SaferVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Netherlands server only
  • Business location: Tel Aviv, IL
  • Number of servers: 700
  • Number of country locations: 34
  • Monthly cost: $65.88 billed annually, or $78.96 for two years
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default with OpenVPN as fallback)
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA-256
  • Handshake encryption: 2048-bit

Editor’s Note: This review was updated November 29, 2018 to reflect changes to infrastructure, improved speed scores, and a new overall review score.

A relative newcomer to the world of VPNs, SaferVPN got its start in 2013 with 150 servers in 24 countries. Over the past four years, the server count is now around 700 and its country list is 34.

SaferVPN is a solid choice in terms of performance, but it doesn’t quite rise to the gold standard that the extra privacy-conscious services offer. Still, the company’s current privacy policy is an improvement.

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

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The Safer VPN interface with its various options revealed.

SaferVPN has a very simple interface. The service’s desktop program for Windows features a single panel with a non-interactive map of the world with current status information when connected, such as your PC’s current public IP address and time connected.

If you click on the map marker to the right of the Connect button, a second panel shows up on the left with a list of SaferVPN’s possible connections. The list includes 41 options including two U.S. connections, and U.S. and UK streaming servers. In the past the U.S. streaming server hasn’t worked well to get around Netflix’s regional restrictions; at this writing, however, it was working. The UK server also worked with Netflix in my tests, if you’d like to experience the catalog available to folks on the other side of the pond.
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SaferVPN’s settings view.

For those who want to get a few extra features, click the “hamburger” menu icon in the upper right-hand corner and select Settings. From there, you can select a specific VPN protocol such as OpenVPN or IKEv2.  If you don’t choose your own protocol, SaferVPN opts for IKEv2 first and then falls back to OpenVPN if that fails.

SaferVPN’s settings also include the ability to auto-connect whenever you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, as well as a “safe list” of Wi-Fi networks where you don’t want to use a VPN. There’s also a kill switch to stop internet traffic when the VPN connection goes down.