FinchVPN review

October 2017
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Shady privacy policy, limited server locations make FinchVPN not the best in the sense of security, but offers good pricing.
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Overall score
6.4
Highlights
  • 24x7x365 support
  • Adequate subscription plans
  • Supports all major platforms
Best for:
privacy
Gaming
privacy
Sports
privacy
Pandora
privacy
Hiding IP
Supports:
privacy
Roku
privacy
Kodi
privacy
Hulu
privacy
HBO

FinchVPN Ratings

7
privacy
Privacy
6.7
speed-performance
Speed & Performance
5.1
apps
Apps
7.1
server
Servers
7.2
support
Support
6.8
Value for Money
Overall score

6.4

General overview

Malaysia-based FinchVPN lets you surf the web anonymously, access restricted websites and more. It has some of the cheapest pricing plans available as well as a good free plan for users not wanting to pay for VPN services. On the other hand, server locations are quite limited and FinchVPN does not offer the greatest security. Nevertheless, it will be a good VPN provider for users who have the most basic needs.

FinchVPN general highlights:

Overall Rank
#39
Money-back guarantee
-
Setup time
6 min.
Device count per license
1
Mobile apps
iOS & Android
Best price
$3.21/month
Overview - conclusion
FinchVPN offers some very cheap plans, but has its own disadvantages.
Privacy
7

Encryption used by FinchVPN is BlowFish 128-bit. BlowFish is a fast encryption type, but it does not offer the highest security. Still, it is quite decent and should protect your traffic.

While on their website FinchVPN state that they have a no-log policy (and they do not store or view user-generated data), they can give out personal information when asked by the legal authorities. The information they collect are connection logs, IP addresses and bandwidth used during the connection. Therefore, more advanced users will probably avoid using FinchVPN for its privacy policy.

Privacy - highlights
  • Weak encryption
  • Connection logs
Privacy - Conclusions
FinchVPN has a weak encryption and collects connection data as well IP addresses.
Features
6.7

FinchVPN has up to 40 servers in about 16 countries. The majority of servers of servers are located in the Netherlands and the US. FinchVPN also encrypts your web traffic.

P2P and torrenting are only allowed on some servers, most of which are located in the Netherlands. FinchVPN’s speed was slow to medium, so pretty mediocre when compared to other VPN providers. However, only one simultaneous connection is allowed, so if you want more device coverage, you might need to create multiple accounts for that.

Features - highlights
  • Slow speed
  • 1 simultaneous connection
Features - Conclusions
The majority of FinchVPN's servers are located in the Netherlands
Apps
5.1

FinchVPN is available on Linux, Android and iOS devices as well as Mac and Windows. Setup guides on how to install FinchVPN and set up different protocols are there for users who might need some help. There are also OpenVPN config files for users who might want to set up and connect to servers manually.

Apps - highlights
  • Supports all major platforms
Apps - Conclusions
FinchVPN supports all major operating systems and there are OpenVPN config files for users to download.
Support
7.2

Support options available to the user vary according to the plan that they’re using. Email support is available 24/7, 365 days a year and live chat options can be used by all users.

Ticket-based support is only offered to users of the paid plan. Also, a forum might be a good option for someone who wants some feedback or can offer solutions to other users. Moreover, you can also contact the support team through their Facebook page. A FAQ page is available with articles covering the most relevant questions and topics.

Support - highlights
  • Email support available 24x7x365
  • Support options vary with subscription plans
Support - Conclusions
FinchVPN offers a variety of different support options, email support is 24x7x365 and also there is a live chat.
Value for money
6.8

Three pricing plans are available: free, Pro ($1.61 per month based on the 1 year plan) and Premier ($3.21 per month based on the 1 year plan). There are no contracts you’ll be locked in, so you can cancel FinchVPN’s services anytime. The free plan is limited in server availability, support options and data. With the free plan you can use OpenVPN and limited PPTP protocols that do not offer all of the available servers. You can access only the free servers (a limited number of them) and can use up to 3GB of bandwidth. It is quite a lot comparing to some other VPN providers, as most of the free plans offer less data. The free users can use are email and live chat support. All of the listed features make the free plan attractive to users who don’t want to spend money on a VPN provider, but still want a decent number of features.

The Pro plan offers 25GB of data, OpenVPN and PPTP (limited) protocols and access to free and paid servers. Also, support options for users of the Pro plan include email, ticket and live chat support. The Premier plan has unlimited bandwidth, more servers, port forwarding as well as all of the available support options. FinchVPN offers more than 80 international payment methods: MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, BitCoin and many more. FinchVPN has a strict no-refund policy as they do provide free services for the users to ‘try before they buy’.

Value for money - highlights
  • Offers a free plan
  • No refund policy
Value for money - Conclusions
There are more than 80 payment methods available and the pricing plans are very cheap when compared to other VPN providers.
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