Trust.Zone, being relatively new to the VPN market, has made an impression by establishing a fine network of servers in a short period of time. The company was founded as recent as 2014 but already operates a fleet of 128 VPN-servers in eighty countries. Popular countries for VPN are all included. But Trust.Zone adds some unique locations to the mix that other VPN providers often lack, in countries like Russia, China, Indonesia and South Africa. South America is poorly served with a single (!) server in Brazil, but in Europe you can always find a server close to your target.
Speeds are good, although they never quite reach the levels of top tier VPN services. One possible explanation (we’re not sure) could be the fact Trust.Zone doesn’t own every server in their fleet. And uses cloud services to expand their reach. On a plus side the network allows Bittorent on every available server and has a free service for users who are fine with a data limit of 1GB per month. Which is an excellent deal for people who are looking for a trial run.
Watching American Netflix from the comfort of your European home, or BBC iPlayer from your American couch may soon be a thing of the past, considering the efforts of most streaming giants to suppress the use of VPN. With Trust.Zone everything’s coming up roses for the moment. Their dedicated US Netflix server are fast, and reliable enough to give you access to any content you want and circumvent geoblocks in the proces. With other areas this is a bit harder. German Netflix doesn’t have its own server, for instance, being less popular than its American counterpart.
Trust.Zone’s Windows app looks a bit outdated, but functions as advertised. It allows you to swiftly select servers, and features an automated start mode. It also has a kill switch for when your secure connection fails. The app has the option to select your preferred ports on VPN-servers, and improve protection from DNS-leaks. If that isn’t enough for you, and you need more functions, we advise you to look at OpenVPN or SoftEther, which have an even wider range of specific setups.
One of the peculiarities of Trust.Zone is their app is Windows only. Connections on other platforms (iOS, Android) will have to be run through an OpenVPN setup. Small beer for regular VPN-users, but starters can feel intimidated by the many available options. Tutorials and support sites are widely available, but still. Android users have one extra option: to use Trust.Zone via the built-in VPN support of L2TP/IPsec.
iOS and MacOS users probably like to use OpenVPN or other VPN-applications that allow for connecting to VPN manually.
Speeds in European territories are very high when using Trust.Zone. But connecting to the USA or some of the more exotic locations slows speeds down, sometimes considerably. Speed loss when you connect to an American server from the European continent is minimal. Ensuring smooth streaming of US Netflix. Trust.Zone also allows for Torrent downloading. Not at speeds you clock when downloading without VPN, but you’ll find the speeds are more than acceptable.
Trust.Zone is one of the few providers to offer a free VPN service. There are limits to this service, of course, but it’s good to see a reliable, free VPN service out there that doesn’t disappoint. The deal is three days of anonymous surfing through VPN (on one of 108 out of 128 available servers), with a data limit of 1GB, and a hardware limit of one device per user.
After you spent your trial run, 6,99 dollar gives you one month of full access to all 128 servers, on three of your devices. A three-month subscription drops the monthly fee to 4,99. At the moment we write this, Trust.Zone has a special one-year subscription offer of 3,33 dollar per month…
This really is value-for-money, especially for people new to VPN. Trust.Zone’s free three day trial is the best excuse to start using VPN. And Trust.Zone’s monthly rates are amongst the least expensive in the field of paid VPN services.
Privacy and Security
Trust.Zone employs most good security protocols, guaranteeing your privacy. The only thing missing in the mix is the latest encryption protocol, IKEv2. But we won’t hold this against them, seeing how recent this protocol is. The fact the company is based at the Seychelles means extra protection. Trust.Zone sits far out of reach of those governments and media companies hungry for your data.
You can find more info on testing your VPN connection in our dedicated article on this matter.
Netflix and Torrents
Users on the lookout for VPN providers circumventing geoblocks should definitely look at Trust.Zone, which offers specific servers for subscribers who want to stream US Netflix through VPN. This service works as advertised and has successfully evaded any new IP-blocking efforts by Netflix until now. Streaming speeds of this specific server may vary due to fluctuations in visitor numbers. But binging US series is very enjoyable most of the time.
A big difference to other providers is Trust.Zone allows you to use Bittorent on each of their servers, to help you with your anonymous downloads. The service however doesn’t support IPv6 at this moment, so make sure to kill this function on your router if you want to download Torrents. This prevents you from being detected by officials. Also make sure your killswitch is engaged, which blocks your internet traffic any moment your VPN connection fails.
Customer support is somewhat meagre, compared to other services, but relatively ok. There’s no live chat option, most questions will be answered through online forms. But only on regular office hours in the Seychelles (look up SCT zone). Besides that, there’s a sizable FAQ list online, together with a bunch of solid instructions on how to set up and maintain your VPN subscription. A necessity, of course, for lack of apps other than for Windows, but nonetheless: well done. Still, our verdict would have been more positive had we spotted things like live chat, social media help or Skype options.
Trust.Zone in a short time built a name for itself in the world of VPN services. The company offers a highly reliable service for a relatively low price, and keeps things simple without sacrificing important functions. Connections are good, lag is rare, and security protocols meet current standards. Customer support may not be around 24/7. But service staff is helpful and knows its stuff, which is everything you’d hope for. Also the location of the company is a plus, seeing how the Seychelles have no laws on data storage as yet. Which all combine into quite a positive impression. The three-day free trial seals the deal for us. With Trust.Zone’s pricing and overall quality, it’s practically impossible to be disappointed by the service.