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Le VPN Review 2022 - Keep This in Mind Before Buying
Le VPN was founded in 2010 by a group of cybersecurity enthusiasts who wanted people around the globe to have digital freedom. Its ethical message today is still as strong — it’s dedicated to privacy and security, as well as contributing to charitable causes that fight against censorship. But I wanted to see if the VPN lives up to this message — and the high price tag.
I tested Le VPN’s speeds, streaming abilities, and server network, along with its ease of use and customer support. Although its speeds were impressive and it boasts servers in an incredible 77 different countries, it failed to unblock most streaming platforms.
Issues with the Windows app and the VPN’s location also gave me cause for concern — especially as Le VPN is supposed to be a privacy-focused service. Even worse, I found its logging policy less than reassuring. Read on to find out why I think you should try one of my top-rated premium VPNs instead.
Blocked by: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, Disney+, HBO Max
Le VPN failed to unblock HBO Max on both Windows and iOS. When I conducted my tests on Windows, it seemed as though I had managed to access the show Succession. However, the 3 buffering dots appeared as soon as the start-up ads had finished and the show never played.
Le VPN's speeds were fast and reliable — even on international servers that were far away from my real location. During my speed tests, I looked at:
Download speed — this measures the amount of data you can receive per second. Faster download speeds mean you get less buffering while you stream.
Upload speed — shows how much data you can send through your connection at any given time.
Ping — how long it takes for your device’s data to reach its destination and come back again. Unlike speed readings, the higher your ping, the more lag you have.
I started my tests with a base reading of 37.2 Mbps, an upload speed of 9.34 Mbps, and a ping of 12 ms. A base reading means the speeds I had on my connection without a VPN in use.
My download speed dropped by 16% on the server in my country, which wasn’t bad, and my ping stayed low at 16 ms. When you connect a VPN, you can usually expect a 10-20% drop in your download speed. You also usually get good results on servers close to your actual location, so this outcome was expected.
What did impress me was the results of servers in other nearby locations. Le VPN’s France and Czech Republic servers only dropped my speeds by 8%, which was a solid result. My ping rate increased to 40 ms on the Czech server, but this is still more than fast enough to comfortably game online without buffering.
I had additional impressive results when I tested the US server. My download speed fell from 37.2 Mbps to 36.2 Mbps, which is a drop of just 2%. Considering I was 7,000km away from the US, the reading was a surprise. My ping did shoot up to 155 ms, which might give me lag and buffering if I attempted to game online. But overall it was a good result.
My last tests checked results when connected to servers in Australia and Hong Kong, and Le VPN gave me strong readings yet again. With both servers, my download speed was around 35 Mbps, which was excellent. Australia’s ping result was high, at 259 ms, while Hong Kong was a little lower at 196 ms.
Here is a rundown of all of my server tests:
36.2 Mbps (2% decrease)
8.49 Mbps (9% decrease)
31.1 Mbps (16% decrease)
8.13 Mbps (12% decrease)
34.5 Mbps (7% decrease)
8.64 Mbps (7% decrease)
34.6 Mbps (6% decrease)
8.48 Mbps (9% decrease)
35.0 Mbps (5% decrease)
7.78 Mbps (16% decrease)
34.9 Mbps (6% decrease)
8.87 Mbps (5% decrease)
Because this VPN gave me such great results on the servers I tried, I recommend Le VPN for its speeds. No matter how far away from the servers I was, I had a consistently high download speed.
Le VPN has a large network of 800 servers in 77 countries. I usually recommend looking for a VPN that has more servers in each location. When there are fewer servers, overcrowding occurs which can cause frustrating slowdowns.
That being said, while Le VPN has few servers in each specific location, the amount of countries it covers is outstanding. It even has an impressive bank of servers in places that often aren’t catered to by VPN providers, such as the Middle East and Central America.
You can find Le VPN’s servers in the following locations:
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Canada, The US, Mexico
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago
Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, New Caledonia
South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, Tunisia
There’s also a huge selection of P2P-optimized servers in every continent. Every one of Le VPNs available servers also offer Wireguard, OpenVPN, IKEv2, IPSec, and L2TP protocols.
I was impressed by the disconnect and reconnect speed when I was testing Le VPN on my iPhone. At the click of a button, I could completely cut the server connection and click on a new country, which would take only seconds to establish a connection. This was reassuring as some VPNs can be slow to allow you to switch servers, particularly when you’re jumping from country to country.
Although Le VPN doesn’t have multiple servers at each location, I was impressed by the number of countries it includes in its server list, particularly in often-overlooked areas. None of the servers I tested appeared to be overcrowded, and connections were established quickly and maintained stability throughout my tests. For these reasons, I can recommend Le VPN for its server network — particularly if you are in one of the locations listed above that is rarely represented by other VPN providers.
Le VPN’s security features are excellent. You can tell that security and privacy are a priority.
Encryption and Protocols
The VPN has AES-256-CBC cipher, SHA256 authentication, and DH-2048 for TLS handshake. It also implements PFS with DHE. This is extremely high protection that would be almost impossible to hack. It is effective against brute force attacks, as the keys used for encryption are incredibly long.
Protocols offered include WireGuard, OpenVPN, L2TP, and IKEv2 with IPSec. OpenVPN is the industry standard — it’s both fast and secure. L2TP alone is not secure which is why it’s usually paired with IPSec for encryption. WireGuard is quickly becoming known as the fastest protocol, and it’s a good sign to see it available on all Le VPN servers.
For fast connection speeds, you can also try using IKEv2, which is sometimes faster than OpenVPN, but it depends on your network.
All of the Le VPN servers I tested were fully secure. Using an online testing tool, I discovered no IP, WebRTC, or DNS leaks on any of the servers I tried.
A DNS leak allows your ISP to see your internet activity. Additionally, if there was a cyberattack during an IP and WebRTC leak, your real IP address would be revealed. That means you would lose all the protection your VPN should provide, rendering it useless if security is your main concern.
There were no leaks in Le VPN’s servers, which means that your data is protected.
You can find the kill switch under the name “Block Internet Connection While Reconnecting” in Le VPN’s settings. A kill switch disconnects you from the internet completely in the event that your VPN fails. This stops cyberattacks, IP address leaks, and your data from being mined by third parties.
I tested if the kill switch was working by disconnecting the VPN while a web page was loading. My internet immediately stopped working and only started up again when I reconnected. Even though it has a different name, Le VPN’s kill switch is just as effective.
Le VPN’s HybridVPN is described as being “an awesome mix of the fastest VPN service and a Smart DNS.” You can activate the Hybrid by going to Options, then Protocols in the app. Once you activate the HypridVPN, all of your internet traffic gets sent through a secure tunnel while select online media is automatically unblocked. This means you can browse securely and quickly with privacy while accessing a vast amount of online content.
Because of these features, I can recommend Le VPN for security. It uses tried and tested protocols and has features that are dedicated to keeping your IP protected and your devices secure.
Le VPN claims it’s dedicated to privacy but I wasn’t happy with its logging policy.
The VPN certainly does a lot of charitable work, contributing to schemes that help fight against data oppression and online privacy breaches.
The company has an impressive record of charitable acts that demonstrate its commitment to online freedom. It has provided free VPN accounts to Ukrainian citizens during the revolution, and also to journalists who are working in high censorship regions.
On a more individual level though, I’m not convinced by Le VPN’s apparent no-logs policy. When I read through the small print, I found out the VPN logs your IP address and the IP of the VPN server you connect to, as well as timestamps of your connection. While it claims it doesn’t log the sites you visit, the stored information would be enough to trace your online movements if the VPN server was seized. The policy also doesn’t clarify how long this information is stored for; only saying it's kept for “a certain amount of time” — which is worryingly vague.
This is even more worrying as Le VPN is based in Hong Kong. While Hong Kong is technically outside the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance, many people have concerns that China has too many controls over the region. The VPN may not be forced to hand over your data to the alliance, but the Chinese government is another question.
Since Le VPN does log some user-session information, I can’t say I trust the service to maintain my online privacy. If that’s a key priority for you, you may prefer to pick a truly no-logs VPN that’s located as far from China as possible.
Torrenting — Allowed, but Not Recommended
You are allowed to torrent using Le VPN’s servers. There are no limits on bandwidth, so you’re not restricted in how many files you can download or upload.
Although many of Le VPN’s servers in each continent are optimized for P2P file sharing, it recommends only torrenting in countries whose laws allow the practice. The countries it specifies are Canada, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic.
You don’t get in trouble or banned if you torrent on other servers with Le VPN, but I encourage you to be mindful of the laws in each country. I don’t condone torrenting anything that isn’t in the public domain either, so always be sure to double-check the files you select to download to be sure they aren’t copyrighted.
Does Le VPN Work in China? Yes, With the Right ISP
Le VPN states that its servers work in China provided you download the app prior to entering the country. I wanted to be sure the servers definitely work in China, so I contacted customer support to double-check the online information.
From the answer I received, it seems that the VPN does work in China but if you have a Chinese ISP your server will be throttled or blocked. As with many VPNs, you may need to do some manual configuration to connect to nearby servers that work.
I tested the VPN on devices including Windows and iOS, and it was easy to find and install the version I needed for each.
Set-Up & Installation — Mixed Results Depending on the Device
When testing Le VPN on iOS and Mac, I had it up and running perfectly without any issues. The app was installed quickly and was very simple to use. Its servers connected within seconds, and I could change servers from country to country without any annoying delays.
I had a completely different experience when I tried to install and use it on my Windows laptop. The Windows app was very buggy, slowed down my entire system, and resulted in me uninstalling it as quickly as I could.
Some VPNs are renowned for clashing with existing Windows settings and it is often caused by the TAP drivers. TAP drivers enable VPNs to function on Windows, so it is frustrating when the technology impacts the performance of the VPN. I disconnected my TAP drivers and tried again, but I could only get one of the servers I tried to connect properly.
Eventually, I was successful in connecting to a US server which allowed me to access Netflix US. But when I attempted to test its speeds, the speed check tool I was using couldn’t complete the request. This was due to the fact that the server kept dropping in and out of connection.
As well as irritating glitches with the VPN itself, having the app installed seriously impacted the performance of my PC. I had to restart my computer 3 times. Each time I tried to continue my tests, I experienced extreme slowdowns, frozen screens, and internet cuts thanks to Le VPN’s (effective) kill switch.
I wanted to see if mac installation caused any issues. Unlike with Windows, the mac installation went smoothly and I could access the VPN servers in no time and without any connectivity problems.
When the Le VPN app works, it’s easy to use. When you go to your settings menu you can choose to toggle between IKEv2 and IPSec. You can also click on “More Protocols” which takes you to a webpage with options to select Wireguard, OpenVPN, and L2TP with IPSec. The setup instructions are clear and straightforward, and I manually configured Wireguard in just a few minutes.
My experience of using Le VPN on iOS was that connections were made quickly and were instantly secure.
The server list is alphabetized, so all you need to do is scroll through until you find your desired location. Then you just click on the big round connect button and you should have a connection within seconds.
I also liked the process of switching between server locations. The server disconnected right away, so I could go straight to a new location and connect to that country instead. There was no waiting around with Le VPN on iOS.
If you enjoy having an extra level of control over your VPN, you may not be happy with the lack of interactive settings that show up on the app. Apart from protocols, there really isn’t anything else for you to change to your own preferences.
You can pay with a number of methods, including credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, Qiwi Wallet, OXXO, and Boletol. It’s good to see Le VPN continuing its narrative of identity protection by offering cryptocurrency payments for an extra level of privacy.
The refund policy is a little ambiguous. Although it states that all policies come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, the refund policy is only applicable if you cancel within 7 days. I am unsure whether this is because the policy is outdated or if there may be a potential snag when users attempt to cancel, as I managed to get my refund after 7 days.
When you make a request to cancel, the page states that the request itself will not initiate a refund and that you must submit a support ticket in order to ask for your money back. This seems like poor customer service, as the provider should be able to see whether you are within the 30-day period and issue your refund when they process the cancellation.
I submitted my request, explaining that I couldn’t get the VPN to work on Windows. The customer rep responded to me asking if they could help me resolve the issue before I confirmed my cancellation. After I told them I definitely wanted to stop my subscription, the request was processed and I received a full refund the very next day.
The VPN is reasonably priced but I’ve tested better and safer services for a similar cost.
Reliability & Support
Le VPN's customer support is helpful but a little slow. There's no 24/7 live chat available, just a ticket system on the website. I submitted a ticket asking about the VPN's ability to work in China, and I had a helpful response within 5 hours. The tickets are marked according to priority, so I hope the response would be much quicker if I needed urgent assistance.
There are also extensive help and FAQ pages. Many of them are produced in article format, so they go deep into the ins and outs of all the technical or historical information related to the topic. I found the pages to be extremely useful.
Le VPN could be a great VPN provider, but it has some issues. I can’t recommend it for Windows users as I had so many problems with the app installation. It also performed quite poorly in my streaming tests, failing to unblock most streaming platforms. This was a shame, as its speeds and reliable servers in so many locations should be excellent for streaming.
I was particularly disappointed with the dodgy logging practices and Hong Kong location, especially for a team that’s supposed to be so dedicated to privacy and security. The longer-term plans give good value for money, but its monthly subscription is extremely expensive for what you get.