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OverPlay VPN Review – How Does OverPlay Rate On Security And Privacy Parameters?



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OverPlay VPN is a well-known privacy solution provider that has been around since 2008. The service was launched by a UK based company which also offers a SmartDNS solution to its customers. In this detailed article, we will examine and rate different features of OverPlay’s VPN service and help you to make a decision regarding subscribing to the service.

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

OverPlay offers an impressive choice of VPN server locations. The company has more than 100 servers in 48 different countries. Here are some additional details regarding the accessibility features that are available through the service:

1) Server Locations – OverPlay has deployed its VPN servers in the following countries:

United States, France, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Norway, Romania, Denmark, Belgium, Argentina, Poland, Spain, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Taiwan, Austria, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Israel, Bulgaria, Belarus, Iceland, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Singapore, Ukraine, Bahamas, South Korea, Turkey, Egypt, India, Mexico, South Africa and Estonia.

2) The company permits unlimited number of server switches per month so you can connect to all 100+ VPN servers with one subscription plan.

3) The service makes it ridiculously easy to unblock premium On-Demand streaming services like NHL, Netflix, FOX, Pandora, Hulu, NBC, CBS, MLB, HBO Go, USA Network, CWTV, MTV, TNT, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, 4OD, Sky Go, iTV, Lovefilm, UK TV, STV, CBC, E!, CTV, Global TV, Spacecast, Rara, WimpMusic, RTL, Voddler, Deezer, TV Lab, Zattoo, Canal+, Spotify, ProSieben, AT5, Das Erste, Eurosport, Vox, TF1, RTE, Direct 8, Sat.1, Arte, RTS, NRK, TV Tokyo, Wilmaa, TVB, TV Japan, Mio TV and MyTV regardless of your current location.

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

OverPlay offers fast browsing and streaming speeds with every subscription package. The company does not have monthly quotas for bandwidth so you can stream HD content, download huge files and make calls through VOIP without bothering about bandwidth consumption. The company has specific servers for video streaming and gaming so you can stream content and play games without experiencing slowdowns occurring due to encryption. The company even permits legal P2P traffic within its network.

For streaming videos, you may also subscribe to OverPlay’s SmartDNS service which offers near ISP speeds for streaming content (due to lack of encryption). The SmartDNS service supports most popular streaming services and the company can even add support for new services upon request.

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

OverPlay is a smart choice for those who are concerned about their online privacy and security. Here are some security features available through the service:

1) Protocols & Encryption – OverPlay VPN protects your privacy through PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols. The service offers 128 bit CBC-Blowfish encryption to its VPN subscribers which is adequate for protecting most online activities.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – The OverPlay VPN service also acts as a shield against hacking and snooping attacks that occur on pubic wireless networks. The free-to-use wireless services available at commercial establishments often have a poor level of security so you need to make sure to use a privacy solution to protect your data and privacy from unauthorized access and eavesdropping. OverPlay will protect you whenever you connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot at a shopping mall, airport, coffee shop or a restaurant.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – OverPlay makes it extremely easy to bypass all types of firewalls, surveillance, monitoring, censorship as well as snooping and logging activities. Once you connect to OverPlay’s servers, you would be able to access Facebook and YouTube at your school; unlock Gmail, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from China and even use Skype from Middle Eastern nations. The company has even deployed some special servers (known as Safemode servers) which offer extra layer of security at places where the level of censorship is extremely severe.

4) Logging Policy – OverPlay records connection timestamp and bandwidth consumption details for a period of few days. The company does not share service usage data with anyone unless it is ordered to do so by a court.

5) Data and Application Security – The service guarantees the safety of your sensitive information such as passwords, social accounts and financial transactions. Once you are connected to the service, you can log into your bank and PayPal accounts, shop online and connect to your favorite social networks without revealing your data to criminals or data sniffing programs. The service even goes one step ahead and protects all applications that connect to internet with one click so that your data is not leaked through other programs or online activities.

Setup & Ease Of Use
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

OverPlay offers a custom-made VPN client for Windows and Mac operating systems. The OpenVPN based program automatically connects to fastest servers available within a country and allows you to change servers and check connection logs and your new IP address with a single click. And while there is no application binding facility available (useful to shield IP during service disruptions), the advanced mode makes it easy to change protocols, check server speeds and switch to specific servers available within a country.

Additionally, the service can be configured manually on Linux, iPads, iPhones, Android, Boxee, DD-WRT and DrayTek routers. The service is available for iPads, iPhones and Android devices through PPTP and L2TP protocols. The company also allows multiple connections from a single location. For instance, you can have more than one connection from your home, school or office but you cannot have one connection from your home and another from your office.

As mentioned earlier, the company has reserved certain servers for specific activities. Gamers can connect to gaming servers to improve ping times, streaming media fans can connect to Smart Servers to experience streaming speeds and customers needing extra level of security can connect to Safemode servers. In addition, there are some internally linked servers available (known as ‘A’ to ‘B’ Servers) which provide faster connectivity to a specific location (for example, Australia to US).

Pricing
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

OverPlay’s SmartDNS service is available for $4.95 per month while the VPN service starts from $9.95 per month ($27.95 for 3 months, $52.95 for 6 months and $99.95 for one year). And while the company does not offer a free trial, it provides 48 hour money back guarantee to VPN subscribers and 14 day refund guarantee to SmartDNS customers.

Customer Support
(Rating – 3.5 out of 5)

The company provides customer support through live chat and tickets. It also makes sense to browse through the Knowledgebase section on the company’s website since the support team has published detailed troubleshooting instructions for common VPN errors. In the past, many customers have complained about the response time of the support team so you many have to wait for some time to get resolution to your queries.

Overall Rating and Final Verdict
(Final Rating – 4 Out of 5)

Overall, we were quite satisfied with OverPlay’s VPN service. While the company can definitely improve its customer service, it provides a fast and dependable privacy service to everyone. So if you are looking for a truly reliable VPN service that you can count on, don’t forget to subscribe to OverPlay.

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