Last update: 04.09.2019
No logs, compatibility across major platforms, and a solid feature package – spoiled by mediocre speeds and very limited location variety. Whoer has potential to be a standout VPN, but there’s still a long way to go.
Whoer VPN is a Cyprus-based provider and a relative newcomer to the VPN industry. By and large, this VPN offers decent security and privacy when you’re browsing the web, streaming content, and more.
However, with larger, better, and more established players on the market, Whoer’s offerings might seem less than impressive when compared to the likes of Nord and Express. That said, the service seems to be going in the right direction with each update and could start turning heads in time. Should you buy right now, though? Probably not.
Why? Well, that’s what our Whoer VPN review will try to answer.
Security and privacy
This is what Whoer brings to the table in terms of security features:
- Military-grade AES-256 encryption
- Industry-standard OpenVPN protocol
- Kill switch
- Double VPN feature
It’s quite a decent security package that covers all the basics for the average VPN user who wants to secure their browsing experience. While the lack of tunneling protocol choice is somewhat disappointing, the Double VPN feature that encrypts your traffic twice is surely a welcome bonus.
Does Whoer VPN log your data?
Short answer: no.
Whoer VPN is located and registered in Cyprus and offers a strict no-logs policy. Therefore, it’s likely that your personal information will be kept safe – Cyprus isn’t a 5-eyes or 14-eyes country and Whoer’s no-logs policy seems to check out, at least on paper.
That said, for a VPN that fresh, it might be a little too soon to unequivocally praise Whoer for its unblemished reputation.
Speed and performance
In terms of speed and performance, it’s safe to say that Whoer VPN has room for improvement. From particularly low server numbers to mediocre test results, it just fails to impress.
Let’s look into the reasons behind Whoer’s relative lack of oomph in more detail.
Whoer operates an undisclosed number of servers in 16 countries, mostly scattered across Europe and North America, with a couple locations in Hong Kong and Singapore. This makes it difficult to recommend Whoer VPN to anyone living or visiting Africa and South America.
With only 1 to 4 IP addresses available in each particular country, Whoer owns a particularly limited server fleet, which means slowdowns are likely to happen often in case of larger numbers of user connections.
Speed test results
With such a low number of servers, we expected Whoer to perform particularly poorly in terms of speed. While the actual results did not disappoint, they didn’t wow us either.
For reference, our base upload and download speeds before performing Whoer VPN speed tests were as follows:
And this is what we got when we launched Whoer and connected to different servers around the world.
- Download: 64 Mbps (40% of baseline)
- Upload: 33 Mbps (16% of baseline)
- Download: 28 Mbps (17% of baseline)
- Upload: 11 Mbps (5% of baseline)
- Download: 7 Mbps (4% of baseline)
- Upload: 2 Mbps (1% of baseline)
These speed test results indicate that the performance of Whoer VPN is nothing to write home about. It should be enough for general browsing and mid-quality streaming if you connect to a nearby location, just don’t expect anything extraordinary.
Ease of use and multi-platform support
Whoer VPN offers quite a solid compatibility package. You can use it on the following platforms:
To install Whoer VPN, simply head to the download page, click the download button, and follow the step by step instructions which are displayed below the download link.
Whoer VPN hit the shelves relatively recently, and it certainly looks the part: the GUI of their Windows application is fresh and modern.
The design of the Whoer app is functional, intuitive, and simple to navigate. You can connect and change servers with a click of a button, as well as tweak settings such as startup behavior or toggle the kill switch feature in the dedicated Settings tab.
While not a powerhouse of customization options, the Whoer VPN app brings most of the basic essentials to the table. These should cover the vast majority of VPN users – both those just looking for a connect-and-forget experience and those willing to tweak a feature or two to better suit their VPN usage.
On the other hand, power users might feel less than satisfied. If you’re a VPN veteran, you might want to look elsewhere.
Unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
The Whoer VPN website specifically states that the VPN can be used to unblock streaming services which have geo-restriction practices in place. Netflix, Amazon, and other services are known to adopt such policies, and so Whoer VPN will allow you to bypass these effectively.
However, the aforementioned streaming services constantly change their policies in order to prevent people from bypassing restrictions. So it remains to be seen whether Whoer VPN will stop working for this purpose in the future.
P2P and torrenting
When it comes to torrenting, it’s an absolute necessity to make use of a VPN. Without using one, you are leaving yourself in a severely vulnerable position. Eventually, this can lead to a warning letter from your ISP, a fine, or even legal prosecution.
It is specifically stated on the Whoer VPN website that their service can be safely used for torrenting purposes. However, this is only allowed while connected to the servers which are based in the Netherlands, Russia, and Ukraine, which leaves torrenters on other continents hung out to dry. Considering this restriction and the VPN’s mediocre speeds, we’d hesitate to recommend Whoer to those looking for a fast and reliable P2P tool.
Online censorship in China and elsewhere
China takes internet censorship very seriously. Anyone found bypassing the so-called “Great Firewall of China” can find themselves in deep trouble with the authorities.
Whoer VPN claims to keep your internet activity hidden from your ISP, and the sites which you browse won’t know who has visited either. However, Whoer uses the OpenVPN tunneling protocol, which can be detected by the Great Firewall’s Deep Packet Inspection techniques.
On the other hand, you might be fine using Whoer VPN in China as long as you use the Double VPN feature.
That said, those who have any privacy concerns would perhaps be better opting for a service such as VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, or NordVPN – all proven to provide access to all sites regardless of the restrictions which are in place within a particular country.
When it comes to obtaining support, you have several options at your disposal:
- Live-chat service
- Email support
- Guides and FAQs
While the live chat staff is helpful and responsive, Whoer’s website navigation and user experience could be improved by having a dedicated support section. This would be hugely beneficial for Whoer VPN users and would supplement the FAQs and setup guides in the downloads section nicely.
There are three paid plans to choose from with Whoer VPN:
- 1-month plan for $9.90/month
- 6-month plan for $3.25/month
- 1-year plan for $4.08/month
Whoer VPN also offers a free version. This comes complete with unlimited usage which is rarely seen with free to use VPNs. More often than not, these have strict data limits in order to entice you to upgrade to the paid for version.
In the case of Whoer VPN, the catch is that you only have access to one of their servers with the free version – the one based in the Netherlands. Given the huge number of people who are likely to be using this particular server at any one time, you’d probably struggle when it comes to streaming and downloading content.
If you’d like to take full advantage of Whoer VPN, you’ll need to invest in one of the three paid plans. Whichever plan you decide to opt for, you can have three simultaneous connections at any one time. This is perfect for those who need to use multiple devices at once per subscription.
However, it is worth bearing in mind that WhoerVPN doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee. So, if you were to opt for a 6-month or 1-year plan, your only option would be to see out the rest of the subscription.
This is where we bring our Whoer VPN review to a close.
Given its cost and its low number of servers when compared to VPNs in a similar price range, it’s safe to say that you don’t get much value for money out of Whoer. At least, not yet.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Whoer does have an easy to use app with decent multiplatform support and a solid feature base to build upon. All it needs is more time. And a lot more servers.
Until that happens, we’d rather recommend that you opt for a proven VPN service such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN. These are far more cost-effective options and provide a superior service for an affordable monthly fee.
If you’re still on the fence, go for the free version first to help you make your decision.