VPN Reviews

FVPN Review – Is The Service Worth Using?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

FVPN is an anonymity solution from MEDIA-EVO ltd., a Bulgarian service provider. This FVPN review will focus on the features offered by the service as well as evaluate its pros and cons.

Server Locations & Site Access – FVPN has got VPN servers at just two locations – Netherlands and Bulgaria. While the service cannot be used to unblock US and UK based On-Demand services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Hulu, it can help you to get rid of censorship and firewalls from anywhere. For instance, it allows you to unlock popular sites like Facebook, Gmail, Skype, Twitter, Viber and YouTube from behind your school and workplace firewalls as well as from locations where these sites are officially banned (China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Brazil and Thailand). Additionally, the service is useful for Dutch and Bulgarian expats who want to unlock On-Demand streaming services from their home countries from an overseas location. Here is a list of few GEO-IP restricted services which can be unlocked with the help of FVPN:

Spotify, Rara, Deezer, AT5, Film1, Sport1, Viasat, Nova, BNT World, bTV and Eurosport.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – FVPN does not impose any kind of speed or bandwidth restrictions so it is a good choice for activities like streaming of premium On-Demand services, VOIP, multiplayer gaming and of course, browsing and downloading. Since the provider is based in Europe, it does not have any restrictions regarding P2P or file sharing activities as well.

Privacy Settings – FVPN secures user sessions with 128 bit encryption as well as PPTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols. While these two protocols come bundled with most operating systems, PPTP is not considered the best choice for modern day privacy needs. The service encrypts data and routes it through a secure tunnel thereby protecting your sensitive details (credit card numbers, passwords, social accounts and even identity) and browsing activities from all types of surveillance, snooping and hacking. This is especially helpful for people who travel a lot and need to rely on public Wi-Fi networks for their personal or official work.

FVPN has not published a privacy policy on its site. Most VPN companies do capture connection and data consumption details (including personally identifiable information like IP addresses) so the same should be assumed for the service provider.

Supported Operating Systems – FVPN is compatible with Windows, Android, Mac and iOS. While the company provides an easy-to-use client for Windows, configuration on other systems needs to be done manually. The company has published step-by-step installation/configuration instructions on its site so even people with bare minimum technical knowledge can configure the service within no time.

Customer Support – FVPN provides customer support via support tickets. The lack of live chat support is indeed a downside especially since the company has not published much troubleshooting information on its website (in fact, the provider’s site seems to contain bare minimum information).

Pricing Options – FVPN VPN service costs 3 Euros for 30 days and 10 Euros for 120 days. While the company does not provide refunds, it offers a 2 minute trial which can be used to check whether you are able to connect to the service.

Final Verdict – Overall, the privacy service offered by FVPN looks like a no frills service. On the plus side, the service is dirt cheap. However, the provider doesn’t have servers at premium locations nor does it uses the most secure VPN protocols (such as OpenVPN) to offer privacy on the web. As such, it could be a good option for those with a low budget. However, if you need a full service option with a lot of servers, you might want to check other options.

January 12, 2016

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