RUSVPN is not the most popular virtual private network (VPN) service on the market, but is it worth your time and money? We’ll address this question and much more in the following in-depth review.
Short for Reliable, Unlimited and Secure, RUSVPN chooses to unpack its acronym on its website.
At first glance, users may think it’s just like any other ordinary VPN service, but RUSVPN is confident it can deliver performance capable of matching the most prominent players in the VPN industry.
Whether or not it delivers on that goal is another question. Read on to learn more about RUSVPN and its features, compatibility, server network, pros and cons, and more factors that determine whether a VPN is worthy of the consumer’s time and money.
Overall, RUSVPN offers users more than 390 VPN servers. Compare that number of servers to that of the top VPN providers in the market, and you’ll see that it is on the lower side by orders of magnitude. To its credit, RUSVPN does try to make up for the low number of VPN servers by offering locations present in over 50 countries. The number of countries is more in line with what competing VPNs are offering today.
This is another area where RUSVPN performs somewhat equal to some of the best VPNs in the market right now. The service has dedicated and custom VPN apps for all major platforms and web browsers, including:
Apart from that, if you want to run RUSVPN on a Linux machine, you will have to use the OpenVPN client. Similarly, RUSVPN supports routers as well, provided they have the right firmware for it.
Almost all VPN providers say they are able to unblock streaming sites, but very few actually deliver on that promise reliably. And even fewer continue to work with streaming sites beyond a week.
RUSVPN holds back its promises when it comes to unblocking streaming services. It lists websites that it can unblock. The company’s website says the platform works with popular streaming providers, including:
- BBC iPlayer
It also works with other popular websites, such as:
- Amazon Prime Video
- HBO Go
RUSVPN is not an expensive VPN, regardless of the length of your subscription package. The monthly packages cost $9.99 per month. That isn’t exactly cheap, but it is also not expensive for the market.
The yearly RUSVPN package costs $4.99 per month. Keep in mind that for the yearly package, as is the case with every other VPN, you will need to pay for the full year upfront. That comes out to $59.88.
The three-year package will cost you $2.99 per month ($107.64 for three years), which is generally considered cheap in the VPN industry. Of course, that does not mean RUSVPN is the cheapest VPN available.
RUSVPN offers users plenty of payment methods, including debit card, credit card and PayPal. It also accepts payments made via cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.
Is There a Free Trial?
RUSVPN doesn’t have a free trial option. With that said, you should know that the practice of offering a free trial is no longer the norm in the VPN industry. They’ve instead adopted the new practice of offering long money-back guarantees.
Pro Tip:We recommend that new users should always use these money-back guarantees as trial periods and really test it out to make sure it is the right fit for you.
You can use RUSVPN’s mobile apps for a period of seven days to try them out. Apart from that, you also get to have a 30-day money-back guarantee on all RUSVPN packages, which is the standard among elite VPN services.
All of that is great. But if you go to the official website and read the terms and conditions related to the official 30-day money-back guarantee, you will know that the 30 days is conditional.
The company’s refund policy says if you transfer more than 500 MB of data while connected to a RUSVPN VPN server, they will not honor the 30-day money-back guarantee.
So you can test your VPN on normal things like email and browsing online a bit, but if you are on it for a while or try to download media then you will max out your 500 MB pretty quickly.
Privacy (IP Address Anonymity)
On its website, RUSVPN states in no uncertain terms that the service does not keep any logs of VPN usage. The company is based in the Commonwealth of Dominica, which is not part of the 14-eye, 9-eye or 5-eye intelligence-sharing alliances.
More specifically, that means the service does not come under any legal obligation to monitor users’ logs and store their data. The company does not have to keep connection timestamps or any other kind of connection data, including IP addresses.
Note:RUSVPN clearly mentions in its privacy document that the service runs a non-permanent connection log, which it uses to manage technical problems.
Some examples of those logs include the internal IP address assignment and random name generation. The company then mentions that it removes those logs only after a few hours.
Moreover, RUSVPN makes a point that it does not store any information for the purposes of guarding against legal liability. Following that, it does not monitor users’ activity through their web browsers, and it essentially does not have a record of anything users do while connected to its servers. Any data that the user generated when connected to the service is totally anonymous and has no connection to the real public IP address of the user.
Installing RUSVPN is pretty straightforward, as it should be.
- After you have signed up for your subscription package, you need to go to the official website of RUSVPN and then go to the Download section.
- From there, you’ll need to download the VPN app for your operating system and/or device (i.e., Windows, macOS, Android, iPhone, etc.).
- Once you do that, your computer should ask you where to download the file.
- You’ll provide the location, and after that, you’ll click the icon for the downloaded file to start the download/installation process. And that’s it.
As mentioned before as well, RUSVPN offers dedicated apps for platforms such as Windows, Android, macOS, iOS, and browser extensions for Mozilla Firefox and Chrome.
Installing the VPN app on the Windows platform can become a problem for some Windows users. For example, when we tried to install the Windows VPN app, Microsoft defender SmartScreen jumped into action and tried to block the installation process. It also gave us a warning that the app was unrecognized.
Note:Of course, that in no way suggests that RUSVPN is giving out harmful apps. As far as the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is concerned, the warning only means it has not come across the said app frequently.
With that said, all that RUSVPN has to do to get rid of this problem is to digitally sign its installation packages. This is what all good VPN providers and software developers in general do.
As for the user interface, the RUSVPN Windows VPN app is as simple as they come. There are no bells and whistles. There are no flashy animations or elaborate maps to help you connect to a server of your choice quickly.
The RUSVPN app is made to work as efficiently as possible. Once you launch it and sign in, it displays your current IP address, your location, and a “Connect” button just below the server name.
RUSVPN follows the same rule as all elite VPNs: Connect the user with a server in less than two clicks. And that’s all you really need to connect to a RUSVPN server.
A slight problem that we faced while using the RUSVPN app was the recommended server. By default, RUSVPN selected Canada as the recommended server. Depending on where one lives, Canada doesn’t seem like the best choice for all but a very small number of potential customers.
If you click the name of the server, the app shows you a server list along with the load on each server. This helps to connect to a server that has the least amount of load on it.
Accessing the Settings menu will show you very few options. The only two worth talking about are kill switch and auto-connection. There is little else. By default, the RUSVPN app will use the OpenVPN protocol to connect you to the internet, but there is the IKEv2 option as well.
All RUSVPN packages allow five simultaneous connections. The service protects the user’s privacy and security with the help of AES 256-bit encryption, which is top of the line in the industry.
Coming to the kill switch feature, it’s not exactly reliable. For example, it can shut down the entire VPN app and then restart and log you out if there is a dropped connection. Sometimes even if you turn off the feature, it won’t enable your internet connection. Of course, that shouldn’t detract from the fact that RUSVPN has an app that can go toe to toe with any other VPN provider.
Looking at the Android app, things are pretty much the same in terms of simplicity. It offers the kill switch feature as well, which works better than the one available via the desktop client.
Apart from that, there is nothing different on offer when compared to the desktop platform.
Testing for speed is always difficult since everyone’s base location and internet connection are different. With that said, our tests showed that RUSVPN can hang in there with some of the best VPNs in the business.
More specifically, we observed a download speed reduction of just 10% and an upload drop of about 30% when connected to U.S. servers. Both of these figures are considered great in the VPN industry. Of course, your mileage will vary based on which servers you connect to, when you connect to them, from where, and for how long.
Generally, though, RUSVPN is fast enough to compete.
On the customer support front, RUSVPN does not offer live chat support. Setting up a new VPN on your computer can be tricky, and VPNs need to make sure they are always ready to help users who need it as quickly as possible.
This is important:The only two ways you can get in touch with the RUSVPN customer support team are via form submission (which you have to access by first going to the website) or email.
We should also mention here that if you don’t get an auto-response informing you that your message has been received, don’t be alarmed. RUSVPN will get back to you without an auto-confirmation, though one would be preferred among VPN users.
Pros and Cons
- Great compatibility
- Works with Netflix, BBC iPlayer and more streaming sites
- Good speed performance
- Servers located in over 50 countries
- Economical packages
- Windows client needs work
- Lack of advanced security VPN features
- No live chat
- Limited number of servers compared to competitors
RUSVPN Review Conclusion: Is It Worth It?
Good VPNs have a very specific set of ingredients that make them good. RUSVPN has most of those ingredients. It has simple and efficient apps, an easy interface, streaming support and a decent price.
However, RUSVPN does have some minor issues, such as an unreliable kill switch feature and a lack of advanced security features, as this is geared as a more simple VPN so as to not get too distracted, it does the job ok.