Cargo VPN is a new VPN service offered by a well software producer that you may use on your iOS and MacOS devices. Keep reading the Cargo VPN review in order to find out what are the pros and cons of CargoVPN.
Cargo VPN review in a nutshell
|Headquarters & jurisdiction||Germany|
|Log policy||No logging of user activity, logs number of devices used, some aggregated logs.|
|Servers & locations||1000+ servers, 52 countries.|
|Dynamic & static IPs||Dynamic IPs.|
|Dedicated IPs||Yes, Personal IP and Personal Server packages.|
|VPN protocols & security||OpenVPN, IPSec, KeepSolid Wise.|
|P2P & torrent policy||Yes, on certain servers.|
|VPN applications||MacOS, iOS.|
|Other devices (manual setup)||No.|
|Simultaneous connections / devices||5 devices.|
|Free trial||Yes, 24 hours.|
|Pricing||From $9.95/month, $99.99 for 3 years.|
|Payment methods||App Store (iOS and MacOS).|
|Moneyback||AppStore refund policy.|
|Support||24/7 ticket and live chat.|
|Multilanguage||Yes (English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish).|
|Pros/What I like||Nice apps, OpenVPN available, dedicated IPs/servers packages.|
|Cons/What could be improved||No Windows and Android apps, no KillSwitch.|
Headquarters & jurisdiction
The company that offers Cargo VPN, Eltima Software, is based in Germany. As a member of the Forteen Eyes group of countries, Germany shares intelligence to avoid breaking domestic laws. Thus, a VPN provider located in one of these countries might (not necessarily would) share user data with intelligence services in certain cases. You should keep this in mind when using a VPN service located in Germany.
According to Eltima, Cargo VPN has the following logging policy:
Eltima does NOT collect and log any user activities while using any of their VPN services, except the total amount of web traffic for each session and session dates, for displaying them in user’s web cabinet and within the VPN client apps. Eltima also stores the encrypted information about the amount of connected devices for each account, as the maximum permitted amount is limited. This information can be assessed in the User Office, where any user can delete their devices from their account.
Servers & locations
Cargo VPN offers access to more than 1000+ servers in 52 countries: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States.
Dynamic & static IPs
Cargo VPN servers have dynamic IPs, meaning that every time you connect you will (most probably) get a different IP. However, you may get a static IP on a location of your choice by subscribing to a Personal IP package.
A strong point of Cargo VPN is that it offers Personal IP or Personal Server packages. By subscribing to a Personal IP package you get access to a dedicated IP from an existing VPN server. However, you can buy your own Personal Server with dedicated IPs and resources (CPU, bandwidth, connection port).
VPN protocols and security
The available VPN protocols available in the CargoVPN apps are: IPSec, OpenVPN, KeepSolid Wise UDP and KeepSolid Wise TCP. The KeepSolid Wise (proprietary to KeepSolid) is a Stealth VPN protocol that provides higher anonymity (more difficult to detect and block), but medium performance. It uses the TCP 443 and UDP 33434 ports, and with the OpenVPN protocol forming its backbone. The KeepSolid Wise is very useful for those living or travelling to China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Indonesia, India, Turkey, Syria, Iran.
P2P & torrent policy
Downloading torrents is allowed on certain Cargo VPN servers located in Canada, France, Luxembourg, Romania, United States (California 1). The servers are marked with the “torrents” to the right of the server name.
Must read: Learn how to torrent safely!
Cargo VPN review – VPN applications
Cargo VPN MacOS app
The CargoVPN MacOS application is simple and does what is supposed to do, plus something extra.
In order to connect to VPN you need to select the desired location from the Servers screen. For every location/server the workload is shown. Also, you may go for the Optimal location that provides the best performance (usually the closest server from your location), Streaming Netflix, Hulu that unblocks the desired US channels or UK-South BBC iPlayer to unblock BBC. A very nice feature is that the servers can also be selected from the Touch Bar on MacBook Pros! 🙂
The servers that can be used for torrenting are marked with the torrents text to the right of server location.
The Cargo VPN MacOS app uses the IPSec VPN protocol by default, but it can be switched to OpenVPN or Stealth VPN (KeepSolid UDP or TCP) from Account -> Network Settings. Be aware that, by using the KeepSolid protocols, the connection performance may decrease.
To increase the protection while connected to a VPN service, Cargo VPN app offers access to the Eltima/KeepSolid DNS firewall (select Protection from the left menu) with 2 levels of traffic filtering:
- None – All websites can be reached, but the VPN traffic encryption protects you from man-in-the-middle attacks.
- Low – Anti-malware protection: the DNS firewall blocks websites that presents security risks.
Also, users are able to define their own black/white lists.
To sum up, the Cargo VPN application works smoothly and offers good speed. The DNS filtering adds an extra layer of protection.
Cargo VPN iOS app
The Cargo VPN iOS app easily connects to a VPN location seconds after installing the application. The 24-trial is nicely implemented and it does not require any registration. However, if you already created an account on MacOS you can sign in with it.
From the home screen you can turn the VPN on/off and select the desired location. If you choose Optimal the app tries to find the server that provides you the optimal speed. Usually, a server close to your location. Also, you may take a look to the Recommended servers to choose a server that provides fast connection.
The Cargo VPN applications can be used on 5 devices (iOS and MacOS) simultaneously. This should be enough for a medium sized family, but you may purchase additional slots if you need to.
You may try Cargo VPN with a 24-h trial. The trial is beautifully implemented. For the iOS app simply install the app and you may get connected. For the MacOS app you need to create an account (Eltima ID).
Cargo VPN offers the main VPN plans plus additional packages for extra devices, dedicated IPs and dedicated servers. Take a look below to the available Cargo VPN packages:
|VPN Plans||Access to all servers on 5 devices.||$9.99/month, $49.99/year, $99.99/3 years|
|Additional slots||Add devices to your subscription.||from $0.99/month/device|
|Personal IP||Get a static, dedicated IP||from $24.99/month depends on location|
|Personal Server||Get your own VPN server||depends on location|
You may subscribe directly from the Cargo VPN iOS and MacOS apps.
As Cargo VPN is only available (at this time) for iOS and MacOS, the payments are only accepted through App Store (iOS and MacOS).
Cargo VPN is distributed through iOS and Mac AppStore. AppStore refund policy is applied and your need to contact the contact Apple Store support directly.
The Cargo VPN team offers 24/7/365 ticket and live chat support. I have tried the live chat and I received an informative and friendly reply.
The Cargo VPN presentation page looks very nice, it’s simple and informative.
As the service is relatively new there are not many reviews from the users. Feel free to add your Cargo VPN review to the end of this article.
Cargo VPN review – Pros – What I like about CargoVPN
Cargo VPN looks like a solid VPN service for the iOS devices and MacOS. Here are some of the things I like the most about Cargo VPN:
- The apps look very good;
- It exposes dedicated servers for unblocking Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer;
- It offers access to dedicated IPs and dedicated VPN servers;
- OpenVPN is available for both iOS and MacOS apps;
- Good speed.
Cargo VPN review – Cons – What could be improved
There are several things that could be improved:
- The logging policy is not clearly presented;
- KillSwitch for the MacOS app is a must;
- There are no Windows and Android apps (yet).
Cargo VPN review – Conclusion
To sum up, Cargo VPN offers very good MacOS and iOS VPN apps with a large number of locations and good speed. Further, it can be used to unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Plus, you may get your own dedicated IP or dedicated VPN server.
What do you think of CargoVPN? Have you tried it? What features should Cargo VPN add? Would you recommend it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.