Do VPNs log my data and throttle my connection?

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Himanshu Singh Rathor
Himanshu Singh Rathor
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  • 2 Years ago

Using a VPN will probably slow down your internet speed, but under some circumstances, it could make it faster.

VPNs have protocol overhead for encapsulation and decapsulation and for encryption and decryption, all of which take time. All things being equal, the VPN connection to the same endpoint will be slower as a result. It may be the case, however, that some device between you and your endpoint is doing traffic-shaping or rate-limiting or some other deliberate effort to downgrade the quality of service you get because it is keying off your origin IP address.

In that case, the VPN would make things faster because the middle box device would not apply the same rate-limiting. You see this at an extreme where the VPN is used to bypass blocks put into place at a firewall. Without the VPN, you get zero bandwidth, because the firewall blocks it all; with the VPN, you get non-zero bandwidth. More and more VPN providers are promising an anonymous or no-logging VPN service while providing minimal, or zero, transparency about how they actually handle your data. These so called anonymous VPN providers fall into two categories: a. they advertise an anonymous service on their website but the fine print in their privacy policy suggests they log a significant amount of customer data, and b. they advertise an anonymous service on their website, but their privacy policy simply says we don’t log without further explanation or detail.


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