Steganos Online Shield review

We encountered too many minor but annoying issues with Online Shield

Price
£50
  • IPv6 support; Licence covers five devices
  • Limited country options; Imperfect anonymity; DNS leak

Steganos markets Online Shield on claims of maximum anonymity, protection from hackers and its ability to defeat geo-blocking. It's not available for Macs, and you can't set it up with a router, but a single licence covers up to five devices.

It's the only VPN service we've seen so far that supports IPv6 connections, and the app incorporates some useful extra features such as ad and tracking blockers, a cookie eraser and browser anonymiser.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Unfortunately, there's lots we didn't like about the service. Only nine territories are offered, with Japan the only Asia-Pacific location and no servers in South America. We experienced occasional packet loss (less than 1%), the connection seemed significantly slower than our bandwidth, and we couldn't view Netflix US content.

Whoer.net gave a respectable 90% score once we'd enabled Online Shield's WebRTC IP leak block, but we were still using our ISP's DNS servers, potentially leaking vital information about our activity. In one session we were allocated a blacklisted IP, a potential risk with any VPN service.

While most of the above issues are minor, taken together they were enough to dent our confidence in the service. We've no doubt it's up to the job of protecting data on an insecure network, but after our experience we wouldn't use it where stealth or anonymity are key.

Featured Resources

Successful digital transformations are future ready - now

Research findings identify key ingredients to complete your transformation journey

Download now

Cyber security for accountants

3 ways to protect yourself and your clients online

Download now

The future of database administrators in the era of the autonomous database

Autonomous databases are here. So who needs database administrators anymore?

Download now

The IT expert’s guide to AI and content management

Your guide to the biggest opportunities for IT teams when it comes to AI and content management

Download now

Most Popular

Visit/mobile/mobile-phones/355239/microsofts-patent-design-reveals-a-mobile-device-with-a-third-screen
Mobile Phones

Microsoft patents a mobile device with a third screen

6 Apr 2020
Visit/server-storage/servers/355254/a-critical-flaw-in-350000-microsoft-exchange-remains-unpatched
servers

A critical flaw in 350,000 Microsoft Exchange remains unpatched

7 Apr 2020
Visit/security/cyber-security/355271/microsoft-gobbles-up-corpcom-domain-to-keep-it-from-hackers
cyber security

Microsoft gobbles up corp.com domain to keep it from hackers

8 Apr 2020