GOOSE VPN Review

GOOSE VPN Review

GOOSE VPN is based and developed in The Netherlands and they aim to be the most accessible VPNs on the market. “GOOSE VPN is for you, your daughter, grandfather, anyone you can think of.” Founded in 2014 it`s still relatively young so its not as well known as some of the competition.

GOOSE VPN Features

  • P2P allowed
  • No-Logs Policy
  • Works on Windows, macOS, Linux, Routers, Mobile devices
  • 256-bit encryption
  • Unlimited devices
  • Network Kill-Switch
  • 30-day trial
  • 24/7 chat support

GOOSE VPN Security and privacy

GooseVPN supports four VPN protocols:

  • L2TP/IPSec,
  • IKEv2
  • PPTP
  • OpenVPN

L2TP/IPSec is used for routers and modems

IKEv2, faster than L2TP/IPSec but GooseVPN claims that this protocol gets blocked easily.

PPTP is almost like L2TP, but this protocol is slightly older than its counterpart. This protocol works with nearly all devices and is supported by some router models.

GooseVPNuses AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with 256 Bit Keys which is also known as AES-256 for maximum security.

The Kill-Switch, which is a must-have for every VPN, cuts your internet connection if for some reason the VPN service drops. The odd thing is that you need to manually turn the feature on yourself. So make sure you check the app settings before you start using it.

GOOSE VPN also supports Tor Browser. Tor Browser acts as an extra security shield for your online presence. It anonymizes web traffic through routing your signals from multiple points making your traffic secure.

Now if you are extremely sensitive about your privacy, you might need to pay attention to the fact that GOOSE VPN is in the Netherlands that is part of the Nine-Eyes alliance with France, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Denmark. This means those countries share surveillance data with each other so even though GOOSE VPN has no-logs policy there are still some pieces of information that get saved. Take a look at the screenshot of the Privacy Policy to see what kind of data is recorded. Pay attention to the Payment details, looks like this part is missing.

Screenshot from GOOSE VPN Privacy Policy

App usage

GOOSE VPN works on all major platforms:

  • macOS
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Routers
  • iOS and Android
  • AndroidTV

The Windows app is pretty good and easy to use. You want to check the settings as the first thing and make sure you turn on the Kill Switch. You can pick a server from the drop-down and connect to the one you need. The special servers are marked as P2P or with a small play button to indicate torrenting and streaming optimized servers.

Desktop app

Another weird setting you want to dig into is disabling the Smart Servers list. Disconnect the VPN and click on the Gears icon to open up Settings. Navigate to Connection and remove the checkmark from the “Enable smart server list” – this allows you to see all servers in the dropdown menu. Why would it be turned on by default, I don’t know. The first time I launched the app I was disappointed with how few servers were available and I had no idea I had to dig into menus to unhide the full list. I would say the GOOSE VPN team needs to revise the default settings to make the app user-friendly right out of the box.

iOS App

The mobile app is clear and easy to use. The integrated Google Map is a nice addition and shows you your server location visually. The user rating for the Android app is a bit worrisome – 3.4 is pretty low compared to the 4.8 in the App Store. Looking at the negative reviews, people seem to have problems with lost connections and not being able to connect to the servers. During our testing, the connection was stable throughout all testing days and we did not encounter any problems.

GOOSE VPN Google Play Store user rating
Google Play Store user rating
GOOSE VPN iOS app
App Store user rating

Speed Test

GOOSE VPN performed will in the speed tests. There were no anomalies and the overall logic of the tests applied to all results – the closer the servers the better the speeds.

The closest server in Sweden was really fast – going from over 90Mbps to 73.71 is a 20.6% drop and this is very good for a server that`s a bit away geographically. We also conducted the torrent test with a P2P Swedish server and we are happy to say the speed decrease was around 50% – a really good result as some VPNs see around 75% drop in download speed.

GOOSE VPN sweden speed test

The UK server was also impressive and with just a 30% drop it ranks high compared to other VPNs. (ExpressVPN had 24.6% drop, CyberGhost 66.2% drop and Nord VPN 42.7%)

GOOSE VPN UK speed test

USA results were less impressive and 89.6% in download speeds places GOOSE VPN in the lower half of the imaginary leaderboard.

GOOSE VPN USA speed test

Hong Kong and Australia did pretty well with an average of 70% drop in download speeds. This is a good result since they are situated the furthest away.

GOOSE VPN AU speed test

Support and documentation

GOOSE VPN, like many others, has 24/7 online chat support. In the EU time zone the support line was really responsive and helpful and gets a maximum score for that. Some reviews in the Google Play Store, however, claim that the chat widget is not always responsive but in our tests, it took just seconds to get a reply. In fact, great customer support is one of the key selling points of GOOSE VPN and so far it holds up the promise of great service.

The FAQ section could be improved. All tutorials are text-based and there are no images or videos to help users. However, if you log into the GOOSE VPN portal (you need to have signed up for the service for that) you can access plenty of very detailed manuals with images in pdf format. Why users can’t look at them before making the purchase is a bit questionable for me, but its good to know that thorough documentation exists for paying customers.

GOOSE VPN pricing

You can try GOOSE VPN for 30 days for free with every plan you buy. With the maximum 2-year plan you save 77% and can get the product for just $2.99. This is a great price making GOOSE VPN one of the cheapest on the market. If you go for the single month license you need to pay $12.99 which relatively high so we suggest picking either the 2-year or the 1-year plan.

GOOSE VPN Pricing

You can pay with all major Credit Cards and Paypal but not with any cryptocurrency.

Pros
  • Unlimited Devices
  • Cheap
  • Good Support
  • Decent Speeds
Cons
  • Not that many servers
  • Confusing settings

GOOSE VPN – Our Verdict

Goose VPN is definitely a more barebones product compared to some of the more well-known VPNs. It doesn’t have Chrome or Firefox addons, Ad-Blockers or any other additional features. It is a simple product with some quirky things that require you to adjust the settings but once you start using it works like a charm.

The best thing about GOOSE VPN is that you can use it on unlimited number of devices simultaneously. This is a big advantage as most VPNs only offer 5 devices per account. Just for that reason alone, GOOSE VPN can be a top choice for some and the cheap price makes it a good choice.

Privacy features
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Ease of Use
Price
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