Hydra & WireGuard Protocols
VPN 360 offers three protocol options on mobile. There’s WireGuard and IKEv2, which are commonly used by VPNs. Lastly, there’s Hydra, Hotspot Shield’s proprietary protocol, known for facilitating the fastest VPN speeds we’ve tested.
Despite Hotspot Shield’s excellent performance using the Hydra protocol, it actually doesn’t perform that well with VPN 360. Using VPN 360’s Hydra protocol, we recorded extremely slow download speeds of 4Mbps on a 100Mbps connection.
VPN 360 has three protocols on mobile: Hydra, IKEv2, and WireGuard.
Typically, we recommend using WireGuard because it’s the safest and one of the fastest VPN protocols available. But if you prioritize fast speeds you might wish to use Hydra instead.
Unfortunately, Hydra is a closed-source proprietary technology, so we aren’t able to examine the code for security issues. Hotspot Shield claims the code was assessed by cybersecurity firms, but we aren’t able to verify this.
Kill Switch Leaks on iOS
In our tests, VPN 360 prevented IP address leaks on Android, but it leaked our IP address on iOS, leaving it exposed when we switched between servers.
To make the situation worse, we found a software bug with the latest version of VPN 360 on iOS. Once connected with the kill switch enabled, we weren’t able to disable the kill switch.
This meant each time we disconnected from VPN 360, it automatically connected again, even if the kill switch was disabled in the app. We had to restart our test iPhone to completely halt the connection.
Our kill switch tool flagged VPN 360’s iOS app as faulty.
We’re hugely disappointed with this outcome since VPN 360’s iOS app is technically more private than its Android counterpart. You’re able to manually disable any data collection from advertisers on the iOS, but our tests now prove the iOS kill switch to be faulty.
No IPv4, IPv6, or WebRTC Leaks
We’re pleased that we didn’t experience any IPv4, DNS, WebRTC, or geolocation leaks while connected to a VPN 360 server in Singapore.
We tested both Android and iOS to ensure that VPN 360 wasn’t leaking any of these data points. Thankfully, both times the VPN was able to protect our details and real location.
VPN 360 passed our other leak tests.
Customize Privacy Settings on iOS
While a majority of free VPNs show users ads to make a profit, only a few VPNs allow users to pick and choose which advertisers are allowed to access your data.
VPN 360 is one of the few free VPN services that actually has useful privacy settings. It allows you to decline consent for data sharing with the app, and for advertisers to see your personal data. But those settings are only available on iOS.
We recommend opting out of all data sharing and declining all advertiser requests for data.
Security Features We’d Like to See
VPN 360 has the basic security essentials for a VPN, but still requires some serious improvements to rival the best free VPNs on the market. Here’s a list of specific features we’d like VPN 360 to add to its suite of security features:
- Functional kill switch on iOS and Android to prevent accidental data leaks.
- OpenVPN protocol as an alternative to WireGuard.
- Data leak protection on iOS and Android.
- Safe AES-256 encryption on iOS and Android.
- Open-source software code to improve transparency and allow users to analyze VPN 360’s security.