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  • What’s the difference between PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, and SOCKS when talking about VPNs?

    Date: 2012.09.21 | Category: VPN Blog | Response: 0

    Deciding on the type of “protocol” to use for your VPN is like choosing the best tasting ice cream: there are many choices, and some people prefer one choice over another.

    For VPNs, the 3 main choices are PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN. We also include SOCKS, but that is not really a VPN protocol. Some people also use SSTP too, but that is not being used so much these days (yet!). Then you also hear of “IPSec”, but that is really a marketing brand used by Cisco and other companies and really refers to L2TP.

    Did we confuse you yet?

    Yes, it can be a little confusing. So we will only concentrate on the differences between PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, and SOCKS. There is a good comparison chart on Kovurt.com, but here is our own chart too:

     

    VPN Protocols

    PPTP

    L2TP

    SOCKS

    OpenVPN

    Ease of Setup Fast Fast Moderate Moderate
    VPN Speed Fast Fast Moderate Moderate
    Security Moderate Very Good Very Good Best
    Stability Good Good Better Best
    Suggested Systems iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac Mac, Ubuntu Mac, Windows 7

    PPTP and L2TP do not require any software for you to install! So many people like to use them because you only need to enter your username and password once on your computer or phone, and in the future you can connect with a click of a button

    OpenVPN is a little more cumbersome because you must download software first to use it. Then you must install the software and maintain the software when there are upgrades. OpenVPN is a little more stable, but most people agree that PPTP and L2TP are just so much easier to use. Plus, PPTP and L2TP can be used on iPads, iPhones, and Android mobile phones, but OpenVPN can not be used on those devices (unless you “crack” them).

    So those are our thoughts on the differences. Please leave your comments below to let us know what you think.