In the main window you will find a list with all Perfect Privacy Server locations. If you have downloaded the single server configuration (see below) you can choose specific servers from the locations, if available.
After each server entry there are two buttons. The first (connector icon) connects to the correspondent VPN-Server or disconnects, if a connection is established. Please note that you will need to disconnect an existing VPN connection first before you can connect to a different server.
The second button will show the connection log file of the server. This only works if a connection to the corresponding server was established in the current session.
In the lower section there are four buttons. “Ping Servers” will ping all VPN servers in the list (you can sort the list by ping times by clicking on the “Ping” header). If you don’t stop the ping manually with another click on “Stop Ping”, it will stop automatically after a few minutes.
The second button will open the settings window, “quit” ends the Perfect Privacy VPN Manager and “Minimize” will send the program to the background, you can bring it into the foreground again by right-clicking on the traybar icon and choosing “Status”.
Click on “Settings” to configure options like the firewall and DNS protection. The settings window is split into five parts which you can switch by choosing the corresponding tabs.
Apart from this documentation most options have a toolbar help with a short description. Hover with the mouse over one of the blue “?” to read the description.
Perfect Privacy Settings
In the upper section you can optionally save your username and password. If you leave these fields blank you will be asked for your username and password every time you are connecting to a VPN server.
Download TCP configuration files
Perfect Privacy VPN connections are using UDP protocol as default. If you prefer TCP connections for some reason you can activate this check box. In most cases this option should remain deactivated as UDP connections are usually more stable.
Download single server configuration
Activate this check box to choose specific VPN servers for locations where more than one is available. If you activate this option you will need to download the configuration again before it has any effect.
By clicking on the “Update configuration” button you can manually update the Perfect Privacy server configuration at any time. You can also choose to have this done automatically under the tab “Program Settings”.
In the lower section you can see when your Perfect Privacy membership will expire. This only works if you entered your credentials above.
Here you can configure whether the VPN manager should launch automatically when Windows boots. If “Start minimized” is activated it will suppress the display of the main window (you can reach it via the traybar). You can also choose to have the VPN Manager automatically establish a connection upon startup. To do so, choose a server of your choice in the field “Autoconnect on startup”.
Choose how often the software should download the Perfect Privacy configuration. The default setting of once a week is recommended.
You can choose how the serverlist in the main window will be sorted. By default gigabit servers are listed on top. If you select “Invert bandwidth panel” you will switch between “Available bandwidth” and “Current traffic”.
Firewall and DNS
Here you can configure the firewall protection in three levels. The first level, “Activate while tunnel is active” will prevent all non-vpn network traffic once a VPN connection is established. Choose “Activate while program is active” to prevent non-vpn traffic whenever the VPN manager is running. If this option is activated, the internet connection will not work when the VPN manager is running with no established VPN connection. The third level “activate permanently” will always prevent any non-vpn network traffic even if the VPN manager is not running. You will need to start the program and establish a VPN connection first before you can use the Internet.
DNS Leak Protection
The DNS protection has the same settings as the firewall protection. Optionally, you can also choose to use a fixed Perfect Privacy VPN server for DNS. If the option “Manually select DNS server” is deactivated, the server for DNS will be chosen randomly from the VPN server pool.
IP and Ports
In this section you can set up port forwardings. If “Use random exit IP” is active, the VPN exit IP will be chosen randomly (enabled by default). If this option is deactivated your connection will be assigned the first IP address.
“Enable default port forwarding” will create three random port forwardings. You can see these in the main window if you click on “Details” beneath an active VPN connection.
If “Enable custom port forwarding” is active you can enter port forwarding manually. To do so, choose a server in the selection field below and click on “Set”. After that you can add a port of your choice to forward in the “Add forwarding to custom port” field.
Clicking on “Add 1-to-1 port forwarding” will add an additional random port forwarding.
Please note that port forwardings will automatically expire after seven days. If you select “Automatically renew expired forwardings” at the button, the saved port forwardings will be automatically renewed after expiration.
Here you can configure some settings of the OpenVPN service. You can select the debug level for the log files; “Always show log” will automatically open the log window whenever you establish a VPN connection.
You can also set the path to the OpenVPN binary, uninstall or reinstall the service and deactivate the OpenVPN service, for instance if you are using a VPN service other than OpenVPN.