BolehVPN (opens in new tab) is a Malaysia-based VPN (opens in new tab) company that has been offering its services since 2007. It operates on a small number of servers, but guarantees complete privacy, torrenting support and access to some popular geo-restricted services such as Netflix US.
However, it is limited by the lack of servers and clients for a wider range of platforms, which is why it is one of the best VPNs (opens in new tab) services on the market may be a better fit.
BolehVPN has multiple pricing options to choose from. The shortest is the 7-day plan which costs $3.70, followed by the option of 1 month for $9.99, 2 months for $16.99 (equivalent to $8.50/month, 6 months for $44 .99 (or $7.50/month) and the annual option for $79.99 (or $6.67/month), which isn’t very cheap.
For those who want to see first-hand what this VPN has to offer, there is a 1-day free trial that only gives access to 2-3 servers. Nevertheless, we found this sufficient to test the service. After signing up for a free trial, we also got a discount code if we pay with Paymentwall, which was a nice touch.
The provider only allows three VPN connections on one IP address at any given time, but “you can also have an L2TP connection at the same time”. It accepts payments in a slew of different options, including credit/debit cards, Paymentwall, PayDollar, Yandex, MEPS, as well as Bitcoin and other anonymous cryptocurrencies such as Dash, Monero, Zcash, and Zcoin.
You can request a refund within fourteen days of activating your VPN account. No refunds will be given for services paid through cryptocurrencies, although this may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
BolehVPN performs only averagely but costs more than average, which is why you’ll want to check out other VPN services that offer much more but at a much lower price.
These include NordVPN (opens in new tab)CyberGhost (opens in new tab)or Surfshark (opens in new tab) which is exceptionally cheap at the price of less than $2/month. If you only want the best, then you should give ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) an opportunity, even if it may be more expensive (it currently offers an annual plan for the same price).
One of the main reasons users get a VPN in the first place is to unblock popular VOD channels like Netflix or BBC iPlayer. BolehVPN can give you access to Netflix US with its specialized, speed-optimized BolehFlix servers, though support for BBC iPlayer may currently be lacking due to the streaming giant’s more aggressive efforts to block VPN platforms.
About the company
This VPN company is located in an offshore location in Malaysia. However, if you check the terms of service, you will see that it is The “jurisdiction” section states “you hereby agree that the use of our services is governed by the law of Seychelles.” Either way, you’re safe from the Five Eyes and other ‘Eyes’ countries sharing intelligence.
If you decide to go with BolehVPN as your VPN provider of choice, you will get access to 35 servers strategically located in 12 countries around the world (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden , Switzerland , UK and USA).
The servers are divided into groups based on their purpose: fully routed, through a proxy and SurfingStreaming, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Privacy and encryption
BolehVPN uses Perfect Forward Secrecy and uses the latest SHA-2 hashing algorithm, a 256-bit AES encryption and a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) built with a key size of 4096 bits to effectively block all intrusion attempts. It includes another optional layer of obfuscation technology that can mask your VPN traffic and prevent detection and/or blocking of VPN usage by network monitoring devices.
The platform is based on the OpenVPN security protocol, but also offers additional protocols, such as L2TP/IPsec, in case your device does not support OpenVPN. Large file sharing via P2P and torrent clients is supported and completely anonymous, thanks to the provider’s privacy-focused mechanisms and location.
As a company operating outside of the jurisdiction of the Five Eyes countries, BolehVPN is not required to store user activity logs and does not track your internet usage. It says it only keeps the usual system logs needed to run its servers. It also says it does not voluntarily share customer data.
That said, BolehVPN admits it can temporarily turn on the logs if there’s a performance issue or if it suspects a user is abusing its service. However, this is only “a very last resort” and just happened “a couple of times” and “not more than a few hours” for the specific server that experienced abuse. Even then, none of the information was disclosed to third parties and was only used to terminate the offending user.
The provider further states that it is its policy to notify members whenever there is a request for account information, “Unless prohibited by law or court order. In any case, since BolehVPN does not store any user-identifiable data related to the customer’s use of the VPN, there is at least little data that can be passed on beyond the date you paid and your payment details,” which sounds reassuring.
To prove its users are protected from government subpoenas to hand over information, BolehVPN publishes a monthly righteous canary (opens in new tab). This does not have the power of an independent audit report, but is nevertheless a welcome addition.
This VPN provider supports Windows, Mac, Android, Linux and OpenVPN supported routers such as DD-WRT, AsusMerlin-WRT or Tomato. A custom client is only available for Windows, but other platforms are covered by configuration files and manual installation using the provider’s support center. The support center and FAQ can also be reached by clicking on their respective links within the app itself.
If you can’t find your answer in the support center, you can contact customer support at any time of the day or night via web form, email, phone and you will get a response as soon as possible. Of course, this means “20 hours and over” because we waited a long time for that before giving up.
Speed and experience
The Windows app itself may look a bit overwhelming, but you’ll get used to it in no time. Download speeds varied quite a bit during our testing. We first tried connecting to a server in Frankfurt, which delivered speeds of 13 Mbps on a test connection of 74 Mbps – rather slow considering it’s relatively close to our physical location, but still very usable. We then switched to Singapore, which only managed 5.5 Mbps, but this is somewhat understandable given the distance. We also gave a shot to Vancouver, which somehow beat both of our previous attempts with a speedy 24 Mbps.
BolehVPN is a great VPN provider that can get through the geographical blockages imposed by Netflix US, for example. It ensures that your private data is completely anonymous using strong encryption and the industry standard tools that allow you to torrent as much as you want, among other things.
However, it is a bit pricey for what it offers, or rather does not offer, which is a rich server network and an advanced platform like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).