A multi-protocol VPN is a VPN service that offers users more than one VPN protocol to choose from. A single-protocol VPN, on the other hand, only supports a single VPN protocol, which is most often defined by either limited resources or the design philosophy.
If you were wondering what VPN you should use, the multi-protocol one will be the answer most of the time. Such apps are truly versatile, providing you the freedom to decide what aspects of VPN software is more important to you at any given moment, and focus on it to maximize its efficiency.
Having multiple types of VPN protocols will always be a great benefit due to the flexibility and the number of options this provides.
Different VPN protocols are good for different reasons (except for the obsolete protocols like PPTP). Knowing what is your VPN type and which VPN protocol you should use for which task will greatly improve your browsing experience and online security.
Here are some examples of VPN protocols available in KeepSolid VPN Unlimited® and when to use them:
WireGuard® - the general consensus is that this VPN protocol will soon become the best VPN for any needs, from security to streaming and torrenting (in many respects, it already is). However, WireGuard® is currently still in beta, so VPN Unlimited is one of the few VPNs that support it. Also, considering it’s still in development, some people may prefer to turn to other, time-tested VPN protocols for now.
OpenVPN® - a highly secure VPN protocol that’s also quite difficult to track. This makes OpenVPN® a nice option for a general use protocol when there’s a possibility that your VPN connection might get blocked in a network.
IKEv2 - one of the best VPN protocols for mobile devices due to its speed, light weight, and reliability. If you wish to stay secure and private while using your smartphone, this protocol will suit your needs best.
KeepSolid Wise - our proprietary VPN protocol that further develops the ideas behind OpenVPN®. It was specifically designed to work in networks where VPNs are normally restricted, e.g. on school or office networks, or in countries that ban VPNs.
Different VPN protocols use different ports to establish secure connection to networks. Most often, the reason for this is purely technical - particular ports work better for particular procedures. However, not all ports are born equal. Network administrators can easily block ports at their discretion, and many do (usually - to avoid dangers or issues associated with specific ports).
If your VPN’s only protocol’s port happens to be blocked in a network… Well, you’ll have to either disable it to access the network, or look for a VPN with a different protocol. Or, you know, just use a multi-protocol VPN like VPN Unlimited and switch protocols on the fly as you see fit!
VPN protocols are not set in stone. Their developers are constantly tweaking, updating, and improving them; they also exist in an ever-shifting software environment. Unfortunately, sometimes this may result in unexpected bugs, malfunctions or compatibility issues.
Sure, any VPN protocol issues are likely to get fixed in future patches, but you need your VPN up and running now, don’t you? That’s where having access to different types of VPN protocols in one app shall come in handy once again. Just switch to a different VPN protocol and go on your merry way!
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