Created by Cheetah mobile (in Beijing, China), “Fast Secure VPN” audaciously claims to be the best free VPN to help users overcome the Great Firewall of China. This is an exclusive free Android-only app that’s drawing a lot of attention with almost 5 million Google Play downloads.
To start off with, you have ample choice when it comes to selecting a server as this VPN provides you with servers located in 16 countries including US, UK, China, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Romania and Switzerland. If you need access to YouTube, Facebook or Instagram while traveling then selecting one of these servers gives a new IP address that will keep your location anonymous while unlocking the door to all services and websites that are currently restricted in your location.
Breaking through the Great Firewall of China isn’t always plain sailing, but Fast Secure VPN implement varied protocols that are widely used in the VPN industry to overcome censorship barriers. Protocols used are L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN and Shadowsocks (a Socks5 proxy). OpenVPN is considered the most robust protocol and widely used by VPN providers. PPTP is considered the least secure, but it has been reported to work well in China. However Shadowsocks is common protocol used in circumnavigating the Chinese firewall within mainland China itself, which makes this app particularly appealing to Chinese residents or to potential travelers.
No matter where you are, you’re probably going to connect to a public WiFi network at some stage. Though, these are infamous for attracting hackers and snoopers that attempt to steal sensitive data such as passwords or bank details. Fast Secure VPN solves this issue as it creates a secure connection using 256 bit encryption designed to safe-guard your traffic from being intercepted by third-parties. Even the WiFi ISP is unable to monitor or keep records of your activity as all traffic is tunneled to the VPN server with this strong encryption.
Other perks to this app is the unlimited bandwidth and unlimited free trial with options to extend the free trial with bonus rewards based on how much you use the app.
Also included is a speed test tool that allows you to scan each server to find the fastest. You’ll get insights into download speed, overall stability, latency and information on the PING. From there you can select which server is currently the fastest, allowing you to get the best service possible.
So, keep in mind that many other free VPNs leave users with a lot less choice for servers and the speed test tool can save you a lot of trial and error when selecting a server. In addition, they also implement the standard protocols with strong encryption. All in all, you certainly get a jam-packed free Android app that could even rival various paid subscription services already in the market.
|Number of countries with servers||16|
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||No|
|Number of devices per license||1|