Le VPN Protocols

Your quick start guide to VPN protocols

If you’ve landed on this page, then you’re likely intrigued by the various VPN protocols offered by Le VPN (there are seven protocols in total). If you’re brand new to the VPN world, there’s no need to worry too much about what the different protocols mean, as you’ll be able to get connected without editing any of the protocol settings. However, it’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the basics of each protocol and how they can impact your VPN experience.

Without getting too technical, a VPN protocol refers to the way data is moved from one point to another, impacting speed and security. Still with me? Keep reading to get an overview of each of the protocols offered by Le VPN.

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PPTP

First up is the Point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP). This is the most commonly used type of VPN protocol. PPTP effectively creates a private tunnel for sending data to and from a computer or mobile device. Devices are authenticated using a password, which means no additional hardware is required. On its own, PPTP does not provide any data encryption or other security measures. PPTP connections are also easy for Internet service providers to block. However, there are benefits to using a PPTP VPN – they are the most straightforward protocol to set up and operate, and they can deliver consistent performance and reliable speed.

L2TP over IPSEC

Next is the Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) over Internet Protocol Security (IPsec). This protocol works similarly to PPTP but delivers additional confidentiality and data integrity thanks to a multi-authentication process. Like PPTP, L2TP over IPSEC can be set up easily on an Apple, Windows, or Android device. Because of the additional security features, performance using an L2TP over IPsec VPN protocol can be slower when transferring a high volume of information.

OpenVPN

As you may have already guessed from the name, OpenVPN is an open-source VPN protocol that uses a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to create an authenticated, encrypted connection to the Internet. While establishing an OpenVPN connection can be difficult for non-technical users, Le VPN’s software makes it straightforward to get started. Overall, the OpenVPN protocol offers one of the best combinations of performance and security, and it can be used to bypass firewalls and ISP restrictions easily.

HybridVPN

One of the features that sets Le VPN apart from other VPNs is its HybridVPN, which combines both an SSL-level VPN connection and a SmartDNS proxy. A SmartDNS proxy is an optional service that simplifies the process to enable users to access geographically restricted content. As a result, users get the security, reliability, and privacy of a VPN with the ease of use and freedom of a Smart DNS. You’ll also enjoy incredible speed and reliability when streaming media, viewing videos, or graphics-heavy websites.

WireGuard

WireGuard is becoming one of the most popular alternatives to OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPSec due to its robust security and speed benefits. In comparison to OpenVPN, WireGuard requires 4,000 lines of code compared to the 100,000 required by OpenVPN. WireGuard is a free, open-source protocol that uses state-of-the-art cryptography and is designed to be easy to use with high-speed performance and low attack surface.

IPsec

IPsec or Internet Protocol Security uses IP addresses to identify and create secure VPN tunnels. LE VPN uses IPSec to connect a network server to a remote host. Any traffic sent over the public Internet is encrypted during data transmission between the remote host and the VPN server. In other words, IP packets are encrypted, and the source where the packets come from is authenticated.

IKEv2

IKEv2 or Internet Key Exchange version 2 (if you want to get technical) is an encryption and VPN protocol used in the IPSec suite. IKEv2 authenticates and establishes a connection between a VPN client and a VPN server. Due to the stability of IKEv2, it ensures your connection isn’t lost when switching to mobile data or Wifi, making it an excellent VPN protocol for those on the move.

Which VPN protocol is most suitable will often depend on the online activity you’re looking to perform and the device you’re connecting from. If you’re looking for a more in-depth understanding of how each protocol works and how it can benefit you, check them out in detail below.

As a Le VPN user, you’ll enjoy the freedom to switch between protocols as often as you need to. Getting started with the various VPN protocols is straightforward, and you can have peace of mind knowing there’s a protocol to suit all of your requirements. If you’re looking for a fast connection to binge that series you’ve been waiting to watch, select the HybridVPN protocol. Need to access your online banking at an insecure wifi hotspot? OpenVPN or L2TP over IPSEC is your best option to provide a fast and secure connection. Switching between Wifi and mobile data? I’d recommend IKEv2.

Got questions? Sure you do! Reach out to one of the team, and someone will get back to you quickly to help with protocol queries or anything else for that matter!

Your friendly protocols companion.

Craig.

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