Goose VPN is a Dutch VIRTUAL NETWORK service provider based in Rotterdam, Netherlands and it was founded in 2016. Despite being new in the industry, the service is making its mark because of top-notch encryption and salient features.
Digital privacy is a big debate these days as some recent developments in the security industry have suggested that compromising our digital privacy is not much of a problem for national intelligence agencies.
Apart from securing digital privacy, there are some countries where you are not allowed to visit certain websites or content. These content bans are imposed by governments to protect their unknown interests.
There are simple solutions for all these scenarios called Virtual Private Networks. The VPNs work by creating an encrypted virtual tunnel between the user and remote server, so any outside intrusion is impossible.
You will find many services claiming to offer you top of the line security and anonymity on the internet, but there are a very few who could deliver the promise. GOOSE VPN is one of them.
Here are some of the main features of this VPN provider.
Goose VPN Pricing Plans
There are two plans offered by this service.
First, comes the 50GB GOOSE plan which is the basic plan for this service.
This plan is for light internet users who do not stream much video and keep themselves to social media and casual surfing.
On the other hand, heavy users may need more than 50GB of data because Youtube, Netflix, Kodi, and similar streaming websites, along with P2P downloading are data intense activities. One of our testers maxed out 50GB is almost 10 days.
The second plan is called Unlimited GOOSE.
As the name suggests, there is no data cap on this one. You can watch videos from any of the streaming websites all month long without any hassle as this package is intended for serious internet users who are streaming one video after another while downloading something through torrent clients.
Unlimited GOOSE is priced at €6.99 (7.62 USD) which offers unlimited bandwidth and unlimited simultaneous connections.
Another discounted Unlimited GOOSE plan is priced at €5.83 (6.46 USD) with 17% discount if you choose an annual billing option.
The third option is 50 GB GOOSE priced at €2.99 (3.26 USD).
All of these plans offer a free first month after the subscription.
Free trials are incredible if they are actually free, but all the good things in the digital world are not truly free as there is always a catch.
The same case is with GOOSE as they offer a 30-day free trial, but there is a minor down payment of €0.45 to register your free trial.
Also, if you exceed 100MB data limit, you will not be reimbursed for the €0.45.
Also, if you don’t cancel before the trial period, your credit card is automatically deducted for the basic package.
Considering the competitive packages offered by GOOSE, not many people would need a refund or cancel the trial anyway.
Server sites in any of this kind of service are important to the users as they may want to access some restricted websites in a particular region, so without an array of server locations to choose from, it is not possible.
Despite setting its feet in the industry in 2016, this service is spread across 48 locations worldwide. Most of these sites are in user favorite regions like USA and UK. There are also some rarely used server locations like Russia, Ukraine, and Egypt.
Here is a complete list of servers offered by GOOSE (List accurate as of April 2017):
• Sydney, Australia
• Cairo, Egypt
• Hong Kong
• Bengaluru, India
• Gaza, Israel
• Vienna, Austria
• Brussels, Belgium
• Copenhagen, Denmark
• Helsinki, Finland
• Paris, France
• Frankfurt, Germany
• Haina, Germany
• Reykjavik, Iceland
• Douglas, Isle of Man
• Milan, Italy
• Chisinau, Moldova
• Amsterdam, Netherlands
• Oslo, Norway
• Vestfold, Norway
• Warsaw, Poland
• Bucharest, Romania
• Moscow, Russia
• Ljubljana, Slovenia
• Madrid, Spain
• Stockholm, Sweden
• Stockholm, Sweden
• London, United Kingdom
• Ontario, Canada
• Ontario, Canada
• Dallas, USA
• Houston, USA
• New York, USA
• Pilot Mountain, USA
Modern day communications and entertainment is not limited to just one device. There are laptops, Smartphone, Tablets, and many other devices. So you would want to connect multiple devices with your virtual network client. Allowing simultaneous connections is crucial in all virtual network services these days.
This service is no behind in allowing simultaneous connections as you can connect unlimited devices simultaneously. We have found these feature very unique because the best VPN usually allow from 2 to 5 simultaneous connections.
This service is Dutch based, so the GOOSE software comes in two languages Dutch and English. Unlimited data and better speeds are part of premium unlimited plans.
The GOOSE service, however, comes with 256-bit AES encryption and SHA-256 to make it extra secure. All the communications done through the service are pretty safe, and there is no chance for the intruders to intervene or pry on your private data.
Another plus point is the location where the GOOSE service is based. The Netherlands is a favorite place for many virtual network service providers. The reason is government’s strict policies for privacy, a traditional overall liberal attitude.
The Netherlands have excluded virtual network services from 2006 Data Retention Directive in Europe which states that all the ISPs and similar service providers are obliged to track and record users data for a set period.
This data is then analyzed by proper authorities to do risk analysis. Although this policy seems pretty beneficial for the citizens on the outside, it has some serious privacy loopholes as it violates individual privacy people have on the internet.
No Logging Policy
Imagine using a virtual private network service which is logging your data and every online activity all the time.
This logging policy is a severe privacy violation as you signed up for anonymity, but you are getting tracked every step of the way. Many similar services have adopted the no logs policy due to a huge demand of users.
The GOOSE also uses the no logs policy. As mentioned earlier, the Netherlands have excluded themselves from Data Retention Policy. So it is easy for the GOOSE owners to implement no logging policy.
So while using GOOSE, you should have the peace of mind that none of your online activity is recorded.
If you are using just one IP for yourself, then it can cause a lot of trouble if your service provider is under jurisdiction of Data Retention laws.
GOOSE connects multiple users on the same IP address, and many users can connect to it ranging from a few hundred to thousands.
These multiple users on single IP add an extra layer of anonymity to your online activity. GOOSE is free from Data Retention laws anyway, but this feature is worth mentioning.
If you like torrenting, then you must be worried about hiding your identity.
Even if you are not doing any illegal activity on torrents, you must be worried about your privacy as many cautions pop up on popular torrenting websites to protect your privacy. Not many virtual network services are offering P2P service because of an enormous load on the network.
The GOOSE offers P2P service on many of its server locations.
Not all server locations feature the P2P downloading, but there are plenty to fill your torrenting appetite. So with GOOSE, you can download torrents without worrying about privacy or compromising your location.
GOOSE and Netflix
GOOSE works with Netflix, but only a few servers.
You can watch American Netflix as well as Dutch Netflix by using GOOSE. They have kept the Netflix servers a secret because Netflix is excellent at tracking these kinds of servers and they block them forever.
If you can’t connect to each server and check whether it works with Netflix, you can send a support ticket to the customer support at GOOSE and request the servers list. They’ll be happy to help you, and you’ll be back to your binge watching on Netflix in no time.
Evade Online Restrictions
Many social media platforms and some websites are not allowed in some countries. While the people living there want to use the blocked sites, they also try to understand the reason behind it, and there is never a simple explanation.
Governments blocking your favorite websites are no news, but there is a way around it.
Most of the virtual network services are capable of accessing your favorite but blocked sites easily. The GOOSE is no behind in this regard as you can access any blocked website without problem.
This feature can also come handy in colleges where all the social media platforms are blocked to keep the students focused on academics. Well, for some students, academic activities are boring without some fun.
The GOOSE service also supports Android and iOS devices. So if you are a student, just install it on your Smartphone and start surfing the blocked social media platform without any hassle.
Any good virtual network service is also recognized by its web design as it shows that how serious are the founders to make a particular service successful. A proper presentation attracts many customers and also keeps them on the website for longer times.
The GOOSE service website features all the modern visual and navigational techniques to make users experience excellent on the website.
The overall design seems clean and sleek. Navigation is pretty easy as there is a fixed navigation bar on top of the web page.
The homepage gives a complete overview of service and its features along with many customer reviews testifying the qualities of this service.
Not many virtual network services have a blog as they are mostly concerned about acquiring customers and providing services, and that’s understandable. GOOSE service has a blog which is kept up to date with latest happenings in virtual network and security industry.
The blog is very informative and full of authentic information. This blog is among the better ones when compared to some other related blogs offered by other virtual network services.
The GOOSE offers good support for customers and potential customers. There are number options to choose from.
The support section resides in an orange colored button on the lower right corner of the website which takes you to the support page.
The support page is presented with a big search bar to search for your queries and a Help Center.
The Help Center is divided into various question and answer based sections named Account, Payment, Service, Usage, General Information, Privacy, and Technical. You can click on any of the sections to search for your query.
If you cannot find your desired query in the FAQs section, then you can contact them directly as there is an email form on the support page which can be used to send your customized queries. They also give an option of Facebook and Twitter accounts to ask any questions.
The GOOSE service claim to have a 24/7 customer support, so we put it to test by using the email form on the support page.
They delivered as promised and within a few hours we received a personalized reply from GOOSE support. Our question was about the no logging policy and how it is different from bandwidth recording and they gave a very detailed answer explaining every aspect and ensuring that user data privacy is their priority so that they won’t compromise it any cost.
Modern day software is designed in such a way so that they can be used on multiple platforms because apart from MAC and PC, now there is an array of handheld devices which run on different operations systems like Android, iOS, etc.
It is a grunt work to make software compatible with multiple platforms because there are several programming languages involved in the process, but it is the necessity which every software company has to meet.
The GOOSE is available for;
- OS X
This cross-platform support covers almost 90% of the devices currently on the market, but this service can make it better by extending support for Linux and gaming consoles as this will attract a lot more customers than they currently have.
Getting Started with GOOSE
First on the list is signup process for GOOSE.
The process to signup is simple and straightforward. You can either signup using your Facebook, or an email.
While signing up with email, you have to enter;
- first name
- last name
- a secure password.
After submitting this information, customers are redirected to the plans and payment page where you have to choose a plan according to your needs and a payment method.
Accepted payment methods are;
- American Express
- Giro Pay
You can also signup for the 30 days free trial which is technically not free as you still have to pay a tiny down payment and give your payment information.
If you don’t cancel your free trial within a month, GOOSE will automatically deduct a certain amount from your account in the next month.
The GOOSE client software is available OS X, Windows, Android, and iOS.
Downloading and installing the client is easy as it takes a few minutes for the whole process. The user interface of GOOSE client software is very eye catching and friendly.
The GOOSE software window contains;
- the current traffic limit you’ve subscribed to
- your current IP address
- the new IP address assigned by the service
- a gear icon for settings
- a drop down menu to choose servers.
The drop-down servers list also shows you which servers support P2P.
When you try to change servers, instead of changing it instantly, the software prompts to disconnect the client first and then switch the server.
If you’ve used other virtual networks, then you know that most of them allow instant server-switching without disconnection the client. This unorthodox switching may annoy some seasoned users who have experience with other software clients, but it is not much of a bother.
The gear button on the software takes you to the settings.
The configuration page is very simple and somewhat of a disappointment if you think you are going to see an array of customization options and visual themes.
There are two tabs in the settings menu. One tab is named General, and the other is called Connection.
The General tab contains options to minimize the software window to the system tray when you close it and starting the software on startup. You can also change the language and send a support ticket through the General tab.
The Connection tab is also simply designed containing only the two options. One is to start and connect the service automatically on every startup, and another option is to change the service protocols.
IKEv2 and OpenVPN are two virtual network protocols to choose from the menu.
IKEv2 is a faster protocol and supports many devices as compared to OpenVPN which is similar to HTTPS protocol and much slower in speed. You have to disconnect the service before changing the encryption protocols, which again is not a standard function in conventional private network services.
The mobile app for Goose is also equally responsive and well-designed. The people behind GOOSE have put a lot of thought into making the user interface better and idiot proof. Downloading and installing the iOS and Android apps are relatively simple just like any other app.
GOOSE is spread across 48 locations worldwide with a range of active servers to choose from.
Because GOOSE is new on the market and trying to gain some users, these locations and servers numbers may seem nothing to some users. Many services are offering over 1000 servers across 50+ locations worldwide, but compared to new competitors, this service is doing pretty good.
To test the speed of GOOSE service, we first streamed a high-definition 1080p video on YouTube from different servers located in different countries. The video played seamlessly without any lag or stutter.
The service seems to lose its footings on some servers and disconnects for few seconds, but it is ignorable as this is a small period.
During those few seconds of disconnection, there’s no mechanism in the service software to stop the internet activity altogether which in simple terms is called a kill switch.
Then to test the service further, we downloaded a bunch of files using different server locations during different times of the day, and we did it repeatedly for two days.
We also compared the results with the speeds when the service is not connected. The results were as you can expect from any good service.
There was a minor difference in download speeds with the service and without it. The GOOSE was pretty consistent in speeds with all the servers and locations. We performed these test on a 50Mbps connection.
There are many reasons to choose GOOSE as your go to virtual network service;
- Excellent value for money
- Availability in English and Dutch language
- Unlimited device connections
- Intuitive software
- P2P support
- Zero logs policy
These are some of many impressive features of this service.
On the other hand, we believe that GOOSE should add a kill-switch to its software to enhance security even more.
Limited platform support is ignorable if you don’t use Linux or own any game consoles.
All in all, GOOSE is a great option for a virtual private network service as they are new to the industry and still compete with the best in performance and quality.
You can expect only good things from GOOSE in the future like better platform support and loads of new servers.