What is Panda VPN?
Panda Security is a Spanish cybersecurity company founded back in 1990. Apart from achieving international success in the fields of anti-malware protection, SaaS, collective intelligence, threat hunting, protection against spam / viruses / spyware, and many others, the company has managed to secure its presence in more than 180 countries and amass over 30 million users all over the globe.
Panda VPN Features:
- Money-back guarantee: 30 days
- Allowed concurrent connections: 5 devices
- Supported streaming services: Netflix
- No logs policy: Yes
- Encryption: Hydra: Military-grade
- Special features: Kill switch, Hydra VPN protocol, P2P support,
- Customer support: Email ticketing
- Server locations: 20+ countries
- Number of servers: 1000+ servers
- Server Switches: Unlimited
- Supported devices & web extensions: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux
- VPN legal jurisdiction: Spain
- Best for: Top of the line security
- Price range: Free-$9.99
- Website: pandavpn
At the moment, Panda VPN only supports the most popular platforms, including Windows, mac OS, Android, and iOS. This is, however, more than enough for individuals who just want to protect their computers, tablets, and phones.
Having said that, Panda VPN is still a relatively new service within its company, so we can definitely expect a broader platform and device coverage in the future.
Note that the download file available on the official site in the VPN section will install the so-called Panda Dome on your computer, which is the company’s anti-virus solution. In order to get its VPN service, you have to open the Dome client after installation and install the VPN software separately.
Panda VPN isn’t like most VPN services that have physical servers located around the world. Instead, Panda has virtual servers that are based in 18 different countries. Virtual servers offer the benefit of being more flexible and agile, so users will appreciate this technology over dedicated servers.
Safety & Security
Panda is rather stingy when it comes to sharing information regarding its encryption package. Namely, the official FAQ section only mentions 256-bit encryption without telling us anything about the available connection protocols and other potentially useful features. We assume the company uses AES-256 cipher, which would be excellent news, but we cannot be 100% sure.
The VPN portion of the settings within the client only allows you to activate Panda VPN automatically every time you boot up your computer and choose the server to connect to. As far as we could tell during our testing sessions, Panda does not have an automatic killswitch, which means your real data will be exposed if your VPN gets compromised at some point.
On the other hand, Panda Dome is one of the rare software solutions that combine a VPN service with an antivirus, USB protection, and a process monitor, all in the same client.
Logging & Privacy
According to the official FAQ section, Panda neither records any personally identifiable information nor sells or shares your data. Furthermore, the company does not keep any activity logs, which is definitely good news.
During our testing circuit, we were unable to access any of the popular geo-restricted services, including Netflix US, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer. When it comes to speed, Panda is a rather good VPN for streamers, but its inability to geo-spoof the aforementioned services naturally limits its usability.
Torrenting is reserved for premium Panda VPN users. In other words, it is not available as a part of the free limited version – and even if it were, the 150 MB data cap would make for a pretty subpar torrenting experience.
The official FAQ section states that torrenting is allowed, but the company’s Terms of Service warn users against using its tools for any illegal actions. In our opinion, downloading copyrighted content definitely qualifies as such, so we assume Panda Security does not support illegal downloads.
Plans & Pricing
Panda VPN currently offers 4 subscription options – $9.99 for 1 month, $6.99 for 3 months, $3.99 for 6 months, and $2.49 for 12months.. Apart from unlimited traffic, premium users also receive 24/7 technical support and can secure up to 5 devices at the same time.
Apart from its FAQ section and numerous how-to guides, Panda implements a ticket support system available to all customers. As already mentioned in this Panda VPN review, premium users also gain access to 24/7 technical support. Finally, there is a support forum that can provide answers to most of your questions. You can access all types of customer support directly from your Panda client.
Q: What’s the difference between a virtual and dedicated server?
A: A dedicated server is a physical machine in a physical location. A virtual server, on the other hand, lives in the cloud, takes up less room, and offers users much more flexibility of use.
Q: What limitations come with the free Panda VPN account?
A: Panda’s free account is limited to 150MB per day, one default server, and can only be used on a single device at one time.