First look at VPNhub

Martin Brinkmann
May 25, 2018

VPNhub is a new VPN service for mobile and desktop devices that has been created by one of the world's largest adult video streaming services Pornhub.

The service comes as a free version and a premium version. The free version is available for Android and iOS mobile devices, and works pretty much like any other VPN application you install on those devices.

Once set up, it allows you to make connections to the VPN to secure your Internet connection and protect it from monitoring. The company promises that the free version of VPNhub has no bandwidth restrictions. It does have ads though, even though I did not see any today; I don't know what kinds of ads VPNhub will display and where those ads will be displayed.

The premium version does away with the advertisements. It furthermore offers faster speeds, a wider range of countries and servers, and support for Windows and Mac desktop versions. In other words, premium users can run the VPN on their desktop devices as well.

Premium is quite costly in my opinion though; you pay €11.99 per month or €66.99 per year for a premium account which comes down to €5.83 per month. This makes the service more expensive than premium VPN services such as Private Internet Access which is available for $39.95 per year right now.


You find download links on the official VPNhub website. Just click on the Store links to download the mobile apps or on the desktop operating system links to download the program for Windows or Mac OS X.

Installation of the Android application was a breeze. You can unlock a 7-day trial of the premium version from within the application or use the free version instead.

The free version does not require an account; note that you need to authorize the app on the device to work as a VPN.

Since you have access to a single country only (United States) in the free version, all you can do really is tap on the connect button when you are ready to connect to the VPN.

The app indicates that you are connected and your IP address and connection is protected from that moment on regardless of application you use on the Android device.

Speed was quite okay even on video streaming sites and other sites that tax connections a lot.

What about privacy?

The privacy policy highlights that user activity is not tracked outside of the VPNhub application which includes browsing activity while connected to the VPN service.

The list of activities that are not allowed is large and it forbids, rather surprisingly, the uploading, posting or transmission of sexual content.

I could not find any information about on the service's handling of traffic logs or whether P2P is supported by it.

Closing Words

The free version of VPNhub looks quite promising. It requires no account and offers unlimited traffic on Android and iOS. It comes at the cost of advertisement though which some users may not like; still, services need to earn revenue to operate and advertisement ensures that it can be offered for free to users.

Now You: What's your take on VPNhub?

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  1. AAA said on May 30, 2018 at 9:12 am

    VPNhub = P**mhub
    Same UI colour theme. 😂

  2. Gordon Lopez said on May 28, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t know, who could trust something like this? I guess it’s orientated just into porno industry. I doubt that they focus on things like China unblock, Netflix streaming or other. And it’s not cheap, after the trial, if you want to use all the apps and features – pay. There’s even cheaper and more trusty VPN services like Nordvpn and you won’t need to risk you data being leaked.

  3. Q said on May 28, 2018 at 5:25 am

    I tried to run test the Android App and found that it states to require Google Play Services. The app would not allow itself to used without Google Play Services.

    Those using VPN software for privacy might often avoid Google Play Services for the same reason.

    The implementation/design of the software seems to be rather prohibitive.

  4. sludgehound said on May 26, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Well this one surely blows. And I was thinking Slake is so so so….

  5. Sophie said on May 26, 2018 at 8:35 am

    ULBOOM has put his finger on it………..the whole point of a VPN, is that it cares not what you do. Obviously, illegality is regrettable, but in the wider sense….a proper, no-logs VPN will obfuscate your IP address via a NAT type facility, and then not care what you do or where you go, including torrenting.

    A VPN such as this, is on a non starter…………first the business type is incompatible, and then for them to vet what you do, suggests significant log keeping….and so is therefore a complete waste of time. Also, I believe that Pornhub’s owners are behind some of the UK’s proposed unworkable age verification plans, so the whole thing smells rather bad if you ask me.

  6. Anonymous said on May 26, 2018 at 12:48 am

    “it forbids, rather surprisingly, the uploading, posting or transmission of sexual content.”

    So it’s made by Pornhub and criminalizes anyone that uses Pornhub. /facepalm

  7. John said on May 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I wonder what someone who wasn’t aware of this service would think looking through the Internet logs of a computer who’s traffic was all routed through a PornHub VPN. Obviously, the point of a VPN is that people can’t see the websites you’re visiting and other specifics (You hope), but someone at the ISP has got to in theory be able to see like “Wow, that guy is connected to that PornHub server all day for some reason” when they see the VPN. I can just imagine so guy going “Wow, that dude is really committed to his porn! It’s all he ever does on his computer and phone! All day, every day. At home, at work, riding the bus, etc.. :) It’s kind of funny to think about. :)

    That’s not saying it’s a bad service. I’m just imagining funny misunderstandings that could arise. It’s certainly not a company that I’d expect to see branching out into this area. If like Mozilla or Canonical announced it’s own VPN, I would be not at all surprised. PornHub? Yeah, kind of surprised. :)

    1. Sebas said on May 26, 2018 at 8:02 am

      Very smart thinking. Indeed you provider now thinks you are looking P hub 24 hours a day or so.

      Apart from that I agree wit the others and would avoid almost every VPN, paid or not paid. Maybe Mullvad, A Swedish VPN, if alone because they accept cash payments.

  8. ULBoom said on May 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Makes sense, I guess, but a VPN from a porn site not allowing transmission of porn means you can’t use their site? Because they can’t track you maybe? Or watch you? Or can they do both anyway?

    I don’t think it’ll fly, need to work on the fine print, although they’ll undoubtedly sell many subscriptions. Real VPN’s don’t care what you do; this one is untrustworthy out of the gate. Beside, everyone and their dog are rolling out VPN’s these days. Most are gonna be junk.

  9. basicuser said on May 25, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    “The list of activities that are not allowed is large and it forbids, rather surprisingly, the uploading, posting or transmission of sexual content.”

    Guess they don’t want competition. A Pornhub VPN makes sense though, they can offer one stop shopping as it were. :)

  10. Sophie said on May 25, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I simply cannot imagine wanting to use a VPN from a porn provider! I have no moral judgements whatsoever (none) on the business itself…..its just that I don’t think the two businesses are compatible with each other.

  11. XenoSilvano said on May 25, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    😦 this is how I looked as soon as I read that it was provided by PornHub

    No thank you

  12. Please note that your comment said on May 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Meeh, Tor Browser for the win!

  13. TelV said on May 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    According to Wikipedia, Pornhub ads contain malware programs:

    Other than that I agree with Gerard’s comments above and would never consider signing up to a VPN run by a porn business.

  14. Yuliya said on May 25, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    They gave me a serrver from US – NY. Not that bad, it should be enough for YT-quality 1080p streaming, which is more than enough on a phone. Your only choice is a US server though, which is kind of meh, in many aspects, including latency (for me, at least) and the US laws. Hope they have enough funds to keep it running like this, and keep this free option available. I’ll keep it on my phone now.

  15. Gerard said on May 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    1. I would never trust a “free” VPN service.
    2. I would never trust a VPN service with USA-based servers.
    3. I would never trust a VPN service owned by a porn business.

    1. Anonymous said on May 25, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Unless you own your VPN server, you can assume VPN providers will track(and sell) your data

    2. Fumakilla said on May 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Honestly, you can’t trust any VPN providers nowadays. Even the premium ones.

      1. yogaisevil said on May 25, 2018 at 8:40 pm

        Haha, April fools everybody.

  16. shawross said on May 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Pornhub might dish up some interesting advertising though.

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