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Don’t be fooled by the price - Here’s why you shouldn't choose this VPN deal

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When it comes to investing in reliable security software, a better quality VPN should always win over a bargain price.

For instance, FastestVPN's brand new VPN deal looks like a very tempting offer – on paper, at least. In celebration of its 6th anniversary, new subscribers can decide how much to pay. With a price range that goes from $15 to $25 and $18 to $40 for a 3 or 5-year subscription respectively, users can save up to 93% of the overall price (opens in new tab)

What's more, FastestVPN is also throwing in 2TB of Internxt cloud storage and PassHulk password manager as an extra freebie – and for some, this deal could be worth it for that alone.

However, following a mediocre performance during our testing, we wouldn't place FastestVPN among our best VPN recommendations. And, subsequently, we wouldn't suggest everyone takes advantage of this deal – despite the unbelievable price. 

Read on for why we think this offer from FastestVPN isn't as good as it may look, and below, we break down some better deals that might be worth checking out instead. 

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Is FastestVPN worth it?

Even though this is probably the cheapest VPN deal we've ever seen, our testing showed that FastestVPN lacks some important capabilities that its higher-ranked competitors have had for quite a while. 

First of all, if a good streaming VPN is what you're after, FastestVPN is likely to disappoint. We couldn't bypass geo-restrictions on any streaming platforms last time we checked.

The fact that it doesn't support the WireGuard protocol – now a standard among the top security software – is likely to be the main reason behind its poor performance when it comes to connection speeds. Despite its name, the provider's average connection speeds are well below the fastest VPN services around. 

We also found a few issues while using its apps. This is likely because it's been a while since the provider implemented any updates. Plus, an unimpressive support system and assorted technical hassles make it even more difficult for us to recommend. 

However, it's worth noting again that this is an incredibly cheap way of bagging 2TB of cloud storage and a password manager – and at just $18 for five years, it's an offer that's hard to say no to.

Better VPN deals to choose from:

The good news is that FastestVPN isn't the only provider out there offering eye-catching discounts and packages. So, here we've rounded up our top picks of today's best deals: 

ExpressVPN | 1 year | $12.95 $6.67/pm + 3 months FREE (opens in new tab)
TechRadar's #1 trusted VPN for privacy and unblocking content worldwide. Get it today with a no-hassle 30-day money-back guarantee, 15 months for the price of 12 AND a whole year of unlimited cloud backup from Backblaze, too! Fantastic value on a fantastic pair of products.

Surfshark | 2 years + 2 months free + FREE antivirus | $2.30/pm (opens in new tab)
Sat at third position on our top services list, Surfshark (opens in new tab) is currently giving away its security suite Surfshark One (opens in new tab) – worth an extra $35 – as a freebie with its 2-year plan. Rated as the top cheap VPN (opens in new tab), you'll also get two extra months of protection on top for the bargain price of $2.30 a month (opens in new tab).  

Hide.me VPN | 30 60 days + FREE cloud storage | $9.95 (opens in new tab)
If a short-term subscription is what you are after, Hide.me could be the right choice for you. With its super-fast connection speeds and unlocking abilities, Hide.me (opens in new tab) really impressed us during our last testing. Take advantage of its summer offer to get two months of protection for the price of one at $9.95 (opens in new tab), together with a 2TB of cloud storage via Internxt for a whole year.

Chiara is a multimedia journalist, with a special eye for latest trends and issues in cybersecurity. She is a Staff Writer at Future with a focus on VPNs. She mainly writes news and features about data privacy, online censorship and digital rights for TechRadar, Tom's Guide and T3. With a passion for digital storytelling in all its forms, she also loves photography, video making and podcasting. Originally from Milan in Italy, she is now based in Bristol, UK, since 2018.