Super VPN Review - 2021

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Super VPN is a mobile-only VPN by Singaporean developer Zheng Ron, aka GoAnalyticsApp, aka Huai Wang. It’s available as a free download from the iTunes and Google Play.

Why Choose Super VPN


Offering six server locations and unlimited bandwidth, Super VPN has generated 50 – 100 million downloads and a 4.2 rating on Google Play and a 4-star rating on the iTunes. It works for streaming and bypassing censorship blocks without hogging your device’s resources. It is ad-supported while its Privacy Policy suggests there might be some session logging.

Best VPN for


  • Netflix, Hulu, and streaming online
  • Torrenting and downloading
  • Security and privacy

Works on


IOS

Android


Pros:

  • Free
  • Simple
  • 6 servers
  • Good speeds
  • Unblocks BBC iPlayer
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Requires no registration

Cons:

  • Doesn’t disclose tech specs
  • Your data is stored in the UK and the USA
  • Session logs
  • Ads (third-party cookies)
  • Requires unnecessary permissions
  • UK jurisdiction (most likely)

Pricing and Plans

SuperVPN is free for 60 full days. After that, you get to use the app for free for 60 minutes per session. When the session is over, you need to reconnect and initiate a new session. Let’s call it a free-forever plan with an insignificant session cap.

The free plan allows access to four server locations – France, Canada, the US, Germany, and Global, which assigns you a random server.

SuperVPN offers paid plans priced at $5 per month, $14 per 3 months, $27 per six months, and $52 for a year. On top of the server locations of the free plan, the paid service affords you two more locations – in Japan and the UK. That’s not much for the price, especially since it’s mobile-only.

You can not buy a subscription from the in-app purchases, however. Instead, you need to install another “payment” app by the same developer and pay from that app via your Google Wallet. There is no other option to make a payment.


Features

SuperVPN supports iOS devices 8.0 and later, and Android devices running 4.0.3 and up. Right from the get-go, I was alarmed by an extensive set of permissions required by SuperVPN. Besides requiring access to your Wi-Fi connection information, it needs to access your photos, system settings, accounts, sensitive logs, and whatnot. This is suspicious if you ask me.

In use, however, SuperVPN is dead simple and predictably chock-full of ads. The first thing you see is a full-screen ad, and then some more banners. 

The functional button is one – Connect. By default, the app is set to connect you to the Global profile, which picks a random server. My guess is it picks the least loaded server.

In my time with it, the Global profile would always choose a different server each time I connected, and several times it would get me a UK-based IP. So you can get to the British TV shows without subscribing to a paid plan.

Other than that, there is not much to review except for the Connect/Disconnect button and a menu that doesn’t have a dedicated button. It beats me why an app with plenty of screen real estate doesn’t have a small Menu button.

SuperVPN has no website of its own. All you get is the developer’s email, so good luck with that if you have any inquiries. The developer seems to respond to user feedback on Google Play, but there is no indication of a dedicated support, a knowledge base, or at least some basic FAQs.

It’s free and it doesn’t cap your bandwidth. You can connect to up to five server locations in a free plan, plus two more in a paid plan. That’s it. No kill switch, DNS leak protection, or even details of the technical specs like what protocol is used.


Tests

Despite the many flat-out suspicious things about SuperVPN (undisclosed tech specs, no dedicated website, no FAQs, extensive app permissions), the VPN passed my speed and security tests with flying colors.

Here is the breakdown of my speed tests with the top being SuperVPN’s US server, the second its UK server, and the third my default speed without the VPN:

It didn’t leak my DNS, WebRTC or IPv6, which is more than I expected from a free mobile-only VPN from Singapore:

SuperVPN surprised me again during streaming tests as it effortlessly unblocked BBC iPlayer:

Netflix identified I was using a VPN - its mobile app refused to load any content:


Privacy and Security

SuperVPN needs permissions to access your Device & app history, which means it can retrieve running apps and read sensitive log data. It can also find accounts used on your device; access your contacts and location; read phone status and identity; access your Photos/Media/Files and the contents of your USB storage; know your Wi-Fi connection information; read phone status and identity; enjoy full network access; modify system settings and read Google service configuration.

Phew! That’s a whole lot of permissions a VPN app shouldn’t be requesting. It legitimately needs some of those permissions, but it certainly doesn’t need to access the contents of your USB storage or know your identity and accounts used on the device.

Adding more smoke and mirrors to the matter is the fact that the app has no dedicated website. Its short Privacy Policy has an URL that gives you access to nothing but the file.

SuperVPN is a data controller, as defined by the UK Data Protection Act of 1998. The VPN doesn’t monitor your traffic but logs your IP to make sure it’s not in the spammers’ blacklists.

You must also understand that the ads displayed inside the app come bundled with the third-party links and cookies. That’s why some antivirus reports rate SuperVPN as adware.

Of note is the next clause:

So the provider stores your data (presumably your session logs) in the UK and the USA despite being a Singapore-based company. Singapore’s legal system is still based on the English common law system, so data retention and mass surveillance might be at play here. Additionally, the Privacy Policy states the company will disclose user information to law enforcement if legally compelled.

The free version doesn’t require a registration, so you’re not submitting your email, but the app can retrieve your accounts since you’re granting it a bundle of permissions when installing.

As if that’s not uninspiring enough, the provider does not disclose the technology used to encrypt your traffic. Nada. Zilch. Go figure.


Final Thoughts

SuperVPN for Android and iOS is a capable but basic free VPN that works well for BBC iPlayer streaming. Use it if you don’t mind ads, intrusive app permissions, undisclosed tech specs, and a UK jurisdiction of the company that might have access to your device’s sensitive logs.

Alex Grant