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As much as we’d like to begin our Yoga VPN review on a brighter note, the simple fact that it’s free sends a chill down our spines.
Most people are aware that they need a VPN to keep their information secure, but long-term subscriptions can be expensive. As with anything free, this makes Yoga VPN an exciting prospect. However, the Yoga VPN website is quite barren and the info on the App Store/Google Play Store is very unclear.
As a result, there is a great deal of missing information regarding Yoga VPN security protocols and encryption software. Although we can test the VPN for its speed and manually check which apps it is available for, there are certain things we aren’t privy to, and it’s bad practice to omit such information upfront.
Nevertheless, we ran the gamut and gave Yoga VPN a fair trial. We checked it for everything a user might wish to gain from it: unblocking Netflix, torrenting, and how responsive their support team was. Read on to find out more about Yoga VPN.
There is insufficient information available about the technical aspects of this VPN.
As such, we cannot say for sure what encryption cipher is used by Yoga VPN. We’d hope that it supports the industry standard AES-256-bit encryption, but without any form of confirmation on the matter, we simply cannot say for sure.
Similarly, the company behind Yoga VPN does not disclose any information on the protocols supported by the service. This is another major flaw because without knowing anything about the technology behind it, it’s simply impossible to judge its capabilities in securing your personal data.
Finally, Yoga VPN makes no claims about having a kill switch, which protects your data in the event that your connection drops.
Every VPN uses an encryption cipher, and every VPN has to support one or more protocols, but the ones that don’t advertise a kill switch generally don’t have one at all. This is almost certainly the case for Yoga VPN.
Yoga VPN is registered in Hong Kong. This might be somewhat of a disappointment because Hong Kong is under growing control from the People’s Republic of China—one of the world’s most repressive countries for net freedom.
Worse yet, it basically just collects whatever information it likes. All of your logs and local files are logged by the VPN, and it even openly states that it’ll gladly hand all of this information over.
The fact that this service claims to uphold your data privacy is, therefore, preposterous.
One of the only pieces of information Yoga VPN discloses is its server fleet, which it says covers either 10 countries or 30 countries and includes either 500 individual proxies or over 1,000 individual proxies.
As you can see, this information is of little use to anyone, especially considering that these product specs were posted around the same time.
We don’t particularly believe either figure, which brings us to speed. Quite simply, Yoga’s speeds are unacceptable in a modern-day VPN service.
The developers do provide an email address to contact in case an issue arises. To be brutally honest, we used this email service to ask them which encryption cipher Yoga VPN uses, and we’re yet to hear anything back from them. Make of that what you will.
Despite Yoga VPN’s disastrous download speeds (which we tested on YouTube), it actually managed to bypass geo-restrictions on US Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
Whilst road-testing its real capabilities for our Yoga VPN review, we found the service streamed content to a reasonably good standard. This is quite surprising given the speed tests.
Not many people torrent on their mobile devices, but it’s a question worth briefly covering anyway. The answer is no, Yoga VPN does not support torrenting or P2P connections in the slightest.
Absolutely not. Yoga VPN is based there and it shares logs without regard for privacy. Attempting to bypass the Great Firewall of China with a VPN registered to a Chinese territory is a disastrous idea.
In terms of its availability, Yoga VPN just about achieves the bare minimum (for once). It is available on iOS and Android, with no added support for desktop devices or Windows Phone.
Partially because it’s a mobile-only VPN, Yoga does not offer any support for routers, meaning that it cannot bypass geo-restrictions on the Amazon Firestick and other such TV devices. It also means that you cannot use Yoga VPN for Kodi.
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