Trust Zone VPN Review
Trust.Zone is a simple and convenient VPN app primarily for Windows and Android. It is based in Estonia (beyond “5 eyes” alliance). In addition, it has passed all security and privacy tests. So, it is a good VPN for issues related to anonymity. Its advantage is simplicity, but there are not many useful features. The settings are simple and affect only privacy and the choice of ports for the VPN connection. It fulfills VPN functions well but there are no applications for Mac and iOS. As a result, there are user complaints. If you need a VPN with the maximum of additional features and support for all platforms, you can use our review of the best VPNs.
If you are interested in this provider, keep on reading further and you will find out:
- Trust.Zone characteristics
- Trust.Zone pros and cons (including Netflix and torrent tests)
- In what cases you need to find alternative ways
Use the quick navigation to access the chapters easily:
- Trust.Zone characteristics
- Trust.Zone pros
- Trust.Zone cons
- Trust.Zone features
- Plans and prices
- Information about the company owner
- The top 3 alternatives
The score for free VPNs (a 3-day trial period)
The score for paid VPNs
Apps for Windows and Android
$2.88 - $8.88 per month
- hiding IP and visited websites
- unblocking websites
- reliable encryption
- the choice of protocols (while configuring manually)
Additional functions and opportunities:
- Kill Switch
- Torrenting is available
- Dedicated IP in 4 countries
- A lot of payment methods, including cryptocurrency
Trust.Zone opportunities allow solving many tasks that are available for VPN (Virtual Private Network).
It is a pity that the use of Trust.Zone is convenient only for Windows and Android. As for privacy, Trust.Zone provides the “No Logs” policy for users. It does not record IP addresses or other information that could be used to identify the client.
It stores only email data, login password and payment details.
VPN channel security is also at a high level:
- AES-256 encryption
- SHA512 (authentication key length 512-bit)
The fragment of a configure file
I have tested the opportunities of Trust.Zone and identified its pros and cons. In the following chapters, I will tell about them and share the nuances of using this VPN service.
A free trial period
Trust.Zone offers a 3-day fully-featured free trial period. It is available for all plans and you do not need to use credit cards or other payment methods as many other providers do. It ensures that payment does not arrange automatically.
All countries are available and speed is not limited during testing. Other VPN services with a trial period are available here.
The choice of locations
Trust.Zone suggests 79 servers in 35 countries all over the world. The choice of locations from 150+ servers in 32 countries is above the average for VPN providers. Most servers are located in the US, CA, AU, and UK. A full list of all countries and servers is available here.
If you need a simple VPN for Windows, then Trust.Zone suits as a multifunctional assistant with a clear interface without unnecessary settings and functions.
A simple clear interface
Using a VPN comes down to a simple activation and deactivation. You may skip the settings because the application will offer you the best server. However, it’s better to make a choice. The servers’ section is conveniently divided into subsections by continent names. The application has a separate list of favorite servers for a quick choice.
A small feature of Android version: the application does not display IP and the country with an active location. Also, it is possible to “freeze up” when the device is idle. Read more in the chapter about Trust.Zone cons.
“No logs” policy, Kill Switch and torrenting make Trust.Zone suitable for this task. I have successfully launched test downloading and uploading in a torrent-client for 5 out of 5 tested servers. The speed was average but acceptable for small files.
The choice of ports
To bypass VPN blocking by the Internet provider or an administrator of the local network, it is enough to find an open port to create a VPN tunnel.
A port is a “gateway” on a network used to connect a device to. You can connect to a remote server via a port. Typically, all ports are open but sometimes only those ports are open which ensure web browser and other applications work. There are 53, 80 and 443 ports. A standard port of the VPN protocol is OpenVPN – 1194. Therefore, the possibility of changing it’s a good plus for a VPN provider. Trust.Zone allows choosing 21, 22, 80, 443 or 1194 port. I recommend you to install the 443 port at once, as it is used for a secure https connection by browsers and encrypted traffic of a VPN tunnel is less noticeable there.
The lack of IP leaks
I analyzed the Trust.Zone configurations and tested it on ipleak.net.
Here are the results:
- There are no leaks
- The Trust.Zone configuration file for OpenVPN has good encryption and authentication settings.
AES-256-CBC provides a maximum level of information security
So, Trust.Zone is a technically secure VPN service.
Dedicated static IP
Trust.Zone offers the activation of a Dedicated static IP service for a small charge. It costs $2.27/month for each IP. 5 locations in 4 countries are available:
- cases where a resource requires authorization only from pre-approved IP addresses;
- there is no need to retype the username and password on many sites;
- as a rule, dedicated static IPs are less common in blacklists
So, I've listed all the positive characteristics of Trust.Zone. Let’s turn to the multiple cons as any other free VPN has.
Keep on reading further and you will know why Trust.Zone is not the best provider and in what cases it is better to consider an alternative.
Generally, speed measurements showed average results. The speed in thn 10 Mbps and 5 Mbps in Hong Kone US, CA, UK, and European locations was 10-35 Mbps. And the speed was lower thag, India, and other countries.
As a rule, most providers have a part of servers with a low speed. This largely depends on the capabilities of the sites on which they are located. However, the best providers have servers with a very high speed but Trust.Zone doesn’t have.
Why do you need a high speed?
- High-speed torrenting
- Watching movies and TV channels, video communication in high quality
- Work of several devices via a router with a configured VPN
- Sending large files
I always recommend using fast VPNs which allow invisible using of a VPN with wider features. Especially, if your ISP or location provides the speed up to 100Mbps or more.
It’s strange to put up with the low speed with easily available alternatives in 2019.
The lack of iOS and Mac apps and Kill Switch for Android
Trust.Zone is good for Windows PC but not for other devices. Indeed, it is for Android but important Kill Switch which is essential for security and privacy (hides IP when reconnecting a VPN) is not available. As for other platforms, they can be used only by applying manual configurations or by installing the OpenVPN client, importing configuration files into it. It is easy for advanced users who are used to install different utilities and experiment with OS settings. It is better to consider alternatives for simple use without wasting time and unnecessary actions.
Netflix is not allowed
Trust.Zone won’t help to unblock geo-restricted content. Netflix detects and blocks the attempts of watching:
10 out of the 10 tested servers (the US, UK, NL) showed an error M7111-5059 and a message about using an unblocker. I recommend you to choose a VPN from the review: “Free and best VPNs for Netflix: how to find and where to download them?”
An unstable Android app
During Trust.Zone test for Android, I have repeatedly dealt with the fact that after the tablet screen has been off for a long time, the app “froze-up”:
It refused to answer to clicking and at the same time, the VPN was disconnected. There are only unloading the application from memory and restarting has helped.
There is one among many small defects of the application I and other users have found.
There are not many reviews and a low overall score of the application in Google Play Market:
I tried to understand what users complain about. Basically, it is speed and unstable work of the application:
By the small number of downloads and reviews, we can conclude about the low popularity of Trust.Zone. You will judge if it is good or bad.
In this chapter, I’ll give you recommendations for the effective use of Trust.Zone.
Active Kill Switch
Kill Witch in Windows app is disabled by default. If you want to be as private as possible, go to settings and activate Kill switch and DNS leak protection.
Kill Switch blocks all traffic on the computer in case of loss of connection with a VPN server. So, the real IP of the device will not be detected.
DNS leak protection activates Trust.Zone DNS servers to ensure that special page scripts of visited sites do not determine the country of a user.
Port configurations. Bypassing censorship
If you want to hide your VPN traffic from network administrator or ISP, make sure that port 443 is set in the settings. Then your traffic will be similar to ordinary https browser traffic. But this method will not help if you have special equipment for traffic filtering. For example, in a private company network or in the Great Firewall of China. In such cases, you only need to connect via the 443 port but also to modify the VPN Protocol. It's called obfuscation. Trust.Zone does not have this opportunity. If you need traffic obfuscation, use NordVPN or Surfshark which provide the function.
Otherwise, the work with Trust.Zone does not require additional knowledge and experience. I must say that I did not consider working through OpenVPN client. If you want to know more about it, leave the comments to the article.
And then I'll test its manual settings and features for all platforms, including Mac and iOS.
Trust.Zone is a paid VPN with a free trial period. All countries and settings will be available for three days. When the trial period ends, you may choose one of the paid plans.
Trust.Zone is affordable at the following prices:
$2.88 per month with the subscription for 2 years ($69.15 per year)
$3.33 per month with the subscription for 12 months ($39.95 per year)
$8.88 with a monthly subscription.
Trust.Zone plans and prices
- plastic cards
- cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Emercoin, Verge, Cloakcoin)
- PayPro Global
If you pay with cryptocurrency, you will get a 10% discount.
Additionally, you can purchase a dedicated static IP address for $2.27 per month and additional 3 simultaneous connections for $0.97 per month.
The prices are below the average but some providers offer more features and applications for all platforms which cost even cheaper. Take a look at the list of the best cheap VPNs.
The Estonian company “Tersys Group OÜ” has been a distributor of Trust.Zone since 2018. Extra Solutions Ltd. company was the owner of Trust.Zone in 2015-2018.
Tersys Group OÜ address: J. Poska tn 11 Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn Harju maakond 10126, Estonia
According to public information, it is a medium-sized company that hasn’t other projects except for Trust.Zone. Trust.Zone is not a registered international trademark.
Trust.Zone is a simple VPN working 3 years in the market. There are complaints about speed and poor Android app. Also, it has Kill Switch with quality protection, the choice of ports and the lack of IP leaks. However, sometimes it doesn’t have enough speed as NordVPN or CyberGhost has.
What is it good for and what is not?
It is good for:
- unblocking websites
- reliable hiding location
It isn’t good for:
- macOS and iOS, flawed for Android
- tasks which require good speed
- bypassing censorship in China, Egypt, Iran, etc.
I recommend Trust.Zone for use only on PC when you have low Internet speed. In this case, it is particularly beneficial to use it with dedicated static IP because Trust.Zone service is more accessible than many other VPN services offer. Otherwise, it is better to consider alternatives.
NordVPN is an excellent available VPN with Panamanian jurisdiction. It has more than 5000 servers in 60 countries and supports Netflix, torrenting and other opportunities at high speed. NordVPN has user-friendly applications for any platform with a 7-day trial period and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
CyberGhost is an excellent and cheaper VPN service with extended functionality and special servers for Netflix and torrent. It also has an adblocker, protects from malicious websites, etc.
Surfshark is the cheapest VPN that offers more than 800 servers in 50 countries despite working for a year. Obfuscation traffic, double VPN, the choice of apps and websites that don’t need a VPN are among of Surfshark’s features.
Cheap dedicated IP
Doesn’t support Netflix