Let’s dive into the FastestVPN review and check if it’s a fast VPN or not.
The very name of the VPN service was enough to grab my attention. Although it is indeed “clickbaity” but what if a rival comes up with faster speeds making them the “hare” in the race?
And then again, an obvious question, is it really fast, or is it all just advertising? That is precisely why I compiled this review to see if they really are the “fastest” or just plain good at advertising.
I will also look up the privacy aspects offered in this FastestVPN review. After all, speed is not the only thing to look for in a VPN!
To see real-time insights on FastestVPN read on…
Overview of FastestVPN
|Anonymity Level||through different levels of tests found ( 7.6/10 )|
|Jurisdiction||The Cayman Islands: Far away from 5, 9, 14 eyes|
|Log Policy||Claiming No-Log Policy, but “NO” third party audit report.|
|Servers||150+ servers over 30+ Countries|
|Torrenting||Yes, Allowed, you need to ask them which servers is best for it.|
|Refund Policy||15-Day conditional refund policy, you will get money back in 15+ days.|
|Pricing||As low as $2.49/mo on the annual plan|
My first interaction with the APP:
UI was okay but seems like pretty old school tech. Sometimes you might be confused whether you have clicked on something or not. So take some time to observe it thoroughly.
Is That Fastest As claimed?
Nope, not so fast, they have minimal servers to hang out with. I can understand the stress make their servers slower. Well, I have performed a many continuous speed test to confirm, but the highest I get was 30% slower speed. So! It’s not the fastest VPN at all.
In Mac, you will only have IKEv2 and IPsec option, and another prebuild killswitch notification. But surprisingly not working at all. Also, it’s not working with Netflix and other blocked channels.
Let’s take this to another level of testing…
Anonymity Level 7.2
I checked the anonymity level based on various tests. So that you could see things for yourself I have added screenshots along.
|History||NO past bad record or leaks found||10|
|No-Log||Claimed No-Log Policy||9.2|
|IPLeak||Not Leaking IP||10|
|DNS Leak||Not leaking DNS||10|
|Torrent Leak||Not leaking Torrent IP||10|
|IPv6 Leak||Not leaking IPv6||10|
|Browser leak||WebRTC blocked, NO Leaks||10|
|Encryption||ESP over IKEv2 and NBNS over IPsec, which is disappointing.||5.5|
|Tor/VPN||working but slower||5.5|
|Log-Audit||no log audit report available||0|
|Anonymity Level||Calculate upon VPNleaks performance||7.2|
VPN Leaks Tests
I ran some tests to see if it leaves a mess behind in its wake to be the fastest. These tests consist of the IP Leaks test, the DNS Leaks Test, IPv6 Leaks Test, WebRTC Leaks test, Torrent IP leaks test and of course, Kill switch testing.
Ready? Here we go!
IP Leaks Test
Ran the test several times to ensure accurate results and found No IP Leaks
DNS Leaks Test
I sent out almost a hundred requests in a minute and found No DNS Leaks.
WebRTC Leaks Test
Although this browser vulnerability is overlooked by many, I found FastestVPN providing its protection as I found No WebRTC leaks in the test.
Torrent IP Leaks Test
If you don’t want the “cyber police” over you it is better to torrent with a VPN. Although most VPNs are not compatible with torrent, I found FastestVPN an exception.
I checked it through the IP Leaks tool and found No Torrent IP Leaks.
IPv6 Leaks Test
It is crucial to have IPv6 Leaks protection with a VPN. FastestVPN protects from such leaks as I found No IPv6 Leaks during the leak test.
Kill switch protection
FastestVPN claims to offer a default kill switch feature. But when I checked I was disappointed as it was not working!
It is the encryption level of a VPN provider that works all the magic behind providing anonymity. I checked the encryption levels provided by FastestVPN and was fairly disappointed.
With highly secure VPN protocol options available such as OpenVPN it was only offering:
When I checked it through tests, I found FastestVPN offering “ESP” with “IKEv2” which screams AES 256 bit encryption! So this is somewhat a compensation.
With IPSec, I found NBNS protocol which is a disappointment as it is known to vulnerabilities like MiTM attacks.
Having a VPN that logs data explicitly says “privacy violated”! Therefore it is crucial to subscribe to a VPN provider that is strictly against logging data.
I checked FastestVPN logging policy and saw that they absolutely keep No Logs of their users.
However, another thing that is lacking is any documentation proving their integrity! So it’s better to think twice before completely trusting them!
FastestVPN lies in the lush tropical Cayman Islands, a country that is well away from the 5eyes, 9 eyes and the 14 eyes.
Apart from its beaches, the country is known for its privacy too as it has no mandatory data retention laws!
Crypto payments mean complete anonymity! Although this payment method is quite famous by now, FastestVPN doesn’t offer this payment method.
Tor is best used with a VPN. Why? Well VPN adds up to the security of the network ad provides a significant increase in speeds. I checked Tor with FastestVPN, and it suffices to say that I was thoroughly disappointed.
Although the encryption protocol used was IPSec which is just about okay. However, the speeds were frustrating! It looks like FastestVPN wasn’t so fast now!
Previous Track Records
I poked around in search of any kind of scandalous news on them and came up empty-handed. It seems FastestVPN maintained a good record all along!
So let’s talk about entertainment stuff, starting with torrents.
Okay, so this is entirely based upon my experience! As per their recommendation, I connected to their server located in the Netherlands. My experience was nothing short of disturbing!
Although the protocol used was IKEv2 which is indeed secure, but the speeds were excruciatingly slow! I faced 75% slowdowns than usual. Moreover, with Kill switch not working, I would definitely not recommend FastestVPN for torrenting.
Tried couple of servers around the UK, USA and Canada, but no luck. Contacted with support which is also really slow even on live chat, well, they said they are working on it.
Which means it’s not working with Netflix currently.
FastestVPN is notorious for offering their services at reasonably cheap rates. Their subscription is available at the following prices:
- 5 year subscriptions for $0.83 offering 92% save
- 3 year subscription for $1.11/mo
- 1 year subscription for $2.49/mo
- 1 month subscription for $10/mo
All these payments are made through USD only.
Along with the conventional payment methods of credit/debit cards, they allow online payments through third-party apps such as PayPal. Crypto payments are disappointingly a No!
FastestVPN offers a 15-day refund policy. However, you have to notify for a refund 15 days after the purchase. Also, the refund policy becomes invalid if there is a violation of terms of service.
You also won’t get a refund if the payment method you used doesn’t offer a refund option.
If you want to remain reasonably insecure over the internet, and that too with frustrating speeds then you should go for FastestVPN!
With the absence of a kill switch and minimal security levels, this VPN service is a big NO for security! And as far as the speeds are concerned? Well, its ‘“Fastest” in the name only!
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