Slowed down internet connections are big turnoffs for VPN users. While you do expect a little fall in internet speed in return for an increased security, too much of it may simply frustrate you to an extent where switching off the VPN is the only option.
For this reason, it is necessary to find VPN providers that do not suck the speed out from your internet connection. By deploying a fast VPN service, you can have the best of both security and speed.
Typical Drops in Internet Speeds from VPN
How much a VPN reduces your internet speed depends on a number of factors. The original speed you get from your ISP is the primary determinant of the VPN fall.
Other factors include the type and range of encryption protocols you have applied to your VPN, the range and location of servers of the provider, and distance of VPN server from your ISP server.
While a cheap VPN will drop your internet speed by as much as 75%, an excellent service will contain it to only 25%.
So here are the typical ingredients of a fast VPN service.
VPN Server Network: Fastest VPN services will be ones that have large, Giga-byte and multi-location servers. HMA, PIA and PureVPN are few examples for fastest VPN services.
Encryption Protocols: Most VPN services are compatible with a variety of protocols like PPTP, L2TP, SSTP and OpenVPN.
A fast VPN service will assure that its users have a large basket of supported protocols so that they can switch between them as per their speed and security requirements.
Hosting of VPN Servers: It is important that VPN servers are hosted in large, commonly accessed data centers like those in US, UK and Australia.
Since most ISPs have their own servers in these locations, you can have the maximum speed if your provider has all these popular locations.
Your ISP Speed: Fluctuations in speeds of VPN services are directly proportional to those of your true ISP speed. Don’t expect your VPN to give 10 Mbps when your ISP does not even run on 4 Mbps.
VPN speeds in the range of 2-4 Mbps are considered either low or moderate, while VPN speeds in the range of 5-10 Mbps are considered as good. Fastest VPN services, however, can get you even speeds of 15 Mbps or more.
What are the fastest VPN services in 2014?
Keeping the above mentioned factors for VPN speeds into account, we have compiled a list of top 10 fastest VPN services for 2014.
In addition to speed, we have also rated VPNs based on their exclusive offerings and packages, price, customer support and ease of configuration and VPN use.
Here is a quick review of the top fastest providers for your convenience. For the sake of objectivity, we have shortlisted the fastest VPNs for 2014 to 5: PureVPN, Private Internet Access, Hide My Ass, Overplay and IPVanish.
A short review of the provider precedes the speed results for each provider.
Starting for as low as $4.16/month, PureVPN is the most economical and fastest VPN services you can have in 2014. PureVPN has over 300 servers in 26 countries.
It supports all major protocols ranging from 128-bit to 2048-bit of encryption. Furthermore, it has an exclusive split tunneling feature which allows you to divide your internet traffic for normal browsing and secure and encrypted browsing.
In other words, you can enjoy fast browsing with VPN, while directing the rest of the internet session via a VPN. Here are the results for speed test extracted for PureVPN, before and after connection.
Before PureVPN connection:
After PureVPN connection using the simple SSTP protocol
Note that while the decrease in download speed is about 75% from the original, the ping time has greatly reduced to about 0!
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access (PIA) is a champion when it comes to VPN servers. With 800 servers in 10 countries, PIA offers a great flexibility for server choices for its VPN subscribers.
Moreover, PIA also supports P2P and torrent downloading on its VPN servers, something its competitors may envy. However, the monthly VPN package is a bit pricy, i.e. at $6.45, hence the reason for it 2nd position.
Here are the screenshots of speed test conducted for Private Internet Access, before and after connection for VPN.
Before connection –
After connection –
Hide My Ass
You might have entered ‘free proxy’ on Google the first time you faced an access restricted message while browsing. Hide My Ass is the most popular free proxy service to unblock websites and applications online.
In addition, it also has a super-fast VPN service for premium users. With 537 VPN servers in 63 countries, HMA is definitely a tough contender for the fastest VPN service. It’s only the $11.52/month price that places HMA on the 3rd rank.
Here are some speed test results for Hide My Ass connecting HMA client for different cities in USA.
The proxy service of Hide My Ass bears lower speed than one presented above because it accompanies loads of ads while you get restricted content unblocked from HMA.
Overplay is one of the top VPN providers in the industry. It has servers in 48 regions including US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Italy and Turkey.
Its packages are reasonably priced and start at $9.95/month. Overplay also holds the gem of speed as indicated by results of the speed test produced below:
Before connection of Overplay:
After connecting Overplay using simple SSTP protocol:
Starting at $10/month only, IPVanish is also one of the fastest VPN services you can avail in 2014. Its geographically dispersed 110 servers mean that you can connect to the nearest location for maximum speeds.
Amazingly, IPVanish speed test results were quite impressive than bigger providers, but a few issues of connectivity have been reported by users so we have placed it into the 5th position. Here is what IPVanish speeds show before and after connection.
After IPVanish connection using L2TP protocol encryption:
Local ISPs and VPNs are often at war when it comes to speed.
In order to work with the speed of light, VPN providers must have extensive server networks, multi-encryption protocols, and features like split tunneling so that users may divide their internet into a slowed (but secure) session, and a fast or VPN-free session.
Finally, price also matters while you hunt for the fastest VPN in 2014.
The ranking for fastest VPN presented here was to give an idea of what works fastest under a normal internet setting. Keep in mind that the choice of protocol and your original internet speed are the primary determinants of how fast your VPN will run.
We found PureVPN, Private Internet Access, Hide My Ass, Overplay and IPVanish as the fastest VPNs for 2014, but these fastest VPNs are continuously being monitored. Changes, if any, will be posted promptly.
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