FastestVPN review

TOP rank 8.8 Reviewed by Jayden Andrews
January 6, 2020

FastestVPN lives up to its name as the fastest VPN service available for a good price. Although the VPN service provider has few servers that are thinly spread out, they do a great job on several fronts. They are as said fast and thus perfect for P2P sharing and torrenting.

The only thing that we found to be a drawback of using FastestVPN is that you might encounter streaming errors on Netflix. This, of course, also depends on a number of things such as whether or not the folks at Netflix have associated your subscription to a particular IP address. The customer service is great and the security and privacy credentials are just as excellent.

5 years: $0.83/month
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FastestVPN lives up to its name as the fastest VPN service available for a good price. Although the VPN service provider has few servers that are thinly spread out, they do a great job on several fronts. They are as said fast and thus perfect for P2P sharing and torrenting.

The only thing that we found to be a drawback of using FastestVPN is that you might encounter streaming errors on Netflix. This, of course, also depends on a number of things such as whether or not the folks at Netflix have associated your subscription to a particular IP address. The customer service is great and the security and privacy credentials are just as excellent.

8.0
Speed
9.3
Security
7.6
Compatibility
9.8
Price
9.1
Support
Pros
Very fast servers
Strong security and privacy credentials
10 simultaneous connections
Ad-blocking
Split tunneling
Cons
Streaming error on Netflix
Few servers and server locations

Summary

Speed drop speedtest We check the speed with and without VPN, then calculate the average in percentage. The smaller the speed drop, the faster the VPN.
-6%
Logging
Strict no logs policy
IP, DNS Leaks
No
Jurisdiction The 5 Eyes (FVEY), 9 Eyes and 14 Eyes alliances impose laws that force VPN companies to hand over logs to the government upon request. Privacy Havens - These are countries where companies don't have to share their logs to the government and VPN users are completely protected.
Cayman Islands (Privacy Haven)
Servers
150+
Countries
30
Netflix Unblock
No
Torrenting speed drop
-14%Good
Simultaneous connections
10
Works in China
No special features
Support
24/7 Live Chat, Email
Kill switch
Yes
Encryption AES-256 is the most secure type of encryption today. Other standards like DES-CBC, AES-128 provide lower levels of security.
AES-128
Protocols OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPsec are the most popular protocols which provide optimal balance between speed and security.
L2TP, OpenVPN, PPTP
Platforms
Android, iOS, macOS, Windows
Applications
Amazon FireStick, Chrome, Firefox, Routers

FastestVPN Speed tests

Ordinary connection
Download: 2.13 Mbps
Ping: 583 Ms
Upload: 0.08 Mps

FastestVPN would like you to believe that they are the fastest VPN service available on the planet, given that their advertisements make a constant reference to the speed of their servers. As a VPN user, you must be wary of such assertions and that is why we took it upon ourselves to test whether FastestVPN lives up to the hype. For the speed tests, we relied on a 2Mbps connection.

Checking VPN servers

Except for the US server, all other servers show a lot of consistency, which is one of the things to look out for when purchasing a VPN app. In all, FastestVPN performs incredibly well when it comes to the speed of its servers, so if you are looking to buy a fast VPN app, we would highly recommend FastestVPN.

Spain
Download: 2.10 Mbps
Ping: 205 Ms
Upload: 0.12 Mbps
Japan
Download: 2.07 Mbps
Ping: 383 Ms
Upload: 0.12 Mbps
USA
Download: 2.05 Mbps
Ping: 502 Ms
Upload: 0.1 Mbps
Australia
Download: 2.07 Mbps
Ping: 404 Ms
Upload: 0.17 Mbps

Average speed drop: -6%Excellent

FastestVPN Servers

150+ servers
30 countries

FastestVPN has 150+ servers in 30+ country locations around the world. The number of servers and server locations are a bit on the lower side which is unexpected. There are no servers in Japan, for instance, a place that many people consider to be a prime VPN location.

FastestVPN Security features

FastestVPN has very solid privacy and security credentials. Here is a comprehensive look at some of them.

Military Grade AES-256 Encryption

FastestVPN uses the latest in encryption technology to secure communication between its servers. It uses the military-grade 256-bit encryption standard for its servers. It is the same encryption technology that is deployed by some of the world’s most powerful militaries.

OpenVPN Protocol

To secure communication between its servers, FastestVPN uses the world’s most popular VPN protocol: OpenVPN. It is an excellent choice because OpenVPN is open source, meaning that it is continually under development. Other VPN protocols in use by FastestVPN include PPTP, L2TP, TCP and UDP.

Check all FastestVPN features

Anti-malware

When you connect to any of the servers of FastestVPN, you will automatically be protected from malware infections by their powerful anti-malware feature. Not many VPN apps take this extra step of protecting their clients from malware and nefarious actors.

Split-tunneling

Split tunneling isn’t exactly a security feature, but it helps to avoid overloading the VPN connection. When using a VPN app, you don’t have to re-route all your internet traffic through VPN servers. VPN apps are only needed for sensitive web searches, other stuff can be accessed via normal traffic and that is what split tunneling is all about.

Wi-Fi Protection

Wi-Fi protection adds an extra layer of security to your online activities when accessing both home and private networks. It makes it harder for hackers to snoop on you.

Kill Switch

FastestVPN has an internet kill switch that automatically kills off the internet connection whenever there is an increased risk of discovery due to app malfunction. The internet kill switch can be turned on in the settings section of the app.

IP and DNS Leaks

The primary goal of a VPN app is to provide anonymity. The way a VPN connection makes this possible is by assigning the user a different IP address than the one assigned by their ISP. If a VPN app cannot fulfill this basic expectation, then by all means, you should not purchase it. We tested to see if FastestVPN would pass this basic test and the following are the results we got.

The IP address that you see in “Proof Screens” is the one that was assigned to us by the VPN app and not our ISP. That means that the app does provide IP leak protection. There is no DNS to show that means that information cannot be harnessed by anyone to be used to track you down.

IP leak results:
No leaks
DNS leak results:
No leaks

Logs policy

FastestVPN has a very strict no logs policy. Here is a quote from their site:

“We do not store your logs in anyway. 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 company behind FastestVPN has their headquarters in the Cayman Islands, a notorious tax haven that is known for its strict privacy laws. Thus, you can be rest assured that your data is safe in their hands.

Check FastestVPN privacy policy

FastestVPN for Netflix

Increasingly, more and more people are relying on VPN apps to stream content online on sites such as Netflix and Hulu. The reason for this is simple. Sites such as Netflix will discriminate against you if you are from a region other than North America and Western Europe. You simply won’t get the best in content programming if you are from outside of these regions.

With a VPN app, however, you can create the impression that you are from the US or Canada and that way, you get to enjoy the best in TV programming. We tried using one of FastestVPN’s IP addresses to see if we would be able to stream on Netflix.

As you can see, it didn’t go very well. This result does not, however, in any way imply that your attempts will also fail. If you clear your cookies, sign out of Netflix or register with a new Netflix account, the results might be different.

Netflix
Netflix unblock status:
Failure

FastestVPN for Torrenting

Torrenting is another big reason people rely on VPN apps. A VPN connection allows you to download files from sites such as The Pirate Bay without the fear of being discovered. For torrents to work, the speed of the VPN service must be ideally fast.
We have so far established that FastestVPN is a really fast service, but we still went ahead and tried to download some stuff online using a FastestVPN connection to see if there should be any change in our expectations.

Torrenting without VPN:
257 kb/sec
Torrenting with VPN:
220 kb/sec
Speed deduction: -14%
Good

A 14.2% change in download speeds is a pretty solid performance. Most VPN apps don’t even come close to matching it.

Tor Check

The Tor browser is the go-to place if you want some privacy without the need of a VPN app. It is secure and widely supported. Despite these credentials, the Tor Network is not entirely safe, but when combined with a VPN, it will make you virtually invisible.

We tried visiting some popular sites to see if our connection would support the escapades and the following are the results we got. We were able to stream HD content and also visit some popular onion URLs. In other words, the combination is fantastic.

Tor
Compatibility status:
Success

Platforms

Android
iOS
macOS
Windows
Amazon FireStick
Chrome
Firefox
Routers
Simultaneous connections:
10 devices

FastestVPN is a widely supported VPN service. Here is a list of the platforms on which the app is supported: Windows, Android, Amazon FireStick, Kodi, Hulu, iOS, macOS, Linux, routers, and browser extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox. With a single subscription, you can install the app on up to 10 devices.

That is enough to cover everyone in a small office. The app looks spectacular on a Windows device and on Android phone the two platforms that were used for this review. The interface is simple which means that navigation is both easy and straightforward.

 

   

Customer Support

FastestVPN

Fastest VPN has an excellent customer support system in place. They can be reached through either live chat on the website, email, or through their phone line. We reached them for support in processing the refund and they were very helpful to say the least. If you are going to be needing the help of the customer care team, we recommend that you use the live chat system. It is by far the fastest way to get instant help.

Support channels:
Email
Live chat
Help center
Phone line

Pricing

FastestVPN is available on four subscription plans: $10 a month, $1.11 a month for three years, $2.49 a month for a year and $0.83 for 5 years. All plans come with a 15 days money back guarantee.

1 month
$ 10
per month
 
10$ billed every month
1 year
$ 2.49
per month
Save 75%
$29.95 billed every year
3 years
$ 1.11
per month
Save 89%
$39.95 billed every 3 years
5 years
$ 0.83
per month
Save 92%
$49.95 billed every 3 years

For this review, we purchased the app at $10. As far as the payment process is concerned, it was smooth as it gets. You can pay through a variety of means. We paid through PayPal.

Despite the smooth payment process, we were a little concerned about the refund process. The customer care team said that it can take anywhere between 10-15 days to process a time period, which we think is too much.