FastestVPN assessment: It is not, however that is okay

FastestVPN in short:

  • P2P allowed: Sure
  • Enterprise location: Cayman Islands
  • Variety of servers: 150+
  • Variety of nation places: 23
  • Value: $30 per 12 months
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2
  • Information encryption: AES-256-GCM
  • Information authentication: MS-Chap v2 and TLS
  • Handshake: SHA-II

Each VPN service on the market says it’s the quickest, however few are so daring as to make that declare proper upfront, within the firm title. But right here we have now FastestVPN, a Cayman Islands-based service that gives VPN connections in 23 nations and has greater than 150 servers. Is it really the quickest service round? We’ll get to that, however first let’s check out the desktop app.

Observe: This assessment is a part of our finest VPNs roundup. Go there for particulars about competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

Options and companies

Whenever you begin up the FastestVPN utility it has a typical single-pane design with a little bit of a Shazam really feel due to the large yellow lightning bolt in the course of the join button. The highest of the window exhibits the present location you’re related to (or can hook up with), and the underside of the window exhibits your bandwidth utilization in MB for each add and obtain.

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FastestVPN’s main dashboard.

Click on the hamburger menu icon within the upper-left nook, and you’ll select the Areas display to pick out from the service’s 23 nations and a number of U.S. choices.

The Settings panel (additionally below the hamburger menu) doesn’t have a lot when it comes to choices. There’s an web kill change, which is off by default, and you can too select your most popular VPN protocol: PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2, or OpenVPN by way of TCP or UDP. In the event you do mess with these settings both IKEv2 or the OpenVPN choices are your finest decisions.

That’s all there may be to the FastestVPN app, although the corporate has additionally constructed malware safety and advert blocking into the service. The app is fairly good, however one factor I don’t like about it’s the way it behaves on the taskbar.

When the app is open it sits on the taskbar with no presence within the system tray. Then whenever you shut the app window it minimizes to the system tray. To this point so good, however what’s uncommon is that I couldn’t open the app up once more by clicking on the system tray icon. Proper-click the system tray icon and you’ve got two choices: Join/Disconnect and Exit. The latter labored simply nice, however I might by no means use the Join/Disconnect choice, and if I needed to see the app once more I needed to stop and restart it. Not nice.

FastestVPN expenses $30 per 12 months, or you should buy three years for $40, and till late February the corporate is providing 5 years of service for $50. One 12 months for $30 is a tremendous worth and that covers 10 simultaneous connections as a substitute of the standard 5. FastestVPN presents apps for Home windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Hearth Stick. There are additionally tutorials for organising on Linux, routers, and the Kodi VPN.

Efficiency

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FastestVPN’s settings screen.

So here we are at the big question for FastestVPN: Is it the fastest? Not by a long shot, but that doesn’t mean it won’t fit most people’s uses. In our tests, FastestVPN maintained an average of about 28 percent of the base speed. That’s not slow enough to place it among the bottom performers, but nor is it fast enough to be mid-tier in our tests.

All of FastestVPN’s country connections produced double-digit speeds in our tests, so they should be fine. But we’ve reviewed much faster services such as Mullvad, NordVPN, and HotSpot Shield.

Privacy, anonymity, and trust

FastestVPN is officially based in the Cayman Islands, but it also has a business address in Los Angeles. The company CEO is Azneem Bilwani who is based in Pakistan.

As for the company’s privacy promises, they are quite good. FastestVPN’s privacy policy is written in the style of a FAQ. It says the company does not store logs in any way. “Any information or logs related to your browsing history—the websites you visit, the content you download or stream, your traffic destinations, or your DNS queries—stays with you and you alone,” the page says.

To sign up for an account with FasestVPN requires your name and email address, and possibly further information depending on your method of payment. FastestVPN accepts payments via PayPal, credit card, eWallets such as Apple Pay, and ACH bank transfers. There doesn’t appear to be an option to pay with cash or cryptocurrencies.

Conclusion

FastestVPN won’t win any prizes for speeds compared to other VPNs, but it’s still well worth a look. The price is pretty great, as are the 10 simultaneous connections, and the desktop app is very easy to use—if a little annoying after you close it. Speed improvement would be great, but overall this is a fine choice for anyone looking for an affordable solution with a no-logging promise.

Editor’s note: Because online services are often iterative, gaining new features and performance improvements over time, this review is subject to change in order to accurately reflect the current state of the service. Any changes to text or our final review verdict will be noted at the top of this article.

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