VPN.HT Review

  • 5/10
    Features - 5/10
  • 8/10
    Speed & Reliability - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Security & Privacy - 6/10
  • 5/10
    Usability & Compatibility - 5/10
  • 5/10
    Support & Documentation - 5/10
  • 7/10
    Value for Money - 7/10


VPN.ht has a limited service with only a few locations and no software available. However, the infrastructure is well put together and the results were very good when testing the performance. Due to these aspects and the low prices, we consider them to be a solid player in the VPN community.

VPN.HT is a new VPN service that’s popular nowadays with the Popcorn Time, being actively promoted in their Movies & TV Shows application since December, 2014. Apparently, the company behind VPN.HT is Wasabi Technologie, from Canada, and they seem to have a company incorporated in British Virgin Islands (VPN.HT Ltd.) for the purpose of running the VPN service.


In terms of VPN protocols, vpn.ht provides support for OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and PPTP. OpenVPN encryption parameters are: AES 128-bit and 256-bit for data, RSA-2048 for keys and SHA1 (160-bit) for HMAC. VPN servers are currently available in France, Netherlands, Germany and Canada. There is no traffic limit so the users can transfer as much as they can.

Encryption details from the connection log:


vpn.ht doesn’t provide a stand-alone VPN client software at this time, but they integrate nicely with Popcorn Time. To use the service separately, without Popcorn Time, a 3rd party VPN software should be used and they provide setup instructions for most platforms. The instructions are easy to follow and they also include solutions for some common connection problems that the users may experience. Needless to say, P2P/torrent traffic is allowed.

Authentication to the VPN gateways is made using user & password. Both the VPN user and password can be changed by the customer from their web interface.


As mentioned earlier, at this time they do not have a stand-alone software. Integration with Popcorn Time is quite handy and simple by adding the VPN credentials through a login form.


They have two simple pricing plans:

  • Monthly, at $5 / month ($1 for the first month currently).
  • Yearly, $40 / year which translates in $3.33 / month if paid in advance for 12 months.


3 payment methods are available: PayPal, Credit Cards and Bitcoin.
As for the refund policy, a full refund is possible within the first 30 days of the initial purchase.

Logging and Privacy

According to their privacy policy, they do not log user activity or traffic data of users, but collect information related to the connections such as connection time stamps and amount of data transferred.

Speed and Reliability

We had no problems connecting and using the service for a few days. Speed was good, torrent downloads were never blocked and Popcorn Time downloading/streaming was smooth in HD quality. We used OpenVPN in our testing. Around 90 Mbps was the best we could reach using torrent downloads. DNS leaks were all over the place as this is a common issue with OpenVPN GUI. Speaking of DNS leaks, we couldn’t find any how-to within their documentation on how to fix them, but we hope they will add it at some point.

Speedtest results:



VPN.HT provides support using their self-hosted ticketing system. We were pleased to receive replies quickly, in less than 4 hours, which was better than our support requests with many other VPN services.


The good

  • P2P/torrent allowed (if this wasn’t obvious enough).
  • No personal information required to sign-up.
  • Very attractive pricing.
  • Good speed.
  • Popcorn Time integration.
  • Bitcoin payments accepted.
  • 30 days refund policy.

The bad

  • Only a few VPN locations.
  • No proprietary VPN software.
  • Netherlands location relies on Digital Ocean cloud service. We stand against using cloud services for VPN gateways.

Final Notes

As a conclusion of this review, vpn.ht is a good service to protect the Popcorn Time users. Even if they lack some key features that are a must-have in the industry, as a new player in the industry, their simplicity and low prices make the service quite attractive. Time will tell if it will become a major service, competing with the ‘big boys” in terms of key features. We recommend vpn.ht to anyone who’s not really looking for a “full-feature” VPN service, especially to use it with Popcorn Time. From our perspective, the rating score vpn.ht deserves at this point is 6.5/10.

6 thoughts on “VPN.HT Review”

  1. I recently opened a password related support ticket with them and they pasted my password back to me. Yep, they are storing passwords in plaintext. Keep that in mind when registering for this service.

  2. VPN.ht and OpenVPN are utter garbage. I have repeatedly installed their software and when I activate the VPN all of my internet access is blocked. I followed their instructions multiple times and even tried to disable my firewalls but the route is not setting. Technical support got ahold of me and then disappeared. Their chat lines refer me to an email support line where I opened a ticket and was told to wait 24 hours for service.
    This is an awful company and I wouldn’t trust them at all.

  3. Initially I gave this company a huge failing grade. However, after spending three hours trying to figure out why OpenVPN wasn’t creating a connection, I figured it out. You have to manually generate a .config file from VPN.ht’s website. DO NOT USE the .config file that comes with their tutorial. It will probably not work. Once I figured out that it wasn’t my network, firewall, router etc. causing the connection failure, things worked as they should. Their customer service was a bit slow, but I mentioned my issue to them and hopefully they will revise their tutorial to prevent other people from having the same issue.

  4. I signed up for service just under 4 months ago. For the past 30 days the whole system has been crawling along at DSL speeds (I have 100Mbs and was seeing 2 Mbps). My config was not from the tutorial. It was from their generated system. I also created my own PPTP and that has been working admirably until Sept 1, 2015. Now customer service, for this service based in Algeria, has pretty much told me that I’m past my 30 day promise of service. So, you give great service for 3 months for $40, eh? That’s a RIPOFF. I will stop at nothing to get my fees returned. I wouldn’t trust these fraudsters much beyond having a backdoor to your computer while connected thru their service.

    Thanks for reminding me that trying to hide my $hit exposes me to @sshol3s like you!

  5. I just opened popcorn-time,click on the red opened lock,entered my user id and password and within one minute it installed the vpn software and tap software,got the green locked lock and watching movies I go. it was flawless,quick,easy and I paid $39.99 for the whole year.
    I have a laptop running Windows 10 and nothing out of the extraordinary,never used firewalls,just the regular antivirus that Microsoft offers,great Bing-Bang-Boong!!!

    Now smell my butts Comcast and your Piracy Infringements Warnings, Fuck You! I paid $80 a months for my Internet and you won’t let me watch Popcorn-Time, hehehehe


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