BTGuard is a relatively basic VPN provider that ranks high on security and user privacy. With an extensive range of servers located along Canada, Europe and Asia; a huge number of users can enjoy browsing and downloading anonymously with this VPN. Operating and setting up this network is also quite easy. So even if you’re just getting started with a VPN network, BtGuard can be a great bid. The speeds of this network are also quite high, thereby letting you enjoy unfaltering downloads and uploads right away. On top of that, with the 256-bit AES encryption, you can also enjoy secure browsing without any hassles of cyber snooping.
What we loved about BTGuard
Even though BTGuard is just a basic VPN network, we were highly impressed by some of its features. The best features of this network are listed below;
- Provides great speeds for flawless browsing experience.
- Allows unlimited downloads and uploads
- Does not keep or share the user logs with the authorities.
- High-end privacy is ensured via 256-bit AES encryption.
- Allows anonymous payments via bitcoin.
BTGuard comes with a good infrastructure and is currently spaced out at three most significant locations namely, Canada, Asia and Europe. It currently has more than 20 servers in these three locations. The VPN is currently equipped with the PPTP and OpenVPN protocols. BtGuard ranks high in encryption strength with its 256-bit AES encryption.
BTGuard provides a great performance with its high and unlimited download speeds. It is currently equipped with the dynamic IP and it registers the IP address changes readily. The network does not have any DNS leaks and it ranks high in speed. On testing it on a London server, we observed that the VPN offers a download speed of 8.37Mb/s upload speed of 0.95mb/s and a ping rate of 45 ms. BTguard does not have any speed and bandwidth limits. However, the network also doesn’t support concurrent connections.
This VPN services does not allow server switching, nor does it allow P2P file sharing. So of course don’t expect to use torrents, despite the BtGuard (“BitTorrent Guard”?) name.
The support options of BTguard are rather limited with only a forum support. The forum support does not answer to the extensive queries of the users. However, the website does have a section called ‘network’. This section provides a complete insight on setting up this VPN for the first time.
BTguard does not support routers, but it is compatible with all major devices like iOS, android and cellphone. The network is also compatible with major OS’ like Linux, Mac and PC.
BTGuard is a Canada based company. Canada does not have any data retention laws, so this VPN ranks quite high in privacy. The company does not have any obligation to store the data logs and IP addresses of the users. So users can enjoy anonymous browsing with BTguard.
Price wise BTGuard sits at the middle range with a monthly package of $9.95 per month. This package is great compared to other popular connections like VPNAce and VPNJack. Regarding payment options too, this network exhibits ample flexibility. Currently it accepts the following payment methods;
- American Express
Payment via Bitcoin has been recently introduced and this feature makes BTGuard even more flexible and hassle free to operate. The VPN does not have any free trial period or money back guarantee.
In the news
Even though this connection is moderately good with a set of decent features, a huge number of customers were disappointed with the slow customer service. Moreover, even after ranking high in our speed test, we observed similar rave reviews regarding the network speed in bestvpn and reddit forums. Apart from this, recently BTGuard was in news for storing the passwords of its users in plain text files and sharing them in an unencrypted format to the customers. This kind of mistake is definitely not expected of a VPN service provider who claims to protect its user privacy.
All in all, BTGuard is a good option if you’re looking for a basic VPN connection at a flexible rate. However, considering its recent sloppiness with user passwords, we would definitely ask you to look at other options like IbVPN or HideMyAss.