ShadeYou VPN Review 2020 - Keep This in Mind Before Buying

Guy Fawkes | Updated on 10th February 2020
Anonymous Cybersecurity Experts

ShadeYou is a VPN provider that allows for both peer-to-peer file sharing, as well as torrenting. The goal of the service is to provides customers with complete anonymity when they are online, so they can feel safer when browsing the web. To help achieve this, they never record any logs of their customer’s actions on the web. The system will work with a range of operating systems including Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.

ShadeYou is not the best for simply bypassing geo-restrictions though. Some of its servers give you access to Netflix US but I found the service unreliable. If you want to be able to access all of Netflix's regions plus other streaming sites like BBC iPlayer and HBO GO, I recommend choosing NordVPN or ExpressVPN instead.

ShadeYou offers server locations in a variety of countries, including France, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Spain, Canada, Hong Kong, and more. ShadeYou provides secure, private and anonymous internet connects, allowing its users to mask their online identity and thereby bypass restrictions and internet censorship, as well as be protected against cybercrime. The service uses PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN protocols, with a very strong 1024-bit key encryption. ShadeYou is committed to internet anonymity, and so the service takes no logs of their users' online activities.

There are no limits on speed and bandwidth, and torrent and peer-to-peer file sharing are allowed. The service allows up to 5 devices to be connected at the same time. ShadeYou also offers Anonymizer, a free web proxy service that allows users to change their IP addresses and unblock certain restricted websites in a specific country.

ShadeYou VPN is fully compatible with a variety of operating systems, such as Windows XP/Vista/7/8, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android. This means that the service can be used with nearly all laptop and desktop computer, as well as most tablets and smartphones. The service is easy to install, setup and use. Extensive help resources can be found at the service's website. Customer service is efficient and quick. It is available 24 hours a day, and can be contacted through live chat or by using a contact form.

ShadeYou VPN offers a number of very affordable pricing plans: 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. All plans include the same features, and the price per month becomes cheaper the longer the subscription period the user chooses. There is also a 7-day money back guarantee, as well as a 24-hour free trial period.

Features Details
Number of countries with servers 15
Number of servers 25
Number of IP addresses 100
Does VPN keep logs? Partially
Does VPN include a kill switch? Yes
Number of devices per license 5
Ease of Use 3.9 / 5.0

1. Open your Control Panel and click “Network and Internet”
2. Click “Network and Sharing Center”
3. Click “set up a new connection or network”
4. Click “Connect to a workplace”
5. Click “Use my internet connection (VPN)”
6. In “Internet Address” enter the IP address of the server you want to use (the list can be found here), in “Destination Name” enter “shadeYou VPN PPTP”
7. Enter your username and password (it is recommended that you tick “Remember this password”), click “Create”
8. Click “Connect to a network”, right-click on the new connection and select “Properties”
9. Ensure that “Type of VPN” is set as PPTP and save
10. Click “Connect to a network” and “Connect”

Pricing 4.8 / 5.0
12 Months Plan
$2.17 /month
6 Months Plan
$2.83 /month
1 Month Plan
$3.95 /month

ShadeYou VPN offers the exact same features in each of its price plans, with the only differences being the length and price of the subscriptions (1, 3, 6 or 12 months), with the longer options giving greater discounts. The trail period is only 24 hours but each plan offers a 7 day money back guarantee.

Reliability & Support 4.0 / 5.0

ShadeYouVPN has a FAQ section covering the main points, they also have a ticket system and offer live chat and remote assistance. The ticket system takes a while to respond (over 24 hours for us), though it is very helpful and staff are knowledgeable. The speed was good – we were able to stream content with no buffering, and connections were reliable.

The Bottom Line

No logs, no download limits and no quotas means no worries except slow speeds

ShadeYou stands out from most other VPN providers for its very strong 1024-bit key encryption, making it one of the most secure in the market. They also take no logs of user activity. With no limits to downloading, and P2P and torrenting supported you won’t have any quotas to worry about. However, higher encryption levels come with the usual slowdown in performance to bear in mind. This service really excels at providing the highest levels of anonymity at very reasonable prices. However, if you want a VPN for unblocking streaming sites like Netflix, this might not be what you are looking for. We suggest checking out our guide to VPNs that work with Netflix before purchasing, as they will offer you maximum security and anonymity, but will allow you to bypass geo-restrictions too.

Money Back Guarantee (Days) : 7
Mobile app :
Number of devices per license : 5
ShadeYou VPN User Reviews
  •  1
Illiterate & con artists

DON'T BUY - CON ARTISTS. I bought ONLY ONE MONTH of VPN from them. Come to find out, they charged me again, for another month. I told them to stop it & refund me, because I never asked for it. They played dumb and pretended not to understand English. I will have to file with the credit card company. Don't trust this sneaky company.

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    •  5
    Very good VPN service at an unbeatable cost.

    For me ShadeYou is the best low cost VPN service in the market, I was trying several options and this service convinced me by its stability and the attentive customer service. Soon I'll try the Premium service and I'll be counting on it here.

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      •  5
      Pretty much problem-free

      In the 2 years I've used it, I've had almost no trouble (a couple of times I've had to reinstall the client because it failed to connect, but that only took a couple of minutes). Before that, I used CyberGhost, but I had occasional trouble with that one, plus their price was all over the place.

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