How to Test a VPN

Test VPN Speed, Connectivity and Reliability with Pingify

Everybody’s looking to test and check a VPN solution. Security, privacy, IP address leaks and DNS leaks are the elements which most websites focus when they claim to have found the “best VPN”. But what about speed, connectivity and reliability of a VPN?

Learn how to test a VPN yourself and establish which one is the best for you. The new Pingify mobile network diagnostics app available for iPhone allows you to see which VPN is best for you. Read below to find out more.

How to Test a VPN: Look at Security, Speed and Reliability

A VPN is not only supposed to secure your Internet connection, making sure your online data stays private so you can appear completely anonymous online. There are 3 more important aspects that a modern VPN has to deliver:

  1. speed – how fast is your Internet connection when going through the VPN tunnel? The fact that it’s built to encrypt your traffic inherently affects the speed of your connection. But there are faster VPN services than others; the faster, the better!
  2. connectivity – how does a VPN behave when your Internet connections drops or is switched from WiFi to LTE, for example? As your computer or smartphone can switch to an active Internet connection, so should your VPN. Unfortunately, that’s not happening for most VPN services.
  3. reliability – a reliable VPN should always protect you when you’re online, regardless of the connection used, Internet connection drops, etc. Here’s what actually happens: most VPN services will attach themselves to one connection and should that link drop – the VPN will not be functional, leaving you unprotected.

More than 90% of VPN solutions available on the market are trustworthy and provide satisfactory online security and privacy. We deliberately avoided to say “all VPN solutions”, just because some VPN services have shady privacy policies and user agreements that allow them to sell browsing data, whether anonymized or not, to third party marketing companies, for “commercial” purposes.

How to Test a VPN: Speed Shouldn’t be a Trade-Off for Security

The speed of a VPN service is often being a trade-off for a higher degree of security – since the app has to spend more time encrypting traffic, the speed is overlooked. If you’re only browsing and checking emails that could be fine, but let’s face it: it’s 2018 and you’ll have to watch a video on YouTube, have a VoIP business call on Skype or even live stream on Facebook Live or Periscope. You will definitely not have enough bandwidth to do that with most VPN services – that’s why it’s important to make the right choice.

How to Test VPN Reliability: Look at How Many Times Your VPN Disconnects When Switching Networks

When it comes to VPN reliability – the most important aspect to take into consideration is whether your VPN can hold on to a connection and still protect you once a connection resumes after it drops. The most frequent use case for that is when you’re walking down the street and your phone keeps roaming through WiFi hotspots – some of those will not be working as they should, causing connection drops. You need to be sure the VPN does not disconnect when this happens, leaving you exposed online when the Internet connection resumes.

Pingify Tests VPN Speed, Connectivity and Reliability.

Learn how to test a VPN the easy way! Introducing Pingify – the new iOS mobile network diagnostics tool that shows you in real time data about your active network adapters – WiFi, LTE – and, most important, VPN speed, connectivity and reliability data.

When running a test, Pingify works by sending small amounts of data (pings) to a remote server and waiting for a reply. By assessing those replies – if they come back and how fast they do – you can get an idea about the speed, connectivity and reliability of a particular Internet connection. The app delivers detailed logs with timestamps and location coordinates, so you can later analyze the data and even share it if necessary, for debugging.

So, if you’re looking for how to test a VPN because you want to find out why your business call drops in a certain area or you don’t have sufficient bandwidth to live stream online, you’ll know why: you’ll be able to determine how each Internet connection is performing in terms of latency (ms) and reliability (%) – WiFi, LTE and VPN. For VPNs in particular it’s most important to watch how reliable that is and whether the VPN resumes running after your phone switched connections.

How to Test a VPN with Pingify on Your iPhone

All you have to do is to go to the Apple Store and get the Pingify App. After that, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure you have the VPN running and you’re connected to either WiFi or mobile data connection.
  2. Start the Pingify mobile network diagnostics App on your iPhone.
  3. Press the “Start test” button.
  4. Watch the real time stats while you’re moving around. You should definitely run the test on your regular routes to/from work and other place.
  5. We recommend you run the test for at least 2 minutes, just to give the phone enough time to see how it reacts to changing network connections – switching from WiFi to LTE or between WiFi hotspots.
  6. When you’re done, just press the “Stop test” button.

Both when running the test and at the end, you’ll be able to see the reliability scores and latency values for each of your adapters – WiFi, LTE and VPN. You’ll also be able to go deeper and analyze the performance based on location, response time, etc.

Learn more about how to test a VPN with Pingify.

If after multiple tests in various conditions you’re not satisfied with the performance of your VPN, then go to the Apple Store and try another service until you find the one that’s right for you – there are plenty of VPN options out there, but be sure to search for one that’s built for speed and reliability as well, not just security!

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