We think it is important to get a VPN that will consistently be able to keep you protected while delivering fast download and upload speeds. However, not everyone knows how to properly test out his/her VPN connection. No need to worry, that’s why we’ve prepared this short guide — to help you test your VPN Internet connection while you still can get your money back.
Here’s what to do after purchasing a VPN license:
1. Install a VPN app on all your devices
You should go beyond your main computer and install a VPN app on all of them. Also on all other devices such as smartphone(s) and tablet(s).
What you want to achieve is to get the real-world experience of how a VPN behaves across platforms and across different Internet connections — i.e. how it works when you’re using a mobile connection rather than just the one in your home/office.
2. Connect to a few servers and check speeds
Now that you have VPN apps installed on all your devices, it is time to connect to a few servers and test the connection speed.
Now it is crucial to FIRST test your connection speed WITHOUT a VPN and then repeat the process with a VPN turned on. Try connecting a nearby server (in the same state/country) and then to a server in another country where you plan to travel — or are already frequently visiting.
If you get crappy results with a VPN app working in the background, it’s time to cancel your subscription before the time runs out and you can no longer take advantage of your money-back guarantee. If everything works ok, proceed to the next step.
3. Go outside…
Now repeat the previous step from a few other places, like your office, home and even a public Wi-Fi hotspot. What you want to determine is whether this is a VPN you can rely on everywhere. In that sense, visit places you frequently visit like your favorite Starbucks or whatever.
Chances are you won’t get the perfect result everywhere, and that’s ok. After all, with a VPN turned on, your data is being routed through VPN servers before getting back to you. It is a more secure way to connect to the Internet but it has some downsides, such as the connection speed.
Nevertheless, you shouldn’t accept poor results — that’s why you’re testing a VPN in the first place.
4. Test services
And by services we mean video streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+ to see how they perform when you have a VPN running in the background. Also, if you download stuff via BitTorrent, see how it works with a VPN.
Also test Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and any other business tool/service you frequently use.
You’ll want to make sure that all websites you regularly visit work great with a VPN.
5. Read reviews
Like every test, the one you make will have limited results which could vary over time. So we suggest another step – read online reviews about popular VPNs before spending a single dime of your hard-earned money.
In case you wonder, we did the grunt work and tested many of the most popular VPNs out there. Feel free to check our VPN reviews, but if you want – go online and check what other people have written as well.
Where to start…
As usual, we suggest everyone start with our list of Best of the Best VPNs. We have field-tested all of the services on that list and can pretty much guarantee they won’t let you down no matter what you want to do on the Internet.
Also, most of them offer solid money-back guarantees which you can — and should — take advantage of if you find that something’s not working for you. That’s what these guarantees are made for. Good luck! 😉
P.S. You may also want to check how we at VPN Reports test VPNs.