FinchVPN is a simple VPN that doesn’t really stand out, except for its free plan. Any VPN that can offer its service for free is something we admire; however, it seems a little too good to be true.
Like most free plans, this one is limited at 3GB per month. It’s good for small tasks, but don’t expect to stream a lot with it.
For those who want to go with the paid plans, FinchVPN offer a Pro and Premium plan. Unlike other VPNs that change the price depending on time of use, FinchVPN determines the price based on the features. The Pro plan is limited to 25GB per month. This is definitely more than the free plan, but if we’re going to pay for something, we’d rather not have a data limit.
When we tested the speed, it wasn’t noteworthy, and at times it was slow.
In terms of security, FinchVPN goes a little beyond the minimum. They offer OpenVPN as a security protocol, but their encryption is only 128-bit. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t compare to the 256-bit we’ve seen in other VPNs.
“When you register we will collect your username, email address, password (encrypted) and IP address…We will store a time stamp, traffic amount and user id when you connect and disconnect to our VPN service…We will […] record the following data: 1.Time, date and location vpn [sic] connection was made. 2. Bandwidth used during the connection.”
The policy continues to state that the information is “routinely purge[d]” from all servers, but we do not know how often that is.
With regards to payment, FinchVPN offers different types, including PayPal and Bitcoin. However, you have to pay a small processing fee for PayPal and any credit card. It’s not a lot, but it does come as a surprise before you verify your subscription.
FinchVPN also does not offer any refunds. While it’s frustrating, it does make sense, since they offer a free service you can try out.
There are definitely better premium VPNs out there, but – if you don’t mind having some of your data logged – FinchVPN makes a good free option.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
FinchVPN has 27 servers in 12 countries.
FinchVPN is easy to install and use, but it does get some getting used to. The interface is not as simple as others we’ve seen, but it definitely beats manually configuring your own VPN. The speeds aren’t incredible, but they get the job done.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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