samsung max vpn

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Samsung Max VPN is not just a VPN but also has a built-in data saver. It has a free version, and this VPN comes preinstalled on some Samsung devices in select markets. Let’s explore it more in this overview.

VPNs are complicated products, and most ‘free’ are bad ones with some rare exceptions.

In short, a VPN (virtual private network) provides a few clicks process to disguise your actual geographical location to the rest of the internet.

For instance, by connecting through a Singapore-based VPN server, all websites see you as a Singaporean, even if you’re physically located in India.

What’s the benefit, you ask?

First, you would gain access to any Singapore-only digital service. Most users take advantage of this spoofing to access international (read geo-locked) Netflix libraries or for ‘secure’ torrenting.

Second, your traffic is encrypted with powerful encryption algorithms, more than the standard HTTPS–indicated by the padlock in the URL bar. However, this level of protection is often an overkill for 99% of users.

But then, HTTPS is mostly about browser-based traffic, leaving the application-based requests unprotected. That’s exactly where a good VPN comes into the picture.

So yes, you need a VPN to encrypt everything that goes out of your system. Besides, a VPN grants you more safety on an invasive public WiFi.

Conclusively, a VPN is a good-to-have product, although that chiefly depends on the specific service.

Related: A complete breakdown on what is a VPN and why you should avoid free VPNs in this VPN beginner guide.

What is Samsung Max VPN?

Launched in 2018, Samsung Max VPN is an Android-compatible security product with a free, ad-supported version that also has a native data saver.

This has three tiers:

Basic plan: free, limited privacy features, single VPN location, ad-supported.

Premium plan: free, many privacy features, single VPN location, most ads only when charging.

Android VPN+ plan: paid, ad-free, and fully featured with multiple VPN locations.

Straightaway, the basic plan gives you a VPN connection to a single location and is overloaded with adverts. In the privacy section, you can generate a privacy report giving a few vital details about the installed apps outbound activities. This includes trackers, domain name leaks, (insecure) HTTP requests, HTTPS/DNS requests, etc.

Additionally, you can check the timeline showing the outgoing requests per application. Finally, you can turn on the WiFi data saver.

However, there is no reason to avoid shifting to the premium tier which takes just a tap. The first thing it does is removes most ads; though you see them while plugged in, it still is a big relief. Next, it gives you access to many privacy features by watching an advert every four hours if you want to run it for free. Besides, you can add time by continue watching a few ads in one go to see the whole day through.

And while watching ads every few hours is annoying, the duration (4 hours) is decently long, which can be good for the underprivileged.

The highlight feature of the premium plans is you can whitelist certain apps to connect normally without privacy protection and the VPN connection. This is something like the split tunneling we have seen with other established VPNs. This will grant standard speeds to certain apps while the others go through the VPN tunnel.

Another good feature is the mobile data saver which automatically connects to the VPN.

Lastly, the Android VPN+ subscription advertises 10 devices simultaneous connection, unlimited bandwidth, no logs, and full encryption. This seems okay for the price that is under INR 180 (~$ 2.18) a month if you pay for an entire year upfront.

What else you get is a few more locations (eight, as of this writing) to connect to. This brings us to the biggest question…

Is Samsung Max VPN Safe or Not?

The free and premium plans are safe only if you trust Samsung with your data because it doesn’t mention no logs and full encryption, as it does with the paid plan. Even so, it’s unclear what encryption it adopts or which VPN protocol it uses.

Moreover, you only get a few servers in comparison to hundreds of servers with established VPN providers while paying almost the same or even less.

Ergo, it’s not just about the safety; the deal isn’t lucrative enough and might be unsafe for free subscribers. Overall, paying for a feature-loaded Surfshark VPN is better that bills around INR 170 (~$ 2.05) a month for a two-year tenure.

For users seeking a free VPN, there is a much-respected option in Proton VPN forever free plan, which is arguably more secure and comes with greater controls.

A Half-Hearted Attempt

As of this state, Samsung Max VPN has more lows than highs.

Starting with a positive note, its free tier is good (🙄). It acts as a warden to all the installations, telling you about the specific app behavior. But no logs is the bare minimum any VPN should start with, and Samsung Max clearly fails its free users on that front.

Besides, I couldn’t find any dedicated website to get information about its protocols, encryption, features, etc., making it a work in progress at best. And once connected, you can only turn off the VPN by navigating to the Network settings section of your Android, which is really annoying.

With this present state, let us wait to call it a security product we can recommend to the masses. In the meantime, you have some really proven products in Proton VPN, Surfshark, Mullvad, etc., to rely on.

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