If you want to hide your own IP address or access blocked content, the easiest and fastest way is to connect to a VPN. There are plenty of VPN service providers on the market, and it can be difficult to find the best. In this review we will check out OneVPN that claims to be the "Most Secure and Fastest VPN Service for Everyone" and see how it performs.
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by OneVPN. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author, who maintains editorial independence, even when a post is sponsored.
OneVPN is a new player in an already crowded market. Launched in May 2016 with free access to its VPN, it has only started to release its paid premium plan in July 2016.
Most premium VPN services cost between $4 and $7 per month for their annual plans. For OneVPN it costs $48 per year, which amounts to $4 per month. However, it is currently giving out three years of free access for the purchase of the annual plan. This amounts to $1 per month ($48 for four years of access), which makes it one of the most affordable premium VPN services around.
OneVPN supports OpenVPN (TCP and UDP), PPTP and L2TP protocols. It is also supported in a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS and pretty much any electronic device that can connect to VPN. However, setting it up can be easy or complicated, depending on which OS you are using.
It comes with an installer (still in beta version). Once downloaded and installed, you can launch the OneVPN application, enter your username and password, select the protocol and location, and click the "Connect" button. This will connect you to the VPN. It's pretty easy and straightforward.
The only gripe I have with the software is that both the installer and application are unsigned which UAC will easily flag as potentially harmful software. This means that when you launch the application, UAC will issue a prompt saying that you are launching/installing a software with an "Unknown publisher." It doesn't give its users faith that it will provide security.
For Mac and Linux users OneVPN doesn't provide any software that you can just click to connect. Instead, you have to manually configure your network connection to connect to the OneVPN server. This is not a big deal for Linux users, though, since most VPN services (for Linux) require you to go through the same configuration. If you are able to follow the instructions in their tutorials, you should be able to connect to their VPN rather easily.
OneVPN has an Android app that you can install from the Google Play Store. Once installed, you can launch the application, select the server you want to connect to and click Connect.
For OneVPN it currently has servers in eighteen countries (two in Asia, two in Oceania, two in North America, one in South America and eleven in Europe). Compared to its competitors, this is a very small list. Personally, I don't find this to be a big issue, as the locations that I always connect to (USA, UK or Singapore) are available in OneVPN. Most VPN service providers will boast about the number of servers they have worldwide, but the fact is that most people only connect to one or two locations in the whole list, and connection from a remote country often has high latency and low connectivity.
One of its unique features is the built-in ad blocker. When you are connected to OneVPN, you will find that all the ads magically disappear. OneVPN includes ad-blocking technology in all its servers, so wherever you go you won't see ads at all. One bad thing for us publishers is that there is no whitelist function in the ad-blocker. That means if you are connected to OneVPN and want to support us by viewing our ads, you can't do it.
To test the performance of OneVPN, we ran speed tests of OneVPN in different locations.
This is the speed test of my Internet connection without any VPN connection (I am on a 1Gbps Fibre broadband connection).
The speed test result when connected to OneVPN's Singapore server (the region where I am based).
The speed test result when connected to OneVPN's US server.
As a comparison, I connected to another VPN service (a very popular one), and below is the speed test result:
As seen in the results above, OneVPN is not the fastest VPN as it claims. However, it is not much slower than its competitors. I would say that the speed is quite comparable. Streaming videos is rather smooth, too, and doesn't come with any lag.
Note: The above results were received from the installation, but we have been assured that better results can be achieved if the user gets the help of technical support.
Privacy and Anonymity
I carried out a few tests to check if OneVPN is really hiding my identity and not leaking my IP address.
My physical location is in Singapore, and my local IP address is 184.108.40.206. Here is what the various IP tests reveal when I am connected to OneVPN.
Simple IP test using whatismyip.com.
Extended IP and DNS test using whoer.net.
Torrent Download IP test using Torguard.net.
In short, OneVPN does a really good job in hiding your location and IP address.
One thing about OneVPN is the built-in ad-blocker that automatically blocks all ads on all websites. It is pretty handy for the end-user (not so much for the publisher though). The low price point and its other features (NAT-firewall, anti-malware, connection speed, privacy, anonymity, etc.) also make it one of the best values for a VPN service. On the other hand, the software aspect is something they should look into and improve.
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