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# of Servers
700
Server Locations
10
Price Per Month (From)
$2.99
Free Trial
30 days


5.9/10
Informr score
DotVPN currently has an Informr score of 5.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

DotVPN might be affordable, but you get what you pay for. The company does not update its mobile app and performance is poor across all servers. If you want a free VPN, you’re better off using TunnelBear or ProtonVPN.

What's good

  • Free option
  • 700+ servers in 10 locations
  • Affordable premium tier pricing
  • No DNS Leaks

What's bad

  • No desktop client
  • Poor performance
  • No killswitch

As a relative newcomer to the VPN scene, DotVPN doesn’t offer the same features or massive list of server locations you’ll find with more established VPN providers. However, they’re hoping to make up for it with a range of browser extensions and mobile options. Does it hit the mark? Let’s see what the reviewers have to say.

Pricing

DotVPN offers a basic free browser version if you’re looking to try things out before buying.

On the paid tier, their premium plans come in lower than most options on the market -- both for month-to-month and annual subscriptions.

Supported Devices

Interestingly, there is no desktop client. However, their site states there will Mac and PC versions in the future.

Until then, you can use DotVPN on Android and iOS and there are browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

Ease of Use

If you’ve used a VPN before then you’ll be right at home with DotVPN’s interface. It is super simple to use. You can find everything you need with just a couple of taps.

The main screen gives you information on your connection status and time, server location, and malicious activities.

The UI also changes color when you’re connected or disconnected giving you immediate visual feedback on whether the VPN is active.

Simultaneous Connections

If you pay for the premium tier, you can get up to five simultaneous connections -- an average amount for the current VPN market.

However, the free tier only supports a single connection. Don’t expect to protect every device in your home on the free plan unless you sign up for multiple accounts.

Included Features

Even with the premium version, DotVPN features are sparse. However, they offer just enough to make sure the service is easy to use and effective.

Popular features include:

  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Server switching
  • Auto connection to the least busy server in a chosen location
  • Ad and tracker blocking
  • P2P support
  • OpenVPN protocol for military grade encryption

The only major omission is the lack of a killswitch. For many, this is a must-have for security.

Privacy and Logging

DotVPN touts a no logging policy and also runs their own DNS servers to avoid DNS leaks.

However, when experts inspected their privacy policy, they found that some minor information is in fact logged -- such as your IP address. Still DotVPN only stores it for 24 hours after you connect.

With that said, the company says they won’t sell or share the information with anyone unless forced to do so by a Hong Kong court.

Performance

Critics weren’t expecting too much in the performance department. And yet, they were still disappointed with the very slow speeds offered by DotVPN -- even when testing locally.

When testing servers further away, speeds dropped to the point they could not stream HD videos.

Support

Have some questions? Unfortunately, the only way you’ll get them answered is by emailing support or browsing the FAQs. And while you’ll get a response in an hour, many reviewers had trouble understanding responses because of grammar and language issues.

Also, the company has not updated its mobile apps since 2015. So if you run into any bugs, you might not see updates to fix them anytime soon.

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Summary

It might be cheap, but reviewers have a hard time recommending DotVPN -- even with its free option.

TechRadar states, “Underpowered, with broken features, dire performance and no updates for the mobile apps since 2015, DotVPN is an unprofessional mess of a service.


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

Poor as a VPN, and not even a good proxy, it's hard to see why anyone would spend money on DotVPN Premium.

- Mike Williams, TechRadar
VPN Ranks

You cannot accomplish your Netflix media streaming cravings. In addition, you will not be able to play your favorite online games as DotVPN usually struggles in terms of speed and connectivity. DotVPN needs to improve its credibility when it comes to experiencing multiple platform support feature.

- Usman Hayat, VPN Ranks
Expert Reviews

DotVPN’s pricing is undeniably attractive, but the service is somewhat limited compared to a proper VPN. You’re only protected while you’re working in your browser, the feature set is basic and we’re not wholly confident that all of DotVPN’s servers are based where the company says they are.

- Stuart Andrews, Expert Reviews
The VPN Lab

DotVPN provided us with a pretty disappointing performance when it comes to overall download/upload speed and protecting our real identity online. On top of that, the experience was pretty shaky due to frequent disconnects. 

- The VPN Lab
VPNPros

The free plan offered by the service would be a great option for users looking to bypass geographic restrictions and access their favourite websites. It is the Premium plan that comes packed with features and lets DotVPN act as a VPN service. Though the features are good for what users pay, privacy...

- Max Ostryzhko, VPNPros

Details


Overview
Headquarters Hong Kong
Pricing/Sign Up
Starting Price (per Month) $2.99
Plans and Pricing
Free Trial 30 days
Money Back Guarantee 30 Days
Payment Options Credit Cards, PayPal
ID Required Valid email address
Features
Server Locations (# of Countries) 10
Number of Servers 700 +
Devices Per License 1
Simultaneous Connections 5
Unlimited Bandwidth Yes
Double-Hop / Double VPN No
Accesses Netflix No
P2P / Torrenting Allowed No
Accepts Bitcoin No
Non-US Company Yes
Protected
Protocols IPSec, OpenVPN, SSL
Encryption AES-256, RSA-4096
No Logs / No Tracking Yes
Dedicated IP Available Yes
VPN Over Tor Yes
Wi-Fi Leak Protection No
Private DNS Server No
DNS Leak Protection No
IP Leak Protection No
WebRTC Leak Protection No
IPv6 Leak Protection No
Kill Switch No
Supported Platforms
Operating Systems iOS, Android
Mobile App Yes
Router No
Browser Extension Yes
Customer Support
24/7 Support No
Live Chat Support No
Telephone Support No
Email Support Yes
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