Turbo VPN review (The complete edition with pictures)

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Is Turbo VPN even a real VPN service?

Pros

  • The free version is available for an unlimited time.
  • The App store sufficiently secures the purchase
  • Performs well on various speed tests

Cons

  • The information available via the internet is not sufficient
  • Expensive
  • Only works on mobile
  • Does not allow BitTorrent
  • A poor value option since the number of features is low

Summary

This VPN service is truly a strange one.

It is strange in the sense that the company behind the service has no trouble in taking the stance of desktop computers not mattering.

That is the reason Turbo VPN only offers users with VPN clients for Android and iOS.

And nothing else.

However, Turbo VPN, a mobile-first VPN service offers very little that distinguishes this service from other good VPN services apart from a high subscription cost.

 

Turbo VPN full review

A VPN or Virtual Private Network is the best-known tool for online users to secure their online activities.

However, an online consumer should avoid going to the internet and signing up for the first good-looking VPN service.

A VPN service has to offer a sufficient amount of something to the user in order to be worth the money it wants the user to spend.

First and foremost the VPN service must offer good value for money.

Secondly, it should be trustworthy.

And that is the lowest bar that we could think off as far as signing up for a VPN service on the internet is concerned.

Unfortunately, Turbo VPN does not even pass this low bar.

Turbo VPN is essentially a mobile-only VPN service.

And an expensive one.

Not only that, it is also pretty poor when it comes to VPN features.

Also, the company shorts well short of providing users with critical information which would establish its own trustworthiness amongst the VPN community.

That, along with many other reasons, is why we currently cannot recommend users to trust Turbo VPN with their data.

Of course, that could change in the future.

For now, readers should play it safe and sign up for any one of the following VPN services.

  • IPVanish
  • NordVPN
  • Private Internet Access VPN
  • TunnelBear VPN
  • ProtonVPN
  • TorGuard VPN
  • CyberGhost VPN
  • KeepSolid VPN Unlimited
  • PureVPN
  • Hide My Ass VPN

What does a VPN service do?

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Whenever the user switches on a given VPN service, the VPN service actually creates a tunnel which is encrypted.

The tunnel, which is present between the user’s mobile device and/or computer machine and a remote VPN server which the user’s freshly-subscribed VPN company controls, is where the user’s data flow throw.

And once the user’s data makes use of the tunnel to travel through the wider world of the internet. It prevents anyone and anything from spying on it while it is on its way to its final destination.

Of course, there does come a point when the data exits the tunnel and then moves through the public internet in order to go to the user’s preferred destination.

However, by that time, it doesn’t really matter if it has the protection of a VPN tunnel or not.

This is pretty much why every online consumer in the modern world of the internet needs to have a VPN service.

When a user makes use of a VPN service, it means a lot of things.

For one, no one on the internet (not even an online consumer who has connected to the same network as the user) has the opportunity to peek at the user’s online activities and/or data.

In fact, a VPN is such a powerful tool that even if the user has connected to a public WiFi hotspot network which is bogus and has been specifically designed to trick unsuspecting users into connecting to the network to have their data stolen, it still has enough about it to keep the user safe and sound.

The user’s internet service provider also loses its opportunity to see what its customer is up to.

We all know that thanks to some decisions by the US Congress, internet service providers in the country can now collect and sell anonymized information about their customers and their browsing habits.

Of course, when the user is making use of a VPN service, no advertiser, spy or thief would be able to harm the user by trying to get the user’s IP address.

Why?

Because whenever they would try to do so, they would only see the IP address of the VPN server that the user has connected to instead of the user’s original IP address.

This setup allows users to hide their location and hence their identity.

Needless to say, a VPN service cuts the root of the problem out since these bad actors know that IP addresses are generally assigned based on the given user’s geographic location.

Not only that, because of the fact that many other VPN users are also pushing their traffic through the same given VPN server, it becomes even harder for any given server to tell apart the traffic of a given user from the other user.

Of course, that isn’t the only thing a VPN service can do.

A VPN service can also help users spoof their real location.

All that the user has to do is connect to a VPN server that is located somewhere or someplace other than where the user currently is.

Then the user has to press the connect button on the VPN client and that is it.

The user’s traffic would look like it is coming from a place that is different than the user’s real location.

This feature is very useful for political activists along with journalists who regularly make use of VPN servers in order to tunnel right past various internet restrictions that have come into existence in countries with oppressive governments.

VPNs truly make the internet an equal and free place.

Of course, there are many other uses of spoofing locations.

Perhaps the greatest use of spoofing one’s location is that one can access various online streaming services which do not serve the user’s original place of residence.

This is the reason why VPN services have found more use among sports fans as opposed to the general public.

Sports fans were probably the first group of people who adopted VPN services in order to access alternative and sometimes free coverage of all their favorite internet events.

Apart from that, there are also other reports which indicated that around 50 percent of all kinds of VPN use accounts for just video streaming and nothing else.

Price

Pretty much like all mainstream VPN apps on the Android platform, Turbo VPN opts for the option of offering its VPN app for free while requiring the user to subscribe to a package in order to make use of the VPN service.

Initially, when the user launches the Turbo VPN app for the very first time, the VPN client encourages the user to partake in a free and official seven-day trial of the company’s VIP service.

However, in order to access the actual free trial, the user first has to enter his/her payment information.

The user can do that with the help of Google Play.

Readers should note here that the company continues to bill the user automatically even after the initial trial period has expired.

So users have to keep in mind when their trial ends and then explicitly cancel their service on their own.

Users who like the service to the extent that they want to pay for it should know that Turbo VPN is going to cost them around $11.99 per month.

There is also an annual plan which costs users around $35.99 per year.

Again, the user has to process all of his/her payments via the official Google Pay service.

This, according to our research, is more or less a bonus for users.

Why do we say that?

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We say that because Google Pay is about as secure a payment platform as it comes.

Moreover, Google Pay makes it very easy for the user to actually cancel his/her subscription with the help of a single tap.

In other words, if users pay via Google Pay they won’t have to think long and hard (possibly even worry) about dealing with the customer support staff of their VPN service provider if they do decide to pack up and quite the Turbo VPN community.

Now, there is no doubt that the method of payment that Turbo VPN has gone ahead with is a positive start.

But that still does not make up for the fact that the VPN service is expensive.

As mentioned in other reviews as well, the current average monthly subscription cost among the best 10 VPN apps for the Android platform is around $10.4.

In fact, the really elite VPN apps on the Android platform such as those of CyberGhost and NordVPN charge users pretty much the same amount of money as Turbo VPN.

But, both of them offer far more features to users.

Now, at the other end of the VPN industry spectrum are VPN services like AirVPN and Private Internet Access.

Private Internet Access charges users just $6.95 per month.

We think it is still a better value for money VPN deal for users when compared to Turbo VPN even taking into account the fact that Private Internet Access has a spartan user interface.

Turbo VPN does a good job of declaring the user as a VIP member once the user pays for the service.

Not only that, TurboVPN also places an acronym which comes in gold in the left-sided options list in the app’s hidden menu.

Of course, for ponying up the user also gets to access a total of 26 VPN server locations that Turbo VPN offers via its VPN client.

As far as the number of simultaneous devices is concerned, Turbo VPN allows users to have up to five of them.

Our research shows that the number ‘five’ is the industry standard at the moment.

There are very few VPN service providers who offer more than five simultaneous devices.

The only good ones that we know of who offer more generous simultaneous device offerings are NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN.

Users who do not want to hurt their wallets have other options.

Let’s explain that a bit.

Of course, users who have a desire to avail the option of trying out Turbo VPN for free can do so.
However, using the free version of Turbo VPN would also limit the user to just a total of eight VPN server locations such as,

  • Canada
  • USA, New York
  • USA, San Francisco
  • Singapore
  • Netherlands
  • India
  • Germany


As mentioned just now, the paid customers of Turbo VPN can avail a total of 26 VPN server locations.
The company doesn’t say it explicitly, but it does imply that users who have the paid version will have access to faster VPN speeds when compared to users of the company’s free VPN offering.
However, our research shows that users will not find a way to verify that information or claim.
The other thing readers should know is that the free Turbo VPN version supports advertisements.
Hence, no one should get surprised if they see the advertisement periodically while they are using the Turbo VPN application.
Of course, there are a lot of other free VPNs apart from Turbo VPN.
Our research shows that one of the best free VPN services in the market right now is TunnelBear.
Just like Turbo VPN, this VPN service has both premium and free versions.
Users have the option of using TunnelBear free VPN services on all major platforms and that too without any advertisements.
However, TunnelBear restricts the total number of VPN servers and also puts a limit of 500 MB data usage on the user per month.
There is also ProtonVPN which is also one of the best VPN service providers in the world.
As far as free VPN services go, our research shows that ProtonVPN is the best free VPN.
Why is ProtonVPN the best though.?
It is the best because it eschews advertisements on all major platforms.
And it puts no limits on the amount of data that the free user can use.
One drawback of using the ProtonVPN service is that it does put the restriction of using only one device at any given time.
Apart from that, the free user also has to deal with the fact that ProtonVPN only allows three VPN servers for them.
Now, if we keep the VPN basics aside, there isn’t a whole lot that Turbo VPN offers to even paid users.
It doesn’t have many standard features let alone bonus security features.
On the other hand, VPN services such as ProtonVPN and NordVPN, just to take an example, allow users to connect to the official Tor anonymization network via their respective VPN clients/services.
Other VPN services like TunnelBear and a few others make use of specialized VPN protocols in order to provide users with the facility of disguising one’s VPN traffic as simple HTTPS traffic.
This disguise feature prevents the user’s VPN connection from getting blocked by various websites and online streaming services.
On that note, users should also take into account the Turbo VPN’s top-shelf cost and the return it gives to users in terms of its feature set.
Our research shows that Turbo VPN is disappointing, to say the least.DeepinScreenshot_select-area_20181117142306

VPN Protocols


We’re living in the modern world of the internet where services such as VPNs are no more new.
They have been around the block for quite a long time now.
Hence, it isn’t really surprising that different VPN services have figured out different ways of creating their encrypted tunnels.
At Security Gladiators, we prefer VPN companies that make use of the OpenVPN protocol.
Why do we do that?
We do that because OpenVPN is free and it is open source.
Because of that, many security researchers have picked it apart to look for potential vulnerabilities.
Other VPN protocols that we want more VPN services to make use of is the IKEv2 protocol.
One of the advantages of using the IKEv2 protocol is that it is a new VPN protocol and hence implements all the latest that technology in this industry has to offer.
Other emerging protocols include WireGuard but only a handful of VPN services have started to offer this VPN protocol to the masses.
Others still do not have any support for it.
Hopeful, within the next few years, VPN protocols like WireGuard will reach mass appeal.
As far as Turbo VPN is concerned, the company makes use of the OpenVPN protocol by default.
This is something that we naturally appreciate.
Interestingly enough, Turbo VPN also enables users to make use of the OpenConnect VPN protocol.
During our research, we have not come across too many VPN services that even go through the trouble of making effort and offering users options such as OpenConnect.
For the uninitiated, OpenConnect is actually the open source version of the AnyConnect VPN protocol from Sisco.

 

Server locations and servers


One of the most important things that a VPN service has to ensure if it wants to survive in this industry is the number of VPN servers.
Not only that, good VPN service providers also have to show customers a good number of VPN server locations.
Our research shows that the total number of VPN servers always matters because of a simple rule.
And that simple rule is that the more the number of VPN servers, the more is the possibility that the user would get hold of a VPN server that is uncrowded.
When the VPN server is uncrowded it can enable users to enjoy a larger slice of the pie that we call bandwidth.
On the other hand, if a given VPN server has lots of users on it and hence is very crowded then each user on that VPN server would experience a good amount of performance degradation.
That does is for the number of VPN servers.
But what does the number of VPN server location matter?
It matters because of the fact that the speed that a given user experiences will depend directly on how far the VPN server is physically from the user’s original location.
For better performance, the VPN server should be as close to the user as possible.
So assuming that a VPN user lives in Nebraska but signs up for a VPN service that only offers VPN servers in the west and east coasts then the user is going to have to endure a low connection when compared to another user who may be living in New York and/or Los Angeles.
If a VPN service offers more VPN server locations then that also means that the user is more likely to get hold of a VPN server which is nearby especially when the user is traveling.
More locations also mean that when it is time to spoof one’s location, the user would have more options from the comfort of his/her home.
Our research shows that Turbo VPN is pretty much quiet on the actual number of VPN servers that it offers to users via its Turbo VPN official VPN app.
It doesn’t give much information on this official website either.
Our research also shows that if the user asks the company more information about its VPN locations then it would simply decline to make a comment.
And that is not cool.
In this regard, NordVPN currently has a great lead over the rest of the VPN pack with well over 5000 VPN servers.
Private Internet Access follows that closely by offering users a total of 3200 VPN servers.
In third place is TorGuard that offers users 3000 plus servers after it recently upgraded its VPN server network and other facilities.

DeepinScreenshot_select-area_20181117142133If we base our conclusion solely on the Turbo VPN official app, then Turbo VPN apparently offers users a total of 26 VPN locations.
Our study shows that in this regard Turbo VPN is on par with the likes of TunnelBear and ProtonVPN.
Both of these VPN services charge users less money when compared to Turbo VPN.
There is also CyberGhost VPN that offers users 90 different VPN server locations.
As far as NordVPN is concerned, it offers users a total of 61 countries.
In third place, there is KeepSolid VPN Unlimited that provides users with a total of 70 different VPN locations.
It is here that we should perhaps mention that some VPN services have adopted the practice of making use of virtual servers.
These aren’t really physical servers.
Virtual servers are essentially software-defined VPN servers which exist within a given physical VPN server.
A lot of online consumers do not know that a single given physical hardware-based VPN server has the ability to hot a good number of virtual servers.
VPN services now have the people who can configure these virtual VPN servers so that they appear to be separate real servers.
Virtual servers appear in countries which are different than the country where the hardware VPN server.
This also enables VPN services to cover even more ground then their finance allow.
The best example of a VPN service practicing this is Hide My Ass VPN.
For example, this VPN service has a total of 286 VPN servers which are in turn located in over 190+ countries.
Now, those who loved their geography and/or history classes would know that the total number of countries on earth is pretty much equal to the total number of countries that Hide My Ass has VPN servers in.
So how does Hidemyass do that?
Well, as it turns out, the actual number of physical VPN servers in different locations is around 61.
These are the physical hardware-based VPN servers.
Similarly, TunnelBear makes use of a decent 50-50 mix of virtual and hardware servers so that it is able to respond to fluctuating demand.
We are aware of the fact that some readers do not like VPN services that make use of VPN servers.
And their reasons are acceptable as well.
Such readers are cautious about where their data actually ends up.
So in order to avoid getting their data to end up in that country which they do not like and whose data usage laws may have more or less unpleasant implications for the majority of their internet traffic, they choose to stay away from such countries.
Our advice is that, users who have that concern should only consider premium VPN service providers such as,

 

  • ProtonVPN
  • NordVPN
  • Private Internet Access
  • TorGuard
  • IPVanish


All of these VPN service providers make use of physical and dedicated VPN servers.
This is, again, an area where Turbo VPN severely lacks.
The company, so far, has made no comments on the number of virtual servers that the company makes use of.

DeepinScreenshot_select-area_20181117142254Turbo VPN and its concern for the user privacy


Every reviewer of any given VPN service should always start the research required for a VPN review by reading up on the relevant VPN’s privacy policy.
Some think that the best way of doing that is by contacting VPN companies individually.
This is, what they consider, part of the actual outreach.
In the outreach program, the best course of action is to give the VPN service representative an initial questionnaire.
This questionnaire should be identical for each given vendor.
And, needless to say, this questionnaire should guide the whole review.
Some reviewers like to make use of follow-up questions and that is okay as well.
This is where our research shows that Turbo VPN makes it incredibly hard for anyone to get in touch with them.
And even if a concerned user or potential user gets in touch with them, they are not so much interested in providing answers to various questions.
Of course, that is nothing new.
There are a lot of VPN companies out there who are also evasive when it comes to providing answers to reviewer questions.
It is also possible that the VPN services that do provide reviewers and other interested people some answered actually lie.
However, there are very very few VPN services that refuse to answer questions.
This is troublesome, particularly when one is talking about a VPN service and more particularly when questions have to deal with the company’s privacy policy documents.
Let’s be clear:
These documents are important.
They tell everything that a person may need to know about the kind of information that the VPN company may or may not gather about its customers.
Moreover, the privacy policy document also tells the potential customer what the come does with the collected information and how it goes about protecting all that information.
These questions are just one of the reasons why most privacy policy documents are complicated.
Especially when the VPN service in question makes use of advertisements.
But that is beside the point.
Our research also shows that users are likely to come across a good number of unusual passages while reading up the official privacy policy document of Turbo VPN.
However, users won’t have anyone clarifying those unusual packages because the company seems disinterested in doing that.
The one area where Turbo VPN is unlike any other VPN service that anyone would have ever reviewed, is the area of providing users with a privacy policy document.
More specifically though, Turbo VPN does not provide users with a privacy policy document on its official website.
As mentioned just now, we do not know of a single decent VPN service provider that does that.
Instead of the privacy policy document, Turbo VPN treats users with several pages when the user first fires up the official Turbo application.
Users who are interested in reading the document later should go to the official VPN app and then go to its About Us page.
Now, we can simply save our readers a lot of time and effort reading the privacy policy document.
A single glance is enough for anyone with some interest in privacy to see the worrying sections in Turbo VPN privacy policy document.
To start things off, there is the fact that the Turbo VPN app collects an unacceptable amount of data and information about the user and the user’s devices.
Some of the information that it collects is pretty much on par with those VPN services that support their free mobile app editions with advertisements.
Even in that case, there are some free ad-supported VPN services that collect less data.
For example, the company mentions in its privacy policy document that the data it collects could include JS/API/SDK code version along with,

  • Battery use
  • The CPU use
  • the hard disk use
  • the network state such as WiFi and other metrics
  • the time zone
  • the location of the language
  • the user’s session stop and start times
  • The user’s terminal device OS (operating system) versions
  • The terminal manufacturer
  • ios network card MAC address
  • IMSI number (International Mobile Subscriber Identification Number)
  • the iOS advertisement identifier IDFA Android advertisement master identifier
  • independent device identifier
  • application distribution channel
  • application version
  • application identifier
  • Timestamp
  • Platform
  • IP address
  • internet service providers
  • web browser


Turbo VPN does make the effort of letting the user know in its privacy policy document that the company requires some of the information that we have mentioned above in order to verify that the user has actually paid for his/her subscription.
As for all the other information, the company says that it collects device ID, browser type, device type and also the user’s OS type in order to gather enough information to assist its developers to address various customer problems and also to speed up its problem-solving process.
The company says it also collects that much data in order to improve product experience.
Now, for any kind of company, collecting this amount of information on a user is disconcerting.
However, it is appalling for a VPN service since a VPN service is supposed to protect the user’s online identity.
Credit where credit is due, Turbo VPN did surprise us with its statement that the company does not engage in logging the IP addresses which are assigned to users when they connect to the internet via the company’s VPN servers.

DeepinScreenshot_select-area_20181117142244The company also says that it does not involve itself in monitoring which websites the user’s visits or the type of data that the user transmits via the given WiFi network.
Turbo VPN also mentions that the company, in no way, targets the advertisements that appear in its free VPN edition at individual customers.
With that said, the company also makes it clear that all the third-party advertisers that it has partnerships with (to the extent of its free VPN version) may have the opportunity to collect information from their device.
Our research shows that one of the most important questions that one can ask to a VPN company is where the company, as a business, Is located and under which specific legal jurisdiction does the business fall under and operate within.
We are aware of the fact that no one is in a position (neither has the qualifications) to judge which country is better than which country or even which country is safer than the other one.
However, it is critical to have information on which laws apply to the user’s privacy and his/her personal information.
This is where our research shows that Turbo VPN tries to hide this information.
And that is a pretty clear red flag.
The company does have some privacy policy text which can give anyone with enough time some clues.
In other words, the document notes that all the information that the official Turbo VPN app collects is actually stored in Singapore.
Moreover, it also informs users that their data may have to go to Singapore via direct transmission or even to the PRC or People’s Republic of China.
All of this raises a good number of questions about Turbo VPN official privacy policy.
The fact that the company also lacks an informative and coherent web presence is also something to take notice of.
Add to that, the company does not like to answer people’s questions about its privacy policy.
That does nothing to hurt the pride of the questioner.
Nor does it provide anything to the questioner about the company’s trustworthiness.
In simpler terms, it is almost always up to the individual user if he/she wants to make the decision of trusting his/her information with such a company.
However, what we want to let such users know is that they are guaranteed to find other VPN services on the internet that offer them far more transparency in the way they work and how they handle user data than Turbo VPN.


User Interface

 

As mentioned before as well, Turbo VPN really has an extraordinarily weird online presence.
We have already talked about how little information the company’s official website gives to the user.
It doesn’t talk much about the product either.
Neither does it provide information on what the company does.
The official website does not have any pricing pages.
There are no VPN server lists.
And there is no information on the company that is running this VPN service.
Instead of all of that, the official website directs the visitor to download either the company’s official iOS app and/or Android app.
That is the only way to access VPN services from Turbo VPN service.
We know that it is kind of harsh to judge a VPN service by how its official website looks but it is also true that the way this VPN service chooses to present itself in the online world does not do it any favor.
Neither does it engender any kind of trust.
Installing Turbo VPN on a smartphone device should not present any problems.
That should hold true even for newer handsets such as Pixel XL.
From an overall perspective, Turbo VPN apps pleasantly worked easily and smoothly.
The developers behind the app have boldly colored the app and have a resting rabbit right at the center of the app.
All that users have to do in order to connect is to tap that carrot button which appears beneath the rabbit.
The overall look is pretty cute.
However, we also think that VPN services such as TunnelBear still have the lead at handling and using cute animals in their VPN apps.
Elite VPN service providers such as NordVPN and IPVanish have less cut apps.
But they offer a lot more options for users than the likes of Turbo VPN.
Users who are making use of the app without purchasing the subscription, they can simply tap the carrot button which appears in the top right corner of the screen in order to watch a few advertisements.
Of course, it will never become clear to us as to why someone would want to do that.
Besides, whenever the user disconnects from the VPN service, the app shows the user an add.
This is similar to how AnchorFree Hotspot Shield works as it too offers a free Android VPN app with ad-support.
The default settings indicate that Turbo VPN would connect the user to what the app thinks is the absolute fastest VPN server.
Users have the option of selecting their own VPN server.
They should tap the icon that comes in the shape of a globe and appears in the top right corner of the screen.
Apart from these options, there isn’t a whole a lot that Turbo VPN app offers in the way of options in its settings menu.
Another option that is available to users is the choice between connecting to the internet via the OpenConnect protocol or the OpenVPN protocol.
If one looks at the FAQ section which comes included in the application, our research shows, that users should have no problems in coming up against a warning from the company that engaging in BitTorrent activity would have the company block their VPN account.
This, again, is a stance that is unusual.
Each and every top-rated VPN service on Security Gladiators offers users the ability to engage in BitTorrent and P2P.

DeepinScreenshot_select-area_20181117142155Netflix and Turbo VPN


A lot of streaming service, understandably, do not like VPN services.
And the reason why they do not like them is that VPN services allow users to disguise their original location.
Spoofing one’s location matters.
Like, a lot.
Why?
Because streaming services only have permission to show some of their content to only certain portions of the world.
To take an example, let’s say someone is interested in Star Trek: Discovery.
If the user is living in the United States of America, then he/she can only watch Star Trek: Discovery via CBS streaming platform which is proprietary.
However, if the user is living outside the US then Netflix offers it for free.
This is where we should mention that Netflix, in particular, exercises a lot of aggression against VPNs.
It does that by blocking them.
So much so that the streaming service even spells out the VPN issue in its terms of service document section 4.3
The service says that the user may consume/view content provided by Netflix primarily within the country in which the user has established his/her account.
Then Netflix reminds the reader that the user may only consume content in a geographic location where the service offers its service and also have licensed the particular content in question.
After that, it informs the user that the content that the service makes available to users would vary by their geographic location and hence would also change with respect to time.
Our research shows that if the user connects to a VPN server that is located in the US via the official Turbo VPN app and then makes an attempt to actually stream some content on Netflix such as Hilda, then the user would get a greetings error message which would inform the user to disable his/her proxy service.
That is one of the surest signs that Netflix is blocking a given VPN service.
Users who are interested in knowing which is the best VPN for Netflix, then the answer is NordVPN.
Other VPN services such as TorGuard VPN, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, cyberghost VPN are also good.
Our research shows that all five of these VPN services play nice with Netflix on a consistent basis.
However, that may not be true by the time a given reader goes through this review.
VPN and more
As mentioned at the top as well, there are those VPN services that attempt to provide users with features and/or services that go beyond simple VPN protection.
For example, there is NordVPN.
It allows users to connect to the official Tor network via its own VPN servers.
That’s truly remarkable.
Then there is ProtonVPN which reserves servers that are highly secured so that users can connect to them before forming a connection with something else.
That way, users can assure themselves that their connection is absolutely secure against problems such as snooping.
Let’s also talk about TunnelBear that has the ability to block ads and trackers with different and separate web browser plugin.
TunnelBear even offers its users a password manager.
And it calls that offering as RememBear.
We’re not saying that such features are essential.
But they are nice enticements using which VPN services try to stand out in the crow and offer more value to potential customers.
As far as Turbo VPN is concerned, it doesn’t have such features.
That is exactly what makes the company’s high monthly subscription price very hard to swallow.
Performance and speed
It doesn’t matter which VPN service the user eventually signs up for since all of them will cause the user to experience some kind of drop in their internet performance rating.
That is, when the VPN is running.
Of course, modern VPNs make sure that users do not have to go back to the old days of 2G network.
However, it is still annoying to experience a slow internet.
So how does one measure VPN performance?
The easiest way to get a simple sense of the extent to which a given VPN service impedes the user’s online browsing experience, is to run a multiple number of speed tests using online speed testing tools.
The best ones that we know of are,


www.speedtest.net
www.speedof.me
www.ipleak.net


The tests performed by these tools look at metrics such as download speed in Mbps and upload speed, also in Mbps and latency measured in ms.
It is considered best practices to run a total of close to five tests first using the VPN server which the official Android application thinks is the most speedy and then discarding the lowest and highest results.
After that, one should average out the remaining results.
And then one should compare all the figures from this set of tests to the average baseline figure for the performance of the same internet connection WITHOUT a VPN service.
The final step is to calculate the percentage change.
That change is how much the VPN service slows down the internet for that user and for that time period.
Of course, then there is the fact that no one should consider the results of such tools and calculations as the end all conclusion for any particular VPN or even any other service.
The reality is that the user is more than likely to get various different results from the same speed testing tools depending on where and when the user made use of the VPN service.
Therefore, we have to remind readers that results from such tools are nothing but a snapshot of the conditions and the performance which should only be used to compare different VPN services since there is no better and practical method to do the same.
Our research shows that as far as the latency tests go, Turbo VPN managed to perform pretty well.
More specifically, it increased the connection’s latency rate by a total of 26 percentage points.
This is pretty much the best latency result that we have come across on the Android platform yet.
With that said, it is also true that our research showed mixed results when headed to probably the most important result:
The download speed test.
In that test, Turbo VPN managed to decrease the connection’s download speed by a total of 67 percent.
Some may find that score to be good.
And it is.
But it is pretty much a far cry from what elite VPN services such as NordVPN offer to users.
Our research shows that NordVPN reduces download speed by less than 50 percent.
As far as the upload speed tests are concerned, Turbo VPN performed even worse and reduced upload speeds by a mediocre 57 percent.
This is one area where, again, NordVPN is the best as it averages 22 percent on upload speed reduction.
Our research also shows that taking into account only the Android platform, the fastest VPN in the world right now is NordVPN.
NordVPN ha bested everyone in download and upload tests.
And its latency rate test results are almost as great as the results posted by Turbo VPN.
However, if we can just zoom out a little bit, NordVPN also has trouble in holding its own in terms of pure speed.
Our research shows that if we’re taking into account the Windows platform and Windows VPN clients, then TorGuard leapfrogs NordVPN as the fastest VPN service from an overall perspective.

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Turbo VPN does not have a Windows, macOS, Linux or web browser utility.
It is perhaps the only VPN service that Security Gladiators has reviewed which has no interest in offering VPN clients for any other platforms than iOS and Android.
Turbo VPN does not provide users with a VPN client for Linux either.
There is no Windows machine client.
And no macOS VPN client.
The company also lacks a web browser plugin for connectivity.
And browser plugins are increasingly becoming the most common way people secure their web browsers and their data.
Of course, it is another fact that a web browser plug-in is only able to protect data that is going through the browser and that is it.
The majority of other VPN service providers put in some effort to offer users a dedicated online web page that has all the server information.
They also provide various login credentials for the benefit of the users who want to manually configure their own favorite third-party applications for VPN.
Sometimes users want to use a VPN service via their own built-in client for VPN which comes with their computer machine and/or smartphone.
This VPN service does not concern itself with any of that.
We are aware of the fact that tablets and smartphones are fast becoming critical devices rather than the second screen for more and more online consumers that use them more and more regularly.
On the other hand, a given VPN service which does not have the ability to protect all of the user’s devices with one package is not very useful for the average modern internet user.


Conclusion


Our advice for users is that they should look at someplace else for a decent VPN service.
Let’s explain a bit how does our rating work.
If a VPN product comes into the market and claims something and does what it claims then, generally speaking, it deserves something along the lines of 4 or 5 points.
Our research shows that Turbo VPN is able to secure the user’s online activities both on the iOS and Android platform.
However, there is a lot of stuff that is wrong with Turbo VPN.
Then there is the stuff that is quite suspicious about Turbo VPN.
In some places, Turbo VPN does not even score the very minimum required for VPN quality.
The other problem is that Turbo VPN is a bit too expensive for what it offers.
When everything is said and done, Turbo VPN is still just a VPN service which only supports mobile devices.
The fact that this VPN service lacks any bonus features mean that its high cost is not justifiable.
There is no additional value, in other words.
From the outside, it looks like Turbo VPN has a really small VPN server network.
However, since the company does not like to talk about it much, we can’t ascertain the exact number.
But perhaps Turbo VPN’s greatest fault is not that it is expensive, it is that the company shows very little signs of trustworthiness.
Turbo VPN is a VPN service that intentionally does not provide users with basic information on how the service actually works and how it charges its users.
This is a VPN service that people should not think about spending their money on.
Our recommendation is for users to look at some other place for a good VPN service.
And the market currently has a plethora of VPN services to offer.
There are a ton of VPN services that provide more value than this Turbo VPN garbage.
And all of our top VPNs meet the strictest standards of transparency.
At this point in time, we still recommend the highly-rated IPVanish as the best VPN in town.
However, there are some close competitors such as NordVPN and Private Internet access that offer a lot of trustworthiness and features than Turbo VPN for almost the same price.
Click here to read out full IPVanish review.
Click here to read out top 10 VPN service providers in the world right now.

Turbo VPN
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Highlighted Pros
  • free version available
  • Payment method is secure
  • speed results are decent
  • Highlighted Cons
  • not trustworthy
  • shady privacy policy
  • available only on mobile
  • Review Summary
    Turbo VPN would have been a good VPN service if it actually did any of the things that VPN services are supposed to apart from good speeds and safe payment methods. It doesn't support any other platform other than iOS and Android. And it is expensive. Overall, it is not recommended.
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    Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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