Ookla Rolls Out a VPN In Its Speedtest App
Ookla, one of the most popular network speed testing services, is expanding into the virtual private network space with the launch of its new mobile VPN. Speedtest, the company’s flagship service, is one of the most accurate ones for measuring internet and network performance.
Speedtest VPN from Ookla works inside the Speedtest app , there’s a new VPN tab at the bottom now. It’s free with some caveats and already available in all 17 languages that Speedtest supports. To use the free VPN, users need to update the Ookla Speedtest app to the latest version.
“People have been turning to Speedtest for over 13 years for the most accurate and reliable measures of internet speeds,” the company said in an announcement . “Now with Speedtest VPN, we can help you ensure your online privacy and security from the convenience of your Speedtest mobile application.”
Speedtest VPN ensures the security and privacy of your mobile internet connection by hiding your IP address and encrypting the data you transmit over the Internet via an encrypted tunnel between your computer and a VPN server.
Ookla has partnered with NetProtect that provides the infrastructure for industry-leading VPNs like Encrypt.me, IPVanish, and SaferVPN. By leveraging NetProtect’s infrastructure, Speedtest VPN can safeguard users’ data and online anonymity and secure their web connection.
The service is currently in beta, and it is free to use for now. Eventually, Speedtest VPN will have both free and paid tiers. The pricing hasn’t been disclosed at this time.
The free version supports up to 2GB of data per month. Ookla’s VPN is a mobile-exclusive service, and it’s unknown whether the company has any plans of making a desktop client.
Ookla says Speedtest VPN will work on any mobile network you’re connected to, in any location or context where you use your Android or iOS mobile device.
According to Ookla, they do not collect, store, or sell information related to user online activities.