BolehVPN Review: Everything you need to know
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Are you looking for a new VPN service, but can’t choose a good provider? Today I’m going to share my expert opinion on one of the VPNs I have tested earlier. Got interested? Keep on reading and you’ll know the answers to the following questions:
- What are the unique benefits and features of the service?
- Is BolehVPN fast and secure?
- Does it work with Netflix and torrenting?
Besides, I’ll give you a few answers to frequently asked questions. Finally, you’ll know what other users think about BolehVPN.
BolehVPN: Unique Benefits and Features
Pros and Cons of BolehVPN
Further in this BolehVPN review, I’ll provide you with the details of my in-depth research of the service and the results of testing. Without further ado, let’s start!
Does BolehVPN unblock Netflix US?
Though BolehVPN has only three servers for Netflix, my tests proved that the service works well with Netflix. The US version was easily unblocked. Taking into account its speed performance, BolehVPN allows streaming in HD without lagging of the Internet. Check if I ranked it as one of the top VPNs for Netflix. What’s my conclusion about BolehVPN and Netflix? Good performance, but few servers that allow streaming on Netflix.
Torrenting and BolehVPN
How safe is it?
What is a secure VPN? The one that offers strong, but fast protocols, encrypts your data with an advanced encryption key and doesn’t leak your personal information to the network? So, does BolehVPN make you safe? Let’s check it! The provider uses two tunneling protocols which you can choose in the app on your own. What protocols? OpenVPN and L2TP. L2TP is recommended for mobile devices that don’t support OpenVPN. It can also be configured on Mac and Windows, but I’d recommend you to apply OpenVPN if you need really secure and fast connections. As far as encryption is concerned, in the VPN’s infrastructure Perfect Forward Secrecy is applied. It will protect the session keys even if the private key of the server is compromised. Besides, SHA-2, a 256-bit AES and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) with a key size of 4096 bits are used to encrypt the data transferred through the network. These keys are considered to be dead strong. Like NordVPN provider, BolehVPN applies additional level of protection from VPN detection. It’s called obfuscation. The VPN protocols are masked in such a way that they aren’t detected by network monitoring devices. Does it leak IPs? Well, I tested its servers and the tests are successful! What’s my conclusion about BolehVPN protection? OpenVPN and military-grade encryption is a good match for protection of network connections.
What’s the average number of servers and locations offered by a VPN provider? About 1000 servers in 30-40 locations. The leaders of my ‘’best VPN’’ rating have even more servers: NordVPN (5000 servers on 60 countries) and PIA (3307 servers in 32 countries). What about BolehVPN? The provider has only 35 servers in 12 major countries. That’s the smallest number of servers I have ever met. The countries were BolehVPN’s servers are located: USA, Singapore, Netherlands, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, UK, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia, Sweden. The variety of locations is quite good for performing major tasks, but its number is very poor. Once it’s more popular, they may be overloaded. What did I like about the servers? All the servers are marked according to the task they can perform:
- BolehFlix USA
- BolehGeo Asia – SG
- BolehGeo EU – Netherlands
- BolehGeo NA – Canada
- IPv4 FullyRouted
- IPv4 SurfingStreaming
- IPv4 xCloak (SurfingStreaming/Routed)
- xCloak (surfing/streaming/proxied/routed)
For example, if you need a server for streaming, you have to connect to the one marked with ‘’Streaming’’, and etc.
Are the servers fast?
To be honest, I was quite surprised by the performance of this VPN. Most of the servers turned to be very fast with minimal loss of speeds – about 20-30% in average. Its EU servers are faster, but it’s obvious as they are located closer to my real geo-location. Find more details further in the review.
Multiple compatibility, but no app for iOS
BolehVPN works with Mac, Android, Windows and Linux. In your personal account you can easily download a client for Windows, Mac and Android.
You can also configure BolehVPN manually on Windows, but I’d recommend you to download a client for Windows, which is quite easier. There’s no client for Linux, but manual configurations are available in a personal account. Unfortunately, the service doesn’t support iOS and has no app for this operating system.
It’s good news if you want a VPN to set up on a router. BolehVPN can be installed on DD-WRT routers, for example DD-WRT/Asus/Merlin-WRT/Tomato. (link to the installation guide).
Apps aren’t user-friendly
What to say about BolehVPN apps? I tested its Windows client and was not very pleased with the usability of the app. I can’t say it was too difficult to install and use it, but I wasn’t as pleased with it as it was when I tested ExpressVPN or NordVPN.
I logged in my personal account and download the Windows client from there. The installation software was saved on my PC. Then I opened it and in a few minutes the client was setup. No problem!
Then I had to enter the details of my account to login the app. Done!
Here’s the interface of the BolehVPN client for Windows: as for me, there’s too much information I don’t want to see in the app. In comparison with other VPN apps I tested, it seems to be the worst as regards usability. No, I can’t say it’s complicated in use. It’s just not as user-friendly as it should be.
BolehVPN price, free trial & money refund
Let’s have a look at the prices of BolehVPN. The provider has five different plans for 7, 30, 60, 180, and 365 days:
The cheapest price is $6.67 for the longest period of 1 year. Taking into account the features and server network offered by the services, it’s too expensive for such a limited VPN service. Let’s compare with ExpressVPN that also costs $6.67 per month if subscribing for 1 year. ExpressVPN is compatible with all popular platforms (even gaming consoles and SmartTV), has a network of 3000+ servers in 94 countries. It works with Netflix and torrents. The service supports lots of protocols and offers additional features such as DoubleVPN, obfuscation and others. If you want more details, go to my in-depth ExpressVPN review. And what about BolehVPN? This VPN services has some features in common (like obfuscation and working with Netflix), but still, it’s lagging behind ExpressVPN and other popular VPNs. Nevertheless, I like BolehVPN for the opportunity to test the service. It offers a 1-day free trial with accessing to 2-3 servers.
Still, according to their TOS, they may not provide you with a trail period.
‘’We reserve the right to decline to give free trials without assigning any reason in our absolute discretion.’’
The provider of BolehVPN has a 14-day money-back guarantee. Read their Refund Policy before you subscribe for the service. Here’s the main extract you should read attentively:
‘’You may request a refund within fourteen (14) days from the activation of your VPN account for full packages or within 2 days for trial subscriptions if you are not satisfied with the quality of service or the service does not work for you. No refunds will be given for any period outside the refund windows.’’
Remember that subscriptions paid with cryptocurrency aren’t refunded. What’s my conclusion about BolehVPN pricing? Too expensive monthly price even for a 1-year subscription, but it has both money refund and a free trial at the same time.
Logging policy and jurisdiction
What’s my conclusion about the logging policy and jurisdiction? Good offshore jurisdiction and warrant canary that indicates if the provider was requested to monitor you. Still, the provider claims about no-logs policy on the homepage, while some logs are actually collected.
Customer support: how good is it?
Despite the provider states its customer service is available 24/7, it's not totally true. I have contacted it at 11.18 PM, and the service was OFFLINE. Thus, users can experience troubles while contacting the support service.
In this section, I’m going to tell you how I tested BolehVPN’s servers. I choose several types of servers and tested them on security and performance. So, I started with the speed test. Let’s how I did it.
As I mentioned above, all BolehVPN servers are divided into several groups that perform various tasks. So I decided to test its US and EU servers for unblocking geo-restricted content, torrenting and streaming via Netflix. Here’s the speed of my ISP:
For testing, I applied OpenVPN for all servers. It’s one of the fastest and secure VPN protocols. So, I started with the EU servers and was pleased with the speed test results. When I connected to the Netherlands, the download speed was 42.42 Mbps, while the upload speed was even faster – 68.74. As you can see, the speed loss is minimal. Great speeds!
Then I continued testing with several other servers: Fully routed and IPV4 Fully routed. The tests showed quite normal speeds – just 20-30% of speed loss. Some of them even have excellent speeds. For example, when I was connected to IPV4 Fully routed France, the speeds were like that:
What can I say about the VPN’s speeds? I’m quite surprised, but BolehVPN is one of the fastest VPN services I have used.
IP leak test
Does BolehVPN leak IPs? I tested several servers and didn’t detect any IP leaks. Here is the screenshot with the IP address and geo-location of one of the BolehVPN’s servers:
Thus, BolehVPN keeps your data hidden from prying eyes. Good job, guys!
BolehVPN: Benefits and Features Test
BolehVPN has 3 dedicated servers for Netflix:
- BolehFlix-USA-Only 1
- BolehFlix-USA-Only 2
- BolehFlix-USA-Only 3
I tested them for Netflix US, and all of them worked for Netflix.
It’s worth mentioning that it’s not enough to connect to the server for unblocking Netflix with BolehVPN. According to the instruction on their website, you need to change the preferred DNS server address. Use this one from the screenshot taken from the provider’s site:
BolehVPN also allows P2P connections. I tested the servers if they unblock access to popular trackers. What’s the result? The DO work for torrenting, but I don’t recommend it BolehVPN for this. Find more details above in the article.
How to delete BolehVPN account?
There’s no opportunity to cancel your BolehVPN subscription from your personal account. That’s why you should contact its 24/7 helpdesk to request this.
How to set up BolehVPN?
In the section about usability of BolehVPN apps, I published detailed instructions on how to set up its Windows client.
You should take the similar steps to install BolehVPN on Mac and Android.
As far as Linux and routers, you will have to configure it in a manual way.
How many devices can I use?
A user of BolehVPN is allowed to use up 3 devices simultaneously per one subscription.