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Zoog VPN Review

Callum Tennent
By Callum TennentUpdated
Our Score7.8
User Rating
 92% 
(7 User Reviews)

A highly private and well-resourced VPN held back by average speeds and unreliable servers.

What we like
  • Water-tight logging policy
  • Apps for all platforms
  • Unbeatably cheap
  • Easy to use

In a market flooded with cheap VPNs that over-promise and under-deliver, Zoog VPN is a breath of fresh air. It’s easy to use, secure, has a fantastic privacy policy, and is available on a variety of platforms.

It’s far from perfect, but if it can improve its lackluster speeds and server selection then it could certainly have the big boys looking over their shoulders.

Pricing & Deals

If a relative-unknown is to really challenge the established VPNs then it needs to come in at an attractive price point, and Zoog VPN’s is an absolute jaw-dropper.

At $1.25 per month on its two year plan it’s one of the absolute cheapest fully-featured VPNs we’ve ever seen. For comparison, at $1.99 per month the cheapest provider in our top 10 is Surfshark.

Pricing naturally increases over longer periods of time, but $3.33 per month for six months and even $6.99 for a single month are both palatable figures if you don’t want to fully commit.

Zoog VPN Pricing & Deals

2 Years
US$1.25/mo
Save 90%
Billed $29.99 for 24 months
6 Months
US$3.33/mo
Save 72%
Billed $19.99 for six months
1 Month
US$6.99/mo
Save 42%
Billed $6.99 for one month
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If a relative-unknown is to really challenge the established VPNs then it needs to come in at an attractive price point, and Zoog VPN’s is an absolute jaw-dropper.

At $1.25 per month on its two year plan it’s one of the absolute cheapest fully-featured VPNs we’ve ever seen.

Pricing naturally increases over longer periods of time, but $3.33 per month for six months and even $6.99 for a single month are both palatable figures if you don’t want to fully commit.

Payment Options

There’s a strong lineup of options on offer, from the standard PayPal, Visa and American Express to Bitcoin, UnionPay and Paymentwall.

There’s a free version of Zoog VPN available, too, but we would strongly recommend you opt for the premium version.

Speed & Reliability

After giving a great first impression, Zoog VPN’s speeds really let the service down. Servers were occasionally inaccessible with zero explanation, and even our closest options delivered mediocre speeds.

Based in London, we would like to see download speeds double the 39Mbps average we recorded across Zoog VPVN’s three premium UK servers. In fact, 61Mbps from the Netherlands server was actually the fastest we clocked – an impressive figure, but one all-too-rarely experienced.

Download speeds when connected to US servers were an ordinary 25Mbps, while heading further afield to Australia averaged 16Mbps – a predictable decline, but a decline nonetheless.

Upload speeds around the world fared better, but nothing out of the ordinary. If blistering speeds are your priority then you won’t find many VPNs faster than PrivateVPN.

Features

Server Locations

Globe with a blue flag23Countries
Image of a city landscape38Cities
Image of a pink marker40+IP Addresses

There’s no servers in Africa, and just one in South America (Santiago, Chile) – if you live on either of those continents then you should stop considering Zoog VPN right now.

If you live in Europe,North America, or even Asia, though, you’re well served thanks to a decent variety of locations and multi-city server options in a variety of countries.

The number of IP addresses is alarmingly low, though. A Zoog VPN customer support agent told us there are only around 40 of them – roughly one per server. This is bad news for speeds and reliability, although it at least enhances your anonymity.

We also found servers occasionally not connecting, too, with no explanation as to why. We simply had to try them again at a later date.

You can see a full list of servers, as well as their uses and current load, by clicking the link below.

Platforms & Devices

Apps

Windows LogoWindows
Mac LogoMac
iOS LogoiOS
Android LogoAndroid
Linux LogoLinux
Router LogoRouter

Zoog VPN has a solution for just about every platform. There’s the standard mobile and desktop options like Microsoft Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android, as well as less common solutions like Linux and router support.

Browser Extensions

There are currently no Zoog VPN browser extensions. You’ll have to rely on the standard desktop program or a router installation to protect your connection.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

AppleTV LogoAppleTV
Amazon Fire TV LogoAmazon Fire TV
Chromecast LogoChromecast
Nintendo LogoNintendo
PlayStation LogoPlayStation
Roku LogoRoku
Xbox LogoXbox

We were impressed to see that there’s a Zoog VPN app available for both Amazon Fire TV and Android TV – very handy if either of those is your main choice of streaming platform.

While there’s no native app for the Apple TV or any games consoles, router-level coverage will protect all of them at once if you care to take the time.

Streaming & Torrenting

Netflix works reliably on all of the various servers we tested, which is a big plus, but the typically tough BBC iPlayer wouldn’t work on any of the UK servers.

Even the walkthrough on the Zoog VPN website couldn’t unblock it for us on desktop. On mobile, though, access worked seamlessly once we turned on Zoog VPN Shadowing obfuscation.

One of the nicer perks of the app is that it tells you exactly which servers allow P2P, so you can torrent away without worrying about your account being suspended. Neither of the two Australian servers permit it, though, meaning speeds will suffer for those based there.

If you want the best possible VPN for streaming then our top recommendation is ExpressVPN.

Encryption & Security

Zoog VPN doesn’t offer anything out of the ordinary when it comes to protocols and security features, but it offers enough for most users.

It supports OpenVPN, our protocol of preference, in both its TCP and UDP forms. It also offers IKEv2, which it’s set to by default – be sure not to get caught out the first time you start up.

The kill switch isn’t enabled automatically either – you’ll want to turn that on to prevent your IP from being exposed should the VPN’s connection drop.

We were pleased to note that it passed all of our leak tests, though, meaning there’s minimal risk of you being identified.

Protocol
  • IKEv2/IPSec
  • L2TP/IPSec
  • OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
  • PPTP
Encryption
  • AES-256
Security
  • VPN Kill Switch
Advanced features
  • SOCKS

Bypassing Censorship

It’s hard to say for sure with a provider as small as this whether or not it can be used to consistently beat the censors.

That said, the mobile app does have Zoog VPN Shadowing – an extra obfuscation tool designed to help you do exactly that. It’s a promising sign, and will almost certainly do the trick in slightly less heavily censored countries like Russia and the UAE.

A support agent said that the company is working on bringing Zoog VPN Shadowing to the desktop program as soon as possible.

Privacy

Logging Policy

Zoog VPN has a logging policy to aspire to. It has everything we look for when examining a provider, clearly spelling out what little it collects. That information is as follows:

  • Your email address, for account management purposes
  • Total server bandwidth usage for maintenance purposes

That’s it. None of this information is shared with any other company or party, save for customer emails in cases where they’re required to verify payment (for example with PayPal or your credit card provider).

It states that zero usage logs are kept, meaning all of your browsing habits are kept 100% secret and unobserved.

Jurisdiction

Based in Greece, Zoog VPN rightly boasts that it is a jurisdiction away from any data-sharing agreements like 14-Eyes.

This means that only Greek authorities have the right to request data from Zoog VPN. While it’s a nation within the EU, we believe there’s little reason to fear any outside force accessing what little information Zoog VPN collects.

Ease of Use

Zoog VPN will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s ever used a VPN before, and super intuitive to anyone who hasn’t.

The server list is sorted in alphabetical order, with the options that allow P2P conveniently marked as so. The servers available to free users are also clearly labelled so that you can avoid them.

There’s not many options to play around with – just a choice of protocol and a kill switch toggle. The mobile app doesn’t have a choice of protocol, but it does allow you to turn on an extra layer of obfuscation – we’d recommend it if you want to stream on foreign services.

Getting Started

Startup is as simple as it comes – just install the program, fire it up and login.

It’s little more than a system tray pop-up once running, with very few options to click on or confuse you other than the server list and a small settings menu.

  • Installing software
  • How to use the app

Customer Support

24-hour live chat support from a VPN this size is very impressive, and something that usually distinguishes the more expensive providers from the rest of the pack.

It sometimes took a little while to get a response, and it wasn’t always the most helpful, but for the majority of user queries it should be a terrific resource.

There’s also a comprehensive FAQ section on the Zoog VPN website, along with setup wizards for numerous platforms and other helpful miscellaneous resources.

The Bottom Line

What we like
  • Water-tight logging policy
  • Apps for all platforms
  • Unbeatably cheap
  • Easy to use
What we like less
  • Unimpressive speeds
  • Servers that sometimes don't work
  • Inconsistent access to BBC iPlayer

Zoog VPN offers a trustworthy and private service at a truly remarkable price.

Beyond the basics, though, is a VPN with some substantial flaws. Unreliable streaming service access, underwhelming speeds and servers that don’t always work blight what is otherwise a very promising VPN.


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  1.  100% 

    Excellent Kill Switch

    This VPN is perfect for torrenting as it has Kill Switch on both Windows and macOS desktop operating systems. I use it all the times on my Windows 10 and it does not leak my IP. I can feel secure now that my IP will never be leaked in case of VPN disconnect to my ISP and can safely download torrents and other files. The speeds are also excellent when using IKEv2 VPN protocol in-built in the app by default. All of this at very affordable prices. Will be recommending ZoogVPN to my friends.

  2.  100% 

    Impressive fast speeds

    Thanks for the great review Callum, very detailed. However, I did notice you referred to their server speeds as "Unimpressive speeds" although based on my experience it's quite the opposite especially if you use the correct VPN protocol and server. The server selection set on "Auto" normally chooses the fastest/closer server so that's not an issue. I noticed you chose to use OpenVPN Auto as the option in the settings, as great and as time-proven as OpenVPN is, it is not the fastest protocol available. OpenVPN has a significant overhead on speed which is directly proportional to the strength of encryption and since ZoogVPN uses AES-256 bit, which is a strong encryption it does have an impact. Therefore, the VPN protocol of choice should be IKEv2 if you, like me, want speed. So for those seeking a fast and affordable VPN especially on your macOS and Windows, ZoogVPN is a great choice an incredibly affordable pricing. I would say the only thing that could improve their offering is the Kill Switch (firewall) on Windows, which they said is coming very soon and perhaps a few more servers, although I have not experienced any issues with their servers being overloaded.

  3.  100% 

    Excellent for US Netflix

    One of a few that still works with US Netflix at very affordable price! Use it on my iPad and macBook to stream it. In addition it provides a great layer of protection against the nasties of the Internet.

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