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.
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
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
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
The UI also changes color when you’re connected or disconnected giving you immediate visual feedback on whether the
VPN is active.
If you pay for the premium tier, you can get up to five simultaneous connections -- an average amount for the current
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”