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Today we’re looking at ZenMate VPN.
Their service protects you from website trackers and analytics, as well as the dangers of connecting to public or unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots.
It also allows you to mask where your connection is coming from.
ZenMate VPN started as a free privacy extension and has come a long way, now offering a premium service.
At the top of the site ZenMate VPN site, they have their buttons for you to join their free premium trial service.
Then there ‘s the actual premium service down the page.
They say that their desktop client protects your computer’s connection.
Their support service is actually handled entirely by email which could be a bummer if you were hoping for a live chat.
They have a browser extension to protect your browser’s activity.
They have protection for your mobile devices as well.
Also, ZenMate VPN can be used to unblock certain websites that might be restricted in your area.
Their VPN is fast, easy and secure.
In their whole system, they are protecting millions of users.
With the buttons, either start the trial or buy the premium service right away.
The premium pricing page shows three are different plans.
The yearly plan allows you to save 44% compared to the rest.
They bill you $59.99 once per year.
The six-month plan saves you 17% and they bill you $44.99 every six months.
And finally they have their standard monthly plan for just $8.99 per month.
I signed up for the $8.99 plan.
Options to purchase include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, a couple others such as PayPal and Union pay.
I put my email address in with my MasterCard, and I was done signing up.
Then you download ZenMate VPN for all platforms, so I chose Chrome and Windows downloads.
Load the programs, login with the email you used to signup for ZenMate VPN.
It will say “Connecting.
You are secure.”
At first it my say “no internet detected,” but that might have just been me.
The statistics tells you how long you’ve been online, your download and upload traffic.
The bell is the Notification Center.
Then the “Change Location” button is really helpful, you can mask your connection to be from Russia or wherever you want.
Checking iplocation.net, test that it’s masking your IP location.
You will see it’s definitely not pulling your actual location in any form or fashion.
Then try and see if our DNS is leaking.
Go to dnsleaktest.com.
What this is – every time we go to a web site our computer makes a connection with a DNS server and it translates — let’s say if we are going to www.youtube.com, the DNS server would translate youtube.com/ to an IP address.
During this process, our computer can be giving up our location.
A good VPN service will also mask our DNS resolution.
So DNSLeakTest.com will check this for us.
We’ll see if there’s any loophole or any security breaches here revealing our connection.
So let’s do a standard test.
When I did this test, it looked like there was something coming out of the United States from Hurricane Electric.
That is not anything that relates to me technically, so it’s masked.
When I did an extended test, I saw a whole bunch of stuff from Finland.
For the most part I was masked, showing the Hurricane Electric thing.
It masks our location and we can see that through IPLocation.net.
Checkout the ZenMate VPN academy too.
They will help you learn about VPNs, what are malware proxy servers, about unblocking websites and Youtube.
Things that might be good to know — the dangers of public Wi-Fi.
There’s a router that they sell.
There’s also the browser support or plugin.
I am using the desktop VPN service.
I checked out my connection by playing videos on YouTube.
I tried a 1080p video.
I put it on fast-forward and it did fine, it caught up and the speed was fine, no problems at all.
ZenMate VPN was very easy to install and starting using.
Pricing is certainly competitive with other VPN services out there.
Our location was, in fact, masked and the DNS Leak Test website was showing that our true location was being masked.
P2P sin’t expressly disallowed or enoouraged so torrent lovers amongst you might want to check with their support about anything regarding torrenting and p2p.
Also ZenMate VPN unfortunately only has support through email, though responses were timely and courteous and it seemed to be fast and easy.
I did like the level of encryption that they provide as well wth their service.
I wasn’t sosure about them being based in Germany.
That leaves ZenMate VPN under some pretty shifty laws including the data retention directive.
Lastly, ZenMate VPN is unfortunately unavailable or is limited functionality in China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, so that’s something to think about if you live in those countries.
I’d probably stick to the free service in that case.