PureVPN’s features roughly line up with the expected features we look for in a VPN, such as split tunneling, a kill switch and DNS protection. These features all mostly work as we would want them to for a top VPN, though there were a couple of things we saw that were worth noting.
DNS Protection Measures
PureVPN’s DNS protection measures function well enough. We ran multiple tests, such as ones provided by dnsleaktest.com, and PureVPN performed well.
PureVPN offers Dedicated IP as an add-on. The pricing of this add-on depends on the length of your plan. It costs $4.99 per month for monthly plans, $4.79 per month for one-year plans and $2.49 per month for two-year plans. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to test the efficacy of this feature during our review.
On top of Dedicated IP, PureVPN offers Dedicated Server and Business VPN add-ons at a higher cost. They all perform roughly the same function of offering users a way to connect to the same IP when using the VPN. Dedicated Server allows multiple users to get their own dedicated IP with multiple server locations to choose from on top of it. Business VPN does the same but lets multiple devices be connected simultaneously, as well as giving your team the option to set up a single IP for the team.
PureVPN’s internet kill switch (IKS) works as expected, cutting off internet traffic when not connected to Wi-Fi. Setting it up is as simple as clicking a button in settings. In addition to the default Automatic IKS settings, there is a Manual IKS option that claims to be “Customizable IKS Settings for Full Control.” However, no such settings exist within the app.
Confused, we reached out to customer support for more information and were told the only difference between Automatic IKS and Manual IKS is that Manual IKS shuts off your internet connection entirely when not connected to Wi-Fi, and Automatic IKS just blocks traffic while the internet stays connected. Customer support confirmed that there were no additional settings to actually toggle.
PureVPN’s split tunneling works mostly as expected, allowing you to route specific apps’ internet traffic through the VPN and other apps through your normal internet connection.
However, this feature is disabled when utilizing the WireGuard protocol. While the app does warn you of this if you set WireGuard as your preferred protocol, this is still a major issue. WireGuard is, for our money, the best VPN protocol out there today and one we recommend most users try to use before any others. Being open source, WireGuard is available on almost every single VPN on the market, but some providers, such as PureVPN, have not implemented the protocol as well as we would like within their app, leading to issues such as this one.
If you don’t plan to use split tunneling, this won’t matter at all, but not being able to use this feature with the best protocol available is a red flag for us.