VPNBaron is a Europe-based provider of VPN services. Specifically, the service is registered in as well as operated from Romania, under the name HEXVIILLE SRL. VPNBaron seems to be a fairly new service – said to be founded in 2014.
Servers and locations
VPNBaron has a total of 32 servers worldwide. They are located in around 20 cities across 12 countries, including France, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, and Czech Republic.
Supported VPN protocols
VPNBaron only supports one protocol: OpenVPN
While VPNBaron officially only offers support for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android, the knowledge-base section on its website also contains tutorials that help you set the service up on Linux (Ubuntu) as well as DD-WRT routers.
Custom application, however, is only available for Windows.
VPNBaron offers a total of three subscription options: Bronze (monthly), Silver (half-yearly), and Gold (annual). While the monthly subscription sets you back $9.99, the other two cost $6.99 and $4.99 per month, respectively.
As for payment modes, the service’s official website lists PayPal, credit cards, and Bitcoin as the available options.
Sadly, VPNBaron doesn’t offer any free trials, but it does offer a 7-day money back guarantee. There are, however, quite a few caveats, like payments made through Bitcoins are non-refundable, user should have used less than 10GB of bandwidth, and more. For the complete list of conditions, head here.
The company says its usually refunds money using the same method that the subscriber used to pay for their subscription.
Here is some more information worth keeping in mind:
“The English courts will have non-exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to our Site or use of our VPN Service or Software,” the website says.
“These terms and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England.”
Limit on simultaneous connections
While the official VPNBaron website doesn’t explicitly mention this information anywhere, the pricing chart (included in the previous section) reveals that the service only allows two concurrent connections with the Silver subscription, and three with Gold.
This detail is missing from the Bronze subscription column, so presumably those with a monthly subscription to VPNBaron aren’t allowed to access their account simultaneously from more than one device.
We reached out to the team behind VPNBaron with a list of questions about their service. Here are their answers to some of our privacy-related queries:
Q. Do you keep ANY logs which would allow you to match an IP-address and a time-stamp to a user of your service? If so, what information and for how long?
A. No, we don’t! No traffic logs are recorded. We monitor only the number of simultaneous user connections on our network as a whole, and do not link the user to a particular server. This helps us avoid infinite simultaneous connections from a single user.
Q. Is BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic allowed on all servers? If not, why?
A. Yes, it is allowed. We don’t restrict traffic in any way.
Q. Which payment systems do you use and how are these linked to individual user accounts?
A. We use Bitcoins, PayPal and Credit Cards (processed by Braintree). The lack of traffic logs does not allow any linkage between the individual accounts.
Q. What is the most secure VPN connection and encryption algorithm you would recommend to your users? Do you provide DNS leak protection and tools such as “kill switches” if a connection drops?
A. We take security very serious at VPNBaron. We ONLY use OpenVPN protocol, one of the most secure and hard to crack protocols, with AES-256-CBC cipher, TLSv1/SSLv3 DHE-RSA-AES512-SHA, 2048 bit RSA. On top of the OpenVPN, you can also chose one of the two anti DPI (Deep Package Inspection) protocols TOR’s OBFSPROXY Scamblesuit and SSL that mask your VPN connection from your ISP. These protocols come handy in places that actively block VPN connections, like China, Egypt or university campuses.
Yes, have both a Kill Switch and a double DNS Leak Protection mechanism – one included in the OpenVPN protocol and the other in our own windows client.