VPNHub (2021) Review + Guide
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Who and what is VPNHub?
Pornhub releasing their very own VPN service with VPNHub is as much surprising as it is expected. After all, the adult website is known for its forward-thinking mindset and willingness to branch out. But do they have the necessary expertise and resources to make VPNhub a success?
- It turns out they don’t need to in this day and age, simply hiring an app developer and obtaining a bunch of servers is enough. VPNhub may be Pornhub’s brainchild, but the software is developed and maintained by the US-based AppAtomic, while the server network is ostensibly owned by cloud services giant StackPath.
- When your VPN’s infrastructure is the product of a partnership and not your own, there will be some concerns for users. Limited control and accountability are an inevitable result, but the real issue often is privacy — it takes a hit.
I was disappointed to find that VPNHub can’t unblock Netflix or BBC iPlayer. If your main reason for using a VPN is to unblock streaming services, I suggest ExpressVPN instead. It’s super-fast and can unblock more than 140 streaming services. Additionally, it offers much stronger security features than VPNHub. Although VPNhub is smart to avoid advertising a zero-logs policy (because it doesn’t really have one), that doesn’t help its case much, also if you are looking for a Kodi VPN, you can better go for Surfshark VPN services.
What are the advantages and pro’s?
- 1,000+ servers in 60 countries
- Strong encryption and OpenVPN support
- Free version for Android and iOS with unlimited bandwidth
- Up to three devices connected at the same time (Premium only)
- Free seven-day trial when you upgrade to Premium (but no money-back guarantee)
Table of Contents
Easy to use and install
VPNhub is smooth and easy to run, but getting there can be a challenge, especially if you want to upgrade to Premium. Installation is simple on Android and iOS. All you need to do is go to the app store and download the VPN. Things get tricky if you want desktop functionality as well, available only by upgrading to Premium. It’s a rather confusing process: Since the free VPN is available on mobile only, you’ll have to make the purchase from your Android/iOS device a bit counterintuitive if you want VPNhub mainly on Windows or Mac.
- After upgrading, you’ll need to go to VPNhub’s website, enter your login credentials, and then download the client for your desktop. Once you’re finally done, VPNhub is a joy to use. The interface is great, albeit a little minimalist, and you have plenty of useful features and settings to work with. Premium users are allowed up to three simultaneous connections.
No Leaks With This VPN Service
We tried out all the main leak identification sites – Virustotal, IPLeak.net, Perfect-Privacy DNS leak test, IPX.ac, Browserleaks.com None of the sites found any leaks while using VPNhub. Some services tend to have a lot of them. For example – Hola free VPN scored DNS leaks on 3 websites out of 7. Low-quality and bad service is common with free VPNs, this is why we recommend using the best payed services.
Compatible With Main Platforms
VPNhub is working on main platforms – Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. Unfortunately, it’s not working on Linux, but it is not a big deal for the everyday user. If you want to get into Netflix and watch a movie from „Steamy“ section, it’s also possible with VPNhub. Additionally, torrenting is not allowed.
- TOR browser is allowed and works fine.
- There are locations in which VPNhub is not responding at all.
- If you are located in one of these countries, you won’t be able to use VPNhub – Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria.
- It might also be blocked in – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, China.
Wide Variety Of Servers
VPNhub has over 826 servers to choose from within 18 different countries. Compared to other service providers, it’s just over the average. Servers include – Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US. For example ExpressVPN, the top player in VPN market, has 2,000+ servers in 94 countries. There is a noteworthy plus worth mentioning: Premium subscription allows you to connect up to 3 devices simultaneously to VPNhub servers.
Secure AES-256 Encryption
VPNhub offers two types of encryptions and protocols. Encryption AES-256 & AES-128 and the Industry standard OpenVPN – Both UDP and TCP OpenVPN is the most secure VPN protocol available, but what’s the difference between UDP and TCP? Simply speaking:
- Bypasses FireWalls – The tunnels run on common ports (443, 80) and are therefore rarely blocked
- More Reliable – The connections are more stable due to guaranteed delivery of packets
- Slow Speed – The higher encryption methods slows the connection
- Less Reliable – Delivery of packets are not guaranteed
- Preferred – UDP tunnels are preferred connection method if the network supports it
- Fast Speed – Faster than TCP due to lower encryption
The most common attack in cryptography is called brute-forcing. When looking at AES-128, it takes 2(128) guesses to try each of the possible keys, with AES-256, its 2(256). The latter is just cosmically larger, resulting in AES-256 to be a much stronger choice.
Cons of VPNHub
Do you want to know if VPNHub is a fast VPN? We used Speedtest.net to test out the speed with 3 different servers.For more precise results, we ran every test 3 times and calculated the average of which we then found the relation.
- Ping – 64 ms
- Download – 5 Mbps
- Upload – 0.69 Mbps
- Ping – 562 ms
- Download – 2.79 Mbps
- Upload – 0.27 Mbps
- Ping – 284 ms
- Download – 3.98 Mbps
- Upload – 0.44 Mbps
Bad Jurisdiction Location
VPNhub developer AppAtomic Limited headquarters are based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Nevertheless, their servers are in the US. Any personal information will be processed by Appatomic in the United States. Most importantly, you have to consider local data protection laws! Mainly because the United States is a member of 5 Eyes Jurisdiction (FVEY). FVEY is the agreement between the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in which that country’s surveillance agency has tools and legal rights to access data held on the network in those respective countries. FVEY countries can also request data from their cooperative.
Some features are really buggy
There are several interesting features found in the settings tab. One we haven’t seen for a while – Connect to the fastest server (out of 800+). The same feature can be set for a specific country. We also like that they offer Auto Reconnect and Kill Switch, which is also listed in the settings Connection tab. Yet, There’s one thing that is more than surprising, the actual Kill Switch doesn’t work! We tested it by checking Kill Switch. Then we tried to connect to the internet without the VPN – not working. After being connected to different servers, the internet still didn’t respond. As soon as we unchecked Kill Switch, the internet started working again. In their defense, they didn’t advertise this feature on their website.
Unresponsive Customer Support
VPNhub proudly announces 24/7 support. We wanted to make sure they are genuine about their statements. We wrote them an e-mail to see the response time and found out it is about 10 hours. Not bad, right? We were pleased to see the reply, as well their politeness and ability to give short and straightforward answers.
The main reason why their support is still awful is the fact that after asking follow-up questions, they still haven’t sent us the reply. Our second e-mail was sent 4 days ago, which is far from 24/7 service. As time goes by, people expect immediate solutions to the problems, therefore live chat or phone number would be much more convenient. If you need quick and general answers though, you might want to check out their FAQ page.
- That’s right! Secondly, they clearly state that they cannot guarantee your personal details will not be revealed or viewed by others. To sum it up – they have no legal responsibility for any damages that may occur by leaks. One more thing. Pornhubs partner IPVanish got busted for logging everything and handing logs to feds. Recently, there were court documents published that reveal how IPVanish logged and shared real IP address, full name, username, EOB date, connection sites, connection timestamps and disconnection timestamps.
VPNHub is quite expensive and not free!
VPNhub knowingly announces their services as free. The reality is the opposite. When starting to scroll around their website and read the small texts, it becomes clear it’s free only for a week. Not only isn’t it free, it’s expensive too! After 7 days of trial, you will be billed $13.99 per month or $6.99 per month if you choose the annual plan.
- Coming back to being secure, we don’t like iTunes billing. This is the only option you have to pay for, both for Windows/Mac and Android/iOS. As Pornhub has partnered with Verge Cryptocurrency, there is a chance that billing methods may change in the future.
- We got some hope about the payments when asked them about this issue directly by e-mail. They told us that someday subscribing is going to be possible on desktop version also.