HideMyAss – Secure and Anonymous VPN Service
VPN services are more and more used to hide IP addresses and provide anonymity due to their simplicity and efficiency. Most of these services offer connections through PPTP protocol and some offer OpenVPN connections. Both are functionally the same, in that they both are VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). As far as anonymity, both offer encryption and they hide your IP address.
What is the difference between those two? PPTP vs OpenVPN – which one should you choose? Next, I will try to answer these questions.
PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol)
PPTP is popular because it is easy to configure and it was the first VPN protocol that was supported by Microsoft Dial-up Networking.
The problem is that PPTP does not provide confidentiality or encryption. It relies on the protocol being tunneled to provide privacy.
A typical upgrade path for PPTP is L2TP/IPsec. The adoption of improved VPN technologies has been slow because PPTP is convenient and easy to configure, whereas L2TP/IPsec requires a shared key or machine certificates.
OpenVPN is a free and open source virtual private network (VPN) program for creating point-to-point or server-to-multiclient encrypted tunnels between host computers.
It uses the OpenSSL library to provide encryption of both the data and control channels. It lets OpenSSL do all the encryption and authentication work, allowing OpenVPN to use all the ciphers available in the OpenSSL package.
PPTP vs OpenVPN?
Let’s compare these two on the following criteria:
PPTP is still offered as a way to connect due to its simplicity. You can set up a PPTP connection with no software at all. OpenVPN is a little more difficult to set up but with the right tutorials, an average computer user should not encounter any problems.
OpenVPN is considered to be extremely secure when compared to the PPTP VPN, and also more stable. Plus one for OpenVPN.
iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Mobile, all work with PPTP. These are very easy to set up, and just a Host Name, Login, and Password will have you connected. OpenVPN does not work on such devices.
Update: Starting from iOS 10, iPhone and iPads do not accept PPTP connections, only L2TP, IPSec, and IKEv2.
To sum up, if you are looking for high security and privacy you should choose OpenVPN. If you need easy-to-setup VPN, PPTP is a good choice.