With a lifetime plan at only 20 dollars, SpyProof VPN is a low-cost investment with some decent features. But how trustworthy is it?
SpyProof markets itself as an anti-DDoS VPN for gamers, with support for the major platforms plus consoles – PS3, PS4, and Xbox. It’s also good at bypassing geo-blocking, allowing users to access entertainment platforms such as Netflix or, as is more relevant for gamers – Twitch.
That’s what it says on the website, but the whole thing is likely a scam. And our SpyProof VPN review will tell you why.
Security and privacy
SpyProof VPN seems to use PPTP as the main protocol, which is outdated and insecure. PPTP traffic is vulnerable to brute force attacks, which means this VPN service is no good if real privacy and anonymity is what you need.
The service apparently has “anti-DDoS mitigation technology,” but it’s not entirely clear what this technology is and the site doesn’t offer much information.
And that’s pretty much all we can say about the protection capabilities of SpyProof VPN. With so little information available, it’s safe to assume that SpyProof isn’t a service we could recommend to anyone in terms of security.
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Even the FAQ section has been closed off from non-users, which means that you can only access it after already having paid for the product. Needless to say, this is extremely worrisome.
Finally, the site is not even HTTPS, which is the final nail in the coffin in terms of privacy.
Speed and performance
Speed is one of the most important VPN features. If a VPN is slow, it’s practically useless for torrenting, gaming, and streaming.
In SpyProof VPN’s case, it’s an “anti-DDoS tool for gamers,” which means below average speeds would definitely kill the purpose of using it for online games.
Turns out, SpyProof VPN gave us average download speeds during testing, with 65-70% drop-offs in nearby locations. The latency also remained bearable, courtesy of the weak but fast PPTP encryption.
Ease of use and multi-platform support
SpyProof is available on:
- Gaming consoles (PS3/PS4/Xbox)
It’s hard for us to determine whether multiple simultaneous connections are allowed concurrently, but at the time of writing this doesn’t seem to be the case on any of the payment plans. However, you can set it up on your router, meaning that all devices you connect to on that wifi would come under the VPN connection.
While the SpyProof app itself is extremely easy to use, in this case, it’s not a compliment. The interface is very basic, and the lack of options is instantly noticeable. All you get is a DDoS protection tick box and a drop-down server list. Yes, inexperienced users might be pleased. But anyone with any kind of experience with VPNs will be sorely disappointed with SpyProof VPN’s bare-bones functionality.
An interesting thing stood out to us – it seems that you cannot connect a jailbroken iPhone to SpyProof VPN.
Unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
As advertised prominently on their website, this is where SpyProof shines: the VPN unblocks everything from Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch to Spotify and Pandora. Most of the time.
A good way to test this on, say, Spotify, is to go to your Settings and enable the option for displaying unplayable songs. Unlike Netflix or Amazon Prime, Spotify will then show you what content exists out there but is unavailable in your region. The name of the song, album, or artist will be greyed out.
Once connected to SpyProof VPN, the same previously-unavailable music should be playable.
Since SpyProof also offers switching between multiple IPs, you can simply hop from server to server if you find your Netflix connection interrupted.
P2P and torrenting
SpyProof doesn’t mention torrenting anywhere on its website. And even if it did, the security package provided by this VPN is insufficient for torrenting: there’s no kill switch feature and the encryption protocol is outdated.
As you can probably guess after reading the former paragraph, SpyProof VPN is useless for torrenting.
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Online censorship in China and elsewhere
If you’ve skipped straight to this section to find out if SpyProof can bypass online censorship in countries like China and Russia, our opinion would lead us to a resounding no.
Check out our Best VPN for China list
SpyProof VPN offers the following support options:
- Members-only FAQ section
- Email ticket support
We mentioned a lifetime subscription at the top of our SpyProof VPN review, that’s only 20 dollars. Compare this to their other offerings:
- 6-month plan for 15 bucks ($2.49/month)
- 1-month plan for $7.99 (much lower than the industry average)
All this seems highly lucrative. However, it should be said that lifetime subscription is frequently a scam. The lifetime ends when the company goes away with your money. In this case, we’d say that’s extremely likely.
At least you can pay in Bitcoin, which makes the whole no-HTTPS-situation a little bit better.
Don’t buy SpyProof VPN under any circumstances.