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Our Verdict

Mullvad's apps aren't the e software solutions mohali best, and there e software solutions mohali are much cheaper services e software solutions mohali around, but this VPN's anonymity e software solutions mohali and e software solutions mohali technology are major e software solutions mohali plus points, e software solutions mohali and you get great e software solutions mohali speeds, too.

For

  • Truly anonymous accounts
  • Excellent speeds
  • Solid kill switch and leak protection
  • Unblocks Netflix

Against

  • Apps lack features
  • Doesn't unblock iPlayer, Amazon, Disney+
  • No discount for long-term subscriptions
  • Last security audit was 2018

Mullvad is e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali Swedish-based VPN e software solutions mohali which doesn't just talk about e software solutions mohali protecting e software solutions mohali your privacy – it actually does something about e software solutions mohali it.

Signing up, for instance, e software solutions mohali is as simple e software solutions mohali as clicking a e software solutions mohali button to generate an e software solutions mohali account number. The e software solutions mohali website creates a unique e software solutions mohali account e software solutions mohali number e software solutions mohali for you, and you're e software solutions mohali done. Mullvad doesn't need your e software solutions mohali email address, your name, country, e software solutions mohali or any personal details – e software solutions mohali the account ID e software solutions mohali is enough.

The company e software solutions mohali goes on to recommend that e software solutions mohali you pay via cash, Bitcoin e software solutions mohali or Bitcoin e software solutions mohali cash, which ensures it e software solutions mohali will know almost e software solutions mohali nothing about you. If that's e software solutions mohali a step too far, e software solutions mohali you can pay as usual via e software solutions mohali card, PayPal, e software solutions mohali bank e software solutions mohali transfer or Swish.

Mullvad's e software solutions mohali core e software solutions mohali service e software solutions mohali is powerful, up-to-date, e software solutions mohali and e software solutions mohali absolutely stuffed with high-end technologies. It only uses e software solutions mohali OpenVPN and WireGuard protocols, e software solutions mohali for instance. There's e software solutions mohali industrial strength encryption e software solutions mohali (AES-256 GCM, e software solutions mohali 4096-bit RSA certificates with SHA512, perfect forward e software solutions mohali secrecy). There are multiple layers e software solutions mohali of DNS and IPv6 leak protection, you get e software solutions mohali multiple stealth options to bypass VPN blocking, e software solutions mohali port e software solutions mohali forwarding e software solutions mohali support e software solutions mohali is e software solutions mohali built e software solutions mohali in, and e software solutions mohali the list goes on.

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The new WireGuard protocol is supported by Mullvad (Image credit: Mullvad)

The e software solutions mohali network is e software solutions mohali a reasonable e software solutions mohali size. e software solutions mohali Mullvad may 'only' have e software solutions mohali 606 servers, e software solutions mohali but they're e software solutions mohali well spread e software solutions mohali across 58 locations and e software solutions mohali 36 countries.

The company e software solutions mohali has its own e software solutions mohali client for desktops: Windows, Linux, and Mac. e software solutions mohali Unusually, this is open e software solutions mohali source, e software solutions mohali so developers who are e software solutions mohali suspicious about Mullvad's motives, or just curious e software solutions mohali about the quality e software solutions mohali of e software solutions mohali the code, can check it out e software solutions mohali for themselves.

Mullvad took a e software solutions mohali long time to develop mobile apps, but e software solutions mohali there e software solutions mohali are now e software solutions mohali Android and e software solutions mohali iOS builds e software solutions mohali to try (these don't quite e software solutions mohali have as many features as e software solutions mohali the desktop clients, but cover all e software solutions mohali the e software solutions mohali essentials). Whatever e software solutions mohali you're using, there's support for e software solutions mohali connecting up to e software solutions mohali five e software solutions mohali devices simultaneously.

Pricing is extremely simple at €5 e software solutions mohali ($5.40) a month, e software solutions mohali no long-term e software solutions mohali contracts required. That's half e software solutions mohali the e software solutions mohali price you'll e software solutions mohali pay for e software solutions mohali monthly billing e software solutions mohali with some providers, and cheaper e software solutions mohali than many annual plans, but sign up e software solutions mohali for longer elsewhere and there's e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali lot of money e software solutions mohali to e software solutions mohali be saved. e software solutions mohali Surfshark is only $1.99 a month e software solutions mohali on e software solutions mohali its two-year plan, for e software solutions mohali instance, e software solutions mohali a fraction of the price.

Still, the fact that Mullvad e software solutions mohali isn't trying e software solutions mohali to tie users into e software solutions mohali long-term contracts seems e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali very positive sign. If the company e software solutions mohali knows that many e software solutions mohali of its customers e software solutions mohali can leave e software solutions mohali at any time, you e software solutions mohali can be e software solutions mohali sure it e software solutions mohali will make e software solutions mohali real e software solutions mohali efforts to e software solutions mohali keep them e software solutions mohali happy.

Mullvad

Mullvad does very well on the privacy front compared to rival VPNs (Image credit: Mullvad)

Privacy

Figuring e software solutions mohali out a e software solutions mohali VPN's logging e software solutions mohali policy is often a real challenge, but e software solutions mohali again, e software solutions mohali Mullvad is different, e software solutions mohali spelling e software solutions mohali out the fine detail in an e software solutions mohali excellent e software solutions mohali policy e software solutions mohali page.

The key point e software solutions mohali is that nothing e software solutions mohali is logged e software solutions mohali that e software solutions mohali can be connected to a specific e software solutions mohali account. No traffic, DNS e software solutions mohali requests, IP addresses, e software solutions mohali not even connection times, dates or e software solutions mohali bandwidth used.

Mullvad explains that it e software solutions mohali monitors the current number of connections to each e software solutions mohali account, e software solutions mohali to ensure no-one can use e software solutions mohali more than the five allowed. But this e software solutions mohali isn't saved, so there's no way to tell e software solutions mohali how many e software solutions mohali you were using five e software solutions mohali months, weeks, or even minutes ago.

The end result of e software solutions mohali all e software solutions mohali this is you don't e software solutions mohali have to worry about how e software solutions mohali Mullvad handles court e software solutions mohali requests to e software solutions mohali access e software solutions mohali your usage data, e software solutions mohali because, well, there isn't e software solutions mohali any.

Mullvad hasn't put itself e software solutions mohali through a e software solutions mohali public audit of its infrastructure to e software solutions mohali confirm it's e software solutions mohali following these procedures, e software solutions mohali unlike some e software solutions mohali competitors. That said, the company did e software solutions mohali have e software solutions mohali its desktop client audited back in 2018, e software solutions mohali and that's a welcome e software solutions mohali step. But others have gone further, e software solutions mohali and for example e software solutions mohali TunnelBear now e software solutions mohali has e software solutions mohali annual audits of its e software solutions mohali apps, e software solutions mohali backend systems e software solutions mohali and even e software solutions mohali its e software solutions mohali website.

Still, when a company e software solutions mohali gives us this e software solutions mohali level e software solutions mohali of detail on its e software solutions mohali procedures, and provides e software solutions mohali very real privacy advantages elsewhere e software solutions mohali (no need e software solutions mohali to e software solutions mohali hand e software solutions mohali over e software solutions mohali your email e software solutions mohali address, open source e software solutions mohali desktop client), e software solutions mohali these are very e software solutions mohali positive signs. Audit, e software solutions mohali or e software solutions mohali no audit, we think Mullvad looks far e software solutions mohali more trustworthy than most of e software solutions mohali the competition.

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Installation is a breeze, which is always good to see (Image credit: Mullvad)

Setup

Getting started e software solutions mohali with Mullvad e software solutions mohali is as easy as generating an e software solutions mohali account number and buying e software solutions mohali some time e software solutions mohali (cards, PayPal, Bitcoin and e software solutions mohali others are supported, e software solutions mohali as mentioned). The website presents this clearly, e software solutions mohali and e software solutions mohali gives you far more control e software solutions mohali than is normally seen. You're not e software solutions mohali signed up to a e software solutions mohali PayPal e software solutions mohali subscription e software solutions mohali without e software solutions mohali realizing, for instance – e software solutions mohali there are separate options to e software solutions mohali make e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali one-off payment, subscribe, or e software solutions mohali end e software solutions mohali an existing subscription.

A comprehensive Download page e software solutions mohali prompted e software solutions mohali us e software solutions mohali to download the Windows client, but e software solutions mohali also included links to the e software solutions mohali Mac, Linux, iOS and Android apps, along e software solutions mohali with options e software solutions mohali to download OpenVPN and WireGuard e software solutions mohali configuration e software solutions mohali files.

We e software solutions mohali grabbed and e software solutions mohali installed e software solutions mohali the Windows client in a few seconds. e software solutions mohali We activated it e software solutions mohali by entering our account number (Mullvad doesn't e software solutions mohali require e software solutions mohali usernames or passwords) e software solutions mohali and it was e software solutions mohali ready to go.

Mullvad

Mullvad's apps aren't hugely well-featured, but they are uniform affairs across all platforms (Image credit: Mullvad)

Apps

While e software solutions mohali some VPN's apps look and feel e software solutions mohali very different across all platforms, Mullvad takes e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali more e software solutions mohali unified approach. Whether e software solutions mohali you're using e software solutions mohali Windows or Android, Mac or e software solutions mohali iOS, or indeed e software solutions mohali Linux, e software solutions mohali each app is e software solutions mohali almost identical, with e software solutions mohali little more than e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali few settings varying e software solutions mohali between e software solutions mohali versions.

(This magic is e software solutions mohali possible because e software solutions mohali Mullvad develops e software solutions mohali its software e software solutions mohali using Electron, a powerful tool which e software solutions mohali enables building an app e software solutions mohali using standard e software solutions mohali web technologies such as e software solutions mohali JavaScript and CSS, then easily converts e software solutions mohali them to a Chromium-powered native application.)

The e software solutions mohali app looks good, e software solutions mohali with a colorful e software solutions mohali panel, a e software solutions mohali map highlighting your current location, e software solutions mohali and a 'Secure e software solutions mohali my connection' button.

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There are country and city-level locations (Image credit: Mullvad)

Tapping the e software solutions mohali location e software solutions mohali name lets you choose another e software solutions mohali from e software solutions mohali a list. There's no 'Fastest' e software solutions mohali or 'Automatic' option to select the best e software solutions mohali server for e software solutions mohali your current e software solutions mohali location, e software solutions mohali no search box, filters, Favorites e software solutions mohali system or server e software solutions mohali load indicators; it's e software solutions mohali just e software solutions mohali a simple menu e software solutions mohali with country and city e software solutions mohali options.

Connection e software solutions mohali times are only average, e software solutions mohali but within a few seconds the app e software solutions mohali displays your new e software solutions mohali virtual location and protocol (WireGuard or OpenVPN).

Once you're e software solutions mohali connected, a new e software solutions mohali Switch e software solutions mohali Location button appears. e software solutions mohali Tap this and you're e software solutions mohali able to choose e software solutions mohali and connect to a new location, without e software solutions mohali having e software solutions mohali to close e software solutions mohali the current connection first e software solutions mohali (a common annoyance with many e software solutions mohali VPN apps). But e software solutions mohali this isn't just e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali timesaver; e software solutions mohali what is e software solutions mohali really interesting e software solutions mohali is what's happening underneath.

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It took a long time, but Mullvad finally has Android and iOS apps to complement the desktop clients (Image credit: Mullvad)
With most VPN apps, e software solutions mohali if you choose a e software solutions mohali new server while you're connected to e software solutions mohali another, the e software solutions mohali app simply closes the e software solutions mohali existing e software solutions mohali connection and e software solutions mohali opens a e software solutions mohali new one. Sounds obvious, right? But e software solutions mohali it means that e software solutions mohali in the time between disconnecting from e software solutions mohali server #1 e software solutions mohali and connecting to server #2, you're e software solutions mohali exposing your real IP address.

When we switched e software solutions mohali servers with Mullvad, e software solutions mohali that didn't happen. We e software solutions mohali saw no sign of any IP e software solutions mohali leaks when switching from one location to e software solutions mohali another. That's very good news, e software solutions mohali as e software solutions mohali it suggests Mullvad understands and is e software solutions mohali addressing e software solutions mohali common VPN app issues that many e software solutions mohali providers don't even realize exist.

The app has e software solutions mohali a scattering e software solutions mohali of e software solutions mohali settings, including e software solutions mohali basic protocol choices (WireGuard, e software solutions mohali OpenVPN UDP or TCP), the ability e software solutions mohali to launch with Windows, a kill e software solutions mohali switch, the e software solutions mohali ability to enable or e software solutions mohali disable IPv6, and e software solutions mohali assorted advanced connection tweaks (OpenVPN MSS value, e software solutions mohali WireGuard key e software solutions mohali and MTU, plus e software solutions mohali more e software solutions mohali besides).

It's missing some handy e software solutions mohali features we e software solutions mohali regularly e software solutions mohali see e software solutions mohali elsewhere – e software solutions mohali such as the ability e software solutions mohali to automatically connect e software solutions mohali when you e software solutions mohali access particular e software solutions mohali networks or network types, for instance e software solutions mohali – but e software solutions mohali there's e software solutions mohali enough to e software solutions mohali get by.

The e software solutions mohali app has one other e software solutions mohali unusual expert-level extra in e software solutions mohali a very e software solutions mohali flexible command line interface, e software solutions mohali which enables e software solutions mohali building scripts to e software solutions mohali tweak settings, e software solutions mohali connect e software solutions mohali to your chosen e software solutions mohali locations, view status or disconnect automatically. e software solutions mohali That'll be way too much hassle for most e software solutions mohali people, e software solutions mohali but e software solutions mohali if e software solutions mohali you e software solutions mohali want e software solutions mohali to e software solutions mohali do something advanced e software solutions mohali – perhaps create e software solutions mohali a script which automatically connects e software solutions mohali to Mullvad before launching e software solutions mohali a specific app – it could be very e software solutions mohali helpful.

Netflix

Mullvad was able to unblock US Netflix so we didn't get any pesky errors, but it failed with BBC iPlayer (Image credit: Netflix)

Performance

Our performance testing began e software solutions mohali with a close look at Mullvad's kill switch. e software solutions mohali We forcibly closed e software solutions mohali both OpenVPN e software solutions mohali and WireGuard connections in various ways, but e software solutions mohali the app e software solutions mohali handled each situation perfectly: it e software solutions mohali immediately displayed e software solutions mohali a e software solutions mohali 'Reconnecting' e software solutions mohali message e software solutions mohali alerting e software solutions mohali us to e software solutions mohali the problem, blocked e software solutions mohali our internet connection to prevent any e software solutions mohali IP leaks, and followed up with e software solutions mohali a 'Secured' e software solutions mohali notification, seconds later, when e software solutions mohali the e software solutions mohali connection was e software solutions mohali re-established.

Mullvad e software solutions mohali is more focused e software solutions mohali on privacy and security than unblocking e software solutions mohali every website in the world, but our e software solutions mohali tests revealed a little e software solutions mohali good e software solutions mohali news. Sure, it didn't e software solutions mohali get e software solutions mohali us into BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime e software solutions mohali Video or Disney+, but e software solutions mohali Mullvad e software solutions mohali did unblock US Netflix, along with YouTube e software solutions mohali and e software solutions mohali the less e software solutions mohali well defended sites.

The e software solutions mohali service scored full marks in our e software solutions mohali privacy e software solutions mohali tests, with the Windows e software solutions mohali client successfully blocking e software solutions mohali DNS and WebRTC leaks.

The positivity was maintained to e software solutions mohali the end, e software solutions mohali with e software solutions mohali our e software solutions mohali performance e software solutions mohali tests showing excellent download speeds e software solutions mohali of 68-69Mbps on e software solutions mohali our 75Mbps UK test e software solutions mohali line, and e software solutions mohali up to 270-310Mbps on an ultra-fast e software solutions mohali US e software solutions mohali connection. e software solutions mohali That's trailing behind speed e software solutions mohali champion Hotspot Shield (450-580Mbps), but it's e software solutions mohali a great result, and puts Mullvad e software solutions mohali well ahead e software solutions mohali of most VPNs in the performance stakes.

Final verdict

Mullvad's e software solutions mohali app has few features, e software solutions mohali it's e software solutions mohali not especially configurable, e software solutions mohali and prices are above average e software solutions mohali for long-term users, e software solutions mohali but otherwise there's a lot e software solutions mohali to e software solutions mohali like here. You e software solutions mohali can open e software solutions mohali an e software solutions mohali account without e software solutions mohali handing over any e software solutions mohali personal e software solutions mohali data, speeds are excellent, and a top-quality VPN e software solutions mohali engine e software solutions mohali protects your e software solutions mohali privacy at all e software solutions mohali times.