Steganos Online Shield 365 protects your privacy while you are surfing the internet, but that is not all it does. When you connect to Steganos servers, your real IP address is never logged on the internet, whether you are registering on a website or streaming media, your real IP stays hidden. You can also change your client IP address to appear as if you belong from a different country and access websites that are blocked in your country.
Steganos Online Shield VPN is targeted more towards home users than professionals, so it contains most of the basic features that one would expect from a VPN service. Where a VPN service built for professionals or organizations would be talking about features such as protocols, DNS or encryption. Steganos’ website talks about relatively mundane things such as ad-blocking, privacy related add-ons, automatic deletion of cookies at the end of each session and protection from social media tracking.
The part that we actually found to be interesting enough to warrant a mention here is found in the list of things that a user is not allowed to do with the service. Steganos explicitly states that a user must not send data that is not “desired” by its recipient. They also ban the use of any program that reads data automatically, engage in the process or promote illegal activities – a list of which for some reason includes gambling.
While it is great that the company is clearly stating their rules so the user does not get a rude shock later in the future, we believe that this is information that any potential users would like to have even before using the service.
Performance and Usage
The program was tested on a windows computer, and setting up was very straightforward. You can use the service with the most minimal of actions simply by launching, clicking “Protect Connection” and waiting to get automatically connected to the fastest server. If you want to switch the location of the server, you can do so by choosing another country without the need to disconnect from the current one first.
As suggested earlier, the program is clearly target at novice users so there are no real advanced controls. Even the ad-block feature offered is not exactly the most effective one that we have seen.
Dedicated clients for using the service are offered to Windows, Mac, iOS and Android users. You can run connections on up to five devices at a time.
It is a bit of a mixed bag with this one. Steganos seem a little strict with their policies and they fail to make up for it with the features contained in their service. However, a user that is new to VPN usage will have a very easy time getting accustomed to the basics, so it’s a great option for that crowd. It all depends on what you need.
24 GB of Free Premium Traffic
Steganos Online Shield encrypts your traffic, whether you are using a wired or wireless connection, data transferred between your computer and Steganos server is safe from spies.
Free users of Steganos Online Shield receive only 500 MB of bandwidth per month. The following promotion upgrades your free account to premium with a limit to 2 GB of traffic per month. The premium account will have a validity of one year, which means you will receive 2 GB x 12 Months = 24 GB of premium traffic absolutely free.
- Visit the Promotion Page and register with your email address. See translated screen below.
- You will receive a confirmation mail from [email protected]. Click on the link to confirm your registration.
- Within a few minutes, you should receive the free serial number from the same email address.
- Download Steganos Online Shield
The following procedure will help you to activate Steganos Online Shield on Windows.
- Install and launch Steganos Online Shield – Click on the hamburger menu icon and select “Manage license…”
- Create a new account and after confirming your account, you will be asked to buy or enter serial of the product.
- Select “Enter Serial” and then paste the key that was sent to your email address to activate.