OVPN Review

Speedy, easy to use, and good for torrenting

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4.4

OVPN

OVPN

OVPN

What We Like

  • Simple-to-use app

  • Automatic killswitch

  • Unlimited bandwidth and data allowance

  • Extensive security and privacy options

  • Plenty of different devices are supported

  • You can pay with cash

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn’t work with Netflix

  • No free trial

  • Vague policy about simultaneous connections

  • Only 72 servers to choose from in 11 countries

OVPN might not work with Netflix, but it’s simple to use and offers fast download speeds, making it an ideal candidate for avid torrenters.

4.4

OVPN

OVPN

OVPN

Based in Sweden, OVPN is one of the smaller VPN service providers on the market. Steadily growing in size and quality, it offers some useful extra features as well as extensive device compatibility. 

We conducted extensive tests on OVPN to see what speeds it offers, how well it performs with streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as how secure it is. It's a little more expensive than some other well-known VPN clients, but its unique features make it a worthwhile option for peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing.

Design: As Simple As You Need, As Complex As You Want

OVPN offers the best of both worlds with its app design. If you simply want to connect to a VPN to mask your current IP, you can click the Connect button and the app connects to the fastest available VPN server near you. For simple, hidden web browsing, this is a perfect setup. 

Alternatively, if you want to choose your location, you can click Show on the app and choose the location from a dropbox list of places. In each case, you can select Choose the best server in x country and OVPN does the rest of the hard work for you. Wherever you choose, connecting typically takes a matter of 5 to 10 seconds with a timer showing you progress. 

Once connected, there are graphs highlighting the amount of incoming and outgoing data, along with indicators that demonstrate when the Killswitch is activated, and any potential DNS leaks. Further statistics are available by tapping Statistics. OVPN easily has one of the best user interfaces out there. It's clear and concise and gives you just the right level of information each at each level. 

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OVPN 

Setup Process: Reasonably Straightforward

Signing up for OVPN is fairly straightforward. On the site, you can go to Get Started before entering your details to create an account. There's no free trial with OVPN, although there is a 10-day money-back guarantee if you're not happy with the service. While you need to enter a username and password, an e-mail address is considered optional (although recommended in case you need a password reset). Then you just choose a payment option and download the required software client. 

Device Compatibility: Extensive Compatibility

OVPN offers extensive device support along with guides on how to get started for the majority of them. It has specific software for Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu, along with manual OpenVPN setup guides for Debian, Manjaro, Raspberry Pi, FreeBSD, CentOS, Fedora, Android, and iOS. OVPN also works with many routers, as well as devices such as Synology NAS units. Finally, there are dedicated browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Vivaldi, with one for Opera coming soon. Basically, there's compatibility for almost all users here. 

OVPN also offers its own proprietary router called Vilfo. It costs $399 and it's a powerful device that promises to be 40 times faster than the average consumer router, as well as energy-efficient and fan-less. No technical knowledge is required to set it up and you can use it in conjunction with your existing router if you want an additional layer of protection.

Basically, there's compatibility for almost all users here. 

Performance: Pretty Speedy

OVPN promises to connect you to the best server every time and in our experience, it did. We connected to a server in the U.K. and we found an ever so slight dip in speed during speed tests but we never noticed a problem while in use. When connecting to a server much further afield (in our case, a connection between the West Coast and the U.K.), the speed drop was a bit more noticeable but again, didn't feel obvious in regular use. This remained the case whether we were connecting during peak or off-peak times, suggesting that OVPN has is a highly reliable service, no matter what you intend on doing with it. 

Browsing websites, there was no pause during regular use and we didn't notice any difference to browsing unprotected. Similarly, downloading files felt hardly any different than usual, even when queuing up numerous torrent based files.

Streaming videos through YouTube was no problem with no buffering to be seen, and an effortless service throughout.

The only issue? Reports suggest that OVPN doesn't work in China but we couldn’t confirm. Bear that in mind if you require a VPN client while traveling in China.

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OVPN

Streaming Services: A No-Go Option

OVPN is pretty fast and offers unlimited bandwidth for no extra charge. It's unfortunate then that it's not suited for streaming services. As soon as we tried to watch anything on our Netflix account, we received a VPN blocking notice. Similar tests provided the same results when trying to view content on Amazon Prime.

Unfortunately, that means turning OVPN off to watch streaming content and you won’t be able to change your geolocation to access banned content from other countries.  

Privacy Policy: Fairly Strict

OVPN is based in Sweden — a member of the 14 Eyes surveillance agreement which can potentially pressure tech firms to hand over logs. Having said that, OVPN is so confident about its privacy policy that it has insurance that covers legal fees in the event that a customer faces legal challenges because a third party demands (and receives) information about OVPN users’ activities while connected through the VPN. As far as we could tell, OVPN has never once handed over such information when it was requested.

OVPN also operates its servers a little differently from most in a physical security feature the company is proud to share. None of the servers have hard drives attached to them. Instead, all relevant information, including operating information, is stored in RAM which means OVPN has no permanent log of its users' activity, even if it wanted to keep them. Individual bandwidth information is also not stored. It's a unique approach that seems to work for the company so far.

OVPN is so confident about its privacy policy that it has insurance that covers legal fees in the event that a customer faces legal challenges.

Security Features: Reassuringly Extensive 

OVPN's security features will look familiar to anyone researching other VPN clients. It's extensive and exactly what the majority of users require from such a service. 

Its features include:

  • OpenVPN encryption: It's the most secure VPN encryption currently available.
  • AES-256 encryption: Combined with RSA-2048 handshake and SHA-1 authentication, OVPN uses military-grade levels of protection although it's worth noting that RSA-2048 is a little outdated.
  • Extensive public information on server setup: OVPN is keen to be as transparent as possible, so a dedicated part of its site explains all about how the company keeps your data safe. It's reassuring reading.
  • Automatic Killswitch: If your connection drops for some reason, the Killswitch is activated and no more data is sent or received by your computer until you restore your connection via the VPN.
  • Optional add-on packages: For an additional fee, you can purchase a Public IPv4 add-on which allocates you a public IPv4 address. You can also buy the Multihop add-on which routes your traffic through two of OVPN's data centers, drastically minimizing the risk of being detected.
OVPN
OVPN 

Torrenting: Speedy and with no limits

OVPN is a strong contender for any avid torrent user. It has unlimited bandwidth, a strong no-logs policy, and there are no limitations placed on what server users can connect to for torrenting purposes. 

In our speed tests, we found downloading torrents via OVPN to be pretty reliable, too. While downloading multiple torrents, we found only a minimal speed drop compared to if we were doing so unprotected. These speeds and level of performance-based degradation depends on what server you connect to, but with OVPN's promise of automatically connecting you to the fastest and nearest server to you, you don't need to think about this too deeply. The automatic killswitch also means you can focus on what you're downloading rather than worry about security concerns. 

Price: Reasonable and flexible 

OVPN rests neatly between the frequently on offer price from NordVPN and the slightly heftier asking price of products such as ExpressVPN. A month by month plan costs $10.99 per month, with that price dropping to the equivalent of $8.33 per month for 6 months or $7 per month if you commit to a 12-month subscription plan.

Unlike other VPN services, you can pay for OVPN with cash. To do so, you need to mail the cash to a physical address in Sweden along with a one-use code that promises to never link back to you after the payment is accepted. If you're keen that there are no audit trails back to your identity, this is the best method out there, although there is the risk of mailing cash.

Unlike other VPN services, you can pay for OVPN with cash.

Competition: OVPN vs. NordVPN

For all VPNs, NordVPN is consistently the paid service to beat. The Panama-based firm frequently runs heavy discounts on its services, especially if you commit to multiple years at a time, so it's here that it easily beats OVPN. If you're willing to commit to two or three years, it's hard to touch NordVPN when it comes to low prices.

However, when dealing with month by month plans or one year at a time, OVPN looks more attractive. Its user interface is far easier to use than NordVPN's, and while OVPN can't beat NordVPN for the number of virtual servers to choose from, it also offers some neat features you can't get elsewhere.

NordVPN wins streaming, though, since it’s superior when it comes to compatibility with Netflix. Plus it allows for more than one device to be connected simultaneously, too.

For the most part, it all comes down to what you need as to which service is better, with both offering worthwhile features and speed.

Final Verdict

OVPN is a solid and dependable VPN client. Its app is incredibly easy to use yet also offers plenty of options for more advanced users. We appreciated its open policy when it came to privacy and security, ensuring you can feel confident about the service it provides to you. Netflix support would have been a convenient addition, but for avid torrenters in particular, this is still a very worthwhile VPN to subscribe to.

Specs

  • Product Brand OVPN
  • Price $10.99
  • Usability Good
  • Speed Good
  • Operating Systems Windows, Mac, Debian, Ubuntu
  • Mobile Platforms Android, iOS
  • Browser Platforms Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi
  • Log Files No
  • Devices/Connections at a time Unconfirmed/likely to be 1
  • Server locations 11 countries, 72 servers
  • Support type Email
  • Torrenting Yes
  • Netflix No
  • Encryption OpenVPN, UDP, TCP, AES-256 encryption
  • Jurisdiction Sweden
  • Payment options Credit card, Paypal, Bitcoin, Cash
  • Price $10.99/month
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