Encrypt.me VPN Review

June 28, 2018

6:31 am

Rating

45%

Ease of use:5 stars
Features:2 stars
Privacy:2 stars
Speed:1 stars
Help & Support:3 stars
Value for Money:3 stars

Pros
  • Impressively easy to use
  • Solid privacy protection
  • Short-term passes
Cons
  • Location list doesn’t work properly
  • Average to poor performance
  • Ineffective killswitch

Simple, slow and lacking features

While other VPNs pitch themselves as tools for streaming blocked video services or guaranteeing internet privacy, Encrypt.me puts safety and security first, claiming to protect you from browser leaking, wi-fi eavesdropping and broadband spying. However, this isn’t one of the best VPNs we’ve tested, due to underwhelming speeds and a couple of feature quirks.

Encrypt.me creates an encrypted virtual network connection between your PC or mobile device and a VPN server, which may be based locally or in another state or even country. This connects to the Internet and all your online traffic runs through it, effectively concealing who you are and what you’re up to.

You can use Encrypt.Me to make sure your Internet connection isn’t being snooped on while connected to a public WiFi hotspot, or to access services or websites that your ISP blocks or that might not normally be available where you are. If you’re worried about governments, stores or corporations gathering information on you, a VPN makes it impossible for them to tie what you do or look at online to your real identity or location.

What is Encrypt.Me?

It’s billed as being the super-simple VPN, and it pretty much lives up to the claim. You can try it free for 14 days and you don’t have to tie yourself into an annual or even monthly plan.

Instead, you can choose between monthly and annual subscriptions or passes that let you use the service for a week, a month or a year.

Encrypt.me VPN Alternatives

Encrypt.me is far from the best VPN out there, but the good news is that there are plenty of better alternatives that are cheaper, faster and don’t have the downsides of Encrypt.me.

Take a look at our list of the best VPNs of 2018, including PureVPN, IPVanish, Torguard and many others.

Instead of Encrypt.me, try PureVPN, our top rated VPN with a great discount

PureVPN

  • Excellent security features
  • Fast
  • Doesn’t share connection with third parties

Hola VPN

  • Poor history of protecting data
  • Slow speeds
  • May share your bandwidth

Encrypt.Me: The Good

There are a couple of positives with Encrypt.me VPN, though these don’t go far enough to outweigh its drawbacks.

Simple and Effective

The PC app is basic, but effective, and does a solid job of encrypting your traffic, preventing telltale DNS request leaks that can give away your location, and disguising your IP address.

Decent Server Range

While Encrypt.Me doesn’t have the largest or widest network of servers, it has a good presence in the US and a decent selection in Europe.

encrypt.me vpn transporter function

Encrypt Me: The Not-So Good

A few negatives prevent Encrypt.me from being one of the best VPNs we’ve tested.

Server Selection

While you should be able to pick servers from a list on the PC app’s main screen, this doesn’t actually seem to change the location you connect to.

Instead, it’s better to go to the Transport section of the Settings screen and select a new location from there – this isn’t particularly intuitive.

Killswitch Issue

The app seems very basic, and while Encrypt.Me says that it has a built-in, non-optional Killswitch, connections don’t stop and apps don’t close when you disconnect the VPN. This could, potentially, give the game away, revealing your true server location – it’s only an issue for the most privacy conscious of users, but one to be aware of.

Mixed Speeds

Speed performance is the biggest issue. Local connection speeds are poor, though long-distance, transatlantic connection speeds are a little faster.

Encrypt.me stop server connection

Netflix Fail

In our tests, Encrypt.Me failed to unblock US video streaming services and websites, including Netflix and Comedy Central, so it’s no use if you want to catch up with TV stateside while you’re travelling abroad. See our roundup of the best VPNs for accessing Netflix to choose a service that won’t let you down.

Some Data Logging

Finally, Encrypt.Me does keep logs that could be used to track your activities, though these are only kept for a specified period and not supplied to a third-party unless legally required. This, and no support for Peer-to-Peer applications, should put any file-sharing fans off the service.

Encrypt.Me Prices

Whether you buy a subscription or a pass, you’re looking at $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, which makes the distinction seem pretty pointless unless you’re getting the cut-price $3.99 week pass.

You can use an unlimited number of devices on one plan, but that plan covers only one user. If you want your whole family covered, you’re expected to pay up for a $12.99 per month/$99.99 a year family plan, which covers five members of the family across all their devices.

Encrypt.me VPN start encryption of server

Getting started with Encrypt.Me

It’s very easy to sign-up to Encrypt.Me, and you don’t even need to enter any credit card details to get started with a 14-day trial. Just enter your email address and a password and you’re sent a validation link by email. This contains links with instructions to download the mobile apps plus links to download the MacOS and Windows apps.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed you just enter the log-in details you provided earlier, and you’re good to go.

The app is incredibly simple. Click the big Encrypt Me button and it connects you to the nearest, fastest server, or you can choose a different location by clicking the settings icon in the top-right.

The Verdict

Encrypt.Me is a simple, friendly VPN, but it’s not the most fully-featured option or the best all-rounder. It’s reasonable value if you only care about beefing up security when you connect to public Wi-Fi, but other VPNs do a whole lot more.

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Stuart Andrews has been writing about IT and consumer technology for over twenty years, working across many of the UK's biggest specialist titles. While specializing in PCs and related technology, software and cloud-based services, he also writes about IT in education, video games and internet security

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