Findings while using Freedom for the first day (Speed and Network Security)
I have been using the F-Secure Freedom VPN service now for on day on my local computer and want to write some of my findings. I have been using other VPN services since a couple of years and was pleased to see F-Secure starting with a VPN service, based in Finland EU.
Internet Connection Speed with Freedom
I'm living in Sweden and have a rather fast internet connection, 250 Mbit/s downlink and 100 Mbit uplink.
I have tried using Freedom to connect to several available servers. Some of the speed examples I'm receving when testing with Speedtest.net below:
- VPN Server Germany = Downlink 6 Mbit/s / Uplink 30 Mbit/s
- VPN Server Netherlands = Downlink 5 Mbit/s Uplink 20 Mbit/s
- VPN Server Finland = Downlink 30 Mbit/s Uplink 50 Mbit/s
For a comparison, the other VPN service from another company I'm using, I can connect UK, NL, USA and CA. I have receive the following speed, when for example using the their VPN server in Netherlands: Downlink 195 Mbit/s, Uplink 93 Mbit/s.
As you see, the speed of my internet connection is going down rather much, compared to using other compatitors VPN service or compared to using no VPN connection at all.
Portscan - Ping - Security
I'm regular checking the functionality of the firewall and with the help of "Shields Up" from grc.com.
When using F-Secure Freedom, I'm recieving the following result (connected to server in Finland).
GRC Port Authority Report created on UTC: 2015-03-29 at 06:12:02 Results from scan of ports: 0-1055 1 Ports Open 70 Ports Closed 985 Ports Stealth --------------------- 1056 Ports Tested The port found to be OPEN was: 443 Ports found to be CLOSED were: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 31, 61, 62, 91, 92, 121, 122, 152, 153, 182, 183, 212, 213, 242, 243, 272, 273, 303, 304, 333, 334, 363, 364, 393, 394, 423, 424, 453, 454, 484, 485, 514, 515, 544, 545, 576, 607, 637, 638, 667, 668, 697, 698, 727, 728, 757, 758, 788, 789, 818, 819, 848, 849, 878, 879, 908, 909, 939, 940, 969, 970, 999, 1000, 1029, 1030 Other than what is listed above, all ports are STEALTH. TruStealth: FAILED - NOT all tested ports were STEALTH, - NO unsolicited packets were received, - A PING REPLY (ICMP Echo) WAS RECEIVED.
When using my regular VPN service from another competitor, or when using no VPN connection at all, I'm receiving the following result instead:
GRC Port Authority Report created on UTC: 2015-03-29 at 06:15:35 Results from scan of ports: 0-1055 0 Ports Open 0 Ports Closed 1056 Ports Stealth --------------------- 1056 Ports Tested ALL PORTS tested were found to be: STEALTH. TruStealth: PASSED - ALL tested ports were STEALTH, - NO unsolicited packets were received, - NO Ping reply (ICMP Echo) was received.
Why is port 443 open to my local computer, when using F-Secure Freedom, and why are so many other ports just closed, and not stealth?
As you see in the results, it is also possible to ping my computer, when surfing with F-Secure Freedom. Ping is usually switched off by default on home-routers and as you see also when I'm using other VPN services.
With thoses findings, I'm rather disaponted with F-Secure Freedom.
I would be glad to receive some comments from the product managers, or people technical responsible for F-Secure Freedom. For questions, don't hesitate to contact me.