The VPN we are here to review is FastestVPN. A fairly new face in the VPN space but one that seems very promising. We’ll break down what FastestVPN has to offer and what value proposition it holds for you, the customer.
FastestVPN hails from the Cayman Islands. Right off the bat, we can tell you this gives FastestVPN a plus as a service.
Governments around the world, especially the United States, take a strict approach to digital laws. The Five Eyes is an alliance between the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Germany. The purpose of this group is to share signal intelligence, which means your online activities are monitored by the government through Internet Service Providers (ISP).
- 150+ servers worldwide
- AES 256-bit encryption
- Ad Blocker
- Anti-Malware Protection
- NAT Firewall
- 10 simultaneous connections
- 15-day money-back guarantee
- 24/7 customer support
Servers and Global Coverage
Global coverage is a very important aspect when it comes to deciding between VPN services. Because it dictates the kind of performance, you ultimately get.
In a typical scenario, anything you do on the internet goes through the ISP’s server and the DNS server it hosts. It’s usually fast in response because the ISP is located in the same geographic location as you, but things become slow when you connect to a server outside of your region. It’s called latency and depends on the distance between you and the server’s location. The closer the server is to you, the faster you can get things done.
Another situation where having more servers is beneficial is during peak traffic. It ensures that performance won’t get bogged down during peak hours.
There are 150+ high-speed servers around the world which make up FastestVPN’s global network. By comparison, it’s lower than many other notable VPN services in the market. But FastestVPN has played this shortcoming smart by not missing out on the major countries, such as United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and more.
So, you’re likely not going to run into issues of high latency. We did not experience performance bottlenecks during peak traffic. We tried the service at night while connected to the United States region, and faced no slowdown.
We reckon that the service is still in its early life, and it will scale bigger as it continues to add more customer.
What About Security and Privacy?
The words are the fundamental pillars of the VPN. These two dictate how strong the technology at the core of a VPN is.
At the core, FastestVPN is built to utilize (Advanced Encryption Standard) AES 256-bit encryption algorithm. When it comes to encryption strength, it depends on the cipher used. The AES 256-bit encryption is so secure that the United States military has endorsed it.
Its reputation comes from the fact that it would take years to successfully brute force the encryption with today’s fastest computers.
It provides FastestVPN the leverage the toughest encryption cipher available, and by extension makes the VPN very secure. Keeping in view user-privacy and user-experience, FastestVPN has incorporated NAT Firewall and Ad-Blocker.
The VPN also takes into consideration DNS/IP leaks and has built the service around preventing them. It ensures that your real identity remains hidden from the ISP.
No Log’s Policy
FastestVPN’s takes a strict stand on user-privacy. It upholds privacy through no-logs policy. The service guarantees that it will never record or spy on your internet activities.
It is important to note the VPN we choose to protect our online activity could become our Archille’s Heel if we are not careful. When we direct our internet traffic through the encrypted tunnel to the VPN server, we are also allowing the service the ability to see and record them. A no-logs policy clearly defines the VPN provider’s stance on user-privacy; it’s something that the top VPN services proudly advertise.
Always keep this aspect in mind when shopping for a VPN. And always use paid VPN services, stay away from free ones.
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Building on the commitment to protecting user-identity, FastestVPN also has Kill Switch in place. It prevents your identity from leaking out in the event connection to VPN server drops, by terminating internet connection. The option is available in the Settings menu; you can also turn it off.
But for obvious reasons, it’s highly recommended that you keep it running.
Apps and Compatibility of FastestVPN
FastestVPN has built dedicated apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. Just as you would expect, the apps come preconfigured; they do not require an overwhelming setup process.
Additionally, apps are available for Fire TV and Fire Stick as well. Devices like Apple TV can also benefit from VPN protection through Router configuration. The VPN can be configured directly into the router, enabling VPN protection on any connected device. FastestVPN gets full marks when it comes to supported platforms.
The apps themselves are easy to set up and use. A button lets you connect/disconnect from the VPN server, and you can navigate to the server menu by clicking the VPN location below. The hamburger menu of the top-left corner gives access options such as Settings, Account, and FAQs.
We also didn’t have trouble setting up FastestVPN in either of the devices. The VPN provider has listed tutorials for several devices on their website. And speaking of tutorials, there’s a blog as well which gets updated regularly with interesting articles.
We also ran the extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that were introduced recently. They don’t pack the same number of features, such as NAT Firewall, but it’s equally good when it comes to unblocking websites and geo-restricted content. If you’re running apps like Netflix outside the web-browser, you need to use the app instead. Extensions are strictly for activities you do through the web browser.
Pricing, Plans, and Payment Methods
Another way FastestVPN is tackling the challenges of being a relatively new service in a market dominated by trusted names is through pricing. FastestVPN is priced aggressively in a bid to give it the best standing when it comes to the value proposition.
Below are the packages offered by FastestVPN, and their respective discounts as part of an on-going sale at the time of writing this review:
- 1 Month for $10
- 1 Year for $120 (discounted to $29.95)
- 3 Year for $250 (discounted to $39.95)
- 5 Year for $600 (discounted to $49.95)
FastestVPN is also the only VPN provider we know of that is offering the highest number of simultaneous connections. As part of all packages, you can add up to 10 devices and use them simultaneously with VPN protection.
The VPN provider accepts credit cards and PayPal as methods of payment. It may introduce other payment methods later down the road, but right now, the two as the only options available.
Many VPN providers offer money-back guarantee to instill confidence in customers, and FastestVPN does the same. It has 7-day money-back guarantee policy that lets customers ask for a refund if they are not satisfied with their purchase.
FastestVPN does not offer a trial version, but this policy is the next best thing. You can opt for the $10 monthly package, use It, and request a refund if the service does not live up to your expectations.
Customer support is vital. We say this because not a lot of them are available round the clock at our service, some are not even helpful.
FastestVPN has a dedicated team of support staff that is available 24/7. In our test where we faked a problem and contacted the VPN provider via live-chat, the customer representative was quick to respond. The series of exchanges between us finally led to a solution. So our impressions were positive about their customer support.
We did not test email contact but we’re fairly sure it is reliable and responsive.
Why You Shouldn’t Choose a Free VPN?
The sound of “free VPN” is tempting, isn’t it? But the truth is that these VPNs only go as far as to unblock restricted websites. They do not and cannot protect you in the way a paid VPN does. It’s a simple business.
VPN services are don’t run on charity. The servers cost money to continue running, not to mention other operating expenses. The way free VPNs offset the cost of providing you free access to the service is by advertising and selling data. You can bet that they are recording internet activity.
FastestVPN – Verdict
There is much we haven’t talked about but we are confident to say that FastestVPN holds true to its name. It may not be the fastest but is definitely a fast VPN that holds nothing back. The number of features you get at a price as low as $10 is remarkable.
It’s compatible with all the major platforms including Fire TV and Fire Stick, and the support extends to more devices once you configure the router.
- Good performance
- AES 256-bit encryption
- 24/7 customer support
- Dedicated apps
- P2P works on many servers
- DNS leak protection
- Number of servers worldwide
- No free trial
- Netflix US is not supported
We hope that as FastestVPN continues to grow and scale its service, it retains that value proposition.
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