OneVPN Review

OneVPN Review (2019)

OneVPN Highlights

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  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Logging:  No (Traffic), No (IP address), N/A (Connection)
  • Bypass VPN Block (DPI): OpenConnect
  • Pricing: $3.99 (per month, in yearly subscription)
  • Allows P2P/ Torrent: Yes
  • Simultaneous connections: 5
  • Live Chat Support: Yes
  • Custom clients/apps: Yes
  • Alternative website: N/A
  • Trustpilot rating: 3/5 (2 users)

My First Impression

The OneVPN website lacks about us page, and there is no much information about the either. The only information that is given on their social media accounts is that OneVPN is active since 2016 and is based in Hong Kong. OneVPN has a nice-looking website and, has three language versions: English, German, and French. In addition, OneVPN has a responsive online chat support.

Does OneVPN keep logs?

 

In general, I expect detailed information on which logs are stored by a VPN provider, and which are not.  On the Privacy Policy, it is stated that OneVPN does not track  physical address, IP address, payment information, online activities. In other words, traffic logs and IP addresses are not stored, but no information is given about connection logs, so I assume that OneVPN keeps connection logs. 

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OneVPN Logging Policy

To sum up, we can assume that OneVPN does not store:

  • traffic logs (i.e user activity)
  • IP address
  • No information is given about connection logs
OneVPN also claims that they do not share data with third parties, because they do not have data o share. 
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OneVPN Privacy Policy

Does OneVPN bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) or similar VPN blocking firewalls?

Countries like China, Iran, UAE etc. implement firewalls that block access to VPN services. As an example China uses the Great Wall of China (GFW) system to block most VPNs and proxies. Some VPN services use extra protocols so that users in those countries can bypass VPN block.

I contacted OneVPN support and asked whether OneVPN has a special protocol that works in China, and I was told that they offer OpenConnect protocol.

OneVPN anti-DPI Protocols

Here is the definition of OpenConnect protocol:

 

OpenConnect is an open-source software application for connecting to virtual private networks (VPN), which implement secure point-to-point connections. Cisco AnyConnect VPNs utilize TLS to authenticate and configure routing, then DTLS to efficiently encrypt and transport the tunneled VPN traffic, and can fall back to TLS-based transport where firewalls block UDP-based traffic. 

Testing OneVPN

OneVPN offers 7 day free-trial when signed-up via Android app. I registered in order to check how oneVPN performs in my country. As usual, I run tests on my android phone and Windows 7 laptop, on both ADSL and cellular network. 

As mentioned above OpenConnect is the only anti-DPI protocol that can overcome deep packet inspection.  OneVPN has standalone app/software for both Windows and Android platforms (but no native app for iOS though). First, I tested OneVPN using its program, which connected for a couple of minutes and then disconnected. Since I used trial version only limited number of servers were available, and only one of that servers worked. 

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OneVPN Windows test

Next, I tried connecting using OpenConnect GUI software, where I had to configure manually. The VPN seemed connected, but I was not able access censored websites.

OneVPN Windows test

Afterwards, I tested OneVPN on my Android phone, both with native app and third-party app by OpenConnect. The native app lacks OpenConnect protocol, which as a result did not bypass the firewall. On the other hand, OpenConnect app connected successfully, however with a bit slow speed.

OneVPN Android test

To sum up, OneVPN evades DPI on Windows (OpenConnect), not stable, and Android (OpenConnect) platforms.

Is OneVPN affordable? (OneVPN’s pricing)

OneVPN offers one standard plan with 5 multi-logins for $48 annually. In other words, when subscribing for a year, cost per device per month is $0.79, which is a good pricing.

OneVPN Pricing

OneVPN accepts major credit/debit cards, Paypal, Perfectmoney, BitPay, Paymentwall (WebMoney, GiroPay, UniPin) and various Gift Cards.

OneVPN offers no credit card required 7-day free trial when registered using Android app. In addition, there is a 7 day money back guarantee, only if you can give a valid reason and did not consume more than 3 GB traffic.

What features are offered by OneVPN?

– Supported Platforms

OneVPN supports Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android. NVPN can be configured manually using OpenVPN on various platforms.  OneVPN offer features like kill-switch, ad-blocker, anti-malware and NAT firewall. P2P/torrenting is also allowed on OneVPN.

– Supported Protocols

OneVPN supports PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, and OpenConnect protocols.

OpenConnect is available on Windows and macOS standalone softwares and OpenConnect app on Android and iOS.

– Number of Servers

OneVPN offers 368 servers in 57 countries. 

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OneVPN Features

Conclusion

What I liked:

  • No logs kept (traffic, IP address)
  • OpenConnect protocol (bypass DPI) (not stable on Windows)
  • Torrents/P2P allowed
  • Pricing $0.79 per device/month
  • Cryptocurrency accepted
  • Anti-malware, ad-blocking, kill-switch

What I didn’t like:

  • No native app on iOS
  • No OpenConnect protocol in native Android app
  • Not stable on Windows (OpenConnect)

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