DotVPN review: Chrome and Android for test

  • Posted on: 1 June 2018
  • By: cooltech

You know I’m quite impressed that in our society where democracy and freedom of speech is claimed, some people can’t access certain websites because of the censorship imposed. VPNs can bypass these restrictions. Thanks to those clever guys who have created such an amazing technology. What is it? 

If you are clueless about VPN and everything here is new for you, I have a short, but definitive guide to free VPNs. Read it and come back to this post.

Oh, sorry…I haven’t told you what we are reviewing today!

This time it’s DotVPN which ‘’better than VPN’’. This is the motto of the service claimed on the developer’s official website.

Is that interesting for you? I believe YES!

Let’s start then!

How can you use DotVPN free of charge?

How can you use DotVPN free of charge?

DotVPN is presented in two versions: paid and free. I’d like to note: free version is more limited than a premium one. Just because using it for free:

  • Internet connection performance is worse.
  • Streaming are not accessible.
  • Some content will be blocked for you.
  • The traffic is not codified with a very strong 4096-key.
  • Torrents are not allowed as well (only for premium users).

If you are going to take advantage of free DotVPN, download its software from the website. Just click ‘’Get it free’’ and you will be redirected to the page with downloads. I’ll tell you later for what platforms you can download DotVPN.

DotVPN characteristics

When you want to download a free VPN app, you need to know everything about its characteristics and features to understand how it works and whether it is really useful.

Let’s find out the following about DotVPN:

  • Platforms supported by the service;
  • What encryption methods are applied;
  • What protocols are used to transfer the data;
  • How many servers there are;
  • In what countries DotVPN has servers.

Supported platforms

Free DotVPN can be added to Chrome, Opera and Firefox as browser extensions and to Android  and iOS as mobile apps. As far as desktop apps are concerned, it is said that Mac and Windows apps are coming soon (If you have a look at the screenshot below, you’ll see a strange thing: available in mid-2017. Really, guys?

Hope it’s a misprint).

Want to know how DotVPN Chrome extension and Android work? Ok, stay here on cooltechzone.com.

Want to know how DotVPN Chrome extension and Android work? Ok, stay here on cooltechzone.com.

DotVPN Chrome extension: my test and review

Setup process:

dead easy to install

Interface:

user-friendly

Features and settings:

bandwidth saver, ad block, tracking protection, block analytics

Free locations available:

in France, the Netherlands and USA

1) How to setup DotVPN Chrome?

  • You have to download the extension from the website.
  • Then get started with creating of your personal account (email and password are required). And…

That’s all! It is ready for work. It’s not difficult even for beginners.

That’s all! It is ready for work. It’s not difficult even for beginners.

2) What features are available for DotVPN Chrome extension?

Bandwidth saver (Having activated this setting, your traffic is considered to be saved, which allows optimizing of downloading webpages).

Ad block (Cool feature that makes you free from viewing annoying pop-up ads).

Tracking protection (The feature will let you avoid third parties tracking your online activities).

Block analytics (It’s a kind of stats about blocks).

What features are available for DotVPN Chrome extension?

3) What VPN servers can you connect free of charge?

Unfortunately, users can connect only to three VPN servers located in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paris (France) and New York (USA). It seems that it’s not enough for unblocking restricted websites. The number of VPN locations is too limited.

I should notice that a user of DotVPN Chrome VPN extension can see the results of the download speedtest in the app (it is marked in red on the screenshot).

Unfortunately, users can connect only to three VPN servers located in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paris (France) and New York (USA).

IPleak test for DotVPN Chrome extension:

Connection via New York

Connection via New York

Connection via Amsterdam

Connection via Amsterdam

Connection via Paris

Connection via Paris

How can I comment on the results? As you can see on the screenshot, the country is defined in the right way (the true geo-location is not revealed). But there is something strange with the IP addresses. With an eye toward personal privacy I’m not going to reveal my natural IP or DotVPN’s IPs, but on IP Leak test page there are different from those which are expected to be. The question is: what IP address was actually assigned? Fortunately, it was not my true one.

DotVPN Android: my test and review

Setup process:

Available on GooglePlay. A few clicks to install.
Interface:

 

Easy to understand and use.

Features and settings:

bandwidth saver, ad block, tracking protection, block analytics.

Free locations available: Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, UK, USA.

1) How to setup DotVPN Android?

The setup process is dead simple:

  • Type in your email and password.
  • Click ‘’Get Started’’ and you are ready to take use of it.

How to setup DotVPN Android?

2) What features are available for DotVPN Android?

Having installed DotVPN on your Android, you will be able to take advantage if such functions as bandwidth saver, ad block, tracking protection, block analytics (see the detailed descriptions of the features in the section above).

3) What VPN servers can you connect free of charge?

All in all, there are free DotVPN servers in 12 countries. In order to get connected to the server, you are just to choose the country, click it and wait until you see ‘’Connected’’ as it is on the screenshot.

IPleak test for DotVPN for Android:

I linked to the servers in Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The authentic IPs and geo-location weren’t leaked, but all three tests are with the same geo-locations, though connections were performed via three different countries.

All in all, there are free DotVPN servers in 12 countries

IPleak test for DotVPN for Android:

I linked to the servers in Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The authentic IPs and geo-location weren’t leaked, but all three tests are with the same geo-locations, though connections were performed via three different countries.

I linked to the servers in Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The authentic IPs and geo-location weren’t leaked, but all three tests are with the same geo-locations, though connections were performed via three different countries.

Is DotVPN safe?

Data passing protocols: SSL-Proxy – for browsers, OpenVPN – for Windows, Mac and Android, IPsec – for iOS.

Encoding: 128-bit and 256-bit keys.  

Why to choose DotVPN

  • User-friendly interface and simple setup process
  • VPN servers in 12 countries on Android
  • Ad blocking
  • Tracking protection

Why to avoid DotVPN

  • Few free VPN locations for DotVPN Chrome
  • ‘’Suspicious’’ outcomes of IP leaks test for Android and Chrome

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