What is GOOSE VPN
GOOSE VPN is a so-called Virtual Private Network. It is a service that grants its users access to a special network of secured servers, guaranteeing anonymous, safe and encrypted internet traffic. GOOSEVPN is ideal for securing your connection when using public WiFi hotspots. Furthermore, the service hides your true IP-address from hackers, the websites you are visiting and the authorities.
GOOSE VPN subscriptions and pricetag
GOOSE VPN opts for an accessible approach and keeps it subscription structure simple. There are basically 2 packages to choose from: the Basic Package for €2.99 per month, and an Unlimited Package for €6.99 per month. Payment methods include Creditcard, PayPal, IDEAL and GiroPay. The service allows you to try out the product for free for 30 days without obligations, although this free trial comes with a data limit of 100 MB.
Basic subscription (€2.99 monthly)
The basic subscription has a very friendly pricetag of just €2,99 per month. This subscription comes with a data limit of 50 GB per month, which could suffice for casual internet users. More intense internet users will need more than 50 GB though, including those who like downloading big files and those frequently streaming via Youtube, Netflix or Kodi. Once you reach the 50 GB limit, you will have to pay to obtain extra data. You can purchase this extra data through the website or via the client (which is quite easy). A 5 GB bump in data will set you back an additional €0,49 on top of your monthly fee.
Unlimited subscription (€6.99 monthly)
In addtion to the Basic package there is an Unlimited Package, with which you will have unlimited data and P2P-compatibility (downloading via torrents). The Unlimited subscription (called Unlimited GOOSE) costs €6.99 per month. Same as for the Basic subscription, you are allowed a free 30 day trial with the Unlimited subscription. This subscription is ideal for families and regulare users that like downloading and streaming, for example via Netflix or Kodi.
Signing up for GOOSE
Once you decide to sign up for GOOSE, you can fill in your name and email on their website or log in directly using your Facebook account. To activate your subscription GooseVPN asks for a one time payment of €0.45 to verify your payment details. This payment can be done directly with Creditcard, Pappal, IDEAL of GiroPay. After this your free month is activated instantly. In case you are not satisfied with GOOSE during the 30 day free trial for any reason, you can contact the support team to have your €0,45 verification payment reimbursed and your subscription will be terminated hassle-free. Keep in mind that a 100 MB data limit applies during the free trial period for those wanting to qualify for a full refund.
GOOSE VPN features (Netflix works, P2P and torrenting possible)
In order to safeguard your anonimity and your personal information online, adequate encryption of your internet traffic is necessary. GOOSE VPN utilizes a 256-bit encryption technology, offering solid protection and encryption. Rest assured that you can browse, download and stream in complete anonomity when Goose is active on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
GOOSE VPN supports the P2P protocol on some of its servers. In the client application this is indicated with “P2P (download)” behind the servers where this applies. This means that connecting to these servers enables you to download via torrent sites like ThePirateBay without any problems. If a server does not support the P2P protocol, this is indicated behind the server with “No P2P (no download)”.
At GOOSE VPN they use two different security protocols you can choose from. You have the choice between the OpenVPN protocol and the IKEv2 protocol. OpenVPN has the advantage of being based on OpenSSL, enabling it to fully utilize the associated encryption techniques of that protocol. Additionaly, it’s open source which means that there are constant security updates. On the other hand you have the IKEv2 protocol which generally offers solid encryption and offers a higher connection speed.
We conducted several speed tests from our office in the Netherlands using the IKEv2 Protocol. When connected to a VPN server, one always loses some connection speed as the internet traffic is passing through an external server whilst being encrypted. As can be seen in the image below, in the case of GOOSE VPN the speed loss is very minimal.
In addition to high connection speeds, GOOSE allowed us to watch Netflix while being connected via VPN. Many VPN providers do not support this feature anymore since Netflix has been actively trying to block users from watching their service whilst using a VPN. It seems GOOSE has so far been able to bypass the Netflix blockade. In theory one should use the OpenVPN for watching Netflix with Goose, as that is the protocol with Netflix compatibility. But for us Netflix worked as well with the faster IKEv2, which was a pleasant but unexpected surprise.
One more thing that struck us was the time it takes to connect to the servers; the process of starting the application and connecting to a server is insanely fast. Connecting to servers in the same country takes approximately 1 second, while connecting to servers at the other side of the planet takes around 2 to 3 seconds. We were pretty impressed, as we have tested many VPN services and the connection process can generally be quite time consuming.
Installation and setup
You will need to download a special client application when wanting to use Goose. This client application is available for the operating systems Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. Unfortunately, support for Linux is still missing at this point.
After registering on the website you will be able to download and install the GOOSE VPN client. The installation procedure is easy and self-explanatory, and after installation you are online with your new VPN in a matter of seconds.
The interface of the GOOSE VPN client is simple and user friendly. Seasoned VPN users might want to be able to fiddle around with some more settings and options than GOOSE is offering. Many casual VPN users though will appreciate the simplicity and ease that the Goose interface offers.
In the client you can see the various servers available to you, and also which servers support P2P and torrents. Customers having a Basic subscription (limited to 50GB) can view how much data they have used and how close they are to reaching their montly limit. When needed these customers can immediately buy extra data. For the Unlimited subscription this of course does not apply, seeing there are no data limits to be taken into consideration there.
With the client you can also choose your favorite protocol (OpenVPN or IKEv2) and select if you would perhaps like to connect automatically to either your favorite server or the server closest to your location. You can also select your language (Dutch or English) and the client informs you when there are updates available.
Servers GOOSE VPN
GooseVPN has servers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. Currently 24 servers are available and this list is steadily growing. Of course some of the big competing providers currently have more servers available, but GOOSE is a still a young company which is developing rapidly. As stated before we tested their current servers and conlcuded they are very stable and offer great connection speeds. Furthermore, in case you are interested to have a new server installed in a specific location, you can signal this to Goose and they will take your request into consideration for future updates.
Down below you will find a list with all available servers (last updated February 7th 2017). It is indicated whether a server supports P2P, meaning one can use these servers to download safely and anonimously. In case you want to download with GOOSE VPN, it is highly recommended to go for the Unlimited package as downloads consume a lot of data:
- Austria, Vienna
- Belgium, Brussels (P2P)
- Denmark, Copenhagen
- Egypt, Cairo (P2P)
- Finland, Helsinki
- Germany, Frankfurt 1
- Germany, Frankfurt 2
- Moldova, Chisinau (P2P)
- The Netherlands, Amsterdam 1
- The Netherlands, Amsterdam 2
- The Netherlands, Amsterdam 3
- The Netherlands, Amsterdam 4
- Norway, Oslo (P2P)
- Russia, Moscow 1
- Russia, Moscow 2 (P2P)
- Singapore, Singapore
- Ukraine, Kiev (P2P)
- United Kingdom, London 1
- United Kingdom, London 2
- USA, Fremont 1
- USA, Fremont 2
- USA, Pilot Mountain
- USA, Houston
- USA, Dallas
Privacy and safety
GOOSE VPN indicates no logs are being kept when using the VPN service. No digital footprints will be left behind of any internet activities. GOOSE VPN does monitor how much data you use on your account, to signal to people with a Basic subscription how close they are to reaching their 50 GB data limit.
The servers of the Goose VPN network use Linux as underlying operating system with a 256-bit encryption technology, as well as firewalls and special software designed to prevent and avoid spam, virusses and DDOS attacks. Once you’re connected to the servers of GOOSE, these security measures also apply to your connection.
Circumvent geographical internet restrictions
Many people use a VPN to be able to watch certain internet and television content in foreign countries. We tried several streaming services, including Netflix and certain Youtube videos, and were able to bypass said geographical internet restrictions.
In order to solve any difficulties you may experience with Goose VPN there is 24/7 customer support. You are able to contact them through a form on the website, by sending an email or by using Twitter or Facebook. A direct chat is not available on the website.
Verdict: GOOSE VPN
GOOSE VPN is very easy to use; the client interface only contains the necessary information and settings and is very comprehensible for casual VPN users. The servers are fast and you are allowed to download torrents on multiple dedicated P2P servers. We also managed to watch the American version of Netflix by connecting to a USA server from the Netherlands.
A downside of GOOSE VPN is that it does not offer a client for Linux users. Additionally it is only possible to get a full refund during the 30 day trial if you have not used more than 100 MB data whilst connected to Goose. This means your €0,45 verification fee to register for the free trial might not be reimbursed in case you exceed 100 MB, which does not strike us as a big issue. Having experienced GOOSE VPN ourselves we don’t expect that many users will be requesting a refund, as Goose seems to offer a very competitive package for a very reasonable price.
To conclude, Goose VPN is especially interesting for those seeking a simple, qualitative and fast VPN. P2P and Netflix compatibility are also noteworthy assets. Subscriptions start at €2.99 per month, although we expect most users to opt for the Unlimited package of €6.99 per month, for unlimited surfing, streaming and downloading pleasure.
Those who are interested, can also view our GOOSE VPN review in Dutch.