Yoga VPN Review 2020
|Jurisdiction||No Information (Likely Based out of China)|
|Servers||500+ Servers in 30 Regions|
|Logs||Stores Connection Logs|
|Works in China||No|
|Website||Apps on Google and Apple Play Store|
Yoga VPN has managed to amass over 5 million users in its short time of joining the privacy tools marketplace. It is a free VPN service that is touted as the “best” by many users on the Google Play Store, but my analysis reveals quite a dark side about the VPN.
Their apps are not safe at all and use nefarious practices for earning money, which includes selling your data to third-party services and utilizing an ad-based model (which again puts your information at further risk of logging from unsafe services).
As such, I do not recommend the provider and advise going for the cheap yet reliable, Surfshark. Based in BVI, the provider starts at a minimal of $1.99/mo. on a 2-year plan. It unblocks all VoDs and even works in China.
- Jurisdiction: Where is Yoga VPN Based?
- Security: Can Yoga VPN Keep You Safe Online?
- Leaks: Yoga VPN IPv6, WebRTC, and DNS Test
- Servers: How Many Servers Does Yoga VPN Have?
- Streaming: Can I Unblock Netflix US and Other VoDs?
- Speed: How Fast are Yoga VPN Servers?
- Compatibility: Can I Use Yoga VPN on All My Devices?
- Pricing: How Much Does Yoga VPN Cost Exactly?
- Trustworthiness: What Do Users Say about Yoga VPN?
Jurisdiction: Where is Yoga VPN Based?
The first and most alarming fact about Yoga VPN is that nobody knows where the provider has its headquarters. Having reviewed hundreds of VPN services, it is the first time I had to dig so deep to find out where a VPN actually operates from.
Lack of Official Presence Online
Some sources claim that Yoga VPN operates from Singapore, but I did not find any concrete proof to support this. They have no official website available, only a Facebook page is filled with generic and ambiguous info.
With so much vagueness about its base of operations, there is no way to tell whether they’re actually based out of a 5/9/14 Eyes country or a totalitarian surveillance state like China.
Regardless of these findings, Yoga VPN gets quite a huge number of sign-ups, earning a 4.7 rating on Google Play Store and 4.8 stars on iTunes (out of which most reviews look phony).
Digging a little deeper into the provider, I came across interesting research conducted by ZDNet. It states that about 60% of top free mobile apps on the Apple and Google Play Store are from developers based in China or with Chinese ownership.
17 out of the 30 apps analyzed (appearing on both stores) had formal links to China, which includes Yoga VPN. My only advice is to run away from the service as fast as possible. The Chinese Government is renowned for its laws about data retention and Mass Surveillance.
The uncertainty of Yoga VPN increases, as I found out that the provider has two different developers for both their iTunes and Google Play Store, both of which have two separate VPN apps.
Security: Can Yoga VPN Keep You Safe Online?
No, users would be strongly advised to steer clear of this service for a number of reasons including its jurisdiction and logging policy, as well as other condemning practices that we elaborate below.
Does Yoga VPN Store Logging Information?
We do not collect Personal Information that identifies you or another person, such as your first name and last name, physical addresses, email addresses, telephone, fax, SSN, information stored within your device.
As you can see, they first state they do not record any personal information, but then go on stating “We may collect your information when you communicate with us or you give us”.
There are no details on what information is stored/recorded, which gives us another reason to tell you: do not trust this free VPN fraud. It may work smooth, but is shady to the core!
Yoga VPN Protocols and Encryption Information
Yoga VPN offers absolutely no clues about the exact framework they use, which raises serious questions about how secure users really are. Even the most debauched and dishonest VPNs have shown enough courtesy to be transparent about the encryption/protocols employed.
Leaks: Yoga VPN IPv6, WebRTC, and DNS Test
I connected to many different servers and the results I received were quite similar to the screenshots you see below with the German IP address. Yes, the VPN does manage to hide my IPv4 address and WebRTC, but the alarming part is the identification of over 70+ DNS server addresses.
Any website receiving so many DNS requests from various locations will blacklist you from visiting. Not to mention, the DNS shows two different locations. One being Germany and the other Netherlands.
This makes sense considering the ping times for this server was below the 8.000ms ratio for both locations. As such, it confirms my theory that the provider does not have its own servers, but in fact purchases them from a US-based firm called Linode.
Servers: How Many Servers Does Yoga VPN Have?
Yoga VPN says that it offers 500 “Proxy Servers” in 30 different regions. To access these servers, you need to get points using the methods mentioned in the pricing section. Depending on the points you have, you can gain access to servers on three different levels.
Tier 1 only offers you five servers in five different countries. Tier 2 ups that to 15 total servers, which adds some regional choices for users too (such as East Coast US and West Coast US). Tier 3 further increases the listing to 30 distinct servers.
These include specific city locations (such as France – Paris or US – Miami). The 3 levels of servers along with the points you need to unblock them on a daily basis are mentioned below. Bear in mind these amounts keep varying.
- Basic: 500 Points/Day
- More Stable: 1800 Points/Day
- Worldwide & Stablest: 5000 Points/Day
Does Yoga VPN Support P2P/Torrenting?
As with many other vital VPN features, Yoga VPN is completely ambiguous about whether or not they provide support torrents. Hence, I would strongly advise against using Yoga VPN for P2P sharing as it does not deliver any information about whether its servers can adequately protect users or not.
Can You Use Yoga VPN in China?
In the absence of a proper website, it is difficult to properly discern whether the service works in China or not. However, since there is a good chance that the service is actually based out of China, the chances of it working are slim to none.
China has extremely rigid laws about data privacy and VPNs in particular. This should nullify the possibility of using Yoga VPN in China at all. Meanwhile, users outside the country do use the service as it markets itself quite remarkbly for a “free” product!
Virtual Location Testing
To give users a better idea about the deceiving service that is Yoga VPN, I conducted a test on their servers. This was to judge whether or not the providers’ servers are based in the location advertised.
I connected to a server in Germany, which gave me the IP address: 184.108.40.206. I posted this into the CA App Synthetic Monitor ping test.
The tool pings the server to over 90 locations around the world. As you can see, the round-trip-time is quite high for other locations, but in Germany – Frankfurt, the ms is as low as 1.080 ms.
However, when I checked the location Netherlands – Amsterdam, it was touching the same 8.000+ ms, just like the Germany – Berlin server, indicating server routing. So I performed a traceroute.
If you see the results above, you can see the ping times are quite short when conducting a traceroute from Frankfurt, but I received similar results on Netherlands – Amsterdam again.
After digging further and copying the end-point IP address into the Hurricane Electric BGP Toolkit, I discovered that their servers are actually purchased from https://www.linode.com
This gives all of us a clear picture that Yoga VPN cannot be trusted. They have traces in China and then servers purchased from US, a member of the Five Eyes Jurisdiction. Not safe one bit!
Streaming: Can I Unblock Netflix US and Other VoDs?
Unfortunately, Yoga VPN offers no incentives to users for unblocking streaming platforms like Netflix. Additionally, it cannot unblock other popular streaming sites like Prime Video, Hulu, Hotstar, BBC iPlayer, and Disney+ as well.
The primary reason for this inability is because millions of users have access to the shared IP Address. Hence, if one IP address is blacklisted, all users using that IP for accessing Netflix get blocked by the site!
Speed: How Fast are Yoga VPN Servers?
If I talk about speed specifically, the provider is worse than any free service tested before. This could be owed to its large user-base and lack of servers availability. However, I generally do not have high-speed expectations from free-to-use VPN providers.
However, I still put the VPN through our standard speed test to see exactly how fast are Yoga VPN’s servers. The test was carried out on a 100 Mbps connection and used servers from 5 random countries i.e. Germany, Canada, France, Australia, and Indonesia.
Compatibility: Can I Use Yoga VPN on All My Devices?
YogaVPN does not offer a lot of compatibilities. It supports only two platforms: iOS and Android, created by third-party developers, LANPIPER PTE.LTD (on iTunes) and Sarah Hawken (on Google Play Store).
Does this mean there is no Yoga VPN for Windows, Mac, Linux or Yoga on Firestick? Unfortunately, since the provider does not even have an official website, it is foolish to expect multi-platform support.
I am sure users can find plenty of choices with way better device compatibility. If running the VPN is still very important, you can load the Yoga VPN apk file via Bluestacks on Mac or Windows.
The Bluestacks App Player is an Android emulator that sets up the Google Play Store on your Gmail account for a phony device provided by the software to load/install .apk files!
Pricing: How Much Does Yoga VPN Cost Exactly?
Despite being a free service, it has an unnecessarily complicated system of unlocking features for users. Users are required to earn “Points” to get access to different tiers of service.
There are several ways to earn a varying number of points. As I mentioned before, despite the uniqueness of this system, I find it to be pointless and quite frustrating to keep up with!
- Watch a video (earn 10-1000 points)
- Check-in (earn 200-1000 points)
- Invite more friends (earn 9000+ friends)
- Enter a special coupon code (earn 4000 points)
Trustworthiness: What Do Users Say about Yoga VPN?
Yoga VPN does not appear on Trustpilot. Hence, we rely mostly on what users on Reddit have to say about the service from personal experience as well as our own opinion of its customer support.
Yoga VPN Reddit Review
As expected, Reddit is filled with reviews of the unlucky few that have had the opportunity to use this freemium VPN service. The unusual points system acts as a distraction and leaves a lot of users annoyed at the pretentious nature of the whole interface.
Despite claiming to be a simple to use service, users were visibly confused about how to find relevant servers. To add to these infinite layers of dullness, users need to watch hundreds of ads before being given access to a server of their choice.
Since Yoga VPN does not have an official website, there are not many options available for receiving support. The closest thing to any online presence Yoga VPN has is a Facebook page.
Unlike some of the more reliable options available, the lack of a dedicated website means there is no 24/7 live chat, FAQS, tutorials, guides or any resources page at all.
I still decided to message them on Facebook and ask them whether or not they have any plans of creating an official website for their product. I received a auto-generated response, which urged me to contact inside the app or via email. I have done both, but still, have not received a reply.
Yoga VPN Alternatives
There is no justifiable reason why users should opt for Yoga VPN. It might be a freemium service, but the fact that it keeps logs and has DNS leak issues should debunk any claims about security and anonymity.
PureVPN would be a far better alternative thanks to its numerous important features available through affordable plans. Similarly, Surfshark is another option that gives users proper security and anonymity online without any form of compromise.
Do I Recommend Yoga VPN?
Unless someone alters the meaning of secure drastically, Yoga VPN does not fit the definition by any means. I would instead advise users to stay as far away from this contentious VPN as possible.
No precise information about jurisdiction, DNS leak issues, usage of virtual locations, no official website, lack of high-performing servers, and a tricky points systems, you get the gist, right?
The provider is probably among the worse in the free segment, and a high-user base does not change the fact that the VPN is highly ambiguous in all its practices, delivering poor security and performance.