SuperVPN Free VPN Consumer is a massively standard free VPN app for Android. Its Google Play web page studies between 50 and 100 million installs, and as we write it has a four.2 ranking from greater than half 1,000,000 customers.
You possibly can set up and use the app without cost, and there aren’t any restrictions for the primary 20 days (though you will note numerous adverts). After that, VPN classes are robotically disconnected after 60 minutes. You can begin a brand new session with a faucet.
The free service limits your places to France, Germany, Canada and the US. Upgrading to the VPN account will get you servers in Japan and England, too.
Shopping for the service is tougher than we anticipated, as you possibly can’t do it immediately from the SuperVPN app. As an alternative you need to set up a separate Cost Device simply to see the costs.
Costs appear comparatively excessive at $5 (£four) for a month, $four.33 (£four) should you pay for a 12 months upfront. That is loads to cowl a single cell. The Non-public Web Entry annual plan prices solely $three.33 (£2.50) a month for a superb service which you’ll set up on all of your units.
Free VPN apps aren’t typically a sensible choice for privateness as there’s often little knowledge on who runs them, or what they is likely to be doing together with your data. Would SuperVPN Free VPN Consumer be totally different, we questioned? Let’s examine.
The app has a developer (SuperSoftTech) that does not seem to have an internet site, and is not talked about anyplace besides in reference to this app. That is a typical trick, presumably an try to cover the true identification of the developer, but when a VPN needs to earn belief then it must be extra open, sincere and clear.
On this case, at the very least, the developer is not tough to search out. SuperVPN’s contact electronic mail handle is listed as goanalyticsapp.gmail.com, which a fast Google examine tells us belongs to Jinrong Zheng, the developer liable for LinkVPN and a number of other different apps. Somewhat extra searching finds a web page in regards to the app, with the goanalyticsapp.gmail.com electronic mail, and an handle in Beijing.
Shifting on to SuperVPN Free VPN Consumer’s all-too-short privateness coverage offers us a number of small fragments of additional data.
The primary is the closest the doc will get to a logging coverage:
“We don’t monitor your site visitors. The one factor we monitor if the IPs you’re utilizing to enter our servers usually are not blacklisted in revered Black lists databases, like spamhaus.org.”
That leaves loads of scope for session logging – incoming and outgoing IP addresses, connection occasions, places, machine ID, bandwidth used – though should you’ve not handed over any private particulars, these will not simply be linked again to you.
After making an attempt to reassure customers that the service is not accumulating data on them, the doc spoils it a little bit with this paragraph:
“The place we hold your data – We hold all data on extremely secured servers primarily based in United Kingdom and USA. All Data is likely to be transferred to different servers we may use and we’ll take fairly care with these potential transfers.”
So, regardless of the dearth of logging, the developer has sufficient data on you to justify explaining the place it is all saved? Does not make a lot sense to us.
Another interpretation is likely to be that this clause was thrown in to make it appear like SuperVPN is UK or US-based, and so a little bit extra interesting to the common European and North American consumer. Whether or not that is true or not, there’s nothing right here that makes the app seem extra reliable.
The small print apart, we have seen others posting issues about SuperVPN.
In 2016 Australian researchers CSIRO discovered that SuperVPN was flagged as malware by 13 engines at VirusTotal, the third highest rating out of a discipline of 234. They had been largely classing it as adware-like fairly than something actually harmful, and that also means most engines thought it was secure (and as we write its VirusTotal rating is zero), however this means the app could also be doing issues in a different way to many different VPNs.
A 2016 Vulners.com report listed many different SuperVPN vulnerabilities and issues. We don’t know if the report was correct, and the vulnerabilities might have been mounted within the meantime, anyway, however that is nonetheless a priority.
The ultimate situation for us is the app permissions. It wants entry to Machine & App Historical past, Id, Location, Photographs/Media/Recordsdata, Wi-Fi Connection Data and Machine ID and Name Data. That covers the rights to see put in apps, shopping historical past, profile knowledge and your file system. We’re struggling to consider a very good motive handy over any of this.
SuperVPN’s prolonged permissions checklist makes it a little bit scary to put in, nevertheless it’s our job to take these dangers, so we tapped the Set up button and the app was able to go in seconds.
We could not miss the adverts. The app opened with a full-screen instance. We cleared it, and one other appeared. We tapped Proceed and had been taken to the principle app display screen, which had an embedded advert. We clicked Join > Cancel and encountered two additional full-screen pop-ups: one confirmed an app on Google Play, the opposite was a browser window. We closed these, too.
Look in between the adverts and you will find a quite simple VPN shopper. A Join button will get you a connection to the closest location (France, Germany, Canada, US), or a menu allows choosing it manually, and one faucet disconnects you while you’re carried out. There’s nothing else to be taught, and never an choice or configuration setting in sight.
The underlying know-how appears to be a lot the identical as most different VPN apps. SuperVPN provides a normal VPN connection to the Settings > Wi-fi & networks > VPN checklist, and calls it up on demand.
We selected France, clicked Join, and cleared one other full-screen advert. The show had began a 60-day countdown, though we’re uncertain why. Maybe you now get a 60-day trial, fairly than a 20-day affair.
Our velocity exams* confirmed UK to France connections delivering 18-22Mbps, Germany round 12Mbps, the US reaching 9Mbps and Canada struggling to 8Mbps. That is nothing particular, nevertheless it’s what you may anticipate from a free service, and is sufficient for primary shopping and streaming on the transfer.
SuperVPN’s website unblocking skills had been additionally not more than common. It obtained us entry to YouTube and Comedy Central, however Netflix detected an ‘unblocker’ and refused to play.
No matter we would take into consideration its different points, SuperVPN delivered on our ultimate leak exams. We used ipleak.web, doileak.com and different websites to research our connection, and so they could not discover any giveaway leaks or clues to our actual identification.
SuperVPN gives a straightforward strategy to unblock a number of web sites, nevertheless it additionally will get you subpar speeds, annoying adverts, a questionable privateness coverage, and requires handing over key Android permissions. We do not suppose it is price it – you will be higher off with one thing else, in brief.
*Our testing included evaluating normal efficiency (shopping, streaming video). We additionally used speedtest.web to measure latency, add and obtain speeds, after which examined instantly once more with the VPN turned off, to examine for any distinction (over a number of rounds of testing). We then in contrast these outcomes to different VPN providers we have reviewed. After all, do word that VPN efficiency is tough to measure as there are such a lot of variables.