MacPaw – the makers of a popular junk-cleaning and optimisation app for macOS – have announced the release of ClearVPN. Powered by DynamicFlow technology, ClearVPN analyses user location and network status to find the ‘most efficient server.’ It uses an in-house protocol beside IPSec IKEV2 and OpenVPN while traffic is encrypted using AES-256 encryption.
According to MacPaw, ClearVPN’s unique algorithms instantly optimize network settings to keep your online interactions safe, private, and limitless. The company claims to have a strict no-log policy i.e. it does not store, use or collect online activity or personal data of users including IP address and location.
What makes ClearVPN different from other VPNs is its shortcut-based approach rather than giving users a map or list of locations to connect to. Instead of selecting a server, users choose their ‘goals’ and ClearVPN finds an optimal server using its DynamicFlow technology. A user can, for instance, activate shortcuts to unblock streaming content and change their location.
ClearVPN’s high price also sets it apart from many other VPN providers. Its monthly plan costs $12.95 while opting for a yearly plan will cost you $95 after a discount. For a quick comparison, NordVPN’s current price for a year is $59 after discount. Mullvad, on other hand, charges fixed 5 euro ($5.50) per month. ClearVPN offers 30-days money back guarantee and users can also use the app for free – albeit with restrictions. Apps for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS are available.
AdGuard – a popular ad blocking and privacy tool – also released its VPN recently. Mozilla, too, has jumped in the VPN game in partnership with Mullvad. As the crowded Virtual Private Network scene continues to get more players, users have plenty of options to choose from. How much ClearVPN’s shortcut-based approach will attract users remains to be seen.