Getting started with PureVPN
It’s simplicity itself to get up and running with PureVPN. Simply create a new amount with a username and email address, then choose your payment method. Your username and password are emailed to you, and the payment confirmation page has a big green button to download the PureVPN app for a desktop or laptop.
Android and iOS users can simply install the app from the relevant app stores, then type in the email address and system-generated password. Once up and running, the VPN is extremely intuitive to use.
“Modes” for Using PureVPN
People use VPNs for different reasons, which is why PureVPN works through a series of “modes”, each optimised for certain scenarios.
“Internet Freedom” mode is designed to work in countries where certain websites or services are usually censored. You can link to a country beyond the government firewall and use these sites and services as normal.
“Security/Privacy” mode gives you the best balance of anonymity, security, privacy and speed, while “File Sharing” is aimed at users sharing files across a peer to peer network (you can probably guess why some users want to protect their identities while sharing, say, the latest episodes of hit TV shows).
The “Stream” mode is for accessing streaming services, such as Netflix or Hulu, that are normally locked to a specific region. With this engaged, you’re supposed to be able to use them even when you’re not physically in that country. A catch, however – even with this mode enabled, we found we weren’t able to get past Netflix’s ever-evolving VPN detection, and the service was blocked.
Finally, the “Dedicated IP” mode, which costs extra, gives your VPN its own dedicated IP address, which you might need for some applications like online gaming.
While you’re asked to pick a mode when you first launch the app, it’s easy to switch modes later. The advantage of this approach is that PureVPN can ask you what you want to do, then connect you to the best server to do it. If you want to go more in-depth, the site has some excellent guides and walkthroughs.