VPNs(Virtual Private Networks) are crucial and foundational technology for a safer Internet, it has great benefits that protect users’ digital privacy, online security and unblock websites while stay safe . However, there are some common situations that when you are using the VPN, the internet seems to be slowing down. In other words, the internet has a speed degradation.
Is it all because of you connect to a VPN?
Well, it’s probably not. Firstly, it could because users reach their data limit of their service package. Secondly, ISP throttling could lead to speed degradation as well. ISP throttling is when the internet provider turns down your internet speed for some reasons such as server overloading, heavy streaming time, and also internet providers may convert traffic to others who have priorities as they have paid them. If this is the reason that slows down your internet, A VPN is considered as the most effective way to bypass the ISP throttling. With VPNs hiding your real IP address and encrypts your online traffic, ISP is unable to track the real IP and finds out whose bandwidth has crossed the limit.
Before blaming your VPN provider, you may need to test if that is caused by your ISP. If the internet speed is already throttled by your ISP then it could also be the reason of VPN’s slow speed.
Speed Test website recommended through:
Bandwidth Place’s Speed Test
Does a VPN slow down my Internet?
Yes. But not that much. There are some factors that comes within your VPN might slow down you internet speed.
1.The Strength of Encryption
The higher the encryption level is, it tends to lower down the speed more noticeable. Try to select a lighter encryption level when you are doing an internet task which doesn’t require high security.
The closer the server to your location, the faster the speed could be. If you select a server that’s in a different continent from yours, it might be more slower than the server that is closer to you.
OpenVPN is widely used and considered the best as it provides adequate speed with high security. The PPTP protocol is fast and easy-to-use with a lower security. However, the L2TP protocol provides high security with less speed. If the application provide with different choices of OpenVPN, for example, use OpenVPN UDP instead of OpenVPN TCP since it’s faster.
How to boost my internet speed?
Here are some tips to help you increase your internet
- Choose a VPN provider that has the least bandwidth limit
- Make sure your VPN is updated, the company may update new servers and close down old ones.
- Switch to the closest VPN server
- Make sure your firewall or antivirus software doesn’t interfere with the VPN. Alternatively, just turn off the firewall.
- Switch the OpenVPN TCP to OpenVPN UDP if the VPN offer a OpenVPN choices
- Use a cable for connection instead of a wireless one.
- Turning on/off your devices, restarting your router or software.