Mudfish VPN review

Jan Youngren
Jan Youngren | Security researcher
Last updated: August 13, 2020
Mudfish VPN review

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Mudfish is a VPN for those gamers who don’t need a VPN – just a way to optimize gaming and get some very, very basic protections along the way.

This Korean brand can’t exactly be called a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Instead, it’s focused more on its GPN (Gamers Private Network). If you aren’t a gamer, Mudfish isn’t for you.

If you want the full protection that a normal VPN offers – with the standard features, protocol options, etc. – then Mudfish isn’t for you. However, if you want an optimized gaming experience, with lower latency at a very affordable price, with the option of going “Full VPN” (in name only), this could be the service you need.

Is Mudfish safe to use?

As far as encryption and protocols go, it’s a bit difficult to say with Mudfish’s “Full VPN” offering. You see, they don’t really list what protocols they use, the encryption, industry standards, etc. That’s because Mudfish doesn’t seem to encrypt your traffic.

Mudfish no encryption

They’re mostly focused on gaming, and are more concerned about latency and RTT (round-trip time) than about security. Encrypting data slows down your speeds, and that’s not what Mudfish is about.

Their default mode is as a GPN, which means that it will only reroute your traffic through another server for the specific game you choose. So, for example, you choose Overwatch, then it will find the optimal server to connect to and you can play just that one game with this GPN.

It has a “Full VPN” feature, but there are no options there. Here’s a screenshot of their bare interface:

full vpn options for mudfish vpn

As far as logging goes: yes, Mudfish logs some data. On their website, they may place “cookies, beacons, and similar technologies in your browser and on emails.” As far as the VPN/GPN services, they state that collect:

  • your true IP address
  • device-specific information
  • aggregate data about which websites you visit and which apps you use

There is no security and privacy with Mudfish, only speed for gamers.

Apps and extensions

Mudfish has support for the following platforms:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • Routers
  • Chrome
  • Firefox

That’s pretty good support for such a strange, specific service.

Customer support

Mudfish doesn’t have live chat support. What they have are support tickets that seem to function like forum chats.

Also, their FAQ is pretty bare-bones, and you won’t get a lot of information out of it. Besides the FAQ and in-app/forum chat, they also have a wiki for more help.

Pricing

Mudfish’s product is based on a per-traffic basis, which pretty works out to a credit system, or a subscription basis.

For the pay-per-traffic scheme, you pay for the amount of data you use, and it’s reportedly very cheap – 135 KRW (South Korean Won) per GB. According to the Mudfish FAQ, $2.99 in credit (for about 27 GB) will last you about 6 months.

However, some users have claimed to load up their Mudfish accounts with just $3 credit and, after two years of regular gaming, to still have about 40 cents left in their account.

For their subscription plan, they charge 990 KRW (about 85 cents) for one item, meaning you subscribe to one game per month for that price. There are also speed caps on your “VPN” usage.

They only offer PayPal and Bitcoin as payment options, and have a 2-week refund policy.

Bottom line

If you are a gamer intent on only gaming at the best speeds possible, without any care for privacy, security, and anything else even remotely connected to normal VPNs, then Mudfish is for you.

If you want actual protection, we recommend you use an actual VPN, like ExpressVPN. Using a real VPN service will protect your anonymity on the web, let you access blocked streaming services like Netflix, and more. For more VPN alternatives, check out our Best VPN for Gaming list.

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  1. Newbie

    Does it content keylogger, data stolen from you? Becasue if i set my router to give only internet access then mudfish is not working. By some how they access to your router and change something into your router? Or i dont know why they stopped working when my comp only access internet permissions. Im newbie but im sure that mudfish is not work normally.


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      Jan Youngren Author

      Hi, those are some good questions – we’ll look into it and let you know what we find out.

      Thanks for reading,

      Jan


  2. toddcoward101

    hmmm. something that’s going to be sadly necessary with the way game trends are leaning. i hate online games, but they’re so popular right now that all gamers, not just the ones that like MMOs, are having to worry about things like latency. I’m not sure this looks terribly secure, so I’m going to just keep an eye on it instead of trying it right now, but since all the stupid game companies are going into online games and nobody is making good single player experiences anymore (lookin at you Todd Howard) then we’re all gonna have to worry about this crap in the gaming sphere.


    1. avatar
      Jan Youngren Author

      Hey there –

      Yes, that’s the industry trend, and you’re right — latency is something gamers are having to worry about. If you’re not using gaming VPNs like Mudfish for anything sensitive, which may even be hard to do, then we can say that Mudfish is a pretty good choice, since it’s also so cheap.

      Good luck!

      Jan


  3. babylon654

    Doesn’t sound like something I’d try. I’m questioning the credibility since I don’t use for gaming purpose.


  4. JohnnyJack

    Mudfish is definitely for the gaming enthusiasts who are looking for a VPN provider for Overwatch, Bless Online, Lost Ark, Monster Hunter Frontier G and many other games.


  5. Freddie Y

    Well that’s really interesting ! I didn’t know there were Gaming VPNs. I think I’ll try this out and see what it’s worth. On paper it definitely sounds great and powerful !

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