Perfect Privacy in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Sweden, Panama, and Latvia
  • Number of servers: 54
  • Number of country locations: 23
  • Cost: €119.99 (about $138 at this writing)
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256-CBC
  • Data authentication: SHA-512
  • Handshake encryption: TLSv1.2 (first option)

Some VPNs are built for users who want information, and that’s what Perfect Privacy aims to deliver. We’ve seen VPN services that offer even more information, but Perfect Privacy offers some key bits of data right up front for every server location.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Features and services

After you sign in to Perfect Privacy you’re confronted with a long list of server locations—37 total in 23 countries. Each server location lists the country, city, and available bandwidth on each server by default. There’s also a ping column that you can activate by clicking the Ping Servers button at the bottom of the window.

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Perfect Privacy’s default view.

The available bandwidth indicator is particularly helpful. Many other VPN services offer this feature, but it’s usually displayed as a percentage. Perfect Privacy, by comparison, shows you how many megabits are free on each server. At this writing, for example, 967Mb were free on the Miami server out of 1,000Mb and 1,650 out of 2,000Mb were free on a server in Luxembourg.

To connect, you click the plug icon for your server of choice on the far right of the window.

While Perfect Privacy is fairly straightforward, the interface is very dated and utilitarian. The long list, the gray background, the small text, and the large buttons at the bottom of the window all add up to a very old look. That may be fine for those who just want to click a button and get rid of the VPN window, but this app could be a lot easier to use.

Perfect Privacy’s settings area offers a bunch of features you can tweak. When you first sign in you have the option to use the OpenVPN protocol or IPSEC. By default, Perfect Privacy chooses OpenVPN, and helpfully it includes a short explanation about who should use which protocol.

Perfect Privacy has some of the key options most VPNs offer including the ability to start Windows and autoconnect on startup. Helpfully, these two options are not selected by default, which is a big plus in our book.

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