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Goose VPN Review | ProPrivacy
Bare metal or virtual servers
Asus RT-AC66U, Asus RT-N16/RT-N18U/RT-AC68U/RT-AC87U/RT-AC3200, TomatoUSB firmware, Netgear (L2TP mode), D-Link 600 (D-Link series with L2TP/PPtP support), Setup GOOSE VPN via OpenVPN protocol for DD-WRT routers
GOOSE VPN offers some enticing features, including:
- 28 server locations with 63+ servers
- Unlimited simultaneous connections
- IKEv2, OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP/IPSec protocols
- Dedicated servers for P2P & media streaming
- User-friendly interface
- Multilingual website and app
- Live chat support
- Customer support in English and Dutch
The features provided by GOOSE VPN are definitely top-tier, especially with the OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols. With 28 server locations, you should have little to no difficulty accessing things like blocked websites and geo-restricted content.
It’s also nice that Goose offers a multilingual website with customer support in both English and Dutch. Unlimited simultaneous connections is definitely another plus, although the ban on account sharing sets it back a little.
Goose does offer an add-on at checkout for an extra $0.80-$1.00/month depending on your subscription choice. The add-on provides an anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-phishing software, as well as extra firewall protection. For a dollar more (or even less) a month, this seems like an add-on some people might want to include in their subscription.
Speed and performance
When selecting a VPN service, it’s important to consider all factors. As such, a very important factor to consider is the performance of the VPN – like server speeds and/or any leaks. Fortunately, performance is also something that we thoroughly investigate at ProPrivacy.com to save you some time. Thus, let’s take a peek at GOOSE VPN’s speed and leak performance…
Speed & Leaks
Despite ProPrivacy.com using a new speed test system in our recent VPN reviews, GOOSE VPN, unfortunately, doesn't qualify because it doesn't provide .ovpn files on its website. As for Goose's speeds, I've used our old speed testing method - which is still pretty accurate - to provide you with some examples.
As you can see from the download speed tests, the internet speed decreased considerably after connecting to Goose. Upload speed tests, on the other hand, were pretty stable. I'd recommend testing various servers to find the best possible speed. However, overall this was a lackluster performance in a critical area.
IPv4 leak detected?
WebRTC leak detected?
IPv6 leak detected?
I’m happy to report that GOOSE VPN has no leaks! The websites I used – ipleak.net and doileak.com – successfully reported the IP address and DNS servers that corresponded with the VPN server I was using.
GOOSE VPN offers packages in both a 1-month option and a 1-year option. The 1-year option is definitely the more affordable choice, coming in at $59.88 charged annually. The 1-month option is offered in two plans: unlimited data and 50 GB of data. Of course, the 50 GB plan is cheaper – but it’s also true that you get what you pay for.
Goose does offer a free 30-day trial, something which is perfect if you’re a skeptical user who prefers to sample first and purchase later. That being said, Goose still requires you to enter your payment information before you can use the free trial. Don’t worry though – if you end up disliking the VPN service, you can cancel at any time and you will not be billed.
GOOSE VPN offers the following payment options:
- Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, etc.)
- MINT (prepaid card system) – annual subscriptions only
Goose offers a few other payment methods, but it’s a bit tricky to locate them. In the past, they supported Bitcoin payments for annual subscriptions. This payment method seems to have been taken out of the options. Your best choice for anonymity, in this case, is MINT. Although it’s nowhere near as anonymous as cryptocurrency payments (and even cryptocurrency payments aren’t necessarily anonymous).
Accounts are for single use only, but you can get a discount when you invite your friends (and vice versa).
Ease of use
The GOOSE VPN website is visually attractive and well put together, for the most part. The homepage shares bits of information on the VPN itself, and then, of course, boasts of the everyday things a VPN can be used for (staying safe online, accessing blocked content, etc.) The menu offers links to relevant pages like downloads and prices/plans. The bottom of the page offers more relevant links to things like customer support, community, blog, and the FAQ.
I do have one complaint about the GOOSE VPN website: it would be nice if they offered a page dedicated to the VPN’s features. Despite the “Take a Tour” page being a variation of this, it is still too vague for my liking. That being said, the website still offers useful information to its visitors.
Using GOOSE VPN
Setting up GOOSE VPN is simple – you download the client appropriate for your device, follow the installation prompts, and bam! You’re ready to use Goose! The following instructions for Windows OS GOOSE VPN clients:
- Navigate to the downloads page on the Goose website
- Select Download Software
- It will take you to a page with instructions
- Follow those instructions
- After installation is complete, GOOSE VPN will start
- The login screen will appear
- Enter your login details
- The client interface will appear
- Click on the OFF switch to turn it on
- You will be connected to a recommended server
- To change your server, select the server drop-down menu
- To change your protocol, select the protocol option in the lower left corner
- Tick OpenVPN (or your chosen protocol)
- To view connection settings, select the Connection tab
- Enable your kill switch, select auto-connect, or disable smart server list
- You’re all set!
The GOOSE VPN client is available for: Windows OS, Mac OS, iOS, Android, and various routers. In addition to the client, you can set up manual configuration on a variety of other platforms like Linux, Synology OS, ChromeOS, and Raspberry Pi 3. It is important to note that the Goose VPN for Mac uses IKEV2 rather than openVPN. See the providers website for more details.
To get the GOOSE VPN mobile app, simply:
- Register with GOOSE VPN
- Go to your App Store or Google Play Store
- Search for the GOOSE VPN app
- Download and install it
- Select Allow when prompted with VPN configuration
- Open the app and connect to a server!
The Google Chrome GOOSE VPN browser extension is also visually and mechanically similar to the Windows VPN client (and the mobile apps). All you have to do is go to the Google Chrome store, type in GOOSE VPN, and install the extension.
Money-back guarantee length
Yes - 30 days
The customer support offered by GOOSE VPN is excellent. The live chat support is fast and the representatives are informative. And while finding the ticket-based customer support option is a challenge, if you Google “GOOSE VPN customer support”, a separate support page will pop up that lets you send in a ticket.
If you decide to use their ticket-based support system instead of their live chat support, you’ll be happy to hear that the ticket response time is also fast. An answer was received to my question within 8 hours. Overall, Goose has excellent customer service.
Privacy and security
IPv6 leak protection
WebRTC leak protection
GooseVPN bills itself as a no-logs VPN service. It does not log IP addresses when you log into your account, but it does register users’ IP addresses one time only during sign-up. This means account activity can be traced to an IP address. It also logs bandwidth.
GooseVPN’s Legal Situation
Goose is based in the Netherlands, which would usually be considered a country with fairly good privacy policies. For example, online censorship is basically nonexistent in the Netherlands. This is thanks to their house of representatives, who have continuously spoken against filtering/censoring online materials. That being said, like many other countries, the Netherlands are still struggling with anti-piracy measures.
Despite this, the Netherlands is considered a place that is very good for privacy which is why many privacy firms have their central databases there. As such GOOSE VPN can be thought to be in a fantastic location: especially considering its zero logs policy.
When asked about Goose’s payment processor, a company representative responded with,
“We can’t disclose the company name, but we can say it’s a payment provider that big name companies like Uber, AirBnB and Dropbox use.” This lack of transparency is pointless and infuriating, in the world of privacy services transparency is vital. One black mark.
This nifty little tool called Privacy Badger can help inform you of the trackers present on the websites you visit. This is especially useful for VPN websites, as you probably don’t want to choose a VPN that tracks you in a million different ways. Unfortunately, Goose seems to do quite a bit of tracking through Google services – which isn’t unusual for a website, but still not ideal.
If you’d like to take measures to prevent websites from tracking you, you can do so easily!
Goose does provide excellent OpenVPN encryption with an AES-256 cipher and HMAC Sha1 authentication for both control and data channels, RSA-2048 handshake, and DHE-2048 forward secrecy. With the 256-bit key, Goose implements military-grade encryption that is uncrackable – and while RSA-4098-bit keys are preferred for ultimate security, RSA-2048 is also good. A kill switch is also available to Windows users.
For more information on VPN encryption, visit our VPN Encryption Guide.
GOOSE VPN is definitely worth trying – and with a free 30-day trial, why not? They offer excellent encryption, a user-friendly interface, dedicated P2P servers, and a strict no logs policy. Even more, with GooseVPN you can connect literally as many devices as you want! As for the downsides to GOOSE VPN, the website tracking is easy to prevent and the live chat support is not detrimental if they continue upholding the ticket-based support system.
The only real downside to Goose is the issues with Netflix’s UK library. Other than that, this VPN is worth looking into, especially with its generous free VPN trial and affordable pricing. Try out Goose today!