Comparison

PureVPN vs. Norton VPN review

⏳ Short on time? Here’s the overall winner.

The better choice between PureVPN and Norton VPN is PureVPN. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: PureVPN has better privacy features than Norton VPN
  • Features: PureVPN has less features than Norton VPN
  • Speed: PureVPN is slower than Norton VPN
  • Countries:  PureVPN has more countries available than Norton VPN
  • Security: PureVPN has better security than Norton VPN
  • Price: PureVPN is cheaper than Norton VPN
  • Compatibility: Same price
  • Support: Same support

1. Privacy

I’ll start with a comparison of the most important aspect of any VPN - privacy. During review I will consider whether VPN logs anything (IP address, traffic, DNS logs, bandwidth, or any type of timestamps) and the jurisdiction of VPN’s country of origin.

NamePureVPNNorton VPN
IP addressNoYes
DNSNo Yes
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthNoYes
TimestampsNoYes

PureVPN is located in British Virgin Islands which is not part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries while Norton VPN is located in United States which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries.

It’s important to note that If you are like me and you will be using VPN only to unblock GEO-restricted content, privacy will not be that important factor but it’s still essential for any VPN.

2. Features

The next category I want to compare are features of PureVPN and Norton VPN such as kill-switch, unblocking of streaming, support of P2P traffic (torrenting). I am a heavy user of various streaming platforms so for me it’s important whether VPN unblocks major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or BBC. I don’t do much torrenting but it’s always good to use a VPN while doing so. If this is an important factor for you, definitely look for a VPN which supports P2P traffic.

NamePureVPNNorton VPN
Kill-switchYesNo
Streaming (Netflix)YesNo
P2P traffic - torrentsYesNo

As you can see from the comparison table above, PureVPN has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside Norton VPN doesn't have kill-switch, doesn't support streaming services, and doesn't support torrenting.

3. Speed

Being hidden behind VPN shouldn’t limit the speed of your connection. I’ve measured the speed of each VPN against a 100mbps connection - which should be sufficient for any activities including heavy streaming in 4K or downloading large files.

In my test PureVPN was more on the average side while Norton VPN had below average speed. If there were no limits in speed on a 100mbps connection, I consider VPN a “fast” one. If the speed is limited somehow but still achieving decent values, I categorize it as “average”. The “slow” is usually used for VPNs which limit your bandwidth significantly.

4. Security

I will start by comparing the type of encryption PureVPN and Norton VPN use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NamePureVPNNorton VPN
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP, PPTP and IKEv2OpenVPN
IP leaksNoYes
DNS leaksNoYes

The most important factor of a VPN service is a strong encryption of the traffic which is forwarded through the VPN servers. The most common encryption types in cryptography are SHA encryption or AES encryption which are not really comparable against each other. There might be different lengths of encryptions (eg. 128-bit, 256-bit, 2048-bit) and while usually the higher is the better, for most use cases you will be fine with any encryption. Watch-out if there is no encryption at all. PureVPN uses 256-bit and OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP, PPTP and IKEv2 protocol and Norton VPN uses 256-bit and es 256-bit and OpenVPN protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and PureVPN had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while Norton VPN had No IP leaks and No DNS leaks. 

5. Price

Probably one of the most important decision factor for the majority of users will be price. Shocking? Not really. We all love to compare things and I am not different. It’s always good to get the best value for your hard-earned money, isn’t it? So let’s see whether PureVPN or Norton VPN is cheaper.

NamePureVPNNorton VPN
Price$1.99$3.33
Trial versionNoNo

6. Compatibility

PureVPN supports 10 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Norton VPN on 10 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NamePureVPNNorton VPN
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
Linux
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with PureVPN or Norton VPN you can reach out to their support via:

NamePureVPNNorton VPN
LivechatYesYes
EmailYesNo
PhoneNoYes

Summary

PureVPN ranked in our list on 3. position while Norton VPN. is on 83 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.