OVPN presentation and test report
OVPN is a very well-known provider in this sector. With the company location (Company: OVPN Integritet AB) in Sweden, this provider is characterized by technically flawless and advanced data security. Besides the OpenVPN standards, secure DNS services and multi-hop are also available. As a premium provider, you can also expect the appropriate speed and customer service.
Our conclusion regarding OVPN
OVPN is a Swedish provider that must be absolutely placed in the premium service class. By this, we mean the technically perfect implementation, the use of the best available hardware for servers and also the absolute focus on user privacy. While the service has been known in Sweden for many years, the service has only gained a good reputation internationally since last year, and especially in this area, which has particularly high demands on anonymity in use.
OVPN should, therefore, be ranked absolutely among the VPN services with the highest reliability and ‘security’ even before extended monitoring. VP cascades, an absolute renunciation of log files, and stable security standards complete the service.
OVPN = Fastest VPN from our tests.
Also, OVPN had the fastest speed ever measured in our test. With more than 800MBit/s we could transfer data from Germany to Sweden! This was realized with the new Wireguard protocol, which is currently only available on Swedish servers.
The goal is maximum privacy through the use of OVPN
In any case, the provider is qualitatively equipped and offers many features that above all else, increase the privacy of the users. The servers are 100% owned by the provider and are therefore also protected from monitoring by external hosting providers. Furthermore, no hard disks are used, and the operating system is only carried out in the temporary memory of the servers. This effectively prevents third party access to the running data on the server. Power gone = everything gone!
Images of the applications
2. About the OVPN company
The Swedish company is managed by David Wibergh, well-known entrepreneur that gives the company a reputation. The Service is also not obliged to store or share user data in Sweden. The service has been on offer for more than 5 years and currently has about 100,000 paying customers.
OVPN server in Sweden
OVPN is also a special VPN service because it uses its own hardware and switches and does not rent them from any hosts. Of course, if the provider can control and influence all components himself, this makes a difference in any case. See also, NordVPN Hack.
By using your own hardware, the speeds that can be achieved are often better than with virtual servers, which then have to share the same network card with dozens of other VServers, etc. The scalability may be lower, but OVPN is well prepared for this because of its oversized equipment.
OVPN operates 83 servers in 13 different countries
Wireguard with OVPN
OVPN also offers Wireguard access to its servers in Sweden. Wireguard is a much simpler but no less secure VPN protocol that allows stable connections even through very restrictive networks and is also much faster than OpenVPN in comparison. Therefore, it would be exciting if and when the service offers this technology in other locations!
3. Prices and tariffs for OVPN
OVPN is certainly not a cheap provider, but this is not what we expected when we saw all the technical effort behind the service. In general, the service is in the league of higher-priced VPNs, with the difference that the focus is not on the mass market, but to ensure maximum security and performance for individual customers. Compared to ExpressVPN, which has about the same price, OVPN certainly offers much stronger hardware, even if there are fewer locations.
4. OVPN Applications
The service offers separate applications for macOS, Windows and Linux. The remaining devices are connected via the free OpenVPN application. There are extensive instructions on how to do this and they are certainly easy to use even for laymen.
Own application for Windows, macOS + Linux.
The only applications that OVPN itself provides are the applications for Windows, macOS and Linux devices. These were developed by OVPN itself.
Note: Please note that the instructions are very good and detailed but are only available in English.
Browser extensions + VPN
To be emphasised are the browser extensions that allow a fast server change, which is available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi and Opera.
OVPN Browser Extensions
What is the difference to OperaVPN?
OperaVPN is basically not a VPN service as it only has this confusing name which is supposed to suggest security. With OperaVPN, even encrypted data is visible for Opera operators through the proxies themselves. According to the company’s annual report, the data is sold to third parties for advertising purposes. (OperaVPN is not a VPN!) This is anything but transparent and secure. Although OVPN also uses SOCKS5 Proxy Server for the connection, it does not log the activities of the users. Furthermore, the servers of OVPN are really incredibly fast. What is also ideal is a combination of OVPN network connections + the browser extensions, with which you can easily change your location with a mouse click, e.g. A VPN connection to Sweden and in this Tuinnel a SOCKS5 connection via Germany will be established. This is practically seen as a ‘tunnel in tunnel’ solution which runs stably.
5. Speed tested with OVPN
OVPN is the fastest VPN service we have ever tested. To be fair, we are connected via a Wireguard connection instead of OpenVPN or IEKV2. With OpenVPN, the values are still impressively fast, but hardly reach more than 400MBit/s.
Fastest VPN connection ever measured over the Internet! (>800mbit/s)
The Wireguard protocol, however, processes the data in a much more resource-saving way on the own device as well as on the VPN server, whereby one could safely reach up to 1 Gigabit/s if the Internet was not in between. The servers of OVPN are in any case technically, as well as from accessibility, extremely well set up and adjusted, because that we can measure such values over a longer period, which is rather rare.
6. Privacy with OVPN
OVPN focuses on security and privacy on several levels:
- All servers are real Bare Metal Servers owned by the company and are located in separate lockable racks
- The servers are protected by various encryption methods
- The apps comply with the standards and have additional checking functions to be able to independently check the activated security features
- Browser extensions can actively warn the user when the connection changes, besides, tracking links can also be blocked in the browser. The browser extension also checks the secure connection
- OVPN acts transparently in all activities. It provides users with all the details so that the provider is credible
- You don’t need an email address to create an account
- You can pay with CASH
- OVPN has taken out insurance to protect the company against legal claims from abroad. This insurance also covers the costs that are necessary to conduct legal disputes so that the data of its own users can remain anonymous
VPN cascades are clearly one of the most important special functions offered by OVPN. Besides, however, it also has its own Server-Hardware, the renunciation of hard disks for the entire operation, and also its own firewall, and switches hardware at the server locations. Additionally, it has professional equipment, in direct comparison with other services like NordVPN, which rent only virtual servers, and, naturally, this is outstanding technology.
A cascaded VPN connection from Malmö to Stockholm can also be used to conceal your own identity from targeted surveillance on the Internet. This technique is used by VPN providers for the special anonymization of users. However, there are VPN services that allow users to determine their own Routers. OVPN only provides a Router over two locations and this can be chosen optionally, which increases the total price.
OVPN does not store log files, and most users even use cascades to further obscure the origin and connections. The servers do not have any hard drives and work in RAM disk mode. This means that the entire operating system, whichever is processing the local activity, is only found in the temporary memory. As soon as the server is switched off, all data would be lost.
Therefore, nobody would have been able to extract or access data from the servers. This additionally protects against any seizure of the servers and also against hacker attacks. Through the combination of different locations and the technical design, users are protected to an extraordinary degree from surveillance and prosecution.
VPN Cascaded Connection (Multi-Hop)
7. Streaming with OVPN
Streaming is of course with a service that doesn’t have thousands of servers and is not usually predestined to allow worldwide streaming, but that shouldn’t be a limitation for most users. OVPN has servers in Germany, the USA and some other countries, and these locations are also good to very good for accessing limited local content.
8. Download & Torrent with OVPN
One of the most popular topics for OVPN is certainly torrent usage and downloads. Due to the extremely fast servers that can create and handle thousands of connections at the same time, the service is perfectly suited for this. Also, naturally, a Swedish service is practically in the centre of all Torrent users in Europe, so of course, many of the other partners in Torrent will be connected directly through the same service and therefore a significant speed advantage is achieved. We haven’t found a service where Torrent usage was so fast, although it is difficult to evaluate or compare due to different data, sources and times. But our subjective impression is that Torrent 0 OVPN is absolutely correct.
9. OVPN on the Router
The great strength of the OVPN application is that the operator has even developed its own VPN Router (Vilfo Router) and also markets it. With this Router, data can be transmitted faster than with any other Router I know. In our tests, the Vilfo Router with the highest OpenVPN encryption achieved more than 450,000 kbit/s, which actually is a value that is an exception even in the professional sector. However, the Vilfo Router is not exactly a cheap device, costing more than 400 Euro and only a few users can use it.
OVPN can be used on any type of OpenVPN client Router, and therefore also on the much cheaper ASUS or Gl-iNet Routers. Even with the cascades that have been set up, there are no problems.
10. OVPN for Online Gaming
11. OVPN on the road
OVPN can be used on mobile devices with free apps, which means that the service does not offer its Android or iOS apps but recommends using free apps for it. The setup is a bit more complicated for the layman, but in daily use, this circumstance is quickly compensated.
OVPN can be used via different ports and with OpenVPN via TCP + UDP most of the local locks in combination with
12. OVPN Customer Service
At OVPN, customer service is through direct contact with the customer, which can be done via chat, e-mail or even telephone. (English is however necessary). However, the company’s technicians help personally and no support staff only send standard texts as answers. So, personal customer service is not just a slogan but reality.
13. Overview of OVPN functions
Static Port Forwarding IP Addresses
If you want to connect to a Router or a connected device via a static IP address, you can reserve real static IP forwarding ports for € 3 per month with OVPN. This is the most suitable way to get a static IP address on almost any device that is also accessible across the Internet. Other providers have only limited port forwarders and therefore are not suitable for accessing various devices such as NAS, cameras, or web servers, etc.
Erstellt am: 02/27/2020