VPN Protocols

We support multiple VPN protocols types to make Traceless as powerful, secure and adaptable as possible.
On this page you can find details and tips about every protocol which our service provides.

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VPN protocols are used for securing the transport of
data traffic over a network infrastructure.

One of the most important criteria when selecting VPN provider should be protocols they have in their offer. Why it is important? Because, first of all, not all VPN protocols are the same and some are more secure than others. Each protocol varies in the way that data is kept secure. For example some protocols are using 128-bit encryption and it’s good enough for most users, while some are using 256-bit (the same level of security that banks and credit card websites use). That also means that they may not perform as well as the less secure protocols. We at Traceless VPN are always keeping up with the latest standards in industry and offering all of the proven protocols.

PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol) VPN protocol

PPTP is available as standard on almost every platform and device which is supporting VPN connection, thus it is very easy to set up without the need to install additional software. It is used widely and typically on older operating systems and mobile devices. Although it is securing connection with 128-bit encryption, it does have well known security vulnerabilities. Because of that, it is recommended only when any other protocol is not available and for low-risk speed-intensive browsing, like streaming video, avoiding geo-restrictions and to the users who value more speed over security.

PROS
Fast
Supported also on older devices
CONS
Least secure
Well known security vulnerabilities

L2TP/IPSec (Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol) VPN protocol

L2TP is usually implemented with the IPSec encryption suite to provide security and privacy. It is built into most desktops and mobile devices. While we are providing 256-bit encryption method, L2TP is more secured than PPTP, but may result in slower speeds. It is easy to set up with PSK (Pre-Shared Key). For extra layer of security, L2TP can also be used with certificates, which is recommended for advanced users since certificates need to be imported first. L2TP is a good choice when other VPN protocols such as OpenVPN and IKEv2 are not available or supported by your device and security is priority.

PROS
More secure than PPTP
CONS
Slower than OpenVPN
Sometimes blocked by firewall

OpenVPN Protocol

OpenVPN is considered to have highest performance and security level overall. It is recommended for all platforms. Setting it up requires installing official OpenVPN Client software (it is available on all mostly used desktop and mobile devices), so set up is not so straight forward as PPTP or L2TP, but it is not difficult either. OpenVPN is an open source VPN solution that uses various technologies, it’s highly configurable and can be set to run on any port, although it runs best on a UDP port. We use 256-bit encryption and support 128-bit encryption.

PROS
Open source
Extremely secure
CONS
Not supported on all devices

IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange version 2) VPN protocol

IKEv2 is one of the newest VPN protocols and based on IPSec tunnelling protocol. It comes as a standard in operating system Windows 7 and above and it is supported by iOS and Linux as well. It is supported by mobile devices as well, but you may need third party Client software to install (for Android we are recommending strongSwan software). It is very stable and secure protocol (requires certificates import and 256-bit encryption) and considered as fastest protocol. It is recommended especially when you need strong security on mobile devices over mobile data (3G) network, because of its speed.

PROS
Very secure
Works well on weaker internet connections
CONS
Need Client for some devices

SSTP (Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol) VPN Protocol

SSTP is a protocol invented by Microsoft, thus it is fully integrated into the Windows operating system which makes setup easy, although it requires certificates import. It uses 256-bit encryption through the SSL channel, so it is more censorship resistant due to running on Port 443. An advantage of SSTP VPN is that the protocol is difficult for many ISP’s to detect and block. So, if your ISP or country blocks PPTP or L2TP VPN, this could be another option

PROS
Natively supported on Windows
Very secure
CONS
Only available on Windows

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For additional information about setting up each VPN protocol, please visit our VPN setup page. If you have further questions you can contact us via Live chat or send us a message via our Support.

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