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Internet security, privacy, hacking, scams, phishing, or simply no access to the website you want to visit happens all across the world. Most people have experienced this at some point during their time on the internet. VPNs have become an essential part of the experience of browsing the net for many people. However, what should people look for when purchasing a VPN and is it possible to find the best and fastest one on the market that suits your needs? Here is a review of some of the fastest VPNs on the market.
The download and upload speeds, as well as pings, have been looked at. Other external factors may change the speed of the VPNs. Our test will consider the best or worst of each VPN to make sure that everyone can find a VPN that works for them. There is also some information about some of the problems with VPNs. Finally, there will also be some information provided about getting the best out of your VPN by making just a few small changes. VPN speed is not just a case of buying the best and the fastest as told by reviewers. It is about choosing the best VPN for you and also creating the best possibilities for creating the fastest speeds regardless of the VPN being purchased and used.
VPNs are essential for many people that use the internet for business and pleasure, but the main reason is to protect sensitive information and confidentiality. People that buy a VPN usually value privacy and anonymity or need an added layer of protection that works quickly. Speed is therefore essential and important when using an internet connection, particularly as the need for protection increases. A VPN protects users’ anonymity online by encrypting information between the IP address and server. The user’s IP address is protected by the server to hide the identity and location, and the VPN basically hides and makes it difficult for any web users to trace the location and information. However, the type of VPN that you want depends on your needs. You must ask yourself: What type of person are you?
VPNs can do a lot to help protect you but they are limited. Cookies can still trace users even after they have left websites. For example, Facebook and Amazon will often find information that they need for commercial purposes by using cookies. Dark web users and those that are doing work that is very secretive and clandestine will require TOR which is harder to track. Companies that create VPNs are still profit-driven and must respond to legislation and pressure from governments which can often involve a balance between advocating for the rights of consumers and trying to respond to the limits of criminal activity on the web. Users must read all the terms and conditions, know where the company is located and read reviews and news about the company to determine if they are limited by either laws or corruption. The place that a company is based will determine how much sensitive information they need to give to governments.
There have been cases of highly regarded VPN services that have leaked IP addresses and others that have spread malware and installed hidden tracking on devices for the purpose of stealing information. Some have even stolen bandwidth and fake VPNs that will steal money with scam emails. VPNs can look perfect and most will paint over the worst of their VPN. They can be an absolute privacy and security disaster when you take a closer look. Choose your VPN wisely!
Encrypting information and the usage of a VPN slows down the internet speed. Simple internet usage like using emails and browsing will not make much difference to VPN speed but users will see a slowing of speed when using websites like YouTube or downloading. Using torrents will result in a big slowing down of the user’s internet speed. Considerations of so many different factors will change the speed of a VPN. Here are some things that a fast VPN will not change.
Server location – If you live in Australia and your VPN is in the United States then naturally there will be a slower connection for the user due to the long distance from servers.
Line speed – The connection speed of an ISP will affect the VPN connection. Most modern speeds of the internet will not slow the connection unless the user is not using anything above 3G.
VPN protocol- If the VPN protocol is using TCP than it will usually be a slower protocol then using UDP which usually increases the speed.
We considered the average speed and max speed was considered as well as other things that can make the VPN such as encryption, DNS leaks, support, money-back guarantees, server locations and much more.
Ivacy – This VPN includes an average speed of 83.12 Mbit/s and a maximum speed of 201.64 Mbit/s. A ping of 115ms and download speed of 45.86mbps has also been recorded. There is an upload speed of 43.92mbps. This was recorded in New York and obviously, this will depend on the location across the world. Ivacy has other impressive features such as several protocols and a kill switch which kicks in when a leak is detected (although the kill switch may not work all of the time, it still is very useful). They have over 100 locations and 275 servers as well as over 12,000 IP addresses. It is a very cheap VPN which is supported by excellent service. This VPN is user-friendly and an all-round good quality product.
Pros – Ivacy is very cheap, no-logging policy, quality customer service. Netflix and many other streaming sites will mostly work using this brand.
Cons – A money-back guarantee that is questionable and No TOR compatibility,
Express VPN – This one is mentioned frequently on the internet. Starting with speeds it would seem that Express is a little less than Ivacy, having an average speed of 78.92Mbit/s and a max speed of 197.57Mbit/s. It has a ping of 294ms, a download of 23.59Mbps, and an upload speed of 4.93Mbps. Express is compatible with most devices and allows many protocols. It also has a network lock and a shared IP address. The company is based in the British Virgin Islands and has over 1,000 servers in 145 VPN server locations in 94 countries. Customer service is fantastic once again and can be accessed 24hrs a day. It is suitable for P2P and great for torrents and streaming. It also has a good term of service. It also unblocks Netflix in the U.S.A. It has lots of payment options including Bitcoin and PayPal as well as many credit cards. This acts as an added layer of protection for those seeking anonymity.
Pros- Streaming is excellent, no logging and quality terms of service. Netflix can be unlocked in the U.S.A. It has lots of payment options including Bitcoin and Paypal as well as many credit cards.
Cons- Could be a little cheaper.
Surfshark- This company has gained some traction in recent years due to its lower cost despite lower speeds across the board. Most web users would not notice the difference between Surfshark and other VPNs on the market. It has an average speed of 66.97Mbit/s and a max speed of 200.89Mbit/s. The download speed is at 48.99Mbit/s and an upload speed of 21.48Mbit/s. it has a ping speed of 126ms which is applied to Surfshark in New York respectively. This is a little below par but the other great features of Surfshark makes up for the slower speed. One of the best things about this product is the lack of leaks and viruses found. Another unique feature of this VPN is its base in the Virgin Island which restricts how much information that the 14 eyes can collect due to a lack of legislation about data retention in the Virgin Islands. This is a very important level of added security especially for those working on cutting edge and secretive projects. It also has camouflage mode. This makes sure even the company that owns the VPN can’t tell if you are using the VPN.
Pros- No logs policy, TOR compatibility, Torrenting permitted, Unblocks Netflix and other websites. It is affordable and easy to use.
Cons- Speed will be lacking for serious VPN users and support is usually good but sometimes can be a bit slow.
NordVPN- Another well-known VPN for obvious reasons. They have a very large server network (5800 servers) across 62 countries. It has a ping of 196ms, a download speed of 7.60 Mbps and an upload speed of 0.76Mbps. It has most of the features that most VPNs have such as a kill switch, good usability, support and overall quality encryption as well a lack of DDS leaks, the companies add a second layer to act as a double VPN. This encrypts data between a device and DNS server and then at a second server before traffic goes through the Internet. It also has SmartPlay technology which allows the users to access 400 geo-restricted streaming services such as Netflix, Pandora, BBC and many others. They are based in Panama and try to avoid data retention laws by being based in this location.
Pros – No logs policy, torrenting/ P2P is allowed, double data encryption and No IP/DNS leaks found, Netflix and Smart play to avoid geo-blocking
Cons- Support issues have been reported, discounts for longer customers that have signed up only apply
VyprVPN – This one is not the most well-known VPN and the ping result for VyprVPN was 131ms, with a download of 51.09Mbps and an upload speed of 3.17Mbps which was taken in New York. There is an air of mystery around this Switzerland based company. The company has reacted to illegal surveillance and tapping of AT&T network cables. This product is mostly for users seeking anonymity, security and a large number of servers across a number of countries. They have some technology called Chameleon which is a godsend for users trying to avoid VPN detection in countries that use something called ‘Deep Packet Inspection’ or DPI metadata scans and searches to detect VPNs. The company has an easy to install VPN, a no-nonsense approach to their terms of service and their cancellation policy. There are some issues with speed and the company has been under scrutiny for their torrenting policies. It is definitely not the cheapest but should be considered for the company’s hardline approach to web security.
Pros- Will usually work for Netflix, No logs, No DNS leaks and strong encryption. It is simple to use and install and the company takes anonymity seriously
Cons – Legal issues around torrenting
Mullvad- This company came up as a good choice especially for those looking for a cost-effective VPN that is also an all-round good quality product. VPN users can bypass the 14 eyes with a few quick steps and the VPN is great for people looking for torrenting. Despite Mullvad being created in Sweden which is one of the countries that shares intelligence information with other countries, users can pay with cryptocurrency to avoid detection. Mullvad also has 385 servers across 38 countries, an easy to use App, and website. It is cheap and has strong encryption as well as a kill switch and impressive speed. A speed test in the U.S revealed a ping of 109ms, a download speed of 59.45Mbps, and an upload speed of 20.48Mbps. Users may have limited success in using the VPN to access Netflix. However, customer service may be lagging compared to some other companies.
Pros – No logging policy, kill switch, torrenting and cryptocurrency payment. It is also super cheap.
Cons- Customer support issues, Based in Sweden so there may be concerns about information sharing with the 14 eyes.
CyberGhost – If you are looking for a VPN for Netflix, torrents and general internet privacy without too much concern for the information that you have then CyberGhost is a worthy option. The speed of the VPN in New York has a ping of189ms, a download speed of 18.41Mbps as well as upload speeds of 7.12Mbps. The company is based in Romania away from the 14 eyes and the company provides an affordable, easy to use VPN with strong encryption and no DDS leaks. It is compatible with TOR and other proxy services. However for people wanting reassurance that this VPN provides the most secure service possible then it may be a good idea to look at other VPNs. CyberGhost’s parent company has been criticised for having conflicting goals with CyberGhost and distributing malware. CyberGhost’s policy of log files has been criticised by some on the internet. However, there have been some very dedicated followers of this VPN and it should be a good choice particularly for a certain clientele with fewer concerns about privacy.
Pros- No log files, very affordable, great for torrenting and Netflix users with solid encryption and no leaks found
Cons- Problems with the company’s parent company and there is some uncertainty around their no-log policy
Private Internet Access – this VPN would be so much better and be a shining example of what a good quality VPN can be if it were not for two major issues. The first is that Private Internet Access is based in the United States which has had ongoing privacy concerns arising from the NSA and governmental laws designed to access people’s information. It also must abide by the laws of 14 eyes and submit this information. The second issues are the many reviews about bad customer service and support from the company. Despite these two issues the company still has some very desirable features such as 3300 servers and 32 countries. It also is one of the oldest VPNs around and is most suited to people looking for torrenting. It has a ping of 118ms, a download speed of 77.56 Mbps and an upload speed of 36.75 Mbps. It has strong encryption and no DNS leaks as well as various payment methods including bitcoin to add another layer of anonymity. It is also affordable for most web users.
Pros – Torrenting, No log files, strong encryption, no DNS leaks, 3300 servers and affordable.
Cons – Works with Netflix sometimes, Located in the U.S, limited customer service and support.
Here are some ways to improve the speed of any VPN. Remember a VPN requires some fine-tuning and some trial and error to make it perfect for the users own purposes.
Try changing the VPN that can be found in the settings. There are sometimes many choices but the best sources are usually UDP or TCP. Try both and see what works best. Then perform another speed test to see if any changes have been made.