Developed by experts in online privacy, Pornhub’s VPNhub is a new player on the VPN scene. But does it measure up where it really counts? We’ll help you decide whether Pornhub’s VPN is as seductive as it seems.
Joking aside, Pornhub has a mission. Seeing that legislators and ISPs across the world were moving towards enhanced surveillance and the creation of a two-tier internet, the adult entertainment giant has launched their very own VPN in conjunction with app developers AppAtomic.
In theory, it should allow browsers to access whatever they want to see, play or hear, without worrying about snoopers, and it comes with some impressive features. Boasting full data encryption and supposedly “guaranteed anonymity,” VPNhub also promises to improve the speed and performance of your web connection, not something we usually associate with VPNs.
It’s completely free, which is a major contributor to the buzz surrounding this VPN, and it’s set up to operate across most major internet-connected devices.
So where’s the catch? Well, as this VPNhub review will explain, there are some things to think about before clicking a VPNhub download. But to cut things short – this is a smart, safe, but basic VPN service which is a welcome addition to the online security world.
Security and privacy
VPNhub offers the following security features:
- AES-256 and AES-128 encryption options
- Kill switch
- IPv6 leak protection
Other than that, we can’t tell you much about their tunneling protocols or anything else, security-wise.
Our major reservation is the lack of information about precisely how VPNhub works. The developers haven’t been totally transparent about the protocols they use, but this leaves us and all the users in the dark.
The best we can say from using the app and other user experiences is that VPNhub is probably safe. However, always exercise caution and watch for updates. You can never tell whether hidden surprises will emerge further down the road.
Does VPNhub log your data?
Short answer: only non-identifiable information is collected.
VPNhub is quit transparent when it comes to its logging practices: it will “use and share your data to produce and share aggregated data that do not identify you.”
While this might raise a slight alarm among privacy purists, the data VPNhub collects is non-identifiable, which means that it cannot be used to personally trace you or your activities. This, of course, applies to Premium users only.
Unsurprisingly, the free version of VPNhub will serve you ads, and the advertisers “may be able to collect certain information independently from you or your device when serving ads […], including your device’s advertising ID, IMEI, MAC address, and wireless carrier.”
Does it leak?
Our tests show no evidence of IP address leakage on the VPNhub network.
VPNhub creators have a thorough data protection policy, which is good to see, and should ensure that your private details remain completely your own.
We’ve seen instances of VPN services harvesting IP addresses and browsing data, but Pornhub seems to be walking the walk as far as data security is concerned.
Speed and performance
VPNhub isn’t likely to be the fastest VPN service in the world straight out of the box. This is a new VPN network, and it takes time to create a global architecture of servers.
Our tests for the VPNhub review have found that users can expect decent, but not stellar speeds, whether they are using VPNhub for torrenting or streaming videos.
One other thing to note regarding performance is that VPNhub has been honest about its unavailability in some parts of the world. So if you live in China, Burma, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Qatar, the UAE, or Egypt, there’s little chance of using VPNhub for Netflix or adult browsing. And because they’re based in the United States, access is restricted to users in places like North Korea, Cuba, and Iran as well.
So far, 1000+ servers in 60+ countries have been announced, in locations as diverse as Singapore, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil. That’s a good start and compares well with more mature VPNs.
But here’s the kicker: the free to download version of VPNhub can only log onto a single server.
To access the full portfolio, you’ll have to upgrade to Premium, at a price. That’s not entirely unusual in the world of VPNs, but in performance terms, it’s a big step up from free to paid services.
Ease of use and multi-platform support
In terms of compatibility, VPNhub supports the four most widely used platforms:
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of consoles like XBox Ones or PlayStation 4s, which currently are not supported by the VPN. You can also add routers and all Smart TVs to the list of unsupported devices – which may turn off people with heavily-used home entertainment centers.
When you download the app, you’ll have the choice of sticking with the free version or upgrading to Premium. Premium is faster and comes with no ads – a major drawback of the free version.
The client installation is incredibly simple. All you really need to do is click the Google Play or App Store VPNhub download link and follow the online prompts until the app is installed and you’ve accessed the VPNhub network.
AppAtomic has apparently worked hard to make VPNhub as usable as possible. After all, that’s one of the USPs of the service. It’s supposed to be an accessible form of VPN for everyday users, and on that level, it works really well.
The login screen is simple and attractive, with a map of the world above a set of menu options. The first option allows you to choose between encryption methods, while the second is probably more important, allowing users to choose their server location from VPNhub’s global network. Just select a location, press “save” and then “connect.” It’s as simple as that.
Don’t worry about how to use VPNhub, as it’s pretty basic.
If you’re familiar with online gaming servers, you’ll be right at home with VPNhub, and its user-friendly interface is definitely a major plus point.
Unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
You might expect a VPN developed by one of the world’s leading streaming websites to be optimized for online video services. So is using VPNhub for Netflix a genuine option?
Well, you might be in for a nasty surprise, at least for free users. We found that the free version only uses a server based on the US, and you can’t switch elsewhere.
On the bright side, we were able to beat Netflix’s geoblocking and stream our show in HD without any issues. We also had some success dealing with geo-blocked content from YouTube and Comedy Central.
P2P and torrenting
What about using VPNhub for torrenting purposes?
It looks like VPNhub isn’t really viable for torrenting.
The thing here is that Pornhub has gone out of their way to make VPNhub as legitimate as possible. So the T&Cs for VPNhub actually state that it can’t be used for “hacking, cracking or distribution of counterfeit software,” not to mention “copyright infringement.”
This would seem to rule out most torrenting. Moreover, while we’ve been able to get torrent running on VPNhub, the performance just isn’t as good as alternatives like TorGuard, which specializes in P2P downloading.
Check out our list of best VPNs for torrenting.
Online censorship in China and elsewhere
VPNhub has been blocked by the Chinese government.
Sadly, VPNhub won’t allow Chinese internet users to access forbidden websites.
While using it in some heavily restricted environments such might work, VPNhub admits that its service is blocked in the following states:
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
For more VPNs that work in China, check out this page.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy, transparent provider who will answer your email inquiries within a couple of hours, you might want to look elsewhere.
Here’s what’s on the VPNhub support options menu:
- Email support
…That’s it. No live chat support, no ticketing system, and no toll-free phone numbers.
While we don’t doubt that VPNhub’s support team do great work, the developers and Pornhub themselves aren’t famous for being transparent and available, and the FAQ section on the VPNhub website is a little thin.
Still, at least they provide an email address, so users aren’t completely in the dark.
Pricing is not an area where VPNhub can shine.
On the one hand, you can get hold of VPNhub free for your smartphone. The free option includes the basic client and single server option, but the client is covered with ads, and because it relies on one server, you can expect snail-like speeds.
Unfortunately, desktop users will not get the free version as an option. They’ll need to take Premium from the start. While it has a 7-day free trial and a money-back guarantee, you will need to enter your billing information and remember to cancel it.
The other side of the coin is the Premium option. With the following plans, you can access the whole global community of VPNhub servers, boosting speeds dramatically:
- 1-month plan for $13.99
- 1-year plan for $6.99/month
In terms of pricing, VPNhub is among the most expensive VPNs and lacks features available from cheaper competitors. It also allows you to pay with credit card only, yet another disappointment considering that PornHub allows PayPal, cryptocurrencies, and direct payment.
Naturally, you can expect faster speeds and better privacy from the Premium package, but those are expected from all paid VPNs.
Pornhub hopes that with VPNhub, users will flock to their simplified, branded VPN service, but are they mistaken?
In our opinion, the free option is an okay-ish entry-level VPN and nothing more. It’s relatively slow and rather limited, but easy to use. Go for the free version if you want to find out more about how VPNs work.
However, those thinking about the Premium VPNhub might want to move on. With average speeds, potential security problems, limited features and poor performance with torrents and Netflix, VPNhub is a mediocre option that’s just too expensive.
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