Perfect Privacy Review

Verdict

Perfect Privacy is one of a handful of VPN providers that has been shown to genuinely keep no connection logs and provides a wealth of security features. However, it’s not especially fast across its European endpoints and its US connections are painfully slow. It’s also not cut out for region-shifting streaming media.

Pros

  • No-logging policy, proven by server seizure
  • Unlimited devices
  • Extensive security features

Cons

  • Generally slow transfer speeds
  • Unsuitable for video region-shifting
  • Expensive

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £109.98
  • UK pricing: £11.91 per month, £109.98 per year, £197.01 per two years
  • Connect up unlimited devices
  • Supports OpenVPN, IPSec
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Android

What is Perfect Privacy?

Perfect Privacy isn’t as glossy as some of its rivals and its range of endpoints is relatively small, but the Swiss company is one of very few VPN (virtual private network) providers that’s been shown to have a genuine commitment to its no-logging policy. When Dutch police seized two of its servers in 2016, no logs were found.

Perfect Privacy presents a simple list of its endpoint server locations across 24 countries, with a button next to each entry that allows you to connect to and disconnect from each one. Each server’s maximum bandwidth is listed alongside and, once you’ve connected to PP’s network, you can see how much of that is currently being consumed. Whether currently connected or not, you can ping all the servers for their response times and these two bits of information offer a fair predictor of the performance you can expect from each endpoint location.

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Perfect Privacy – Features and usability

Perfect Privacy integrates with the Windows firewall, which can result in some install and launch-time issues if you have it disabled or if you have complex networking features configured via a customised hosts file.

The service has very flexible kill switch settings to help ensure that you don’t accidentally send any traffic along unencrypted routes if the VPN connection goes down. By default, it’s only active when you connect the VPN, but you can also set it to be active either whenever Perfect Privacy’s client is open or permanently, which is a major advantage for people for whom privacy is of critical importance.

Other advanced settings allow you to use “cascading” connections involving multiple VPN endpoints, a Stealth mode to attempt to conceal the fact that you’re using a VPN at all – useful in countries where their use is restricted by law – and firewalling out your local router and network devices, as well as more typical advanced options that allow you to select connection and encryption protocols.

 

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Perfect Privacy – Performance

Endpoints/VPN UK Netherlands United States
Perfect Privacy HTTP 96.96Mbps 70.00Mbps 9.04Mbps
Perfect Privacy FTP 104.98Mbps 79.47Mbps 8.64Mbps

Perfect Privacy produced some of the slowest download speeds of any of the services in our latest round of testing. UK endpoint performance was decent, though, at 12.12MB/s (96.96Mbps) via HTTP and 13.1MB/s over FTP.

However, that dropped to a below-average 8.75MB/s for HTTP and 9.93MB/s for FTP on Dutch endpoints. And Perfect Privacy – despite multiple connection attempts – produced some of the worst transfer speeds we’ve seen recently from a US endpoint, at 1.13MB/s via HTTP and just 1.07MB/s FTP, even over our high-speed connection.

You probably won’t have much luck using it for video streaming either – we could watch Netflix and Shudder’s US services, but had no luck with Crunchyroll’s recently strengthened US VPN detection measures, or All 4 and iPlayer in the UK.

Should I buy Perfect Privacy?

Perfect Privacy is one of the most expensive VPN services around, priced at £11.91 per month, £109.98 per year or £197.01 per two years. Even its most economical two-year subscription works out at £8.21 per month – more than many rivals’ monthly subscriptions.

While the service has an excellent privacy pedigree and an almost unique level of granularity in the control you get over its settings and security features, letting you use an unlimited number of devices on a single account, its performance and price mean that it’s not ideal for the vast majority of users.

Verdict

Perfect Privacy is one of a handful of VPN providers that has been shown to genuinely keep no connection logs and provides a wealth of security features. However, it’s not especially fast across its European endpoints and its US connections are painfully slow. It’s also not cut out for region-shifting streaming media.

As its name indicates, this service focuses specifically on privacy, but rivals such as Private Internet Access and ExpressVPN provide comparable security, with better performance, at lower prices.

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