The basics of PureVPN
We’ve covered just about anything that needed to be known regarding the company along with their past, their accomplishments and the private data leak incident, now it’s time to talk about their popular service: PureVPN.
Firstly, as its name clearly lets you know, it’s a VPN service provider. As you may probably know, VPN services allow you to anonymize your online identity by routing all your traffic and online activity through a server that they own and control. Therefore, your identity becomes that of the server that you’re connected to.
Now let’s get a little bit technical. Like any other respectable VPN provider, PureVPN provides its users with support for several protocols in their applications. These protocols consist of the popular OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, and PPTP.
A while ago, PureVPN started to provide its users with additional solutions in order to enhance their online security. These tools were antivirus/anti-malware components, APP/URL content filtering as well as IDS/IPS protection. Trust Pilot rated them well for these features and their user interface but cut back on their rating for issues regarding slow speeds.
The extra features that are bundled within the app include but are not limited to DNS leak protection (critical importance), an Internet Kill Switch that was also mentioned above, split tunneling, IPv6 leak protection, and multiple VPN gateways. It is also worth mentioning that they provide you with unlimited bandwidth and UDP/TCP access, thus increasing the convenience of using such a service.
Retrieving PureVPN to your device
It might feel a bit confusing to download the PureVPN application on your device, since on the homepage there’s no direct link to the setup package, and you have to do a bit of digging before you can successfully identify their location. But that’s why we’re here, so you can follow our quick instructions.
First, you have to purchase a subscription plan, then navigate to their homepage and scroll down to the bottom of their page. On the bottom-left side of the page you will see a list of VPN links listed under the “Products” category. Assuming you’re using a Windows computer, you can move on by clicking the “Windows VPN” hyperlink, which will bring you to a download page.
On the newly opened page, click the “Download VPN” button, which will bring you to yet another page, where you can click the large, green button that suggestively says “Download PureVPN APP” or use the “CLICK HERE FOR OTHER DEVICES” hyperlink to access a list of supported devices and download the app for your favorite device from there.
Note that some operating systems such as Mac or Linux also have a dropdown menu where you can customize your OS choice by either changing the distribution type, the architecture or the version.
Also, if you look at the left side of the window while you’re on the download page, you’ll be able to access a wider section of devices such as routers, gaming consoles, Smart TVs, TV Boxes and miscellaneous devices.
Creating an account and using the dashboard
After you create an account and log into it on the PureVPN website, you won’t be taken directly to your dashboard, but to a section where you can select your PureVPN username and see the current plan and add-ons that are associated with it.
However, clicking the green button in the top-right corner of the screen and hitting the “MY ACCOUNT” button takes you to the dashboard, where you can perform a lot of account-related operations. Some of them include managing your account details and upgrades, view invoices, refer a friend, see the server location list, perform port forwarding, opening a support ticket and, of course, download the apps to the device of your choice.
The “Downloads” section has four different categories, namely “Apps,” “Extensions,” “TV Apps” and “Other Devices” that you can quickly navigate to, depending on your current needs. Some of the devices that are listed there don’t come with native app support, so instead of that, you’ll have to settle with helpful guides on how to configure the service on the said devices.