4 Factors That Determine Your VPN Speed

35% of desktop users and 42% of mobile users access the internet using VPN services. As more and more users prioritize their data, privacy, and secure online browsing, it’s crucial to ensure safe and reliable VPN performance. That said, many users do not want to compromise their internet speed, which could be impacted by various security measures that VPN providers use to obfuscate user identity online.  

Heficed, the IP address infrastructure service provider, introduces four factors that affect VPN speed and connection quality and explains why it’s vital to protect your data online.

Server location

The server location makes a significant impact on the VPN speed. If the VPN server is on the other side of the world, a user might experience connection interferences and slower performance. It is, therefore important, to choose a provider that has access to many server locations. “As an IP provider, our priority is to ensure servers are made available to our VPN clients in secure locations – we solicit their feedback to see where they’d like to set up more servers,” said Vincentas Grinius, CEO of Heficed.

Server crowding

VPN speed can decrease due to server overcrowding. The more people use the same server, the slower the connection is. For instance, if 100 people use a 1Gbps server, then as a group, they would get approximately 10Mbps each. When you use an overcrowded server, you might experience a slow response time, and a website might not load all the content.

Vincentas Grinius adds, “VPN providers should have a good algorithm that indicates the server capacity, otherwise, users might not be fully aware of the actual speed they are getting. Heficed offers a single-tenant infrastructure to ensure that the user gets the full VPN efficiency.”

Latency

Latency issues can occur for many reasons, including the number of server users, the time they need to access the server, and how far from a user the server is located. Delays might also develop depending on the amount of data a server needs to transfer and encryption processes.

The signs of high latency are a slow response time – it takes longer than usual to access web-based applications. It takes more time to send data, such as emails with larger attachments. And if latency is very high, websites might not even load. “When latency increases, many users start to look for problems with their internet provider. But often, the issue occurs due to an overcrowded VPN server or its location. People can use online software to test their network latency and detect whether there’s something wrong with their devices or connection or it’s the issue of a service provider.” Said Vincentas Grinius.

Data encryption

The encrypted information is what protects users’ privacy and increase security over data. However, the more complex the VPN server encryption is, the more bandwidth it takes, which can cause connection speed issues. While weaker encryption can save speed, it’s highly recommended to choose better security over efficiency.

The problem is that you can’t be 100% sure that a VPN service provider is trustworthy and ensures the highest security. The reality is, even worse, 84% of VPN service providers leak users’ real IP addresses. That being said, as a user, you should always test your VPN connection privacy and make sure it’s intact.

Vincentas Grinius, CEO of Heficed, explains how to expedite private network performance and increase your privacy online. “An overcrowded server and increased latency can be a deal-breaker for users and lead them to switch service providers. Heficed focuses on bare metal server solutions that host single-tenant infrastructure to eliminate system delays linked to shared servers. The solution interconnects with multiple IPv4 addresses and can host several IPs. We have recently launched an IP Marketplace that allows clients to choose IP infrastructure quicker.”

He adds why companies should prioritize security, “With data breach crimes on the rise, you can’t be too careful with the information you put online. We hope that businesses and individual users will protect their virtual information the way they protect their physical belongings.”

About Heficed

Headquartered in London, Heficed provides full-range services for IP lease, monetization, and management services. Heficed serves around 60 multi-billion industries starting from hosting to automotive or healthcare. With the millions of IP addresses and 12 years of industry experience and the operations globally, Heficed can meet any demand needs. That includes automated provisioning bare-metal solutions and cloud services in 9 locations around the world.

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