Happy New Year readers and welcome to the Fastest UK VPN Server January 2016 round-up.
So that’s another year down and a new one to look forward to. 2015 was a pretty interesting year in terms of VPN server speeds for the UK servers especially. Three stand-out providers that consistently came in the top three positions were IPVanish, VPN.ac and LiquidVPN.
As we’ve now entered 2016 let’s see who will prosper in speed terms and who will sit mid to bottom of the table.
This month I’ve been testing 10 of the top VPN providers to find out who has the fastest UK VPN server for January 2016.
So without further ado let’s take a look at the results.
Fastest UK VPN Server January 2016
Local connection speed at the time of the test : 203.26 Mbps
| Rank|| Provider|| Speed|| Lowest Price|| Link|
|1||135.27 mbps||≈£3.26 ($4.83)|
|2||102.14 mbps||≈£4.39 ($6.49)|
|3||91.11 mbps||≈£3.04 ($4.50)|
|4||79.04 mbps||≈£2.25 ($3.33)|
|5||68.08 mbps||≈£5.63 ($8.33)|
|6||67.26 mbps||≈£2.81 ($4.16)|
|7||63.14 mbps||≈£5.63 ($8.32)|
|8||56.32 mbps||≈£4.51 ($6.67)|
|9||55.73 mbps||≈£2.81 ($4.16)|
|10||23.28 mbps||≈£3.37 ($4.99)|
All speeds tests were carried out on Saturday 2nd January 2016 between 12 noon and 1 pm.
Tests were done on a Windows 10 system using the custom software available from all providers except Ironsocket and Overplay who don’t have custom software and were tested using OpenVPN GUI.
The UDP protocol was used with OpenVPN using 256 bit encryption apart from ExpressVPN who offer 128 bit. This month Torguard introduced 256 bit encryption and as can be seen from the speed results compared to last month it appears to have seriously affected their download speeds.
So what can we learn from the January results?
This month VPN.ac excelled with their top speed leapfrogging last months top spot provider IPVanish. Even though VPN.ac came through with an excellent speed IPVanish did extremely well themselves and secured second spot. As was the case throughout 2015 these two providers have consistently shown their quality in speed terms, very rarely faltering.
LiquidVPN again slips comfortably into third position showing their quality as a provider and outshining many of the big providers.
Tunnelbear redeemed themselves this month nearly doubling the speed they achieved last month with ExpressVPN, VyprVPN and IronSocket all offering similar speeds month on month.
TorGuard took a huge tumble this month with the introduction of their 256-bit encryption. It seems their server power just wasn’t up to the job and the speeds I achieved this month were nearly a third slower than last month. With a result like this you should stick with 128-bit encryption on their software if TorGuard is your VPN provider of choice.
New Year, New Privacy!
If you haven’t yet added a VPN to your arsenal of personal security then make a new years resolution and add a VPN service to that list of privacy tools.
Many of us ensure we have a firewall installed and some anti-virus software but as leaks and privacy breaches of 2015 showed, a VPN is now an essential tool to secure your online life.
Not only are the privacy benefits evident but the ability to access a whole host of entertainment content from around the world makes the a few dollars a month a worthy cost.
I’ll be back in February to see how things have changed.