Speedify Review

Pros


  • Channel Bonding: Speedify allows the user to connect to the VPN network through more than one means like cellular data, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, etc. The client then uses all these connections simultaneously to provide the best VPN experience to the user. We have discussed this feature in detail in the later sections.
  • DNS leak protection: They claim to have DNS leak protection. It is always good to have as many security measures as one can to protect his/her privacy online.
  • P2P servers: There are dedicated P2P servers on the network, and the service also supports BitTorrent on these selected servers.
  • NAT firewall: Technically it is not a firewall, and they also don’t claim it to be a firewall. But it is an added security feature, and as we said earlier, it is always better to have as many security measures as one can.

Cons

  • US-based: The company is based in Philadelphia, USA. We all know that the US government is a nosy one, and it is a bad omen to see the mention of USA in the VPN world.
  • Encryption: In this day and age, when 256-bit encryption has become a norm for VPN services, Speedify can’t lure users with 128-bit encryption. VPNs are all about security, and they should also try to buff up their product with security measures.
  • Platforms: The service is available only on Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS devices. With so many platforms available to the users for using the internet, Speedify needs to come up with a service that protects the users on these other platforms as well.
  • No Netflix: This might matter a lot to the binge-watchers out there. Netflix has blocked Speedify servers, and the user cannot stream content on Netflix using this service.

Oveview

Speedify comes from a US-based company called Connectify. Inc. The USA is one of the 5-Eyes countries, and it has also got NSA which has somewhat a bad reputation of spying on its own citizens.

Quick Overview
WebsiteVisit Website
ProtocolsChannel Bonding
PlatformsWindows, Mac, iOS, Android
JurisdictionUSA
LoggingNo Log
EncryptionChaCha- or AES-based
ConnectionsUp To 5 Devices
Locations50 + Locations
Servers200+
Netflix/P2PP2P Available
Payment OptionsDebit Card, Credit Card
Support OptionsEmail Support
Pricing From$ 4.17/mo Billed for 12b months
Guarantee30 Day
Free TrialYes

It appears more like a product directed
towards mobile VPN services, but they claim to be equally suitable for desktops and other devices.

Apart from the ‘Channel bonding’ feature,
they don’t seem to bring much to the table.

The country of jurisdiction is anyway sort
of a security threat, and along with that, they lack 256-bit encryption and
multiple protocols.

However, they claim to be among the fastest
VPN services, and the client also appears to be user-friendly.

They have got a good number of servers across
various locations and claim of a no-logging policy.

In this review,
we will examine if the service is actually
good for desktops and test their claims. Most of the VPN providers these days
have loaded their products with security features. It will be interesting to
see how Speedify performs against them.

Channel Bonding

Let us talk about the feature that Speedify
seems to be all about.

If a person has more than one option to
connect to the internet, then why not use them simultaneously and get better
outputs in terms of speed and quality.

This is precisely what channel
bonding is made for and that too with the
safety of the VPN net.

Channel bonding allows the service to
connect through multiple internet connections available on the user’s device.

What it does is divide the internet traffic
into small packets and distribute them intelligently to all the available
connections on the device.

These multiple connections are then used
simultaneously or alternately to give the
user fast internet speeds on the network. It also provides a smooth internet
experience by switching between the connections
if one of them drops.

The user gets combined output from all the
internet connections, and thus the service gives fast speeds.

All the available internet connection
options such as through ethernet cables, cellular data over a 3G/4G network, Wi-Fi connections, hotspot
connections and even the ones through Bluetooth can be used simultaneously.

How often have we been in a situation where
the download started all over again after it was 80% completed the first time,
and that too just because the device got out of the Wi-Fi range. With channel
bonding, these petty issues won’t bother the users anymore.

The downloads and the videos carry on
seamlessly even after the internet connection is
switched.

The user also gets to customize this feature
by choosing the preferred connections to cut down the cost. The app itself
tries to find the connections as per the
user’s preference be it saving cost or saving time by getting high speed.

This feature sounds very useful, but a user
is most likely to use it on mobile devices only.

In the case
of desktops, users generally use only one internet connection as opposed to the
case of mobile devices.

It is rare that a desktop, either at home
or at the office, is connected to more
than one internet connection.

Once you take the multiple connections out
of the equation, the client does not seem that fast anymore.

Redundant Mode

They use channel bonding not only to
increase speed but also for improving reliability. The redundant mode is to make the connection as reliable as
possible.

Under normal circumstances, the client
distributes the internet traffic packets across all the available internet
connections. But once the user turns on the Redundant mode, the client starts
sending all the data traffic packets across all the available internet
connections.

This makes sure that the user does not miss
any part of the internet traffic at all.

We think that this feature can be useful at
times. Having that extra bit of assurance and reliability while performing
critical tasks on the web can benefit a lot of the users.

Servers

200 Servers Across 50+ Locations

They have got more than 200 servers in over
50 locations across the globe.

It is a decent number of servers which are scattered around six continents. They have
also got some servers dedicated to P2P sharing.

With these many servers, one can expect not to come across high traffic servers and
expect good speeds. The service generally finds the optimum server for the
user, and the user can also choose the
server manually.

The P2P servers are easy to connect. The service again finds the optimum P2P server for
the user or the user can also decide to go hard way of finding a P2P server manually from the server list.

Majority of the servers are in North America or Europe. They have got two
server locations in Africa as well which is pretty rare.

The Asians can also expect a Speedify
server not very far away from their
location, especially the south-east Asians.

Privacy Policy

If a VPN service claims of a no-logging
policy, it does not necessarily mean the same thing in all the cases. And we
have got one more VPN service which claims of a no-logs policy.

We carefully went through their privacy
policy, and here are the facts from it in front of you.

Browsing activity inside the VPN tunnel
such as IP addresses of the websites visited, data sent or received during the
session, etc. are not stored or collected
by the VPN provider in any way.

However, they do store the IP addresses of
the users and try to justify it by saying
that it is to improve the services and troubleshoot issues if any.

There is a clause which states that the
user’s data will not be sold or rented to any third party, but there is also a
clause which said that they reserve the
right to transfer the user’s personal information to a third party if the
company is selling some or all its assets. We found this a bit weird.

The personal
information is stored either on their servers or on the servers of the cloud-based
data management service that they use. We don’t
appreciate the fact that a third party gets to handle the user’s personal
data.

We can’t call them a 100% no-logging
enterprise.

There is logging of some sorts, and when that combines with the fact that they are based in a 5-Eyes country, it is natural for the users to be a bit concerned.

Connection Time Analysis

Trial no.Fastest serverP2P Server
Average Time (In Seconds)3.9434.61
Time to establish a connection (in seconds)
13.834.7
23.95.01
34.145.09
44.124.26
53.834.86
63.834.32
74.084.14
83.983.86
93.944.76
103.785.1

Connecting to the network on this service
is a breeze.

We did the connection time analysis for the
automatic server as well as the P2P automatic server. The connection times
registered in both the cases are impressive.

There was a difference of less than a
second in the average time of standard
and P2P servers. Given the fact that there are only a few P2P servers on the
network, the results are very exciting.

One of the possible reasons for these
connection times can be the less complicated encryption, but that is just a
probable cause at the moment, and we
don’t want to take any credit away from Speedify.

An average connection time of less than 4 seconds is a tough one to beat, and Speedify is up there at the top with the
heavyweights when it comes to connection time analysis.

Speed

Speed Test for P2P and Fastest Server ��

Things don’t look
so bright in this department though. After the
connection time analysis, Speedify got us excited, and we excepted some swift VPN action. But you don’t always get
what you want.

There was a 40% decrease in the speed on
the fastest server, and the P2P servers
sucked the life out of the internet connection the way dementors did it in the
Harry Potter universe.

The speed decreased by 95% on the P2P
server, and only God knows how a download
will ever get completed at such a rate.

The case was the same with the ping rate as well. There was a 10 times increase and a 56 times increase on the fastest and P2P server respectively.

We
did the speed test while the device had only one internet connection as our
primary focus is to gauge the output percentages.

Channel
Bonding will give better speeds for sure as there will be more than internet
connections involved, but the percentages are likely to remain the same.

The dedicated speed servers, which are
focused on providing high speeds, yield a minimum of 1 Gbps speed.

We came across many VPN services which are
already maintaining 10 Gbps servers, and when the high-speed servers are having
a capacity of only 1 Gbps, then no
wonders should be expected.

They have called themselves the fastest VPN
service of 2019, but we don’t see that statement being justified in any way.

Security

‘Speedify protocol’ — This is the protocol used in this VPN service.

Speedify Security

They came up with their own protocol which is a bold move, but it can
also backfire in many ways.

It uses AES 128-bit encryption for all the
devices which support AES, and if the device
is an old one and does not support AES, then they have got ChaCha in store for
such users.

Even though 128-bit encryption is safe enough, we do expect the highest grade encryption possible because it will only tighten up the security.

However,
using 128-bit encryption frees up some of the computing capacity of the
processor as well, and the devices are more efficient dealing with 128-bit
encryption rather than 256-bit.

Since the protocol is one of its kind and
there is not much information about its performance against security threats,
we would like to hold our opinion on the security front of the protocol for
now.

There is one chink in the armor for sure
though. There is no IPv6 leak protection.

This is strange for us because we were considering this a
technologically advanced product, and missing IPv6 leak protection can cost
them a few probable customers.

Other features such as DNS leak protection
and Internet kill switch are available, but
there are some issues with the reliability of DNS leak protection too.

Internet kill switch stops the internet
traffic if the VPN connection drops so that there is no risk of data leak on
the internet.

User Interface and Experience

Mobile UI

The user interface is essentially the same on both PC and mobile
devices across all the platforms.

The UI is easy to use, informative and looks good as well. On the top, it shows the internet connections to which
the device is connected and an ‘add connection’ option along with it.

There is a toggle
switch to connect to the VPN, along with the information about server location
and data consumed.

On the lower half of the UI, the user can
swipe between infographics showing connection speed, volume, and quality. We
found this panel very interesting and useful.

The user can monitor how the multiple
connections are being used together in real time to give better outputs.

The settings menu has been divided into three parts namely servers, session, and privacy.

In the ‘Servers’ tab, the user gets to choose if he/she wants to connect to the fastest server or a P2P server or select a server manually.

There
is no option for dedicated streaming servers on the standard account. The
professional can however purchase dedicated streaming servers for their needs.

There is no option for dedicated streaming
servers, and we think the reason for that
is the fact that they don’t have much to offer when it comes to streaming.

Netflix can’t be accessed through Speedify servers.

Speedify UI Servers and Sessions

In the ‘Session’ tab, there are toggle
switches for redundant mode, transfer protocol, and
other usual features.

In the end is the ‘Privacy’ tab which gives
switches for DNS leak protection, Internet kill, and encryption.

The UI is helpful and user-friendly. We
have no complains whatsoever with the UI as they were able to showcase all the
features of the client on the UI.

Platforms and Devices

Only Four Platforms Supported

The service is available only for Windows,
MacOS, Android, and iOS.

Yes, that is it.

We were also surprised to see such limited platform support. There is no support for gaming platforms such as Xbox and PS, no Kodi, no routers and all the other platforms are missing as well.

However,
they propose a solution to this problem with a different software of theirs
called Connectify Hotspot. The user can download the software and have a VPN
cover for the rest of his/her devices as well.

It is maybe the case because they need more
time to make their protocol ready for all the platforms, but that is just speculation at the moment.

Speedify needs to increase the platform
support to keep its competitors at bay. Moreover, a modern-day VPN user is not
limited to mobile and desktops, there are so many devices and platforms which
connect to the web, and the user needs
VPN for all these devices.

Customer Support

There is no live chat available. The user
can generate query tickets which will be
answered in due time.

They work from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the
US eastern time scale. So, if the user
submits a query in this period, he/she
can expect a swift response.

Rest of the night owls and non-American
residents need to wait for them to open their offices.

However, the responses are satisfactory and
informative. We got concise answers to all our questions and had no complaints whatsoever from the support
team other than the fact that we had to wait for more than 12 hours at times to
get a response.

The ‘Support’ page on the website is more
like a tethering guide.

In order to use the channel bonding technology effectively,
the user needs to be connected to as many
internet connections as possible.

Speedify takes care of that in its support
page by providing guides for almost all the possible internet connections.

We do appreciate the effort, but it would
have been better if all the connection guides were
arranged in a separate section.

A lot of relevant
topics were left untouched even though the support page is filled with so many
bullets.

They should discuss the general topics
related to the VPN, such as security, a bit more to throw some more light on
the product from the user’s perspective.

Conclusion

It is promising
as well as a refreshing product.

It not only includes a useful new feature
but a new exclusive protocol as well. Speedify
is one of those products which stirs up the things and makes everyone
competitor make more efforts. These kinds of things are always
beneficial for us, the users.

Channel bonding is what makes this service
stand out from the rest and that too in a good way.

However, there are still a lot of things
that Speedify needs to work on to become a serious contender for the best VPN
service out there.

They need to find ways to increase the
speed on the network, make the service available for more platforms especially
the routers and make their logging policy more transparent.

Speedify still has to cover quite a
distance before it becomes one of the
prominent VPN services.

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