How to Test Your VPN Speed

Understand if your VPN speed matches the claims.

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VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a great way to protect your privacy and keep your online activities anonymous. Unfortunately, they often slow down your internet connection when in use.

This depends on the nature of how VPN works. By connecting to a VPN, your data is rerouted and encrypted through the VPN’s server. This process can have adverse effects on connection speed and latency.

If you’re curious about how a specific VPN affects your connection speed, there are several simple steps you can take to determine any speed loss.

Further reading: The fastest VPNs

How to Test VPN Speed

To get a good understanding of how slow your connection speed is when using a VPN, it’s important to establish a baseline. This means you need to first test your internet speed without being connected to the VPN.

The best way to do this is by using a website like speedtest.net operated by the analysis company Ookla. Alternatively, you can use Netflix’s fast.com, but SpeedTest is the most popular and considered the industry standard. For the purposes of this article, I’ll be using SpeedTest for demonstration.

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Make sure you’re disconnected from the VPN, then visit the SpeedTest website. Once on the site, click the “Go” button to start the test. It will begin measuring your download and upload speeds.

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Here’s the baseline internet speed I used for this test.
Once complete, you’ll be able to see the download and upload speeds, as well as the ping or latency of the connection.

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