VPN 360 is one of the most popular VPNs on the market so we decided to download it and test it extensively.
It is an extremely basic free VPN with custom apps for iOS and Android.
It doesn’t offer the necessary security features to be considered a reliable privacy tool, and its logging policy is vague and contradictory.
What’s more, you can only connect to its US VPN server and speeds vary dramatically from very fast on iOS to incredibly slow on Android.
It also has dubious links to mainland China, which you can read more about in our Free VPN App Investigation.
But lets take a deeper dive to find out what’s exactly under the hood of this VPN.
Speed & Reliability
Since VPN 360 only allows free users to connect to the US server, speed will depend on where you’re connecting from: the closer you are to the server the quicker the speeds will be.
That said, we noticed a huge difference in performance between the Android and iOS apps.
While the iOS app reached very impressive speeds of 75Mbps down and 82Mbps up, the Android app struggled to hit 3Mbps down and 1Mbps up.
While iOS users – even those located far from the US – should be delighted with these speeds, Android users won’t be able to do much more than general web browsing.
When we reached out to VPN 360 about this, a member of the support team told us: “We are going to take a look at this particular issue since both versions use similar servers.” That’s the last we heard about it.
No matter where you are, VPN 360 free users are restricted to just one server location, the US.
This is bad news for those connecting out from Europe, Africa, and Asia, as VPN connection speeds will suffer. This also limits the geo-specific content you can access.
While this isn’t mentioned in the app stores, the 10 other server locations listed within the apps are clearly marked as ‘Premium’.
For a much better free VPN that provides access to 10 server locations we recommend Windscribe.
Platforms & Devices
VPN 360 has custom apps for iOS and Android but they appear to be owned by different companies. The Apple Store lists the company as Infinity Software Co. but the Google Play store shows that it is owned by Touch VPN.
When we contacted the company, we received a confusing reply:
“We are not currently partnered nor we own Touch VPN, but we would be pleased to have a partnership with Northghost in the future if we have the opportunity.”
You can read our separate review of Touch VPN here.
There are no manual workarounds for other devices, so if you want to protect a desktop computer, games console, or streaming device it’s best to find one VPN that offers solutions for all your needs.
Streaming & Torrenting
Streaming fans and torrenters shouldn’t use VPN 360.
We couldn’t access US Netflix, or watch BBC iPlayer since there are no available UK servers for free users.
Torrenting and P2P traffic is permitted, but we can’t recommend this VPN to anyone due to a lack of essential security features.
Encryption & Security
While OpenVPN is our preferred protocol for its balance of performance and privacy, both protocols used by VPN 360 are secure enough. Our only gripe is that they are closed-source, meaning that there is no way to disprove any speculated backdoors and vulnerabilities.
Encryption is via AES-256, for L2TP at least – a cipher considered near-unbreakable. VPN 360 is yet to give us information about the encryption used for IKEv2 connections.
VPN 360 doesn’t offer any privacy extras. There’s no kill switch, an important feature that prevents IP address leaks by blocking internet traffic if the VPN connection drops. It also relies on third-party DNS servers, which could suffer from security flaws, or even belong to your ISP, as we found to be the case during our tests.
A good example of a free service that doesn’t compromise on security is ProtonVPN.
VPN 360 won’t work in China as it can’t get past China’s Great Firewall.
Basically, there are no obfuscation tools to hide that it’s a VPN which makes it a bad choice for those in other high-censorship countries.
If you want to use a VPN in China or in other high-censorship countries, then take a look at these anti-censorship VPN services.
Like many VPNs, VPN 360 claims it doesn’t collect any information about the websites you visit or DNS requests while connected to the VPN. However, it performs real-time analysis of data traffic including destination websites and your IP address (both originating and VPN). This is far from ideal but it’s not stored beyond your VPN session, so isn’t too concerning.
The policy also states that it doesn’t ‘collect any data stored on or transmitted from your device’, but goes onto say that it collects ‘information about the device you use to access our services, including the hardware model, and operating system and version’.
VPN 360 also collects connection metadata, including:
- Aggregate bandwidth usage
- Connection timestamp (date and time)
- VPN IP address
According to the policy, the above information is used for troubleshooting purposes and for maintaining the service. It states that the data is ‘not retained once the troubleshooting is resolved’, but this is far too vague for our liking.
A member of the customer support team told us that it falls under the US jurisdiction, which is a huge red flag for privacy considering its intrusive data laws and international intelligence-sharing agreements.
However, our independent research found the company to have links to mainland China. This is even more concerning for user privacy. We are still waiting for clarification from VPN 360 on the matter…
It’s also not reassuring that VPN 360 is willing to “collect and disclose personal information, including your usage data, to governmental authorities or agencies . . . at their request or pursuant to a court order, subpoena or other legal process.”
Ease of Use
VPN 360 is very easy to use for the most part but we did receive a few ‘Connection Failed’ errors on the Android app. While this was frustrating, it’s reassuring that the app clearly warns you if there is a connection issue, and we successfully connected shortly after. Usability is also hindered by intrusive pop-up ads.
The main screen is stripped back to a connect button, with your chosen server location displayed in the top left. You can access the full server location list from by tapping the downward arrow next to the current location. Aside from the free US location, the other 10 locations are clearly marked with ‘Premium’, tempting you to spend your money on an app you definitely shouldn’t pay for.
The iOS app gives you the option to toggle between protocols, but the Android app lacks any kind of settings, leaving you in the dark about which protocol is being used.
Downloading and installing VPN 360 couldn’t be any simpler; just go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and tap ‘Install’ on the correct entry. Then open the app and accept the connection request when you attempt to connect for the first time.
The app stores also lack any important information about the product, excluding details about protocols and encryption used.
If you have any questions about the apps or run into any issues, you won’t find answers online.
Thankfully, VPN 360 offers email support, using the popular customer support platform Zendesk, which automatically responds to requests and issues a ticket. After several hours of waiting, we received a comprehensive reply to our questions.
While this is better than nothing, it doesn’t compare to some of the other free VPNs we’ve reviewed – you’re treated to 24/7 live chat with Hide.me.
The Bottom Line
- iOS app downloads peak at 75Mbps
- Apps couldn’t be any simpler to use
- Awful speeds on the Android app
- Limited to US server location
- No access to Netflix or iPlayer
- Intrusive pop-ups
We don’t recommend using VPN 360, even if it is free. It’s extremely easy to use, but that comes at the detriment of security and privacy. The logging policy contradicts itself, and the deeper you dig the more concerning it gets.
Performance was baffling, with surprisingly quick speeds on iOS that drop to a standstill for Android users. Watching Netflix and BBC iPlayer isn’t possible, and being restricted to the US server puts limitations on accessing geo-specific content. Email support is good for answering general questions, but that’s only a minor positive.
If you are looking for a reliable free privacy solution, VPN 360 isn’t it.