AirVPN review: Good speeds and full of stats

AirVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Italy
  • Number of servers: 240
  • Number of country locations: 21
  • Cost: $58 (billed annually)
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Control channel: TLS-DHE-RSA-WITH-AES-256-GCM-SHA384

In the past few years, we’ve covered most of the well-known VPN services, with the exception of AirVPN. A popular choice among privacy advocates, AirVPN was founded by “a very small group of activists, hacktivists, hackers in 2010.” While it doesn’t quite rise to the level of privacy and anonymity we’ve seen from other services, AirVPN is a very good service.

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

Software, services, and features


The AirVPN Overview tab with an active connection.

AirVPN’s desktop software is called Eddie, which is not as user-friendly as programs from the likes of NordVPN, TunnelBear, or ExpressVPN.

Eddie’s left rail features six menu items: Overview, Servers, Countries, Speed, Stats, and Logs. The only ones that will concern most users are the first three. The Overview section is where you log in to the app and disconnect from the VPN network.

Before we get to the Servers tabs we’ll hop over to Countries. This menu item lists all 21 country options that AirVPN offers. It also offers some fantastic stats polled from the OpenVPN servers including the number of servers in each country, the current load of all servers in that country, and the number of users connected to each country location. To the right of this are three icons: a green checkmark, red “X”, and a blank box.

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AirVPN’s country list.

Highlight a country location, click the green checkmark, and only that country’s servers will show up in the Servers tab. You can select several countries if you like in order to favorite the countries you use most.

Now we’ll hop over to Servers where again we see a bunch of key stats including the city location of each server, its latency expressed in milliseconds, the current server load, and the number of users on each server. Then on the right you’ve got the same icons as the Countries tab does, with the addition of a refresh button at the bottom, and the connect button at the top (that right-pointing arrow and bracket).

The best feature about AirVPN has to be the level of transparency about the current conditions of its network. This information is a big advantage for power users looking to find the best possible server in a given country.

We don’t usually go into too much detail about a service’s website, but there are a few interesting points about AirVPN’s site. The first is its Status page where you can see some interesting information about the network such as the current geographical distribution of users, the top user speeds, top session times, as well as any pending issues. This page also lists information about each and every AirVPN server in its network.

Source: PCWorld Reviews, Author: Ian Paul

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