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PIA Test Report

Here’s the checklist sheet to the Private Internet Access VPN score list.

Running the 28 inspect elements for the PIA VPN.

And the score is out, 71 over 100!

Inspect Elements Checked Point Weight
Kill Switch 4/4
Outside 14 Eyes 0/4
No Logs 4/4
OpenVPN Protocol 4/4
AES-256 4/4
Double VPN Servers Routing (MultiHop) 0/4
Private DNS (Smart DNS) 4/4
No Bandwidth Limit 3/3
P2P Function 3/3
Public Wifi Protection 4/4
Own Server Farm 4/4
Google Play Review 4.5 out of 5 stars (33,949) 5/5
App Store Review 4.7 out of 5 stars (64,246) 5/5
Download Speed Reduction 1/4
Upload Speed Reduction 2/4
Latency/Ping 1/4
Ad-Blocker 2/2
Unlimited Devices 0/2
Obfuscation/Camouflage Mode 0/3
DNS Leak Test 4/4
WebRTC Leak Test 4/4
IPV6 Leak Test 4/4
Autoconnect 4/4
GPS Spoofing 0/4
Secure Hotspot 3/3
Auto Cookies Deletion 0/2
Ddos Protection 2/2
Scan Downloaded File 0/2
Last fact checked: February, 2022

Ranked 9th from all of the best VPN tested.

  1. Beta Distribution for Google Play and App Store Review

Playstore review of 4.5 stars rating from 33,949 individuals score is 0.90

Appstore review of 4.7 stars rating from 64,246 individuals score is 0.94

Remark:
Calculation closer to 1 is better.
1.00 < x < 0.8 – earn 5 points
0.79 < x < 0.6 – earn 4 points
0.59 < x < 0.4 – earn 3 points
0.39 < x < 0.2 – earn 2 points
0.19 < x < 0.0 – earn 1 point

  1. Speed Test

Type Without PIA With PIA Differences in %
Download 30 Mbps 22 Mbps -26.67%
Upload 26 Mbps 22 Mbps -15.38%

Speed Test without PIA

Without PIA (Benchmark)

Speed Test with PIA

With PIA

Remark:
We are using fast.com to run the speed test for download and upload speed.
x < 5% – earn 4 points
x < 10% – earn 3 points
x < 15% – earn 2 points
x < 20% – earn 1 point

  1. Latency / Ping Test

Locations Without PIA With PIA Differences
Washington 305 ms 491 ms +186 ms
San Francisco 200 ms 414 ms +214 ms
Sao Paulo 413 ms 606 ms +193 ms
Hong Kong 59 ms 298 ms +239 ms
Amsterdam 193 ms 407 ms +214 ms
Moscow 302 ms 454 ms +152 ms
Average 245 ms 445 ms +200 ms

Ping Test without PIA

Without PIA

Ping Test with PIA

With PIA

Remark:
Greater the measure distance, higher the ping time will be . Calculation is based on the average ping time.
x < 60 ms – earn 4 points
x < 100 ms – earn 3 points
x < 150 ms – earn 2 points
x < 200 ms – earn 1 point

  1. DNS Leak Test

PIA DNS Leak Test

PIA VPN passed the DNS leak test.

  1. WebRTC Test

PIA WebRTC Leak Test

Though it did not show my exact location, the Public IP showing is from Netherland whereas I am connecting to the Singapore server. It does raise some concerns and worries for me.

  1. IPV6 Leak Test

PIA IPv6 Leak Test

  1. PIA VPN Owns All Their Servers

There was over 3200 servers across 46 nations from PIA. The most important part is that they owned and managed all of them just like ExpressVPN.

Chat Support - Servers own by PIA

 

Final Word

There goes my complete testing on PIA VPN.

They are not an all-rounded VPN for sure. Streaming capability is not what I am expecting.

If you are looking for Netflix or Hulu streaming, go for NordVPN or CyberGhost.

PIA VPN did not score well in speed and ping tests either. A faster and reasonably priced VPN that I’ve tested has to go to Surfshark.

One of the better sides is that all their servers are P2P compliance, which is great for torrenting.

Find out more at PrivateInternetAccess.com

… or read my PIA VPN review here.