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How To Speed Up Your VPN Services

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How To Speed Up Your VPN Services

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a great way to
protect online privacy or disguise your location from
snooping eyes. You can opt for one of best free
VPNs if you want to see how they work, or there are
a number of paid VPNs that come with additional
features (our top pick is NordVPN).

Either way, you might experience performance
issues from time to time, so we’ve put together five
quick ways to speed up your VPN when it starts to
drag.

If you’re not sure what a VPN has to offer, then we
recommend reading our How to use a VPN guide for
more details.

Check that you’re using the best server
A VPN will route your data through various servers
in order to hide your location to any outside
observers. In your control panel, there will usually
be list that tells you which one you’re currently
using. If you’re playing an online game then you’ll
want to keep latency to a minimum, and this is best
achieved by using one that is geographically near to
you.

If you’re in the UK and the selected server is in
Australia, then any game data will travel to there
and back again before being displayed on your
screen. This can cause lag, and therefore have a
detrimental effect on your response times.

Those using a VPN for watching Netflix, or general
browsing, shouldn’t find distance to be an issue. In
this case, try a different server in your region, as
the one you’re attached to could be suffering from
too much traffic or other technical issues.

Try a wired connection
A simple solution that’s always worth trying is to
plug your laptop or PC directly into the router. This
can bypass any interference or performance issues
that your WiFi might be experiencing.

Reduce the encryption levels on your VPN
When using a VPN, data is usually protected by
encryption software. This keeps you safe, but does
put extra load on your PC as it has to encode and
decode everything it uses.

If you’re not using a VPN as a security measure,
but instead for watching region locked content, then
reducing your encryption levels might help alleviate
any bottlenecks in the system. Commonly used
protocols are the OpenVPN or IKEv2/IPsec, but you
could try other options such as L2TP/IPsec instead.

This can be a somewhat involved process, so it’s
best to Google your VPN software and OS to see
what steps you’ll need to take. As always, make
sure you know what you’re doing, and the kind of
vulnerabilities to which you may be leaving yourself
open.

Turn off your Firewall or Antivirus software
In much the same way as encryption can overload
the amount of work your PC has to do to process
data, antivirus and firewall settings can be a
burden. If you’re really struggling with performance
then you could try turning them off temporarily, and
seeing if that improves your situation.
We don’t really recommend doing this though, as
you’re presenting your system as an open target to
the world, and it’s a nasty place at times.

Reset your device
Finally, have you tried turning it off and on again?
There’s a reason why that catchphrase from the IT
Crowd has stuck around – because it’s often the
easiest solution to many PC related problems!
Try this on both your PC and router, then hopefully
you’ll see your bits run free across the digital
Serengeti once more.

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