atlasVPN – Premium account in the test

With atlasVPN you will find a cheap service with numerous functions in the ever-denser jungle of VPN providers. Via this link By the way, you get the spring offer, thanks to which you can use atlasVPN for two years for only 1,81 euros per month. But let's start from the beginning: In this article you can read what this VPN service can do and how it fared in the test. Above all, I will go into access times and the use of various online services with activated VPN under macOS. Which VPN do you prefer and why? Please leave a comment!

Disclaimer: Premium account has been provided

The atlasVPN premium account, which will be discussed below, was provided to me by the developers of the service. Just because I didn't have to pay anything for the service doesn't mean I won't rate it objectively. I do not enter into any substantive obligations in the matter and only write down my own impressions and judgments. 

atlasVPN: Free download from the Mac App Store and use

In the Mac App Store for Macs with macOS 10.15 or later as the operating system you will find the required app under the name "Atlas VPN: Fast & Safe Proxy" - or you can simply follow this link. The download can be realized free of charge, so that you can get an impression of the app without a subscription. As a free proxy atlasVPN offers three different regions for server locations, in the paid version there are many more regions and countries. You will also find three tabs in the clear app: All (all locations), Streaming (servers designed for fast streaming) and Privacy Pro (SafeSwap and MultiHop).

The tidy atlasVPN app offers only a few but useful areas. Under "All" you will find all server locations from which you can freely choose. On the right is the large on/off switch.

The tidy atlasVPN app offers only a few but useful areas. Under "All" you will find all server locations from which you can freely choose. On the right is the large on/off switch.

In the second area called "Streaming" you will find the servers and locations selected for fast 4K streaming. In the test, however, the servers in the "All" area (tested: Canada and India) were also sufficient to play a 4K video at 60 fps on YouTube.

In the second area called "Streaming" you will find the servers and locations selected for fast 4K streaming. In the test, however, the servers in the "All" area (tested: Canada and India) were also sufficient to play a 4K video at 60 fps on YouTube.

In the "Privacy Pro" area you will find, among other things, the SafeSwap server, which allows you to access the Internet with several IP addresses at the same time.

In the "Privacy Pro" area you will find, among other things, the SafeSwap server, which allows you to access the Internet with several IP addresses at the same time.

Furthermore, in the "Privacy Pro" area, there is the MultiHop server, which, in addition to encryption on several levels, also offers rotating locations and IP addresses without having to change manually.

Furthermore, in the "Privacy Pro" area, there is the MultiHop server, which, in addition to encryption on several levels, also offers rotating locations and IP addresses without having to change manually.

In the settings that you can select in the left column, you'll find account details (not shown here) as well as a few settings like app execution at system startup, kill switch, log selection, and more.

In the settings that you can select in the left column, you'll find account details (not shown here) as well as a few settings like app execution at system startup, kill switch, log selection, and more.

atlasVPN – Overview of the individual functions

As a fast VPN service, atlasVPN ensures that you can use online services and websites with a foreign IP address without any noticeable loss of network speed. This can e.g. B. be useful to use foreign streaming services that reject you through geoblocking if you introduce yourself with a German, Austrian or Swiss IP. With another (virtual) location you can also find cheaper prices for tickets, hotels, rental cars and the like. In addition to all these advantages of using VPN, atlasVPN claims to offer the following functions:

  • Block ads and malware: Ads on websites are blocked and possible malware infections are held back (in the test, the t3n website looked calmer than ever without ads)
  • WireGuard: the fast WireGuard protocol can be used in addition to IPSec/IKEv2, for example to implement streaming and gaming with an active VPN
  • SafeSwap: provides access to the Internet with multiple IP addresses at the same time, which is intended to increase anonymity
  • Tracking Blocker: should protect against the collection and forwarding of information about online activities (in combination with the Safari web browser an additional, but not the only protection)
  • Split tunneling: Local networks and services remain connected while important data is protected online
  • MultiHop+: Thanks to MultiHop+, the connection is routed via different and rotating VPN locations and passed through different encryption levels
  • Data Breach Monitor: can check whether the personal data of users is open on the internet
  • Private DNS: own Internet address book, which prevents the logging of web visits by others
  • No Log Policy: no usage data is collected and stored by the provider
  • Encryption of traffic: AES-256 encryption, tunnel with IPSec/IKEv2 and WireGuard as well as hash function SHA-384 and PFS procedure
  • Kill switch: stops all online activities if the VPN connection is unplanned lost (can be enabled and disabled in settings)

atlasVPN in the test: streaming music, 4K videos and more

Rerouting the Internet connection via servers thousands of kilometers away sounds like a process that leads to a sharp drop in data rate. In the test, however, I did not notice any particular decrease in surfing performance. I streamed a playlist from the web using Apple Music, along with a 4K video at 60 fps on YouTube and also emailed myself to see if the Mail app works on the MacBook with an intermediary VPN. Automatically saving screenshots to Dropbox also happened.

The result: Everything worked great, without any stutters or delays. A "What's My IP" query meanwhile showed me that I was sitting in Canada. Working with several tabs and online media as well as cloud services and mail clients is not harmed by the interposition of atlasVPN. One more detail: I tested the whole thing in a WLAN network without a cable connection to the router. So if you want to use a VPN, you don't have to switch to an Ethernet cable connection if you normally surf the wireless network. 

Can I get an Indian Netflix account to save?

If you look at overviews of where in the world a Netflix subscription costs the least, you quickly get the idea of ​​creating an account on the Indian website. It's true that there aren't the most series and films there (where the percentage of content is the most for the cheapest price is a completely different topic), but you can save a lot if you maybe limit yourself here and there. So I gave it a try: Can I create an Indian Netflix account using atlasVPN? 

Here's how I did it:

  • Step 1: I select India as the location in the atlasVPN app and activate the connection.
  • Step 2: I go to the Netflix website, the /in/ in the URL indicates that I am located in India thanks to the new IP address
  • Step 3: I create an account with an email address that Netflix does not yet have.
  • Step 4: I choose from one of the four plans from ₹ 149 (1,82 euros) to ₹ 649 (7,93 euros) – I choose the “Basic” plan for ₹ 199 (2,43 euros). 
  • Step 5: I can choose a payment method and enter the relevant data.

Admittedly, I subsequently not continued because I can't share my credit card info across two accounts and PayPal wasn't an option. But I can well imagine that the whole thing also works beyond the steps outlined and that you can save a lot of money if you get a cheap VPN and take advantage of a cheaper Netflix region. 

Conclusion: atlasVPN is a clear but useful app

You benefit from the many functions that the provider presents on its website when using the atlasVPN app under macOS on the Apple Mac. But they are not constantly rubbed under your nose. The app is divided into a few areas, the individual benefits of which are quickly revealed. The settings are also not overloaded and are therefore dealt with quickly. So there is only one thing left to do: select a server location, activate the service and start surfing. If you want to do it cheaply: here is the action link again for the two-year subscription for only 1,81 euros per month.

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