In the end, after performing our full array of tests on this service, we’ll grant it a rating so that you can make a quicker, more efficient decision when it comes to deciding whether it’s the right VPN for you.
We understand that you might not read the whole review, so we’ve decided to be nice guys for once and include a table of content so that you can jump to the part you’re more interested in. Here you go:
- Company information
- Netherlands Jurisdiction
- Terms of service analysis
- A quick introduction to GOOSE VPN
- Creating an account
- Downloading the app to your computer
- Checking the installer for malware
- Installing the application
- Running GOOSE VPN
- Changing the settings
- List of servers
- Services unlocked
- TOR and torrenting support
- Customer support
- Security check-up results
- Speed test results
- Free trial included
- Pricing plans
The company behind GOOSE VPN, called simply GOOSE, was founded in the Netherlands in 2014, striving to be a VPN company that listens to its customers, as opposed to other companies who often fail to do that.
Long story short, they wanted their service to be widely accessible to everyone, including customers who may lack advanced technical knowledge. As they put it, “GOOSE VPN is for you, your daughter, grandfather, anyone you can think of.”
The team section on their website currently counts 15 members, 6 of which are in charge of support. That’s almost half of the team focusing on support, which is not bad at all.
We’ve established that GOOSE (the company behind GOOSE VPN) is based in the Netherlands. But what does it mean for you and how can this affect you in the long run? Let’s find out.
For once, using a VPN in the Netherlands is perfectly legal, as there’s no law to forbid it. More so, the Netherlands score high on the Internet freedom game, since they have little to no government-imposed censorship for their online content and lack of restrictions on their Internet access.
We said “little to no censorship” since the Dutch Court decided to block access to the Pirate Bay website back in 2017, but aside from that, the Internet access in the Netherlands is unhampered.
On the other hand, the Netherlands is a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances, which means that if they’re asked to, they can easily gather and share electronic data with other participating members. Not saying that GOOSE VPN will surely grab and share your personal data with others, but it’s best if you’re aware of the implications.
Terms of service analysis
We’re still looking for a provider that presents us a shortened version of the Terms of Service document, but until then we’ll just have to read the whole thing and extract the essentials from it.
- Terms, conditions, and stipulations on the user’s part will be automatically rejected by GOOSE;
- Derogations from these clauses might become valid only if they’ve been agreed upon and recorded in writing between the user and GOOSE;
- The agreement will come into effect only after the subscription or account has been validated by GOOSE, making them able to reject them if the need arises;
- In order to use the GOOSE VPN service, the user needs to register for an account, in which necessary data will be included (e.g. personal data, payment details);
- Verifying the account information can be done after transferring an amount of money as mentioned on the website;
- After the user account has been verified and its registration accepted by GOOSE, the service will become available to the user with the features available in the chosen subscription plan;
- You must provide GOOSE with correct and accurate data (e.g. address, residence, telephone number, name). If this information changes, you are to contact them immediately;
- It’s possible that you can choose a different subscription, as well as reduce or extend the current plan at any time. However, note that if you change your current subscription for a cheaper one, you’ll receive no refund. If you opt for a more expensive subscription plan than your current one, you might receive a discount;
- It is possible that new users (both consumer and commercial users) can cancel their subscription without a statement of reason via email, telephone or by using a cancellation form, within the first 30 days;
- The Terms of Service might be subjected to changes, which will come into effect a month after the notifying of the customers (electronically);
- If the changes objectively disadvantage them, customers might receive compensation for unused subscription months if they decide to cancel, but only if the changes haven’t been enforced by judicial decision or a statutory provision;
- You are not allowed to break any laws while using GOOSE VPN;
- You are not allowed to use the service in such a way that it hinders other Internet users or infringes third party rights;
- You are not allowed to perform any action that will lead to damages being suffered by GOOSE’s system;
- You are not allowed to engage in P2P file-sharing activities on servers marked with “No P2P.” You can only engage in P2P traffic and file sharing legally, on servers marked with “P2P”;
- You need to behave “responsibly and carefully” while connected to GOOSE VPN;
- You are not allowed to make your account available to anyone else except yourself. More so, you’re responsible for anything that happens on your account, or with your account’s help;
- If you break these rules, GOOSE can and will terminate your account and won’t be liable for any potential damage as a result of terminating your account;
- A bandwidth limit is not imposed on the most expensive subscription (does that means that cheaper subscriptions have a limit?), but if you use more than 1% of the entire bandwidth, you might be asked to reduce that usage or pay more;
Pretty standard stuff, if you ask us. If anything, GOOSE’s terms of service documentation seems a bit looser than those of other providers’ that we’ve encountered in the past. As long as you don’t break the law and mind your business, things should be alright.
- GOOSE claims that appropriate measures have been taken to guarantee a level of protection for your data appropriate to the risks involved;
- They state that they won’t sell, rent or trade your data to/with third-parties;
- Your personal data will, indeed, be stored, but not longer than necessary;
- You are allowed to request various operations to be performed on your data, such as insight, correction, limitation, protest, transferal and removal of your data or withdrawal of permissions;
- If you do so, it might be required of you to send a copy of your ID (to be sure it’s really you), but you can blur/blacken out various info such as your photo, MRZ, passport number and social security number;
- You’re not required to provide GOOSE with personal information if you’re just visiting their website or fill out online surveys;
- If you contact the GOOSE team via their online helpdesk, the helpdesk employee will be able to see your IP address and origin country (no name, email address or other info is required).
- However, if you contact the helpdesk via email, GOOSE will store your email address;
- GOOSE insists that no personal data should be sent if you’re younger than 16 years;
- With your permission, GOOSE can contact you via email in order to provide you with answers to questions (chat and mail helpdesk) or to keep you informed of various offers, promotions, and campaigns. For the latter, you can unsubscribe at any time;
- When you register for a trial (oops, spoiled the surprise), the email address you provide them with will be saved;
They make this claim:
“We do not register your IP-address when you sign up or log into your GOOSE account.”
But immediately after that, they hit us with this beauty:
“When you sign up, we register your IP-address one time only;”
So they do register the IP address, even if it’s a one-time thing. Moving on…
- While using GOOSE VPN, the actual bandwidth consumption per account will be recorded;
- Payment details will be collected, although the clause currently looks like this: “Payment details? –”;
- When you log on the website, GOOSE will store your last used IP address, but they claim it doesn’t apply to the application or other actions and that they don’t save your IP address in cache memory, nor do they collect or save it;
So they store it, but they don’t collect it or save it. Got it.
- GOOSE claim that they won’t save server-related data, IP of the server you’ve connected or time info;
- GOOSE claim that they don’t log any activity-related data such as visited websites, DNS search results, sent and received emails and the such;
- GOOSE claim they won’t censor or monitor the online activity of their users;
- GOOSE claim they won’t censor, monitor or create backups of your emails;
A quick introduction to GOOSE VPN
First of all, as its name clearly states, GOOSE VPN is a VPN service that is meant to provide its users with both secure and private Internet connection, away from prying eyes.
Among the features that are listed on the official website, we could find unlimited devices, 30-day free trial, no logging policy, friendly support and “easy to install and use.”
While some of them have already been analyzed by us, others are still unknown, so let’s see if the service is really as good as it’s advertised.
Creating an account
As we’ve talked before in the Terms of Service section, if you want to use the GOOSE VPN service, you need to create an account, otherwise, you’ll be unable to do this. Creating an account can be done by taking the following steps:
- Navigate to the landing page of the product;
- Locate the large “Try for free” button and press it;
- Type your email address and password or, alternatively, use your Facebook or Google account to sign up;
- Choose one of the subscription plans available on the newly-opened page;
- Choose your preferred method of payment;
- Provide GOOSE with your payment details;
There you go. You’ve registered for GOOSE VPN account AND you’ve got a 30-day trial to enjoy.
Downloading the app to your computer
As one would expect, if you can’t use their VPN service without an account, then you also can’t download the application to your computer. However, once you own an account, it’s pretty easy to download the app.
- Navigate to the landing page;
- Log into your account by using the “Log in” button in the top-right corner of the screen;
- Hit the “Download” button on the dashboard’s toolbar;
- Select the device you want to download the app for;
- Click the “Download Software” button;
You can choose from Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Router and Other (NAS, Chrome extension, Linux, ChromeOS) categories.
Checking the installer for malware
As usual, we urge you to check everything that comes in contact with your computer, whether the source you’ve got the file from seems or is generally trustworthy. It doesn’t take much for a well-placed attack to compromise your source and the consequences might be dire.
We’re using VirusTotal to check for anything wrong with files that we download to our computer and yes, we understand that it might not be 100% accurate, but it’s way better than skipping this crucial step altogether.
We’ve detected nothing wrong with the GOOSE VPN app installer. Our results can be checked here and our screenshot below.
Installing the application
Although we’re not going to get into detail as an in-depth tutorial or guide does, we’re still going to mention the steps to installing GOOSE VPN on your computer successfully:
- Double-click the downloaded executable file;
- Choose the language you prefer from the combo menu;
- Accept the License Agreement by selecting the “I accept the license agreement” radio button;
- Customize the installation by adding a firewall exception, creating a desktop shortcut and launch the app on startup;
- Hit the “Install” button when ready;
- Wait for the installation process to be finished;
- Choose if GOOSE VPN should be launched after the setup is finished;
- Hit the “Finish” button;
The version of GOOSE VPN we’ve installed on our computer is 4.0.6 (58).
Running GOOSE VPN
If you set the app to run after the setup’s complete, then it should be already running. If not, just launch it from your desktop shortcut or from wherever you installed it to. There’s a bunch of intro screens showing you some tips but you can skip them if you want to.
If you used Facebook or Google to sign up for your account, you can log in by using them now. If not, just input your email address and password in the designated fields.
The main window of the app is quite simplistic, but not in an unfashionable way. It’s a good minimalistic theme that gives a fresh vibe, with its well-organized menus and functions.
The lower part of the screen holds an animated map that pinpoints your real and virtual locations, while the upper part lets you choose the server you want to connect to and establish the connection. From under the map, you can change the protocol, access account details and open the “Settings” window.
Changing the settings
As mentioned above, if you want to access the configuration section of GOOSE VPN, look for a gear-shaped button under the map in the main screen and click it.
The configuration window is split into four distinct categories, each of which lets you modify a different aspect of the service and/or application, as follows:
- General – here you can toggle the app to minimize to the system tray instead of closing altogether, set the app to notify you whenever your connection is not secure while the app’s minimized to tray every 15 minutes, launch GOOSE VPN at Windows startup and choose your preferred language;
- Connection – this tab lets you set the VPN to connect automatically to either your favorite server from the list or the one that’s nearest to you, based on your location. More so, you can enable a “smart server list” which uses the best available server in the selected country instead of displaying all of them and also toggle a kill switch on and off;
- Protocol – this category enables you to select your favorite protocol to use when connecting to GOOSE VPN. You can choose from IKEv2, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and OpenVPN, or, alternatively, you could set it to “Automatic” which selects the best one for you depending on your device and the server you’ve selected;
- FAQ/Support – while this is not exactly a settings-worth feature, it can help you jump straight to the FAQ section on the website and/or collect debugging data and send a support ticket directly from the app (your default browser will be used for that).
List of servers
We found a list of locations that GOOSE VPN have placed their servers in. Some of the servers support P2P, some of them are streaming-ready, some of them support both and some of them support none.
We’ve also been able to find a list of servers along with their addresses so that you might use them in case you want to establish the connection manually.
|Austria 10, Vienna ( P2P)||at-10.goosevpn.com|
|Australia 2, Sydney ( No P2P)||au-5.goosevpn.com|
|Belgium 1, Brussels ( P2P)||be-1.goosevpn.com|
|Belgium 15, Brussels ( P2P)||be-15.goosevpn.com|
|Belgium 16, Brussels ( P2P)||be-16.goosevpn.com|
|Belgium 17, Brussels ( P2P)||be-17.goosevpn.com|
|Bulgaria 1, Sofia ( P2P)||bg-1.goosevpn.com|
|Canada 4, Montreal ( P2P)||ca-4.goosevpn.com|
|Switzerland 4, Zurich ( P2P)||ch-4.goosevpn.com|
|Czech Republic 2, Prague ( P2P)||cz-2.goosevpn.com|
|Germany 10, Frankfurt ( P2P)||de-10.goosevpn.com|
|Denmark, Copenhagen ( No P2P)||dk-1.goosevpn.com|
|Denmark 2, Copenhagen ( P2P)||dk-2.goosevpn.com|
|Spain 4, Madrid ( P2P)||es-4.goosevpn.com|
|France 3, Marseille ( No P2P)||fr-3.goosevpn.com|
|France 5, Paris ( P2P)||fr-5.goosevpn.com|
|Hong Kong, Hong Kong ( No P2P)||hk-1.goosevpn.com|
|Hungary 2, Budapest ( P2P)||hu-2.goosevpn.com|
|Israel 1, Gaza ( P2P)||il-1.goosevpn.com|
|Israel 2, Haifa ( P2P)||il-2.goosevpn.com|
|India, Bengaluru ( No P2P)||in-1.goosevpn.com|
|Italy 5, Milan ( P2P)||it-5.goosevpn.com|
|Italy 6, Milan ( P2P)||it-6.goosevpn.com|
|Japan 1, Tokyo ( P2P)||jp-1.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 8, Amsterdam (Streaming, No P2P)||nl-12.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 9, Amsterdam ( No P2P)||nl-14.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 12, Amsterdam (Streaming, No P2P)||nl-17.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 13, Meppel (Streaming, No P2P)||nl-18.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 14, Meppel ( P2P)||nl-19.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 16, Amsterdam ( P2P)||nl-21.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 17, Amsterdam ( P2P)||nl-22.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 3, Amsterdam (Streaming, No P2P)||nl-5.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 4, Amsterdam ( No P2P)||nl-6.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 19, Amsterdam ( No P2P)||nl-7.goosevpn.com|
|Netherlands 18, Amsterdam ( No P2P)||nl-8.goosevpn.com|
|Norway 1, Oslo ( P2P)||no-1.goosevpn.com|
|Poland 2, Warsaw ( P2P)||pl-2.goosevpn.com|
|Romania 10, Bucharest ( P2P)||ro-10.goosevpn.com|
|Sweden 5, Stockholm ( P2P)||se-5.goosevpn.com|
|Singapore 2, Singapore ( P2P)||sg-2.goosevpn.com|
|Turkey, Sinop ( No P2P)||tr-1.goosevpn.com|
|United Kingdom 12, Manchester ( No P2P)||uk-26.goosevpn.com|
|United Kingdom 31, London (Streaming, No P2P)||uk-31.goosevpn.com|
|United Kingdom 32, London (Streaming, No P2P)||uk-32.goosevpn.com|
|United Kingdom 1, London ( No P2P)||uk-7.goosevpn.com|
|United Kingdom 6, London ( No P2P)||uk-8.goosevpn.com|
|USA, New York 2 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-14.goosevpn.com|
|USA, New York 3 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-15.goosevpn.com|
|USA, Denver (Streaming, No P2P)||us-20.goosevpn.com|
|USA, Fremont 4 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-21.goosevpn.com|
|USA, Fremont 2 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-3.goosevpn.com|
|USA, Denver 2 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-31.goosevpn.com|
|USA, Denver 3 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-32.goosevpn.com|
|USA, Fremont 1 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-5.goosevpn.com|
|USA, New York 1 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-6.goosevpn.com|
|USA, Fremont 3 (Streaming, No P2P)||us-9.goosevpn.com|
Good news, everyone! GOOSE VPN can unlock Netflix and its U.S. version, and along with it, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video and Spotify without a hiccup. You just need to connect to the appropriate server depending on the service you’re trying to unlock and that’s it!
However, note that this situation might change in the future, since Netflix, Hulu, and others have waged war against VPN providers and their customers, aiming to block their access to certain parts of their service.
What we’re saying is, although GOOSE VPN might have the upper hand right now, you might want to enjoy this situation while it lasts.
TOR and torrenting support
Another set of great news! As you’d expect, torrenting works with GOOSE VPN. We said “as you’d expect” since they do provide you P2P-friendly servers, so you probably figured that one out pretty soon. However, we couldn’t just take their word for it, so we established a VPN tunnel to a P2P server, fired up our torrenting client and downloaded (legally) a file from the Internet. No throttling, no slowdowns, no hiccups. Worked like a charm.
Now for TOR. We can all agree that there’s an ongoing battle between VPN services and TOR, which although isn’t a VPN service, it does a pretty good job at keeping your connection private. Some people have had the brilliant idea of combining the two, and, although it might provide you with an extra layer of security, it will slow down your connection really bad.
More so, malicious TOR exit nodes that pass unencrypted traffic are the perfect spot for monitoring, so if you’re unlucky enough to stumble upon one of those… What we’re saying is: using GOOSE VPN in conjunction with TOR works, but is it worth the risks and the incredible slowdown?
From the beginning we’ve learned that GOOSE VPN aimed to be a customer-oriented service, listening to their needs and putting the feedback they receive to good use by adapting their service as needed.
GOOSE offers you a 24/7 customer support, which consists of an email helpdesk, a live chat helpdesk, a FAQ section and a ticket support system that can be used directly from within the app, for your convenience.
We gave the email and live chat systems a try, and we were nothing short of pleased by them. We received concise, friendly, but most of all, helpful replies, which were also prompt ones.
We’ve learned that they’re the only VPN service to offer Dutch customer support and that the name of their service was inspired by geese, which make loud noises when spotting uninvited visitors and that they’re very territorial, denying access to anyone who would want to enter your premises. Mystery solved!
Security check-up results
After finding out a lot of info about the company, their service, and its application, it’s time to perform a series of security tests against GOOSE VPN’s service in order to see how efficient it is at keeping your data secure.
We’ve chosen a server in the U.S.A. and performed the tests as described in this article.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, one of the tests (BrowserLeaks) has revealed to us that GOOSE VPN leaked our DNS requests and revealed our real location as well as our ISP during the procedure (check the screenshots below).
Although the other parameters remained hidden, our DNS leaked, which is not something you’d want to brush off.
Speed test results
If security tests were run on a single server, for our speed tests we needed to select multiple ones, since we can’t determine how fast the service actually is by running a speed test in a single location. Instead, we’ve chosen multiple servers from several locations, so that we have a wide spread.
The speed test results are back and are as follows:
- U.S.A. – 39 Mbps;
- Germany – 56 Mbps;
- Hong Kong – 36 Mbps;
- Australia – 1.9 Mbps;
As you can see, the speed values our tests yielded were far from being impressive. I mean, they’re not exactly slow servers, but they’re somewhere below average, compared to other similar services.
Free trial included
If you’ve been paying attention before, you probably know by now that GOOSE VPN provides you with a generous 30-day free trial that you can test before committing to purchasing a subscription plan.
More so, the trial is unlimited, meaning that your bandwidth won’t be limited, you’ll be able to access all the servers and your speed won’t be throttled. The only thing that might feel a bit “extra” is that you’ll occasionally see a notification urging you to upgrade your subscription, but it’s really not that annoying.
Here’s the catch: if you want the trial, you must hand them your email address, name and credit card information (you can also choose PayPal as your preferred payment method). You’ll start paying only after the first free month expires. More so, you can cancel your subscription online, at any time.
GOOSE VPN offers you three different subscription plans that you can choose from, as follows:
|1 Month||1 Year||2 Years|
|No discount||62% discount||77% discount|
Although the fee for a monthly subscription is quite ‘spicy’, the discounts for larger subscription plans are fairly generous.
To wrap it up, GOOSE VPN is a VPN provider based in the Netherlands which, despite it being a generally free country when it comes to Internet freedom, is a member of the 9 Eyes Alliance. Although this 9 Eyes membership doesn’t imply the fact that GOOSE will hand out your data gladly if one of the countries in the alliance demands it, you might want to be aware of the implications.
GOOSE claim that their service has a no logging, no monitoring policy, but they state that if they catch you torrenting on non-P2P servers they’ll terminate your account. This does involve a certain degree of monitoring, right?
Downloading, installing and running their application could be accomplished without significant efforts, but we have to mention that if you want to use their services or download the app, you need to register for an account. There’s a 30-day trial included that you can benefit from, but only if you give them your name, email address and credit card information.
The app is user-friendly and has a straightforward interface, with highly intuitive controls. Although the configuration section doesn’t have a plethora of parameters you can configure, there are still important settings you can easily customize if you feel like it, such as choosing the protocol or enabling a kill switch.
Unfortunately, during our security tests, we’ve detected that GOOSE VPN leaks DNS requests and, along with them, our location and ISP.
Speed-wise, we weren’t impressed by GOOSE VPN, since it yielded below average results. However, the time it took us to connect to any of the VPN servers was very short and we’ve experienced no slowdown, so the connection is overall stable.
GOOSE VPN can grant you access to a lot of services that would otherwise be unavailable to you, such as Netflix and Hulu, but this situation might not be the same a while from now since these providers are making huge efforts to stop VPN services and their customers in their tracks.
+ Works with TOR and supports torrenting; (5)
+ Can unlock Netflix and other popular services; (5)
+ Free unlimited trial; (5)
– Leaks DNS requests; (0)
– Some hints at logging and monitoring; (0)
– Low server count; (0)
– The Netherlands is a member of the 9 Eyes Alliance; (0)
GOOSE VPN receives a 1.87/5 rating.