How To Optimize Your VPN?
Using a virtual private network is a common way to maintain privacy and an additional layer of security online. VPNs offer plenty of unique ways to keep your data inaccessible and encrypt it while also allowing you to do the things you enjoy. Unfortunately, a VPN can sometimes cause a little bit of slow down for your connection speed. It isn’t much – maybe 5% – but it makes sense that you’d probably want to figure out some ways to let it go a little bit faster and optimize it to take advantage of the full swath of services it offers. So how do you go about optimizing your VPN? The answer is remarkably simple. In this article, we’ll tell you a few different ways that you can optimize your VPN.
Check Internet Speed
A VPN is only as fast as your current Internet speed. If your internet speed is bogged down and slow or sluggish, it will perform accordingly. So, it’s prudent for you to check your internet speed and ensure it can handle what you need to do. If you’re doing a lot of uploading, downloading, seeding, or other high-resource activities, your speed could be due for an upgrade. If you find it’s not fast enough, it might be time to switch Internet plans! Most internet plans cap out at around 100-200 Mbps (megabytes per second). If that’s not enough and you notice a slowdown while using the VPN or things aren’t going as fast as you’d like them to, consider upgrading your internet plan to one with higher speeds.
When you’re using a VPN, location matters, the server is sending traffic to a server in another location. A powerful, secure VPN is likely going to choose the nearest server to send your data so that it transmits faster. This is because the data is transmitted in small units known as packets. These packets travel through several different servers and networks before they finally reach their destination, which is why a further away location will take longer. Finally, there are bandwidth concerns that may come into play. Ultimately, switching servers to a closer one can drastically speed up your VPN traffic as you browse the net.
A wired connection is faster and sometimes more secure than a wireless one. Wireless is probably a bit more convenient, but the benefits of a wired connection are numerous. Data transfers through cables faster than it does through broadband. It’s also stronger because no unauthorized users can join a wire connection as they can through broadband. Unfortunately, wired connections aren’t nearly as convenient as a wireless connection, so it may not be easy to go this route. If all else fails, you could always try split tunneling, which will transmit data into distinct tunnels of secure and non-secure data streams.
VPNs work by encrypting your data as it moves through an encrypted tunnel from server to server. Using end-to-end encryption conceals your IP address and personal data. Sometimes, slow down occurs, and changing protocols can help. Most VPNs are automatically configured to a certain protocol. A common troubleshooting tip for slow VPNs is to change the protocol. It’s remarkably easy to do within the program’s settings and can speed things up. There are a few different protocols to know about. Point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) isn’t used as often and is less secure than other protocols. Instead, most VPNs use L2TP/IPSec protocol. Other options like Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol are powerful and very secure. Internet Key Exchange version 2 has a lot of promise, with its mobile-friendliness and reinforced security.
Check Your Antivirus and Firewall Settings
The vast majority of our everyday lives are tied to the internet and/or performed online. Banking, shopping, and even buying home insurance are irrevocably tied to the internet. To make our lives easier and keep our data more secure, many of us use firewalls and antivirus programs to keep us safe. Unfortunately, settings within those very programs may prevent your VPN from being as fast as possible. Sometimes these settings interfere with the speed. It’s not a good idea to disable a firewall to speed up your VPN. Instead, it makes more sense to figure out a way to integrate the two to work in harmony with one another. A quick way to find out if your firewall is slowing down your VPN is to temporarily disable it to gauge what kind of resources it’s using. Again, however, disabling any protection is not a great idea for any time and should only be done at your own risk.