Let us start our Buffered VPN review by noting that they are a relatively new provider in the VPN space. While living in Budapest in 2014, a group of international friends (a Hungarian, an American, and an Englishmen) decided to launch a VPN service to help everyday users recover their Internet privacy, improve their online security, liberate themselves from arbitrary geographic restraints, and overcome restrictive firewalls. Thus,was Buffered VPN born. Headquartered in Budapest, Hungary, they are not under the influence of the US or the UK, but rather under Hungarian and EU jurisdiction which havedata privacy laws for individuals.
Their service supports only the OpenVPN protocol because they believe it is the mostsecure and best VPN protocol. Therefore, they do not provide support for either the PPTPor L2TP/IPsec protocols.
Pricing and Special Offers
So what do you get when you subscribe to Buffered VPN? They have a network that consist of servers in 28 different countries spread throughout the world. You can use their service on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android platforms. They have custom client software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that will help you configure and use their service.Buffered VPN offers fast speeds, unlimited bandwidth usage, infinite server changes, and five simultaneous connections from anywhere in the world.
Buffered VPN Pricing Plans
Buffered VPN pricing structure is similar to many others in the industry. They offer three different packages of their VPN service. These packages are discounted based on the term of service and include one month, six months, and 12 months. Their prices start at 12.99for a month of service. You can get six months of their service for $59.54 or $9.99 per month of service. Finally, if you subscribe for a year of service, the price is just$99.00 or just $8.25 per month.
Buffered VPN offers two different ways to pay for your subscription. You can pay by creditcard using either VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. Credit card transactions are processedthrough Braintree, a Validated Level 1 PCI DSS Compliant Service Provider so you can besure your personal financial information is always secure. You can also pay using yourPayPal account with just your first and last name.
Risk Free Trial Period
Bufferered does not offer a free trial but they know you would like to try out their great service for yourself. Therefore they offer all new subscribers a 30-day money back guarantee. If for any reason, technical or otherwise, you are not completely satisfied with their service within the first 30 days from original payment, they will refund your subscription fee. There are some conditions placed on their guarantee. You can not have exceeded 100 sessions and/or 10GB of bandwidth usage during this period. We are not fans of conditions placed on money back guarantees, but Buffered VPN’s conditions are more reasonable than some. Still, be aware that such conditions do exist and must be factored in while testing their service.
The Buffered VPN Network
Buffered VPN’s service includes access to multiple high-speed servers in 28 differentcountries spread across the world. They have servers on most major continents exceptAfrica and South America. The countries they have servers in include the following:
- India, Israel; Korea; Republic of, Russian Federation; Singapore
- Austria; Belgium; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Iceland; Ireland; Italy;Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland;Ukraine; United Kingdom
- North America
- Canada; Mexico; United States
Although Buffered VPN has no servers in Africa, they do have servers in Spain, Italy, andIndia which are in close proximity. Similarly, they have no servers in South America but they do have servers nearby in Mexico. So, as you can see Buffered VPN high speed server scan be reached from about anywhere with Internet access. Their network uses shared IP addressing to help anonymize their users.
Their VPN service only supports connections that use the OpenVPN protocol. To make it easy for their users to configure and use their service, They provide clients for theirWindows, Mac OS X, and Linux users. Users of iOS and Android platforms will need to install OpenVPN for Android or OpenVPN Connect from their respective stores and download the OpenVPN configuration files from the dashboard of the Buffered VPN website.
Privacy and Security
We also store the amount of data being transmitted during the connection.
We do not as a matter of ordinary practice store private information about individual useractivities on our network, such as emails, chats, VOIP calls, websites visited, etc
. We store information about the duration of the connection but never information aboutwhat the user does during the connection.
We store and process this data generally for 30 days computed from the last use of ourservices or from the termination of this agreement. Due to taxation laws, we are compelledto store your name and address longer.
We store and process these data for the purposes of the present agreement and do not passyour data on to third parties except to our own data processors, for technical reasons. Wedo not intentionally disclose any private electronic communication or personal customerinformation unless required by Hungarian law.
By using our site, you consent to such processing and you confirm that all data providedby you is accurate and not misleading.As you can see from the above disclosure, they do keep some meta information about totalusage and connection duration for a period of about 30 days. This allows them to carry outdaily operations for the service and provide their users an optimal experience while usingit.
When it comes to securing your data and online privacy, Buffered VPN has you covered. Theysay they only support the OpenVPN protocol on their service because it is more secure thaneither PPTP or L2TP/IPsec. It is also a very versatile protocol which now has support formost types of devices. Their service supports OpenVPN on the Windows, Mac OS X, Linux,iOS, and Android platforms. It can also be run on DD-WRT and Tomato routers. This way, allof your traffic on all of your devices connected to your VPN enabled router will beencrypted and protected by the VPN service.
Buffered VPN uses Blowfish CBC 128-bit to encrypt all of your data while connected to their service. Data authentication is through HMAC SHA1 160 bit. The initial handshake and subsequent transfer of cipher between the server and the client is through TLSv1/SSLv3DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA, 2048-it RSA. This means all of your Internet transactions are encrypted and secured against prying eyes now and in the future while using the BufferedVPN service.
- We complete our Buffered VPN review with some hands on testing of their new beta client software to see how easy it is to set up and use, as well as, test its overall performance. I would like to start by saying that Buffered did well in our speed test.Buffered VPN has custom client software for both Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. They have also just released new betas for Windows and Mac OS X. They provide step-by-step guides for configuring their service with the OpenVPN protocol for iOS and Android devices. They also have guides to configure DD-WRT and Tomato routers for OpenVPN to use their service.
Connecting from Windows
Now let us take a look at the new custom beta client for Windows that will let you connect to any server in the Buffered VPN network using the OpenVPN protocol. We were given special access to review this new beta. Once you have downloaded the Windows client setupfile from their website, then you will need to run it to start the installation procedure.The installation starts with the welcome screen shown below left. Clicking next on the screen will bring up the EULA which you must accept then click next. You will see a few more setup and configuration screens then installation of the client will begin. Once the installation has completed you will see a screen like that shown on the right below. When you click finish on this screen the Windows client will launch.
Buffered Windows Client Install
You will then see the login screen which is shown below left. Enter in your login credentials (username and password) and click on the green login button. This will bringup the main Buffered VPN connection screen (below right) where you can select the country that you want to connect to. The countries in the server list are in alphabetical order.If you can not log in for some reason, you can click on the need help link on the bottom right of the login screen which will bring up a need help window like that shown in the center image below. This window has two links to help you with login issues. For general issues select the support page link. If you forgot your password, click on how to recover it. This is a nice feature to help those with login problems. You can also register for an account from the login screen if you do not yet have one.
Buffered VPN Login
Another nice feature that the Buffered VPN client has is that it lets you select your favorite countries to connect to and moves them to the top of the list so you can easily see them. The image below left shows four countries selected as favorites: Great Britain,Mexico, Singapore, and the US east coast. Simply right click on the grey star beside thec ountry in the server list you want to make a favorite and it will immediately be moved to the favorites list. This is illustrated in the center and right images below. Allf avorites appear with yellow stars beside them.