VPN Gate review

December 2017
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VPN Gate has thousands of servers available, but it's not the best for a user who seeks privacy.
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Overall score
6.5
Highlights
  • Thousands of servers
  • A free service
  • A variety of protocols
Best for:
privacy
Gaming
privacy
Sports
privacy
Pandora
privacy
Hiding IP
Supports:
privacy
Roku
privacy
Kodi
privacy
Hulu
privacy
HBO

VPN Gate Ratings

7.1
privacy
Privacy
6.7
speed-performance
Speed & Performance
5.2
apps
Apps
6.8
server
Servers
6.2
support
Support
6.7
Value for Money
Overall score

6.5

General overview

VPN Gate is a free open-source software that is run by volunteers and developed by the University of Tsukuba in Japan. It was launched in 2013 and while its strong encryption and a number of different protocols are pleasing, privacy, speed and a lack of features might be the reasons why advanced users would avoid this VPN provider.

VPN Gate general highlights:

Overall Rank
#35
Money-back guarantee
-
Setup time
13 min.
Device count per license
1
Mobile apps
iOS & Android
Best price
-
Overview - conclusion
VPN Gate is an open-source VPN that has tons of servers available.
Privacy
7.1

VPN Gate offers both 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryptions, but it’s hard to tell which encryption is used with a specific server. Several protocols are supported: L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP. VPN Gate has an anti-abuse policy, which provides users with information about what data is kept, for example, original IP addresses and protocols used.

Moreover, the developers keep connection logs for three or more months. Other VPN providers might keep logs, but rarely for such a long time. As we mentioned before, if you use VPN Gate, it’s better to access geographically-blocked sites and not to engage in illegal activities.

Privacy - highlights
  • Supports several protocols
  • Anti-abuse Policy
  • Connection logs
Privacy - Conclusions
VPN Gate uses strong encryption and offers a few protocols to choose from.
Features
6.7

VPN Gate has thousands of servers around the globe that are maintained and run by volunteers. The server number might vary all the time because some get taken down and new ones appear. But it can be said that considering its privacy issues, VPN Gate is more of an anti-censorship software. This VPN service provider can be used to access geographically locked websites and content, but that’s mostly it. VPN Gate’s servers are run by volunteers, so there may be no consistency in the provided services. There are hundreds of servers all around the world, but the connection speed is slow. Your internet connection slows down about 90% when using VPN Gate. Also, while most of the other VPN providers offer automatic installation of their software, VPN Gate needs to be set up manually. There are very informative setup guides, but it might be a bit difficult to set them up for people who aren’t advanced computer users.

It is not recommended to engage in P2P and torrenting activities. Knowing that this is a free VPN service run by volunteers, it would be inconsiderate to use torrents, unless it is allowed in certain countries where torrenting is legal. Besides, your IP addresses might be passed on to copyright or law enforcement institutions.

Features - highlights
  • Thousands of servers
  • Inconsistent speed
  • Manual setup
Features - Conclusions
There are thousands of servers available, but the speed is slow.
Apps
5.2

VPN Gate supports Windows, Android, Mac, iOS operating systems. There are setup guides on how to manually configure VPN Gate for every device and also how to set up the supported protocols.

Apps - highlights
  • Setup guides
Apps - Conclusions
VPN Gate needs to be set up manually, but there are setup guides available.
Support
6.2

VPN Gate has no support team as it does not provide commercial services. However, there are detailed setup guides available, a FAQ page as well as the User Forum. How-to guides help to set up connections with different protocols. The FAQ page answers most of the basic questions that you could come up with. User Forum is a place where users post their problems and collectively try to find a solution.

Support - highlights
  • No support
Support - Conclusions
There is no support team, but there is a FAQ, setup guides and a forum.
Value for money
6.7

VPN Gate is a free service and no registration is needed whatsoever. It can be used by anyone at any time, which is good, but on the other hand, anyone can become a volunteer and see other user data. As VPN Gate is based on volunteer work, anyone working with it can see connected server locations, IP addresses and other information about a user. The FAQ page clearly states that VPN Gate will never be a paid service. It avoids to be a paid service because it would then be registered to the government. By being registered to the government, VPN Gate would have to comply with it.

Value for money - highlights
  • A free service
Value for money - Conclusions
VPN Gate will never be a paid service because it would then need to be registered to the government.
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