In May 2018, the adult entertainment giant Pornhub unveiled its own VPN service appropriately named VPNhub. Pornhub entrusted the lesser-known mobile app creator AppAtomic with the development of its VPN apps, which are supposed to be fast, secure, and available free of charge to mobile users.
Whether Pornhub’s goal is to make its adult content available to those who cannot view it without a VPN or it just wants to contribute to the noble goal of making the Internet free again, its VPN is a piece of software that we have been anxious to try out. Discover our impressions and findings in this detailed VPNhub review.
Pornhub is well-known for its orange-on-black color scheme and it has decided to give its VPN apps the same recognizable look. The design itself is sleek and the environment uncluttered, so you can find everything you need as soon as you access the app. We are not big fans of the predominant black color, but it makes the bright orange buttons pop, allowing for easy navigation.
Both the mobile and desktop VPNhub apps are incredibly simple. They feature a large, one-tap or one-click connect/disconnect button, a simple server list, and a menu with just several options.
You can access the server list by clicking or tapping the currently selected server located underneath the connect/disconnect button and select a different server in a single click or tap. The menu allows you to log in, report a problem, view the FAQ and basic information about the service, modify settings, and purchase the Premium version of the software if you haven’t already. As far as the settings go, there is not much to talk about, as the apps lack the advanced settings found in a multitude of other VPNs, making settings modifications as simple as enabling or disabling notifications push.
Performance and Reliability
VPNhub’s server network is not particularly impressive, which is not surprising since it is a young VPN service. If you opt for the free version of the software, you can access only one server. On the other hand, the Premium version allows you to choose any of the nearly 30 server locations available. Most of the servers are located in the US, but you can also connect to servers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
While we were not wowed by the list of servers available, we found the speeds and performance to be more than good. In our tests, the speeds were consistently average to above-average, depending on server distance. We found the performance to be rather smooth and the apps more than reliable, especially after the bug fix that solved the connection problems some users experienced prior to the latest update.
VPNhub is compatible with Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS devices. Unfortunately, routers, smart TVs, and consoles are not on the list of supported devices as of yet and the service offers no browser extensions. The Android and iOS apps are available to all users while the desktop clients are only available to paying users. With the paid subscription, you can use the service on up to 3 devices at once. The free version, however, only allows 1 connection.
We have already mentioned in this VPNhub review that this service lacks advanced features, so in this section, we will simply focus on the range of features available with both the free and paid version of the software.
With the free version, you can use the service on Android and iOS devices and you can access 1 server. The available server location is pre-selected. You can enjoy unlimited bandwidth, but you have to put up with ads.
With the paid version, you can choose from around 30 server locations, switch between servers as often as you wish, and enjoy unlimited bandwidth, 24/7 support, an ad-free environment, and greater speeds. You can use the service on up to 3 desktop and mobile devices.
VPNhub offers rather non-specific explanations of the features it offers, including personal data protection, encrypted traffic, ease of use, and cross-platform support. It does not offer P2P optimized servers – it doesn’t even mention P2P sharing. Useful security features like a VPN kill switch are not available.
The service promises to allow you to access any content, anywhere you go, but the truth is that the service is not available in all world countries. The service does not work in Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria and it may not work in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and China due to government-imposed censorship. There is no advice for potential users in countries with Internet censorship.
Security and Privacy
While researching for this VPNhub review, what we found most disappointing is the fact that the service offers no information on the type of encryption and protocols used. This is a major oversight, whether it is intentional or not. The service just promises that all of your data is fully encrypted, but with no exact information to back up the claim, you just have to trust VPNhub that your data is truly protected.
With VPNhub, you have two options if you need help. You can browse the FAQ section, which covers the most basic information about the service. If you do not find what you need, you can go with option number two, which is getting in touch with the support staff via email. Disappointingly, the website does not feature a live chat, so you cannot get a prompt answer whenever you need assistance. The service does promise 24/7 support with the Premium version of the service, but live chat support is still not an option, which means that the term 24/7 support is used rather loosely.
As stated several times in this VPNhub review, this VPN solution is available free of charge with unlimited bandwidth on both iOS and Android mobile devices.
If you opt for the Premium, paid version of the software, you can use the service on both desktop and mobile devices and gain access to all the features and servers. You can choose between 2 options – the monthly subscription and the more affordable yearly subscription. With the monthly subscription, you pay $12.99 per month. The yearly subscription costs $7.50 per month, that is, $89.99 per year. You can try out the Premium version of VPNhub with the 7-day free trial.
VPNhub Pros & Cons
As we wrap up this VPNhub review, here’s a quick overview of the features that wowed us and the aspects of the service that could use some improvement.
- Easy to use
- Good speeds
- Unlimited bandwidth even with the free version
- Functional apps
- Free versions for Android and iOS
- 3 simultaneous connections
- 7-day free trial
- No encryption information