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Kepard is quite a new VPN provider on the block having found its realms right in 2012. The company and all of its guys are based in Republic of Moldova and at present, it possesses limited servers existing in UK, US, Netherlands (P2P Servers), Canada and Germany. The new firm seems to be promising enough to compete with the contemporary players in the industry. But at this juncture, it would be unfair to make a settle opinion on whether the company is here to stay for long or would sign off soon, considering the fact that it has just started its journey. For the time being, we are here with its detailed review that you can consider among other factors while choosing to buy a suitable VPN plan.
VPN Plans: The VPN plans at Kepard are divided into Free and Premium offers.
Free VPN: This is a sort of unique offer from the company where it offers complete 365 days free access to the VPN. Sounds too lucrative, but there is a twist! You can use the connection only for 30 minutes each day.
Well, we can't say it is helpful for the users or not as half hour access can be leveraged only to perform nominal tasks such as sending emails in anonymity, chatting with a person on the other side using VoIP for a short span of time or to download a small sized file. To watch streaming videos on Hulu, BBC etc., half-an hour is not at all sufficient, you can only enjoy short promos considering the fact that much of the time would spend in buffering. A 3- 5 day trial or 2 hours trial daily for 3 to 6 months would perhaps be a better option.
Pricing Plans: The Premium plans are as follows:
1 Month Plan: $7 (Savings: 0%)
3 Months Plan: $19 (Savings: 10%)
12 Months Plan: $69 (Savings: 18%)
Payment Options: Kepard provides limited payment options as of now, including Paypal and 2CO (credit cards). We hope it to increase the options in the future to enable more customers benefit from its services. Offering Payment mode with digital currencies, such as Liberty Reserve could also be a smart option.
Linux version: We worked on Linux version and it worked fine, from configuration to VPN connection. Connectivity was also well up to the mark.
Speed: There is no limit to the speed and bandwidth at Kepard VPN as they told us and they seemed to be right while we tested its speed performance. The result was a decent one and fair enough to be used for each of your small to heavy tasks, like from sending emails to watching streaming videos. On testing the VPN's speed and comparing with the speed of original internet connection, by using speedtest.net, this is what we observed.
Download Speed (Mbps)
Upload Speed (Mbps)
Original Internet Connection
Kepard VPN connection
The Kepard VPN speed came out to be 2.89 Mpbs (download speed) and 3.95 Mbps (upload speed) which is not far behind as compared to the speed of original internet connection, that was 4.39 Mbps (download speed) and 8.75 Mbps (upload speed), respectively. As a startup VPN provider, this performance is very encouraging. Also, the speed could be influenced by other factors as well like: physical distance to servers’ location, your ISP network capabilities, etc.
Reliability: The Kepard VPN connection is highly capable to serve its customers for hours without disconnection. At least this is what we inferred at our end while reviewing it. Hopefully, it will work much above par on your computing machines as well.
OS compatibility: You can run the VPN on any of the operating systems you want, it is compatible with all of them, be it Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android or iOS.
Device compatibility: The same can be inferred for its device compatibility as Kepard can be configured on all the known computing devices including desktop, laptop, notebook, Android Smartphone, iPhone, iPad, etc.
Browser Compatibility: It is compatible with all the known browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and so on. In all these browsers, the sites took no additional time, be it the normal sites or the streaming portals such as Hulu, BBC iPlayer, YouTube.
Streaming: We watched shows on Hulu, BBC iPlayer and YouTube by choosing its UK and US based server. In both the cases, the performance was smooth and we were able to watch the streaming videos without persistent and furlong breaks.
Trace route tool: The company does not provide trace route tool. You can though test for the traceroute via various online tools. We tested it by using one of those web tools at http://network-tools.com.
Security: The encryption standard that may go up to 256 bit is impressive and makes way for a better security as compared to the other competitors in the market. The company is capable of encrypting your entire internet traffic with the help of secure L2TP/IPSec Protocols.
Server Location: Kepard VPN has its servers located in 8 countries. The details are as follows:
Privacy: You can be rest assured of your privacy as the VPN firm keeps all your information safe, secure and away from the reach of hackers. You can browse through internet in complete anonymity without hassles.
Log Policy: We asked its customer support team about the log policy and they confirmed logging user data for 3 days. However, they assured that record for only user sessions (Local and Remote IP Address) are maintained, for troubleshooting purpose.
Customer Support: To make any query you will have to create an account first of all. This is fine as it filters out the entry of the least concerned visitors and lets only the potential customers to put forth their questions However, on the other hand, this could also discourage certain inquisitive users to know more about its services for the reason that they might not be eager to register with the website. As such there is no online chat support on the website which is a common thing in the contemporary VPN sites.
Support staff's Response time: After submitting the ticket, we got the acknowledgement mail from them instantly and the actual reply mail took around 15 minutes to land in to our email box.
Considering their response, they seemed to be prompt enough to answer the query as compared to the others. Though, there can still be a room for improvement.
Blog: Kepard VPN also owns a blog that seems to be a fresh initiative as of now. But in future, it could act as a prominent source to keep the users abreast of its services.
Affiliates: You can embed the link of Kepard website on your own portal and can get yourselves entitled to be benefited by its 'Affiliates' scheme.
Kepard VPN Review- Quick Snapshot
Overall, Kepard VPN is a smart choice to opt for. Though new in the industry, its services and security features are worthwhile and are more likely to give its rivals in the industry, a tough run for money.
The Good: The speed and bandwidth are ripe for watching streaming videos and considering its affordable plans, the company gives you yet another solid reason to avail its services. Advanced Cloud VPN technology and prompt customer support are among its other commendable assets. We just hope that it continues with its appreciable performance.
The Bad: As a startup VPN company, it has limited servers and has its existence in few countries. Payment options are also restricted. A live chat support would have been a further plus to its good customer support system.
The Bottom line: If you wish to watch uninterrupted videos, you can choose Kepard VPN. Additionally, it is also good for secure transactions considering its high encryption standards. However, it need to go few levels higher to enable people from even more parts of the world where it has ceased to extend its services so far. Quite an impressive VPN, you can invest your money at least for its minimum plan. If you too find it good then its advanced plans are there for you to grab at the earnest.
Ease of Use: The VPN owns a simple and interactive client page that allows you to view and update your account details. It is compatible with all the widely used OS such Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android, iOS and hence can be used on as many computing devices as well. But to avail any of its services, you need to register with its website at first.
To provide the users with the best and quickest performance, the company utilizes CloudVPN technology that does all the desired functions automatically. “Just one click and you're connected automatically reconnects in case of interruption, and many other things”, Andy, the member at customer support team told us.
Quick & Easy Installation: The VPN provides detailed guide to install and setup VPN on all the possible Operating Systems. We sought the help of its Linux guide and got connected in anonymity within no time.
OpenVPN installation and usage: Apart from L2TP and PPTP, Kepard also offers OpenVPN facility. To use the VPN client, you will need to download it first from the OpenVPN download Page. For PPTP and L2TP, you can follow the manual configuration guide.
Online Client Area
After registering with the website, you can login to the online client area which is quite a decent one with all the requisite information that you would like to benefit from. To avail its VPN services, you can choose from among Free or the Premium VPN subscriptions as we mentioned in the 'VPN plans' section as well. After using the free VPN for some time, we purchased its premium 1-month plan as well to review it further.
The page could however have fetched some more information such as the username, user email address, no. of servers the user can get access to, option to upgrade the existing VPN package. Still overall it possesses a nice look.
Getting Started with Kepard VPN
To get started, you need to visit the Kepard website, and download their application on your device. You will first have to register for an account, and then, you can log into your dashboard and download the application from there.
Alternatively, you can use the link below (for Windows). The Kepard desktop client for Windows, is intuitive and enhances user experiences by employing a minimalistic approach to user interface design and development.
Although we tested Kepard on a Windows machine, it was good to see that Kepard also plays well with most platforms, such as Mac OS X (10.4+), Linux 32 Bit systems (Ubuntu 8.04+ 32 Bit), and Windows (2000, XP, Vista and 7, both 32 and 64 bit versions).
For Android and iOS fans, there’s good news for you too here. Kepard also supports protocols such as PPTP and L2TP/IPSec. All you have to do in order to run Kepard on these devices is to go to the Settings tab within the Kepard Windows client, and select an OS that works best for you. Next, follow the described steps in order to setup a manual connection on your iOS or Android devices of choice.
Once downloaded, you can install the application, which is pretty straightforward to use.