Astrill Is A Fast And Affordable VPN

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 11, 2010
Updated • Jun 4, 2016

Astrill is a VPN (virtual private network) provider that has been around for a long time.

A virtual private network offers several advantages over direct Internet connections. It increases privacy and data safety by making use of encryption for instance.

The VPN provider basically works as a proxy for all Internet traffic routing everything through its own servers. The Internet Service Provider sees only those connections, and the sites and services you access interact with the VPN server directly and not the computer the request originated from.

Since data is encrypted, common wiretapping methods that record Internet traffic, won't reveal information about the data that is transferred due to the use of encryption.


Astrill is a relatively new virtual private network provider (update: not so new anymore as it has been around for since 2009) that is a registered company in the Seychelles.

Servers provided by Astrill are located in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and 40 more countries.

Users may switch servers using the software provided. This can be important from a performance perspective but also to access content that is only available to users of select regions of the world.

The biggest benefit of Astrill over many other vpn providers is that the service does not require any connection configuration (It is however possible to set up Astrill manually if that is preferred).

Most vpn providers ask the user to create a new vpn connection. Astrill comes with a software that will handle all the connection settings. All the user needs to do to login is to provide the login credentials that have been selected during setup of the account.

Starting Astrill afterwards will display a small program window with Off and On buttons, a country selector and links to settings and help.

The same window displays the download and upload speed of the service. The homepage of Astrill displays additional interesting information in a server stats menu including the current network utilization.

More important than those raw figures is if performance demanding applications run fine when using Astrill. A problem of many vpn providers, especially free ones, is that they do not provide the infrastructure to make activities such as video and audio streaming enjoyable.

Astrill manages to provide the speeds needed to watch videos on sites like Hulu or Youtube HD videos without buffering issues.

Astrill worked without lags with many popular services such as Hulu or Pandora at the time of writing.

The software is currently offered as a version for the Windows, Mac and Linux operating system. The company provides instructions on setting up the service on Android and iOS using the company's own client or manual setup.

Another interesting service that Astrill offers is VPN routers. You can purchase a VPN router from the company which ship with Astrill's VPN service built-in.

These routers ship with device filters that allow you to specify devices that you want to connect to the VPN, and site filters to specify sites that should only be accessed using a VPN.

Astrill states on the front page that it keeps no logs, and that it accepts anonymous payment methods such as Bitcoin.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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