KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Review
Browsing around the Internet for the best digital security services, we came across KeepSolid, a company that boasts several different VPNs, password managers, and apps to make our lives easier in general. In this review, we’re testing out KeepSolid VPN Unlimited specifically to see if it’s up to our privacy and security standards. We don’t skimp on the details here at Security.org, so if you want to do a deep dive on KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, you’re in the right place.
What We Liked
We woke up on the right side of the bed today, so with no further interruptions, here’s what we liked the most about KeepSolid VPN Unlimited.
Kill Switch (Sometimes)
Kill switches are essential features to a VPN, basically back-ups plans that would shut down our web browsers in case the VPN itself failed. Well, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has kill switches, but only on Android eight or higher, Windows, macOS or iOS devices. That means that for users connecting to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited on Linux devices, Windows phones or through their browser extensions for Firefox, Opera and Chrome, your web activity will stay up if the VPN fails. Depending on how important privacy is to you and what devices or browsers you use, this could be a dealbreaker.
FYI: The Linux and Windows Phones KeepSolid VPN Unlimited apps do not include kill switches, so if the VPN fails, your web browsers will stay open.
In the same vein, we could torrent TV shows and movies from our Android, Windows, Linux, macOS and iOS devices, but only from the following servers:
- California One, United States
- Ontario, Canada
- Paris, France
For us, being based in Brooklyn, New York, connecting to the California server wasn’t quite fast enough to torrent files in a timely manner, and that’ll be the same for most people. If you’re not near these servers and are looking for the best VPN for torrenting, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited ain’t it.
Tip: Distance to the server can greatly affect your browsing speed, so make sure to look up KeepSolid VPN Unlimited’s complete server list before purchasing.
Do you use an Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, Windows Phone, or Apple TV? In that case, you’ll be able to stream from Netflix while connected to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited; the same goes for U.S Netflix with the browser extensions. This covers all of the devices compatible with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, a thankful change from the kill switch and torrenting.
Note: No VPN can guarantee access to Netflix, as Netflix is constantly updating its algorithms to block IP addresses from VPNs. However, some VPNs are better than others, such as the best VPNs for Netflix.
Now let’s dive into the meat of the review: encryption. In a nutshell, encryption is how KeepSolid VPN Unlimited keeps our devices’ private IP addresses along with our web activity a secret, by hiding this data using an inscrutable code. And KeepSolid VPN Unlimited takes encryption seriously, with AES-256 encryption, the standard for the VPN industry, not to mention the U.S military and government. In other words, nothing’s getting past this tunnel!
Dynamic IP Addresses (Plus Dedicated Available)
Imagine if, to avoid someone, you took the same route to work every day. Wouldn’t it be better to switch it up through back alleys, drive-throughs and the occasional roundabout? The same goes for IP addresses. When it comes to VPNs, we prefer to get a new IP address each time we connect, which makes it really hard for hackers to follow us around online. Fortunately, that was the case with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited; their IP addresses were dynamic, although we could’ve paid to get an IP address for us only, satisfying everyone.
Fast Speeds on Mac
When we tested out KeepSolid VPN Unlimited on our Macbook Pro, we found that the upload speed, download speed and latency differences were pretty minimal, 53 percent, 84 percent and 43 percent, to be specific. Learn more about how we test VPNs in our VPN guide.
No Limits on Server Switches
Whether we’re traveling internationally or if we just want to watch Netflix on another country’s server to unlock new movies and TV shows, switching servers is really important to us, and with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, we could do so as much as we pleased. Thanks for not treading on us, KeepSolid!
10 Devices Per Subscription
All in all, we could connect up to 10 devices per subscription, which should be more than enough for most individuals. However, if we wanted to add more, we could add one, five, or 10 additional devices for $0.99 to $5 a month extra. Learn more in our KeepSolid VPN Unlimited pricing page.
We’re staunch iPhone users, along with 52 percent of smartphone users in the U.S as of May 2020,1 but we didn’t want to discount Android-users, which make up 47 percent of the smartphone operating systems in the country. Fortunately, whatever camp you may find yourself in, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has a user-friendly app. While their Android app is rated 4.3, their iOS app is at a 4.6, even better. We had no issues connecting to their service on our iPhones, and you shouldn’t, either.
Although KeepSolid VPN Unlimited doesn’t offer a free trial, from the day we purchased their VPN, we had 30 days to cancel and get our money back. Now, over a third of consumers don’t realize that these types of subscriptions recur automatically,2 so if you don’t want to pay a dime, make sure to mark your calendar.
We’re not made of money, and testing out all of the best VPNs adds up! That was why we were glad to see that KeepSolid’s pricing is reasonable, especially if you sign up for three years. They also have the rare Lifetime subscription, and while $199.99 for five devices may seem like a lot, once you depreciate the cost over literally a lifetime, it’s a total steal.
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What Wasn’t Great
Believe us, it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies when it came to testing out KeepSolid VPN Unlimited. Here are our biggest negative takeaways.
Five Eyes Member
- Company name
- Username (hashed)
- Password (hashed)
- IP address
- Browser type
- Operating system type
- Device type
- Time zone
- Total amount of web traffic in GB
- Session dates
- Payment history
- Connection type
While the IP address, connection, browser, and operating system type are deleted after our sessions ended, we would strongly prefer if KeepSolid VPN Unlimited didn’t log them at all.
No Split Tunneling
Want to be on a public network and KeepSolid VPN Unlimited’s private server at the same time? Impossible, as the VPN doesn’t allow for split tunneling. Oh well!
Speeds on Windows
When we tested out KeepSolid VPN Unlimited on our Acer Aspire 5, a Windows 10 laptop, we saw an increase in latency by over 6,000 percent, and no, we didn’t add on an extra zero accidentally. While the upload and download speed differences weren’t terrible, 78 percent and 51 percent, respectively, gamers who want to use a VPN on a Windows computer should steer clear of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited.
Maximum of Five Simultaneous Connections
Although we could connect up to 10 devices with one subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, we could only use five at a time. Depending on how obsessed with technology you are, this number may or may not be high enough.
Should You Buy KeepSolid VPN Unlimited?
Who KeepSolid VPN Unlimited would be good for:
- Mac users: We saw pretty fast speeds with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited on our Macbook Pro.
- Anyone who wants dedicated or dynamic IP addresses: While dynamic IP addresses come free, you can pay extra for a dedicated IP address.
- Someone who doesn’t want to make a long-term commitment: If you only want to use KeepSolid VPN Unlimited for a month, the cost is either $9.99 for five devices or $14.99 for 10.
Who KeepSolid VPN Unlimited would not be good for:
- Someone concerned with privacy: Between their Five Eyes membership and their logging of IP addresses, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is one of the worst VPNs when it comes to privacy.
- Windows users: We saw a ton of latency when KeepSolid VPN Unlimited was connected versus when it wasn’t, an increase of over 6,000 percent!
- A person that wants to connect more than five devices to their VPN: Five is the limit on devices you can connect to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited at the same time.
We hope we’ve answered all of your questions and more about KeepSolid VPN Unlimited! From security to privacy to features and pricing, we’ve covered it all.
Statista. (2020). Subscriber share held by smartphone operating systems in the United States from 2012 to 2020.
Creditcards.com. (2017). Poll: Recurring charges are easy to start, hard to get out of.
Deloitte. (2020). Privacy for sale – To the highest bidder.