Fastest VPNs of 2023: Speed tested, results revealed

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WEB DESK: In the ever-expanding market for virtual private networks (VPNs), choosing the right one involves considering various factors.

Encryption strength, security features, and annual fees are crucial, but perhaps the most overlooked aspect is the VPN’s connection speed. If your online activities heavily depend on data, such as streaming, gaming, videoconferencing, or torrenting, a robust and speedy VPN is essential to maintain quality experiences.

According to media reports, CNET has developed a unique speed testing methodology to evaluate VPN services, replicating conditions typical users might encounter. While security remains a top priority, the focus on speed has led to the consideration of lightweight VPN protocols like WireGuard and proprietary options from providers such as ExpressVPN and NordVPN.

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In the latest round of testing conducted in February and March 2023, we present the fastest VPNs based on our criteria. Here’s a snapshot of the results:

VPN speeds compared
2019 tested speed loss* 2020 tested speed loss* 2022 tested speed loss* 2023 tested speed loss* Net change from previous test
NordVPN 32 per cent 53 per cent 13 per cent 10 per cent Faster in 2023 tests
ExpressVPN 2 per cent 51 per cent 2 per cent 18 per cent Slower in 2023 tests
IPVanish N/A 65 per cent 58 per cent 26 per cent Faster in 2023 tests
Proton VPN N/A 9 per cent 17 per cent 36 per cent Slower in 2023 tests
Surfshark 27 per cent 17 per cent 19 per cent 40 per cent Slower in 2023 tests

*Lower number is better.

Fastest VPNs in 2023:
  • NordVPN: With speeds continually improving, NordVPN leads the pack with just a 10 per cent average speed loss in our most recent tests.
  • ExpressVPN: Despite a drop in speeds, ExpressVPN remains a top performer with an 18 per cent average speed loss.
  • IPVanish: Showing improvement with a 26 per cent speed loss, particularly notable when using the WireGuard protocol.
  • Proton VPN: Struggling with inconsistency, Proton VPN averaged a 36 per cent speed loss, emphasising the need for reliability.
  • Surfshark: Facing challenges with OpenVPN speeds, Surfshark redeems itself with a respectable 22 per cent speed loss through WireGuard.

It’s crucial to note that individual experiences may vary, and factors like platform, location, and internet service provider quality can influence results. Stay tuned for updates on Surfshark’s performance as the company addresses OpenVPN speed concerns.

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