Spotflux VPN review

This VPN client couldn't be easier to get to grips with


TechRadar Verdict

Spotflux is a solid service which is extremely easy to use and offers some neat extras like malware protection, but servers are thin on the ground, and performance can be variable.


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    Tracker/advert/phishing protection

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    Mobile data compression

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    Good performance (usually)


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    Very few servers

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    Extremely limited configuration options

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    Speeds occasionally very poor

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Update: As of the end of August 2017, Spotflux has closed down. If you’re looking for an alternative, be sure to check out our comprehensive roundup of the best VPN services on the market (or the best free VPN providers, if you’re after a freebie offering).

Original review follows...

Some VPNs try to win you over with big privacy claims. Others point to their super-low prices. Spotflux does both, but also piles on the extras, including ad blocking, phishing protection, tracker blocking, even mobile data compression to cut bandwidth requirements and save you time.

If there's a catch, it's that the core VPN product is a little basic. Spotflux only offers a few servers, and there's little in the way of advanced settings or configuration options. So not in the same league as the likes of ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

Value is good, though, with plans starting from $4.99 (£3.80, AU$6.70) for one month. A 'Mobile Only' account is available for Android and iOS devices for a mere $29.99 (£23, AU$39) per year.

Spotflux Premium enables use on up to five devices, including mobile, Windows or OS X, but it's still very reasonably priced at $37.99 (£29, AU$51) for a year.

Want to try before you buy? That makes sense, and Spotflux offers a generous 3 day trial of the full Premium service. You don't need to provide an email address to install or use the software, and if you do decide to upgrade, there's a Bitcoin payment option as well as PayPal and credit card.


Spotflux's Privacy Policy is a little better organised than most of its VPN rivals, and makes real efforts to tell you what you want to know: the data the company collects, how it's used, shared and so on.

The results aren't entirely reassuring. There might be packet inspection of user traffic to prevent malware or trackers. Spotflux could also "discriminate against devices, protocols, or applications", "throttle user connections" and "purposely timeout user connections" if "they are determined by Spotflux to be harmful to the Services or illegal".

To be fair, Spotflux is little more specific on logging – it will hand over information when directed by a court, but "since Spotflux keeps limited to no logs, the amount of information available to law enforcement is very limited".

One clause we noticed is Spotflux asks that children under the age of 16 shouldn't sign up for an account, and may only use the service "under the approval and supervision of [their] parents or legal guardians", presumably to comply with the US COPPA law.


Despite its many features, Spotflux's client is one of the simplest around. For the most part you just hit a button to toggle protection on or off, and there's a short list of alternative servers if the default doesn't work.

Poking around the settings doesn't reveal much more. You can set the app to load when Windows starts, choose TCP or UDP connections, set an alternative proxy, and that's about it.

Spotflux makes a big deal of its malware, tracker-blocking and anti-phishing technologies. They delivered only average performance in our tests, blocking some threats but missing plenty of others, but these features could still give you a little extra protection.

Our benchmark performance tests* showed above average speeds, with latency only increased by 19% – which is pretty good compared to rival services – and both download and upload speeds falling by a minimal 7% compared to our normal rates. But we also noticed a wide range of speeds during testing, and while performance was mostly very good, occasionally speeds dropped to an unusable crawl.

Final verdict

Spotflux stands out for its extras and highly user-friendly nature, and if these concerns are a priority, take the three-day trial for a spin. But if you're after speed, or configurability, or a wide choice of locations, there are better deals to be had with other VPN services.

Mike Williams
Lead security reviewer

Mike is a lead security reviewer at Future, where he stress-tests VPNs, antivirus and more to find out which services are sure to keep you safe, and which are best avoided. Mike began his career as a lead software developer in the engineering world, where his creations were used by big-name companies from Rolls Royce to British Nuclear Fuels and British Aerospace. The early PC viruses caught Mike's attention, and he developed an interest in analyzing malware, and learning the low-level technical details of how Windows and network security work under the hood.