TrustZone Review

In a Nutshell

Trust.Zone is a VPN solution for Windows and Android that is based in the Seychelles, which is one of the only countries in the world that does not have a minimum data retention period. Of course, users need the performance to match. We tested out some of the company’s more than 168 servers and found the speeds to be generally good. Trust.Zone is a basic VPN tool with rock-solid privacy. 

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Pros

  • Based in the Seychelles. No data retention policy
  • Simple UI for connecting to servers and tweaking setting

Cons

  • No router program
  • No dedicated GUI for Linux users
  • Small server network

Trust.Zone at a Glance

Best ForThose that need a simple-to-use VPN backed by an impressive data retention policy
PriceTrust.Zone’s pricing ranges from a monthly plan of $8.88/month to a 2-year subscription costing just $2.88/month
LocationTrust.Zone currently operates 168 servers in 98 locations around the world. Its network includes the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and further-flung geographies like Bulgaria and Turkey
NetflixNo
TorrentingYes
LoggingZero-logs. Additionally, Seychelles has no data retention laws
Number of Devices3. You can also purchase upgrades to add 3 more simultaneous connections for $1.99 each.
Operating SystemWindows and Android
Browser ExtensionsNo

Privacy

 

Features

Trust.Zone features:

Multi protocol selection. The VPN offers users the option to choose between OpenVPN, the open-source VPN protocol that is the most widely supported VPN connection technology on the planet, and L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol), a far less secure protocol that works with plenty of legacy hardware. We think that this is the perfect amount of choice to leave in the hands of basic users and should provide the option to support both new and old computers that need to be connected.

DNS and WebRTC leak protection. Did you know that even if your web connection and browsing are tunneled and encrypted through a VPN that you could still be vulnerable to having your entire browsing history viewed in plain text by the cybercrooks of this world

DNS leaks should be a concern for every VPN user, but thankfully Trust.Zone have built in technology to put a stop to that. 

Their internet kill switch feature automatically blocks all VPN traffic (both outbound and inbound) as soon as the connection to the server is lost. Another threat users need to be aware of is WebRTC, which many modern browsers have implemented. This technology, designed to speed up internet traffic, can also inadvertently expose users’ local and public IP addresses if hijacked. Thankfully, Trust.Zone protects against this too. 

Speed

We tested out a number of the company’s US-based servers in order to assess their speed. The results, while not the best we have ever seen, were impressive. For instance, the East Coast server we connected to in New York City only pulled down our baseline connection speed by a very respectable 19%. 

Trust.Zone’s network of 168 servers is considerably smaller than those of the industry titans. However, it appears that the company has gone to reasonable lengths to ensure that connection speeds in the zones they do operate are more than up to the task.

Pricing and Details

Trust.Zone can be yours for:

Subscription period1 months1 year2 years
Price per month$8.88$3.33$2.88

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Additionally, the company offers a fully functional 3-day free trial, although the data transfer for its duration is capped at 1GB. 

Overall, it’s a fair deal. As usual, subscribing to the longest subscription terms makes the most economic sense. In addition to that, those that subscribe for 2 years get 5 simultaneous connections rather than the 3-per-account limit enforced on the other tiers.

Torrents

Torrents are totally kosher at Trust.Zone. Given the relatively decent speeds that the servers provide, this smaller VPN is also a relatively good choice if you’re looking to use a VPN primarily to exchange files over peer to peer (P2P) networks. There’s nothing in the company’s terms of service forbidding torrents and we encountered no problems downloading them during our test.

Netflix

Unfortunately, Trust.Zone does not work with Netflix through its US servers. Given its small size, this is not really a surprise, and we would also not be confident that this situation is going to change in the future.

Client Setup

Getting set up is a breeze. Users simply have to visit the company’s website and download the latest Windows client. If users encounter any difficulty installing it, there is also a backup client which installs a slightly older version of the program. We were able to download and install the primary version without any issue and had the program up and running within minutes.

Apps

The company makes an Android app which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. The Android app has a similar interface to the Windows app and provides the same set of functionalities. 

How Does TrustZone Compare?

 TrustZoneExpressVPNNordVPN
Price$2.88 / month for 2 years.$8.32/month for 12 months.$3.99 for the 2-year plan.
Number of devices3 simultaneous connections but upgrades can be purchased for $1.99 per 3 additional devices.5 simultaneous devices6 simultaneous devices.
Number of servers168Over 3,0005,672
Best forPrivacy enthusiasts that want a VPN based in a data retention haven.Those that want the premium global VPN experience.Those that want to be able to choose from a huge variety of niche servers.
P2P?YesYesYes


Customer Support

Users can get in touch with the Trust.Zone team by creating a ticket through their customer support area. 

The team has also put together a small FAQ section which provides answers to commonly asked questions. 

Unfortunately, many users have reported that the team is not terribly responsible over this medium. 

Additionally, there is notably no live chat or telephone support available, which is a big negative for users that require an instant response to their query. 

While Trust.Zone has put the basics in place, we feel that they need to increase the number of channels they operate to keep up with the comprehensive support offerings that are now common across the VPN field.

Ease of Use

Trust.Zone is very easy to set up on Windows and Android as the installers can simply be downloaded and installed in a matter of clicks. Technically, it is possible to use the platform if you’re a Mac or Linux user. This is because the VPN is built upon the OpenVPN protocol and the files can be manually configured. However, this is slightly more complicated and users will not be able to use the dedicated Trust.Zone client if they go with this option. Unfortunately, there is no installer for routers, which means that families that want to protect all of their devices at that level will have to find an alternative provider.

FAQs

Does Trust.Zone work with Linux?

Technically, Linux users can manually configure the connection files by downloading the Open VPN configuration files which the company has made available on its website. However, unlike many VPN companies, Trust.Zone has yet to develop a dedicated client that supports any Linux distribution.

Is there a monthly bandwidth cap?

There is no monthly bandwidth cap on any of the subscription tiers.

Does Trust.Zone work with Tunnelbrick?

Yes! MacOS users can use Tunnelbrick to configure outbound connections once they download the configuration files from the website. 

Bottom Line

For those highly concerned with online privacy, the Seychelles is truly a paradise due to its lack of data retention laws and non-participation in global intelligence networks. The VPN itself has a modest network, but we found the speeds to be generally good. Support could be better, but for the price, it’s a reasonably good choice.

 

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