Kepard VPN Review
Kepard VPN is a small Moldova-based provider with big aspirations, and they claim to be the “free best premium VPN service for Windows, Android, and iPhone.” They run servers in Europe, USA and Canada, deploy 256-bit encryption, a kill switch and NAT firewall, allow P2P, don’t cap your bandwidth, allow two simultaneous connections and offer cross-platform software.
If you dig a bit deeper, however, it turns out the P2P is allowed from the Netherlands servers only, and the total of nine server locations seems a bit limiting, if you ask me. Either Kepard is sending mixed signals (which is not a compliment in this industry), or it could be the case of a niche provider catering to a specific audience. Let’s see how it performs in the field.
Pricing and Plans
Kepard is definitely wallet-friendly at $7 per month of unlimited traffic, which is their Premium plan. The longer-term Premium offers more savings opportunities – the three-month plan is $16 while the yearly subscription is $42 only. If that doesn’t seem generous enough, you can earn up to 180 days of Premium for free by inviting friends. Do mind that the earned Premium comes with a 400MB daily traffic limit.
If you need a VPN for mobile only, you can get an even better deal as the Kepard mobile apps are set at $1.99 per month, $5.49 for three months and $19.92 for a year.
Kepard accepts Paypal and credit cards only, which isn’t impressive if you want to stay below the radar. And, there is no refund “under any occurrences.” On the flip side, they offer a 1-day free trial with the 400MB traffic limit to let you get your hands on experience.
The first thing that struck me is how easy-to-use Kepard software is from the get-go. Its design is quite spartan, which I like, and the Kepard desktop app does a good job of explaining itself. The two main screens are “Connection” and “Settings” with straightforward toggles to choose a country, a server, toggle PPTP, protocol, and auto-start behavior. This is excellent if you’re a beginner.
I was curious if there was anything that the advanced users could tweak, but the manual input of the OpenVPN parameters seems to be the only advanced setting here.
Kepard mobile follows in the footsteps of the desktop app in design and features, with an even easier way to switch encryption protocols and a quick access from the notifications bar.
I liked how the two simultaneous connections limit is based on the IP address, so if one of your devices is a router, you can connect as many devices as you want.
There’s no live chat or phone support at Kepard. Even if you’re on a Premium plan, you have to go through the ticketing back-and-forth. This adds significant lags and can be daunting, especially if you need real quick assistance. For example, I wanted to clear some doubts because my antivirus flagged the Kepard desktop software as a virus, but there was no reply in the first 24 hours, alas. So I’d rate Kepard support as mediocre, at best.
The connection and speeds are great on the US servers. As I tried to connect to a German server, though, the client lagged. Switching to other countries was smooth in my tests, but some European servers took their time connecting.
As always, I ran the www.speedtest.net speed tests before connecting Kepard:
And here’s how it looks after connecting to a US server from a desktop app:
To make sure Kepard was not leaking my DNS, I ran a test on www.dnsleaktest.com:
My IP is properly hidden without a leak, so Kepard does a good job of protecting my privacy.
Finally, I ran the IPv6 leak test on www.ipv6leak.com, and it showed no leaks.
Even though torrents are allowed from the Netherlands servers only, the download speeds were excellent. Overall, the field test experience was very positive as the latencies were low, and the upload/download speeds good, which is great for unblocking sites like BBC iPlayer.
Note that the fair usage clause warns against abusing the unlimited bandwidth. Kepard reserves the right to determine the scale of irrational use and drop any client it deems is unable to “use the service rationally.”
Kepard is making some strong points on the security front with an embedded kill switch and a NAT firewall – the two important features some premium services don’t offer at all. Top that off with OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP, and you can run this VPN from just about any device. They deploy 256-bit encryption and operate out of Moldova, which is outside the 14 Eyes jurisdiction, so they get kudos for security.
Kepard might not be the best VPN out there, but it offers reliable connection, speeds above average and unlimited bandwidth in the Premium plan. Coupled with the robust encryption and OpenVPN, it delivers excellent performance for a very modest price. You do need to test it thoroughly to make sure it works for you because it has servers in 9 countries, and P2P is allowed from the Netherlands servers only. The bottom line is – Kepard is a niche provider catering to a limited audience, but it does a generally good job of it.
- Strong security
- Great speeds and performance
- Unblocks geo-restricted streaming services
- Unlimited bandwidth in Premium
- Intuitive and cross-platform
- Two simultaneous connections allowed (but based on the IP address)
- 1-day free trial
- No anonymous payment options
- Servers in 9 countries only
- Slow ticket-based support
- Keeps some logs