We live in a world where VPNs (virtual private networks) are no longer an enigma, owing to how deeply the internet has penetrated our lives. However, is a VPN worth the money? Many users ask this question as they shy away from paying for a VPN service. They are in search of a quality service that is also free. We do not have anything against free VPN security, as there are a few who care for their customers. But not all free VPNs are to be trusted. Touch VPN, which we’ll review, is one such service that demonstrates this phenomenon.
At one glance, Touch VPN looks decent enough, with fair speed and a selection of servers. However, the service is missing what we call the core of a VPN. What is it? You will find that out in our Touch VPN review.
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Overview of Touch VPN
While reviewing the service, we witnessed numerous shortcomings, such as intrusive data logging, lacking customer support, bare-bones encryption, questionable VPN protocol selection, and DNS leaks VPNs should prevent. The vendor started as a mobile-only VPN and has recently ventured into other platforms, including web browsers. But it hasn’t seen any growth in quality. Even if you do not mind the privacy aspect and try to turn a blind eye to the encryption blunder, you still can’t do much with the service in play. It can’t bypass geo-blocks, nor does it support torrenting. Since there are no tools for obfuscation, forget undermining VPN blocking.
Rundown — Although it has spent almost 8 years in the market, Touch VPN doesn’t offer anything substantial. If not for being free, we do not think it would have garnered any attention. But being based in the US, even the price factor can’t help it.
Touch VPN specs
|VPN connection speed||Up to 90 Mbps|
|Logging policy||Has an intrusive logging policy|
|IP, DNS data leaks||Yes|
|IP addresses available||5900+|
|Customer Support||Only email|
Features of Touch VPN
To better understand Touch VPN in our review, we analyzed its perks, such as:
Privacy and logging policy
There is no suspense that it is not a private VPN service. First, the company hails from the United States, infamous for some of the strictest data retention laws. Second, the company doesn’t operate its VPN network. As the ownership lies with Aura, the company shares its infrastructure with other services, and any data it collects gets preserved at Aura. The third and final is the intrusive logging policy. The vendor unnecessarily logs too much data, which also contains PII (Personally Identifiable Information).
Even if the above aren’t justified reasons, the vendor itself claims to employ cookies to track your online activities. It does so in the name of customer service; to provide a better, well-tailored experience, the exact thing VPN users shun. Here’s what the VPN logs:
- Originating IP address
- Session duration
- Bandwidth used per session
- DNS queries made
- Information on connected devices
- Approximate geolocation
- ISP information
- Timestamps and URLs
- Web requests
Security and other features
The security optimization on Touch VPN is a far cry. It feels like the vendor tries its best to remain a basic service, and even that is done incorrectly. Our general concern was the inclusion of PPTP, an obsolete VPN protocol. The app automatically uses this protocol on mobile platforms. Although with the Aura buyout, it can now access Catapult Hydra, which is a far better option, it can still employ WireGuard, which is arguably the best protocol for VPNs.
We couldn’t get exact information on the encryption profile, and it is a huge question whether the service even uses one, as it is prevalent with leaks. As one can guess, there are no extra features, basic or advanced. The kill switch is absent on most platforms, and the DNS leak is another issue altogether.
- VPN protocols — Catapult Hydra, PPTP, OpenVPN
- Encryption — Unknown, presumably AES, but unconfirmed
- Security — WebRTC leak blocking
- Advanced features — Adblocker
VPN server locations
Owing to Aura, the VPN has enough VPN servers and coverage. It has around 5900+ servers in 90+ countries. However, the infrastructure gets shared among different VPN services. The network is not exclusive to Touch VPN, which is crucial to convey.
Speed and connectivity
The VPN is decently fast. It enjoys good speed on local connections and is stable. However, international connections can be troublesome as the speed loss can be as high as 49%, even though it goes up to 90 Mbps.
Although the VPN servers do not appear to be welcoming to P2P traffic, we advise against using the service for torrenting nonetheless. The jurisdiction combined with the logging policy and the absence of a kill switch makes it a very unlikely VPN for torrenting.
Streaming, VPN blocking, obfuscation
The service is unreliable when it comes to streaming. Although it is capable of bypassing some geo-blocks, it is inconsistent. Unsurprisingly, the VPN isn’t capable of circumventing VPN blocking. Since it lacks any obfuscation tools, it is a lot to expect from the service.
We failed to find any relevant online material on the official website, and there is no live chat. The only recourse available is via email. Their paid service would have supported employees, but it’s a bad sign regardless.
Platform support for Touch VPN
While the VPN started as a mobile-only service, it has since expanded. Now, it covers macOS and Windows other than Android and iOS. There is no manual installation and no firmware or software for VPN routers. Also, you won’t find apps for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. However, it has browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Edge.
Touch VPN pricing and subscription plans
Touch VPN is free, hence the vendor doesn’t charge anything as a subscription. You can even use it without creating an account, with no obligations or time-wasting. This is one of its rare advantages.
- Easy-to-use apps for most platforms
- Larger network (5900+ servers) but not exclusive
- Fast, modern protocols
- High speed
- Logs too much data
- Uses PPTP
- No advanced features
- Torrenting not permitted
- No kill switch
- Uses third-party servers
- DNS leaks
- Only email support
In good faith, we can’t recommend this VPN to anyone, be it beginners or advanced users. While the VPN places itself as a user-friendly and easy-to-use product, it severely lacks in almost everything. There are security flaws and leaks, and it logs data and compromises privacy. There are no additional services like streaming or torrenting, and the only saving grace is its gratis use. However, if that’s all you want, there are far better free VPNs like Windscribe and ProtonVPN, and we reviewed both.
Touch VPN Review
Touch VPN is a free VPN service based in the United States. Though it rents access to 5900 servers in 90 countries, it doesn’t permit streaming, torrenting, or obfuscation, and logs too much data while lacking extra features and clarity on the encryption it uses. Thus, we would avoid it unless you can’t pay a dime.