OVPN is a high-end premium VPN service based in Stockholm, Sweden. They promise to provide a powerful desktop VPN experience effective for preventing DNS leaks, anonymizing your activity, and protecting you from governments and hackers. Do they though? Find out in our full OVPN review.
When looking for a good VPN service, there are a lot of criteria that are essential to narrowing down your choices. The levels of encryption, VPN protocols, speeds, and legal rigamarole are all things that you need to take a focused look at if you want to know whether or not a certain VPN is good for you.
OVPN has robust encryption for a VPN that uses an industry-standard protocol. They have a good server presence in a number of countries, and they also allow P2P file sharing over their services, which is a definite plus.
Their speeds seem to underperform compared to a lot of the competition, and their presence is limited to North America and Europe. This is a bit of a drag, but it also kind of makes sense given the added security and privacy that their VPN promises. We’ll go over this more in-depth down below.
They promise that they don’t log your data and that there are no hard drives used with their servers. OVPN claims that all of their operating systems and configuration are kept on RAM, which is an interesting little quirk.
Taking a look at their platform support, we can see that they have an extensive list of supported platforms that extends to mobile devices and routers. It’s a pretty long list, which is an encouraging feature. Being able to develop competently for all of these platforms is quite impressive.
OVPN also offers American IP addresses, giving you access American content on Netflix, HBO, Pandora, and other services. HULU, unfortunately, does not work with OVPN. Still, this is pretty comprehensive unblocking coverage.
Their prices, while a bit steep, are relatively worth it considering all the security features they have taken care of. They also accept most major forms of payment, including cash.
One other cool little quirk about OVPN is that they allow BitTorrent traffic, and their network is secure enough that you shouldn’t have any problems with privacy or security while doing your P2P file sharing.
Although they have a blog where they talk a lot about free speech laws and VPN tech, they don’t really go into whether or not their VPN works in China. We’ll get into this more, later on. For now, it’s safe to assume that it probably doesn’t offer comprehensive functionality to circumvent the Great Firewall.
Their customer support can be reached through live chat, email, or through a contact form on their website. They also post their company’s address and phone number for contact purposes.
The client also has a sleek interface, which new users will have no trouble engaging with.
Is OVPN safe to use?
Short answer: Yes.
The company takes a lot of pride in giving you the most secure experience possible. Although their server presence is limited to North America and Europe, the servers themselves are designed with security in mind. These are configured so that all write permissions are suspended, stopping logs from being created on the server itself.
As we’ve said before, their servers are kept in secure locations with no hard drives of any kind, with the operating system and configuration running off of RAM. This serves to drive home just how serious this company is about their no-logging policy.
Their actual encryption uses AES-256 with RSA-2048 and SHA-1. These are really solid and reassuring in tandem with their no-nonsense approach to no-logging. OVPN also uses the OpenVPN encryption protocol.
In addition to these features, OVPN also offers security against DNS and WebRTC leaks, which is backed up by user experiences. There’s also the kill switch, which drops your connection in the case of a VPN failure, and the Multi-hop feature, allowing for successive VPNs to be used in a chain.
Overall, OVPN is a VERY safe VPN. They take privacy very seriously, and all of their security features check out.
HOWEVER… As for the legal details, Sweden allows the use of VPNs in their country, but they are also part of the Nine Eyes Alliance, meaning their data can be shared with the governments of other countries such as The United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, and Norway. If you’re using their service properly though, this shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s important to note nonetheless.
Speed & performance
When testing OVPN for speed, we experienced up to 50% slower speeds, which is considered fairly average.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that individual speed results are going to vary. In order to do your own test, unfortunately, you would have to buy the service, as they offer no free trial. There is, however, a 10-day money-back guarantee.
How to install and use OVPN
Getting to the download page is a bit unintuitive. You actually have to click on the “guides” button at the top, which will take you to a list of different platforms that are supported by the service. Clicking on whichever one you want will take you to the download screen where you can get some simple installation instructions, as you can see above (for the Windows client).
Using the client is fairly easy. They claim that no configuration files are needed. The settings page allows you to customize your kill switch settings and most other things that you would expect.
It’s nice that they have a good, straightforward interface, allowing for even inexperienced users to safeguard their browsing practices. Another good thing to note here is the blogs on their website which provide an excellent learning resource to go along with their service.
Apps & extensions
OVPN seems to run on, literally, everything. Their website boasts a long compatibility list, including all major platforms, as well as Ubuntu, iPad, Synology NAS, and a myriad of different routers. Being able to develop the type of security and speed this company provides for all those different platforms is quite impressive, and probably has a lot to do with how slowly the company is expanding.
Even though their server presence is growing slowly, their coverage of major platforms, as well as routers, is very comprehensive. Before springing for OVPN for use with your router, make sure to check that list and see if your router firmware is supported.
They also offer a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, and Opera. This allows you to protect against WebRTC IP address leaks, as well as purge cookies and block ads.
Is OVPN good for Netflix?
OVPN has US IP addresses available for your enjoyment, allowing you to access streaming content that is geo-locked to the US. They claim that their service is effective for unblocking Netflix, HBO, Pandora Internet Radio, and “other streaming services”.
A unique quirk of this feature is that they offer American IP addresses without actually having any servers there. The actual addresses are apparently allocated to Frankfurt. This is an advantage if you happen to be in Europe, but less so if you’re somewhere else in North America.
Getting the American IP through OVPN is as easy as connecting through any of their servers in Frankfurt.
What about torrenting?
OVPN allows torrent traffic on their networks and provides the security features in order to use them unmolested. User reviews and blog posts on OVPN’s own site talk at length about using the client for torrenting. This is all very nice, as torrenting has become more and more sketchy in recent years, and having the comprehensive no-logging support of OVPN behind you can definitely put some of your concerns at ease.
There is also nothing too concerning in their PP or ToS that could be cause for concern. Of course, it’s always good to do your own reading of this kind of literature.
Overall, OVPN doesn’t raise any red flags for torrenting, but it’s worth noting once again that Sweden is part of the Nine Eyes Alliance.
OVPN in China
Although OVPN has some information in their blog about China’s VPN laws and the Great Firewall, they don’t make any claims about their functionality in China, and the lack of customer reviews on the topic leads me to believe that it’s probably a no-go.
It’s possible that OVPN may work with some Chinese providers, but it’s probably better to be safe than sorry. Hopefully, in the future, we will see more activity from OVPN in this area. They provide DNS blocking, but no other features that would help against many of the ill-understood methods that the Chinese government uses to block VPN use.
OVPN offers support through email, contact form, and live chat. The also post their mailing address and phone number which is a nice touch.
In terms of the actual support, the team seems to be effective, even if their response times are a little slow. If customer support is really important to you, this feature might seem a bit lacking, but it’s nice to even have live chat support in general.
These prices are fairly above average for monthly and yearly plans with any major VPN. The added bonus here is that you get all the extra security features and meaningful no-logging guarantee that a lot of other hosts can’t match.
There does seem to be a strict device limit. Although we weren’t able to find any information on how many simultaneous connections you’re able to use while connected through OVPN, it’s safe to assume it’s capped at one.
That being said, it’s important to keep the multi-hop feature in mind, which allows you to chain successive VPN connections.
There is also no free version or trial offered with OVPN, and you will have to purchase the service to try it out for yourself. They do, however, offer a money-back guarantee for ten days of service. It’s always a good idea to take a good look at their refund policy before banking on this, though.
OVPN accepts all major forms of payment, including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, PayPal, Bitcoin, and cash. The cash option is a nice touch for anonymity.
The bottom line
Overall, OVPN seems like a very powerful and trustworthy VPN solution. Their encryption and no-logging policy are top-notch, and they seem to have a genuine commitment to offering quality services and the utmost privacy conditions.
There are some issues with their lack of support avenues, their mixed scores on performance, and the lack of support for users in China. That being said, overall, their VPN services are very much worth the money.