While it may only sound like marketing, The Ookla Company (creators of Speedtest.net) has created their own free VPN called simply, “Speedtest VPN“. The service is limited to 2 gb a month, and at this point, it is only available for Android and iOS devices. Also, it seems to be built-in as part of the app, so there does not seem to be an additional download. We are typically wary of free VPN products because you usually end up paying for the usage, one way or the other. That said, the service is still in beta and Ookla’s parent company (J2 Global) owns a number of VPN providers. In this review, we will discuss Speedtest’s new VPN and see how it stacks up against other services.
About the Company
While Ookla is still new to the VPN community, their website is used by many for accurate speed test results. Ookla is owned by J2 Global, which is located and headquartered in the US. Okkla mentions that they are a “zero logs VPN” provider. However, be aware that if you run a speed test while logged in to the speedtest VPN, they do record that usage. That seems to almost defeat the purpose of zero logs but there’s not much harm in tracking your results if you choose to run a speed test. J2 Global also owns IPVanish and several other VPN services. Since speedtest VPN runs on their network, you might assume that it will follow the rules of some of the other companies they own
At the time of this review, Speedtest VPN is still in Beta. Because of that, they have not offered any pricing as far as what the service will cost. As we get more information on that, we will update this review.
As far as features go, let’s hope that the lack of features it offers are due to it still being in beta. However, you do get up to 2 GB free per month, it is a zero logs offering, and it is supposed to be fast. The Android app uses the OpenVPN protocol, while the iOS app uses the IKEV2 protocol. Both of these protocols are fast and secure.
Server Locations and Countries
Connecting to Speedtest VPN could not be easier. However, you have to know where to go.
Please note that app will immediately connect you to the closest location with the lowest lag. The company also states that it could be blocked in China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Additionally, Ookla does not do business in Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria. It may work, though, unless it is blocked.
Connecting to the Speedtest VPN is easy. However, you have to know where to access it from. Once you download the speedtest app, you can click on the lock to the right of the speedtest icon.
Then, you simply move the slider to the “On” position.
That is really all there is to connecting to and using this VPN.
Speedtest VPN Speed Test
Speed loss is one of the disadvantages of using a free VPN service. When they release the premium version, you are likely to see a speed increase. When we tested the speed for the Speedtest VPN service, we found it to be a bit slow. That is disappointing considering that it automatically selects the best option. When you look at the images, realize that we used the same location for both tests. While losing 67% or so is bad compared to premium services, it is not bad if you compare it to other free VPNs.
Why you should use a VPN
Since so many establishments now offer free WiFi, you will want to use a VPN when you connect. While WiFi is great, the cybercriminals think it is great as well. By connecting to the server of your choice, you create a secure and encrypted connection. That way, you greatly reduce the risk that criminals or cyberthieves will steal your private information.
Another reason to use a VPN is to help you get around geo-restrictions. No matter where you are, connecting to a server there will help. That is because it makes the blocking software think you are located somewhere else. That can be a real advantage if you are trying to access certain regions or you are being blocked from viewing content. Simply connect to a server and you can start browsing or viewing the content you want to access.
What About Leaks?
With many free VPNs, you can expect them to leak. However, because of the company behind this one, we did not expect it to. When we did our comprehensive leak test from doileak.com on this VPN, we did not find any leaks. We like using this one because it shows you the different areas where it detects problems. As you can see by the image to the right, this VPN does not have any leaking issues. The issues you see are as a result from personal settings. That is one to put in the win column for this one.
Should I Use this VPN?
Using Ookla Speedtest VPN (if you go for the free version) will be slower than premium VPN services. You may be able to get around some geo-restrictions from time to time (once they offer more servers so you can select them). You may be ok to use it for privacy, but because they mention that they do provide some information if you run a speed test, we are a bit wary. That will not likely be an issue they will solve going forward. If you want a premium service on the same network then we suggest you check out IPVanish. There are plenty of premium services out there. Perhaps in time Speedtest VPN will rival them but for now we would recommend looking elsewhere if you need more than 2 GB of access.
Final Thoughts About Speedtest VPN
While the company has a solid reputation, it will be some time before we know how well their VPN service is received. The beta for mobile devices is a good start. You should always protect yourself when you are on WiFi. This free service will do the job but the 2 GB limit could be an issue depending on your usage. That said, it is certainly better than not using a VPN. It is fast and you will be able to protect your privacy, but only on Android and iOS devices at the moment. Feel free to take a look at our Top 10 VPNs for more options.