RA4W VPN Review 2018 – Is the VPN Legit?

Hamza Shahid October 10, 2018

 

What is RA4W VPN?

RA4W is a USA-based VPN provider that is gaining quite the status in the marketplace for its low prices and high-speed servers. It supports OpenVPN protocols and follows a zero logs policy. However, it lacks in offering brilliant security. There is a poor level of encryption, no support for kill switch, and DNS leaks are quite evident. Read this in-depth RA4W review by Best VPN for more information about the provider:

 

Pros

Cons

1.       Supports OpenVPN

2.       Cheap pricing

1.       Variable server performance

2.       Basic Windows Client

3.       No “Kill Switch”

4.       No free trial

5.       DNS Leaks

 

 

RA4W VPN Pricing Review

While this VPN is a definitely a credible provider that users can trust on, the best part about it has got to be its rock bottom prices.

Here are the pricing plans currently offered by RA4W VPN:

RA4W Pricing

  • Monthly Subscription: $3.49 billed once
  • Quarterly Subscription: $7.99 billed once
  • Yearly Subscription: $15.99 billed once
  • Lifetime subscription: $29.99 billed once

The monthly plan’s pricing might be something that can be matched by other VPNs, but few can match RA4W VPN in the quarterly and yearly pricing plans. At just under $8, you can get a secure VPN subscription for a full three months! This makes it around $2.66/month, which is just incredible, but wait, there’s more.

The Yearly plan is offered at just $15.99 billed once making it cost a miserly $1.33/month if it subscribes to this plan!

This is just great for all those VPN users that want to subscribe to a good enough service at low prices. Not many providers offer their plan for anywhere close to $1.5/month, so this plan at RA4W is a deal breaker definitely!

 

RA4W VPN Lifetime Subscription Review

Have you ever come across any such deal where a VPN is offering lifetime subscription for just $30? No right? And you will not come across it any sooner except for RA4W’s lifetime subscription!

For just $29.99 billed once, you can get this provider’s lifetime subscription which contains multiple server access, unlimited bandwidth, port forwarding and other awesome features. And apart from all of this, RA4W is about to offer its own iOS client very soon so this is definitely one provider that you can check out, because the money you will be putting at stake here is just next to nothing for such great deals!

RA4W VPN Setup/Signup Process Review

Our RA4W review indicates that signing up with the service is easy. Simply visit the register page. Enter a username, email address, and password. If you have a license code, make sure to type it. Move on with the process by agreeing to the Terms of Service and clicking on the “register” tab.

RA4W VPN Setup/Signup Process Review

The site will redirect you to a page showing the below message. Upon receiving the email, click on the validation link. This will complete the sign up process and create your account.

RA4W VPN Login

To start using the service, click on the “Purchase” tab from the dashboard. Choose a plan that best suits your needs and budget requirements. Hit the purchase button and you will see “Payment Settings”. Select your payment type, complete the checkout process, and enjoy using RA4W! You can even purchase an unlimited ports add-on, which is an extra $5.00.

The Account Dashboard Layout

After creating an account, you will get a “dashboard” for your profile, above the RA4W website page. On the main tab, you will find information about your username, data for connection (login and password), plan selection, expiry date, and current IP address.

RA4W account

Next is the “purchase” tab, where you can easily renew your VPN subscription, in case your package expires. After that, you will see the “Ports” tab, which enables you to configure Port Forwarding on servers. For downloading the Windows client or OpenVPN configuration files, click on “Download”.

The “Notifications” tab is empty. There was no welcome message. No alerts about working/non-working servers. It seems to be still in development process. In the future, you may receive all kinds of notifications though. If you go next to your username, you will see options like edit profile, referrals, invoices account settings, and logout tabs.

Settings in this user control panel are scanty. Some options are still in completion process. For instance, if you click on the “Edit Profile” tab, you will receive a message telling you “This feature is not yet functional, and will be completed soon”. If you want to change your email and password, you will find the main settings on the “Edit Account Information” tab. Although the notifications bar does not work, you have options of enabling/disabling security and system emails.

Accepted Payment Methods

Our RA4W review discloses that the VPN does not provide much information regarding the accepted payment methods. However, if you purchase a plan, you do have some options available. These include:

  • American Express,
  • MasterCard,
  • Visa,
  • PayPal, and
  • Bitcoin.

 

RA4W VPN Refund & Money Back Guarantee Review

Unfortunately, RA4W VPN does not offer a money back guarantee or refund of any kind. However, according to our RA4W review, it is quite understandable. The vendor does offer amazingly cheap pricing for its premium plan. For a low $2.99 per month, you can gain access to servers in 25 countries.

RA4W VPN Servers Review

Our RA4W review unveils that the provider offers servers in five continents. There 30+ servers in more than 25 countries, among which include the United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Switzerland, Singapore,  Netherlands, Moldova, Germany, France, and many others you can check out here.

RA4W VPN Servers Review

Upon purchase of a plan, you gain access to all these servers with the capability of connection to them, as many times you want. The provider does not throttle bandwidth or impose data limits. Periodically, RA4W VPN  adds new server locations to encourage more users from across the world.  Listed on the home page under the name of each server, you can see its real time status. However, many users have reported experiencing connectivity issues with some servers.

RA4W Privacy and Security

As a USA-based VPN provider, RA4W VPN is subject to following certain data retention laws. However, there was no mention on the site regarding logging any sort of information. This means, you can leverage good anonymity over the internet.

Problems start arising though when you look at the outdated 128-bit encryption ciphers used by the service. The application also failed to pass the DNS leak test we performed. Although its SSL certificates are good, our RA4W review exposed the site housing numerous trackers too.

Therefore, it is safe to say that the provider offers a very basic level of protection. While you can easily gain access to geo-restricted and blocked sites, the privacy you receive will be meager. This means, if things go south, your IP address is traceable back to you. Nobody would want to take such a risk!

RA4W VPN Protocols Review

Our RA4W VPN discovers that all servers only support the OpenVPN protocol. You can create connections only on TCP 443 and UDP 1194. Although these protocols offer good security, relying on them entirely would be foolish. The best VPN providers always make sure to add L2TP, PPTP, IPSec, IKEv1 and IKEv2 protocols with high level AES-256 ciphers.

All servers of RA4W use the Blowfish 128-CBC cipher encryption with SHA1 authentication and 2048-bit RSA key. This level of encryption is sufficient, but not the strongest. The outdated SHA1 hash is risky, as it is provable that this algorithm can be hacked easily. We would definitely like seeing an improvement in protocols, along with higher-level of encryption.

RA4W VPN P2P/Torrenting Review

According to our RA4W review, the provider allows P2P/Torrenting on all its servers, except for those in the US. All locations in the country are restricted from downloading via Torrents. Nevertheless, you can connect to other locations to access blocked torrent sites by your ISP, bypass internet censorship, and geo-restricted websites like HBO, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Spotify, etc.

How safe is RA4W VPN?

In terms of logging, it is a no brainer that recording session/connection data is not healthy for VPN users. Yet, many top-tier services store this information, reducing their credibility.  RA4W states on its website that it boasts a strict zero logs policy. They say no session/connection data is stored within the service, but they do record other information.

For granting private internet access, sending payment confirmations, subscription information and promotional offers, the site logs email addresses. For managing cancellations, invoices, and handling client signups, payment data is stored. However, this alone is not enough to guarantee the safety of the provider. During our RA4W review, we came across some conflicting statements on Reddit.

Some users have exposed the service for logging session/connection data, along with other metrics. You can read more about this in the RA4W VPN Reddit Impressions section.

RA4W DNS Leak Issue

While performing our RA4W review, we evaluated the VPN’s anonymity by performing a DNS leak test. We randomly selected the ‘Belarus’ server for testing. If you happen to see the flag of Belarus anywhere, it means the service does not pass the leak test.

 

RA4W VPN DNS Leak Test

 

The results you see above conclude the DNS leak test failed. This means, your connection will not be anonymous when using the service. Users can fix the leak themselves by setting the DNS server manually. Make sure to follow the steps below:

  1. Open “Network and Sharing Center” and click on “Change adapter settings”
  2. Select the connection you want to configure
  3. Right click on the connection and go to ‘‘properties’’
  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  5. Click on “Use the following DNS server addresses”
  6. Add Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server

If the manual configuration is proving to be tough, you can use the “block-outside-DNS” option for OpenVPN version 2.3.9 only.  If that does not work:

  1. Download the ‘fix-dns-leak-32.dll’ or ‘fix-dns-leak-64.dll’, depending on your operating system
  2. Add ‘’plugin fix-dns-leak-32.dll’’ to your OpenVPN configuration file
  3. If you are using a 64-bit system, add “plugin fix-dns-leak-64.dll”

This plugin blocks all IPv4 and IPv6 DNS queries, except on OpenVPN’s TAP interface. It acts like a temporary firewall, blocking all leaks and clearing its rules upon crash or termination for protecting your IP and connectivity information. Not only does this increase protection, but it also makes it difficult for ISPs to monitor internet activity and individuals to hack/unlock your connection.

RA4W VPN SSL Certificate Test Review

Every website that accepts credit card information, usernames and passwords and stores it in a database for later processing must have a powerful SSL certificate. When installed, it activates the https protocol and padlock for secure connections. During our RA4W review, we performed a SSL certificate test.

As you can see, RA4W uses certificate grade A+. This means, the security on the website is not bad at all, even though its VPN service definitely requires an upgrade. You can feel assured your sensitive personal information is safe and sound on the website.

RA4W VPN Tracker Test

Since we live in a fast-paced world dominated by digital information, every single click we make online could result in our internet activity being traceable to unknown authorities – thanks to the use of cookies. We do not have to elaborate the implications of such a creepy act.

RA4W VPN Tracker Test

Things get even more frustrating, as many internet users do not know that websites steal valuable activity information. This is no different from being watched/stalked in the real world. To get a better idea on the VPN for our RA4W review; we decided to conduct a Tracker Test.As you can see, both Privacy Badger and Ghostery detected five trackers on the RA4W website. This poses great risks to anyone using the website. All your information logs within seconds, unless of course you use a blocker software.

RA4W Support Review

According to our RA4W review, the VPN provider does not have a very active or cooperative support team. Judging by the FAQs page, it may take an entire day for you to get a reply. Most of the times, the responses do not prove much helpful. Information on the site itself is quite scarce.

RA4W Support Review

There is a Ticket system used for providing support. You can send emails to contact@ra4wvpn.com and RA4W has a page on Facebook to offer assistance. However, there is no live chat available. Users also do not have access to setup guides. In short, the support is almost close to being nonexistent.

RA4W VPN App Review

Our RA4W review discloses that the VPN provider only offers a single application that is available to Windows users only. There are no custom apps for Mac, Android, iOS, or Linux. In order to use the VPN, you will have to install OpenVPN GUI. This software makes it possible for RA4W users to add configuration files, enter their credentials, and connect to the VPNs servers.

RA4W Windows Client Review

According to our RA4W review, the Windows Client looks utterly cluttered and boasts almost no settings. You cannot switch from UDP to TCP. There is no way for you to configure connections. It might just be better to use OpenVPN, instead of opting for the Windows Client.Upon launching the app, you will notice the main tab showing your current IP address. To connect to a server, select any location of your choice, and click on the “connect” button. You will now be able to see connection statistics, which include upload data and download data.

RA4W Windows Client Review

If you click on the “statistics” tab, you will receive real-time updates regarding your connection in the form of a connection logs and a graph. You can use this information to judge the consistency and performance for different servers.Upon clicking on the “settings” tab, our RA4W review found that configuration options are completely missing. You can only delete, verify, update or create the TAP adapter. Switching to a different protocol is not possible and the configuration manager is useless.

RA4W VPN Mobile (Android) Review

As mentioned earlier, RA4W VPN does not have a dedicated Android application. Users do have the capability of connection to servers via OpenVPN. Follow the steps below for connecting to RA4W servers on your Android device:

  1. Download and install OpenVPN from Google Play Store
  2. Go the RA4W VPN website and download the configuration files
  3. Start the OpenVPN application
  4. Tap on the “import” button
  5. Find and select the configuration .ovpn file
  6. Close import dialog after tapping on “Done reading config file”
  7. Select a server of your choice
  8. Enter RA4W username and password
  9. Check the “I trust the application” box and tap on “Ok”
  10. Enjoy using RA4W VPN on your Android device

 

RA4W VPN Mac and iOS Review

Our RA4W VPN finds that the service is compatible with Mac. Instead of using OpenVPN software though, we recommend using Tunnelblick. It is a free, open-source software, which works perfectly for creating custom VPN connections on Mac. Upon downloading and installing the application, you just need to add the OpenVPN configuration files from RA4W VPN for connecting to different servers.

The process for using RA4W VPN on iOS is quite similar to Android. You just need to download and install the OpenVPN Client from the Apple Store. Download the configuration files from RA4W VPN, import them in the VPN software, select any server of your choice, and enter username and password. You will notice a green check mark upon successfully establishing VPN connection.

RA4W VPN Download

Our RA4W review unveils that you can only gain access to the download center, upon creating an account with the service (regardless of whether you pay for a plan). Once registered, simply click on the “download” tab on the user dashboard. You will get two options. Download “VPN Client for Windows” or “OpenVPN Configuration files”.

RA4W VPN Client Download for Windows

Once you have downloaded the application, you need to unpack the zip file. Since the VPN client is portable, it requires no installation.

RA4W VPN OpenVPN Configs

Upon downloading the configuration files and extracting the zip file, you will see two folders. One with VPN settings for TCP protocol and the second for UDP protocol. TCP uses port 441 for restricted networks and UDP uses port 1194.

How Many Devices Can You Use RA4W VPN On Simultaneously?

According to our RA4W review, you can use the VPN on as many devices as you like. However, please note that it is important to use different servers for each device. This means, if you connect to Server X from your computer, you must avoid using the same server for your mobile.

RA4W VPN Reddit Impressions

Sometimes users do leave you flabbergasted because they can post their own opinions which can mightily differ from your own. The same thing happened with us when checking for user opinions on Reddit for RA4W VPN.

There were multiple threads on this platform according to our research that had many users commenting that RA4W was found to keep user activity logs and it also accused this provider of being an unsafe service!

Most of these conversations were centred around a paste bin link that has since been removed but when it was live, it contained a detailed description of how a user found out that RA4W VPN kept logs.

After this many users came forward with their own experiences where they commented on how they found the service not to be good.

RA4WVPN Keeps Logs from vpnreviews

But these posts are quite old, at least a year, so we hope that RA4W did upgrade its service and solved most of the problems that users experienced with this service at that time.

Final Verdict

Our RA4W review establishes that the provider is only suitable for those individuals who need a budget VPN at their disposal and will not be bothered by inconsistent connection speeds. The low pricing is definitely an attractive trait. However, the service fails to compete with other VPNs in the marketplace.

With its limited selection of protocols, lack of encryption choices, average customer support, and DNS leaks, it is highly unlikely you will receive top security and anonymity. Combine these flaws with the Reddit impressions; you may want to think twice before subscribing to the VPN.

 

The Good

  1. Lifetime subscription available
  2. OpenVPN protocol support

The Bad

  1. Lacks support for Android, Mac, and iOS
  2. No setup guides available
  3. Basic encryption ciphers
  4. DNS leaks on servers
  5. Poor Windows Client
  6. Unreliable servers
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Hamza Shahid

Hamza Shahid's Biography :

Hamza Shahid is a tech-geek, who adores creativity and innovation. When he is not watching TV and stuffing munchies, he loves sharing his expert knowledge regarding the latest trends in user privacy and copyright infringement. Apart from writing blogs/articles on cyber laws and political affairs, Hamza takes a keen interest in writing detailed VPN reviews. On the sidelines, he is an avid car-enthusiast and music-addict.

8 Responses to RA4W VPN Review 2018 – Is the VPN Legit?

  1. martin

    Hmm have a look at the terms and conditions and you will see:

    “9. Unlawful Use
    The following activities are considered unlawful use for products served on RA4WVPN.COM, and therefore are disallowed on any of our services. If any of the following are seen on an account, we reserve the right to close the account without refund. The following, but not limited to, is considered unlawful uses of RA4WVPN.COM
    .Sending or receiving unsolicited and/or commercial emails, promotional materials, “junk mail”, “spam”, “chain letters”, or “pyramid schemes”;
    .Exploiting, possessing, producing, receiving, transporting, or distributing any illegal content, including but not limited to any sexually explicit depiction of children;
    .Uploading, possessing, receiving, transporting, or distributing any copyrighted, trademark, or patented content which you do not own or lack written consent or a license from the copyright owner;
    .Forging headers or otherwise manipulating e-mail identifiers in order to mask or mislead the origins of certain content;
    Interfering with the service to any other user, client, host or network which reduces the quality of service for other clients and users;
    .Using the service to engage in Denial-of-service (“DOS”) attacks to any third-parties or to ra4wvpn.com;
    .Accessing data, systems or networks including attempts to probe scan or test for vulnerabilities of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without written consent from the owner of the system or network;
    .Using this service to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that threatens or encourages bodily harm, injury or destruction of property, defames one or more third parties, or promotes any act of cruelty to animals; or
    .Accessing the service to violate any laws at the local, state and federal level in the United States of America or the country/territory in which you reside.”

    Without logging how would they know you were participating in any of these activities?

    but in their privacy policy they claim “We do not monitor or log any content of the VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnels themselves!” hmmm

    • Bestvpn.co

      Thanks for pointing that out Martin. Like we mentioned above, the services STATES it does not log, but it seems like the truth is different with many Reddit users even presenting proof (link above). It’s like every provider is JUST HUNGRY FOR INFORMATION!

  2. John

    Considering the price i’m happy, it’s not fair comparing them to VPN’s such as PIA or similar since they obviously are not in the same price range at all. It meets my needs and does it very well.

    • admin

      Yes, the pricing of RA4W VPN is definitely a whole lot cheaper. Plus, you even have the capability of purchasing a lifetime subscription. Glad you are happy 🙂

  3. Tam Lee

    Avoid them at all costs!! Nothing works – and when I tried to get a refund via paypal they said they were experiencing technical difficulty blah blah… honestly they are useless!

    • admin

      Hi Tam Lee, thanks for sharing your experience. However, the company is actually not being dishonest. The VPN provider makes no claims of offering a money back guarantee. Could you share a screenshot of their reply to you?

  4. admin

    Hi Brandon, you will find the configuration files on the main RA4W website. Log in to your account to gain access to the dashboard. However, you must just find better reliability and security with other services like PureVPN and ExpressVPN, which do not suffer with any DNS or IPv6 leaks.

  5. Brandon Atkinson

    I use the ra4w program but want to switch to openvpn, I have the software installed but cannot find the config file for open vpn to add the dns leak fix dll and I am not sure if it should go in the server info .ovpn file or not. I use the london server …

    this is an ok vpn and the price was right.

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