Price (RRP): $69.99
Malwarebytes Privacy is a new VPN (virtual private network) from the same company that has one of, if not the best malware detection and removal solutions on the planet.
While I trust Norton Lifelock, McAfee and Kaspersky (our top three anti-virus/malware endpoint) solutions, I always use Malwarebytes to ‘check the checkers’. It is particularly good at detecting PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) that seem to sneak past the radar of other AV solutions. So, I have high expectations for Malwarebytes Privacy.
If you don’t know what a VPN does read our tutorial here. Malwarebytes Privacy is a new kid on the block.
I have been a VPN user for a long time, admittedly starting in the good old pre-Netflix days obtaining ‘content’ we could not get here. Over time that grew to use a VPN for privacy, security for all banking and finance, to prevent man-in-the-middle public Wi-Fi attacks, and then just leaving it on for peace of mind. Oh, and to get over geo-blocking so I can see OS websites that redirect to Australia.
MalwareBytes Privacy Website and details
Price: A$69.99/year or with Malwarebytes for $109.99 (5-users). These are promotional prices and will revert to the full advertised price upon automatic credit card renewal. I am not happy with having to provide a credit card for auto-renewal preferring to get an invoice.
At present, it is only for the English language for Windows 7 or later and macOS, iOS/iPadOS, Android and Chrome are coming ‘soon’.
Malwarebytes Privacy is a paid VPN.
By that I mean it has 180+ servers in 30 countries including most European countries, UK, USA, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.
Let’s back up a little – before you buy any VPN, you need to know if there is a server close to you. For example, where I live is 90km from Sydney and with/without a VPN ping times are 15/12ms. Downloads/uploads are 90/95MBps and 36/38MBps (numbers rounded down to nearest).
But if I connect to Melbourne ping time increases to 27ms and DL/UL is 40/35MBps.
What about the West Coast US (LA)? Well, its 305ms and around 9/10MBps.
Good old torrents
Torrents are where you download via a program like uTorrent and a VPN (to protect your real identity) from what are euphemistically called pirate sites. GadgetGuy does not condone the illegal use of torrents.
Torrents use a mesh of servers to ‘seed’ the download so results can be variable. For this test, we selected an 806MB video. Malwarebytes Privacy downloaded it in 6.5 minutes at an average speed of 2.0MBps, and the top speed was 4.3MBps. We removed the torrent, data and trackers and tried with another paid VPN and the result was the same although it hit 4.6MBps at one time.
Logs and privacy
Malwarebytes Privacy claims it does not log online activities – so it should be safe from any government subpoenas. But I want to see far more on its overall data collection – logs are just part of the equation.
You must set up a new My Account login for each email address you have registered with Malwarebytes. This is to manage all devices registered to your email address and activation key as well as your automatic renewal on a credit card.