Star VPN review

5/10
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Last updated: October 13, 2021

Star VPN is a mobile-only “free” VPN that limits your options unless you upgrade to premium. That said, it works for simple unblocking of non-streaming websites and offers P2P on some paid servers with reliable speeds.

Minimum Price:
$2.99 / month
Apps available:
macos ios android
Top VPN options:
1. NordVPN
9.6 / 10
Excellent security
Very fast speeds
2. Surfshark VPN
9.4 / 10
Strong encryption
Excellent performance
Unlimited simultaneous connections

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While there are no premium features or much in the way of security, Star VPN is a reliable, bare-bones service that helps you get around the toughest of blocks – reportedly, even in countries such as China.

The pricing is affordable, and there’s a free trial before you commit.

Best of all, we didn’t find any discrepancy in the speeds before and after paying. But in the end, it’s still leagues away from our top VPN products in 2021.

For the purpose of this Star VPN review, however, we’re focusing exclusively on the Android product, so security protocols (which affect speeds) might differ across platforms.

Security and privacy

Star VPN seems to use a custom security protocol that uses a TLS certificate (the updated version of SSL, deemed far more secure) but apart from this, there seem to be no notable standout encryption features.

Even some of the more commonly-found security tools (such as a kill switch, or anything to reduce the user’s vulnerability when it comes to DNS leaks) are absent.

As such, the lack of information makes it hard to list down anything (or even the lack of anything), since you get:

However, it seems that the app isn’t using OpenVPN (considered by many to be one of the most secure) which can offer 256-bit encryption.

Ultimately, there’s no need for a VPN to be vague about its security: even some of the worst VPNs are still upfront about how they do what they do, albeit with a defensive tone. This seems to stand out as a cause for some concern.

Does Star VPN keep logs?

There’s no shortage of VPNs that claim a strict no-logging policy, and even swear by it in their advertising – but a quick look at their privacy policy or some sleuthing into where they’re registered (or who owns the company) speaks a completely different story.

Star VPN, however, keeps its promises, at least from a legal standpoint: Star VPN’s Privacy page makes it plain that no personally identifying information is collected, and no traffic logs are kept or stored.

Being based in Ukraine is also not a good sign, because it’s a country in Russia’s influence zone.

Apps and extensions

While you’d be tempted to call Star VPN “mobile-only”, given its lack of service for PCs running Windows or Linux, you can still use the service for Mac (in addition to the mobile apps for phones running iOS and Android). In summary, custom apps for Star VPN are available on

  • macOS
  • iOS
  • Android

The app is easy to use wherever you choose to download the VPN client, however, and the interface is uniform across all the platforms; there’s a big button to connect and a drop-down menu to change the server. Since there are no other features, there’s no other clutter on the app.

Unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms

Unfortunately, Star VPN is completely unable to bypass geo-blocking to get you to watch your favorite TV show – be it the geo-restriction on Netflix or Hulu, we were unable to get around any sort of streaming service’s blocking, and other user reviews seem to back up this opinion.

A VPN will that focuses on unblocking Netflix, usually, or one with an eye on Roku or Amazon Fire, will advertise the fact, especially given how it’ll probably take a lot of effort to make sure it stays that way, given things such as Netflix’s great VPN ban.

P2P and torrenting

Star VPN only allows a P2P connection on three servers: Canada, France, and the Netherlands. It fares better than VPNs that do not support torrent downloads at all.

Again, however, the lack of a kill-switch is a downside: a kill-switch essentially stops all incoming and outgoing connections in the case of your VPN connection faltering, so as to protect your actual identity (by way of your IP address) being exposed.

Ultimate, even while there’s no special protection offered to facilitate secure torrenting (such as SOCKS5 proxy, which many notable top-tier VPNs will make note of using in their service), the speeds (as previously discussed) make Star VPN a good choice for torrenting, especially given the low price.

Customer support

The extensive list of Star VPN’s customer support options is as follows:

  • An email address listed on the website

… and that’s it. There is no form, or even direct link, meaning you’d copy and paste the email address manually into your client or browser. There’s an FAQ section, but it doesn’t venture beyond basic and obvious explanations (which are still heavily summarized).

No live chat or phone support is a definite thumbs-down in Star VPN’s overall ranking, as creating distance between a company and a customer in a “trust industry” such as the VPN industry isn’t the best of decisions.

Pricing

Star VPN is available in a free or a premium version, at the prices of:

  • $9.99/month
  • $2.99/month, paid yearly
  • $0 a month, for the free version

These prices aren’t marked up across platforms, which is a plus, and are in fact calibrated in different markets for more standardized, competitive pricing.

There’s no mention of a money-back guarantee or refund policy, but you can sign up for a free 7-day trial; you’d still commit to a monthly, but you can cancel anytime before the free trial is up. You will not be charged until the free trial is up.

Compared to both the top VPNs and the worst-performing VPN services, Star VPN is priced satisfyingly, ultimately being very affordable, and offering a reasonable free trial and a commendably reliable free service.

Bottom line

Star VPN is a VPN that’s good for very casual users with very casual needs.

Examples we can think of would be students who play video games in universities using it to get around wifi filters, as well as citizens of countries with regressive Internet policies.

It’s a simple app that gets the job done. That being said, it’s nowhere near what our #1 choice in NordVPN has to offer.

The breakdown

Good

  • Essentially free to use
  • Good number of servers in diverse countries
  • P2P allowed on three dedicated servers

Bad

  • Poor customer support
  • Lackluster security features
  • Vague information on protocols
 5 / 10
Total score
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  1. Julia Alves

    Guys, I really loved what they have done on this application. However, I would like to make a suggestion: add a button of “refresh” besides the “stop connection” button, by which we could immediately change the proxies without changing manually the vpn servers. A great thank you from Argentina!


  2. nicaras49

    I used this when I was at Chile sometime ago and this worked just fine for a brief period of time. Really, no complaints but this is only for a few days when I was there.


  3. Bill Brister

    This VPN is no star at all and if you want to call it a “star” it’s a Z-grade star who is always looking for any type of role but can’t find any because they stink. Star VPN sounds like a loser and even if it’s free, I’d pass on it because it offers nothing.


  4. Crazy Cook

    The lack of a kill switch is always a no-no for me. I don’t understand why there are still VPNs that don’t have this feature. Even at $3 per month this is still not a good deal.

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5 / 10
Apps available:
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