How Do We Review VPN Providers?

We at VPN For Firestick TV review every VPN service through an intensive and unbiased testing process. Here, you will get a sneak peek at how we study and review a VPN, how we test the VPN capabilities, and our testing methodologies.

The VPN For Firestick TV, by The HK Online, is an independent organization, and we are reviewing every VPN without any influence. All our reviews are hand-tested, and we are not accepting any money to tamper our test results.

Factors That We Consider In Our Review

When reviewing a VPN for Firestick and Fire TVs, we always look for these factors.

  • Compatibility
  • Servers
  • Speed
  • Security Protocols
  • Pricing
  • User Interface
  • VPN Brand

How We Test Compatibility

As we are solely into VPNs for Firestick and Fire TVs, the primary factor that we consider is compatibility. We prefer VPNs directly installed on Firestick or those available on the Amazon App Store.

During our compatibility testing, we will include all the Fire TV Stick models released by Amazon since its inception. For all VPNs, we exclude the 1st Gen Amazon Fire TV Stick models, as they are incompatible with VPN networks. We install the VPN on all our Firestick devices and test its compatibility.

But it doesn’t mean we don’t review VPNs that can be sideloaded on Firestick. We do sideload VPNs on our Firestick using third-party installers and review them with the same criteria. We rate VPNs compatible with Firestick a tad higher than the sideloaded ones.

How We Test Servers

The VPN presence in the globe can easily be determined by its server count and available countries. We value the server’s distribution a lot. The VPN should have reasonable servers in a country to handle the user base without any overloading issues.

The universal presence of the VPN is a make or break for a user who needs to bypass geo-restricted platforms. When reviewing a VPN, we will look for its universal presence. In most cases, the VPN’s website will reveal its server base and country presence. To make it trustworthy, we connect it to every server available in the country and test it for 10-15 minutes.

Then, based on the test results, we conclude the number of working servers in the VPN. We know it’s a time-consuming process. But to check the trustworthiness of the VPN, we need to do this.

How We Test Speed

In general, every VPN will slow down your internet connection a bit as it is routing your internet connection to a different IP address. But, the variations in the speed shouldn’t be allowed to a greater extent.

To determine the speed factor of the VPN on Firestick, we are using the Internet Speed Test tool by Nav Wonders and the Firestick’s built-in speed test tool. First, we do the testing without connecting to a VPN network. Then, we do the same test by connecting to a VPN. Then, we compare them to get the results. Sometimes, we use the Silk Browser on Firestick to test the VPN speed. If you need to, you can also use different apps on the Amazon App Store to conduct a speed test on your Firestick.

In our speed testing, we include different testing methodologies like streaming, torrenting, browsing, geo-restricted access, and overall device performance. The general thing to note here is that when you add more layers of protection, the speed will fall accordingly. For instance, the Fastest Server in a VPN will give you the best VPN connection with good speeds. If we opt for Double VPN, the speed will go down a bit more. Geo-restricted access will take a major hit.

Based on the chosen server and your physical location, the speed test results may vary.

How We Test Security Protocols

Security Protocols decide the VPN’s ability to keep the user information intact. In general, VPN offers AES 256 encryptions with different protocols. The most popular protocols are OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPsec.

We test the VPN by connecting to all the available protocols. This involves digging deep into the VPN’s log policies, data collection methodologies, security audit reports, history of the provider, and its jurisdiction. Also, we check the VPN integrity with the DNS Leak Test website using the Silk Browser on Firestick.

How We Test Pricing

VPN’s pricing is a tricky area of concern. What is affordable to me will be costly to others and vice versa. To evaluate the pricing aspect, we compare the VPN with their competitors.

The monthly price of a VPN is always costly when compared to long-term plans. But, we don’t go for long-term plans as we are testing it temporarily. Also, we encourage you to go for monthly or short-term plans and test the VPN for yourself. Get to know more about the features available in the VPN. If you are satisfied with it, go for long-term plans. If not, switch to other VPNs.

We also look for free trial or money-back policies available in the VPN. At an additional cost, we will buy the starter plan and compare it with the free trial or money-back plan. Sometimes, the VPN will offer good performance during the free trial and money-back period to lure the user into buying the plan. Then, the plan offers average performance. To eliminate this issue, we test the VPN with all the paid & free options and compare the results.

How We Test User Interface

As we are testing the VPN on Firestick and Fire TVs, the user interface is an important factor to consider. The VPN should offer easy navigation for remote buttons.

To test the UI of the VPN, we navigate to all the clickable buttons on the kit remote to check the accessibility. Other aspects include how the VPN adapts to different TV screens, how easy it is to use the scroll and drop-down menus, and how easy it is to disconnect the VPN.

We don’t test the VPN with the Amazon Fire TV remote app. As the VPN network changes the IP address on Firestick, we cannot connect the remote app to the device.

How We Test VPN Brand

Every product has a brand value. Similarly, for a VPN product, its brand presence speaks a lot. In the Brand evaluation process, we look at the brand’s history, how it was created, how it is managing its user base, how proper the management is, and how loyal they are to its customers.

The brand presence of a VPN will be easily reflected in its customer support. We speak to the customer executives in all the available mediums and analyze how they are treating new & existing users. We also look for the brand’s presence in public forums and how the existing users are satisfied with the VPN service.

We also look for any security leaks reported in the VPN. Security leaks in VPNs are a major blow for its users. And the hard truth is almost all the major VPN brands have had at least one major security breach. What we look at is the frequency and intensity of these security breaches.

How Our Expert Ratings Work

We rate a VPN on 7 factors.

  • Security & Privacy (25%)
  • Server Network & Locations (20%)
  • Performance & Speed (20%)
  • Geo-restricted Access (15%)
  • Value for Money (10%)
  • User Interface (5%)
  • Reputation (5%)
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This is the entire process of how our experts at VPN For Firestick TV review a VPN. In the tech world, where everything is available on the internet, it is advisable to use a VPN to safeguard your digital identity. To meet the new trends and advancements, we always update our testing methods and review guidelines to deliver the best for our users.

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