A VPN client based on OpenVPN with a PPTP service also on offer for mobile phone users.


Our rating: 

License: Free (Limited features)
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Pros & Cons:

Slim, cross-platform and secure.
Registration required, only one server in US for the free version. Free accounts are limited to 300 kbps.

Our Review:

proXPN is a VPN client based on OpenVPN; however, there is a PPTP service also on offer for mobile phone users. They currently have servers located in the USA and are looking to expand into Europe. Therefore, speeds vary depending on your location. Overall, speeds are generally very fast for most users. With it being a VPN client, it encrypts all of your Internet activities. They use a 512-bit level of encryption with 2,048-bit certificates for users to achieve high levels of anonymity.

Unfortunately, registration is mandatory in order to use the service. Of course, for the extremely paranoid folk among you, fake details may be provided, but a real e-mail address must be used in order to activate an account. Then again, this e-mail address could also be anonymous. Sorry if I confused anyone with that last sentence!

The GUI is very basic and user-friendly. Even so, it could use a little reworking, like removal of some tabs and integrating some controls into one window for starters. One problem I encountered is that proXPN appears to run on start-up by default for me and cannot be stopped easily. As far as I know, this problem occurs only in Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Use the comments section for assistance with this. It's available for a wide variety of operating systems, including Microsoft's modern operating systems, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Mobile, as well as a range of Apple based operating systems, such as Mac OS, iPhone and iPod Touch. It may work for older operating systems such as Windows 98 and 95, but they are not officially supported.

Here are some of my personal ratings and a few technical points regarding the program:

  • Speed Rating: Free accounts are limited to 100kbps.
  • Anonymity Rating: High
  • Usage Allowance: Unlimited
  • Logging Level: Minimal. They log connection time and date, your bandwidth usage and your registration details. Logs are kept for a roughly 2 weeks.
  • Server Location(s): USA
  • Operating System(s):
  • WOT Rating: Excellent.
  • 3.6MB of RAM usage when running (+3MB for OpenVPN).

proXPN was reviewed by on based on version 2.5.