Do you pay a monthly fee for VPN service only to be left wondering – why is my VPN disconnecting all the time? Unfortunately, VPN drops are a common problem because these services are very sensitive to many factors.
The real issue, however, is the fact that when your VPN disconnects, all the protection it promises to deliver no longer works. And, what’s worse is that when your VPN drops, your computer automatically adjusts to your router’s signal, so any interruption is barely noticed. This means your IP address and data is exposed and available for all to see from the moment your VPN disconnects until you finally get it reconnected.
So, what causes your VPN to disconnect so frequently and randomly? Here are the five most common causes of VPN drops.
Virtual private networks don’t work well when the network their connected to is busy. The more congested the network is, the less stable your VPN connection is going to be. In a world that becomes more connected daily, it can be challenging to find a network that’s not heavily utilized.
If you are connected to a weak Wi-Fi signal, you’ll find your VPN disconnecting on a regular basis. Using a signal booster or connecting to your router through a wired connection may help reduce the number of drops, but even when connected directly to a router a VPN service still doesn’t offer a reliable and consistent connection because of the other factors included on this list.
Some mobile devices automatically put certain applications to sleep when they haven’t been used in a while to help conserve battery strength and improve device performance. If you haven’t used the Internet on your device for more than a few minutes, the VPN service may be put into standby until you use it again.
When a network has high latency issues, it will suffer from excessive data losses and connection timeouts. A high latency network is therefore problematic for VPNs with connections being tenuous and sub-optimal at best.
Sometimes, all it takes is for your router or firewall to be improperly configured to cause your VPN connection to drop frequently. Making adjustments to your router or firewall configuration is often necessary to maintain any kind of reliable connection when using a VPN service.
VPNs are software-based and therefore rely on everything being perfect to provide you with a reliable, constant connection. If you’ve ever used a VPN service before, then you know all-too-well that things are rarely perfect, and disconnections are a way of life.
This is where Winston is different. Unlike VPNs, Winston is a hardware filter that scrambles your IP address with other users, and because its performance doesn’t rely on such things like network congestion, latency, signal strength, and other factors, it’s always connected and providing you with the privacy and protection you expect, no matter what.
Try Winston today and say goodbye to the frustratingly common VPN drops that leave you dangerously exposed. Keep your Internet connection secure and your data and your family safe.