StrongVPN is a well known service that operates from the United States. The service is well known and widely used among expatriates, many Westerners in China use this service for example to watch content from their own country and to bypass China's strict censorship . This group also uses the service en masse to watch content from their own country. In addition, StrongVPN is known for its good customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. On the support desk there are capable people who can help you quickly and adequately with any problems you may encounter.
The service has more than 650 servers distributed in more than 20 countries. This is an impressive number. However; when you look at the map on the website of Strong VPN you immediately see that the global coverage is rather disappointing. In Africa you will not find a single server, in Australia only 1 location with servers and in South America only 2 locations with servers. The protocols are very limited by the way. You can only use OpenVPN and PPTP. IPSec IKEv2 L2TP and SSTP. OpenVPN is always a very good and secure choice. Also the fact that a shared ip address is used for VPN clients means that your privacy is well guaranteed with StronVPN.
StrongVPN has developed an application or program for the widely used devices and operating systems to make it as easy as possible to use. As one of the few StrongVPN has also created an app for the Windows Phone operating system. So a smartphone that runs on Windows can also be used to easily connect a VPN. We see the ease of use as an advantage in this review. Below you can see some screenshots of the StrongVPN software on the different devices and operating systems so you get an idea how you could use the service. If you would like to see a picture of a specific operating system or device we would like to hear it in the comments at the bottom of this page.
The StrongVPN app for the Iphone is easy to use. Below you can see an image that shows what the interface looks like. This way you can easily make a connection and use the server you like. Another handy option is that you can get support from Strong VPN employees in the app itself. This support can be enabled 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The application for the Android phone looks similar. It's just as easy to use and just like the Iphone app it scores high with us.
The computer software for Mac and Windows computers also works well together. You really notice that StrongVPN tries to offer a solution that is workable for everyone. Below you can see some screenshots of the software as it looks on your computer or laptop. The interface is very simple and shows few options. Still it is possible to use all the settings you would like to use from that one screenshot. Easily see if you are connected the choice for the server and the protocol you want to rummage are all available. Besides that you have, just like with the apps, the possibility to contact the support department of StrongVPN directly.
Automatic connection not possible
The StrongVPN software doesn't have the possibility to automatically connect when starting up your PC for example. However there is a Kill switch option which, when you lose the VPN connection, will block all internet traffic.
The privacy and security of StrongVPN
Speed of the servers
The speed of the StrongVPN is excellent in the Netherlands. Especially since there are enough servers in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe you will always get a good speed as far as we can see. However, we have also had a test carried out by someone in Africa and Asia. It should be noted that the speeds were a lot slower. This has to do with the fact that there are a lot less servers in those places geographically. There our testers lost up to 50 of the original speed.
Netflix with StrongVPN
As said, the service is mainly aimed at expatriates. There are many people who need a VPN from Asia and especially China. One of the reasons many expats use a VPN service is because they would like to enjoy the Netflix version from their home country. Another popular Netflix is the American Netflix because of the simple fact that it offers most video content. However, Netflix tries to block connections that enter VPN servers. There are only a few VPN services that can bypass these attempts by Netflix; these can be found on our Netflix VPN page. StrongVPN appears to be unable to bypass Netflix's VPN block. If you are looking for a VPN to be able to view Netflix you will need to take a closer look at another VPN service.