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BolehVPN Review

BolehVPN

BestVPN.com Score 8.5 out of 10
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With all the natural beauty and culture of South-East Asia, the region’s governments online censorship of websites like Facebook, Youtube, and Google is truly a headscratcher. Whether it is Singapore, Vietnam, or Malaysia, countries in this region are notorious for limiting Internet access. This is where Seychelles-based BolehVPN comes into the picture, offering a great solution for those looking to fully unblock the Internet. Keep reading this BolehVPN Review to find out for yourself!

VPN Stats

  • Server Locations 12
  • Average Speed N/A Mbit/s
  • Simultaneous Connections 2
  • Jurisdiction Seychelles

Likes

  • One day free trial
  • VPN through Tor
  • Bitcoin payment accepted
  • Option to choose between OpenVPN or L2TP protocol
  • Seychelles based

Dislikes

  • No telephone or live chat support
  • Signing up for the one day trial can be a hassle

Features

Port forwarding
Total servers 35
Countries 12
Simultaneous connections 2
Bare metal or virtual servers Combination
Router Support
Routers Supported Asus-WRT-Merlin Routers, SabaiTech Routers, DD-WRT OpenVPN Routers
Allows torrenting
Port selection

Supported platforms

Windows
MacOS
iOS
Android
Linux
Windows Phone

Protocols offered

PPTP
L2TP/IPsec
SSTP
IKEv2
OpenVPN

Privacy

Jurisdiction Seychelles
Logs Traffic
Logs Connections
Logs Timestamps
Logs Bandwidth
Logs IP Address
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
Website tracking? Google Analytics

Performance

Data limits
Bandwidth limits
IPv4 leak detected?
WebRTC leak detected?

Payment

Visa/MasterCard
Amex
Cryptocurrency

Security

Kill Switch
Obfuscation (stealth)
Self-hosted/Proxied DNS No
IPv4 leak protection
IPv6 leak protection

Support

Free trial Yes - 1 day
24-hour support
Live chat support
Money-back Guarantee

Unblocks:

Netflix
iPlayer

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Features

Port forwarding Not available
Total servers 35
Countries 12
Simultaneous connections 2
Bare metal or virtual servers Combination
Router Support Available
Routers Supported Asus-WRT-Merlin Routers, SabaiTech Routers, DD-WRT OpenVPN Routers
Allows torrenting Available
Port selection Available

BolehVPN is a Seychelles incorporated company which enjoys freedom from any mandatory data retention logs. They do have offices in Hong Kong and Malaysia, although this is strictly for business purposes and doesn't affect their logging policy. BolehVPN has the advantage of being a company local to the S.E Asia region, with company founders and leaders present on their support team to answer any questions. They have nearly 10 years of experience in industry, having been founded in 2007. BolehVPN has servers in 13 countries all over the globe, with their most popular locations being the U.S, U.K, and Switzerland. They also provide game server hosting in the South-East Asian region.

You can have up to two simultaneous connections on a single IP address when using BolehVPN. This isn't as impressive as IPVanish (up to five) or ExpressVPN (three), but should be enough for the typical user. BolehVPN has six different configurations available for their VPN client, with Proxied, Fully Routed, and Streaming configurations some of the options available. Tor users will also appreciate BolehVPN's support for VPN through Tor, offering increased anonymity and privacy.

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Speed and Performance

In order to get a better idea of how BolehVPN performs, we conducted a few simple speed tests on their German, U.K, and U.S servers.

Graphs show highest, lowest and average speeds for each server and location. See our full speed test explanation for more detail. As you can see, the speeds we reached were pretty solid with the exception of their UK servers, where we got some pretty poor results. We were, however, impressed by the performance of their Germany location. DNS and IPv6 leaks (check here for more information on these terms) didn't show up either, but don't forget to check this yourself through ipleak.net.

Leak tests

Data limits Not available
Bandwidth limits Not available
IPv4 leak detected? Not available
WebRTC leak detected? Not available

Price

BolehVPN offers a single plan with pricing starting at $3.70 for a seven-day trial. Further pricing starts at $9.99 month-to-month while purchasing annually knocks off a third of the price to just $6.67 a month.

 

A free, one-day trial is available to test out BolehVPN's service, although this does (somewhat annoyingly) require a sign-up and e-mail to their sales team to get going. They do not offer refunds or a money-back guarantee for their service, so make sure to take full advantage of their trials before signing up long term. BolehVPN accepts Bitcoin and Dash mobile payments in addition to the usual credit and debit card payments. Bitcoin is also a welcome option for those looking for increased anonymity on the Internet. BolehVPN does not recommend using prepaid cards with certain country restrictions, as these might experience issues when signing up.

Ease of use

Windows Available
MacOS Available
iOS Available
Android Available
Linux Available
Windows Phone Not available

Signing Up

Signing up to BolehVPN's service is quick and easy, while also not requiring any payment information during sign up. You will need a working e-mail address and name to sign up, with referral incentives also available. Upon registration, they send an e-mail with your account number and username, which is necessary in order to sign up for their one-day free trial. Once your account is setup, you can download the app for your specific platform.

Windows client

After you create an account, you can download the BolehVPN client for your platform. The Windows client file size is only 6.9 MB, which makes for a quick download even on slow connections. The Windows client is pretty standard when compared to other VPNs, as it is largely easy to use and configure based on your needs. The main dashboard allows you to manage your connections, view daily and monthly bandwidth statistics, and view your current connection details.

The client also comes loaded with features such as auto reconnect, DNS leak protection, and a VPN kill switch that can make your life a lot easier. You can also view a detailed VPN connection log from the main interface. Proxy settings can also be managed from a separate part of the client, although keep in mind that any proxy setups will require you to set up the specific software prior to connecting.

Other Platforms

BolehVPN has support for iOS through OpenVPN Connect, in addition to standard clients Windows/Mac/Linux operating systems. Android users have access to BolehVPN's slightly custom version of the VPN for Android app. We tested Boleh VPN on iPhone to see how quick we could set up our device. Setting up the service through OpenVPN Connect was relatively easy, although it did require us to separately download and transfer BolehVPN's configuration files. DD-WRT users are also given an exclusive guide and support for setting up BolehVPN on a DD-WRT router.

Other Services

In addition to their VPN services, BolehVPN also offers game hosting for popular online games such as Counter-Strike and Minecraft. There is light mention of this on their website, so it seems game server hosting doesn't seem to be a priority selling point for them. Tor users will also appreciate BolehVPN's support for VPN through Tor, giving extra anonymity and privacy to your Internet activity. It is important to remember that this will result in a further decline in connection speeds, however. Those looking to unblock streaming services such as Youtube and Netflix will enjoy the BolehGEO servers (Asia, E.U, and Canada) that are also offered. These work in a similar way to a SmartDNS service, making bypassing silly geo-restrictions much easier.

Customer service

Free trial Yes - 1 day
24-hour support Not available
Live chat support Available
Money-back Guarantee Not available

Newcomers and veterans to VPNs alike understand how important support can be. BolehVPN takes customer support seriously, with company founders and leaders being available to answer your questions. You have the option to either submit a ticket through their Zendesk support system or e-mail them directly at support@bolehvpn.net. We were somewhat disappointed by the absence of a live chat or telephone support feature with BolehVPN, as these can be lifesavers when an urgent issue arises. In the process of signing up BolehVPN's free trial, we contacted their sales department to request the trial after signing up. While e-mail response times can be extremely long, we were happy to receive a reply to our email in just over an hour. Very impressive.

BolehVPN also has a Twitter and Facebook profile, which might result in a quicker response. Helpful articles and guides related to VPNs are also published on these networks daily.

Security and Privacy

Kill Switch Available
Obfuscation (stealth) Available
Self-hosted/Proxied DNS No
IPv4 leak protection Available
IPv6 leak protection Available

BolehVPN users have the option to choose between using the OpenVPN or L2TP protocol (we recommend OpenVPN!). P2P connections and proxy servers (HTTPS and SOCKS) are also available if needed.

Encryption Protocols

PPTP Not available
L2TP/IPsec Not available
SSTP Not available
IKEv2 Not available
OpenVPN Available

As mentioned already, BolehVPN is registered in Seychelles but operates out of Malaysia. This means that they are subject to Seychelles laws regarding data retention and logging. Luckily, this means they are exempt from a silly U.S Patriot Act or EU law regarding data retention. BolehVPN's commitment to privacy is strengthened by their use of 256-bit (128-bit for surfing/streaming servers) AES OpenVPN encryption with RSA-2048 handshake encryption and SHA-512 hash authentication. Perfect forward secrecy is provided by a Diffie-Hellman-4096 key exchange.

If you don't understand what all this means, please check out VPN Encryption: The Complete Guide (TL:DR BolehVPN uses very strong OpenVPN encryption). It also has a nice "xCloak" feature which further scrambles Internet traffic to make it even harder for ISP's to recognize VPN traffic.

Although a no logging policy is in place, Boleh does state that they may temporarily use logging to identify unusual activity on their servers (high bandwidth, an excessive number of connections, etc.). While this isn't too worrying, those seeking complete anonymity might be better served looking elsewhere. Those looking to engage in any P2P activity will be happy to see that BolehVPN offers fully support for P2P connections, with unlimited bandwidth also in place for big downloads.

Final Thoughts

Simply put, BolehVPN is one of the best VPN services out there. They don't collect logs, use awesome encryption, and plenty of extra features without emptying your bank account. VPN through Tor, BolehGEO, and their impressive software all make great additions. The speeds (especially on their U.K servers) give some reason for worry, but other locations we tested were pretty standard. Head on over and take advantage of their one-day free trial for yourself!

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9 Comments

  1. grotocol
    on January 23, 2018
    Reply

    bolehVPN is scam. i've just subscribed for a 1 year and none of their servers are up !!!! avoid it absolutely !!!!!

  2. kingu3
    on December 8, 2017
    Reply

    why didn't you mention bolehvpn uses Perfect Forward Secrecy

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to kingu3
      on December 11, 2017
      Reply

      Hi kingu3, I have updated the review with this information.

  3. bob
    on March 21, 2017
    Reply

    SO slow! it is complete garbage! sooo slow

  4. Joseuser
    on November 17, 2016
    Reply

    I've used BolehVPN on and off for several years and agree that it is a great service. They hit the sweet spot for privacy, performance, and geographic needs. They're the real thing and not some NSA honeypot.

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