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VPN Reactor Premium Review

Editor's Overall Rating: 
7 User Reviews
VPN Reactor Premium Review
Editor's Rating
Order to Installation
Software/GUI
Ease of Use
Features
Network & Speed
Help & Support
Scope of Protection
Overall Rating


Site: www.vpnreactor.com
Site languages: En/Cn

VPN Reactor Premium INTRODUCTION

VPN Reactor provides a premium PPTP which is enabled by the OS of your computer as VPN Reactor does not provide any software of its own and therefore has no features. VPN Reactor has a small network of USA servers with no country server switching. The premium service server speed is better than the free version but for $10 per month, OpenVPN services with software with substantial features, better security and large international server networks are available for the same price. This service is just not competitive.

PPTP is widely regarded as being far less secure than OpenVPN and its weaknesses have been exploited widely by hackers, including the fundamental weakness that it is only as secure as the password chosen. Today, distributed attacks against passwords are generally feasible. PPTP has seen a decline in use. Our recommendation is to switch to OpenVPN.

Review Summary

VPN Reactor Premium PROS:
• SMTP port open
• Unlimited bandwidth

VPN Reactor Premium CONS:
• PPTP has been shown to be insecure and superseded by OpenVPN
• Expensive when compared to secure OpenVPN services with substantial features
• No server switching – only in the USA
• Software standard PPTP with NO features and user unfriendly & inconvenient
• No automatic choice of fastest server (lowest latency)
• Dynamic IPs and Static IPs not available
• Poor support
• Poor FAQs
• Does not support IPv6 – In fact your originating IP is revealed on IPv6 with PPTP
• Poor privacy policy and the fact that this is a US based service with servers only in the USA means that any privacy policy may be subject to revision/abuse.

Full Review

From Order to Installation: ★★½☆☆ 

With VPN Reactor your premium account is up and running in a few hours. The only problem is that you have to install this using your own OS and there is no separate software application.

The installation process begins from your control panel from where you click on ‘Network and Internet’:

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Next click on Connect to a network and then click on Setup a connection or network:

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Next, connect to a workplace – set up a VPN connection to your workplace:

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Next click – Use my Internet connection (VPN):

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Next you enter the server information you received from VPN Reactor. This is the internet address of VPN Reactor’s servers. In destination name you can enter the name of the connection which will then show up in the ‘Connect to a network’ screen when you have completed the process. Also don’t forget to click, ‘Don’t connect now, just set it up so I can connect later’.

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In the next screen, enter your VPN account username and password, and then click ‘Create’:

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This will cause the following connection is ready to use screen to come up:

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Then go back to your control panel and click on a network again and click on the VPN Reactor connection and click ‘Connect’ and you should have a PPTP connection.

Software/GUI: ½☆☆☆☆ 

There is no Software/GUI, you can only use your OS with PPTP.

Ease of Use: ★½☆☆☆ 

As this is the standard PPTP application, it is not very user friendly. It cannot be automated for startup of the computer and requires some 5 clicks to start each time. One always has to re-choose the server. If one needs to restart this application a couple of times a day, it’s tiresome.

Features: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Other than the connection PPTP has no features.

Server Network: Location, Availability & Speed: ★★½☆☆ 

This service has a small network with servers only in the USA.

Initially I connected with the USA server and the ping time for this server was with 10% latency compared to other VPN servers but much better than the VPN Reactor free service tested earlier. Some of the IPs we tested were blacklisted, but in general the premium VPN Pro version is better than the free service, but not that much better because PPTP is inconvenient to use, insecure and has no features of the other services that provide OpenVPN with many features, better security and a large international server network for the same $10 per month.

Presale Support to Product Help & Support: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Presale support and Post-sale support is done by browser email. I was not able to send a mail to them because all my email accounts were rejected! “Sender address rejected”- This was the first time I received such an error in our reviews. Perhaps you will have better luck, but since there is no alternative contact, VPN Reactor does not get my thumbs up.

Scope of Protection:

Protocols: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Utilizing standard PPTP protocols, VPN Reactor changes your IP and provides you with a single assigned IP from any of its servers. VPN Reactor does not provide you with the choice between Dynamic IP Servers and Static IP servers which is very useful for use with PayPal accounts and Credit Card vendors.

This is the weakest of the current encrypted connection protocols and not advised for use as it has been regularly hacked through password attacks and via the IPv6 channel.

Protocols: PPTP utilizing the OS of your computer
The VPN Tunnel is a single static IP address shared by all users of VPNReactor.
SMTP Port is open.

VPN Reactor cannot support IPv6 because one of the main attacks for seeing originating IPs with PPTP is through IPv6. So you have to have IPv6 turned off and only use IPv4.

Encryption: Pending Test

Encryption Strength Specified: 128 Bit

The effectiveness of any VPN provider is dependent on how effective is the encryption. Our independent encryption Test of VPN Reactor is in process and will be posted here when completed.

The VPN Tunnel is a single static IP address shared by all users of VPNReactor.

Server Security: Pending Test

To be independently tested pending permission from VPN Reactor.

Privacy: ★☆☆☆☆ 

VPN Reactor states that it does not keep logs at the home page: Total Privacy, no records of your internet activities are kept, but it is a US based service in Florida and states in its TOS: “The Service is meant to provide the Customer with increased protection, but in no way is the Service guaranteed to provide the Customer with complete privacy. And VPNReactor collects your personal information to ensure your account will be used for SPAM, hacking or anything in breach of their TOS”

VPN Reactor states that it has the right to disclose personal and data a usage logs if:
1. You are in violation of the TOS
2. SPAM
3. Court order
4. Abuse

So the Privacy Policy and TOS contradict what is stated in the site – that they don’t keep logs. They do collect personal information to protect themselves and to be in conformity with US laws. But that they mislead users by stating that the service doesn’t keep records is misleading. They very much do and state so both in their TOS and privacy policy.

This is the same problem that all US based VPN services have – the conflict between privacy and US law. Keep in mind that VPN providers that are based in the USA cannot protect your data as it is transmitted across their servers. By definition a court order in can force VPN Reactor to log, cache and submit any information to local and international authorities not withstanding VPN Reactor’s current Privacy Policy to the contrary (which is not helpful to the user in any event because VPN Reactor states it would hand over your personal information for various reasons).

VPN Reactor Premium Review Summary

VPN Reactor provides a premium PPTP which is enabled by the OS of your computer as VPN Reactor does not provide any software of its own and therefore has no features. VPN Reactor has a small network of USA servers with no country server switching. The premium service server speed is better than the free version but for $10 per month, OpenVPN services with software with substantial features, better security and large international server networks are available for the same price. This service is just not competitive.

PPTP is widely regarded as being far less secure than OpenVPN and its weaknesses have been exploited widely by hackers, including the fundamental weakness that it is only as secure as the password chosen. Today, distributed attacks against passwords are generally feasible. PPTP has seen a decline in use. Our recommendation is to switch to OpenVPN.

VPN Reactor Premium PROS:
• SMTP port open
• Unlimited bandwidth

VPN Reactor Premium CONS:

• PPTP has been shown to be insecure and superseded by OpenVPN
• Expensive when compared to secure OpenVPN services with substantial features
• No server switching – only in the USA
• Software standard PPTP with NO features and user unfriendly & inconvenient
• No automatic choice of fastest server (lowest latency)
• Dynamic IPs and Static IPs not available
• Poor support
• Poor FAQs
• Does not support IPv6 – In fact your originating IP is revealed on IPv6 with PPTP
• Poor privacy policy and the fact that this is a US based service with servers only in the USA means that any privacy policy may be subject to revision/abuse.

Editor’s Rating
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Ease of Use
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Overall Rating

Features Overview

VPN Reactor Premium Service Description
Price: 10 USD per month
Bandwidth Limitations: Unlimited
Server Locations: US
Data Logging: No
VPN Protocols: PPTP
Encryption Strength: 128 bit
Public IP: Static, Shared
Other security: -
Payment Methods: PayPal, CC
Test Account: Free PPTP VPN
Moneyback Guarantee: No
Other features: -
VPN Reactor Premium TOS & Privacy Policy
p2p Allowed: ?
Mass-mail Allowed: Yes (?)
Personal Data Collected: IP at signup
VPN Reactor Premium Company Information
Location: US
In business since 2010
Other Security Products: -

Information incomplete or incorrect? Please let me know!

7 User Reviews »

  • Serge says:

    This solution worked for me for a while , then since a year the overall service started decreasing in quality and support responsiveness. They don’t even respond to emails.
    I will not recommend this Service.
    It looked like a very promising growing company a year ago, I will not recommend it at all now!

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    Used this VPN for (how long): more than 1 year

  • mitch says:

    I had the same problem as Murph.
    I cancelled my free 7 day trial after 5 days because it was slowing things down. They put my payment through paypal anyway and now they don’t respond to me.

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    Used this VPN for (how long): less than 1 week

  • nima says:

    i love vpn service

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    Used this VPN for (how long): more than 1 year

  • Murph says:

    I tried the ‘free trial’ and was completely underwhelmed. First, it was hard to configure. Second, it was dog slow. Last, and worst of all, I cancelled my account during the trial period. I received a confirming e-mail that my account had been cancelled and that I would not be charged for the monthly auto-payment. BUT, I did get charged this morning. So now I have to dispute it through PayPal and get it reversed. These guys are scumbags.

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    Used this VPN for (how long): less than 1 week

  • AhoorA says:

    worked fr me

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    Used this VPN for (how long): (didn’t use)

  • AhoorA says:

    tnx u so much

    Used this VPN for (how long): (didn’t use)

  • pligg.com says:

    vpn reactor premium review…

    VPN Reactor provides a premium PPTP which is enabled by the OS of your computer as VPN Reactor does not provide any software of its own and therefore has no features. VPN Reactor has a small network of USA servers with no country server switching…

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