BolehVPN Review – How Does BolehVPN Rate On Privacy And Security Parameters?

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BolehVPN is a privacy solution that was launched in the year 2007 by a Malaysian company. The BolehVPN project started off as a private project to counter censorship and speed throttling but over the years it has matured into a full-fledged VPN solution. Apart from VPN services, the company offers game server hosting, Seedbox hosting and Mumble hosting services to people. In this informative review article, we will rate the features of BolehVPN’s VPN services and help you to understand how it works to protect your privacy.

Server Locations & Accessibility Options
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

When compared with other big VPN companies, BolehVPN offers a relatively less number of server locations. The company has servers in just 9 countries and the choice of server locations indicate a strong focus on Western VPN markets. Here is what you should know about BolehVPN’s server locations and the accessibility options that are available through the service:

1) Server Locations – BolehVPN has deployed its servers at the following locations:

United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Luxembourg.

2) The company allows unlimited access to all servers as well as unlimited number of server switches per month.

3) The VPN service makes it extremely easy to unblock GEO-IP restricted streaming services such as CBS, Netflix, Pandora, FOX, Hulu, NHL, CWTV, NBC, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, MLB, TNT, USA Network, MTV, BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, 4OD, iTV, Demand 5, STV, Sky Go, UK TV, CTV, E!, Global TV, CBC, , Spacecast, Deezer, Spotify, RTL, AT5, Rara, Canal+, TV Lab, ProSieben, Zattoo, 3sat, , Vox, Das Erste, Sat.1, Pluzz, RTVNH, Film1, TMC, Sport1, Eurosport, Voddler, TF1, WimpMusic, SVT, Swiss TV, CMore, Arte, D8, Viva TV, Wilmaa and RTS from anywhere in the world.

Speed and Bandwidth Options
(Rating – 5 out of 5)

BolehVPN is highly suitable for online activities that demand high speeds and consume a lot of bandwidth. The company does not have an upper limit on speed or bandwidth so you can download unlimited content, stream movies and TV shows and play games online without bothering about running out of monthly quota. The service has a high tolerance for torrenting activities and is even known to boost P2P speeds. The BolehVPN VPN client even allows you to ping servers and run speed tests beforehand so you can connect to the fastest servers available.

Privacy And Security Features
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

BolehVPN is a great choice for those who take their privacy seriously. There are no mandatory data retention laws in Malaysia so the company logs absolutely bare minimum connection details that are required to run the VPN network. Here are some additional details regarding the security features that are available with the service:

1) Protocols & Encryption – BolehVPN delivers its service through OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec protocols. While most of the traffic gets encrypted with 128 bit AES encryption, there is an option to use a higher level of encryption (256 bit AES) for even more security.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – Since public Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere these days, you are bound to use them at one time or another. But did you know that most of the wireless providers use an absolutely bare minimum level of security? This could be the reason why Wi-Fi hotspots have become so popular with cyber criminals and hackers. When you are connecting to a low security wireless network at a mall, airport or a coffee shop; you are essentially inviting shady elements connected to the network to steal your private information. That’s why it has become essential to use privacy solutions like BolehVPN while using public wireless networks. The service creates a shield of security around your wireless activities so even hackers and sophisticated data sniffing programs won’t be able to steal your data or money.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – BolehVPN makes it extremely easy to bypass censorship, surveillance, logging, firewalls and monitoring. This feature comes handy when you are visiting China and wish to unlock Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and Blogger from there. The service includes a higher security connection mode (known as xCloak) that allows you to connect to your favorite sites from China or Iran without bothering about the Deep Packet Inspection activities carried out by the Chinese or Iranian authorities.

4) Logging Policy – BolehVPN does not keep logs of any kind. The company may initiate logging for a period of few hours for maintenance or to identify people who are breaking their terms of service but the customers are kept in the loop regarding such practices. Regardless of the logging outcome, the company does not hand over customer data to third parties under any circumstances.

5) Data and Application Security – BolehVPN encrypts and protects your sensitive data from all kinds of security threats. This allows you to shop online and carry out financial transactions without any worry.

The company offers many types of connection modes to secure different types of online activities. The Proxied mode is akin to using a proxy and allows you to secure just one application, the Surfing/Streaming is best for those who use VPN services for streaming content whereas the Fully Routed connection mode offers protection for all applications (VOIP, FTP, emailing, messaging etc.). As mentioned earlier, the company also offers xCloak mode of connection that provides a higher level of encryption (256 bit) and allows you to use a VPN service where traditional or low encryption privacy solutions (including VPNs) cannot be used.

Setup & Ease Of Use
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

BolehVPN offers its own OpenVPN client for Windows and Mac. The VPN client supports features like automatic updating of configuration, running speed tests, checking server status, prevention of DNS leaks and auto-reconnection in case the service goes down. However, the software does not allow you to bind applications with it so your real IP address could get revealed if the connection drops suddenly.

In addition, the service can be manually configured on iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Linux and even DD-WRT routers. The service supports OpenVPN on Android and iOS through the OpenConnect app but it is also possible to use the service via L2TP protocol on computers and mobile devices. People with less technical experience may get overwhelmed by the number of configuration options available but the support team is willing to provide 100% remote assistance if you are unable to configure or use the service.

(Rating – 4 out of 5)

BolehVPN’s unlimited plans are available for $10 for a period of 30 days ($17 for 60 days, $46 for 180 days and $85 for 365 days). The company does not provide free trials but you can test the service for 7 days by paying just $3.7. Unfortunately, the company does not offer refunds unless you are unable to use the service due to technical reasons so it is almost compulsory to use the trial plan to test the service. On the positive side, the company provides bonuses and rewards that can be used to extend the subscription or even encashed. You can even extend your subscription period by referring the service to your friends.

Customer Support
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

The company provides customer support through Email, Live chat, Twitter, Facebook and its own forum. The support team is even willing to provide remote assistance through Teamviewer if you face recurring connection or technical issues.

Overall Rating and Final Verdict
(Final Rating – 4.5 Out of 5)

Overall, we were satisfied with BolehVPN’s VPN service. The service is fast and dependable, provides multiple connection options and does not log customers’ browsing activities. So if you are looking for a VPN service that you can count on, don’t forget to test the BolehVPN service.

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