When we first reviewed US provider LiquidVPN a couple of months back we were very impressed with its innovative (and arguably revolutionary) ‘modulating IP’ system, which continually changes (‘modulates’) your IP address to provide increased anonymity when using the internet.
Although the technology worked very well in terms of successfully giving us a new IP address every few seconds, we found the resultant speed hit was unacceptable – it was just too slow. Well, the LiquidVPN team has been hard at work refining and ironing out problems with this exciting new technology and, now that we have put the service through its paces again, we are pleased to say speeds have vastly improved.
Part of the problem apparently was that we tested using the closest modulating IP servers to us here in the UK. Located in the Czech Republic, these servers proved too slow, so LiquidVPN has moved to faster servers in Romania. The other issue was that ‘TLS security keys will slow down transmission speeds quite a bit’, so it is strongly recommend that users choose a UDP connection. LiquidVPN has however left the option of TLS available, ‘for the few users who want to use it.’
All tests performed using our 20Mb/s UK broadband connection.
In order to obtain more ‘real use’ results, we used the diagnostic software available from thinkbroadband.com to test FTP download speeds.
We really like the modulating IP technology, and now that LiquidVPN has greatly improved performance we find it a much more attractive proposition, and although users will still suffer a noticeable speed hit (we were especially disappointed with the FTP download results), the trade-off with the improved anonymity it affords may well be worth the inconvenience.
It would be nice to see speeds closer to our full bandwidth (especially for the Romania servers), but we applaud LiquidVPN for the strides it has made towards making this a useful and usable privacy enhancing technology.
We also think that a word of praise is due for LiquidVPN’s move away from NIST certified encryption standards. We have discussed this in more detail in this article, but LiquidVPN informs us that in addition to its Russia server, Camellia encryption has also now been rolled out for Germany, ‘with more to follow.’
Bravo! As ever, we look forward to seeing what LiquidVPN gets up to next.