AV-TEST recently performed a test on several VPN services, with the aim of analyzing which one has been shown to be the most effective in its task of maintaining online privacy while being efficient to use.
VPNs are pretty common these days, which is honestly a long way from their presence just a few years ago. One would expect the reason for this to stem from a generally heightened awareness of cybersecurity threats online and how to protect oneself not only from cybercriminals, but even their own media platforms. social and cookies. However, the reality is a bit more mundane: people usually keep them so they can access regionally blocked content. Which, very well, is also a legitimate reason to use VPNs, far from me the idea of keeping any form of online security for whatever reason. VPNs have come so far that they are freely accessible in different browsers, such as Opera or DuckDuckGo. Apple is even working on its own version of the tech, giving users more online security (and infuriating Meta in the process, which is always nice). However, VPNs come with their own issues too, mostly boiling down to performance bottlenecks. Some are too slow, videos take forever to buffer, others are not as security-conscious as they claim, and so on.
Taking an interest in the matter, AV-TEST decided to give it a test and see which VPNs work best and really deliver on their promises. For this study, the firm decided to do a comparative analysis between three separate VPN packages, namely F-Secure Freedome, Kaspersky Secure Connection and the beloved YouTube sponsor NordVPN. All three were judged on a five-criteria system, with usability, speed, privacy, transparency and security being our main measures. Once all of this was established, work began and each of the different parameters was measured. Overall, it appears that all three packages subscribe to a number of best practices, with F-Secure Freedome generally lagging behind most of the three. In performance testing, all three performed better with local servers; however, NordVPN clearly outperformed both F-Secure Freedome and Kaspersky, the latter of which came in fairly close second. Kaspersky and Nord also ticked the same number of boxes in the transparency checklist, with the former having a slight advantage due to the online publication of its transparency reports and therefore greater accessibility.
Overall, in terms of latency, speed, and performance, NordVPN seems to have a slight edge over its competition, with Kaspersky still a strong choice and F-Secure Freedome being manageable. Check out these charts for more information:
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