Never heard of SpyOff? It’s okay, they're not a huge name on the VPN market just yet. SpyOff is a small VPN with the bold claim that they are "the fastest VPN alive." Let’s see if reviewers agree...
Compared to larger VPN services, SpyOff is on the high end for their monthly and annual plan. While they offer a 15-day free trial so you can try before you buy, you'll have to give them your payment information up front. Be sure to cancel within 14 days if you don't plan to keep the service.
SpyOff has clients for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac. You can also install the services on your router. Sadly, there are no browser extensions. This means you can't use the service on public computers.
Ease of Use
Despite not having a ton of features, SpyOff might confuse VPN beginners. There are three types of connections: ultra secure, balanced, and high speed. These refer to the protocols used by the servers.
Sadly, the high-speed connection utilizes PPTP. It's an older standard which is not considered secure. So if you want to actually protect your data, you should choose the ultra secure or balanced options.
The rest of the interface isn’t particularly friendly despite its simplicity. Servers aren’t organized in any way and there’s no option to ‘auto-select’ servers nearest to your location.
There’s also hardly any UI when it comes to failed connections. So if nothing happens, you should either connect again or try a different server.
You can connect as many devices as you want to SpyOff. This is one of the areas reviewers felt the higher price was worth it.
While features are limited, popular options include:
- P2P support
- Run SpyOff over Tor
- Enhanced DNS leak protection
Privacy and Logging
SpyOff's parent company is based in San Marino.
So while the company claims they're in San Marino, the note in the policy and the use of German on its site and client lead experts to believe that it is under the jurisdiction of the “14-eyes” countries instead of San Marino’s laws.
Besides that, they appear to log no other information once you’re connected to their VPN.
Despite its claim of being the “fastest VPN alive” actual tests put well below its competitors.
Even when testing with the high speed protocol, experts weren’t able to get more than roughly 20Mbps from nearby servers. Speeds dropped significantly when they chose Asia servers with some dropping down to 1Mbps -- speeds practically unusable with today's complex webpages and high-bandwidth applications.
You’ll need to open a support ticket or email support directly as there is no live chat support available through SpyOff. There’s also a knowledge base -- available in both English and German -- for common questions and concerns.
SpyOff is nothing to write home about with its middling performance, expensive subscription plan, and limited features. While unlimited simultaneous connections are nice, there are other more feature-filled and faster options available.
PC World states, “You can find cheaper options… and given the lack of added features I would definitely shop around to compare prices.”
TechRadar adds, “SpyOFF makes big claims… but couldn’t live up to them during testing… overall the service just isn’t worth the asking price.”