VPN Unlimited in brief:
- Number of country locations:
- Cost: US$60 / AU$80 (annual)
- VPN protocol:
- Data encryption:
- Data authentication:
- Handshake: MODP-2048/Noise
Protocol (IK Pattern)
KeepSolid's VPN Unlimited hasn't changed much since we last
looked at it (though it does have WireGuard now), but what's
changed is everything around it. KeepSolid still wants to sell VPN
Unlimited as one part of a larger service, but those accompanying
bits are much more focused on security now, with add-on options
such as a password manager, DNS firewall, and a Smart DNS service
for bypassing geographic restrictions on set-top boxes and other
VPN Unlimited for
Windows 10. Image: IDG
Features and services
VPN Unlimited offers two types of apps: a traditional desktop
app and a Windows Store app. Between the two, I'm partial to the
Windows Store app. It's easier to navigate, and it looks better.
When you first open the Windows 10 app you're greeted with a world
map showing your location as well as the potential connection
points for the VPN. The map isn't interactive, but purely
informational, showing your home IP address and the IP address
you're connecting to, with an arc drawn between the two points.
To select a server, you can either hit the Servers menu
option in the left rail, or click on the current-location tile at
the bottom of the main screen. VPN Unlimited offers 58 country
options, as well as several streaming-specific servers for BBC
iPlayer, Disney+, Netflix U.S., HBO Now, Hulu, and Sony
One thing I miss that the app no longer displays is the workload
of the current server. Instead, it now displays a set of reception
bars similar to what's on your cell phone to give you an idea of
how usable each server is from your location. The traditional
desktop app also does this now. It's fine, but I did prefer the old
VPN Unlimited allows torrents on specific servers that are
marked as such in the list. The server section also has tabs for
favorites, and all the streaming options.
VPN Unlimited also now lets you choose your own protocol. By
default it'll choose whatever works, but if you'd like to specify,
the VPN supports WireGuard, IKEv2, OpenVPN, and the company's own
That's about it for features. The rest of the app's menu options
are for renewing your subscription, getting add-on purchases such
as a DNS firewall, a password manager, and Smart DNS, and managing
your account. The settings section is also pretty light in the
Windows 10 app, with the option to use the light or dark mode, and
an option to run the app on startup. There's no internet kill
switch in the Windows 10 version, but if you need that, it's in the
traditional desktop app.
VPN Unlimited is priced at US$60 / AU$80 a year for five devices, US$140/ AU$199 for
a lifetime subscription (at this writing), or US$10 / AU$12 per month on a
month-to-month plan. KeepSolid also offers the aforementioned
extras (Passwarden, DNS Firewall, and SmartDNS) for an extra US$1.66
VPN Unlimited's speeds dropped quite a bit since the last time
we tested it. In our tests, we got just 19.81 percent of the base
speed across five locations over multiple testing days. That's
quite a drop from the 35 percent we saw last time. Scores were
brought down by lower performance in Australia and Japan, as well
as some inconsistent speeds in the U.S. and Germany.
Overall, the speeds were usable for streaming and other
Privacy, anonymity, and
online activity including browsing history, connection times,
metadata, downloads, server usage, or data content. It also doesn't
store IP addresses.
Still, the company does collect some information from VPN users,
the company said, including your device ID, operating system and
its version, number of connected devices (to keep your account
within its limits), and your email address.
KeepSolid accepts payments via Bitpay, credit card, Google Pay,
PayPal, and Paymentwall. The company CEO is Vasiliy Ivanov, and the
company's official business address is in New York City, though
most of its team and leadership are based in the Ukraine.
VPN Unlimited offers usable speeds, and the app is easy to use.
I'd still like to see that map become interactive, but that's not a
anonymity it would probably be better if the company didn't collect
your device type or require you to log in with an email address.
But account sign-in is pretty much the standard for VPNs.
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