OctaneVPN is a well-groomed provider that likes to display its features, so if you like things tidy and neat, OctaneVPN is your guy. This clever provider, though based in the US since 2011, operates outside the country and has a strict no-logging policy.
As for security, you’ll be well taken care of. OctaneVPN uses strong AES 256-bit encryption to support OpenVPN and 128-bit encryption to support PPTP and L2TP/IPSec. In addition, all OctaneVPN clients are equipped with security tools to avoid any exposure while you’re connected to their servers online including a kill switch as well as DNS and IP leak protection.
You can connect to OctaneVPN on all major platforms and a number of desktop or portable devices with a maximum of 5 devices at the same time. It isn’t guaranteed if you can access most popular streaming services and channels with OctaneVPN, but you can definitely use it with Kodi. With unlimited speed and bandwidth, you can carry out P2P and torrenting activities except on US servers.
The website is organized and hugely abundant in setup guides as well as thorough information about the service. Moreover, the customer support via email is exceedingly professional and happy to help with any question. However, the lack of other support channels such as live chat doesn’t get OctaneVPN a gold star.
There isn’t a free trial offered by OctaneVPN, but there’s a 7-day money-back guarantee for new users. On the other hand, if you check their F.A.Q section, it’s mentioned that a 30-day money-back guarantee is provided as long as you don’t exceed 10GB bandwidth. If you’re concerned about giving out your payment details, you can subscribe to any plan with Bitcoin.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
Installing and configuring OctaneVPN on any supported platform is one of the easiest procedures you can come across. We chose their Windows client for testing and were happy with it. The installation process is simple. After downloading the latest OctaneVPN version, authorize, run the file, and then follow the wizard. Finalize the installation process by clicking on “Finish” and you’re all set! We like the overall design of the application. It’s very clear, sleek and highly intuitive. OctaneVPN’s software client surely stands out among its peers for more than one reason. The “Dashboard” is the central part of the app featuring your real IP address, the IP address of the server you’re connected to as well as your credentials. The “Locations” tab, on the other hand, is impressive with plenty of options. For example, the “Auto Group” groups the 10 fastest locations for you or makes groups for each country automatically, while the “My Groups” option gathers all of your custom groups, so that you can easily access them from a drop down menu in the dashboard. Further, there’s a built-in speedtest, a kill switch enabled by default, and you have the option to enable/disable DNS and IP leak protection.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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