Updated 8 Sep 2016

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Strong VPN

Snapshot: Strong VPN can be used on Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS devices and 2 devices can connect simultaneously on this subscription.

Strong VPN
Consumer score
SCORE
Price

$13.87

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Test results

Overall score
77
Ease of use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Privacy & functionality
?/10

Good points

  • Performed excellently.
  • Easy to use.
  • Good functionality and privacy.
  • Easy to setup account.
  • Very easy to install and setup Windows client.
  • Easy to use Windows client user interface.
  • Very good customer support.
  • 2 devices can connect simultaneously on this subscription.
  • Can be used on Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS devices.

But

  • Moderate discrepancy in speeds.
  • Only has servers in 21 countries.
  • Failed DNS leak test using the default protocol.

How we test

Overall score

  • Ease of use - 40%
  • Performance - 30%
  • Privacy - 30%

Ease of use

We test how easy each service is to install on a Windows system and how easy it is to use. We look at whether it can be configured to run automatically on start-up; set to connect automatically when the program is launched; a speed check to detect the fastest server to connect to; and if it automatically selects the best server available.

Performance

Performance accounts for the discrepancy in download speed when using the VPN. The lower the discrepancy, the faster the connection. All tested VPNs had some discrepancy. A discrepancy of less than 5% results in an almost unnoticeable reduction in speed, but more than 25% results in sluggish speeds.

Privacy and functionality

The privacy score is based on how many features the VPN has for protecting your identity and activity. We look at features such as user data logging, data encryption, and protection against deep packet inspection as well as disconnection protection and DNS (Domain Name System) leaks.

Key data

Model

Price
$13.87
Billing period for price
Monthly
Free / trial version
n/a

Specifications

Discrepancy in speed using VPN (%)
-9
DNS leak test
Pass, but fails with the default protocol
DNS leak protection option
×
Default DNS setting
na
Unlimited data usage
Default VPN protocol
SSTP
Supported VPN protocols
OpenVPN, PPTP and SSTP
Number of countries
21

Features

Connection logging
None
Auto server selection
×
Auto reconnect
×
Kill switch
×
Built-in anti-malware protection
×
Simultaneous connections supported
2
Windows
OS X
Linux
Android
iOS