OVPN is a 6-year-old VPN service with a pretty good track record. However, I have no clue why it still hasn’t gone mainstream like some other relatively newer VPN providers.
To be honest with you, before writing this review and just by visiting OVPN’s website, I thought that this VPN service would disappoint me. However, I was wrong.
After getting to play around with it for a couple of days, I can say that OVPN is definitely worth getting. It can easily unblock Netflix and other streaming services, it does support torrenting, it is quite fast, and it offers powerful military-grade AES-256-GCM encryption.
The only issue I have with the service is the price. Its 12-months plan starts at $4.99/mo, which can be considered expensive, considering that its server network is relatively small.
But overall, OVPN is a well thought out VPN service with an intuitive Android App. But how does it stand against its competitors? Does it have what it takes to be recommended on TheVPNExperts? Read on to find out or get started with OVPN now.
Key Findings from the OVPN Review
|Servers||90 servers in 17 countries|
|Best feature||Kill Switch, DNScrypt, IPV6, Multi-hop, 2615 anonymous IP addresses|
|Does OVPN work with Netflix?||Yes, it works with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Hulu, but not with BBC iPlayer.|
|Is OVPN good for Torrenting?||Allows P2P sharing across all of its servers|
|Customer Support||Live Chat, but not available 24/7|
|Money back guarantee||10-day money-back guarantee|
|OVPN Pricing||Costly then close competitors $4.99/mo 12 months plan|
|Other findings||Zero Logs, OVPN Integritet AB is registered in Sweden, server selection with ping indication.|
OVPN Speed Test Analysis
Since OVPN only offers 90-something servers, I didn’t expect it to provide incredible speeds. However, once I performed an extensive speed test on it, I was more than happy with OVPN’s performance.
To figure out what OVPN was capable of delivering, I first ran speed tests on servers close to the Netherlands (my actual location) and then also on long-distance servers.
One thing that made my testing so much convenient was OVPN’s automatic server selection feature. I didn’t have to pick servers manually. Also, being able to check latency against each offered server came in handy too. That’s something I found missing in Hide.my name VPN.
Anyways, here’s a table with all the speed test results of OVPN:
|Countries||Distance||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Ping|
|Australia||14792.34 km||65 Mbps||74.32 Mbps||212 ms|
|Canada||6453.43 km||54 Mbps||77 Mbps||200 ms|
|Switzerland||627.7 km||71.3 Mbps||73.66 Mbps||125 ms|
|United Kingdom||677.04 km||66.81 Mbps||89.11 Mbps||119 ms|
|Singapore||10468.58 km||43.65 Mbps||51.23 Mbps||215 ms|
|USA||7505.72 km||56.5 Mbps||63.13 Mbps||264 ms|
For close distance speed tests, I made sure to connect to servers close to my actual physical location in the Netherlands. So, I shortlisted the Switzerland and United Kingdom server locations.
Without OVPN connected, the speeds that I got through my ISP (T-Mobile) in the Netherlands was around 96.11 Mbps download, 92.45 upload, and 12 ms pings on my 100 Mbps connection.
When I connected to the Swiss server, which was only 627.7 km away from my actual location, I managed to get a download speed of 71.3 Mbps, an upload speed of 73.66 Mbps, and a ping of 125 ms. That’s a 28.7% decrease in download speed and a 26.34% decrease in upload speed.
For real-world testing, I played 1080p videos on Youtube and didn’t notice any fluctuations. I also played PUBG while connected to OVPN to test its latency but couldn’t nitpick anything annoying. Throughout my gaming session, my pings stayed roughly between 150 ms to 200 ms.
Aside from the Swiss server location, I also checked out the speeds while connected to the UK server location. When connected, I managed to get a download speed of 66.82 Mbps, an upload speed of 89.11 Mbps, and a ping of 119 ms.
Overall, OVPN performed quite well when connected to close distance servers. I was quite impressed by its overall speeds.
After testing OVPN’s performance over close distance servers, I manually picked three long-distance server locations to test out. I shortlisted the US, Canada, and Singapore server locations.
I first connected to a US server, which was approximately 7505.72 km away from my location in the Netherlands. When I ran the test, I managed to get a download speed of 56.5 Mbps, an upload speed of 63.13 Mbps, and a ping of 264 ms.
Next, I moved on to the Canadian server. This time I noted down my download speed at 54 Mbps and my upload speed at 77 Mbps. My pings dropped from 264 ms to just 200 ms.
As for the Singaporean server, it managed to output a download speed of 43.65 Mbps, an upload speed of 51.23 Mbps, and a ping of 215 ms.
Overall, OVPN performed quite well on both close and long-distance servers. Do keep in mind that VPN speeds are quite subjective. It all depends on your internet connection and your geographical location. Therefore, your speed test results might vary from mine.
OVPN Passed DNS Leak Tests
I do a lot of testing almost on a daily basis. I often come across VPNs that tend to leak left and right. Luckily this was not the case with OVPN. It actually comes with a built-in leak protection feature. You can enable or disable the feature from the settings menu.
When I ran a quick leak test, OVPN passed it without any issues. Here’s a screenshot of the test result.
If you check out the screenshot above, you can tell that since I was connected to a US server, my original Netherlands IP address is totally hidden. That’s a clear sign that OVPN passed my leak test.
I also ran multiple leak tests while connected to other server locations offered by OVPN. I’ve compiled all the test results in a brief table below so you can quickly check those out:
|Countries||IP Leak||DNS Leak|
Overall, I can definitely confirm that OVPN’s leak protection feature actually works and it is not going to expose your real IP address no matter what.
OVPN Can Unblock Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Hulu, But not BBC iPlayer
When testing OVPN, I was quite impressed by its streaming performance. I say this because I was able to unblock Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and even Hulu with it. I simply toggled on the “Streaming services” option, and everything worked flawlessly. The only streaming service that didn’t work with OVPN was BBC iPlayer. Even after trying multiple times, I just couldn’t get it to work.
Before I show you the screenshots of different streaming services that I managed to unblock with OVPN, here’s a screenshot of my original Netherlands IP address without OVPN connected:
To unblock U.S Netflix, I tested the following servers — USA (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York). Out of the six servers that I tested, the Miami server location didn’t work. But the rest of the U.S servers managed to unblock American Netflix almost instantly.
As I mentioned earlier, BBC iPlayer didn’t work. I tried accessing BBC iPlayer with multiple UK servers, however, with no luck whatsoever. Here’s a screenshot of that:
When I tried accessing Hulu with OVPN, I instantly managed to stream a bunch of shows without any issues. Here’s a screenshot of me streaming Harlots on Hulu:
When I tried accessing Amazon Prime with OVPN, it worked on the first try. Here’s a screenshot of that:
I also tried accessing Disney+ with OVPN and it too worked flawlessly. Normally, some VPNs tend to just get stuck on the login screen. I played IRON Man and it worked.
Lastly, I tried using Kodi with OVPN, however, I couldn’t find the ad-on for it. I did try leaving OVPN running in the background while accessing Kodi and it worked out quite well. Here’s a screenshot of that:
Overall, OVPN is good for streaming, but if you want to unblock BBC iPlayer, you might want to try some other VPN. Surfshark for instance can easily unblock BBC iPlayer.
OVPN Works Great with Torrenting
Even though OVPN didn’t perform too great in my streaming test, it actually performed quite well in my torrenting test. Not only does it support torrenting on all of its servers, but it also offers cool features like unlimited bandwidth, a strong no-logs policy and, Kill Switch.
To test out the torrenting performance of OVPN, I first connected to a US server. After getting connected, I managed to achieve a downloading speed of around 106.04 kB/sec and an uploading speed of 4.27 kB/sec.
I also connected to other server locations as well and didn’t notice my speeds dropping or anything like that, even when queuing up multiple torrent files at the same time. Overall, I think OVPN is a fantastic VPN to download torrents with.
OVPN Offers Apps for Most Platforms
Although OVPN is compatible with pretty much anything you can think of, it only offers dedicated apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux. For iOS and Android, you’ll have to rely on manual configurations. But the good thing is that you can find easy setup tutorials on their website.
As far as look and feel go, I’m not a big fan of how OVPN apps look. Their apps are very basic looking in design. But regardless of that, their apps work great, which is what matters the most.
The setup files for their Windows, macOS, and Linux apps are quite small. For instance, OVPN’s Windows app file size is only 75.4 MB. Because of the small file size, it takes little to no time to get installed.
As far as ease of use goes, OVPN’s apps are very easy to use. I like that all the settings of their desktop apps are nicely sorted in a single list. Overall, if looks don’t matter to you, OVPN should be a perfect fit for you.
OVPN Has a No-Logging Policy
And the best part is they even won the court order after fighting for two months for not disclosing their user information. This makes it a solid contender in our list of no-logs VPN services for 2020.
To summarize the verdict, the Rights Alliance and their security experts have not been able prove any weaknesses in OVPN’s systems that could mean that logs are stored.
All of their servers are owned by them and run without any hard drives. Here’s all the information OVPN promises to not log:
- No logging of traffic
- No logging of timestamps
- No logging of DNS requests
- No logging of IP addresses
- No logging of MAC addresses
- No logging of individual user bandwidth volumes
“OVPN can not provide any activity information or logs about users if a court order was issued asking us to provide that information. As previously mentioned, no information about what our users do when connected is stored.”
Another cool thing about OVPN is that they release monthly transparency reports. I really appreciate the fact they don’t hide anything from their customers.
OVPN Offers a 10 days Money-Back Guarantee – Proven
Getting refunds from most VPN providers is never easy. Most VPN providers ask way too many questions. With OVPN, you just have to generate a one-time code from your account profile and send it over to the live chat support team.
After generating my one-time code, I quickly hopped on to live chat support and forwarded it to the support agent.
Since I purchased my subscription via PayPal, I got my money back in my account within 2-days. But do keep in mind that payment methods like credit cards and Crypto can take a while to get refunded. Also, if you paid via cash, you’ll have to visit OVPN’s office to receive a refund.
Key Features of OVPN Service
If we talk about features, I would say that OVPN comes with a pretty decent number of features. You do get a ton of security features. Here are some of the most notable features of OVPN:
256-bit AES Encryption
For security, OVPN uses 256-bit AES encryption in combination with RSA-2048 handshake and SHA-1 for authentication.
Aside from powerful encryption, OVPN offers two VPN protocols which are OpenVPN and Wireguard. But to be fair, OpenVPN and Wireguard are more secure than any other VPN protocol out there.
Like most VPNs, OVPN also offers a built-in Kill switch. If you go into settings, you can turn on or off the Kill switch feature. I’ve tested out this feature and it works exactly as advertised.
DNS Leak Protection
The DNS leak protection of OVPN also works great. It basically prevents your DNS address from leaking when you visit any website. You can toggle on or off this feature from the settings menu
We’ve already tested it out in the leak test section of this review. Feel free to scroll back and check it out.
The DNScrypt feature prevents DNS spoofing. This feature can come in handy in case you experience man in the middle attacks on your DNS calls. The DNScrypt option can be activated/inactivated from the Settings tab.
As the name suggests, the streaming mode basically allows you to unblock streaming services. While the feature sounds great, during my testing, it was unable to unblock Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu. You can enable or disable this feature from the settings menu.
The Multi-Hop feature is pretty cool as it routes your traffic through two data centers located in different parts of the world. It also encrypts your network traffic twice offering greater anonymity.
This feature works great, but it can slow down your speeds. The Multi-Hop feature used to be a paid add-on, however, OVPN now offers it for free with every subscription plan.
Analysis of OVPN Servers
To be honest with you, OVPN doesn’t offer a lot of VPN servers. In fact, it only offers 90 servers in 17 countries. But the good thing is that their servers are fast. In addition, all of their servers operate without any type of storing media. This means that no user logs can be stored on their servers.
While a few servers is not an issue, I do find it odd that they don’t offer any servers in the Middle East. They also don’t offer any servers in China or even in Hong Kong for that matter.
Overall, its server network needs to improve. They should definitely offer more servers and a much diverse server network.
OVPN Apps Compatibility
Compatibility wise OVPN is great. It is compatible with most operating systems and devices. But as I mentioned earlier, it only offers apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux. For other operating systems, you will have to use manual configuration files.
Here are all the operating systems that OVPN is compatible with:
OVPN for macOS, Windows & Linux
As I mentioned before, the desktop apps of OVPN are not too good looking. However, functionality-wise they’re perfect. The apps are light-weight and don’t glitch out like some other VPNs.
The apps are also very easy to navigate through. You can click on the Connect button and the app will automatically connect you to the fastest available VPN server near you. It is super simple and straightforward.
OVPN also lets you pick servers manually from a drop-down list. What I love about OVPN is that it shows you the pings of all the available servers in real-time.
It makes it very easy to connect to the best possible servers. Speaking of connection, OVPN barely takes any time to connect you to its servers. In my testing, it took less than 10 seconds to establish a connection.
Other than that, I like how their apps display incoming and outgoing data through a graph that gets updated in real-time. You can get even more in-depth information if you click on the Statistics tab.
Lastly, I love the top bar which displays when you’re connected to a VPN server, when the Kill switch is activated when a DNS leak occurs, and when the browser extension is installed.
Overall, OVPN’s desktop apps might not look the best, but they’re easy to use, offer tons of features, and display a lot of information to help you monitor your VPN usage.
OVPN for Android & iOS
The Android App for OVPN uses the latest WireGuard VPN protocol. And as per our findings, they are in the middle of developing their iOS app later next year. But you can still use OVPN with iOS by manually configuring it. You can find configuration files and set up tutorials on their website.
Do keep in mind that manually setting up OVPN on iOS and Android can take quite long, however, the setup process is quite easy. It took me around 10 minutes to get everything set up which is not too bad. Here’s how the app interface looks like once you install it via OpenVPN:
While It’s great that OVPN is compatible with iOS and Android, I do wish that it offered downloadable apps on iTunes and Google Play Store like other VPN providers.
OVPN Browser Extensions
OVPN is probably the only VPN service I’ve ever seen that supports browsers other than Google Chrome and Firefox. OVPN offers extensions for four different browsers.
Instead of just functioning as a simple proxy, OVPN’s browser extensions work more or less like a proper VPN.
It helps you block unwanted ads, blocks companies from tracking you, prevents your WebRTC from leaking and it also warns you when you access any website that might require a VPN connection for security reasons.
OVPN Router App
OVPN supports a whole bunch of mainstream routers. Again, you can find setup guides for all of the compatible routers on their website. Here’s are all the router brands that OVPN currently supports:
By following the setup guides on OVPN’s website, I was able to configure OVPN on my DD-WRT router within 15 minutes max.
That being said, if you don’t have much experience with manual VPN configurations, you can purchase a pre-configured router running OVPN from Vilfo for $379.
Does OVPN Work in China?
As per my foreign colleague residing in China, OVPN doesn’t work in China. This can be disappointing for some people, but to be honest, even much more renowned VPNs don’t tend to work in China because of strict restrictions imposed by China’s Great Firewall.
Best Alternative to OVPN
Overall, OVPN is a decent VPN service that packs in some pretty decent features. It works great with torrenting and also offers fast speeds. Having said that, there’s still room for improvement.
By that I mean OVPN should work on adding more servers and establishing a better network. OVPN should also do something about the fact that their service doesn’t work with Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu.
Because at the end of the day, there are other VPNs out there that can deliver better performance. For instance, you can go for Surfshark or ExpressVPN that are known to offer exceptional unblocking performance and rock-solid privacy.
All in all, If you want to get a VPN that’s more affordable than OVPN and offers more features, you might find my in-depth Surfshark vs NordVPN vs PureVPN and CyberGhost vs ExpressVPN vs Surfshark comparisons helpful.
Do I Recommend OVPN?
Definitely, yes. I do recommend getting OVPN. After all, it works great with torrenting, it offers fast speeds and works with Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ too.
However, do keep in mind that OVPN costs $4.99/mo which is considerably more expensive than Surfshark which offers more features and slightly better performance.
If the price is not an issue for you and you can compromise on some features, then really you can’t find a better VPN than OVPN.