How does your VPN stand up in real-world tests?

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Check out any VPN provider’s web­site and you’ll usu­ally find a lot of big claims and mar­ket­ing hype. The re­al­ity can be very dif­fer­ent, though, so it’s worth check­ing them out with a few tests of your own. Mul­l­vad’s speeds were below av­er­age. Us­ing bench­mark sites like gave us at least 10Mbps from most lo­ca­tions, which was good enough for ba­sic brows­ing, even some HD stream­ing, but P2P and bulky downloads may take a while. Slick­VPN scored higher in our tests, par­tic­u­larly for short hops (UK to UK), where we saw close to nor­mal speeds. Per­for­mance dropped sig­nif­i­cantly over long dis­tance, and var­ied con­sid­er­ably be­tween servers, but min­i­mum speeds were typ­i­cally over 15Mbps. Buf­fered VPN did much bet­ter. Short hops to the near­est UK server gave us twice the speed of Mul­l­vad, UK to US speeds were also im­pres­sive, and low la­ten­cies all round made for re­spon­sive brows­ing. Per­for­mance tails off with more dis­tant servers, as ex­pected.

IVPN out­per­formed Buf­fered in most sit­u­a­tions, though the dif­fer­ences were only mar­ginal. It proved a strong all-round provider which gave us good re­sults from every server. Most of our con­tenders scored well on speeds, but Per­fect Pri­vacy turned out to be the real per­for­mance king. Lo­cal con­nec­tions gave us close to 40Mbps, and even dis­tant UK to Aus­tralia con­nec­tions achieved a min­i­mum of 15Mbps.

Our VPN tests didn’t stop with speed. We also spent time check­ing out each service with and other sites, look­ing for pri­vacy leaks which might be re­veal­ing our true iden­tity. We dug deep, but our test VPNs did bet­ter, block­ing DNS, We­bRTC and other leaks and pro­tect­ing our pri­vacy at all times.

We tested the down­load speeds for all the key servers.

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