Goose VPN Review

GooseVPN's high speed and low price are enough to set it above the VPN crowd. It doesn't score perfect marks, though, struggling mainly with streaming and customer service.

By Jacob RoachDeputy Editor
— Last Updated: 25 Jan'19
2019-01-25T07:42:18+00:00
Table of ContentsRating
Features
70%
Decent
Pricing
90%
Excellent
User Friendliness
95%
Excellent
Speed
80%
Good
Security
75%
Good
Privacy
90%
Excellent
Streaming Performance
50%
Poor
Server Locations
70%
Decent
Customer Service
75%
Good
User Reviews & Comments

Good
Starts from $ 199 per month

Goose VPN is a Dutch virtual private network that’s only been around since 2014. Although it’s a fine service that offers fast speeds at a reasonable price, it’s never made it onto our best VPN list. A lack of features and some strange decisions in security left us scratching our heads, which is a shame, considering how much Goose VPN gets right. 

In this Goose VPN review, we’re going to determine if it’s the right VPN provider for you. Over the next few thousand words, we’ll cover features, pricing, ease of use, speed, security, privacy, streaming performance and more, all before giving our verdict. 

When it comes to the actual service, Goose VPN excels, with fast speed and a no-nonsense interface. However, for the same price, you can get more for your money elsewhere. That said, Goose VPN has a 30-day free trial, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. 

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths:

  • Fast
  • Easy to use
  • 30-day free trial
  • No-logs policy
  • Router support
  • Kill switch
  • Inexpensive

Weaknesses:

  • Lacking features
  • Limited support options
  • Blocked by streaming platforms

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Features

70% - Decent

Goose VPN really doesn’t have features. The bare essentials are accounted for, including a kill switch, DNS leak protection and automatic startup on Windows login, but that’s it. Some of the more specialized features, such as app kill and split tunneling, are unfortunately omitted. 

Its greatest feature is actually the platform support. Goose VPN supports just about any machine, from routers to Linux to smart TVs running Android TV. There’s also a Chrome extension, which is why Goose VPN got a shoutout in our guide on how to set up a VPN on Chromebook (read our Google Chrome review). 

Furthermore, there are extensive setup guides available for the platforms that Goose VPN supports. Each installation is covered with step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots, making even nontraditional installs simple.

Although we appreciate Goose VPN’s setup guides, we can’t ignore its missing features. Split tunneling is the big one. 

If you’re unaware, split tunneling allows you to send some traffic through the VPN tunnel while other traffic stays on your normal connection. You can set it up manually with Goose VPN, but there isn’t an easy way to do it in the client, like there is with ExpressVPN. 

Similarly, Goose VPN doesn’t provide app kill, which allows you to specify which applications should abide by the kill switch. It’s useful if your VPN disconnects and you want to keep your browsing session intact without exposing, say, your torrenting client. If you’re looking for a VPN with app kill, be sure to read our Astrill review.

Goose VPN Features Overview

Starts from$ 199per month

General

Payment methods
PayPal, Credit card
Accepts cryptocurrency
Simultaneous connections
Unlimited
Supports split tunneling
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited plan only
Free trial available
Refund period
N/A
Worldwide server amount
33
Desktop OSes
Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android TV
Mobile OSes
Android, iOS
Browser extensions
Chrome
Can be installed on routers

Streaming

Can access Netflix US
Can access BBC iPlayer
Can access Hulu
Can access Amazon Prime Video

Security

Encryption types
256-AES
VPN protocols available
OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2
Enabled at device startup
Allows torrenting
No-logging policy
Passed DNS leak test
Killswitch available
Malware/ad blocker included

Support

Live Chat
Email support
24/7
Phone support
User forum
Knowledgebase

Pricing

90% - Excellent

Like most VPNs, Goose VPN keeps it simple by providing a single plan with multiple durations, much unlike ProtonVPN (read our ProtonVPN review). You can purchase as little as a month or as much as two years, matching the likes of ExpressVPN, though falling short of PureVPN (read our ExpressVPN review and PureVPN review). 

One Month Limited
  • Unlimited GB Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Included Devices
One Year
  • Unlimited GB Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Included Devices
1-year plan $ 4.99/ month
$59.88 billed every year
Two Years
  • Unlimited GB Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Included Devices
3-year plan $ 1.99/ month
$71.76 billed every 3 years

On the monthly end of things, Goose VPN is abysmal. Although it doesn’t reach the lows of Hide.me, the monthly rate is too high (read our Hide.me review). Thankfully, moving to a longer duration pays off in spades. 

The one- and two-year plans offer excellent value, bringing the rate to less than $5 per month for a year plan and less than $3 per month for two years. Each plan also supports an unlimited number of simultaneous connections, which is why Goose VPN earned a spot in our best VPN for multiple devices guide. 

That said, there is a fair-use policy in place. Although you can install and use Goose VPN on as many devices as you like, you can’t take more than one percent of Goose VPN’s total bandwidth. If you do, you’ll be approached by Goose VPN to either reduce your usage or pay a higher fee. 

Goose VPN Free Trial

No matter which duration you choose, you won’t be charged for your first month. Unlike TorGuard, which advertises a money-back guarantee as a free trial, you can use Goose VPN for 30 days without spending a dime (read our TorGuard review). 

You’ll have to put down payment information to get started — either credit card or PayPal, as Goose VPN doesn’t accept bitcoin — but you won’t be charged until after the trial is over. Although not as generous as Windscribe’s free plan, Goose VPN puts most other services to shame when it comes to free trials (read our Windscribe review).

User Friendliness

95% - Excellent

Goose VPN has a three-part checkout process that makes getting set up simple. After clicking the “try for free” button on the homepage, you’ll be brought to a screen where you can choose your duration and enter your payment information. You can also enter your email and password or sign in with social options, though we wouldn’t recommend the latter, for privacy purposes. 

That’s all you need to do to sign up. After you’re done confirming payment, Goose VPN will redirect you to a download screen, which shows installers and setup guides for the many platforms Goose VPN supports.

Goose VPN Download

The download page has a lot to offer. For most people, downloading the installer for macOS or Windows should be enough, but if you want to do a nontraditional install — say, on a router — Goose VPN has you covered, too. Even older versions of Windows are covered with setup guides for PPTP and L2TP.

Installation goes quickly, and Goose VPN offers some FAQs for the platform you’re using while the installation is finishing. After it’s done, Goose launches right away, providing some tips for getting started. 

Everything about Goose VPN’s setup process is fluid. There’s a good amount of handholding, but it doesn’t bog down the process like it does with, say, PureVPN. Instead, just enough information is provided for those who need it. For those who don’t, it’s easy to quickly skip through the interface tour and setup guides. 

Goose VPN Login

Once the application is installed, you can log in. Like when signing up, you can log in using Facebook or Google, though it’s probably best just to stick with an email address and password. Once that’s done, Goose will boot you into the application, showing a recommended server and a mostly useless map view. 

You can’t use the map to select server locations like you can with NordVPN (read our NordVPN review). In fact, from what we can tell, the map doesn’t do anything. Even after connecting to a server in the U.S., the map still displayed Europe, along with a year-old copyright. 

The map isn’t necessary, though. On the main screen, you can see if you’re connected, what server you’re connected to and the protocol you’re using. When we tested it, Goose defaulted to IKEv2, which we’ll talk more about in the “security” section below.

Switching servers is simple, with Goose allowing you to “favorite” options from the dropdown list. Most servers are marked with a P2P icon showing they’re suitable for torrenting. Likewise, a couple of options are marked with a “play” icon, indicating they should be used for streaming. 

Goose VPN Settings

Goose VPN’s settings, which can be accessed by clicking the gear icon in the bottom-right corner, are minimal. You can turn on the kill switch and DNS leak protection — two settings that are oddly disabled by default — as well as change your protocol, but that’s it. The most useful thing the settings screen allows you to do is send debug data to the support team. 

Speed

80% - Good

Goose VPN didn’t make it onto our fastest VPN list, though it could have. The problem with Goose VPN isn’t its speed, it’s the consistency of the speed. There’s no rhyme or reason to the rates we noted, with locations much further away performing better than servers right down the road.

Location:Ping (ms)Download (Mbps)Upload (Mbps)
Unprotected (St. Louis)889.1721.34
U.S. Streaming6350.219.38
UK11336.3814.05
Canada P2P3637.7520.69
Japan P2P17780.5119.99
Australia22435.5720.83

Although Goose VPN defaulted to IKEv2, we switched to OpenVPN for the sake of testing, as we do with all VPNs. Goose doesn’t give you the option between UDP and TCP, so whatever it decided to use is what we tested with. Based on the results, we’d suspect it used UDP. 

Goose was fast across the board, staying north of 30 Mbps throughout testing. Strangely, though, we saw a much better performance in Japan than we did in the U.S. We retested the U.S. using the non-streaming server, and although the download rate improved, it was still slower than Japan.

Although the download rate was inconsistent, the latency wasn’t. Goose VPN increased in latency as we moved further from our testing location, as is expected, but stayed relatively fast across the board. In fact, the results are worthy of our best VPN for gaming guide. 

Goose VPN Server Errors

During testing, we encountered multiple server errors. Goose VPN would refuse to connect to certain servers — the UK streaming one, for example — and upon restarting the application, we could connect but not load any websites. 

Although it’s easy to switch to another server, we wanted to note the errors. If there’s a particular location you’re looking for, it’s possible you could encounter similar issues, so keep that in mind. It seemed to only occur when switching locations after we already connected.

Security

75% - Good

Goose VPN abides by the industry standards in VPN security, offering AES-256 encryption with OpenVPN. However, OpenVPN isn’t enabled by default. Using the automatic protocol, Goose VPN jumped between IKEv2 and L2TP on our U.S.-based connection. Although IKEv2 is defendable, L2TP is not. 

As you can see in our VPN protocol breakdown and description of encryption, L2TP doesn’t have the chops to fully secure your connection. Using that protocol, your connection could easily be detected in countries with strict censorship, such as China (read our best VPN for China guide). 

OpenVPN is available, though Goose VPN doesn’t let you choose TCP and UDP as your transport protocol. Furthermore, there’s no encapsulated OpenVPN option like there is with VyprVPN (read our VyprVPN review). 

Goose VPN’s security isn’t bad, but you’ll have to ensure you configure it properly in order to stay protected. On a positive note, Goose VPN is torrent-friendly, though it didn’t earn a spot in our best VPN for torrenting guide.

We tested for DNS leaks using IKEv2 and OpenVPN, as the last time we tested Goose, IKEv2 leaked requests like crazy. This time around, IKEv2 and OpenVPN were, thankfully, sound, with the only DNS request showing at the VPN IP. 

Privacy

90% - Excellent

Goose VPN maintains a no-logs policy. The company is based out of the Netherlands, and although it doesn’t have the best privacy laws, it’s better than most countries, as you can see in our internet censorship guide. Regardless, Goose VPN doesn’t have anything for the Dutch government to monitor. 

First, though, the server network. As opposed to VPNs that use virtual or rented servers — read our HideMyAss review for an example of that — Goose VPN’s server network is the property of and administered by Goose BV, the company behind Goose VPN. That means you don’t have to worry about third-party snooping. 

As for what Goose VPN collects, the information is minimal. Your email address is recorded when you sign up, as well as the IP address you used when logging into the website. When using the service, nothing is logged or monitored. Your IP address, DNS requests and website history aren’t stored even temporarily in the system memory. 

In the event that Goose would need to hand over everything it had on record, it’d show that you signed up for an account. Nothing about your usage would be noted, though. The only exception is your total bandwidth usage, which is collected for the sake of enforcing the fair use policy. 

Even with that, there’s no way your online activity could be tied back to you when using Goose VPN. The information collected — your email address when you signed up and your bandwidth usage while using the service — isn’t threatening, meaning Goose VPN is safe to use. 

Streaming Performance

50% - Poor

Despite including dedicated streaming servers, Goose VPN won’t be making our best VPN for streaming guide. No matter what server we connected to or what protocol we used, Goose VPN was blocked. Unfortunately, the “streaming” servers just seem like slower alternatives to the other servers in a particular location. 

Hulu and BBC iPlayer made quick work of Goose VPN, as did Amazon Prime Video. In fact, Amazon detected we were using a VPN before we tried loading any content. If you’re interested in those platforms, be sure to read our best VPN for Hulu, best VPN for BBC iPlayer and best VPN for Amazon Prime Video guides. 

Goose VPN Netflix

The last time we tested Goose VPN, we were able to access Netflix consistently, though with fairly slow speed. This time around, Netflix was continually blocked, always resulting in a dreaded proxy error. Make sure to read our best VPN for Netflix guide if that’s the platform you’re after.

Server Locations

70% - Decent

Goose VPN doesn’t specify how many servers it has, simply saying on the FAQ page that it’s “constantly searching for new and faster servers to add.” Going through the list, though, we can tell that, at the time of writing, there are 33 locations in 26 countries, with the U.S., UK, Netherlands, Denmark, France and Germany getting multiple locations. 

The spread isn’t great (and it’s one of the reasons why it didn’t make our best VPN for Skype list), but Goose VPN says it can easily deploy new servers within a few days, at a customer’s request. That suggests that the newly deployed servers are either rented or virtual, as we don’t suspect a technician from Goose is physically traveling to whatever location is requested. 

It’s unclear if the locations that Goose currently has are virtual or physical. Based on our erratic speed results, we’d venture to say at least some of the locations are virtual, though we have no way to confirm this.

Customer Service

75% - Good

Finding support with Goose VPN is simple. From the application, you can send your debug information if you encounter a technical error, as well as find a link to the FAQ page. The best place to find support, though, is in your account dashboard. 

Clicking on the “support/FAQ” tab in your account dashboard will bring you to a long list of knowledgebase articles. Goose VPN leaves no stone unturned, covering even the most mundane of topics. That is, if you can get the articles to load. 

In the dashboard knowledgebase — which is different from the actual knowledgebase, as we’ll see in a minute — many of the articles will refuse to load. Although we got a few to load, the majority of the articles would redirect to the article directory, which is infuriating. 

Even more frustrating is that Goose VPN has a much better organized knowledgebase that’s accessible from the main website. Articles are more thoughtfully laid out into categories, and there’s even a contact form if you need to reach out to Goose directly.

Unfortunately, email is the only contact route. Goose VPN doesn’t offer phone support or live chat, which is a shame. Furthermore, there’s no user forum, subreddit or Twitter account, which limits the avenues through which you can receive support. 

The Verdict

Goose VPN isn’t a bad option for most people. It connects quickly, stays fast over long distances and comes with a no-logging policy, to boot. However, the lack of features means it’s not a great option for specialized configurations. Although the price is right, there are other services that offer more at the same rate. 

What do you think of Goose VPN? Are you going to take advantage of the 30-day free trial? Let us know about your experience in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading. 

Goose VPN FAQs

  • How to Refund Goose VPN

    Goose VPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked. However, it’s only offered if you’ve used less than 100MB of data. That said, each plan comes with a 30-day free trial period.

  • How Good Is Goose VPN?

    Goose VPN is a solid service at a reasonable price. It’s fast and easy to use, though you can get more features elsewhere for the same price.

  • How to End Goose VPN’s Free Trial

    You can end your Goose VPN free trial from your account dashboard. After logging in, click on “my profile,” then “cancel your subscription.” If you’re in the trial period, you won’t be charged.

Goose VPN Review

Fast speed and low price, but no streaming.

GooseVPN's high speed and low price are enough to set it above the VPN crowd. It doesn't score perfect marks, though, struggling mainly with streaming and customer service.
Starts from$ 199per month
Visit Goose VPN

4 thoughts on “Goose VPN”

  1. Goose VPN User Rating

    I was disappointed with service slow and disconnecting issues often. Payed £71.76 could not get my money back. Waste of money as they would not refund. I am a very disappointed customer. Now I have to pay for this service which is inferior and slow, plus purchase a better one. No direct contact with customer services either. Warning: do not buy this product. There are better ones out there and I have been duped.

  2. Don’t waste your money, it will work for a couple of weeks, there are a lot of bugs in the program and you can’t get your money back, my advice spend your money elsewhere.

  3. Goose VPN User Rating

    Always seems to have issues with connectivity, servers down, not connecting, etc.

  4. Goose VPN User Rating

    I’m happy with Goose. It hasn’t caused me many problems and I like the interface.

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Goose VPN Review

Fast speed and low price, but no streaming.

GooseVPN's high speed and low price are enough to set it above the VPN crowd. It doesn't score perfect marks, though, struggling mainly with streaming and customer service.
Starts from$ 199per month
Visit Goose VPN
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