It would be difficult to find a worse deal on the VPN market than VIP72.
One look at the VIP72 website should stop anyone from using this god-awful VPN/proxy service. It looks like a digital fossil, offers very little information, and presents everything in English so broken not even MacGyver could fix it.
The service has been linked to the infamous Bunitu botnet, and shouldn’t be trusted by anyone. Read our full VIP72 review to learn more, but make sure you give this one a hard pass.
There’s reason to believe that VIP72 is a delivery mechanism for malware.
You can use VIP72 through the Windows OpenVPN-based client or a SOCKS client. The level of security is very uncertain because the website has practically no information about it. OpenVPN is generally thought of as a solid tunneling protocol, but that depends on the encryption cipher used with it.
Moreover – and this is a big “moreover” – there’s reason to believe that VIP72 is a delivery mechanism for malware. A 2015 analysis by the popular anti-malware company Malwarebytes Labs revealed that VIP72 is responsible for spreading the Bunitu trojan, which turns users’ computers into machines on a botnet. This may cause you to become an unwitting participant of a cyberattack or worse.
Therefore, it’s irrelevant that VIP72 offers a Double VPN feature, or that OpenVPN encrypts your data using the powerful AES-256 cipher – the risk is not worth it.
Does VIP72 VPN keep logs?
We have no confidence at all in the zero-logging claims found on the website.
It is unclear what country VIP72 operates out of. Some reports claim VIP Technologies is a US-based company, however, the language (ab)use on the website suggests a different origin. As such, it is difficult to say what laws the VPN company has to follow.
Speed and performance
VIP72 claims to have (SOCKS) IPs available in 178 countries, which suggests they rely heavily on virtual servers, rather than real, bare-metal servers. At the same time, their OpenVPN servers seem to be located in Latvia, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States, Malaysia, Panama, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg. That suggests speeds are likely to suffer in Asia, as well as Australia and Africa.
Again, we wouldn’t trust VIP72’s promises of “hispeed connections” – particularly when there are tried-and-tested fast VPN services like Surfshark or ExpressVPN.
Ease of use and multiplatform support
VIP72 only has one custom client, which is for:
According to the website, you can also use VIP72 on macOS, Linux, and BSD through WINE, which is a type of software that allows running Windows apps on other operating systems. This is an awful solution if you’re not a Windows user.
What about the ease of use then? Well, screenshots of the app show a very outdated and unintuitive-looking program. This is made worse by the fact that VIP72 has terrible customer support and no tutorials or FAQs whatsoever.
Unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
There are reports that VIP72 is able to unblock Netflix, yet these seem to have no evidence backing that up. We will say this: much more advanced VPN services than VIP72 have given up supporting Netflix due to the streaming giant’s robust server blocking efforts. It seems unlikely that this flimsy VPN will get you anywhere near all that nice content on Netflix US.
Even if we believe the dubious reports, VIP72 is awfully expensive and there are much better (and cheaper) VPNs for Netflix access.
P2P and torrenting
According to reports, VIP72 VPN allows P2P (BitTorrent) traffic on all servers except those located in the US. This is a good start, but it all falls down when you consider that the service provides little protection from IP address leaks due to operating system vulnerabilities or simply due to VPN connection drops (VIP72 has no kill switch).
The VIP72 SOCKS proxy can be set up at the torrenting client level, which could fix the security risks. Yet in the end, we’re forced to return to the fact that there’s no point choosing this bad and expensive tool when there are cheaper and better options for torrenting.
Online censorship in China and elsewhere
Don’t use VIP72 in China or any other country where VPN use is restricted.
Speaking specifically about China, we also wouldn’t recommend VIP72 VPN because:
- It has few server locations in Asia (speeds may be bad)
- It has no stealth protocol, which might make its ability to bypass censorship in China unreliable
Yet another downfall of VIP72 VPN is that their customer support is pretty much non-existent. The available contact options are:
- ICQ (remember ICQ?)
Support via email is only available to subscribers and there are zero self-help resources on the website. Where good VPNs offer FAQs and guides, VIP72 only has uninformative gibberish.
Contender for the worst deal on the VPN market.
The price of VIP72 would be unreasonable even for premium VPN services (which it certainly isn’t). Here are the pricing plans:
- 1-week plan for a single device: $9.00
- 1-month plan: $25.01
- 1-year plan: $265 ($22/month)
There are only two redeeming qualities VIP72 has in the pricing department: the sign-up process doesn’t require any personal details and you can pay in Bitcoin.
Other than that, we’d say this is a contender for the worst deal on the VPN market.
Our VIP72 VPN review has a definite conclusion: don’t buy it under any circumstances. This is one of the shadiest tools available and the price is absurd. Instead, go ahead and treat yourself to one of these premium VPN services.