PandaPow is one of the most user friendly VPN services I’ve used over the years. VPNs are used by different kinds of people. I enjoy recommending PandaPow to people that are not interested in the technical aspects of VPN use.
PandaPow is great for general internet users that want the benefits of a VPN without having to deal with any complicated installation procedures. I tried this VPN for the first time while living in China (behind the Great Firewall), and was up and running in about 5 minutes from landing on their website.
Suuuuuuper easy to set up.
For example, there are a lot of travelers in countries like China, Japan, and Egypt, who found out too late that these countries block perfectly harmless sites, e.g. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. There are Americans who live abroad for a year or two, or Brits that are working in The UK that just want to keep up on some of their favorite TV shows through site like Hulu and BBC iPlayer.
For these guys, the simple solution to changing the IP address of their phone or computer is what PandaPow offers.
A new IP address not only gives you privacy online, but it also allows you to access geo-restricted sites, regardless of the type of content, be it government restricted news sites or streaming video.
1. Click appropriate Logo
2. Wait for Download to Finish
3. Double Click Folder
4. Hit “Next” a couple times
5. You Are Finished
1. Double Click PandaPow Icon
2. Click “Connect”
3. You Are Finished
A Few More Details
So now we know that PP is easy to set up and simple to use. There are a few more things you need to know before signing up. Two of the main things that people look for when choosing a VPN are going to be server location and VPN protocol. Sever locations affect the location of your IP.
If you get a server in the US, you get an American IP. If you sign into a server in the UK, you get a British IP.
VPN protocol can get a bit complicated, but a simple way to understand it is that it’s just the “type” or “style” of VPN you’re using. PP offers 3 kinds: PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN.
OpenVPN is great for computers that need privacy and security. PPTP is great for phones, tablets and computers that just want to change IP. L2TP is great for phones and tablets that need higher security along with an IP change. All types do BOTH. Personally, I use PPTP on my phone and OpenVPN for my laptop.
Price + Plans
They are one of the cheapest VPN services out there, and 80 dollars for a year of service is a great deal for what they offer: unlimited bandwidth, free server switching to multiple locations, and fast connections. The price plan is pretty straightforward.
Having friendly, helpful staff member to get you through frustrating technology issues is important. As a user in China, and someone who’s use over 20 different VPN services, I know that staff members attitudes make a huge difference in customer experience.
China’s always trying to f* with the Internet, and even when I start freaking out that my VPN isn’t working, a VPN support staff can respond with anything from a chip on their shoulder, to just ignoring the email. PandaPow is friendly, quick, and efficient.
So for anyone looking for a VPN service to provide a modestly priced, fast VPN with easy setup, PandaPow is a very smart choice.