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The internet can be quite a wonderful tool at times, connecting us to those we want to communicate with, the media we want to consume, and so much more. However, using it — especially on a public network — can leave you vulnerable to identity theft and other forms of mischief. A VPN service can help keep you protected while you’re online, ensuring your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Encrypt.me is one such service, and today, we’re taking a look at everything this particular product has to offer.
Like all VPNs, Encrypt.me puts a lot of focus on security. The service, as its name makes clear, is all about encrypting your internet traffic so that you can browse privately and securely.
With Encrypt.me, you won’t find many of the bells and whistles that some other services offer. This is a “set it and forget it” service, and it lacks certain customization options, like the ability to choose from multiple VPN protocols. Encrypt.me also lacks a “kill switch,” a fairly common VPN feature that would automatically sever your internet connection in the event of a disruption in your VPN protection. Encrypt.me has dozens of servers, rather than the thousands that its competitors boast. This is a no-frills VPN, but it very well might be all you need.
Services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video operate in more than one country, but they don’t have the same movies and shows available in every market. That’s why some streamers opt to “unlock” Netflix by using a VPN to shift their location virtually. Netflix and the rest of the gang don’t necessarily like this, but their efforts to block VPN access haven’t been entirely successful: With the right service and the right server, you can use a VPN to circumvent content blackouts on your favorite streaming service.
With that said, Encrypt.me may not be the kind of service you want to use for streaming. While most VPN services court streamers with allusions to streaming VPN use, Encrypt.me is blunt: “This is not a market we serve,” Encrypt.me’s website says of streaming VPN uses. Encrypt.me even offers recommendations for other VPNs to use with streaming services instead! (So do we, by the way — check out our pick for the best VPN of 2021.)
Encrypt.me claims it “keeps minimal logs” for a short period — “at most 16 days.” That’s somewhat unusual for a VPN service, as most promise to keep no logs at all. Since Encrypt.me is based in the United States, its records could be subject to reporting laws and court subpoenas.
Encrypt.me uses different VPN protocols depending on which platform it’s running on. This service uses IKEv2/IPSec on Windows and iOS. On Mac and Android, it uses OpenVPN. OpenVPN is considered more secure than IKEv2/IPSec.
Encrypt me currently has apps available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, and Amazon’s Fire OS. If you have a laptop, desktop PC, smartphone, or tablet, these available apps will likely work for you.
There’s no dedicated app for running Encrypt.me on Linux systems, Wi-Fi routers, or streaming devices like Amazon’s Fire TV. Since Encrypt.me is not designed to work with streaming services, these features aren’t necessarily essential.
Encrypt.me offers a competitively priced monthly plan at $9.99 per month. Like most competitors, Encrypt.me offers discounts for longer commitments: Its annual plan costs $99.99.
Encrypt.me also has “passes” available. These are virtually the same things as Encrypt.me’s standard subscriptions, except that they don’t automatically renew. Unlike the subscription options, the pass options include a one-week plan ($3.99). There are also passes for a month and a year, and those cost $9.99 and $99.99, respectively.
Encrypt.me has plans for Families and Teams, too. These let you pay a bit more per month or year to have more members on the plan. Encrypt.me for Families will run you $12.99 per month or $149.99 per year, while the price for Encrypt.me for Teams is variable and will depend on the number of users you want covered.
VPN services love pulling in new users with discounts, so we see VPN deals pop up quite often. However, at the moment, Encrypt.me doesn’t seem to have any specials available. We will be sure to keep our ears to the ground and let you know if Encrypt.me starts offering a special discount or sale on its service.
Encrypt.me maybe a bit slim on the features side, but there is one thing it offers that a lot of its competitors have completely done away with: a free trial. What’s more, you can start this free trial without entering any credit card information whatsoever.
To start, all you have to do is visit the Encrypt.me homepage and click the “Try free for 2 weeks” button. Enter some basic information, confirm your email address, and you’ll be good to go. As that aforementioned button helpfully points out, the trial will last you for two weeks. There don’t appear to be any restrictions, so that trial period should give you a very good sense of what you’ll get if you decide to become a paying customer.
Another concern you may have is whether or not Encrypt.me requires you to sign a contract. Fortunately, Encrypt.me stays far away from long-term commitments. There are no contracts to sign at all, so you won’t be locked in. The only way you’ll pay for extended service is if you choose to.
When it comes to cancelations, Encrypt.me is consumer-friendly. Some online services, especially subscriptions, like to make it difficult for you to cancel. Sometimes they seem to hope you forget so that you keep getting charged. That isn’t the case here.
To cancel your Encrypt.me service, all you need to do is visit your Account page on the Encrypt.me website. There, you’ll find a link that is both descriptive and easy to find: “Cancel your subscription.”
Whether Encrypt.me is worth it to you or not will depend on how you plan to use it. If you’re just someone who cares about staying safe while browsing in coffee shops and on airport Wi-Fi hotspots, Encrypt.me will likely get the job done. If you think you might want to use it for other activities, though, like streaming, you may want to give the free trial a run to see how it works first. To make an informed decision on Encrypt.me, we’d recommend starting with our Encrypt.me review.