If you’re chasing a VPN, than Psiphon isn’t the right tool for you. In fact, Psiphon specifically avoids branding itself as VPN and can be more accurately described as an anti-censorship, open-source tool.
Simply put, Psiphon is an unblocker. The software was created with the endgame of providing unrestricted access to locked content around the world. It’s a respectable server network with an elegant interface on all platforms including Windows, Android, and iOS. This tool will provide you with the ability to enjoy social media, streaming, and online television around the globe, with the exception of Netflix.
If you are reading this in the hopes of finding a VPN to protect your privacy, Psiphon will unfortunately disappoint you. Despite making use of L2TP/IPsec and encrypting your traffic, Psiphon’s main purpose isn’t security or privacy. It doesn’t offer its users any way to gain absolute anonymity, nor does it have any features that will keep your identity hidden or safe.
Psiphon is fully transparent about the way user data is treated, but that doesn’t make it any better. In order to improve advertisements, your connection logs may be kept, and information from cookies and other tools may be used by the provider and other third parties.
Our verdict is to consider Psiphon if content unblocking is your sole interest. The 30-day trial is a treat and you can be satisfied by the free version depending on what you are looking for. However for the more privacy-conscious, we recommend considering other options specifically targeted towards your needs.
For those in search of higher security, we would suggest checking out our review on ExpressVPN, as it’s a provider that prides itself on its users’ privacy and it’s impressive number of servers ensures you always have access to everything you desire.
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.
Psiphon has noticeably put in the effort to remain consistently good across all supported platforms. Whether you’re on Windows, Android, or iOS, the apps are a joy to use.
The only thing we didn’t like was the constant influx of new tabs on our browser — this is how Psiphon notifies you of your new IP address upon connecting to a server, but we wish they’d gone for a less spammy method.
The foolproof installation is the main reason Psiphon doesn’t have any dedicated support. They do give an email address for contact purposes, but that’s about it. On the upside, the FAQ section is exhaustive, as is the user guide.
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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