Private Internet Access has one of the cheapest VPN subscriptions available — you can sign up for as little as $2.19/month. With such a low price, I wondered whether PIA could really stand out against its higher-priced competitors. It’s been around for 10+ years, so it could be one of the best-value VPNs out there.
I decided to find out just how good it is by looking into the company’s logging policy, security features, and testing out its speeds. In addition, I performed in-depth tests on its ability to unblock streaming platforms, its torrenting performance, and every other aspect of the VPN to see where it ranks among other top VPNs.
Overall, Private Internet Access is a secure choice and great value for the money. With its streaming abilities, strong torrenting performance, and customizable security options, it’s impressive that you can get a subscription for so little.
The fact that it comes with a trustworthy 30-day money-back guarantee shows that PIA really stands behind its product. With that said, even though it’s one of the cheapest, I wouldn’t call it the best. There are still a couple of VPNs out there that it falls short of in certain areas.
- Good for unblocking streaming sites. I was able to access 17 different Netflix libraries (including the US), Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, BBC iPlayer, and more. Read the complete results of my streaming tests here.
- Great speeds on nearby servers. I had no problems gaming and streaming in Ultra HD on local servers, but speeds were slower at long distances. Find out how much the VPN will slow your connection here.
- Tons of servers to choose from. It has one of the largest server networks of any VPN, but several servers are virtual locations. Check out how reliable the network was during my tests.
- Good security with many customizable settings. PIA passed all of my leak tests, and it also has variable encryption levels, split tunneling, and a kill switch. Here are the full results of my security tests.
- Solid choice for torrenting. I was able to download files at fast speeds on any server. Read ahead to see how its port forwarding option increases speeds.
- Great apps for every major OS. You’ll get full-featured apps on every OS that are super easy to use. Read ahead to see why its Linux app stands out.
- 30-day money-back guarantee. I ordered a subscription for $2.19/month and with its refund policy, I got all of my money back in 1 day. Read about how easy it is to have your refund processed here.
- Customer support is hit-or-miss. When I could access the 24/7 live chat, it worked great. However, there were many times when it wasn’t available, or I never received a response. Find out how well support answered my questions here.
Private Internet Access Features — Updated in March 2023
Streaming — Unblocks 25+ Top Streaming Platforms Including US Netflix and Disney+
Private Internet Access is good at unblocking streaming platforms. I was able to unblock US Netflix and libraries from 16 other countries. HBO Max and ESPN+ were a bit tougher, but I managed to access them with some simple troubleshooting. The only platforms I tested that didn’t work were Sky Go and DAZN. Plus, its fast speeds let me stream in 4K.
I tested 25+ servers and accessed the following platforms:
Unblocked: Netflix (US, UK, Japan, and 14 Other Libraries)
There were significantly longer load times and lag when I used long-distance servers
In addition to the US library, I was able to unblock Netflix regions in the following countries:
I didn’t need to use the streaming-optimized servers to unblock Netflix libraries. There are special Netflix servers in the US, Japan, the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Italy. They’re supposed to work better for streaming, but I didn’t notice any difference.
Many times, normal servers outperformed them. For example, the Tokyo Streaming Optimized server didn’t work to unblock Netflix, but the regular Tokyo server unblocked it on the first try.
I only had to wait around 3 seconds for each episode to load
The picture quality was great, and I didn’t experience lag or buffering with the US East Streaming Optimized server.
I watched Difficult People without any interruptions once I accessed it
Once I switched to a streaming server, the video played back great with zero interruptions or choppiness.
Unblocked: Amazon Prime Video
I watched 2 episodes of Crash Course without any load times
The only other Amazon Prime library I could access was the UK region. Unfortunately, I couldn’t unblock other large libraries (like Prime Video Japan). When I tried both its streaming-optimized server and its regular Tokyo server, the VPN was detected.
Unblocked: HBO Max
I had the most seamless streams using the OpenVPN protocol
However, I got it to work with the US West Streaming Optimized server. I could watch 3 episodes of Euphoria and only had to wait around 5 seconds between episodes for loading.
Unblocked: BBC iPlayer
I didn’t experience any lag, even while I was casting from my phone
Once I had access, the videos played back well, and I only had to wait around 6 seconds for each episode to load.
I didn’t experience any loading times with ITV
I also tried to access it on the London and Manchester servers, but these didn’t work.
I had quite a bit more lagging when watching ESPN+
Also Unblocks: Kodi, Crunchyroll, Peacock and more
Private Internet Access also works with Kodi and Popcorn Time. Kodi is a free app that makes it easier to stream media on all your devices. However, it can also be used to access platforms that have illegal content. My team and I don’t condone any illegal activity, so I recommend you only watch copyright-free content on these channels.
Popcorn Time is a popular Kodi add-on that offers P2P streaming. I used it to watch the public domain movie Night of the Living Dead. It took a few minutes to load since there weren’t many seeders, but it played back perfectly once it was loaded.
I also unblocked Peacock, Paramount+, Crunchyroll, and several other platforms. It even works well with Twitch. After I hopped on the Vegas server, I was able to jump into a livestream of the music producer Decap without any loading times.
Blocked by: Sky Go and DAZN
The representative didn’t give me any troubleshooting tips for streaming either
The support agent didn’t provide me with any extra information or tips. Whenever I asked about streaming, the agents sent me to a page that lists the platforms it unblocks. However, this list is incomplete because I was able to access many more sites. Eventually, I just had to test servers and platforms on my own.
While I was impressed with how many platforms PIA could access, other VPNs are more reliable for unblocking streaming platforms. For instance, I didn’t have to hunt as hard for servers with ExpressVPN. Plus, it never caused my streams to lag, even on faraway servers.
Speeds — Great on Nearby Servers, but Speeds Drop at Long Distances
Private Internet Access is really fast on local servers, but long-distance servers can slow your speeds more. I performed all of my tests on a Windows laptop. The app was set to the OpenVPN UDP protocol with 128-bit encryption because it gave me the best speeds compared to other protocols (while still keeping my connection safe).
PIA’s Auto-connect feature selects the fastest server available for you. I was impressed with how well this worked. When I tried it the first time, I was connected to the Southampton, UK server. This surprised me because there are other server locations closer to me (Manchester and London). However, when I tested out the closer servers, Southampton was definitely the fastest.
Overall, I was really impressed with PIA’s speeds. On local servers, I had an average drop of 10%. It’s normal for a VPN to drop your speeds by around 10–20%, so this was a great result.
On long-distance locations, I had a 49% decrease from my normal connection speeds. I still had average download speeds of 37.22 Mbps, so I didn’t notice a big difference while streaming or browsing. However, if you have a slower base internet speed (say 25 Mbps), a 49% drop would be more noticeable.
The speeds dropped more on long-distance servers, but it was always still fast enough for HD streaming
I could connect to local and long-distance servers quickly. The average time it took to connect to a local server was 3 seconds, and the distant servers were just a little bit slower at around 5 seconds.
I also tested video conferencing with Private Internet Access, and it worked well. The video and sound on Zoom only had a slight delay, which is about the same as my normal experience.
Local Test Results
I could consistently stream in UltraHD on local servers with PIA
Below are my speed stats with no VPN.
No VPN connection (Glasgow, UK):
With the VPN connected, my ping rate only increased by 4 ms, which is great. My download speed only decreased by 6%, so I couldn’t feel any difference when streaming or browsing.
On my next test, I tried the France server, which is around 1,000 km from me. My ping rate was still quite low, and the upload speed barely changed, but my download speed decreased by almost 20%
The next local server I tested was in Stockholm, 2,663 km away. The download speed was even higher than with the Paris server, which is over 1,500 km closer to me. There was only a 7% drop from my original speed. The ping rate was quite a bit higher at 52 ms, but this is still low enough for lag-free gaming.
Overall, my local tests show that Private Internet Access can achieve really good speeds with servers close to you. I recommend using the Auto-connect feature to ensure you get the best speeds every time.
PIA’s speeds didn’t drop significantly until the server was over 6,000 km away, but speeds were a little more inconsistent on the long-distance servers. The Seattle server, which is 7,157 km from me, only dropped by 9%. The ping rate was much higher, though, so it’s not suitable for gaming.
The next server I tested was in Atlanta, 6,396 km away. This is where my speed took a bit of a dip. My download rate was 33% slower than my test without a VPN. For comparison, my speeds only dropped by 5% using ExpressVPN’s Atlanta server. So, this was a little disappointing.
The Tokyo server is 9,244 km from me, but my speeds were much slower. This was the first server where I noticed a big difference. There was an 85% drop, and I experienced quite a bit of lag, as well as longer loading times when streaming.
Despite being 16,932 km away from me, the Melbourne server gave me slightly better speeds than the Tokyo one. It still wasn’t fast enough for Ultra HD streaming, but I could stream on Netflix without too many interruptions.
On long-distance servers, Private Internet Access loses a lot of speed and shows quite a few inconsistencies. Because of that, there are other VPNs I recommend to get fast speeds even when servers are far away.
Are PIA’s Speeds Fast Enough for Gaming? Yes, but Not on Long-Distance Servers
Nearby servers let you play online games with ease, but long-distance locations make gaming impossible. I played Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire on the France server, where the ping was only 33 ms.
Without the VPN, I only waited around 10 seconds for the game to load, whereas with a VPN, it took about one minute to connect. Still, I was able to play without any issues once the game loaded.
The OpenVPN protocol gave me the best speeds for uninterrupted gaming
I then tried using servers in Atlanta and Seattle. I waited 5 minutes for the game to load, but it wouldn’t even start up. So, gaming is only possible on local servers with PIA.
Server Network — One of the Largest Server Lists of Any VPN
PIA has a huge server list with great global coverage, so you’ll be able to access content from around the world.
But although PIA offers an impressive 29,650 servers, it’s important to note that it only has servers in 84 countries. There are VPNs out there with fewer servers, but a lot more server locations. For example, CyberGhost has 9,030 servers in 91 countries, while ExpressVPN offers 3,000 servers in 94 countries.
Like both ExpressVPN and CyberGhost, though, its network runs on RAM-only servers, which is great for added privacy. Rather than use hard drives, which store information and need to be manually wiped, RAM servers automatically clear all data whenever they’re rebooted (essentially with the flick of a switch).
With 53 servers in North America, PIA is one of the best VPNs to access US content. However, there’s still strong worldwide coverage. PIA’s server coverage is:
Having so many servers improves speeds because it prevents overcrowding, which can slow you down. It also makes it harder for streaming services to flag IPs they notice being used by multiple people. Plus, it makes it easier to find a server close to you, which will give you the best speeds.
PIA also has an option to sign up for a Dedicated IP. This will give you an IP address that only you can use. It helps prevent constant CAPTCHA checks and getting flagged on safe sites. It costs $5 extra per month, and PIA only offers IPs in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. It’s not a bad price (CyberGhost offers it for the same), but it’s too bad it’s not available in more locations.
Does PIA Use Virtual Locations? Yes
Private Internet Access has virtual servers in 80 locations. There are 145 locations total, so virtual locations make up over 50% of its server network. That’s not a problem for me since I don’t mind using these servers. However, there are VPNs that don’t use any if this concerns you.
You can also disable virtual servers in the app settings. All you have to do is go to “Show Geo-located Regions” in the app settings and toggle it off.
One negative of having virtual locations is that it might lower your speeds. Since the server is actually in another country, it might be farther away from you than it appears, which means your data will have to travel farther.
On the positive side, having virtual locations allows PIA to offer locations in countries where it can be unsafe to have physical servers. It used to have physical servers in Brazil and Russia but removed them over privacy concerns. You can still use locations in these countries, but it’s now done through virtual servers.
The other icons next to the servers are latency and favorites
Private Internet Access also owns all of its servers, so you don’t have to worry about a third party handling your data. PIA’s customer support confirmed this. Most VPNs use outside companies to handle at least a few of their servers, and some VPNs only use rented servers. It also gives you the option to use DNS servers owned by the company. All the work put into these servers is impressive and shows that Private Internet Access is dedicated to protecting your data.
Security — Good, With Several Customization Options
Private Internet Access has some strong, adjustable security options. It offers multiple encryption levels and protocols that can be mixed and matched. PIA also has split tunneling and a kill switch. The packet size can also be adjusted between large and small, but I usually set it to auto. This only matters when you have unreliable connections, and I never had any connection issues with PIA’s servers.
On top of that, I consider Private Internet Access safe since all of its apps are open-source. This means that third parties can access, test, and update it regularly to ensure it’s as secure as possible. I also like its Whitehat Security Alert program. This is a bug bounty system, which means it pays people who can find bugs in Private Internet Access. This can be submitted by anyone through its Vulnerability Disclosure forms. So even more people are helping to keep the apps working smoothly. Lastly, PIA passed all of my leak tests
I recommend using 256-bit encryption since it didn't affect my speeds
In addition, you can no longer change the handshake settings or choose between a few data authentication options. Private Internet Access removed this customization option to fix compatibility issues and make the VPN more stable. While these were nice options for advanced users, I don’t see it as a problem. Now, the VPN defaults to the most secure settings (GCM ciphers and the RSA-4096 certificate), so you’ll still get top-notch security. The same level is used for both protocols. It also offers 4 remote ports for both TCP (8443, 853, 443, 80) and UDP (8080, 853, 123, 53) or you can enter a local port in the PIA client.
Leak Test Results — Passed
No one was able to see my real IP while I was connected to PIA
The only IPs that showed up were the ones I was connected to on the VPN.
Open Source Apps
All of PIA’s apps are open source, which makes them safer because anyone can check them for security vulnerabilities. Making these applications open source shows that Private Internet Access is transparent with its customers and anyone concerned with internet security.
Reliable Kill Switch
The Advanced Kill Switch blocks all traffic until the VPN is connected.
This feature is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS devices.
Split Tunneling to Reroute Traffic
You can keep access to your local news while you watch a Netflix library from another country.
It’s available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and you can exempt apps (not websites) on Android devices. In the Android app, you can find the split tunneling feature under “Per App Settings.” It’s not currently available for iOS devices.
Protocols — 3 Good Options
You can use OpenVPN and WireGuard on every app; these are strong protocols, but other VPNs offer more. Protocols are a set of rules your VPN follows that tell it how to encrypt your traffic. OpenVPN is the safest because it’s open source, so it’s constantly checked for vulnerabilities.
WireGuard can sometimes be faster, but OpenVPN beat it in my speed tests. In addition to WireGuard and OpenVPN, the iOS app has access to IPsec (IKEv2). This is an older protocol that can be faster, but I don’t recommend it because it’s less secure.
MACE Ad Blocker — Only Blocks Some Ads
It also can't block YouTube ads
It also doesn’t give you the ability to whitelist (exempt sites or apps). Plus, I was disappointed that it can’t block ads on YouTube videos, so I’d recommend using a separate ad blocker.
InBrowser — Fast Incognito Browsing for Mobile Devices
iOS users can't access extensions or InBrowser, but they have an ad-blocker for Safari
It doubled the speeds on my phone (from 22.81 Mbps with Chrome to 46.49 Mbps with InBrowser). I was surprised with how fast it was. Incognito browsers are usually a little faster because they don’t run as many extensions. However, the incognito browser on Chrome is only 17 percent faster on average for me (while InBrowser was 102 percent faster). InBrowser is a nice addition, but you should use it with the VPN. It will only protect your browser and not fully encrypt the device like the VPN will.
PIA also has a feature that shows you if your email address has been exposed in a data breach. You can access this through the Client Support Panel, under the tab “Identity Guard.” It will regularly search for your email address, and you can set up email alerts to notify you if it’s ever compromised.
Private DNS Servers
Private Internet Access also runs its own private DNS servers. This means that it can handle your DNS requests instead of your ISP, which is more secure. ISPs do store and could share your DNS queries, and since they can tie them back to your IP address, this gives them a way to track you. You can also set the Windows client to use any custom DNS you want, but I recommend using PIA’s.
Privacy — A Proven No-Logs Policy, but It’s Located in the US
Does Private Internet Access Keep Logs? No
Private Internet Access doesn’t store any information that can be used to identify you. It only retains your email address, payment details, state and zip code (for tax purposes), and anonymized data used to improve the service. For maximum security, you can even create a new email address and pay with cryptocurrency. On top of that, it states that it will never rent or sell any customer’s information.
It only collects enough data to maintain accounts and comply with tax regulations
In June 2022, PIA’s no-logs policy was independently audited by Big Four auditing firm Deloitte. It found that PIA’s server configurations are in line with its internal privacy policies, don’t store logs, and cannot identify users or track their activities. This means there is no record of your online activity on PIA’s servers.
Plus, its network architecture is designed to prevent data retention. PIA’s service runs on RAM-only servers. These servers use RAM modules rather than traditional hard disks and restart themselves regularly. All user data is lost when the servers are rebooted, so you can be confident that your data can’t be shared since it’s never stored.
Ownership and Company History
Kape Technologies owns Private Internet Access. Kape used to be called Crossrider and worked in mobile ads and browser extension development. In 2018, it received backlash when its software was used by hackers to bundle adware into some of its downloads.
However, since the name change, the company no longer works in advertising and now focuses on VPNs. Kape also owns CyberGhost and ExpressVPN, 2 other trustworthy VPNs. Plus, I ran tests on the app, and it was completely free of malware.
Based in the US
Private Internet Access operates out of the United States, which isn’t the most privacy-friendly country. The US was one of the founding members of the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance. This is a pact between governments where they promise to share information on people they’re suspicious of.
However, Private Internet Access has a strong no-logs policy that has been audited and proven many times. It has operated for over a decade without ever storing or sharing any identifiable information on its users, so I trust them with my data.
Torrenting — Download on Any Server with Fast Speeds
I downloaded a 700 Mb file in less than 10 minutes
You can find it under the Network section of the settings
There is also the option to use a SOCKS5 proxy, but I don’t recommend it. The way proxies work with PIA is as a double-hop, meaning it sends your connection to the proxy before moving it through the VPN tunnel. This slows down your speeds by quite a bit (91 percent for me). Even if you could connect directly to the proxy, it’s not a good idea because it wouldn’t encrypt your traffic.
You can torrent on any server with unlimited bandwidth. This is nice because many VPNs only let you torrent on a select few locations. I was able to download with BitTorrent, Deluge, uTorrent, and Transmission and the MACE ad blocker worked well to block ads on these programs, too. Overall, it’s a solid option I’d recommend if you plan to torrent often.
My team and I do not condone any illegal activities. Most countries let you share copyright-free files with P2P services, but I recommend reading your country’s laws before you torrent.
Does Private Internet Access Work in China? Yes
The customer support agent said it will work in China, but an alternate setup may be required
Installation & Apps
Ease of Use
You can use the app the same way you would with any other version
Device Compatibility — Good Apps for Every Major OS
Native apps are available for every major operating system, and they’re all full-featured.
Windows: This app has all of the features Private Internet Access offers. It can be downloaded for Windows 8.1 or 10 in 32 or 64-bit versions.
Android: Android users won’t get the MACE ad blocker if they buy it through the Play Store (due to Google’s rules on apps interfering with other apps). However, downloading an APK file of the app from Private Internet Access directly gives you a version with MACE. The Android app can also access InBrowser. In addition, it lets you auto-connect with your chosen apps. The Android app is available for version 5.1+.
This lets you see the parameters you care about without having to expand the app
Mac: It is nearly identical to the Windows app, except split tunneling takes a few more steps. The Mac app requires 64-bits and is available for High Sierra 10.13+.
iOS: There is no MACE, but the iOS app has InBrowser and Safari Content Blocker. This is an ad blocker which can block some ads, but not everything. You can also connect to the IPsec (IKEv2) protocol. Plus, Siri can be programmed to connect and disconnect. Lastly, Network Management Tools let you auto-connect on specific Wi-Fi or mobile networks.
Linux: This is one of the only VPNs to feature a full GUI for Linux. It works just like the Windows version and comes with all the same features. The only thing it’s missing is the built-in resolver for DNS. It’s compatible with Ubuntu 18.04+ (LTS), Mint, Debian, Fedora, and Arch.
Browser Extensions: Windows and Mac users can download browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Each extension has identical features. The server list is limited, but they offer several unique security options that aren’t available in the VPN app. You can block WebRTC IP detection and disable access to your microphone, camera, or location. These are a nice addition, but they won’t offer full encryption, so I recommend using them along with the VPN.
Routers: It can be downloaded on TP-Link, DD-WRT, Tomato, Pfsense, LEDE, OpenWRT, Merlin, AsusWRT, and OpenVPN-compatible routers to connect any device on your network. Preinstalled routers can also be purchased from the website. With the VPN on your router, you can easily connect devices without native apps like Roku or Apple TV.
Other devices: SmartDNS is the easiest way to change locations on any WiFi-enabled device. This feature lets you choose from 5 locations to access geo-blocked content on a PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV, or your smartTV. However, keep in mind this doesn’t encrypt your connection, so it’s not as safe as using the VPN. There’s also a native app for Fire TV Stick, which can unblock several streaming platforms including Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.
Simultaneous Device Connections — Connect up to 10 Devices
Setup & Installation — Straightforward and Fast
Private Internet Access has 3 plans: 1 month, 6-month, and 2-year. The 2-year plan is $2.19/month and comes with PIA’s Anti-Virus and Boxcryptor. Boxcryptor gives you the ability to encrypt your cloud data on services like Google Drive, iCloud, and Dropbox.
You can often get a couple of extra months for free with the 2-year plan. The 1-month plan is more than 3 times the cost of the 2-year plan, and it doesn’t come with Boxcryptor or the Anti-Virus software. So, it’s really not a great value, especially if you’re interested in a long-term subscription.
Overall, I recommend the 2-year plan. It’s one of the cheaper subscriptions you can get for that length of time. Private Internet Access accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, Union Pay, Amazon Pay, and several other payment methods. This includes BitPay which lets you purchase with tons of different cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or Dogecoin. It even lets you pay with 3rd-party gift cards for more anonymity. You can also subscribe through Google Pay or iTunes if you buy it through an app store.
PIA also offers a 7-day free trial of its iOS and Android apps. However, I found that the desktop app lets you get the most out of PIA. For this reason, I recommend using its money-back guarantee to test the VPN.
Each subscription plan comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, too. However, keep in mind that PIA can’t refund certain payments directly. For example, there’s no guarantee you’ll get your money back if you purchase through an app store or with a gift card.
If you're not satisfied, you can ask for a refund in the live chat
I tested out its refund policy to make sure it’s trustworthy and to see if it would be any hassle. I contacted support over its 24/7 live chat and asked for my money back after using the monthly plan for 3 weeks. The live support agent asked one troubleshooting question before processing my refund. I was impressed that all the money was back in my PayPal account in 1 day. The guarantee is legit, so you can rely on PIA to get your money back if you’re not satisfied. However, be aware that if you use Apple Pay, your refund will have to be processed by Apple.
Reliability & Support
The support staff in the chat are friendly and helpful
When I used the ticketing system, it usually took a couple of hours to receive a response. I found that this method was the most reliable for getting in touch with support.
PIA also has a Twitter account dedicated to customer support. I sent them a message with a streaming query. However, it took over 3 days to get a response. On the plus side, there is a huge knowledge base with over 100 FAQs on the website and a blog that’s updated frequently (several times a week).
The Bottom Line
Final Verdict: Great Price for Customizable Security on Any Device
Private Internet Access provides strong security with several customization options. Plus, its large server network is great for torrenting since every location allows P2P downloads. I was even able to download twice as fast with its port forwarding option. On top of that, it has full-featured versions for every major OS, including one of the best Linux apps around.
There are a few flaws. The customer support is hit-or-miss. On top of that, it has inconsistent speeds on local servers, and it’s really slow on long-distance ones.
Overall, I recommend Private Internet Access if you want to torrent on a wide variety of devices safely, and at a great price.
FAQs on Private Internet Access
Does Private Internet Access work with Netflix?
Yes, I unblocked US Netflix and libraries in 16 other countries. I was able to load up Ultra HD videos and play them back buffer-free, too. It was also able to unblock Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, BBC iPlayer, and more.
Is Private Internet Access safe?
Yes, its military-grade encryption and proven no-logs policy make it a very safe VPN. It lets you use a 128-bit or a 256-bit encryption key — a code the world’s top supercomputers would take hundreds of years to crack. Plus, it’s responsible with your data; the company was asked in court to give up data on one of its customers, and it had nothing to share because it operates under a strict no-logs policy.
Where is Private Internet Access based?
It’s based in the United States. This isn’t the most privacy-friendly country since it was a founding member of the 14 Eyes Alliance. However, the VPN has a strict no-logs policy. Its transparency reports show that every time it’s been ordered to hand over data to the government, it simply can’t because it has nothing to share.
Does Private Internet Access work for torrenting?
Yes, Private Internet Access is an excellent VPN for torrenting. You can access P2P downloads on any of its servers, and it always gave me great speeds. However, my team and I don’t condone any illegal downloads. I recommend you always torrent responsibly because downloading copyrighted materials is against the law and can get you into serious trouble.
Is Private Internet Access any good?
Yes, Private Internet Access is a great VPN if you’re looking to stream and torrent on a wide variety of devices. You’ll get a full-featured app on every major OS, including a version for Linux with a full GUI. It has an extensive server network that can unblock US Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and more. Plus, it offers military-grade encryption that will keep your data safe and has a proven no-logs policy.
Can I get PIA for free?
PIA doesn’t offer a free plan, but you can get a 7-day free trial for its iOS and Android apps. However, this doesn’t give you access to all the features PIA offers. For example, you can’t use the MACE ad-blocking feature on either mobile app.
Instead, I recommend using the money-back guarantee that comes with desktop apps. This lets you test it out for 30 days and decide whether it’s for you. Plus, getting a full refund was easy. All I had to do was contact its 24/7 support and answer a couple of troubleshooting questions, and the money was back in my PayPal account in 1 day.