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- It uses DNScrypt, an authentication
protocol which helps the application to avoid any data leakage due to any man-in-the-middle attack.
- The “Kill Switch” option is the
primary requirement for safeguarding the data from getting breached if the VPN
connection drops without any warning. OVPN fulfills this requirement by
providing an efficient Kill Switch.
- OVPN provides extensions for three
most popular browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and
Vivaldi. Also, they are working on creating an extension
for Opera also.
- IPv6 data can also be tunneled using
this VPN service. All you need to do is – activate IPv6 under the account tab.
- The company has mentioned that the
VPN service strictly follows “no log
policy,” and for that reason, they use the servers with no storage capacity.
- You can also purchase the Multi-hop
service in addition to the VPN client by paying $5 per month.
- It provides physical security by not
involving any third-party while
establishing a server.
- You can use the service without any
- They provide 99.5% server uptime guarantee
and claim that if they won’t be able to keep
the commitment, the active subscribers will get additional subscription time
for compensating the time when the server wasn’t working.
- They offer live chat support.
However, it is notified that generally they reply under two hours. In our case, they
were not present at that time and asked
us to provide an email so that they could
- The company promotes anonymity, and
for supporting that, they only log email address of the user while making a
payment. Their systems don’t even save the payment
- The extension has an ad blocker as well as track blocker which aids
to enhance the user experience.
- The only protocol available for selection is OpenVPN which is, however, considered the best one. But it would be better if they include other protocols also.
- They only have servers in seven countries for a specified user base. For these seven countries there are ten-twelve server locations which would not render a good speed all over the world.
- Very few features are available which don’t allow the user to have control over the application. It will be appreciated if they add specific features related to bypassing ISP throttling, and DNS configuration.
- In our case, the speed that we experienced was not up to the mark. Maybe, if the servers would be located at a lesser distance, the speed would be more.
- As the company is headquartered in Sweden, it isn’t safe from surveillance program that the “Fourteen Eyes” conducts.
focuses on providing a reliable and transparent service to their users.
However, as they are located in Sweden,
one can’t be sure if the government will act transparently or not.
The company has tried to establish trust by claiming that they use
servers which do not have any storage facility. Because of this, they could not
log any data even if they want to. Well, this claim is not in the form of text,
but one can also see the server images on the websites.
This may look authentic, but you never know!
OVPN has the simplest client, but with limited features. Their
extensions are also worthy of discussion as they offer specific features which
are not present in the client.
Knowing about OVPN from different aspects will help you to decide if
it’s the right choice for you or not!
the most important elements of the whole VPN. Quality and quantity of servers
decide the level of functionality and the internet speed that one gets while
using the VPN client.
OVPN only has its servers in seven countries which are the United
States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Canada, and Norway. In these seven countries there are
ten server locations, and in total, sixty-seven servers.
Because of these many servers in specific countries, the server density
is very high, especially for the European
countries. In the United States, servers are
located in Miami, and Los Angeles which can’t cover the whole United States area, and only Southern part of the
country is covered. It would be better for
users living in the Northern part of the
United States to connect to Canadian servers because of the lesser distance.
When one talks about European countries, the speed and functionality for
Northern Europe are great but not as good for
the Southern part. This is because the countries
selected are all located in the Northern Part. However, if you are a buyer from
these five countries, you will rarely have server related issues.
In the client, they provide the
option to connect with the best server
automatically. If you wish to connect to a server of any specific
country, you can select the option of connecting with the best server from different
countries where servers are available.
Also, if you wish to select the servers manually, you can connect with
them by browsing through the list.
However, we aren’t sure that even if one connects with the best server,
he will receive good speed if he is located in
the continents other than North America and Europe.
Payment Method and Refund
provide five payment methods including cash and bitcoin payment as they promote
anonymity. Other than these two payment methods, one can pay using wire
transfer, PayPal, and credit card.
If not satisfied, you can get refund in 10 days of making 1st payment
If you are not satisfied, they provide a 10-day money-back guarantee, but
only for new users. If you have used OVPN before, you are not eligible for the refund which is anyway justified. The refund is provided if you aren’t satisfied with the
product so, ten days would be enough to determine if this product is good
enough for continuing or not.
if you are not satisfied, and or its service doesn’t match with your
requirements, you can claim the refund in the first ten days.
the consumers who made payment using bitcoin, one will receive the same amount irrespective
of the fluctuation in the exchange rate. For the
refund of cash payment, one needs to visit the office which is located in Sweden. So, we don’t think it
would be a great idea to make the payment using cash.
Transparent VPN Provider
OVPN’s website contains the data that shows that they
are transparent towards supporting no log
policy. The media available on the website contains the images of the server
posted as the proof that the provider doesn’t have any storage device
installed on the system.
Even if the
authenticity of the photographs can’t be
guaranteed, it looks genuine.
They use the application, “AppArmor”
for better security of the users’ data. They have installed a boot server at every
data center which contains all their live images. These live images are also encrypted by XTC-AES 512-bit key
Such features add to the physical security as even if someone tries to gather data through servers, he won’t be able to collect anything useful. That also delivers trust on the VPN provider as they transparently show the efforts that they perform to safeguard the data.
Connection Time Analysis
average, it takes 25.30 seconds for establishing a connection between the
client, and the server. That’s one of the highest connection times, and that is
not appreciated. Sometimes, when the application takes longer time, it notifies
the user that the connection attempt will be aborted and then one needs to
Attempting to Connect a Server
However, some of the other products such as VyprVPN has even worse connection times. In this case, such a high connection time was experienced because of the distance between our location and the closest server location.
Till now the server locations are only dedicated to seven countries, so it
is possible that other countries won’t experience an instant connection. If you
need to connect with the VPN through OVPN within a few seconds, then your
location must be from North America or Northern Europe.
test, disappointment was enormous, but we can’t conclude that every user will
experience the same disappointment. As the application is only dedicated to
seven countries right now, it is not necessary that users from other countries
will experience a high speed.
The closest server location is 6400 km away
which makes it tough for the user to experience a good speed.
Speed Tests Before and After Connecting to The Server
This product will only render an acceptable
speed to you if you are residing in the countries in which servers are
In our case, only 16% of the original download
speed was recorded. For upload speed also,
25% of the original speed was observed, this makes OVPN, an unworthy product if
the speed is the prime requirement.
However, if someone stays in Sweden, there are
rare chances that such a speed reduction
will be experienced as OVPN has the
maximum number of servers here in comparison of other countries. It has three
different server locations in Sweden. That’s why even if the neighboring
countries get connected to it, a decent speed could be expected.
In the case of North America, even if there are
server locations, the server density is not as high as in Northern Europe. So, if you are thinking of
purchasing this product, and speed is your concern, try connecting with
different servers before extending the plan so that you can identify the speed status.
don’t believe that one will get the required speed if he is outside Europe and
Security Settings in UI
already seen that they strive to maintain the physical security of the servers
by the implementation of AppArmor and encrypting the live images.
For software security also, they maintain the same level of security by
providing AES 256-bit key encryption for changing our data into ciphertext.
For authentication phase, they use 2048-bit Diffie-Hellman key which maintains the secrecy of key-exchange. This also helps to avoid sending any data to
the OVPN which might have led to the denial-of-service
Other than that, they provide features such as Kill Switch which
safeguards our data from data leakages when there is an unexpected drop in the VPN connection which may occur due to client
malfunction. Protection from DNS leakage and IPv6 leakage also add up to the
If you install their Chrome extension
you get will get rid of the cookies and
website tracker. By using that, one can also block unwanted ads which may lead
to harmful web pages. Hence, not just for
applications, but it also provides a high
level of security while browsing also.
User Interface and User
Realtime Data Usage Report
A simple user
interface which doesn’t have many features
but takes cares about the usage status.
One can track that how much data is utilized in last sixty-minutes and last twenty-four hours. This data is available
under the statistics tab.
better connectivity, they have also provided various options to connect with a specific server according to the users’
requirement. That allows to easily explore the servers and discover the most
efficient one for his location.
Client Setting Options
user experience could be improved if they
place servers in other parts of the world also. That will help to provide better speed to the user base all over the world. Till now, the servers are only
available for specific locations, and
that’s why user experience varies a lot according to the place where the user is located.
are in the country where their server is present, then probably this product
won’t disappoint you, but if you are in other countries, user experience won’t
be up to the mark.
Direct client download is available for all the
mainstream operating systems: MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Android. Apart from that they also provide setup for Debian, an
operating system based on Linux Kernel.
If you visit the guide page, you will get the
complete idea about the installation process.
Linux distros such as CentOS and Fedora are also available. Even for Ubuntu,
they have three different clients: OVPN,
via CLI, via GUI.
OVPN is also available for routers (Tomato, AsusWrt, DD-WRT, OpenWrt,
PfSense) or else you can purchase the router that the company supports: Viflo,
available at a price of $399.
[Image 10: ContactSupport-via-Client]
Customer support has the Live Chat feature, but the time when we were reviewing the
application, live chat wasn’t available for some reason unknown to us. When we
opened the live chat window, it showed that one can’t connect with the
application now. We clicked on the try again button, but it didn’t work.
If one wants instant help, he can only rely on
their guide and FAQ section. FAQ section was
efficiently divided into twelve different sections. In total there are
more than a hundred FAQs that you can
find under different sections.
Guides are generally for describing the
installation process of various clients available for the different operating system.
Other than that, you can always contact them
OVPN, with the availability for several
platforms, is best suited for the users who wish to connect with VPN by
installing OVPN in multiple operating systems. Its high security will save one
from any data leakage, and no log policy helps to keep the users’ data away
from the eyes of the government.
Even if the company is headquartered in Sweden, due to their physical security, and no
storage servers, the government won’t be able to track the users.
Regarding the speed,
our experience was not good enough, but
that can be because of our location which is very far from any of their servers.
It is expected that speed would be higher
for North America and Europe.
add some more features to upgrade the functionality of the VPN application.
However, if you install the extension along with the product, some more
features such as ad blocker and disabling tracker will improve the user