Astrill is a professional fast and secure VPN provider that offers a service to protect your privacy on-line and make you anonymous while surfing on the net. Their VPN service offers all of the major protocols and more than most of their competition. This includes PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, and SSTP. The addition of the Astrill StealthVPN also means you get around tough restrictions, including the great firewall in China. Astrill VPN encrypts all of your internet activity, not even the communist party will know what sites you have visited. Astrill now supports over 50 countries with 150+ servers and is a big player among personal VPN services. Their low prices, robust service plan, and excellent software, in combination with 24/7 support, makes them one of the premium VPN solutions on the market.
Astrill provides a free VPN software application with all accounts that is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. They also have all the manual installation instructions for you on their website in case you want to download and install the certificates yourself on other internet enabled devices. The Astrill VPN app has a lightweight install and offers core features like country selection and upload/download speed measures. Apps for iOS and Android are free and available in Apple App and Google Play stores.
The addons to service plans at Astrill also provide some added benefits to customers. In fact, Astrill offers some unique addons not typically found at many other service providers that can make them quite attractive for certain users. Addons at Astril include: NAT Firewall, Home Plan, StealthVPN, RouterPro, VPN Sharing, Private IP, and CryptoPlus. Each of them offers a great to customize the premium VPN service. NAT Firewall and Private IP are fairly typical and found at many VPN service providers. The Home Plan is an excellent addon to secure your home network (up to 5 devices) with Astrill VPN. For only $5 additional, Home Plan is one of the best value offers we’ve seen in personal VPNs. StealthVPN and RouterPro are Astrills solution to beating tough regional restrictions, like the kind found in China. These two addons combat deep packet inspection (DPI) and provide an extra layer of security for users who need it most. VPN Sharing addon can share the Astrill VPN connection from the Astrill application itself, allowing you to join up to 254 other devices.
The CryptoPlus addon for OpenVPN is an excellent addition with enhanced encryption options. Astrill VPN with CryptoPlus is one of the most secure VPN connections on the market with up to 512bit Blowfish and CAST. The expanded and enhanced security from CryptoPlus includes: BlowFish 256-512-bit, CAST 128-512 bit, Camellia 128-256 bit. For those who are unfamiliar, CAST is used in PGP software and Camellia is a Japanese and European encryption standard. Kudos to Astrill for raising the bar on security with CryptoPlus and the enhanced encryption options!
Astrill does offer a free trial, which is very nice for customers to try their service before buying. Astrill is a growing service (they were in beta stages in the beginning of 2010), and we’ve been impressed with their improvements over the fast few years. We hope to be bringing back some customized discounts at Astrill for our readers very soon! As one of the few VPN service providers who allows multiple simultaneous connections on one account (2 standard, 5 with Home Plan), Astrill offers great value for customers looking to share the VPN.
Astrill VPN plan pricing is on par with the competition, and in some cases, less expensive than other premium VPN providers. Their 3 month plan, although a longer term, provides a serious monthly discount. Since it includes all servers, all countries, all protocols, 2 connections, and unlimited VPN – it’s a great deal. Including one or more of addons only raises the price $1-$5, depending on addon selected. Of particular note is a 3 month service plan combined with their $5 Home Plan addon. For $15/mo or $45 for 3 months, customers can secure all their home devices behind Astrill VPN.
Blocked Countries: Astrill does not allow signups from the following countries: Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Benin, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Iran.
June 2011 Update: Astrill has made a few changes to their plans and software since our review. They have updated their plans and removed the 1 month plan option. Their shortest term plan, and cheapest personal plan available is now 3 months. They have 3/6/12 month options now available. We have also lined up a special 25% discount for VPNandUsenetReviews.com visitors! Please see our news bulletin for the complete information on their updates and the deal announcement for information on the special discount! Screenshots of the Astril v2.2 application can be found here: Astrill v2.2 Screenshots
July 2011 Update: Astrill deal is EXPIRED. Astrill has removed all discounts from review websites. Not sure why, and when you consider that review websites are where people go for unbiased information…well…In any case, the 25% off deal is EXPIRED. We’ve taken down the deal and removed our advertisement banner. Sorry!
March 2014 Update: Astrill VPN has expanded in a big way over the past few years. The number of servers, countries offered, performance of the VPN, and the VPN software have all improved. Not to mention the addition of free apps for mobile devices on iOS and Android. As one of the few companies including SSTP in their VPN plans, Astrill offers extremely competitive pricing. The available addons to VPN service plans offer an exciting way to customize their VPN service. Our favorites are the Home Plan, for up to 5 devices on one account, and CryptoPlus, for enhanced encryption options. For only a few additional dollars per month, one account can secure all your devices and include market leading encryption options!
|Cost per 1 Month||n/a|
|Cost per 3 Months||$29.95|
|Cost per 6 Months||$39.95|
|Cost per Year||$69.95|
|Minimum Term||3 months|
|Low Plan Term||3 Month|
|Low Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN & SSTP|
|Low Plan IP||Shared|
|Low Plan Cost||$29.95|
|Medium Plan Term||6 Months|
|Medium Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN & SSTP|
|Medium Plan IP||Shared|
|Medium Plan Cost||$39.95|
|High Plan Term||12 Months|
|High Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN & SSTP|
|High Plan IP||Shared|
|High Plan Cost||$69.95|
|Protocol L2TP IPSec|
|Requires Software||OpenVPN only|
|File Share P2P|