Private Internet Access Review 2023: 3 Cons and 4 Pros

Private Internet Access Review 2023: 3 Cons and 4 Pros

8.8
★★★★
  1. Private Internet Access: Secure VPN with good price/performance ratio

    • Higher device performance
    • Slightly lower speed compared to competitors
    • Less clear desktop application
    • High level of security
    • Wide selection of supported encryption
    • Use on up to 10 devices simultaneously
    • Good value for money

    The Private Internet Access has been in operation since 2010.

    In addition to VPNs, it offers a large number of additional features, such as ad blocking and trackers or an email address leak monitor. PIA VPN can be used simultaneously on 10 devices. There are 35,400 servers in 78 different countries around the world, making Private Internet Access one of the best on the market. The connection can be used on almost all possible platforms. Should any device not be supported, you can use the VPN connection on the router.

    The Private Internet Access also provides a high level of privacy and security, strictly does not store logs, and has transparent source code. With transparent code, anyone can verify that there are no elements in the source code that could store logs or collect unsolicited data.

  2. Subscription Private Internet Access: Discount coupon, trial version, money back guarantee…

    • Your Price: $0.75 ​81% off $1.74 /mo (10 devices)
    • Money Back Guarantee: Yes (30 days)
    • Free Trial: No
    • Cryptocurrency payments:
      Yes
      Bitcoin :Yes
      Dash :No
      Ethereum :Yes
      Ripple :No

    You can get the Private Internet Access service in the form of monthly, annual, and three-year subscriptions. The most advantageous subscription option is the 3-year subscription, to which you get 3 months free as a bonus.

    You can order Private Internet Access Antivirus and a dedicated IP address with your subscription for an additional fee.

    The free trial version of Private Internet Access VPN is offered for mobile devices only for a period of 7 days. If you want to try the app, you can claim a free refund for 30 days from the first payment.

  3. Device support at Private Internet Access: Android, iOS, macOS…

    • Device limit: 10

    Platforms supported

    • Android:
      Yes
      Android is supported by 99 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Android TV:
      Yes
      Android TV is supported by 37 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Apple TV:
      No
      Apple TV is supported by 26 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Fire TV:
      No
      Fire TV is supported by 39 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Chromebook:
      No
      Chromebook is supported by 16 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Chromecast:
      No
      Chromecast is supported by 22 % of reviewed VPNs
    • iOS:
      Yes
      iOS is supported by 97 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Kodi:
      No
      Kodi is supported by 27 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Linux:
      Yes
      Linux is supported by 54 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Mac:
      Yes
      Mac is supported by 97 % of reviewed VPNs
    • NAS:
      Yes
      NAS is supported by 32 % of reviewed VPNs
    • nVidia Shield:
      Yes
      nVidia Shield is supported by 27 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Playstation:
      Yes
      Playstation is supported by 31 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Raspberry Pi:
      Yes
      Raspberry Pi is supported by 20 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Roku:
      Yes
      Roku is supported by 26 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Router:
      Yes
      Router is supported by 53 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Windows:
      Yes
      Windows is supported by 100 % of reviewed VPNs
    • xBox:
      Yes
      xBox is supported by 31 % of reviewed VPNs

    Browser Extensions

    • Brave :
      Yes
      The Brave browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Chrome :
      Yes
      The Chrome browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Edge :
      No
      The Edge browser add-on is offered by 16 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Firefox :
      Yes
      The Firefox browser add-on is offered by 38 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Opera :
      Yes
      The Opera browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Safari :
      No
      The Safari browser add-on is offered by 2 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Vivaldi :
      Yes
      The Vivaldi browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.

    You can connect to a maximum of 10 different devices under one subscription.

    VPN Private Internet Access can be used on almost all commonly used platforms. The service can be used on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS operating systems, as well as on game consoles and smart TVs.

    The Private Internet Access also supports VPN connections on the router. This is particularly useful when a particular device is not directly supported by Private Internet Access. For instructions, see how to set up a VPN on a router.

  4. Private Internet Access: User-friendliness, whitelist, server selection…

    • Traffic limit: Unlimited
    • App Languages: 🇺🇸 English +16 more🇫🇷 French 🇮🇹 Italian 🇩🇪 German 🇳🇱 Dutch 🇵🇱 Polish 🇵🇹 Portuguese 🇷🇺 Russian 🇪🇸 Spanish 🇦🇪 Arabic 🇨🇳 Chinese 🇩🇰 Danish 🇯🇵 Japanese 🇰🇷 Korean 🇸🇪 Swedish 🇹🇭 Thai 🇹🇷 Turkish
    • Whitelisting:
      Yes
      Whitelisting is supported by 52 % of reviewed VPNs

    The Private Internet Access app is clear and pretty simple to use. The environment of the mobile version is almost identical to the desktop version. This may be rather a disadvantage for some users, as the application cannot be displayed on a PC other than vertically.

    In the app, you have the option to activate and set the whitelist feature, which allows you to choose apps and websites on which the VPN will not automatically be used.

    On Android mobile devices, you can create a list of apps that will (not) use the VPN connection. This feature can be useful for apps that only work in the location that was specified during registration.

    You can set up a VPN connection automatically when you start your device. PIA VPN also offers the option to set up an automatic connection at a set time. However, you always have the option to pause your connection.

    You can set up an automatic connection as soon as you launch the app on all platforms.

  5. Connection speed and traffic for Private Internet Access

    Download speed

    Upload speed

    Server latency

    Connection on servers that are located nearby is very fast and stable. From servers that are located further away from your device, the connection is slower compared to the best VPNs on the market.

    However, in all cases, the connection was enough for us to play 4K videos without any interruption in the smoothness of the playback and without any other complications.

  6. List of countries and VPN servers at Private Internet Access

    • Number of servers:
      35,400
      The average number of servers for the reviewed VPNs is 1436.
    • Number of countries:
      78
      The average number of countries available for the reviewed VPNs is 38.
    Europe 🇦🇱 Albania 🇦🇩 Andorra 🇧🇪 Belgium 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇬 Bulgaria 🇲🇪 Montenegro 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 🇩🇰 Denmark 🇪🇪 Estonia 🇫🇮 Finland 🇫🇷 France 🇭🇷 Croatia 🇮🇪 Ireland 🇮🇸 Iceland 🇮🇹 Italy 🇨🇾 Cyprus 🇱🇮 Liechtenstein 🇱🇹 Lithuania 🇱🇻 Latvia 🇱🇺 Luxembourg 🇭🇺 Hungary 🇲🇹 Malta 🇲🇩 Moldova 🇲🇨 Monaco 🇩🇪 Germany 🇳🇱 Netherlands 🇳🇴 Norway 🇮🇲 Isle of Man 🇵🇱 Poland 🇵🇹 Portugal 🇦🇹 Austria 🇷🇴 Romania 🇬🇷 Greece 🇲🇰 Northern Macedonia 🇸🇰 Slovakia 🇬🇧 United Kingdom 🇷🇸 Serbia 🇪🇸 Spain 🇸🇪 Sweden 🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇹🇷 Turkey 🇺🇦 Ukraine
    North America 🇧🇸 Bahamas 🇬🇱 Greenland 🇨🇦 Canada 🇲🇽 Mexico 🇵🇦 Panama 🇺🇸 USA
    South America 🇦🇷 Argentina 🇧🇷 Brazil 🇻🇪 Venezuela
    Asia 🇦🇲 Armenia 🇧🇩 Bangladesh 🇨🇳 China 🇵🇭 Philippines 🇬🇪 Georgia 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 🇮🇳 India 🇮🇱 Israel 🇯🇵 Japan 🇰🇭 Cambodia 🇶🇦 Qatar 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan 🇲🇴 Macao 🇲🇳 Mongolia 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 🇸🇬 Singapore 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates 🇱🇰 Sri Lanka 🇹🇼 Taiwan 🇻🇳 Vietnam
    Africa 🇩🇿 Algeria 🇪🇬 Egypt 🇿🇦 South Africa 🇲🇦 Morocco 🇳🇬 Nigeria
    Oceania 🇦🇺 Australia 🇳🇿 New Zealand

    Private Internet Access offers the ability to connect to servers in 78 countries. In total, you can choose from 35,400 different servers. With such a variety, Private Internet Access ranks among the best VPNs on the market.

    However, the number of servers is not necessarily important when compared to the competition, as it mainly depends on the number of users using the service. The advantage, however, may be the lower likelihood of overloading a particular server.

    PIA has servers in almost all European countries. Most of the important countries in the world, such as China, the USA, Canada, and Australia, are also on offer. Of the larger countries, Russia is missing from the offer.

  7. Security at Private Internet Access: DNS protection, kill switch…

    • DNS leak protection :
      Yes
      DNS leak protection is offered by 95% of the reviewed VPNs.
    • Kill Switch:
      Yes
      Kill Switch is supported by 80% of the reviewed VPNs.
    • Tor:
      No
      Tor support is offered by 7 % of the reviewed VPNs.

    Private Internet Access offers security with a kill switch feature that immediately disconnects in the event of a VPN failure. This minimizes the risk of exposing user and user data.

    The Private Internet Access VPN also offers DNS protection with private servers and malware blocking.

    PIA supports WireGuard, OpenVPN TCP and OpenVPN UDP protocols, and encryption is performed using AES-256 or AES-128. Protocol and encryption settings can be selected in the settings.

    PIA Antivirus is available for an additional fee. For annual and three-year subscriptions, Private Internet Access offers Boxcryptor and email address leak checking as a bonus.

  8. VPN streaming on Private Internet Access: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon…

    • Amazon Prime:
      Yes
      Amazon Prime streaming is supported by 46 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Disney+:
      Yes
      Disney+ streaming is supported by 45 % of reviewed VPNs
    • HBO:
      Yes
      HBO streaming is supported by 48 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Hulu:
      Yes
      Hulu streaming is supported by 44 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Netflix:
      Yes
      Netflix streaming is supported by 61 % of reviewed VPNs
    • YouTube:
      Yes
      YouTube streaming is supported by 81 % of reviewed VPNs

    While testing Private Internet Access, we managed to unblock Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Hulu, BBC and Disney+.

    With PIA VPN, playback performance and stability vary depending on the proximity of the server you connect to. Although there may be a decrease in speed for servers located further away, the connection speed still maintains a minimum of 50 Mbps. During our testing of Full HD and 4K streaming, we were pleased to observe smooth video playback with no stuttering.

    The Private Internet Access offers unlimited data transfers, so it is suitable for streaming high quality video.

  9. Function Private Internet Access: Adblock, static IP address…

    • Blocks Ads:
      Yes
      Ad blocking is offered by 48 % of the VPNs reviewed.
    • Blocks Malware:
      Yes
      Malware blocking is offered by 45 % of the VPNs reviewed.
    • Blocks Trackers:
      Yes
      Trackers blocking is offered by 41 % of the VPNs reviewed.

    Private Internet Access offers most of the features commonly available in competing VPNs. For example, the Mace PIA feature that blocks ads and trackers is available. This feature increases security while ridding users of annoying ads.

    With PIA VPN, multi-hop connectivity is possible, connecting through two servers at once to enhance security and avoid VPN connection detection. PIA also has a unique email leak monitoring feature – if the app detects any data leak involving the user’s address, it promptly sends an alert and suggests a password change.

    As an added bonus, PIA provides a 1-year Boxcryptor subscription along with its 1-year and 3-year subscriptions. This service encrypts data before uploading it to the cloud, ensuring data security even on servers that don’t support encryption.

    For those seeking even more security, PIA offers the option to purchase a dedicated IP address for an additional fee. This service is currently only available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Germany.

  10. Computer load with Private Internet Access

    While using the application, we did not notice any significant slowdown of the computer, but the load level is higher than, for example, Surfshark.

    The Private Internet Access desktop application launches automatically upon system startup, which can result in slower boot times for some users. This feature can easily be disabled within the settings for running applications.

    Compared to other VPNs, the Private Internet Access desktop app requires a bit more from your device in terms of performance. When running in the background, it may place additional strain on your device. If you do not need the app during certain times and wish to reduce its impact, simply close it from the taskbar.

  11. VPN torrent and Private Internet Access

    • Torrenting servers:
      Yes
      Torrenting support is offered by 86 % of the reviewed VPNs.

    With Private Internet Access VPN, you can enjoy torrenting on all the servers offered by the provider. The use of the torrenting servers is without any restrictions.

    When using PIA VPN for torrenting, there is a very useful port forwarding feature. This allows the user to connect to a port on the local network. The port forwarding function thus allows, for example, to bypass the NAT firewall.

  12. Headquarters Private Internet Access

    • Country of origin: 🇺🇸 USA

    The VPN provider Private Internet Access is Private Internet Access Inc. whose parent company is the Israeli firm Kape Technologies. This company also owns CyberGhost VPN, ExpressVPN and Zenmate.

    The subsidiary Private Internet Access Inc. is based in USA, which holds and tracks user data. In the case of Private Internet Access, however, there is no risk involved as the data passes through encryption.

  13. Privacy and Private Internet Access: Log storage, security…

    • No-Logs Policy:
      Yes
      The No-Logs Policy is followed by 86% of reviewed VPNs.
    • Multi-Hop:
      Yes
      Multi-Hop connection is offered by 31 % of the VPNs reviewed.

    The Private Internet Access VPN claims on its website that it does not store any data about browsing history, IP addresses, data traffic, or connection time and time.

    The company supports this fact with records from court orders in which records were requested from the company. However, it is alleged that there has never been any transfer of data and records, as there is no storage.

    Private Internet Access offers the source code as open source. This means that anyone can verify that there are no tracking elements in the codes.

  14. Support at Private Internet Access: Chat, email…

    PIA support is available 24/7 through the PIA website. Technical support can be contacted via chat or by using the contact form on the website. The user can find solutions for common problems and answers to common questions in the support center.

  15. Frequently asked questions on Private Internet Access

    Is Private Internet Access secure?
    The Private Internet Access is a trusted service that offers a high level of security and a no-logging guarantee. The service offers a large number of features that support the security of VPN connections. These include features such as AdBlocker or anonymous torrenting.
    Can I use Private Internet Access on my mobile phone?
    Yes, the PIA app is available on both iOS and Android. In both cases, the app can secure your connection from a public network, preventing a potential attack on your private data. However, the desktop version offers the most features.
    Is the Private Internet Access service free?
    The Private Internet Access service is free for mobile devices only and for a limited period of 7 days. In the case of the desktop version, the service is not free. However, you can take advantage of a money-back guarantee valid for 30 days from the time of payment.
    Sells Private Internet Access data?
    The PIA service guarantees in its privacy policy that it does not pass on or sell any private user data. Data is also encrypted by the Private Internet Access service. Therefore, users’ private data and data should be safe.

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