FlyVPN Review

May 25, 2018

8:00 am



Ease of use:4 stars
Features:5 stars
Privacy:2 stars
Speed:2 stars
Help & Support:4 stars
Value for Money:3 stars

  • Fast to make the initial connection
  • Some useful features
  • Slow in use
  • Charges for connecting additional devices
  • Awkward to use
  • Too leaky to feel secure

Poor value, not the VPN to go for

FlyVPN is a global VPN service, with its servers spread across 40 countries and a presence on every continent – it’s particularly strong in Asia. However, FlyVPN works out as poor value compared to some of the better-known VPN services, and your internet speeds can suffer while using it.

FlyVPN sets up a virtual, encrypted network connection between your PC or device and one of its servers. This gives you the server’s IP address while you’re online, disguising your true IP address and so your identity and location.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android, but – unusually – FlyVPN won’t let you connect with more than one device at a time without additional expense. There is a free trial service available, but this limits you to using your VPN for a maximum twenty minutes, three times a day.

Why use FlyVPN?

FlyVPN’s focus is on unblocking websites and streaming services in countries where they might be blocked or censored, but it can also handle other common VPN jobs, like giving you a secure, encrypted connection when you connect to the Internet using a public WiFi network.

As a result, you can surf the web with a higher degree of anonymity or, by connecting to a foreign server, access services that might be blocked in the country you’re connecting from. This can be useful if, say, you want to watch US catch-up TV services while you’re travelling outside the States.

Getting started with FlyVPN

FlyVPN is a bit of an odd VPN, and it does things differently from the moment you sign up.

First, you have to enter your username and password, then go through a verification process by captcha code – where you type in the pictured letters – and email before you can even go through to payment.

There’s no confirmation email once you’ve paid, leaving you to login to the website, find the VPN download page and download and install the Windows VPN app from there.

The app itself is quite basic and not very user-friendly. It gives you a long list of the servers in each region, along with a percentage to show how much they’re being used and an indication of their speeds. Select one, then click the big, blue Connect button, and you should hook up.

FlyVPN: The Good

We won’t sugarcoat it – this isn’t one of the best VPNs around. Still, FlyVPN isn’t without merit.

Some Useful Features

FlyVPN has some useful features hidden away in its advanced settings, like an option to exclude services in a specific country or work only when you’re connecting to a specific country.

Fast at First

It’s fast to make the initial connection too. However, once you’re connected, speeds suffer.

FlyVPN: The Not-So-Good

Onto the downsides, then. FlyVPN, unfortunately, comes up short compared to rival VPN services.

Little Help and Support

Support is poor in comparison to other VPNs, and even the tutorials on the website are badly-formatted and sketchy.

This matters, as the day-to-day ease of use for FlyVPN simply isn’t up to scratch, compared to most services. For instance, there are no obvious notifications to tell you when you connect or disconnect.

No OpenVPN

The app doesn’t appear to support the standard OpenVPN protocol, just the older, less-secure alternatives.

Sluggish Speeds

Crucially, internet speeds are pretty awful, both on short-distance and long-haul server connections. With the latter, we found speeds were often under 5Mbps, versus a normal connection speed is nearer 40Mbps.

Spotty Protection

Finally, the level of privacy protection may not even be up to scratch. When we used the website for testing, it picked up leaks that nearly every other VPNs we’ve tested successfully plugged.

FlyVPN Prices

Further bad news – FlyVPN isn’t even particularly cheap, at $9.90 per month or $80 a year. And that’s for one device, only. You have to pay extra to connect further devices.

When other, better VPNS can give you two years with 5 simultaneous connections for the same price that FlyVPN gives you one year and one, it’s hard to call it good value.

The Verdict

FlyVPN is slow, awkward to use and not reliable. Were it free or cheap, we’d be a little more forgiving. For these prices, you should definitely pick another VPN instead.


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Stuart Andrews has been writing about IT and consumer technology for over twenty years, working across many of the UK's biggest specialist titles. While specializing in PCs and related technology, software and cloud-based services, he also writes about IT in education, video games and internet security

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