FinchVPN is one of the few Asian VPN companies. The company started its operation in the year 2012 with its HQ based in Malaysia.
This VPN is known for its excellent security features, encryption, and multiple device compatibility.
FinchVPN is an excellent option for Internet users because of the multiple membership plans and features. Let us examine in detail the highs and lows of this service provider.
Today in this post, I will be taking you through all there is to know about FinchVPN for you to know how important it is you buy a plan.
It’s gonna be a jolly-good fun trip, dear reader.
So…just relax and scroll all the way down to the very last word.
I have laid out this review in a simple, concise and easy to understand format that even a 10-year old can follow along. I will be discussing this review under the following sub-headings.
- About FinchVPN (Overview)
- Compatible Devices
- Speed and Performance
- Price (Free or Paid version)
- Privacy and Security
- Pros and Cons
1. About FinchVPN (Overview)
Finch Technology Enterprise, a Malaysia based company, owns FinchVPN. Malaysia is one of the best-suited countries for VPN companies as it doesn’t have any strict data retention laws.
Thankfully, Malaysia is not one of them, and the government doesn’t track what the citizens do online.
When we downloaded the client, we came across a unique interface with a good number of features. These features are discussed along with their advantages and limitations
When we talk about the limitations, we ought to mention the details about the speed provided by the application after the connection.
One needs to compromise with speed if he is using FinchVPN, but to what extent?
If you wish to know its answer, and about many other aspects by which the product is reviewed, all you need to do is to explore this review.
2. Compatible Devices
FinchVPN covers all the mainstream platforms which are Windows, iOS, MacOS, and Android.
Other than these platforms, it is also available for Ubuntu which is one of the widely used platforms.
You also have the option to use FinchVPN with OpenVPN configuration files whose download link is provided on its website.
It is provided for all the platforms on which FinchVPN client is supported.
However, you do not have the option to configure FinchVPN on routers, and so one needs to install it on every required device separately.
If the router configuration was available, one could connect every device to the router.
Also, they do not have any extensions, and so, its advantage can’t be taken directly through browsers.
If they add browser extension, the browsing experience could be improved significantly.
For the free users of FinchVPN application, only three servers are provided. Out of these three servers, two are located in ‘the United States,’ and one is in ‘Luxembourg.’
The efficiency of these three servers may not be high as all the free users share them. Because of that, the load on these servers would be high, delivering low speed.
Through the “Server Status” web page, we found the information that one of the United States free server had a load of 55%, and Luxembourg free server had 45% load.
There were only two servers which were having a higher load than these servers. However, Luxembourg server had the highest number of users connected to it.
That’s the reason that you require a premium account to access high-quality speed. In the premium account, in addition to these three free servers, there are twenty more servers.
The servers are located worldwide because of which they may render high speed to the users who are closely located.
Total twenty-three servers are added in thirteen countries. The main focus is on the United States which is provided with five servers.
In the Netherlands also, five servers are established which are P2P optimized servers. Other than these countries, only Malaysia and Singapore have multiple servers.
In whole North America, apart from the five United States servers, only one more location is provided which is in Canada. In Europe, the servers are in five countries including the Netherlands.
The other four countries are Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The placement is not beneficial for the countries situated in the southern part of Europe as all the server locations are in the North.
For Asia, the servers are placed in Russia, India, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore. If one is in Asia and connects to an Asian server location, then the performance could be high in comparison of the other continents.
The reason is the greater number of servers and a lesser number of users. That decreases the load, and thus, high speed could be expected. With the free version, there is no such possibility.
In Oceania, there is only one server, located in Australia. Load on Australian server is anyway not that high, and that means no more servers are required to be added here.
Other than this, no more servers are added anywhere.
They first need to increase the servers in Europe as they have a good userbase because of which user-server ratio is not that high. If this ratio is somewhat increased, the performance delivered will also be satisfactory.
Also, they can try to build userbase in South America and Africa. As they do not have any server locations there, right now it is not recommended for the users of these continents.
If they add servers in South America, the North American users can also take advantage of those servers. Similarly, if the servers are added to the northern part of Africa, it will be useful for the southern countries of Europe.
The “Server Status” web page has also provided us with the data that only the Netherlands servers are P2P optimized servers.
4. Speed and Performance
There are twenty-three servers for the premium users, but only three are available for the free users.
As we are using the free version, the speed tests can only be performed for the available servers: two of them are located in the United States, and one is in Luxembourg.
First, we connected to the “Free Server One” which is located in Las Vegas. For the download speed and upload speed of 55.77 Mbps and 26.32 Mbps respectively, the recorded speed was just 0.47 Mbps (download speed) and 1.85 Mbps (Upload speed).
The download speed is less than 1% of the original speed, and similarly, in the case of upload speed, only 7% of the original speed was achieved.
The second was “Free Server Two” which again brought disappointment to us. This server was also located in the United States, and the distance was more than five thousand miles.
Also, the load was very high as several users were connected to it. With the speed of 1.80 Mbps, a decrement of 97% was recorded in the case of download speed.
For Upload speed also, high decrement is obtained which was 84%. Still, the download and upload speeds were higher than the previous case.
The third server was comparatively closer but had a higher load. For above mentioned ‘speed before connection’, the download and upload speeds were 3.29 Mbps and 14.70 Mbps respectively, after the connection.
The download speed is still low, but acceptable if you are having an internet connection which renders the same speed as ours.
If the original speed is less than 50 Mbps, one can’t even use it for browsing after connection because the reduction is 94.4%.
However, the upload speed is acceptable for most of the cases as the client renders less than a 50% reduction.
In the case of premium users, twenty more server locations will be unlocked. These server locations may have a lesser distance to your location in comparison to the free server locations.
Also, as it’s paid, there is a limited number of users guaranteeing a lesser load.
If one uses the premium version, speed would be obviously higher than these three cases. However, concluding it acceptable depends on the speed before the connection.
5. Price (Free or Paid version)
Finch VPN offers three plans featuring OpenVPN support and encryption. The free forever plan requires your email and affords you 3GB monthly bandwidth. Understandably, the number of available servers is limited.
The two paid plans are slightly different in features and limitations. Pro, suitable for light surfers, costs $1.61/month and affords you 25GB monthly bandwidth.
Premier kicks in at $3.21/month and removes the bandwidth cap. It also features port forwarding and live chat support.
Bear in mind there is no refund. Ever. Considering their prices, the lack of money-back guarantee doesn’t look like a turnoff.
You can also buy a one week trial for $1, but be ready to pay the transfer fee, so the total would be something like $1.35.
The provider accepts a broad scope of payment methods, including Bitcoin, PayPal, credit cards, and even some regional methods.
6. Privacy and Security
The service supports OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec protocols with a wealth of settings. Stick to OpenVPN if privacy and security are your top priorities.
The encryption deployed here is Blowfish 128-bit, 160-bit and up to 256-bit AES. It sounds solid, but Finch failed my security tests.
“We retain the right to monitor the Service and to disclose any information as necessary or appropriate to satisfy any law, regulation or other governmental requests.”
The provider will keep your personal information like name, and contact details, but most importantly, they store your connection logs timestamps, amount of consumed traffic, and user IP address and ID.
Considering the above and the fact that the provider is based in Malaysia, you’re probably safe torrenting. But the true privacy wonks will want to look elsewhere.
7. Pros and Cons
- It is stable and has a flexible system
- Good server coverage
- Anti-DPI protection
- Accepts Bitcoin
- Allows P2P
- Finch VPN can’t unblock Netflix or BBC iPlayer.
- Logs user ID and IP address
- May disclose your data to law enforcement (privacy leaks)
- Only one device per license
- No refund
- No-kill switch
FinchVPN DOES NOT provide high speed, good support, and complete privacy.
The first thing they need to do is stop logging the data which they share with third parties. People use VPN applications to safeguard themselves from the logging, but in this case, logging is a major issue.
There are some good features present which aids to set up a consistent connection, but it’s not sure if the connection would be secure or not.
Also, one can’t approach them instantly as there is no live chat present even after mentioning about the live chat feature on the plans and pricing page.
Starting with these improvements, if they also enhance the speed, they may survive in the league of VPN products, but looking at the current application, we do not recommend it due to the several reasons mentioned.
This is where I will wrap up the post for today.
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