VPN Baron Review
What We Liked
- Works with Netflix
- Minimalist desktop app
- Easy setup process
- Decent speeds
- Solid connection reliability
What We Didn’t
- No mobile apps
- No hotbar functionality on Windows 10
- Slow Netflix streaming quality
- High price for what you get
- Only one encryption protocol
Summary: Although VPN Baron is one of the few smaller VPNs that still work on Netflix, the company charges an exorbitant price for a service that doesn’t have any mobile apps and features just a single encryption protocol.
Verdict: Don’t buy.
Ease of Use Review
Installation and Signup
VPN Baron has a quick and easy setup process that got us through the checkout and into the app within about two minutes. This was only slowed down slightly by the fact that (as we’ll discuss in greater detail later), the service only accepts PayPal and crypto as its two payment options - no credit cards allowed.
Whether or not this is to increase the privacy of their users we can’t say, but regardless it meant that we had to hit the external PayPal checkout system before we could make it all the way through. VPN Baron also let us establish our own set of credentials rather than automatically assigning them, which is always a nice touch.
On Windows 10 the VPN Baron app was extremely minimalistic in both design and function, something the company seems to be openly proud about and actually advertises as a feature on their own website.
Because of this, finding the server we wanted to connect to was brutally simple, requiring only two clicks from the main window using the drop-down menu seen above. One ding we have to mention here is that the VPN Baron didn’t feature any sort of hotbar functionality. In fact, we could only minimize it, even trying to get it to hide in the hotbar wasn’t a possibility. Given that just about every VPN service we’ve ever reviewed offered at least some kind of hotbar minimization, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the total lack of it in this case.
VPN Baron is yet another in a string of VPNs that have hit the scene recently which, at least on launch, don’t have any sort of iOS or Android app to speak of. Instead you’ll have to rely on the OpenVPN connect app and a custom configuration install, not the most ideal situation if you just want a plug-and-play VPN experience on your smartphone or tablet.
Currently, VPN Baron only offers its full-fledged app on two platforms, while OpenVPN
- Windows XP and above
- iOS (via OpenVPN Connect)
- Android (via OpenVPN Connect)
For a VPN in this price range we would have liked to see a lot more in the way of supported platforms, because even though OpenVPN Connect is generally a stable and reliable way to get through to your preferred VPN’s servers even without an app, we believe that making it as easy for your customers to get online (via a native app) is required if you’re going to charge $9+ a month for the privilege.
Speed and Performance Review
In our speed testing on a simultaneous 1GB up/down fiber optic line from Portland, Oregon, we connected to four different servers offered by VPN Baron from all from different corners of the globe, and specifically in the cities of: New York, Singapore, London and LA. Each server test was run five times at specific intervals to see how the bandwidth was affected during off-peak hours (6AM local), peak (9PM local), and once more on a Monday, which is the busiest day for VPN providers collectively.
In London during peak hours at 9PM EST local, we found that off an average base speed of 868.34Mbps download and 954.33Mbps upload (tested before and after the 5 other VPN-based tests), Avast Secureline’s connection brought our average speeds down to just 85.07Mbps down, and 14.52Mbps up.
Speed reduction on distant servers aside, the overall performance of the VPN Baron on Windows was well above the curve, connecting quickly to any servers we set up for it and never dropping connection once during the entire time we were testing it.
Finally, we give every VPN we review a shot to take our “best of the worst” challenge, which is a single speed test run on the closest possible server to our home base in Portland. While normally this would net the fastest time, the trick is we run it on Monday at 9PM PST, otherwise known as the worst possible commute hour (and day) for VPN networks on the West Coast.
In this test, VPN Baron kind of got its cards handed over, with severel low scores of 92.05Mbps down and 9.53Mbps up from a server in Seattle, WA.
Does VPNSecure work with Netflix?
Right now VPN Baron offers one streaming server within the United States which works with Netflix, though no other streaming services (BBC iPlayer, Hulu, HBONow) will stream on the same connection. Unfortunately though it seems like that one server may be completely overloaded with customers because despite taking around three minutes for the stream to actually start, right after it did get started we saw the quality of the buffer itself couldn’t have been much more than 144p.
All of this is to say that overall if you want a VPN that’s a solid option for streaming then VPN Baron probably isn’t it, if only for the fact that even though it did get through the Netflix VPN block, the end result basically wasn’t really worth the effort in the first place.
Security and Privacy Review
As a Romanian-based entity VPNBaron is technically free from any logging agreements that might put other VPN providers in a chokehold, and the company does claim that none of its users activities are logged or kept on any local servers in the rare case they get subpoenaed.
We are very delighted that you have shown interest in our enterprise. Data protection is of a particularly high priority for the management of the Hexville SRL. The use of the Internet pages of the Hexville SRL is possible without any indication of personal data; however, if a data subject wants to use special enterprise services via our website, processing of personal data could become necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no statutory basis for such processing, we generally obtain consent from the data subject.
The processing of personal data, such as the name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number of a data subject shall always be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and in accordance with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to the Hexville SRL. By means of this data protection declaration, our enterprise would like to inform the general public of the nature, scope, and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process. Furthermore, data subjects are informed, by means of this data protection declaration, of the rights to which they are entitled.
As the controller, the Hexville SRL has implemented numerous technical and organizational measures to ensure the most complete protection of personal data processed through this website. However, Internet-based data transmissions may in principle have security gaps, so absolute protection may not be guaranteed. For this reason, every data subject is free to transfer personal data to us via alternative means, e.g. by telephone.”
Admittedly it does seem the company has offered a lot more of its hardcore privacy protections to Europeans only after the GDPR laws went into effect, which is unsettling for customers connecting outside the countries that legislation covers.
“Right to erasure (Right to be forgotten)
Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay, and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies, as long as the processing is not necessary:
- The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.
- The data subject withdraws consent to which the processing is based according to point (a) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR, or point (a) of Article 9(2) of the GDPR, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing.
- The data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(2) of the GDPR.
- The personal data have been unlawfully processed.
- The personal data must be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.
- The personal data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Article 8(1) of the GDPR.
If one of the aforementioned reasons applies, and a data subject wishes to request the erasure of personal data stored by the Hexville SRL, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller. An employee of Hexville SRL shall promptly ensure that the erasure request is complied with immediately.
Where the controller has made personal data public and is obliged pursuant to Article 17(1) to erase the personal data, the controller, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform other controllers processing the personal data that the data subject has requested erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those personal data, as far as processing is not required. An employees of the Hexville SRL will arrange the necessary measures in individual cases.”
VPNBaron only offers one encryption protocol on its entire network, OpenVPN through either UDP or TCP.
With DNS protection and IP Leak protection both enabled, we went on to find out how VPN Baron handled link security tests on DNSLeakTest.com, DNSLeak.com and IPLeak.net. Even with DNS leak protection turned on, VPN Baron failed miserably on all tests we threw its way, posting ultimately what would become the worst security tests we’ve seen yet.
On IPLeak.net VPN Baron leaked a massive 68 servers, while DNSLeakTest returned 6 servers and DNSLeak.com returned another two. This is monumentally terrible for any company that says they’re trying to protect your privacy, and on this basis alone we’d recommend against going with this company if you care about your connection security in the first place.
VPN Baron only offers one way of getting in contact with their technical support team, through the Member’s Area ticketing system that essentially works as a defacto email account on their end.
The response time was relatively quick at just around one day before they got back to us, though the response we received didn’t really address our problem in any meaningful way besides saying “it must be something wrong with your system because it worked fine when we tested it here”.
Although we’d like to list the DNS leak protection as a bonus feature for VPN Baron (really the only bonus feature the app offers), because of the massive failures across the board in this department we don’t think ultimately it really counts.
Other than that there honestly isn’t anything else to speak of here, which again is unfortunate to say considering VPN Baron’s prohibitively high price point (more on that below).
Cancel and Uninstall Process
Cancelling the subscription to VPNBaron was a pretty simple process, handled all through the Members Area of our account page on the company’s website. Users have the option to either cancel immediately or let it take effect at the end of their next billing period, which was helpful though we can’t really find a reason why you would want to cancel that day unless you wanted to pay more for an unused portion of your service early.
Uninstalling was equally easy on Windows, and didn’t leave any trace files behind after the process had finished.
VPN Baron has four different plans to choose from when you sign up for a subscription, including:
- A Free plan
- Monthly at $11.99
- 6 months for $8.33 per month
- One year at $5.99 per month
This price puts them in the same tier as major providers like NordVPN and ExpressVPN, which VPN Baron very much is not. The only benefit to upping your subscription from monthly to annual (aside from the monthly savings) is the addition of the number of devices you can use at once on the same account, from one to three respectively.
The Free plan limits you to 1GB of bandwidth every 30 days, and also restricts the number of servers you can choose while reconnecting you every 60 minutes. Given that the paid option doesn’t even technically get you a mobile app, the high price VPN Baron’s subscription model is most certainly one of its biggest drawbacks.
- Perfect Money
Oddly enough, VPN Baron is actually the first service we’ve ever tested that doesn’t even accept credit cards. If you want to use a card you’ll have to charge it through PayPal, or fill up your cryptocurrency wallet via CoinPayments.
- 12 Mo Price
- 14 Eyes Jurisdiction
- 1 Mo Price
- 6 Mo Price
- Access to Website - China
- Ad Track Blocker
- Alexa Website Rank
- Android Devices
- Oreo - 8Nougat - 7Marshmallow - 6Lollipop - 5KitKat - 4.4Jelly Bean - 4.3Ice Cream Sandwich - 4.0
- Automatic Multihop or Double Encryption
- Business VPN
- Claims "100% No Logs"
- Claims to Work - China
- Claims to Work - Netflix
- Easy to Find Owners?
- Enemy of the Internet Jurisdiction
- Facebook Likes
- Founding Year
- Free Trial
- Free Version
- Headquarters Location - Country
- iOS Devices
- iOS 11iOS 10iOS 9iOS 8
- IPv6 Leak Protection
- Kill Switch
- Mac Devices
- OS X El Capitan - 10.11OS X Yosemite - 10.10OS X Mavericks - 10.9OS X Mountain Lion - 10.8
- Max # of Connections
- No of Total Locations
- # of Countries
- # of Languages
- # of Platforms Supported
- # of Servers
- # of Setup Documents on Website
- # of Troubleshooting Documents on Website
- Payment Methods
- Private DNS
- Refund Period Days
- Support Offered
- EmailLive Chat
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Visit Home Page
- VPN Service
- WebRTC Leak Protection
- Website QualSys SSL Rating
- Windows Devices
- Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows Vista