When it comes to deciding on which VPN (Virtual Private Network) service to use, there are many factors to consider. And while many would have different preferences with regards to security, different availability zones, and/or UX. There is one factor that most everyone can agree upon as being of paramount importance. Speed.
The challenge with trying to identify the fastest VPN out of your plethora of options has always been that it's very difficult to compare and contrast different VPN speeds. Industry-leading publications such as Comparitech, CNET don't use VPN speeds as a point of comparison when they review and compare VPN options. Instead relying on other factors such as IP address availability, number of servers, and cost. Typically, VPN speeds are only publicized by the VPNs themselves. This is usually under their own favorable conditions, and not good for a 1-for-1 comparison between the speeds provided by other VPNs.
That makes it difficult to have an objective comparison of connection speeds between VPNs. And since connection speed is a major factor for many users in how they interact with the internet, this makes it a problem for an end-user that is trying to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing VPNs.
And that is the problem that BestVPN just solved.
The fastest VPN
BestVPN subjected 15 proprietary VPNs to a series of controlled speed testing. As of writing, the current leader for the fastest VPN is ExpressVPN beating out the 2nd place by almost 4 whole Mbits/second.
The methodology employed by BestVPN involves connecting to these various VPNs through data servers in 4 locations (the US, UK, Australia, and Hong Kong). They would then execute transfers of the same data packets in between these data servers using the VPNs. The transfer speeds are monitored and then averaged across all instances over the entire period.
This methodology was established to prioritize consistency and objectivity. This was not only so that they could get a good measurement of the average performance a user could expect from these VPNs. But also, so that it establishes a benchmark by which all VPNs can be compared, on equal footing. The methodology makes sure to remove any unnecessary variables from the testing process, such as using Wi-Fi, home or office networks, or data cached in local servers. Since these variables can have a major impact on the observed internet connection speed.
As of writing, they have conducted over 18,500 individual tests, and are continuing to run them every day. The results are updated daily.
Who is BestVPN?
BestVPN, is a VPN price comparison and review website. Their primary goal is to help inform end-users about the best VPN options available to them. This includes conducting VPN speed-testing, but can also extend to reviewing the features of different VPN products, as well as informing users about the most relevant security issues that they need to be aware of. As part of the endeavor to identify the best VPN options available, BestVPN is also currently hosting the "BestVPN.com Awards", which is open for the public to vote for their best VPN.
Why use a VPN?
With the recent revelation that the Wi-Fi security protocol WPA2 is no longer secure, and the increasing sophistication of tools used to monitor individuals on the internet, privacy is now of the utmost concern. And while there is a plethora of options that are available to users to mitigate this risk, for many, using a VPN is one of the easiest means to protect oneself.
How VPNs work to protect your privacy, is that they establish an encrypted connection between your computer and a VPN data server. Your internet traffic is then routed out of that data server. Since your connection with the data server is encrypted, this means that hackers are unable to intercept your traffic. One of the downsides with using VPNs though, is speed. Since traffic is being routed through a data server, as opposed to straight to your target website, you may experience a drop in speed. But by using the comparisons provided by BestVPN and other outlets, you can use a VPN service that minimizes that speed reduction, or make it totally unnoticeable.