VPNtunnel.SE is a Swedish provider of primarily OpenVPN service. The biggest distinction VPNTunnel.SE has over the competition is that it keeps absolutely no logs. This means you are completely anonymous when using VPNTunnel.SE. Although VPN service is some of the best protection money can buy, VPN service providers are sometimes forced, or elect, to keep logs of their customers connections. VPNTunnel.SE, by privilege of operating in Sweden, and also by virtue of their business strategy – do not log any of their customer connections. This means there is absolutely nothing to turn over, if it were ever requested by law enforcement, or your internet service provider. Suffice to say, VPNTunnel.SE gets extremely high marks when it comes to protection!
VPNTunnel.SE advertises this extreme level of privacy all over their website, and users have never reported a breach of this trust. Although, technically, there may be legal issues for customers using the VPNTunnel.SE in countries that require logging, such as the United States, it is unlikely VPNTunnel.SE would have anything to turn over anyway. For this reason, VPNTunnel.SE is often listed in hacking group forums and websites as a “popular” paid VPN service. One such group is the very popular but loosely knit “Anonymous”. They often list VPNTunnel.SE near the top. Just goes to show that VPN service really is in everyone’s best interest – especially if “Anon” have already identified it and are actively using the service!
Although VPNTunnel.SE receives high marks for protection, they only offer the OpenVPN protocol currently. This is a more secure VPN protocol, but a number of their users have been waiting for iPhone/iPad/Android support in the form of PPTP protocol. As of this writing PPTP is not available, though it is clearly in the works and the VPNTunnel.SE blog indicates it will out by “the end of June (2011)”. For tech savvy customers, you can try OpenVPN for mobile devices and use the VPNTunnel.SE certificates. It is worth mentioning that VPNTunnel.SE utilizes 2048bit encryption with OpenVPN – which is the highest level of encryption available to date on OpenVPN. Most other services utilize a minimum 128bit, and range all the way up to the maximum of 2048bit.
The software VPNTunnel.SE provides customers is called “Connector” and offers the basics as far VPN service features are concerned: a dashboard, country selection, random server selection, and connection guard. This software is required, especially if you intend on using the VPN service features it provides. The dashboard is fairly self explanatory; it accepts and stores your user/password information. The country selection and server selection do exactly what they indicate by providing a list of available servers and the ability to randomly connect to any server in the list. Connection guard is a nice feature, that when configured, will force an application (i.e. firefox.exe), to utilize the VPN connection. This means that selected application can’t expose your real ip address if you unexpectedly get disconnected from the VPN server. Connection guard basically helps to terminate the internet connection for the selected application if an unexpected disconnection to the VPNTunnel.SE server occurs. Connector only works for Windows, while “TunnelBlick” supports Mac. A standard OpenVPN software install with the VPNTunnel.SE certificates provides support to customers on Linux.
Most of the VPNTunnel.SE servers are located in Sweden in a datacenter with a capacity of 10 Gbps. Recently VPNTunnel.SE expanded their services and are now offering additional servers in the US, Germany, Netherlands, and Denmark. P2P is allowed on all servers, and in general the speeds reported are acceptable for downloading. However, the VPNTunnel.SE blog does indicate some downtime and connection issues for some of the newer servers, especially the US based servers. Our editors are still in the process of testing their own accounts, and we will update this review once the verdicts come in from each editor. It’s worth noting that we are cautiously optimistic given the popularity of VPNTunnel.SE.
One final note: plan pricing, although listed in Euro’s, is quite competitive across the board. Especially when you consider the level of protection provided. Their short term plan is very competitively priced, and as term lengths increase a nice discount is offered. VPNTunnel.SE does not offer a free trial.
Logging Policy: VPNTunnel.se prides itself on keeping no logs. Their policy states, “we apply a no logging policy on all swedish servers, and a 30 day logging policy on the other servers.”
August 2011 Update: We have completed an In Depth VPN Review and Full Speed Test of VPNTunnel.SE! The VPN review includes a look at their customer web control panel, openvpn software, and speed test results from their servers. Finally, we have some hard data on how their network is performing! Head on over to our News Bulletin to check it out.
March 2014 Update: VPNTunnel.SE has dropped the “.SE” moniker, but they continue along as a solid VPN service provider with fast and cheap service. Offering OpenVPN and PPTP VPN services, VPNTunnel support Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems with ease. Current prices are $7/mo (5 Euro) for the OpenVPN package and about $10/mo (7 Euro) for the OpenVPN and PPTP package. The VPNTunnel software has completed a number of improvements including a shiny new interface. Although technically still “beta” its come a long way since inception. Head on over to their forums to get the download link. Note to Windows 8 users, you probably want to stick with the free open source OpenVPN software client, rather than the VPNTunnel software app.
|Cost per 1 Month||€5.00 / €7.00|
|Cost per 3 Months||€14.00|
|Cost per 6 Months||€27.00|
|Cost per Year||€49.00|
|Low Plan Term||1 Month|
|Low Plan Protocol||OpenVPN|
|Low Plan IP||Shared|
|Low Plan Cost||€5.00|
|Medium Plan Term||3 Months|
|Medium Plan Protocol||OpenVPN|
|Medium Plan IP||Shared|
|Medium Plan Cost||€14.00|
|High Plan Term||12 Months|
|High Plan Protocol||OpenVPN|
|High Plan IP||Shared|
|High Plan Cost||€49.00|
|Protocol L2TP IPSec|
|File Share P2P|