Whenever you visit a website, normally, your request to connect to that website as well as the website’s response are transmitted over the public Internet. When using a
With these extra steps, don’t be surprised that using a
Is the fastest
VPN always the best?
Speed should not be the only consideration when looking for a
- The number of servers: A
VPNprovider with more servers will be better than those with few ones. Servers will be less crowded if they are plentiful. If not, you will find yourself competing with other VPNusers for speed and bandwidth.
- The location of servers: If you want plenty of options, go with a
VPNthat has a vast network of servers. This will help you spoof your virtual location and access geo-blocked websites. Also, get a VPNthat has servers nearby. If you use the closest server, your connection will likely be faster.
the distance between you and a VPN is the main factor affecting the speed of your internet connection.
— JCvpn – En (@JCvpn_En) February 5, 2016
- Simultaneous connections: If you’ll be connecting more than one device, or your whole family wants to use the
VPNservice, then you should choose a VPNthat allows multiple, simultaneous connections.
As you can see, raw speed alone won’t give total satisfaction. Consider these factors too when choosing the fastest
What are the fastest
Three metrics are usually used to determine the fastest
We reviewed the five fastest VPNs and listed them here. Not only do they have unlimited speed and bandwidth; they also possess the extra factors we discussed in the previous section.
Instead of decreasing Internet speed, IPVanish surprisingly boosted speed. The baseline speed without a
Here is the speed when we connected to an IPVanish server in the US:
Here is the speed when we connected to an IPVanish server in the UK:
Check out the download speeds when IPVanish
IPVanish’s other features include:
- High reliability: During our testing, there was never one instance that IPVanish crashed.
- Excellent server distribution: 1,100+ servers is sprawled across 60+ countries. The number of countries alone shows the diverse geographic coverage of IPVanish.
- Simultaneous connections: Among our list of the fastest
VPNservices, IPVanish has the highest number of devices that can connect simultaneously.
These features augment the already excellent speed of IPVanish, that’s why it ranks first in our fastest
If you’re into torrenting, then CyberGhost is the right
Here’s the data when tested on a CyberGhost server in Germany:
Observe how the download speed has gone beyond the speed cap. When it comes to P2P sharing, downloads are roughly 10-15% higher than without a
Other notable features of CyberGhost are:
- High number of servers: CyberGhost has 3,550 servers—the highest in our list. Servers are located in 59 countries—almost the same as IPVanish. Many servers are in Romania (where the company is based), so the service is exceptionally fast in Europe. There are servers in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Japan as well.
- Simultaneous connections: It is second only to IPVanish in this area.
These are great add-ons to the fast speed of CyberGhost. Also, CyberGhost sports privacy features like a kill switch, no-logging policy, and an ad blocker. Plus, if you’re planning to use a
Compared to CyberGhost and IPVanish, StrongVPN ‘only’ has 680+ servers, but the servers are concentrated in 24 countries, making StrongVPN’s network denser than the other two VPNs. It has covered popular countries like the US, Canada, Australia, England, and the Netherlands. StrongVPN has also placed servers in less frequented countries like Israel, Turkey, and South Korea.
With StrongVPN, you can connect up to five devices at the same time. This number is less than that of IPVanish (ten) and CyberGhost (seven), but it is the same as that of VyprVPN premium and PIA.
Like StrongVPN, VyprVPN brought minimal impact in terms of speed drop. Here is the speed data without a
Here is the result when we connected to a US server:
This is the result when we connected to a UK server:
At 700+ servers, VyprVPN has roughly the same number of servers as StrongVPN. Its reach is very high as it is present in 60+ countries, at par with IPVanish and CyberGhost. The servers are placed in North America, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and Asia.
The number of devices that can be connected simultaneously will depend on the type of subscription plan. The basic plan allows three devices while the premium plan allows five. Also, the premium plan contains VyprPlan’s proprietary encryption technology—Chameleon—which can defeat anyone (ISPs, corporations, governments) who will attempt to throttle down your Internet speed.
Similar to CyberGhost, PIA boosted connection speed beyond the speed cap. Here’s a look at the speed without a
Look at the boosted speed with the
Other strong features of PIA are:
- A high number of servers: With 3,200+ servers, PIA is second only to CyberGhost in this category. With servers present in 30+ countries, PIA has the densest network in this list.
- Simultaneous connections: With PIA, you can connect five devices at the same time.
Apart from the increase in speed, these two features made PIA one of our fastest
To further enhance your connection speed with a
- Purpose-centric servers: Some VPNs have servers designated for specific tasks. Take torrenting as an example. A
VPNmay have servers dedicated for torrenting alone, or it may have an entire network of optimized servers. So if you aim to download movies only, then connect to a server designed for P2P sharing. Check our list of the best torrenting VPNs.
- OpenVPN protocol: Among
VPNprotocols, OpenVPN is considered the fastest and most reliable. So if this protocol is present in your VPN, use it for a speedy connection.
- Lower encryption level: If a
VPNhas more complex encryption, it will have a slower speed. If your VPNcan switch between 256-bit and 128-bit encryptions, consider using the latter. However, before you use lower encryption, know the security risks and weigh if the switch is worth the speed gain.
- Split tunneling: If your
VPNhas split tunneling, then turn the feature on. With split tunneling, the VPNwill split your activities into two: sensitive tasks that need VPNencryption (like online banking), and non-sensitive tasks (like reading online news). This way, not all your activities must go through a VPNand suffer a speed bump. ExpressVPN has this feature; check our review on ExpressVPN.
These are just a few tips to help you reduce the speed-degrading effects of VPNs. To know more, check our article on how to improve
Why use a
Despite the downside of speed degradation, there are plenty of reasons why a
- Protect your security. A
VPNencrypts your connection, making it hard for hackers, ID thieves, and other malicious users to read your data. A VPNalso makes things safer when you use public Wi-Fi to go online.
- Protect your privacy. VPNs hide your data and IP address from ISPs, corporations, and government authorities—organizations which can track what you do online. For instance, in the US, ISPs can now sell your private data to advertisers. For your protection, you may want to consider a
VPNto maintain your privacy.
- Spoof your location. With a
VPN, you can make it appear like you are from a different country, say, in the US or UK. By using a different virtual location, you can go around geo-restrictions and access censored sites or blocked contents.
These reasons should convince you not to give up on using a
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