Torrenting & P2P
Summary : Great performance with feeble logging!
While there are quite a number of VPN service providers in the market today, Overplay tends to stand out for itself. Now, this is as a result of the fact that it is one of the most innovative service providers. Besides, its network is also significantly growing in number and boasts of strong servers located in 48 locations around the globe. Overplay is also known to provide significantly faster speeds to users, which is mainly due to a more local presence.
In our Overplay review, we break down all the complexities and help you in deciding if this is the right VPN for you.
- Ease of use
- Reliable and fast speeds
- Dedicated servers for gamers and streaming
- SmartDNS feature
- No logging policy (feeble)
- We didn’t like that there are no money back offers
- Lack of Wire Transfer is disappointing
Every VPN service’s strength lies in the basic infrastructure that it is known to possess. Overplay does justice to that due to a global presence. The service has 48 servers located across the globe. While most of its servers are concentrated on the European continent, it also has its presence felt in other continents (notably 2 each in Africa and Oceania, 5 in Asia, 3 in South America).
When talking about the protocols that Overplay offers to their customers, it is basically no different from the ones that are offered by most other VPNs. You can expect the basic OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSL, and SSTP.
It also offers something called, as Overplay terms it, ‘SmartDNS’, which can be used to change DNS servers that your computer uses. This feature basically enables faster access speeds.
Overplay doesn’t really disappoint when you are looking in terms of speeds and bandwidth offered. Switching connections between different servers is relatively quick and the location shows up almost instantly. Despite the fact, that all of their servers are known to offer high-speed access, there are also certain other servers that are labeled ‘Smart’, usually meant for video streaming services. Another feature to note is that the VPN service provider is also known to offer certain dedicated servers to gamers as well.
A residential 3Mbps broadband connection revealed results (without VPN, with OpenVPN) as in shown below.
The SmartDNS feature offered by Overplay is something that’s really worthy of praise. It is really simple to install and use. What it basically does is ditching your home DNS servers in the favor of faster DNS servers. This is known to provide fast access speeds to users, and comes in handy mainly in regions such as China and UAE, where there exist restrictions on content as well as the Internet access speeds.
Overplay also performed greatly well in the IP and DNS leak tests that were undertaken.
You will be largely happy to know that Overplay does not make any compromise as far as security and privacy of their customers are concerned. They give their users complete freedom on the Web, even by preserving their security via the implementation of standard protocols.
It maintains a very feeble logging policy, which basically consists of connection timings and bandwidth usage. Even such are logs are deleted on a regular basis, thereby, allowing its customers to surf without any fear of being watched. Users are allocated shared IP addresses which are static in nature.
All servers that are offered by Overplay have standard encryption techniques implemented to protect data packets in the network. Sessions are generally encrypted with 128-bit CBC Blowfish technique. PPTP and L2TP connections are known to utilize MPPE and IPSec encryption processes. Customers also have the choice to opt for non-encrypted sessions if they so desire.
Overplay has applications for all major platforms for both PCs, as well as mobile devices. There are dedicated clients and applications for Windows (both PC and mobile), Mac, iOS, Linux, and Android. All of these known applications provide a rather clean and intuitive interface that allows for easy and hassle-free access to their services.
The use of routers is also supported by Overplay.
A good customer support is always likely to go down well with users. Overplay does not fail to note this. It has 24/7 customer support via phone, live chat, ticketing and also has a knowledge base that users can refer to for common queries.
Overplay has divided its service offerings into mainly two major categories, namely SmartDNS and Secure VPN. The Secure VPN service naturally includes the SmartDNS feature that is provided.
There are four basic plans offered to customers, being 1, 3, 6 and 12 months. One tends to save more when opting for the higher period subscriptions.
Payment options that are available to customers are that of PayPal, Visa/Mastercard, JCB, Diners Club, and Google Checkout. Overplay is not known to support direct bank transfer as a payment option, which can be something of a disappointment.
Something that also caught our attention was they did have any money back policy in place, when compared to the one-month money back guarantee which most VPN services are known to offer.
From what we observed, Overplay does not seem to have any kind of negative reviews on public platforms such as Reddit.
Overplay comes across as a very well dedicated VPN service provider, when you compare to market standards. Its Secure VPN stands out, just as much as its SmartDNS feature. Also, with a feeble logging policy in place, it should be a great option to those mainly concerned with their privacy on the Web. A zero tolerance policy on filesharing. however, might turn a few heads off here though!