Whoer VPN is a definite newcomer to the VPN community. The account registration shows that it was registered in November of 2018. The website is streamlined and is straightforward. The company is headquartered in Cyprus, so it is subject to the rules of the country. At the time of this review, the VPN only offers servers in 16 countries. That said, this VPN has quite a bit of potential. In this review, we will take a look at the various aspects of the service and provide you with the information you would need to make a qualified decision.
Pricing and Special Offers
This service offers a “free trial”, but it is not the standard type. Instead, the service gives you 1993 days, effectively making the service free. However, we suggest you take a look at the pricing, there are 3 different options. On a month by month basis, the cost is $9.90. Six months of the service is $39 which works out to $ 6.50 a month. The best savings comes from getting a years worth of service for $46.90. Of course, that works out to approximately $3.91 a month. While you may be tempted to stay with the free service, you need to consider that it is extremely slow.
Let’s take a quick look at the features you can expect with Whoer VPN.
- Custom VPN apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, and Android. Additionally, it is available for the specific browsers including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.
- Consistent user interface across desktop and mobile apps.
- Available in English, German, French, Turkish, and Spanish.
- Unlimited access to servers in 16 countries (providing you use the premium version)
- Double VPN (multihop)
- Connect on up to 3 devices simultaneously
- Internet kill switch
- No log policy (Whoer does not track your activities)
- 24/7 live chat support
Whoer VPN offers several different payment options. While website shows that it has the potential to take credit cards, Paypal, crypto currencies, and electronic currencies. Unfortunately, the only options available are crypto and electronic, that is likely to change soon, though. Whoer offers a free trial that starts out lasting 1993 days.
Whoer VPN Network and Server Locations
As mentioned earlier in our review, the paid Whoer network gives you access to servers in 16 countries. This is quite limited compared most other services. Whoer also lacks the ability to select an individual server location inside a country. For example, we connected to the United States but could not choose a specific city.
Whoer VPN gives you access to servers in the following countries:
- Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Lithuania, USA, Netherlands, Ukraine, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
As you can see the Whoer VPN network is well represented in North America and Europe. They also have Asia (Singapore and Hong Kong).
Privacy and Security
There are two areas to look at when considering the privacy and security of a VPN. The first being the protocol and encryption level used for server connections. In the case of Whoer, there seems to be only one protocol that we can see, and you toggle it in and out of OpenVPN UDP. There is no evidence of any other protocols used. Their client uses OpenVPN and you can select between TCP and UDP. We recommend UDP for the best mix of security and fast performance. That’s what we used for our speed tests which wil be presented in a moment. If you have any issues using UDP, then simply go into the settings and flip the toggle back to where it was. This will add error checking for a more stable connection in some circumstances.
The other critical factor for many VPN users is what degree the company tracks and logs your usage. In the case of Whoer, they are committed to users privacy. They clearly show a no-log policy which means they commit to not track your activity when connected to the network. Since they are located in Cyprus, the privacy rules are strong there.
The Whoer team offers 24/7 technical support. WYou will also find a help center, product guide, and forum on the Whoer site. All of these can be helpful in resolving issues. Fortunately we didn’t have any problems testing their VPN so we can not personally give an opinion of the support team.
Client Software and Mobile Apps
As mentioned earlier in our review, BullGuard has developed a full line of apps for their VPN service. You will find guides on their website for installing the VPN client on Windows, Mac, and Linux. They also have a section for the Android and iOS apps. Of course you can download those directly from the Google and Apple app stores. If you want to change your IP address location on firestick or game console then we recommend connecting the VPN through your router. You can contact their tech support for more details.
Let’s jump right in and take a look at the Whoer client. We’ll start with with Whoer Windows VPN client.
The user interface couldn’t be any easier. You can simply enter the access code and hit the login button to connect to the best VPN server for your current location. If you are using the free version, you have only the Netherlands option that you see above. Because there is only one option, we only tested the speed to the one server. Of course, results will likely be quite different on the paid version. However, this is what you have to contend with if you plan on using the free version.
As you can see we connected to a VPN server in Amerdam. Our Internet connection maxes out around 130 Mbps. The speed was under 1Mbps when we tried it using the OpenVPN UDP protocol. That makes it almost unusable for most modern things you would want to use it for.
Even though you do not need to change any of the settings to connect to Whoer VPN, there are a few options worth mentioning. The first is that the Windows client includes both an Internet kill switch and the hide VPN feature. Under that heading, you can choose to mimic mobile or home. The first will kill your internet connection if the VPN fails. The Hide VPN feature will allow you to obfuscate your traffic and mimic either mobile or home. This will help protect your privacy anytime you lose connection to their network for any reason.
Does it Leak?
As with any VPN service, it does you no good if the blocking software or monitoring can see your IP address anyway. You might as well be using nothing at all. Because of that, we decided to test Whoer VPN and see if the free version leaks. We used our favorite comprehensive test at doileak.com. Typically, you can expect a free VPN service to leak. However, we did not find that to be the case with this one. Even that it is extremely slow, it does not leak. The red parts of the image come from the browser specifically instead of the VPN.
Whoer VPN is well put together and even their free server is configured correctly so it does not leak. We can see there is quite a bit of potential here and even though it is small, it will likely grow. If your goal is protect yourself from monitoring, this is a reasonable solution. However, you will need to get the paid version if you plan on activities with any connection intensive requirements. That said, there are other providers that you can use with the same features. They will offer you more server choices at possibly a lower price.
Whoer VPN allows users to connect up to 3 devices at a time. You can install their Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android apps on as many devices as you want and connect on 3 simultaneously. This is a good way to protect your desktop and mobile devices. Those who frequently travel may find the 3 connections a bit limiting. The VPN apps have a unified user interface and are very easy to use. You can let the app choose a server location or select a country on your own. In some cases, you cna even select the city you want to use.
What we liked most about the service:
- No DNS leaking even on the free server
- Extremely long trial
- Internet kill switch
- Connect on up to 3 devices at a time.
- No log policy. Whoer does not log user’s activities.
- 24/7 live chat support
Ideas to improve the service:
- Offer more server locations (currently 16 countries)
- Complete payment options to allow credit cards and Paypal
- Give more server options to the trial users
In summary Whoer VPN is decent, but it is small. The software worked well and the network is fast. It has some great features, but the the limited network and slow speeds on the free trial make it difficult to use unless you get the upgraded version. Pricewise, it is a reasonable service for a reasonable price, provining you do not mind the lack of server choices.