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GOOSE VPN Review

GOOSE VPN

BestVPN.com Score 8 out of 10
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GOOSE VPN is a Netherlands based VPN provider that offers some appealing features, such as unlimited device connectivity and 24/7 customer support in both English and Dutch. Goose also offers a free trial to sample its services before committing. Let’s take a closer look at the service…

VPN Stats

  • Server Locations 28
  • Average Speed N/A Mbit/s
  • Simultaneous Connections N/A
  • Jurisdiction Netherlands

Likes

  • 30-day free trial
  • Gets in US Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Live chat support
  • Based in the Netherlands

Dislikes

  • Can't access UK Netflix
  • Only 28 server locations

Features

Port forwarding
Total servers 117
Countries 28
Bare metal or virtual servers A combination
Router Support
Routers Supported 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
Allows torrenting
Port selection

Supported platforms

Windows
MacOS
iOS
Android
Linux
Windows Phone

Protocols offered

PPTP
L2TP/IPsec
SSTP
IKEv2
OpenVPN

Privacy

Jurisdiction Netherlands
Logs Traffic
Logs Connections
Logs Timestamps
Logs Bandwidth
Logs IP Address
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
Website tracking? Google Analytics

Performance

Data limits
Bandwidth limits
IPv4 leak detected?
IPv6 leak detected?
WebRTC leak detected?

Payment

Visa/MasterCard
Amex
Cryptocurrency

Security

Kill Switch
Obfuscation (stealth)
Self-hosted/Proxied DNS No
IPv4 leak protection
IPv6 leak protection
WebRTC leak protection

Support

Free trial Yes - 30 days
24-hour support
Live chat support
Money-back Guarantee
Money back guarantee length 30

Unblocks:

Netflix
iPlayer

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Features 

Port forwarding Not available
Total servers 117
Countries 28
Bare metal or virtual servers A combination
Router Support Available
Routers Supported 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
Allows torrenting Available
Port selection Not available

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.

Anti-Vulnerability Add-On 

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 BestVPN.com to save you some time. Thus, let’s take a peek at GOOSE VPN’s speed and leak performance…

Speed & Leaks

Despite BestVPN.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. For more information on this new speed test system, visit here. 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 permance in a critical area.

Leak tests

Data limits Available
Bandwidth limits Not available
IPv4 leak detected? Not available
IPv6 leak detected? Not available
WebRTC leak detected? Not available

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.

Price

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.)
  • PayPal
  • MINT (prepaid card system) – annual subscriptions only
  • iDeal

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

Windows Available
MacOS Available
iOS Available
Android Available
Linux Available
Windows Phone Available

Website

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:

  1. Navigate to the downloads page on the Goose website
  2. Select Download Software 
  3. It will take you to a page with instructions
  4. Follow those instructions
  5. After installation is complete, GOOSE VPN will start
  6. The login screen will appear
  7. Enter your login details
  8. The client interface will appear
  9. Click on the OFF switch to turn it on
  10. You will be connected to a recommended server
  11. To change your server, select the server drop-down menu
  12. To change your protocol, select the protocol option in the lower left corner
  13. Tick OpenVPN (or your chosen protocol)
  14. To view connection settings, select the Connection tab
  15. Enable your kill switch, select auto-connect, or disable smart server list 
  16. You’re all set!

Other Platforms 

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.

Mobile Apps 

The iOS and Android GOOSE VPN apps are visually and mechanically similar to the Windows OS client. Setting up the VPN is identical, as is choosing a server and accessing other settings.

To get the GOOSE VPN mobile app, simply:

  1. Register with GOOSE VPN
  2. Go to your App Store or Google Play Store
  3. Search for the GOOSE VPN app
  4. Download and install it
  5. Select Allow when prompted with VPN configuration
  6. Open the app and connect to a server!

Browser Extensions 

The Google Chrome GOOSE VPN browser extension is also visually and mechanically similar to the Windows OS 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.

Customer Service

Free trial Yes - 30 days
24-hour support Available
Live chat support Available
Money-back Guarantee Available
Money back guarantee length 30

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

Kill Switch Available
Obfuscation (stealth) Available
Self-hosted/Proxied DNS No
IPv4 leak protection Available
IPv6 leak protection Available
WebRTC leak protection Available

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.

Payment Processor 

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.

Website Tracking

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!

Visit GooseVPN »

Encryption Protocols

PPTP Available
L2TP/IPsec Available
SSTP Not available
IKEv2 Available
OpenVPN Available

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.

Final thoughts

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!

Visit GooseVPN »

13 Comments

  1. Nathan Smith
    on June 22, 2018
    Reply

    Goose VPN has a truly terrible Windows app. Glitchy and unreliable. The "Kill Switch" NEVER worked and there was no documentation or clue as to why. Had difficulty connecting to servers, only managing to connect to any particular country half the time. The US was the worst--4 out of 5 times, couldn't connect. There isn't really an alternative to the app either, as I made the mistake of signing up with my Google Account (which apparently means the app is mandatory). Again, little or no documentation. Bought a year's subscription and gave up a few months in. AVOID.

  2. Ronnie
    on April 20, 2018
    Reply

    Hello All, any reason to be concerned with this statement from Goose? GooseVPN is based in the Netherlands, which is inside the “14-eyes” group of countries. "Though there is a strict no logging policy, in a typically pragmatic Dutch compromise, when presented with evidence of serious criminal activity by the authorities (terrorism, for example), Goose will log just that user's connections"

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Ronnie
      on April 20, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Ronnie, Hmmm. Every VPN company will start logging if legally required to by a valid court order or subpoena. This statement, however, suggests that GooseVPN would be willing to start logging simply "when presented with evidence of serious criminal activity." Admittedly, it is probably not alone in this. When presented with such evidence most people will need to make a very human judgment about the quality of the evidence and moral choice about what to do about it if persuaded. I think that most people would not be able to turn a blind eye to their network being used f0r terrorism, child abuse, and suchlike. So, personally, this statement does not worry me.

    2. Ronnie replied to Ronnie
      on April 20, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks for your feedback Douglas, agreed that networks being used for terrorism, child abuse, etc. should be monitored. But, there are VPN's that don't log anything for example Mullvad. If they don't track your activities, then there is nothing to monitor, or turn in to authorities. If they don't record your IP, which I believe Goose VPN does, then you can be tracked. VPN's that don't track your IP, logins, etc have nothing to turn over. I guess it boils down trust in the VPN you use. Thanks

      1. Douglas Crawford replied to Ronnie
        on April 23, 2018
        Reply

        Hi Ronnie, All VPNs can monitor traffic in realtime, and all VPNs can start to log this data at any time. Both GooseVPN and Mullvad do not routinely do so, and so have no historical logs that be handed over the authorties. it thiere is nothing to stop either of them from starting to keep logs. The only difference is that GooseVPN has clearly stated that if presented with evidence of extreme criminal actively on its network, it would do this, while Mullvad has made no such statement. Could a child abuser rely on Mullvad to not start logging in order to catch them if shown sufficient evidence of their crimes? I don't know, but my guess is not.

  3. David MacMullen
    on April 8, 2018
    Reply

    I’m pleased you all seem to have had success. We joined while in France and couldn’t get any program connection back to BBC or ITV in the UK. Each said content couldn’t be viewed outside UK. I could not contact their help service which seems to be designed to prevent you from sending a message. Now want to cancel before they start charging but that doesn’t seem easy. I’m not tech-savvy - perhaps you have to be?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to David MacMullen
      on April 16, 2018
      Reply

      Hi David, GooseVPN has just been re-reviewed by our new reviewer Mandee (due for publishing any time now). She doesn't seem to have had any trouble connecting to iPlayer ("Gets into BBC iPlayer"), but I have asked her to confirm this. GooseVPN does not charge for the first month of service, so just contact its support team via its Live Chat widget to cancel your subscription. You can also contact the support team here. If BBC iPlayer does block IPs known to belong to GooseVPN then there is little you can do at your end. Hopefully GooseVPN will be able to resolve the problem or (at least) give your money back.

  4. Tom
    on December 7, 2017
    Reply

    Speed is poor with all protocols. Good price and Support

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