Currently available on an extremely cheap special offer subscription deal.

Pros

  • Wide range of supported devices
  • Good range of endpoint countries
  • Generally good for media streaming

Cons

  • Keeps some logs
  • Poor UK transfer speeds

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £48.89
  • Five to ten simultaneous connections
  • Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox
  • Supports OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, KeepSolid Wise, PPTP protocols
  • UK pricing: Five devices: £8.14 per month; £48.89 per year; £81.49 per three years; £162.99 lifetime subscription / Ten devices: £12.22 per month, £73.34 per year, £122.24 per three years, £244.49 lifetime
  • US pricing: Five devices: $9.99 per month; $59.99 per year; $99.99 per three years; $199.99 lifetime subscription / Ten devices: $14.99 per month, $89.99 per year, $149.99 per three years, $299.99 lifetime

Based in Ukraine, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a reliable and well-established virtual private network (VPN) service with a stated strong focus on privacy and freedom of information. However, it’s worth noting that the company keeps some records of connected devices and data consumption.

A lifetime subscription deal that usually costs £227.19 is still, as of April 2020, available from StackSocial for $39 – just £31.86. That’s incredibly cost-effective by any measure, but and you’ll want to take a good look at whether the service’s speed and streaming capabilities meet your requirements. Its performance in my latest tests shows marked improvements over the past two quarters, which is a positive sign in the this regard.

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KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Features and usability

KeepSolid’s Windows client provides a streamlined connection screen with a button to select your desired endpoint. A map displays endpoint locations and the geographic route between your physical and virtual location.

Hit the endpoint selection button and, by default, you’re shown your favourites list. This is initially populated solely by the default optimal server selection option, followed by a list of all endpoint countries, then specialist endpoints. You can also select and connect to a server from the notification area icon right-click menu.

KeepSolid’s other settings allow you to switch from the Windows client’s default IKEv2 connection protocol to OpenVPN or KeepSolid’s – somewhat slower – Wise protocol, which the firm says offers “ultimate protection.” As usual in these tests, I’ve left everything at default settings. There’s also a kill switch to cut off all traffic if the VPN goes down, a run-on start-up setting and a Trusted Networks whitelist to which you can add specific Wi-Fi networks that won’t prompt the VPN to automatically activate itself.

VPN Unlimited has a few quirks. A standard subscription allows you to register a maximum of seven devices with your account, and up to five of those can be connected at any given time. However, every device you connect is registered, and once you’ve connected seven, you have to remove an existing device from your account via KeepSolid’s website. To further complicate this, you can only remove one registered device from your account every seven days.

Screengrab of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited's control panel, showing off the various global endpoints available to subscribers.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Performance

Endpoints/VPN UK Netherlands United States
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited HTTP 35.44Mbps 80.16Mbps 65.36Mbps
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited FTP 16.23Mbps 77.85Mbps 50.58Mbps

Average HTTP download speeds for the entire April 2020 VPN group test, measured from a test system in London with a fast internet connection, were 65.63Mbps from UK endpoints, 71.37Mbps for the Netherlands and 51.15Mbps from the US. This setup is built for stability in the face of an unusually high load on internet and VPN services around the world, rather than raw speed.

Despite this, VPN Unlimited logged some of the best test results I’ve seen in months, with the notable exception of its London endpoint, which achived the slowest HTTP and FTP throughput in this round of testing. But 35.44Mbps is still fast enough for pretty much anything you’d want to do online. However, its Netherlands and US HTTP speeds were both well above average.

KeepSolid has endpoints in 54 countries, including specialised servers designed to allow you to watch streaming video services undetected.

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Should you buy KeepSolid VPN Unlimited?

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has some great value subscription offers, currently including the the $39 lifetime deal mentioned above. Normally, a five-device subscription works out £8.14 per month, £48.89 per year, £81.49 every three years or £162.99 for a lifetime subscription. The company allows anonymous payment using bitcoin.

KeepSolid’s privacy policy says that, although it collects a lot of connection information, including your IP address, device information, time zone and more, your IP address is not stored after your connection is terminated.

Although its performance isn’t as consistently good at it once was, VPN Unlimited still offers a wide range of clients and set-up instructions for various devices and operating systems, including routers.

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If you can get a long-term subscription at a substantial discount, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited may well be worth your while, even though it’s a little on the slow side. However, our review score is not based on that, as offers of this kind are transient. However, even on standard pricing, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited’s cost-effective three-year, five-device subscription is also appealing.

The company’s privacy policy is somewhat ambiguous and hasn’t been put to the test, so if security is paramount check out Private Internet Access or ExpressVPN: their responses to government action have shown that neither keeps logs.

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