Larva VPN Review – Just Not good Enough

Seemingly launched in 2019, Larva VPN of Unikel Global Ltd is an interesting company. 

Their Twitter account has almost half a million followers yet only manages a handful of retweets for competitions. The website link takes you to a WordPress page, which is absolutely fine, yet for a company supposedly on the cutting edge of privacy and security, can’t seem to manage a simple SSL. Strange indeed. 

That being said, the app looks great, has a futuristic feel and I’ve got to be honest, it’s how I expect more VPN apps to look and needless to say, I end up disappointed.  

So, what else does LarvaVPN offer, and is there anything else you should know? 

Let’s find out.  

No longer limited to hiding your IP address and accessing geo-blocked content, VPNs have now become a staple in personal and corporate security. 

Helping you to stay safe on unsecured public WIFI by stopping any hackers from accessing your data to preventing advertisers from knowing everything about you before you’ve even visited their site. 

When you use a VPN, all of your traffic is sent through an encrypted tunnel via a VPN server which can’t then be accessed, allowing you the freedom to browse the internet in relative peace.  

Price and plans – How much does Larva VPN cost?

Larva VPN isn’t free and comes in at £7.99 per month, £38.99 for 6 months or £59.04 for 12 months. 

Similarly priced compared to the big VPN players like Surfshark or ExpressVPN but more expensive than the likes of Mullvad. Although, you do get a 3-day free trial to see how you like things which include unlimited data and all aspects of the full paid version available.  Personally, I like more than 3-day trials but I understand how people exploit them so I can’t fault them too much.  

They don’t ask for any signup or payment details like an email address and make it explicitly clear on their website that they don’t want to hold any information about you, which is nice.  

No alternative payment methods are available as it’s an App Store only product (sorry Windows) which is a shame when more and more VPN’s are making payment via Bitcoin an option for increased privacy.  

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Privacy

Privacy is a fundamental part of a VPN and while some of the more popular VPNs have audit history like in our featured NordVPN review to prove their claims, the smaller, newer VPNs have some ground to make up.  

As mentioned, Larva VPN tells you right from the start that it won’t and doesn’t want to hold any personal information about you. Digging a little deeper, the privacy policy (which is thin on the ground to start with) tells a slightly different story and informs us that your IP address may or may not be stored. This isn’t great, especially when VPNs like ExpressVPN make sure you know they won’t be collecting user activity logs or IP addresses.  

What’s more, the Larva VPN website isn’t even finished and still has the Lorem Ipsum example text used for WordPress sites.  How can a company be considered a viable alternative to the existing industry leaders when they can’t even finish their support page? Whatever the reason, it should, at the very least, make you question the legitimacy of the company.  

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Features

On Larva VPN’s website, they claim to offer a wide range of features including a kill-switch, geo-unblocking, camouflage mode, and unlimited bandwidth. The app goes further with a long, cluttered list of options available but a lot of them seem to say the same thing i.e. blocks ads and malicious sites. After a few quick tests, none of the ad blockers worked either.  

But it does have a kill-switch which is a must-have for any VPN. 

If you’re a ‘glass half full’ kind of person then you’d be hopeful that only being available with iOS then they would be able to focus on the features for the one operating system but it doesn’t look to be the case.  

What was disappointing was the touted Netflix unblocking which didn’t work each time I connected. It wasn’t for lack of trying either as all of the servers available for the US failed to produce results. A shame considering seamless streaming is a feature Larva VPN is trying to sell their product on.

Servers and Locations

VPNs such as NordVPN come right out and tell you that you have over 5,000 servers to play with but no official figure is given for the number of servers other than ‘A huge network of servers’ from the summary on the App Store. 

A ‘huge number’ is anyone’s guess and it would be beneficial for Larva VPN to release the figures so potential users could make more informed decisions. 

Perfomance

After using the app for 2 weeks, testing different servers, ad-blockers, locations, and available options, one thing is clear, the speeds are quick and consistent.  

Connecting to servers on the East Coast, Pakistan, Singapore, and West Russia all produced decent results but the app did seem to stutter each time I connected to somewhere outside Europe (for this UK user).  

Each time, YouTube videos worked with only a few of the more distant locations struggling with full 1080p resolution. 

Hands on with Larva VPN

The app looks great, there’s no getting away from it. With animations to show when you’re connected to each country on a futuristic-style screen, it’s both appealing and enjoyable. 

As far as VPNs go, it’s a pleasant experience and serves as a visual reminder that the technology isn’t something to be taken for granted. But, then again, it may not be for everyone. VPNs like Tunnelbear do great with basic, user-friendly interfaces.  

Support

The only available support seems to be either; the App Store, Twitter, or via the support section on the Larva VPN website, which asks you to ‘sned all correspondence’. 

This is a world away from the multitude of VPNs that offer 24/7 live chat support, tickets, and forums. It must be said that Larva VPN does respond to the reviews and ratings on the App Store so they do have a working customer service team. Maybe they should finish their website though. 

Summary

An interesting design and user experience aren’t enough to justify an iOS only VPN, especially one that you need to pay for with a questionable privacy policy as well.  

If you have an iPhone or iPad, chances are you have another device and if you’re going to pay for a VPN why not pay for one that works across all platforms, consistently unblocks international content, and has round-the-clock support? 

NordVPN ticks all the above boxes and is our number 1 rated VPN for a reason.