Fastest VPN has got to be one of the boldest name claims in the VPN world, and is just asking to be torn down. However, this new VPN is insanely cheap, and already has a lot of features that put it toe-to-toe with the VPN giants.
- Extremely cheap
- 10 connections
- Full torrenting
- Cayman Islands location
- Kill switch
- No logs
- Low server count
- No Netflix
- Apps are basic
Speed & Expectations
Does Fastest VPN live up to its name?
To measure speed, we tested the 3 main speed indicators:
- Download speed: The rate at which data is transferred from the server to your device. This is measured in megabytes per second (mbps) and a higher number is better.
- Upload speed: The rate at which data is transferred to the server from your device. This is also measured in megabytes per second (mbps) and a higher number is better.
- Ping (or latency): Tested by “pinging” the server, it’s the amount of time it takes for it to receive and process your request. This is measured in milliseconds (ms) and a lower number is better.
First we ran a baseline test using a default 100mbps internet connection in Chicago, IL.
Then we tested various Fastest VPN servers across the globe.
We ran each test 5 times to increase reliability.
These are the results of our baseline test:
So the average baseline score was:
- Download: 39.1mbps
- Upload: 16.2mbps
- Ping: 9.6ms
Next we ran our tests on a Fastest VPN United States server:
US averages of the 5 different speed tests were:
- Download: 34.2mbps (12.7% slower)
- Upload: 11.1mbps (31.5% slower)
- Ping: 37ms (285.4% longer)
(You would expect these to give the fastest results since we’re performing the tests in the US).
Next we tested Europe:
Europe’s averages were:
- Download: 35.9mbps (8.3% slower)
- Upload: 13.5mbps (16.3% slower)
- Ping: 106.2ms (1006.3% longer)
Asia’s averages were:
- Download: 17.7mbps (54.7% slower)
- Upload: 20.7mbps (28.1% faster)
- Ping: 244mbps (2441.7% longer)
South America’s averages were:
- Download: 29.6mbps (24.2% slower)
- Upload: 20.3mbps (25.6% faster)
- Ping: 171.8ms (1689.6% longer)
Fastest VPN doesn’t have any African servers to test.
We also compared these results against the average of other VPN tests. How does Fastest VPN measure up?
First up, let’s take a look at download speeds:
|AVG Secure VPN||-56%||-87%||-69%||-75%||-68%|
Downloads are well above average for all regions, and what’s more Fastest VPN has the top result for all regions. A complete mind-blowing result. It beats competitors by quite a large margin in most regions too. Looks like Fastest VPN is living up to its name.
Next, how did upload speeds compare?
|AVG Secure VPN||-19%||-58%||-75%||-80%||-77%|
Upload speeds are well above average for Europe, Asia and South America. In Asia and South America, there’s actually an increase in speed. Unfortunately, the US result is well below average, breaking the streak.
And finally latency:
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Latency speeds are just above average in Europe, but are just below average everywhere else.
Overall, speeds were well above average. Fastest VPN has off-the-charts download speeds, consistently the best in all regions by a large margin for most. Upload speeds are also impressive, except for the US. Latency however, is just around average.
Performance & Features
In this section we look at the key features all VPNs have and see how Fastest VPN matches up.
Number of servers: 150+
How many active servers are available to connect to across all countries, regardless of their physical location.
This is lowish. It’s just about respectable, but tiny compared to the big guns like NordVPN with 5,000 servers.
Number of countries: 30
How many countries the total number of servers cover, regardless of how many are located in a single country.
This is respectable, but again quite low. It means they don’t have a good spread outside North America and Europe.
Number of connections allowed: 10
How many devices can be connected to a server (or number of servers) based on a single VPN account or subscription.
This is very generous, as the average across VPNs is just 5. It should be more than enough for most people.
Torrenting allowed: Yes (most servers).
Whether you can download and share files on a peer-to-peer or P2P network as opposed to a single server.
Fastest VPN doesn’t restrict torrenting at all, so you can torrent on any server. It also says these are P2P-optimized.
Kill switch available: Yes (Windows and Android 8.0+).
Whether the VPN software can disable your connection to the network in the event you disconnect from the VPN server. This prevents your IP address from being exposed.
Fastest VPN has a kill switch, but only for Windows and modern Androids. Apple users will be disappointed, as not even Macs are covered.
Performance and Features (Summary)
Fastest VPN has low server numbers across a low number of countries. However, it does have a kill switch for Windows and Android, full access torrenting, and a generous 10 connections.
Privacy & Security
How secure is Fastest VPN?
First let’s look at the technical aspects:
Protocols/Encryption: AES-256 encryption with OpenVPN, IKEv2, LT2P and PPTP protocols
Fastest VPN matches the VPN giants here, with military-grade AES-256 encryption, and an incredibly wide range of protocols. These include OpenVPN, which is regarded as the best, as well as IKEv2, another popular choice, and LT2P and PPTP for full flexibility. Way to go.
It defaults to IKEv2 on Windows, so OpenVPN fans will want to change this.
You can also choose between UDP or TCP for OpenVPN.
DNS leaks: None found.
IP leaks: None found.
WebRTC leaks: None.
Viruses/Malware: None found.
Jurisdiction: Cayman Islands. This is music to our ears, as the Cayman Islands are an ideal VPN location. They’re outside the pesky 14-eyes alliance, which means they’re not under any obligation to share data with anyone. They also don’t have any data retention laws, and are generally very privacy-friendly, implementing a data protection law in 2019.
Logging policy: No logs.
Fastest VPN has a very short but clear logging policy that states it only collects your email address, as well as using Google Analytics and Hotjar for analytics, and Livechat software for their live chat service.
They state they don’t collect anything to do with your browsing history, including “the websites you visit, the content you download or stream, your traffic destinations, or your DNS queries”.
They also state that they’re not bound by anyone to hand over data.
My only criticism of their policy is that it’s very short. Most policies are much more detailed. Are they glossing over anything?
Fastest VPN don’t have a transparency report, and haven’t conducted any independent audit, which we would like to see to back up the strict no logs claim.
Privacy and Security Summary
Fastest VPN passes this section with flying colors. It’s got top-level encryption and all the protocols, no leaks and viruses, no logs and a great Cayman Island location. However, its no logs policy is very brief.
This section looks at the following aspects:
- Overall UI/UX
Netflix is a popular reason for purchasing VPNs, but Netflix is battling against it, so let’s see if Fastest VPN works in this regard.
- Netflix: Detected. Unfortunately Netflix didn’t work on any servers, and Fastest VPN even admit as much.
- Hulu: Detected. Hulu was also blocked.
- YouTube: Undetected. YouTube worked fine on all servers.
Kodi: Undetected. Kodi worked fine with Fastest VPN.
Is Fastest VPN compatible with most devices?
We tested everything from Tor, iOS devices, Android devices, Smart TV’s, Amazon Firestick, Mac, Windows, to routers:
- Tor browser: Supported. Tor works fine in conjunction with Fastest VPN.
- iOS (iPad, iPhone): Supported. Fastest VPN has a fully-functional iOS app.
- Android: Supported. Same for Android.
- Smart TV’s: Partially Supported. Fastest VPN supports Android TVs.
- Amazon Firestick: Partially Supported. You can try sideloading their apk file onto Amazon Fire.
- Windows: Supported. Fastest VPN has a Windows app.
- Mac: Supported. Fastest VPN has a Mac app.
- Routers: Supported. Fastest VPN has router setup guides using OpenVPN or PPTP for a number of different models.
Fastest VPN has a nice small interface, with an attractive blue and orange color scheme.
As usual it shows the nearest server location by default, and you can quickly connect with one click.
The connect button fills with orange once you’re connected, an odd color choice that’s not very intuitive. You get used to it, though.
There’s no notification outside the interface though, which is annoying. It would be nice if the additional system tray icon changed color.
Once connected, you’re shown your new IP address, location, and download and upload stats.
The server list is nice and simple, in alphabetical order by country. Full country names are shown, as well as (in most cases) the city and flags. This makes it very easy to scroll through. Oddly, some countries don’t show their city, like Canada.
You can’t see individual servers, and only 1 country has more than 1 location available. Yep you guessed it, the US.
There’s also a search bar and favorites system, however this seems to do is highlight the star next to it orange. It doesn’t actually move it anywhere useful, like the top of the list or the home screen. Very weird.
One thing I don’t like is to get back to the home screen from the server list, you have to click the hamburger icon and select ‘Home’. A long-winded way to go about things. A back button would be much better.
To connect to a location, simply double-click it. It instantly starts connecting. Connection times were extremely fast, even for long distances.
Unfortunately, you have to disconnect in order to browse the server list or switch servers. Again this is irritating, especially as a pop-up confirms your intent to disconnect each time. Disconnection usually took longer than connection as well.
There’s hardly any settings, but they’re useful ones.
You can select your protocol, including UDP or TCP for OpenVPN. You can choose to launch at startup, and turn on the kill switch. There’s also a troubleshooting option, but this just directs you to the Windows default.
Although there’s no settings for it, there’s also an inbuilt adblocker, which worked fairly well.
For mobile (we tested Android), the app is almost exactly the same.
However, for settings only OpenVPN is available and there’s no startup settings.
Fastest VPN doesn’t have any Netflix or Hulu access. It supports a lot of devices, including routers, Android TVs and has a sideloadable app for Firesticks.
The apps are fairly easy to use with fast connection times, though with a few not-so-smooth UI choices. It’s very basic, although it does have a wide range of protocols on offer.
Pricing & Refunds
Fastest VPN has a 1 month, 1 year and 3 year plan.
The monthly plan is $10, which is quite expensive. However, there’s then a crazy drop for the yearly plan, which is incredibly cheap at just $2.49 a month. I’ve never seen such a major price difference before.
The 3 year plan is even better, at an insanely cheap $1.11 a month. They’re definitely pushing you to commit long term.
What’s more, at the time of writing they had a 5-year plan on offer too, at just $0.83 a month.
And, on top of this, a pop-up kept appearing offering a limited lifetime deal for just $80.
This starts to ring major alarm bells. The deals seem a little too good to be true. And lifetime plans are notoriously dodgy, as ‘lifetime’ could technically mean anything.
Many companies offering lifetime deals have shut down and run with the money, or just cancelled their supposed ‘lifetime’ deals. The company hasn’t been around long either (2017). Purchase these at your peril.
I also don’t particularly like their marketing. There’s lots of pop-ups, which is intrusive, and they heavily advertise their Trustpilot rating, but this only has 90 reviews, which isn’t much.
They also advertise Roku as if they have an app for it, which they don’t. The only way you can use Roku is if you set up your router.
There’s a 15-day money-back guarantee, which isn’t too bad. However, the t’s and c’s state that this doesn’t apply if the payment method used doesn’t allow refunds, which could apply to the Android/iOS stores, so it’s best to buy through the website.
Payment options are only card or Paypal, which is a real shame for those wanting to use crypto.
However, there is the option to add more connections at a $1 more a year. Unsurprisingly, this is again incredibly cheap.
Fastest VPN has a fairly expensive monthly option, but insanely cheap 1 year and 3 year options. There’s also 5 year and lifetime limited time deals, which raises some alarm bells. There’s no crypto option, but there is a 15-day money-back guarantee.
Fastest VPN has the cream of the crop in terms of VPN support: 24/7 live chat.
Is it really 24/7 though? We logged on a couple of times, and even though it said it was online, no one responded to our question for either one or two hours. Definitely not 24/7.
This is pretty poor in our opinion; they shouldn’t advertise round-the-clock support if they can’t implement it. And advertising themselves as online when they’re not is downright sneaky.
The support itself isn’t great either.
Although they can answer all basic questions and link to the appropriate knowledgebase articles, they don’t have much knowledge outside this.
Often they take a while to answer basic questions too. They would be useless in a troubleshooting situation.
In terms of the knowledgebase, they have a great set of manual setup guides, covering everything from Linux to Amazon Fire and Chromebooks.
There’s also 21 FAQ articles, but that’s it. These don’t cover much.
There’s 1 troubleshooting article with very vague advice (try different servers, check internet connection, etc).
Fastest VPN advertise 24/7 live chat, but often don’t respond for an hour or two, so it’s not really 24/7. Staff can answer basic questions, but that’s it. The knowledgebase has great manual setup guides, but not much else.
What Do Other Reviewers Say?
What are other reviewers opinion of Fastest VPN? Here’s an overview.
Most were happy with Fastest VPN’s no-logs policy. However like us one found its briefness slightly questionable, saying there was no way to trust it without an independent audit.
They really liked the Cayman Islands location, saying it was obsessed with privacy.
They praised the kill switch, stating this was a recent feature, particularly that it had a mobile option, as most don’t.
None found any leaks. One said they had previously found leaks, but when retested in 2019 they found these had all disappeared.
Like us they approved of the encryption and range of protocols. However one said it defaulted to PPTP and needed some manual input for OpenVPN, which is no longer the case.
All were much more impressed than us regarding the device compatibility, however a lot of platforms that they said had direct apps actually don’t. Fastest VPN is slightly misleading about this on its apps page. One said Tor didn’t work for them.
Some found well above average speeds, with amazing downloads but not so impressive uploads. However, many said it lost credibility by losing its ‘fastest’ claim. In contrast, some found below average speeds.
None found any Netflix access, though some said the website claimed it could access Netflix and were disappointed by this.
All liked the bright, cheerful interface. Most also called the settings minimal, although one said it was feature-packed. All were impressed with the adblocker.
Some found it extremely easy to use with no lags, whilst like us some said it was fairly easy to use but with some issues.
One griped on the same UX issues we did, and also found some issues with the kill switch. Another had issues with the system tray icon.
In terms of support, one found they didn’t get a response for a few hours on the live chat. However, one got an instant response, and said the staff were fairly knowledgeable, except for overly technical queries. Unlike us, one thought the knowledgebase was extensive.
All were very impressed with the cheap long-term pricing, saying it was one of the cheapest available. No one else thought that this raised any alarm bells.
What Do Other Reviewers Say (Summary)
Most rated it excellent. They generally liked the very low prices, torrenting, fairly easy to use app, no logs policy, location and 10 connections. They weren’t impressed with the lack of Netflix, and some with the speeds and UX issues.
Fastest VPN is fast, and is definitely has the fastest download speeds we’ve tested, so we’re pretty happy with its name.
It seems secure with a Cayman Islands location, top encryption, kill switch and no-logs policy. The apps are attractive and fairly easy to use.
It’s offers a range of protocols, full torrenting access and generous 10 connections.
Device compatibility is also pretty good, and support includes live chat.
There’s only a few downsides to this VPN.
First, the server selection is pretty small. Streamers are out of luck, with no Netflix or Hulu. The apps are also pretty basic, and not designed for advanced users.
But the long-term prices are just incredibly cheap, making this great value for money.
However, these prices are almost too good to be true, and as a new company offering 5-year and dodgy lifetime deals, this raises alarm bells. I also feel like this company might not be the most ethical.
For example, it claims 24/7 live chat and even says it’s ‘online’ even when there’s no one there. It’s a small thing, but shows their ethics aren’t the highest towards their customers. Which is very important for a VPN.
It might be nothing. But personally I wouldn’t buy anything too long-term in this company, for example its 5 year or lifetime plan.
It’s 1 year deal is still only $2.49 though, which is cheaper than most. If you’re not into streaming, it’s a great deal. Overall, we would rate this VPN 3.8 out of 5.
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