How to Use OpenVPN
- Subscribe to PureVPN
- Download PureVPN Android app for your device
- Launch the app and select your desired mode
- Enjoy secure and speedy OpenVPN connection!
OpenVPN is a versatile and highly configurable VPN protocol with the ability to run on both TCP and UDP ports. Written by James Yonan, it offers up to AES 256-bit encryption, supports all major operating systems, and circumvents the most restrictive of firewalls.
Furthermore, it uses the OpenSSL library and SSLv3/TLSv1 protocols as well as allows peers to authenticate one another with pre-shared keys, certificates, or passwords. The open-source nature of OpenVPN is also a huge plus as it is backed by a community of developers.
OpenVPN can run over UDP or TCP tunnels, due to which your Internet traffic cannot be detected over Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)
The TCP tunnel transport support on the OpenVPN protocol used by PureVPN lets users seamless online gaming, video conferencing, audio conferencing, & more.
OpenVPN keeps all your communications secure by using various methods, such as shared keys, HMAC authentication, and 256-bit encryption via OpenSSL.
It can be run on any port between 1 and 65535. This multi-port functionality makes OpenVPN ideal for bypassing firewalls.
The PFS feature in OpenVPN adds an extra layer of security to your VPN connection with complete secrecy and data integrity.
Since it is implemented in the user space and only requires the TUN/TAP virtual network driver, OpenVPN is more portable and secure than other protocols.
OpenVPN vs IKEv2 vs L2TP vs PPTP vs SSTP
The following is an in-depth comparison of OpenVPN against other common VPN protocols.
|Security||OpenVPN can be considered extremely securewhen used in conjunction with robust cipher andephemeral keys||Latest VPN protocol which implements IPSec and is highly secure||Can be considered as secure as OpenVPN when used in conjunction with robust cipher and ephemeral keys||IPSec over L2TP, when properly implemented, has no major known vulnerabilities||PPTP implementation has several known security vulnerabilities|
|Stability||Stable Connection||Highly stable and consistent connection once established||Stable, but more so on Windows||Stable Connection||Unstable and may disconnect frequently|
|Speed||Great speed across long distances and on connections with high latency||Faster than other VPN protocols due to MOBIIKE support, which makes it stable and resilient||Faster than PPTP and L2TP||L2TL/IPSec is still fast, despite tunneling overhead, due to high encryption/decryption efficiency.||Fastest VPN protocol because of basic encryption|
|Supported OS||Windows OS iOS (Manual) Android Mac OS X (Manual) And More...||Windows OS iOS Android (Manual) Mac OS X (Manual) BlackBerry (Manual)||Windows OS iOS (Not Supported) Android (Not Supported) MAC OS X And More...||Windows OS iOS (Manual) Android (Manual) Mac OS X (Manual) And More...||All Platforms (Manual)|
|Conclusion||Good speed, strong security, native support for most OS.||Fast speed, strong security, the only VPN protocol supported by Blackberry||Safer and faster than PPTP and L2TP, ideal for Windows OS, can easily bypass firewalls||Easy-to-setup, stable, and secure||Highly recommended for bypassing geo- restrictions quickly, but isn’t the best option for security|
PureVPN offers support for all major VPN protocols and platforms.
PureVPN is all about ease of use. Our app can automatically select the VPN protocol most suitable for your connection. So, connect and rest assured that you are protected by the most advanced technology.
However, you can also configure your VPN connection to use a different protocol. You should take a look at our comparison chart of all VPN protocols for a clear understanding of each has to offer. If you are still unsure about which one to use, it is recommended that you try these VPN protocols in the following order: