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. Juan said on September 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    VersaVPN still good great vpn I have tried. Very fast and affordable. Visit their site

  2. User said on May 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I’ve been using astrill in china and its a hassle. You can only get netflix to work but no Hulu, no CBS, no NBC, PBS, or sometimes you can’t get youtube to work either. I’m looking for a better alternative.

  3. karl said on January 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Sure it worked to stream (lag-free) geo-limited UK only content. But didn’t like the .exe files it run’s by force from login. Made a workaround, but this beta is little better than any other proxy. ‘Least for me.

  4. VPN Surfing said on January 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Nice post!
    I have tried several free VPN, Astrill is the fatest in my experience.

  5. Simon said on January 13, 2010 at 2:50 am

    I think it is good they have their own algorythm. I looked into HTTP traffic incoming and outcoming and it indeed is encrypted. At least its enough to bypass any words filters as no letters are visible.

  6. DanTe said on January 12, 2010 at 5:12 am

    This service will sound much more interesting if it has servers in say the Netherlands (where privacy laws are better than the UK or US) or in Turkey where there are no laws or extradition treaties with the West.

  7. Carrie said on January 12, 2010 at 4:54 am

    How long will the invited version be valid?

  8. Mm said on January 12, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Are there any limitations to the beta invite? Is this account time limited for instance?

    It certainly is quite simple to use and worked perfectly on Hulu and Pandora.

    1. Martin said on January 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

      The account will be free for the beta period, no limitations as far as I know.

  9. Martin said on January 12, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I’m intrigued, but more than somewhat concerned with Astrill’s suggestion that the traffic is encrypted by “their very own encryption algorithm.” In the world of cryptography, that usually means that they are selling bunk.

    Unless they disclose their algorithm somewhere–and it’s a common, accepted one–I would not use this VPN for much.

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