Perfect Privacy is a VPN provider based in Switzerland and Panama. The VPN is aptly named because it offers a myriad of privacy and security options. If you don't have technical skills the app is easy-to-use and will keep your real location hidden with its default settings. However, this VPN does have come problems that raise concerns about the rest of its features. I can't help wondering: do they really work? And, overall, Perfect Privacy VPN seems too expensive compared to other, better services.
Choice of encryption methods including AES and Camellia
Availability of PPTP for manual set-up
Option to apply SSH tunnel
Squid and SOCKS5 web proxy
Browser anonymity option
Live server speed tests
Easy-to-use app for Windows, Mac OS X, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux
P2P allowed on most servers (apart from United States and France).
Speed and Performance
Speed tests were performed using testmy.net from the Dominican Republic. Test servers were in Miami in the United States and London in the UK. In each case, five test runs were performed to find the highest, lowest, and average connection speeds. I found that the VPN brought my average connection speed down from 30 Mbps to between 20 to 25 Mbps. The Miami server was slightly faster than the others, but the reduction in speeds was not terrible on any of the servers and would permit most people to stream without any troubles whatsoever.
I checked for IP leaks and DNS leaks. A couple of times my IP appeared to be in a different location to the one I selected (the Netherlands registered as Germany, and the UK registered as Germany). However, I did not suffer any IP leaks, DNS leaks, or WebRTC leaks that disclosed my real location. Thus, overall the VPN appears to have been successful, if not a little temperamental. My internet service provider does not use IPv6 addresses and so I was unable to test for IPv6 leaks.
Perfect Privacy is quite expensive. One month will set you back $15, a three-month subscription is $13.90 per month, six months is $12.75 per month, and one year costs $11.50 per month. By far the cheapest option is to commit for two years at $10 per month. However, that is still an extremely expensive price compared to just about every other VPN on the market. Personally, I don't believe the service justifies the cost - and I would recommend subscribing elsewhere.
The company allows subscribers to pay via PayPal, Bitcoin, With cash sent via the post, and via all major credit cards including Amex. A number of online gift cards such as Mint are also accepted.
Privacy and Security
Being based in either Switzerland or Panama is not considered bad for privacy, and the official base being Panama makes it very hard to serve the firm with a warrant. In addition, the VPN keeps no logs, which means it has nothing to hand over even if approached by the authorities.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this VPN is its large selection of security features. Perfect Privacy allows for double hop encryption (with up to four hops), and VPN into Tor. It also has a killswitch, DNS leak protection, and provides an SSH tunneling/split tunneling feature. A choice of proxies (squid or SOCKS5) are also available. Stunnel (VPN obfuscation) is available for getting around firewalls in locations such as Iran and China.
Users can select between OpenVPN UDP and TCP, or L2TP/IPsec. OpenVPN encryption is securely implemented with an AES 256 CBC cipher, GMAC SHA1 for data Authorization, and a robust Handshake (RSA-4096). Perfect Forward Secrecy is provided with DHE-4096. This makes Perfect Privacy outstanding for privacy implementations.
The VPN also allows people to select various extra encryption options such as changing the cipher from AES to Camellia. While AES is preferable for most people Camellia is often of interest to people located in China (because their systems find it harder to detect).
Perfect Privacy is a VPN that has paid a lot of care and attention to its clients. The rage of security features is impressive, and they all seem to work well. However, the cost of the VPN is astronomical even when you take this into consideration.
Considering the price, you do not get 24/7 live chat support. It also didn't unblock iPlayer or Netflix US - services I'd expect to access for this price. The choice of server locations is adequate, but it isn't mind-blowing either. And the server it advertises in China is a lie because it is actually in Hong Kong.
I was also disappointed to discover that it doesn't have custom apps for Mac, iOS, or Android - meaning that this is very much a Windows-centric service.
Finally, I'm left wondering why my IP address appeared to be in Germany when I selected the UK server (this might explain why I couldn't access iPlayer). If that is the case, it raises a lot of questions about the quality of all the other features. Unconvinced.