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UltraVPN Review

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UltraVPN Review
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Site: www.ultravpn.fr
Site languages: Fr/En

UltraVPN INTRODUCTION

UltraVPN provides a free OpenVPN with the standard off the shelf Open source configuration. UltraVPN has a tiny network of servers (France & USA) with no server switching.

The standard OpenVPN application does not protect against the dropping of your internet connection (and is therefore highly insecure) and is missing all the basic features. UltraVPN’s stated privacy sounds good but as a French company with French servers appearances may prove deceptive.

The recent enforcement of the French Law Hadopi has internet users deeply concerned as to how to comply with the law and not be spied on by the French government. The parent company of UltraVPN, Lynanda, is a French company that creates software to log and report Skype traffic for corporations and governments. Lynanda writes it provides “A universal software able to detect and filter Skype and P2P traffic”. The French Law is clearly at odds with UltraVPN and it’s odd that Lynanda would be in such a business unless they were already compliant with French Law. There is something amiss here. I would stay away from this one.

Review Summary

UltraVPN provides a free OpenVPN with the standard off the shelf Open source configuration. The protocol is enabled by the OS of your computer as UltraVPN does not provide any software of its own so it’s not user friendly. UltraVPN has a tiny network of servers (France and USA) with no server switching and one IP!

The standard OpenVPN application does not protect against the dropping of your internet connection (and is therefore highly insecure) and is missing all the basic features. UltraVPN’s stated privacy sounds good but as a French company with French servers, appearances may prove deceptive.

The recent enforcement of the French Law Hadopi has internet users deeply concerned as to how to comply with the law and not be spied on by the French government. The parent company of UltraVPN, Lynanda, is a French company that creates software to log and report Skype traffic for corporations and governments (dictatorships). Lynanda writes it provides “A universal software able to detect and filter Skype and P2P traffic”. The French Law is clearly at odds with UltraVPN and it’s odd that Lynanda would be in such a business unless they were already compliant with French Law. There is something amiss here and we think that Lynanda is providing this free service for a price. The price may be that your data goes to the French government (who share everything with the Americans or vice versa as they only have a server in the USA). I would stay away from this one.

UltraVPN PROS:
• Not a one

UltraVPN CONS:
• Does not protect your originating IP if the internet connection fails. All your applications will be switched to your local IP and you may not know it – an OpenVPN problem that is fixed by the better VPN services.
• No real privacy with French servers and the enforcement of the new French laws
• Parent company, Lynanda, makes software that is used to log and cache Skype for dictatorships worldwide.
• No server switching, if you want multiple countries, you have to buy multiple plans.
• Software standard OpenVPN with NO features and user un-friendly & inconvenient
• No automation on start up
• No automatic choice of fastest server (lowest latency)
• Dynamic IPs and Static IPs not available
• No support
• Does not support IPv6

Full Review

From Order to Installation: ★★★½☆ 
(Problem connecting to UltraVPN? Follow our instructions below)

With UltraVPN your account is up and running immediately.

The installation process begins with:

This is the standard OpenVPN software provided by OpenVPN.org, the open source org. UltraVPN does not provide any additional software to make this application more useful and with more features.

Then agree to the license agreement (which is the standard OpenVPN license agreement and software found on 90% of the VPN services):

We are dealing with the simple and standard OpenVPN software package with no UltraVPN technology added.

Software/GUI: ★★★☆☆ 

Your UltraVPN application is just a sys tray icon that needs to be opened to connect to one server. It has no other features whatsoever. UltraVPN employs the OpenVPN standard application with no modifications. The application is the unmodified OpenVPN format that requires it to be opened with admin permissions (Windows & and Vista), login credentials have to be entered for each launch of the application (no possibility to save password); as in full OpenVPN implementation.

The application in its full glory is just a little red icon in the systray on the right hand bottom of your computer. That’s the application. Click on that and you get your server.

When you click on connect you want the server connects and turns green, if it’s yellow it’s connecting, red it’s off. Not much of an application considering 90% of the VPNs have precisely the same thing with no technology adds whatsoever. This has no other features whatsoever. UltraVPN employs the OpenVPN standard application with no modifications. The application is the unmodified OpenVPN format that requires it to be opened with admin permissions (Windows & and Vista), login credentials have to be entered for each launch of the application (no possibility to save password); server has to be chosen for each launch, as in full OpenVPN implementation:

What’s the main problem? If your internet connection goes down, you won’t know about it and your ISP will see your originating IP, thereby making it quite useless to use the software in the first place. What’s the point if you can’t hide your IP? So there you are, downloading a song or some other P2P and your underlying connection dies for a couple of seconds. Everyone sees your IP, including your ISP which now has to report this event to the government and you get another letter and you lose your internet connection for at least one year. So this software does not really help you unless you are a very savvy technician and can modify OpenVPN to solve this problem. It’s not for the majority of people that need to hide their IP. Particularly not in France today.

Updates: UltraVPN provides updates based on OpenVPN.org.

Ease of Use: ★★★☆☆ 

As this is the standard OpenVPN application, it is not very user friendly. It cannot be automated for startup of the computer and requires some 5 clicks to start each time. If one needs to restart this application a couple of times a day, it’s tiresome.

Features: ★★★☆☆ 

UltraVPN has the standard features of OpenVPN but has not many application features of its own to the standard OpenVPN configuration. It has no automated features, choice of fast servers or other features that the better VPNs have and this basic OpenVPN application is a nuisance.

UltraVPN doesn’t offer dedicated IP option which complicates online shopping and banking as the merchants and third-party payment processors see multiple IPs which will trigger fraud alerts.

Server Network: Location, Availability & Speed: ½☆☆☆☆ 

This service has a server in the USA and the main originating server in France. That’s it. One server in America. I couldn’t find any other servers no matter how many times I connected. Not only that, I could only find this one IP address. One IP? For a whole service?

I connected with the USA server and the ping time for this server was with 10% latency compared to other VPN servers. The UltraVPN server is overused and provides too much latency for most users. Certainly if you are living in Europe and you only have one server in the States, there is no much you can expect from that in terms of speed.

It also appears that the controlling server which is the remote link is a French server (which is also used as entry server):

Which means that your connection login is controlled by this French server which sees your originating IP. Not good. Particualarly in a country which is looking for originating IPs to hit you with infringement claims and wants to turn off your internet connection.

By the way there are two French servers that are used for this. Below is the second one:

Presale Support to Product Help & Support: ½☆☆☆☆ 

Support is done by a forum that no one seems to visit. There is no support. Well it’s for free, what could you expect? Unless you want to purchase online drugs – the forum is full of that!

Scope of Protection:

Protocols:★½☆☆☆ 

Utilizing standard VPN protocols, UltraVPN changes your IP and provides you with a single assigned IP from one server. This is a major problem. Anyone sitting on that one server and one IP could easily get all the data traveling down that one server. This is the only service that we checked that appears to have one server and one IP!

UltraVPN does not provide you with the choice between Dynamic IP Servers and Static IP servers which is very useful for use with PayPal accounts and Credit Card vendors.

Protocols: OpenVPN standard utilizing the OS of your computer
Encryption Strength Specified: 128 Bit

UltraVPN does not support IPv6 or port forwarding.

Encryption:Pending Test

The effectiveness of any VPN provider is dependent on how effective is the encryption. Our independent encryption Test of UltraVPN is in process and will be posted here when completed.

Open VPN provides 128 Bit

Server Security:Pending Test

To be independently tested pending permission from UltraVPN.

Privacy:½☆☆☆☆ 

UltraVPN states that it does not keep traffic logs. But the servers are run by Lynanda. This is French company:

Lynanda CS
11 rue François Coppée
92240 Malakoff

French law now states: “Persons whose activity is to offer access to online communication service other than private messaging have to keep data permitting the identification of any person having contributed to the creation of any content related to the service” UltraVPN states at its forum that: “UltraVPN doesn’t provide any hosting service nor internet access, therefore it is outside the field of application of this law.” But it’s clear that UltraVPN and Lynanda are required by law to keep logs and determine the underlying IP of any user because the service offers access to online communications and data transfer (that’s the whole point of a VPN). UltraVPN is simply misrepresenting the facts here. And they admit to being pressured by the French to drop Torrents, so they are susceptible to pressure because they are in France. “Due to some pressure in the countries where we have servers (France & USA), we had to stop supporting torrent”

Yet UltraVPN confirms its servers are in France (as the IPs confirm above) and its servers are run by Lynanda whose main business is developing and selling software that caches and logs Skype users for governments and businesses worldwide (http://www.lynanda.com/various-news/traffic-filter-released-as-opensource). Hmmmm. Lynanda is actually proud that their filtering software is used successfully by the Chinese government. “The system is reported to be used successfully by the Chinese local ISP, China Telecom. Skype will be blocked in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou using this filter”. And “The ability to provide a universal software able to detect and filter Skype and P2P traffic, independently of the software version, was critical for businesses and ISPs. The release of this software under an opensource licensing scheme will undoubtly open a new window in the traffic management scene.”

So do you really want to use a service that is in bed with a company that cracks and logs Skype for dictatorships worldwide and are proud of it? Sounds to me like UltraVPN is just a Lynanda offshoot that provides information to the French government so that Lynanda can continue selling its filtering and logging technology to dictatorships without fear of reprisal. That’s the problem with free VPNs. There is always a price to pay and you don’t find out until it’s too late. Better pay for your security than leave it up to a free service that has an ulterior motive and agenda for getting money out of the scheme.

UltraVPN Review Summary

UltraVPN provides a free OpenVPN with the standard off the shelf Open source configuration. The protocol is enabled by the OS of your computer as UltraVPN does not provide any software of its own so it’s not user friendly. UltraVPN has a tiny network of servers (France and USA) with no server switching and one IP!

The standard OpenVPN application does not protect against the dropping of your internet connection (and is therefore highly insecure) and is missing all the basic features. UltraVPN’s stated privacy sounds good but as a French company with French servers, appearances may prove deceptive.

The recent enforcement of the French Law Hadopi has internet users deeply concerned as to how to comply with the law and not be spied on by the French government. The parent company of UltraVPN, Lynanda, is a French company that creates software to log and report Skype traffic for corporations and governments (dictatorships). Lynanda writes it provides “A universal software able to detect and filter Skype and P2P traffic”. The French Law is clearly at odds with UltraVPN and it’s odd that Lynanda would be in such a business unless they were already compliant with French Law. There is something amiss here and we think that Lynanda is providing this free service for a price. The price may be that your data goes to the French government (who share everything with the Americans or vice versa as they only have a server in the USA). I would stay away from this one.

UltraVPN PROS:
• Not a one

UltraVPN CONS:
• Does not protect your originating IP if the internet connection fails. All your applications will be switched to your local IP and you may not know it – an OpenVPN problem that is fixed by the better VPN services.
• No real privacy with French servers and the enforcement of the new French laws
• Parent company, Lynanda, makes software that is used to log and cache Skype for dictatorships worldwide.
• No server switching, if you want multiple countries, you have to buy multiple plans.
• Software standard OpenVPN with NO features and user un-friendly & inconvenient
• No automation on start up
• No automatic choice of fastest server (lowest latency)
• Dynamic IPs and Static IPs not available
• No support
• Does not support IPv6

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