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OpenVPN.ru Review

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Site: www.openvpn.ru
Site languages: En/Ru

OpenVPN.ru INTRODUCTION

Openvpn.ru provides the basic OpenVPN and PPTP standard utilizing the off the shelf OpenVPN software application at 10 times the cost of other VPN services. Openvpn.ru has a small network of servers and a switching plan that costs as much as most services charge per year! This review only covers Openvpn.ru’s Open VPN service.

The standard OpenVPN application does not protect against the dropping of your internet connection and is missing some basic features. Openvpn.ru provides excellent privacy.

Review Summary

Openvpn.ru has double VPN to allow you to connect in one country but exit in another. But the very basic standard OpenVPN application which is unfriendly to use and the exorbitant prices it charges leaves this service in the middle of the VPN service heap. There are other VPNs with really good applications and larger server networks with fees at one tenth the price.

The standard OpenVPN application does not protect against the dropping of your internet connection and is missing some basic features. Openvpn.ru provides excellent privacy.

OpenVPN.ru PROS:
• Excellent Privacy
• Multi Hop
• Double VPN

OpenVPN.ru CONS:
• Hugely expensive – 10x the same price for comparable VPN services
• 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
• 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.
• Fair support
• Poor FAQs
• Does not support IPv6

Full Review

From Order to Installation: ★★★½☆ 

With Openvpn.ru your account is up and running within 24hours of your paying them. The problem is that you can only pay with Western Union or other cash based payment systems. Not very convenient, but private and anonymous.

The installation process begins with:

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

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Once you have gone through the installation process, one has to copy and paste the server locations and certificates from the Openvpn.ru support to the configure file.

We are dealing with the simple and standard OpenVPN software package with no Openvpn.ru technology added. Also beware if you have any OpenVPN products on your computer you need to uninstall them for this version to operate.

Software/GUI: ★★★☆☆ 

Your Openvpn.ru application is just a sys tray icon that needs to be opened to connect to a list of servers. It has no other features whatsoever. Openvpn.ru 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.

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 servers.

When you click on the server you want the server connects and turns green, if it’s yellow it’s connecting, red its 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. Openvpn.ru 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.

Updates: Openvpn.ru 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. One always has to re-choose the server. If one needs to restart this application a couple of times a day, it’s tiresome.

Features: ★★★☆☆ 

Openvpn.ru 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.

Openvpn.ru doesn’t offer dedicated IP option which complicates online shopping and banking as the merchants and third-party payment processers see multiple IPs which will trigger fraud alerts. Also there is no way of knowing in advance which server is currently not available or slow due to its location or current load.

But Openvpn.ru does provide DoubleVPN so that when you connect to a server in country X, you are enabled with the IP address of another country Y.

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

This service has a small network with servers in 6 countries: USA, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Germany and the UK. For additional fees, they provide OpenVPN in Russia. If you want to use multiple servers switching you have to pay exorbitant fees for the pleasure.

Prices for one USA server is $50 per month (equivalent to what some services provide per year).
Prices for their MultiVPN package for switching between 6 countries costs $100 per month or $900 per year! 10 times what most services charge per year! Who buys this at this price??

Initially I connected with the USA server and the ping time for this server was without any latency compared to other VPN servers. The Turkish server was less good and had substantial latency compared to other servers and was not good enough to use for VOIP.

Openvpn.ru offers you servers outside of Russia so that they don’t get in trouble with their host country. Unfortunately this does not provide you with many servers in off shore jurisdictions. Perhaps Turkey is the only one.

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

Presale support and Post-sale support is done by email and live chat. It took them 6 hours to respond to emails.

Scope of Protection:

Protocols: ★★★½☆ 

Utilizing standard VPN protocols, Openvpn.ru changes your IP, removes packet headers and provides you with a single assigned IP from any of its servers. The dynamically allocated shared IP adds security by making sure your data packets are mixed up with everyone else’s as they exit Openvpn.ru’s servers. Openvpn.ru 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 and PPTP utilizing the OS of your computer

Openvpn.ru does not support IPv6 or port forwarding.

Encryption: Pending Test

Encryption Strength Specified: 256 Bit

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

Server Security: Pending Test

To be independently tested pending permission from Openvpn.ru.

Privacy: ★★★★★ 

This service claims that it does not keep any server logs and claims to use safe DNS servers without any logs, but there is no independent verification of this. Openvpn.ru states that there is an absence of filters of ports/protocols.

Because the service is in Russia and Russia has no data retention act or treaties with third countries with respect to data retention, the privacy on these servers should be quite good. In effect, Openvpn.ru is off shore.

OpenVPN.ru Review Summary

Openvpn.ru has double VPN to allow you to connect in one country but exit in another. But the very basic standard OpenVPN application which is unfriendly to use and the exorbitant prices it charges leaves this service in the middle of the VPN service heap. There are other VPNs with really good applications and larger server networks with fees at one tenth the price.

The standard OpenVPN application does not protect against the dropping of your internet connection and is missing some basic features. Openvpn.ru provides excellent privacy.

OpenVPN.ru PROS:
• Excellent Privacy
• Multi Hop
• Double VPN

OpenVPN.ru CONS:
• Hugely expensive – 10x the same price for comparable VPN services
• 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
• 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.
• Fair support
• Poor FAQs
• Does not support IPv6

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Features Overview

OpenVPN.ru Service Description
Price: 50-180 USD per month
90-350 USD per 2 months
130-260 USD per 3 months
250-900 USD per 6 months
500-1500 USD per year
Bandwidth Limitations: Unlimited
Server Locations: US, UK, NL, CZ,TR, DE
Data Logging: No
VPN Protocols: OpenVPN
Encryption Strength: 256-bit
Public IP: Shared
Other features: Multi-hop connection, portable VPN for extra 5 USD
Payment Methods: WebMoney, WesternUnion, MoneyGram
Test Account: 20 minutes
Moneyback Guarantee: ?
OpenVPN.ru TOS & Privacy Policy
p2p Allowed: No
Mass-mail Allowed: No
Personal Data Collected: No
OpenVPN.ru Company Information
Location: Russia
In business since 2005
Other Security Products: Allocated VPN servers on 1,2,5,10 users + service (Nl, US)

Information incomplete or incorrect? Please let me know!

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