Free VPNs have a bad rep for being overly slow. But Speedify is a completely different animal. It utilizes a unique technology known as channel bonding to maximize its performance.
Best part is that the mechanism happens automatically, so you don’t have to configure any settings. In our Speedify review, we’ll explain how the VPN works, and protects your privacy.
On US servers, Speedify clocks in at an average speed of 250 Mbps. This is way more than what you get from other free VPNs.
The VPN achieves this by distributing your internet traffic across the available connections; be it Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a tethered mobile, name it. This is what is referred to as channel bonding.
Essentially, if one connection is too slow, it shifts your traffic to another. This bandwidth-optimization process occurs in the background, so you won’t even know that it’s underway.
Speedify uses several protocols to secure your privacy, namely ChaCha cypher and AES-128 bit encryption.
Unfortunately, its use of a proprietary protocol restricts you from installing the VPN manually on other platforms. But, this helps to enhance the VPN’s performance on older gadgets while providing maximum security.
Another point to note is that Speedify keeps tabs on some of your browsing activity. Now, it doesn’t monitor the specific content of your traffic. But it tracks details like the time you connect, the amount of time you spend connected, the bandwidth you use and the gadgets you connect from.
Ease of use
This is one area where Speedify requires a bit of improvement. Installing the app is a breeze. But once you’ve installed the app, it may start to lag quite a bit.
On the plus side, it’s very user-friendly. You won’t experience any difficulty navigating your way around the VPN’s different features.
We also love the level of customization it offers. You have the freedom to connect to either the fastest server nearby or the highest-ranked one for torrenting. You even get to choose the specific server to connect to.
Among the VPNs that offer free tiers, Speedify is one of the most generous. It offers 2GB of data per month, which is more than the 500MB you get from TunnelBear.
However, if you tend to use more bandwidth, subscribing to its premium subscription for $9.99 a month is the way to go.
Speedify is certainly a standout when it comes to free and reliableVPNs. Its speed is almost as good as what you get from paid options. But, its server network is not the strongest and the Android app can be sluggish.
The VPN also falls short in streaming capabilities. You cannot access Disney+, Netflix, HBO, or Hulu using Speedify. You may, however, be able to access BBC iPlayer.