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Savage VPN Review & Test 2022 — Is It Really Safe To Use?
Savage VPN is a free service that offers unlimited bandwidth and data, as well as fast speeds. Paying for unlimited VPN services can be costly, so a free VPN that offers unlimited across the board can be very tempting.
But is Savage VPN as safe as premium services that offer the same services, and top notch security?
I tested the service to find out and received mixed results. While it does cover basic privacy and security, it was lacking in other areas. Plus, it had one major flaw — lots of ads that could leave you open to hacking, malware, and adware with extended use.
Let’s check out why Savage VPN isn’t for everyone.
Short on Time? Here’s a 1-Min Summary of My Results
Bare bones security. Basic protection with no extra security features.
Streaming — Can Savage VPN Bypass Geoblocking?
Yes. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Savage VPN breezed through blocks for most major streaming services like 9Now and Netflix!
Since Netflix and 9Now use tough geoblocking technology, I wasn’t expecting much from a free VPN. Most free VPNs don’t put a lot of revenue into making sure the service is powerful enough to bypass geoblocks.
Not only that, I was also able to access Hulu, Disney+, and Showtime! Not bad for a free service. The only hitch was the amount of ads I had to watch to stream multiple movies uninterrupted.
Speed — Good Speeds Across the Board
My upload speed before connecting to Savage VPN was 95.7Mbps, with a download speed of 406Mbps. The speeds I got were more than fast enough for gaming, torrenting, and even streaming in 4k. I decided to test a Savage VPN server in the US, UK, and AU, to see if my speeds suffered.
When I connected to a Savage VPN server in New York my upload speed decreased to 11.7Mbps and my download speeds suffered significantly as well at 19.2Mbps. I wasn’t surprised to see the decrease in speeds the further I went from my true location. Generally the greater the distance between you and the server, the more you will notice a decrease in speeds.
However, the UK server produced similar results to the US server despite the distance, with an upload speed of 12.2Mbps, and a download speed of around 14Mbps. While the Australian server was the slowest, I was still able to stream in HD with a download speed of 6.62Mbps.
Torrenting — Lacks Advanced Security
Savage VPN has the speeds, bandwidth, and servers for torrenting. It also has a solid no-logs policy, and prevents your ISP from tracking your true IP address.
On the downside, you’d be torrenting at your own risk, as Savage VPN doesn’t have a kill switch or offer split-tunneling. That means if your connection is interrupted, you may risk your true location being exposed and potentially being traced by your ISP or the government.
Gaming — You’ll Need an Emulator (Not Beginner-Friendly)
While the speeds are sufficient for gaming, you’ll need an emulator to run it on any device that doesn’t support the Google Play Store App. For a pro that won’t be an issue, but if you are new to online gaming it may be a struggle.
Still, there are safe Android emulators for a variety of operating systems and devices out there if you want to give it a shot. As an example, the Android SDK emulator allows you to run any Android compatible App on your device; in this case Savage VPN.
Imagine you want to run Savage VPN on your gaming PC and it has a Windows 10 64-bit operating system. The good news is that Savage VPN only takes up 8.75MB of space on your device and the Android SDK emulator takes up about 1GB, so you won’t be wasting precious game storage.
Server Network — Servers Available Worldwide
Savage VPN has 29 servers in 11 countries, which is a relatively small server network. Still, the distribution of servers is fairly broad, so you still get plenty of locations to choose from worldwide.
The server selection list is easy to use, simply click on the drop down menu and select the server you want from the list. Then click on the Savage VPN icon in the middle of the app to connect. Once the VPN is connected the S on the icon will turn from red to green.
I am a little cautious of any free VPN that operates solely on ad revenue, so I tested the service for DNS and IPv6 leaks. I was impressed with the results. Savage VPN hid my true IP address and blocked IPv6 tracking!
In terms of advanced security, when you access settings you won’t find much in the way of additional security features. There is no built-in kill switch, firewall, or ad blocker.
Privacy — No Identification Required
Savage VPN doesn’t require any of your personally identifiable information to download or use. In fact, it doesn’t even require a username and password. Simply download the app, open, and connect to the server you want.
Simultaneous Device Connections — Unlimited Use
You can install Savage VPN on any Android device you own, as many times as you want. There are no limits, because you don’t need to create an account to use it.
Device Compatibility — Targets the Android Market
Savage VPN is built for Android devices. You can only use it on macOS, Windows, iOS, routers, and gaming devices if a suitable Android emulator is available for that operating system version or device.
During my research I found that it’s easier to find Android emulators for Windows devices like PCs, laptops, tablets, and even Xbox, than it is for Apple. Plus, the process for installing one on macOS or iOS is significantly more complicated than it is for Windows.
With the highly intuitive interface, free unlimited data, fast speeds, and unblocking power, Savage VPN stole my heart. Then it savagely ripped it out — with ads.
Downloading and installing Savage VPN is simple, and you can connect to a server with as little as one click. You can also change your connection mode quickly, using the Connection Mode dropdown menu located in Settings.
If you watch 20 videos, you can get a whole day's worth of VPN access. What happens when you run out of time in the middle of a meeting? Unfortunately, I found out. When I didn’t remember to silence my phone, the alarm sounded.
Sadly, the ad overload didn’t stop there, they pop up when you switch servers too. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to continually watch ads just to keep my VPN working.
Savage VPN is a completely free service in terms of buying a subscription. But you will be paying for the service by watching a ton of ads in order to get time added on your timer.
That means you are potentially opening yourself up to spyware or adware being downloaded to your device. While I didn’t find any evidence of this during testing, you could potentially run into this issue with longer term use.
Reliability & Support
Savage VPN works well if you keep the timer going. I didn’t get disconnected once time was added, as long as I continued to watch ads.
When I contacted support to find out if there was any way to remove the ads (there isn’t), I received a response in less than 24-hours. The customer support representative was courteous and informative, and even explained the reasoning behind the ads.
Not everyone knows that most free VPNs generate revenue from ads, and that’s how they pay for upgrades and other improvements. It put me at ease, knowing they were being thorough and making sure I understood why the ads were necessary.
Bare bones features that keep you anonymous, but constant ads bog it down.
Without the ads, Savage VPN would be a great option for Android users. Having to watch 20 videos to get 24-hours of uninterrupted VPN access was annoying and time-consuming. Then having to watch another one every time I switched servers? No thanks.
Is Savage VPN really safe?
Perhaps. I wasn’t able to find anything during testing that led me to believe Savage VPN wasn’t safe. However, the lack of a kill switch, malware blocker, and firewall was disappointing. You’re also subject to TONS of ads which could increase your risk of getting adware.
Can I skip through the ads and still get more time?
No. If you exit out of an ad before the close button appears, you won’t receive any time and your connection will be interrupted when the timer runs out.
Can I use Savage VPN while traveling?
Yes. Savage VPN has servers worldwide, so you can connect to your favorite local and national services while abroad.