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AV-Test.org - 6 VPN Packages Put to the Test under Windows 10
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VPN packages for Windows PCs open up many new opportunities. The options include anonymous surfing, getting around geo-blocking for video services or tuning ping values when gaming. AV-TEST tested 6 packages in terms of their performance and investigated just how well they guard user privacy.

With VPN software, users of a Windows PC have a special tool in their hand to open up new opportunities. Those using a VPN service can thus surf the Web with complete anonymity if desired. One interesting side-effect is that security is improved, as the connection communicates with the VPN server through a data tunnel. Gamers also appreciate VPN, because for special games or videos, they can get around geo-blocking or attain faster ping rates in a game. The test naturally examines VPN packages in terms of their speed or performance in communicating with other servers worldwide. But the focus is also on transparency of the individual providers. After all, you can only be truly anonymous on the Web if the VPN server operator actually deletes user data and the data history immediately or after a brief interval. That is why the test is divided into 5 key topics: usability, security, privacy, speed and transparency.

6 VPN packages put to the test

The laboratory examined 6 VPN packages, evaluated their performance and their ability to keep the connection private. The test includes the following products: The lab has now evaluated some products for the second time, as the first test of VPN packages already took place in 10/2019. This year, however, the test category of speed has seen an enhancement. Each package was also tested in terms of its "local" and "overseas" performance. "Local" in this sense means: The performance was measured from one server in Europe to another server in Europe. The same procedure was carried out in the United States and Asia. The term "overseas" means: A connection was made from one server on one continent to a server on another continent overseas. Connections were evaluated from Europe to Asia, from Europe to the United States, from USA to Asia and all pairings were repeated in the opposite direction. After these elaborate measurements, the lab awarded up to a maximum of 3 points for each test segment. In each case, performance was clocked for video streaming, torrent download speed, latency, as well as upstream and downstream data speeds.

Besides speed, test categories such as usability, security, privacy, and transparency, naturally have various subtopics which were considered in the test. As this article cannot cover all the individual items, however, those interested can refer to a PDF file with detailed findings. There is another interesting wrinkle. After completing the test, Kaspersky discovered that there was a bug in the software version used in the test. Kaspersky argued that the test findings in the "local" category were actually better if the tests were repeated with an updated version, which we also were able to confirm through subsequent random testing.
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