Have you ever tried to use a VPN with your Apple devices only to find that the connection isn’t working? Or maybe you’ve tried to use a VPN on the go and found that you can’t connect due to lack of WiFi availability? Perhaps you’ve tried to use a VPN on YouTube and had to give up because the video kept stuttering?
You’re not alone. In today’s world, VPNs are becoming more and more essential, but there are still so many problems that stop people from enjoying the freedom that a VPN provides. In fact, there are many reasons why your VPN might not be connecting, and it can be pretty frustrating to find that your VPN isn’t performing as expected. If you want to enjoy total privacy and freedom when using a VPN, then it’s important to understand what could be stopping you from having a perfect experience. Here are some of the most common problems and solutions.
The Problem: Slow Connection Speeds
One of the first things you’ll see when connecting to a VPN is a warning that your connection is slow. But, is it really that slow?
While we can’t control how fast or slow other people’s connections are, we can control how fast or slow ours is. That means, in theory, that if we’re experiencing really slow speeds, then there’s something wrong with our Internet connection and we should fix it. (In reality, there are so many variables that could be causing your VPN to perform slowly including your broadband service provider, your device, and even your location.)
However, if you truly feel that your VPN is just slow, then there’s an easy fix. You can try switching to a VPN with a faster server. In most cases, this will result in an instant improvement in speed, which is vital when you’re trying to enjoy your time online anonymously. So, if you’re experiencing really slow speeds, it might be worth trying out a different VPN to see if that improves things for you.
The Problem: No Data Received
Data is one of the main components of any online experience. Whether you’re streaming videos or reading an online newspaper, you’ll need sufficient bandwidth to do so. Also, data is frequently charged by the megabyte, so if you plan on downloading a lot of files, you’ll need to consider this too.
To ensure that your data is protected when using a VPN, you’ll need to activate the “encrypt” option, which will ensure that your data is scrambled when sent to the VPN server. This prevents unauthorized parties from reading your data (and potentially using or selling it). While this is an essential step to take when using a VPN, it does result in reduced speeds due to higher data usage. (To uncloak your data, you’ll need to exit the VPN and then re-enter it. This will result in a temporary hiccup while your data is decrypted. If this is a concern for you, then you might not want to use a VPN for all of your web browsing.)
The Problem: Incorrect Server I plexed
Once you’ve connected to the VPN, you’ll be presented with a list of available servers. If you’re having trouble deciding which one to choose, then try out a few different VPNs and compare their speeds and interfaces. (A fast VPN with a simple website and intuitive apps can also be a deciding factor for you.)
However, if you truly feel that the selected server is the best one for you, then there’s an easy fix. You can try connecting to a different server.
The Problem: Incorrect Login Details
Data encryption and security when using a VPN are two main concerns. However, one of the more common problems that stop people from enjoying the freedom that a VPN provides is incorrect login details. (Think: typing in the wrong username and password.)
If you’re frequently having trouble logging in, then try out a different VPN and make sure to use the correct login details. Incorrect login details can also be the result of human error, so it’s important to be sure that you’ve entered them correctly. If you’ve checked the spelling of your username and password and it still doesn’t work, then there’s something wrong with them and you should probably change them.
The Problem: No WiFi Available
To use a VPN, you’ll need to have a place where you can connect to the Internet. However, if you don’t have WiFi at home or work, then using a VPN is impossible. (Think: trying to use a VPN on the go or at a coffee shop without an Internet connection.)
VPNs are frequently clunky and slow when connecting to older or less powerful devices. If you plan on using a VPN on a laptop or other mobile device, then make sure to bring your own WiFi hotspot. This will eliminate the need to connect to public WiFi and reduce the chances of your data being intercepted by unauthorized parties. (Public WiFi is frequently unsecure and allows for easy interception of your data.)
Even if you do have access to WiFi at home or work, you might not want to use it when connected to public places like coffee shops or airports. Doing so will result in an increase in your data usage, making you more vulnerable to hackers. So, if you’re really looking for a VPN, then try out one of the open source projects like Wirecutter which were designed to be able to work anywhere regardless of WiFi availability.
The Problem: Bad Experience Due To Lack Of Support
It’s important to remember that not all VPNs are made equal, and some operate with fewer features than others. If you’re really aiming for a no-nonsense approach to security then you might want to try out one of the more basic VPNs. This will give you an instant, direct connection to the Internet without all of the extra features that some VPNs offer. (Think: free VPNs vs paid VPNs.)
If you’re new to VPNs or just want a simple option, then you could try out fast and free VPNs like Windscribe or Hide.me. Both offer simple point-and-click interfaces, which makes it easy for anyone to use. (To keep your personal data secure when using a VPN, make sure to uncheck the “automatically connect” option in these apps.)
However, if you’re looking for more features and want something a little more complex, then you could try out a paid VPN like PIA or ExpressVPN, which both offer additional security protocols, along with an encrypted email and file-sharing feature.
The Problem: Cost-Effectiveness
If you’re looking for a simple and affordable VPN solution, then look no further. Two of the most popular and most affordable VPNs are NordVPN and IPVanish, both of which work on any device and don’t require you to have a special app to use them. (Think: free vs paid VPNs.)
What’s more is these two VPNs are frequently updated, which ensures that your data is secure and up-to-date. If you’re searching for an affordable VPN solution, then consider these two options or look for a VPN that’s been approved by the government to ensure that your data is always protected.
The Problem: Missing Configuration Files
Data encryption and security when using a VPN are two main concerns. However, one of the more common problems that stop people from enjoying the freedom that a VPN provides is missing configuration files. (Think: entering the wrong username and password.)
To ensure that your VPN connects and functions properly, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve given it the correct IP address. If you’re experiencing trouble, then try out a different VPN and make sure to use the correct IP address. (Your IP address is the numeric identifier that determines your location on the Internet. It’s usually shown along with your computer’s IP address in Internet Explorer. When you visit a website, your IP address is automatically recorded by that website, which then uses a server to provide a personalized experience based on your IP address. You can find out more here.)
Depending on your Internet service provider, you might also need to set up your account with a static public IP address in order to ensure that you don’t experience connection issues. (This prevents your ISP from assigning you a dynamic IP address whenever you connect to the Internet, which is usually reserved for automatic connections to keep your device up-to-date without having to manually update your IP address whenever you connect to a new router or modem.)