Doublehop VPN

Doublehop VPN is a relatively small VPN service provider, but it has grown over the years due to the top notch security and services that it offers. The company is based in Seychelles, and can be described as a joyous company based on the language that they use to describe their services and the general mood you get from their website.

Their service is primarily focused on security, and you can read on this Doublehop VPN review to know more about the VPN.

Pricing & Plans

Doublehop VPN provides you with only one package, which has 2 different billing periods.

These are the;

  • 1 month plan for $9, billed monthly
  • 1 year plan for $33, billed annually

To sign up, you will only be required to provide your email address or your telegram number. You can then choose a billing period then proceed to pay for the service.

One interesting thing about Doublehop VPN is that they only accept Bitcoins for payment. This is in its bid to keep users as private as possible since Bitcoin is the most anonymous form of payment that leaves the minimal trace.

This therefore means that you cant have Doublehop VPN without Bitcoins. So here’s a tip…You can buy Bitcoins from a friend or someone near you. You can also buy them directly from an exchange with your bank account.

With Bitcoin payment, only your email address is collected as information when you place an order. However, it is important to note that with this VPN, there is no money-back guarantee!

The following data is kept for 72 hrs solely for the purposes of troubleshooting;

  • The order ID
  • Your email address (or Telegram number)
  • Payment Status
  • Order Totals (in Bitcoin)
  • USD, BTC/ USD exchange rate
  • Bitcoin address
  • Timestamp

The company clearly states that no traffic or data are collected during a session.

Compatibility

The VPN is compatible with most popular systems including;

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • iOS,
  • MacOS &
  • Android

Doublehop VPN supports support 6 simultaneous connections; one per each doublehop pair.

Doublehop Features

The double hop technology

Doublehop VPN greatly excels in security by offering the double hop feature, from which their name is actually derived.

So what is double hop?

Here is a simple explanation…

When you are connected to a regular server, your internet traffic is routed through a single VPN server. That is a singlehop VPN service.

With doublehop VPN, your traffic is routed through 2 servers that are located in different jurisdictions.

Such a connection offers significantly high levels of anonymity, privacy and security, as one would need sophisticated timing attacks to have a chance with traffic that is streaming from multiple locations in different jurisdictions at the same time.

Here is an illustration of the double hop technology.

Doublehop Technology

Security

Doublehop VPN goes a step further and encrypts this traffic with the latest technology. It uses ‘AES-256 encryption between clients and nodes with RSA-4096 for key exchange and certificates,’ as mentioned in their website.

Since the traffic goes through 2 different servers, you will be right to say that this is twice as strong as the regular AES-256 encryption.

The AES-256 and RSA-4096 encryptions are combined with the OpenVPN protocol and P2P connection to create a secure tunneling that ensures that all your traffic is transferred without any interference.

For your privacy, they have a zero log policy that keeps you from worrying about your anonymity.

In terms of security and privacy, Doublehop VPN surely rivals the big players in the Industry.

Servers & Operations

Doublehop VPN Servers

Doublehop VPN, being a small company, does not offer many servers. It only has 6 servers, which are based in 5 different countries. These are;

  • Finland
  • Canada
  • the United States
  • Spain and
  • Netherlands

This is quite a small number in comparison to most of their rivals, but they may still be enough for your personal needs. You can use them to unblock restricted content securely.

The double hop feature is available to

  • The Netherlands through the US, and to the US through the Netherlands server
  • Spain through Canada, and to the Canada through the Spain server
  • Finland through Canada, and to the Canada through the Finland server

    Double hop Servers

The Website

We found the Doublehop VPN website to be a huge disappointment in terms of user friendliness.

The website doesn’t have navigation buttons at the top, and you will have to scroll down to see whether what you are looking for is available.

However, you won’t find any user guides or FAQ that tell you how to use their service, and the only thing that they guide you to do is subscribe.

They also don’t have a live chat system on the website.

However, the whole website is filled with a joyous tone that brings a happy atmosphere. You can go through it and read more about them.

Customer Support

Professional assistance from the company is delivered within 24 hrs since they don’t have live chat support. This is quite a long wait and they have no alternative forms of assistance.

As mentioned earlier, their website also doesn’t have additional guides for app settings or an FAQ section.  This is not very impressive and one is almost always lost on how to start going about the procedures.

Doublehop VPN Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High security levels (double hop connection)
  • Accepts Bitcoin

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a Kill Switch (Protects users when VPN connection drops)
  • Few countries to choose from
  • Limited servers
  • Only 1 simultaneous connection
  • No free trial
  • No money back guarantee
  • Takes long to receive response

Conclusion

Doublehop VPN is a great VPN for your personal online security, if the listed servers are appropriate for you. Additionally, there are no third parties involved, which boosts your privacy even further.

However, we found Doublehop VPN to have few negatives, which we all listed in the ‘Cons’ section. If you have no problem with that, then Doublehop VPN is a perfect VPN for your online security.

Joel Timothy is a writer who has a passion for tech and internet security and privacy.

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