Perfect Privacy in brief:
- P2P allowed: Yes (except for U.S. and France
- Business location: Sweden, Panama, and
- Number of servers: 58
- Number of country locations: 25
- Cost: $120/year
- VPN protocol: OpenVPN (default)/IKEv2
- Data encryption: AES-256-CBC/AES-256-GCM
- Data authentication: SHA-512/SHA-512
- Handshake encryption: TLSv1.2 (first
Some VPNs are built for users who want information, and that's
what Perfect Privacy aims to deliver. We've seen VPN services that
offer even more information, but Perfect Privacy offers some key
bits of data right up front for every server location.
Features and services
After you sign in to Perfect Privacy you're confronted with a
long list of server locations by city—38 total in 25 countries.
Each server location lists the country, city, and available
bandwidth on each server by default. There's also a ping column you
can activate by clicking the Ping Servers button at the
bottom of the window. The magnifying glass next to each server will
show your connection log when connected to a particular server.
Perfect Privacy in Windows 10 with an active connection. Image: IDG
The available bandwidth indicator is particularly helpful. Many
other VPN services offer this feature, but it's usually displayed
as a percentage. Perfect Privacy, by comparison, shows you how many
megabits are free on each server. At this writing, for example,
921Mb were being used on the Chicago server, out of 1,000Mb; and
1,511 out of 2,000Mb were used on a server in Frankfurt.
To connect, you click the plug icon to the far right of the
server you want to connect to.
While Perfect Privacy is fairly straightforward, the interface
is very dated and utilitarian. The long list, the gray background,
the small text, and the large buttons at the bottom of the window
all add up to a very old-school Windows look. That might be fine
for those who just want to click a button and be done with it, but
this app could be a lot more modern looking and straightforward to
navigate. That said, once you get the hang of it, the app is pretty
simple to use.
Perfect Privacy's settings area offers many features you can
tweak. When you first sign in you have the option to use the
OpenVPN protocol or IKEv2/IPSec. By default, Perfect Privacy
chooses OpenVPN, and the settings area helpfully includes a short
explanation about the advantages and disadvantages of each
Perfect Privacy has some of the key options most VPNs offer
including the ability to start with Windows and auto-connect on
startup. Neither of these two options are selected by default,
which is a big plus in our book.
The company also has a feature called NeuroRouting, which uses machine learning based
on the TensorFlow library to figure out the best routing to get you
to your websites and services in a more secure manner. If, for
example, you want to see a website in England, NeuroRouting will
route your traffic to a UK server within the VPN's network before
hitting the open internet regardless of which country you're
officially connecting to. This feature could cause problems if
speed is your primary concern. NeuroRouting is off by default but
can be enabled in your account dashboard on the Perfect Privacy
Advanced users will want to look under Settings
Cascading and Stealth. Here you can enable the ability to
create a multi-hop connection using OpenVPN. You can start with an
American server, for example, and then hop to a British one.
Perfect Privacy allows up to four hops—i.e. four different servers
before you hit the open internet.
Perfect Privacy's settings window. Image: IDG
Perfect Privacy is expensive at US$120 (AU$169) for a year compared to
other services, many of which are available at half that. These
prices are on par with services like ExpressVPN and NordVPN. Unlike
most VPNs, however, Perfect Privacy has no hard limit on the number
of devices you can connect to the VPN at once, as long as the
devices are owned by you. It's also got solid speeds, the
aforementioned multi-hop, and good privacy protections.
Perfect Privacy supports apps for Windows, Android, and macOS.
There's no iOS app, but you can set up the VPN using your iPhone or
iPad's built-in manual VPN configuration.
In our tests, Perfect Privacy did very well. Overall, it
retained nearly 44 percent of the base speed using IKEv2/IPSec.
That's an outstanding score that puts Perfect Privacy among the top
five fastest VPNs we've tested. Speeds were quite good in all
locations, including servers in Asia and Australia. If you need
speed, use Perfect Privacy's IKEv2/IPSec servers and you should be
Privacy, anonymity, and
To sign up for Perfect Privacy you're required to provide a
username and an email address. That makes it pretty easy to remain
anonymous since there is no requirement for a real name. Perfect
Privacy accepts credit cards (via Paymentwall), PayPal, and Bitcoin
and BitcoinCash via Bitpay.
I asked the company for the names of its leadership, but my
request was denied. The company is officially registered in
Switzerland as Vectura Datamanagement LTD.
Perfect Privacy says it uses diskless RAM servers, which is
quite common for VPN services these days and almost becoming a
prerequisite for those concerned about privacy.
As for its privacy promises, Perfect Privacy says it doesn't log
any of your browsing data or your account's login activity. It
does, however, record the total load of the individual servers.
That's how you can see how much bandwidth is available on each
Perfect Privacy is a good service based on performance. It has
great speeds, good encryption, and is respectful of users' needs.
who exactly is at the helm it's hard to have complete trust. It's
also expensive. Gut with good speeds and multi-hop VPN, its prices
are competitive with the best VPNs for speed and features.
Editor's note: Because online services are
often iterative, gaining new features and performance improvements
over time, this review is subject to change in order to accurately
reflect the current state of the service. Any changes to text or
our final review verdict will be noted at the top of this