VPNBaron Review 2021
|Price||€4.94/mo on a 1-Year Plan|
|Servers||32 Servers in 13 Countries|
|Logs||Does Store Session Logs|
|Works in China||No|
VPNBaron is a relatively smaller service in the VPN industry. Located in Romania, this VPN service offers its best plan for $5.54/month (Yearly Deal) with just a 7 day refund period, that too with no strings attached.
The service is known to be secure, fast and reliable. Sadly, VPNBaron does not work for unblocking Netflix or bypassing the “Great Firewall” in China, just like most other providers in the marketplace,
As a better alternative, I would suggest going for the feature-packed, PureVPN that starts at a low $6.67/mo on a 1-yr plan + 3-months free. It faces no trouble in bypassing geo-restrictions on VoDs like Netflix or offering safety to users in China.
- Jurisdiction: Where is VPNBaron Based?
- Security: Can VPNBaron Keep Me Safe Online?
- Leaks: Does VPNBaron Leak Your IP, DNS & WebRTC?
- Servers: How Many Servers Does VPNBaron Have?
- Streaming: Can I Unblock Netflix US and Other VoDs?
- Speed: How Fast are VPNBaron Servers?
- Compatibility: Can I Use VPNBaron on All My Devices?
- Pricing: How Much Does VPNBaron Cost Exactly?
- Trustworthiness: Trustpilot Ratings, Reddit & Customer Support
Jurisdiction: Where is VPNBaron Based?
VPNBraon has its headquarters in Romania, which has good reviews as far as user-privacy goes. Romania does not have any mandatory retention laws related to data that could put your privacy with the provider at risk.
Their Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and freedom from censorship, albeit this is a little controversial, as anyone accused of “social defamation” can be subject to penalties.
Romania is not a part of any dangerous spying alliance like 5 Eyes and is a part of the European Union (EU), so you can still feel assured that VPNBaron is based in a safe jurisdiction that values online privacy.
Under EU law, nobody can use personal data, unless for strictly legitimate purposes, such as being requested by a legal entity. Nevertheless, a service that follows the laws of the EU is definitely 10x times more trustworthy than those located in the US.
Security: Can VPNBaron Keep Me Safe Online?
For the most part, VPNBaron does keep you safe online. It is based in a safe jurisdiction, does not have any leak issues, and utilizes strong encryption. However, the VPN fails at unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms and does not work in China.
VPNBaron Logging Policy
VPNBaron does claim to be a logless provider, but it collects information on active connections, so as to limit the number of simultaneous connections as per its policy.
This does give indications that some session logs are kept, which is contradictory to their claims. Of course, VPNBaron does also say they are GDPR compliant, so ultimately trusting the VPN is up to users.
VPNBaron Encryption and Protocols
VPNBaron supports the OpenVPN protocol, but you can also opt for L2TP and IKEV2 protocols if you want to, so the protocol options are somewhat comprehensive.
For mobile devices, the Ikev2 protocol has a VPN-On-Demand functionality that allows the user to stay secure irrespective of whether it stays on the same connection or switches it.
For encryption, its the standard AES-256-CBC cipher deployed by VPNBaron, which makes sense as its the most secure encryption protocol because its literally unbreakable.
VPNBaron VirusTotal Test
To ensure you remain secure with VPNBaron, I conducted a virus test on their only native Windows app. Gladly, it did not contain any alarming viruses or malware. You can see the results of their windows client below:
Leaks: Does VPNBaron Leak Your IP, DNS & WebRTC?
For the most part, VPNBaron is safe and does not leak your IP at all. Here are the tools I used for performing the leak testing on the service to determine whether or not it offers strong security:
WebRTC and HTTP Request Leaks:
- https://browserleaks.com/webrtc (Clear)
- https://www.doileak.com/ (Clear)
IPv4/IPv6 and Torrent IP Leaks:
- https://ipleak.net/ (Clear)
- https://ipx.ac/run/ (Clear)
Servers: How Many Servers Does VPNBaron Have?
VPNBaron only offers a limited of 32 servers around the globe, spread across 20 cities in 13 countries. These include Czech Republic, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Canada, the United States, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania and France.
Does VPNBaron Support P2P/File Sharing?
VPNBaron imposes no restrictions on P2P/Torrenting. You can download/share as many torrents as you like to enjoy the complete unblocked internet. The service supports unlimited bandwidth and multiple VPN gateways to protect your identity.
Streaming: Can I Unblock Netflix US and Other VoDs?
VPNBaron offers dedicated streaming servers for those users who want to unblock Netflix US, but when we tested these servers out, none of them worked well towards performing the aforementioned task.
I was welcomed by the “VPN/Proxy Detected” error and this remained consistent even when testing the service on other streaming sites like BBC iPlayer, Prime Video, Hotstar, Voot, and Hulu.
Speed: How Fast are VPNBaron Servers?
VIP72 has a limited 32 servers in 13 countries, but to see exactly how fast are these servers, I decided to put the service through a speed test on a 100 Mbps connection and analyze the variations that occur in its speed across different servers.
Compatibility: Can I Use VPNBaron on All My Devices?
No, you can only use VPNBaron on Windows. However, you do receive support for Android, iOS, and Mac devices as well. For the VPN to work on Mac, you will have to use the Tunnelblick software to load configuration files.
The same goes for Android and iOS devices, you can download and configure OpenVPN Connect for using the VPN. Thanks to the tutorials in the knowledgebase section, you can even setup the VPN on DD-WRT routers and Linux OS.
Windows Client Review
VPNBaron’s Windows client is quite basic. Much of the software proves to be barebones with a limited set of options available for configuration. You just have to login, choose a server, and click on the connect button to start the VPN.
They do, however, neatly lists all the servers you can establish a connection with in a drop-down menu that is expandable and scrollable. There are not many options available for changing protocols and encryptions, as the service only supports OpenVPN.
Upon navigating to the settings tab, you will find useful options like changing to TCP or UDP protocols. You even the ability of changing how your TCP connection appears, along with enabling/disabling Force DNS and Kill switch – both of which are handy features.
Switching servers is very easy, and it works well since you can change from server to server without disconnecting–however, there is no option to favorite servers to make them easier to locate in the list. Most other VPN providers have this neat little feature.
Apart from these few hiccups, the VPNBaron’s app is quite simple, subtle, and light. It is perfect for anyone looking for a basic VPN service, but bear in mind the client does not unblock Netflix or offer incentives to users in China.
Pricing: How Much Does VPNBaron Cost Exactly?
VPNBaron offers one plan, divided into Bronze (monthly), Silver (half-yearly), and Gold (annual) packages). If you opt for the Bronze plan, you get access to all the VPNs features for €8.52 per month.
If you want to save cash, you can opt for the Silver VPN plan. This plan gives you 33% off, reducing the monthly costs to €6.92. This means, you pay a total of €41.52 for a lengthy, six-month access to the VPNs features, along with the ability to connect 3 devices concurrently.
The Gold Plan further reduces the costs of the monthly plan to €4.94. This means, you will be paying €59.28 for twelve-month access. The features you receive are same to Bronze and Silver plans. The only difference is you get to enjoy 5 simultaneous connections with one account.
VPNBaron Free Trial/Refund
VPNBaron does not offer a free trial to customers. In order to test the service, you need to purchase a plan or avail the 7-day money-back guarantee. This covers you in circumstances you bought a subscription, but did not like the service provided.
Trustworthiness: Trustpilot Ratings, Reddit & Customer Support
To give you better idea about VPNBaron, I decided to assess the provider from the perspective of “users” on Trustpilot and Reddit. Below you can find information about the experience of VPNBaron’s customers.
VPNBaron Trustpilot Review
Unfortunately, VPNBaron does not have many reviews on Trustpilot. There is only a single review that has given an “excellent” rating to the VPN, but that is not enough to form an opinion on its reliability or functionality.
VPNBaron Reddit Review
VPNBaron has a very active presence on Reddit. In fact, the service has its own profile on the on the discussion site, where it regularly posts new updates regarding its VPN. If you encounter any issues, you can always start a thread to get their attention and assistance of other users too.
However, as far as assessing the credibility and performance of the service goes, I could not find anything positive. A lot of redditors seem to be turned off from the simple fact that they do store logs, like we mentioned earlier.
VPNBaron Customer Support
As a new VPN in the marketplace, the service offers quite the decent customer support. Although there is no live chat availability, you receive replies within an hour. Some days the replies will inevitably be longer. However, you can always rely on the service to help you out.
You can visit the member’s area and submit a ticket directly. Simply click on the support tab and you will be able to see all: open, answered, customer-reply, and closed tickets. This presents all your conversations with the support team to you in a single location.
The website is very user-friendly too. You have a knowledgebase available with tons of blogs and how-to guides for understanding non-tech aficionado. From installing the service to troubleshooting common problems, you have all information you need at your fingertips.
Do I Recommend VPNBaron?
No, I do not recommend VPNBaron, as the serivce is quite expensive considering the service value its offering in return. The speeds were unimpressive, the VPN stores logs, does not unblock Netflix, or offer incentives to users in China.
To be honest, you can find better value elsewhere. For instance, you can opt for PureVPN, which starts at a minimal $2.91, but succeeds at unblocking Netflix, providing access in China, and offering exceptional features like Split Tunneling.
I don’t think the provider is able to bypass Netflix restriction as I was unable to access Netflix media library. Apart from this, the service is located in user-friendly, which is a good sign but again the service provides limited number of servers worldwide.