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AtlasVPN review

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Our Verdict

AtlasVPN is an excellent VPN, ticking most industry boxes. Other than some logging and very basic apps, there’s plenty to like - it has decent download speeds, low prices, a free tier with no bandwidth limitations, support for P2P, and geo-limited content unblocking capabilities.

For

  • Unblocks Netflix, BBC iPlayer
  • Solid download speeds
  • Exceptionally affordable
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Supports torrenting
  • Free version with unlimited bandwidth

Against

  • Smallish server network
  • Fewer configuration features than many
  • Some privacy concerns
  • Very limited help on the website
  • Exceptionally basic apps
  • Free app has 5-minute timeouts before connecting

A trademark of Peakstar Technologies Inc., AtlasVPN is VPN platform available under three very affordable premium plans, or for free with a few limitations.

Price

This VPN product is available to purchase under the 1-month subscription at the price of $9.99/month, but you can also get large discounts if you opt for a longer subscription, such as the 1-year option at $2.49/month or the 3-year commitment at only $1.39/month.

There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you aren't totally content with your purchase, but you’ll need to troubleshoot with the provider first.

However, you don’t need to rely on this refund policy to test the service out. There’s also a solid free tier that provides access to a handful of servers.

The provider doesn’t limit the number of simultaneous VPN connections you can establish, but it is somewhat limited in accepted payment methods. Namely, payments can only be made via credit/debit cards or Google Pay.

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Alternatives

While not quite on par with industry-leading services, AtlasVPN does have certain advantages. For instance, it supports unlimited simultaneous connections, while ExpressVPN and Hotspot Shield support only 5, NordVPN 6, and CyberGhost 7. It is also cheaper than all of the above.

However, it doesn’t have thousands of servers, its apps are very basic, and it could have a larger platform coverage.

Streaming

Being able to ensure its users have access to geo-restricted streaming content that isn’t available at all locations is a feature that AtlasVPN prides itself on. Not only can its premium version unblock localized libraries from the famous Netflix and BBC iPlayer, but it also provides access to HBO, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and more.

About the company

AtlasVPN is a trademark of Peakstar Technologies Inc., a company with headquarters in the United States. The vendor provides access to over 500 VPN servers in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Singapore, the United States, and others.

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Privacy and encryption

To safeguard all of your private data, AtlasVPN uses leading encryption standard AES-256, together with IPSec/IKEv2 transfer protocol (no other protocols are offered). For an additional layer of security, you can turn on the kill switch option, which will shut down your internet access if the VPN connection suddenly drops, keeping your browsing data safe. However, this option is off by default, so you’ll need to watch out for that.

On mobile devices, these traditional security mechanisms are complemented by the SafeBrowse feature that prevents you from opening malicious websites and apps that may be infected with malware. 

Even though it is registered in the US, this provider supports the safe and private sharing of large files via P2P and torrenting clients.

AtlasVPN’s Privacy Policy describes in detail its no-logs policy, which guarantees it will not collect your real IP address, nor will it store “any data that identifies what you browse, view, or do online via that VPN connection”. This, it adds, also means that it has no data to share with any law enforcement and government agencies requesting information about your online activities when using the VPN.

Some information may be collected, however, and include application usage data (app events like starting a trial or changing the settings) and basic device data that includes device type, model, brand name, OS version, device ID, language, time zone, and location on the city level, which might be more data than some users would feel comfortable with. The provider also says it may use “advertising IDs to measure performance of our campaigns”.

There’s also no way of knowing if this is the only information being logged as there’s yet to be any sort of an independent audit and the company doesn’t have much of a track record so we could assess its honesty.

Support

AtlasVPN has simple apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. A Chrome browser extension is also in the works.

At the time of writing, the iOS app (proxy) has been rated by 1.6K users, who gave it 4.9 stars (out of 5). Its Android app (also proxy) has been rated by 21,269 people with 4.6 stars (out of 5) and has been downloaded by over a million users so far.

If you need help with anything concerning this VPN platform, you can check out the provider’s FAQ section on the website and blog with a collection of useful articles on the industry. Where the website fails  - and it might because the FAQ section is rather basic - customer support is there to step in, with web form, email, Facebook page, Twitter profile, as well as on YouTube, Discord, and Instagram. We tested the email approach by sending a query and received a response in just over half an hour.

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Speed and experience

We used the Windows app for testing this provider’s download speeds and were pleasantly surprised. Not only was the app entirely intuitive and easy to navigate, with quick server switching, but we got some pretty amazing speeds as well. That said, it’s one of the most basic apps we’ve witnessed and we got no notification to let us know we connected (besides the interface change). Also, after connecting several times via the free version, we encountered 5-minute timeouts before it would allow us to connect again.

Specifically, on a 67Mbps testing connection and from our location in Southeast Europe, the app delivered an outstanding 48.11Mps when we connected to a VPN server in The Netherlands. As for a more distant location, New York, we were served up 13.42Mbps, which is still very good.

Verdict

Although it could have a larger server network and many more features that the industry giants such as ExpressVPN have, AtlasVPN is nevertheless a worthy VPN contender.

Its download speeds are high and prices low, it unblocks Netflix and BBC iPlayer, allows torrenting, and supports unlimited simultaneous connections. 

That said, keep in mind that it does collect certain logs and there still hasn’t been an audit to see if there’s anything else we should be concerned about.