VPNs are one of the ways people browse the internet anonymously, thus, it is a layer of security. Well, VPNs are good but there are a couple of things that could throttle your VPN speed. A few of such things have been listed here.
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Factors for slow VPN speed
1. Internet connection
Most often, slow VPN connections are results of your internet connection itself. Your IPS may have a slow connection or the plan you’re using is a throttled one. Use speedtest.net to verify this problem. Test your connection with and without the VPN activated.
2. Strong encryption
Basically, the stronger the encryption of your VPN, the slower your connection. The Open VPN protocol, which is usually recommended because of its top-rated security is usually slower than PPTP protocols. So check the protocol your VPN is using.
3. CPU Speed
Processors are obviously a suspect when the computer is slow in any way. It determines how fast your VPN speed will be as it performs the encryption/decryption process. So the faster it does that, the faster the data is transmitted. If you are running other applications try closing to see if there will be any changes.
4. VPN server distance
The distance between you and the VPN server you are using should also be looked at. The further away the VPN server is from your area, the greater the distance your data has to travel. So it’s better to choose the server that’s closer to you, i.e., if you’re not doing something that is region-sensitive.
5. The VPN provider
If you have checked all the above and the VPN speed is still slow, then your VPN provider must be the culprit. It may simply not be fast enough. If you are using the free version, it’s better to upgrade to a paid version. Free VPNs usually put caps on the bandwidth.
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