What can a mid-range VPN offer that the big shots can’t? A lot more than we thought.
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We’ve all heard the story. A friend of a friend goes to buy a car, gets sold on the bells and whistles, and a week later rear-ends someone while he’s trying to get Android Auto to play Spotify. Sometimes we’re better off keeping it simple.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited totally gets that. Its apps come with just a few toggles and a big green connect button, which is about what you’d expect for just under $4 per month. If it stopped there, KeepSolid would be just another attractively-priced, low-maintenance VPN solution.
But KeepSolid offers a bunch of add-ons, bundles and pricing options we haven’t seen anywhere else, even when reviewing our best VPN picks of the year. I’m going to unpack them all in this KeepSolid VPN Pricing Guide, right after a quick breakdown of what I liked best about KeepSolid VPN while testing it. (Want to dig even deeper? Check out my full KeepSolid VPN review.)
At first glance, there’s nothing tricky about KeepSolid VPN’s pricing, except maybe that Lifetime plan. (I’ll share my feelings on that below.) Just keep in mind that, if you do sign up for KeepSolid VPN for life, you’ve got a VPN forever for under $200.
Otherwise, at $3.99 per month, KeepSolid VPN’s yearly plan is smack-dab in the middle of the road. Their $7.99 pay-as-you-go plan, on the other hand, is actually a bit cheaper than most monthly plans. If you’re not sure if KeepSolid VPN is the right fit for you, KeepSolid gives you 30 days to test-drive their product— like many such services are offering these days. Don’t like it? Just send it back.
Pro Tip: KeepSolid VPN has an unusual device connection policy. Premium KeepSolid VPN plans give you five device slots, par for the course. But while most VPNs allow you to connect with any five devices you want, with KeepSolid, once you reach your limit, you need to manually delete a VPN profile before you can add another — or order five more slots for $7.99 per month.
Still with me? Great. Now for the “tricky” part.
If you’re willing to pay 67 cents more per month, KeepSolid VPN will throw in a premium password manager. KeepSolid isn’t the only VPN to make this kind of offer. With a Hotspot Shield premium plan you get a free 1Password account. NordVPN’s pricing options also include a VPN and password bundle. But KeepSolid is by far the cheapest. Seeing that password managers are the new black — and for good reason1 — that may be a serious option to consider.
FYI: Nearly a quarter of Americans use the same passwords for multiple online accounts, even if 85 percent of them realize it isn’t safe.2
|VPN Unlimited + Passwarden Bundle||$4.66|
|Lifetime||$159 one-time fee|
While I mentioned KeepSolid VPN was squarely mid-range in its pricing, you can find cheaper VPNs, for sure. VyprVPN costs $1.67 per month for three years, for example. Even CyberGhost’s yearly cost options (now $1.99 per month for 15 months) will save you serious money. But, then again, neither service bundles in a password manager.
The only direct competitors in KeepSolid VPN’s price range are ProtonVPN (the basic plan) and Windscribe VPN. But honestly, I’d probably think twice about ProtonVPN’s basic plan because it throttles speeds and only gives you two devices. Just pennies more at $4.08, Windscribe’s Pro VPN gives you a lot more bang for the buck (if you’re looking for those bells and whistles). Just don’t expect KeepSolid VPN’s blazing speeds from Windscribe. (Curious about those speeds? Check out my in-depth Windscribe review!)
If you make the leap to the $7-$9 price range, Hotspot Shield ($7.99 per month) is worth a look because it’s ultra fast and includes that 1Password subscription I mentioned above. And definitely don’t forget to check out ExpressVPN. At just $8 per month, ExpressVPN’s yearly plan is the best all-around plan I’ve reviewed this year.
Did You Know: What makes KeepSolid VPN so fast? In a word: WireGuard. WireGuard is a lean, modern VPN protocol with military-grade encryption that gives ordinary VPN connections rocket power.
Here’s where KeepSolid VPN gets interesting. Under their MonoDefense umbrella, you can build a whole VPN ecosystem for your household, starting with a VPN and working your way up to a personal server.
Yes, you heard right. KeepSolid rents out personal servers with unlimited bandwidth and data. Theoretically, having your own private server would take your streaming and gaming speeds to the next level. (If you trust KeepSolid’s server security, it would also essentially make you unhackable.) That said, a personal server from KeepSolid would run you $28.99 per month on top of your VPN subscription. That’s a fairly big financial commitment for most households.
If you work remotely and need to connect to your company network, chances are, you’ll be locked out if your IP changes every time you connect, so you may need a static IP address.3 A static IP could also come in handy if you want to bank online without having to whitelist your banking app or you regularly access streaming services that don’t like crowded IPs.
Just FYI: At $12.49 per month paid by the year, KeepSolid VPN’s static IPs are a little pricey. For comparison, Windscribe’s IPs start at $2.99 per month. CyberGhost sells personal IPs for $5 per month, and NordVPN for $5.83. So if a static IP is in the cards, you might want to check out those plans, too.
Did You Know: A dedicated IP address (usually IPv4) is your own private IP. The main advantage of using a dedicated, or personal, IP is that, because you don’t share it with anybody, you’re much less likely to get blacklisted by sites on the lookout for busy IPs.
With all those bundles, plans and extras, choosing the best KeepSolid VPN plan might seem like a hurdle. Let’s make it easy.
First, I’m going to assume you don’t want a lifetime KeepSolid VPN subscription. (Me neither.) Our needs change from year to year, and, let’s face it, tech companies do go bust. Second, I’m guessing you don’t want to pay double for the privilege of getting charged once a month.
That would narrow your choice down to the KeepSolid VPN yearly premium plan ($3.99 per month) or the VPN and password manager bundle ($4.66 per month).
If that’s your choice, I’m going to recommend that you take the bundle. I can’t overstate how much time and stress my own password manager has saved me over the years. So, if you’re going with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited and haven’t taken the plunge yet, bundle in Passwarden for 67 cents extra per month.
Did You Know: Ever wonder what the most popular passwords are? (That should be an oxymoron, right?) According to the cyber security experts at CSO, in 2020, they were: 123456, 123456789, picture 1, and password.4
As for KeepSolid VPN’s personal servers at $28.99, if I were you, I’d consider investing in your own setup. It’ll take some time (and hair-pulling), yes, but you’ll end up saving a ton of money in the end.
If you need a personal static IP, I can’t say KeepSolid would be my first choice either. (Your monthly fee would shoot up to nearly $18.) In which case, you’d actually be better off investing in a more expensive all-around VPN service like NordVPN because your total bill would be a little lighter.
Let me ask you two questions. One, are you looking for precision control over your VPN? Two, when you hear VPN privacy, are the first words that pop into your head “privately owned diskless RAM servers”? If that’s you, then you might want to consider VPN services with more tech under the hood and proven track records on privacy. There are some good ones out there.
Otherwise, if all you’re shopping for is a simple, powerful VPN with malware-busting DNS filtering and seamless connections — and a premium password vault to boot — then you can’t really go wrong with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited.
Taking your first VPN steps? Check out our VPN Buyer’s Guide. It’s a great introduction to all things VPN.
FYI: Google’s reCAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) helps keep spam off our online forms. The latest version (v3) is all behind the scenes, i.e., no bridges, boats, or crosswalks. So if you use a VPN and find yourself checking a ton of “I am not a robot” boxes, that’s likely because Google is picking up on your virtual IP as a potential red flag.
At $3.99 per month yearly, KeepSolid isn’t the cheapest VPN service, but when you combine it with Passwarden (KeepSolid’s proprietary password manager) for $4.66 per month, it’s a pretty hard deal to beat.
Actually, KeepSolid VPN doesn’t have a free plan, but it does have another product called KeepSolid VPN Lite, which is free and comes with unlimited data, but only gives you access to one server.
Yes, it does, though it appears nowhere on the KeepSolid VPN pricing page. When you purchase a KeepSolid VPN Unlimited premium plan, you get a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
KeepSolid VPN comes with five connections, but it works like this: When you reach your connection limit, if you want to connect another device, you have to first manually disconnect one of the five you’ve already connected.
KeepSolid VPN is indeed fast. We clocked our U.S. connection at 286 Mbps (on an unwired 500 Mbps line). That dropped to about 200 Mbps when we connected to Europe.
Ray, M. (2019, Oct 27). How A Password Manager Can Keep You Safe. Forbes.
Password Manager. (2021). 65% OF PEOPLE DON’T TRUST PASSWORD MANAGERS DESPITE 60% EXPERIENCING A DATA BREACH.
Avast. (2020, May 23). Static vs. Dynamic IP Addresses.
Fruhlinger, J. and Martin, J. (2021, April 15). The password hall of shame (and 10 tips for better password security). CSO.