OpenVPN uses the OpenSSL library to provide encryption of both the data and control channels. It lets OpenSSL do all the encryption and authentication work. Thus, it allows OpenVPN to use all the ciphers available in the OpenSSL package. It’s a little more challenging to set up that PPTP but with the right tutorials an average computer user should not encounter any problems.
What is an OpenVPN VPN provider?
OpenVPN VPN providers use the OpenVPN protocol to connect users to VPN servers. Every provider uses its configurations to set up the connections, depending on the desired level of encryption.
How do the VPN providers integrate OpenVPN?
There are two ways OpenVPN can be integrated. The first one by using the OpenVPN user interface and predefined configuration files provided by the VPN service. Thus, when you subscribe to such a VPN service, you need to download some .opvn files that will be used by the OpenVPN UI to connect to the desired servers. The advantage to this approach is that you may use several VPN services from the same interface and connect to a large variety of servers.
The second approach is to integrate the OpenVPN connection library in custom build apps. Thus, you don’t need to install OpenVPN yourself. It will be done silently by the app installer. The advantage offered by such apps is that you may switch between different VPN protocols (for example from OpenVPN to PPTP, L2TP or SSTP).
My recommendation is to go for the second type of providers if you are a regular VPN user and you plan to use one service at a time. However, for users with special needs (lots of locations and IPs), the OpenVPN UI can be a more straightforward alternative.
List of OpenVPN VPN providers
Finally, here is the list of several OpenVPN based VPN services (alphabetically ordered):
|HideIpVPN||USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Poland||$9.95/month||Unlimited|
|HideMyAss||USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Singapore||$11.52/month||Unlimited|
|Hotspot Shield||USA||free/ ad-based||Unlimited|
|IPVanish||USA, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Luxembourg||from $10/month||Unlimited|
|ibVPN||USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Luxembourg, France, Singapore, Italy, Romania, Austria, Poland, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Israel, Brazil||from $9.95/month||Unlimited|
|PureVPN||USA, UK, Germany + many more||from $9.95/month||Unlimited|