FastestVPN is a zero-logs VPN that’s ideal for total beginners. Local performance and solid uploads make it a good choice for torrenters located in Europe and North America. Streaming on BBC iPlayer and Netflix is practically non-existent through the VPN.
It offers strong encryption and some basic privacy features, but if you’re seeking advanced options such as Tor over VPN you’re out of luck. Customer support is great with friendly agents available 24/7 via live chat, however some of the information on the site is a little outdated.
Pricing & Deals
FastestVPN offers four different pricing plans so there should be a suitable option for you whatever your budget is. These all come with the same features but the longer subscription you sign up to, the less you pay on a monthly basis.
The most expensive option is paying month-by-month, which will set you back $10.00 each time. While this is pretty reasonable, especially for those just looking for a short-term solution, you can save yourself a whopping 89% if you commit to the three-year plan, coming in at a very cheap $1.11 per month. If you commit to five years, you can reduce the price even more at just $0.83 per month, saving you an incredible 92%.
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FastestVPN Pricing & Deals
FastestVPN offers a 15-day money-back guarantee in place of a free trial. It’s completely ‘no questions asked’, with no hidden caps or requirements that have to be met.
Payment & Refund Options
FastestVPN offers limited payment options including most major credit and debit cards and PayPal.
There’s option to pay using cryptocurrencies but we’ve been told they hope to offer this in the very near future.
Speed & Reliability
FastestVPN’s performance doesn’t quite live up to its name, as there are several much faster VPNs on the current market.
Nevertheless, if you connect to a nearby VPN server, FastestVPN’s speeds will be quick enough for most – you can expect around a 15% drop-off from your normal internet speeds.
The VPN service doesn’t perform as well when connected to faraway VPN servers – we experience a 61% speed drop-off connecting from the UK to a FastestVPN US server.
Take a look at the average download and uploads speeds results from our independent tests (connecting out from the UK):
- UK: 79Mbps (download) & 79Mbps (upload)
- USA: 36Mbps (download) & 32Mbps (upload)
- Germany: 64Mbps (download) & 69Mbps (upload)
- Singapore: 7Mbps (download) & 11Mbps (upload)
- Australia: 31Mbps (download) & 8Mbps (upload)
FastestVPN’s upload speeds are particularly fast, and the fact that P2P activity is permitted on all servers means it’s a great choice for torrenters.
Keen gamers will be impressed with FastestVPN’s low latency.
To know more about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Review VPNs.
FastestVPN operates a very small server network with just 29 countries in total to choose from. While this will probably cover the needs of the majority of everyday users, those needing to connect to more unusual locations might want to look into alternative providers.
We’d recommend checking out the server list on FastestVPN’s website to make sure the countries you require are available before signing up. If your desired country is not available, take a look at VPN providers such as NordVPN and Hotspot Shield.
As is to be expected from a network this size, FastestVPN maintains very few individual IP addresses with just over 100 in total. This means sharing IP addresses with other users – great for anonymizing yourself, but almost certainly detrimental for speeds.
The US is the only location with city-specific servers which will be useful for users in that country looking to pinpoint a particular state – there are seven different ones to choose from. Those connecting from anywhere else will be automatically connected to the fastest server in their country.
FastestVPN’s server network offers the most choice in Europe and North America, but there are a few options in Asia and one server in Africa (Egypt), Australasia (Australia), and South America (Brazil).
Platforms & Devices
FastestVPN offers custom apps for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS devices. You can manually configure it to work with Linux too, and there are simple instructions provided on its website.
If you’re a heavy browser user, you can take advantage of FastestVPN’s browser extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. They shouldn’t be a complete substitute for the mains apps though as only browser traffic is encrypted, leaving other apps unprotected – you can use both apps together.
The extensions come with WebRTC blocking, which helps to prevent browser-related IP leaks, and ad blocking.
Games Consoles & Streaming Devices
You can also install FastestVPN at router level, meaning you’ll automatically protect all of the internet-connected devices in your home without having to install individual apps on each one. An incredibly long list of routers is supported (again, you can find this on the tutorials section of the website) and the instructions are simple enough that even VPN newbies shouldn’t have a problem.
If you have an Amazon Fire TV you’ll be pleased to know that FastestVPN has a custom app, meaning that you can protect your device hassle-free.
Streaming & Torrenting
We don’t recommend FastestVPN to unblock streaming sites. It hasn’t been working with Netflix on any of the US or US servers for a while, and watching BBC iPlayer currently only works through the browser extension.
If streaming is a priority, we recommend looking at other VPN services that provide optimized streaming servers, such as CyberGhost.
FastestVPN is good for torrenting if you will be connecting from Europe or North America, as all VPN servers in those regions support P2P activity. However, it’s not permitted on any servers in the Asia-Pacific, namely Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and India.
A strict zero-logs policy and jurisdiction in a privacy-friendly country are added bonuses for those located near P2P-friendly servers, though.
Encryption & Security
FastestVPN provides a decent level of privacy and continues to add more advanced features as time goes on.
The Windows app offers a range of VPN protocols, but we recommend using OpenVPN for the best balance of privacy and performance. The Android app is OpenVPN only, and the others use IKEv2, which is still very secure. Encryption is via top cipher AES-256, which is considered to be completely ‘unbreakable’.
FastestVPN now offers a VPN kill switch for Windows and Android devices, preventing your true IP address from being exposed by blocking all web traffic in the case of a VPN connection drop. It also maintains its own zero-log DNS servers and comes with protection against DNS and IPv6 leaks – which our independent leak tests proved to be working.
We like the idea of the ad and malware blocker but it’s quite annoying that there’s no way of manually configuring this within the app, so we actually had no idea if it was working or not. It’s the same story for the NAT Firewall – a great concept but no way of telling how it was benefiting us.
Other than the above features, there are no real ‘advanced’ features such as split tunneling, manual port selection or the option to connect to Tor through the VPN servers, so more experienced users seeking this level of configuration will want to look at other providers such as IPVanish.
- OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
- DNS Leak Blocking
- First-party DNS
- IPV6 Leak Blocking
- VPN Kill Switch
- Ad Blocker
- Split Tunneling
While FastestVPN may work at a push in high-censorship countries such as China, it wouldn’t be at the top of our list of recommendations.
Not only is the server choice in Asia fairly limited, so you’d have to connect over a fairly long distance in order to reach a free-speech country, the apps also lack any additional obfuscation methods. This means that there’s no way you can disguise your VPN connection as normal web traffic, meaning it is more than likely going to be detected by censors and blocked.
The customer support team informed us that to successfully overcome the Great Firewall and access blocked content, you need to use third-party apps, Anyconnect or OpenConnect. While these may work for a short period of time, it’s unlikely that they’ll be very effective when government blocks become more aggressive, so it’s well worth having a back-up option if you do decide to use FastestVPN in China.
For a more reliable solution, look for a provider offering some kind of ‘stealth’ protocol, as this will hide the fact you’re using a VPN and mean you have a better chance of beating the censors. To make your decision easier, we’ve put together a list of our top VPN picks for China.
Due to the above, FastestVPN probably isn’t a good choice for those living in or travelling to other countries with high levels of internet censorship, including Turkey, Iran or Saudi Arabia.
FastestVPN is one of the few providers on the current market that collects zero logs – no user information whatsoever. They do not log ‘the websites you visit, the content you download or stream, your traffic destinations or your DNS queries’, meaning there is no way of your ISP or any other third parties knowing what you get up to when you’re connected to the VPN.
They don’t even collect any connection data, such as your originating IP address, the IP address of your chosen VPN server or any sort of time or date stamps.
FastestVPN is based in the Cayman Islands, which has no mandatory data retention laws, meaning they are not legally bound to store any user data or share it with anyone.
This means that even if they were to receive a data request from a third party or law enforcement agency, they would not be able to provide anything that could be presented as evidence in a court of law, as they don’t collect any information that would enable them to connect any online activity to a specific user.
Ease of Use
FastestVPN’s desktop app is well-designed, compact and very user-friendly. The main screen includes enough information without looking too cluttered, such as your new location and IP address and some speed stats – from what we saw in our tests, however, these don’t seem to be very accurate. You click the big lightning bolt button in the center to connect, and it helpfully lights up in yellow to let you know once you’re up and running.
There are two ways you can access the server list – either by clicking on your current destination (only when the VPN is disconnected) or via the locations button hidden behind the burger menu in the top left-hand corner. Annoyingly, these are arranged in a totally random order unless you tick a box in settings to order them alphabetically, which isn’t made very obvious. Thankfully there is a search feature to save you scrolling through the entire list, and you can ‘star’ your favorites to make them easier to find each time.
The major downside with FastestVPN’s apps is the lack of configurable settings on offer – the only things you can currently control are the kill switch feature and your chosen VPN protocol. There’s no contextual help here so VPN newbies could be at a loss as to what the difference is between PPTP, IKEv2 and TCP, which obviously isn’t ideal given the vast inequalities in the level of protection each of these protocols offers. We also had trouble using OpenVPN and resorted to manual configuration.
A great app if you want to click and forget, but power users seeking loads of manual settings to fiddle with will want to look elsewhere.
Getting started with FastestVPN should be pretty easy, but we encountered a few teething problems that meant the process took a little longer than usual. We were able to download the software from the website easy enough, and we got through the installation wizard without any problems, however we then received an error message saying the TAP drivers hadn’t been installed, when we knew for a fact they had. After speaking to the support team and reinstalling the software several times, we were forced to manually configure the VPN using OpenVPN’s software, which wasn’t too difficult thanks to the detailed setup guides on the website, however it wasn’t as hassle-free as just opening the app and logging in.
We’ve been assured by FastestVPN that this isn’t usually the case, and during our most recent tests we were finally able to connect using UDP/TCP within the custom app.
We were pleasantly surprised by FastestVPN’s customer support, which comes with friendly 24/7 live chat and a ton of useful online resources. These are divided into VPN setup tutorials, FAQs and a there’s even a specific section for using a VPN with Kodi.
The FAQs cover the majority of common queries and some basic troubleshooting tips, such as how to boost your speed as well as solutions for frequent disconnections.
The setup guides are available for a ridiculously long list of devices, and come with handy screenshots to keep you on the right track. There’s also an up-to-date blog discussing various topics including privacy and security, sports, entertainment and any current deals or updates – we particularly like the section on VPN guides.
Live chat is available 24/7 with helpful, informative agents. Whenever we submitted a question we always received a response in a matter of seconds, and in most cases our problem was resolved in less than a minute.
However, there were a few occasions when what the agent told us contradicted what we’d seen on the website, such as when we inquired as to which servers support P2P activity. Thankfully they were quick to reassure us that the current information on the site was outdated and would be changed shortly.
Overall a pleasant, hassle-free experience.
The Bottom Line
- Speeds of up to 79Mbps
- Simple, user-friendly apps for popular devices
- Connect securely to 29 countries
- Zero-logs policy and privacy-friendly jurisdiction
- Doesn't work with Netflix
- Apps lack configurable settings
- Very small server network