First of all, what is VPN Protocol?

A VPN protocol is basically a mix of transmission protocols and encryption standards. Also known as cryptographic protocols, they determine the level of encryption.

VPN is standing on the side of your protection preventing data leaks. It is a tool created to protect you from various online security breaches.

Each protocol has its own pros and cons. As for pros, we can mention a possibility to maintain a higher level of privacy and provide users with a better speed.

The world is constantly changing and so do data protection approaches. Some technologies may become unreliable and considered as outdated.

What VPN protocol types exist?

The most popular tunneling protocols are:

  • – OpenVPN
  • – IKEv2
  • – PPTP
  • – L2TP/IPSec
  • – SSTP

Of these, the following protocols are no longer relevant:

  • – PPTP
  • – SSTP
  • – L2TP/IPSec

If we compare all the protocols, those that we would like to recommend using are IKEv2 and OpenVPN.

Let’s learn more about these two protocols.

OpenVPN protocol

OpenVPN is well-known as an open-source tunneling protocol.

OpenVPN offers various internal security features. It has up to 256-bit encryption through the OpenSSL library, although some service providers may offer lower rates, effectively providing some of the fastest VPN available to consumers.


IKE (Internet Key Exchange) is the method of authentication and is considered a secure tunneling protocol. IKEv2 (version 2) is a VPN encryption protocol that handles request and response actions, offers strong encryption with a variety of security options.

Although technically IKEv2 is not a VPN protocol, it does behave like one, and it helps control the IPSec key exchange.

So, what is the best option? Now, OpenVPN is considered the strongest encryption as it uses strong ciphers and TLS (Transport Layer Security). It is a secure protocol, which secures data at the Transport level, while IKEv2/IPSec secures data at the IP level.

In addition, there are two more types of protocols worth mentioning – SmartUDP and SmartTCP. Using any of these, you will get the feet wet how VeePN cares about your data and strongly promotes your right to anonymity.  

What is VeePN SmartUDP?

The implemented protocol based on the OpenVPN protocol for UDP (User Datagram Protocol) that uses the improved XOR encryption algorithm. The advantages of SmartUDP are undoubtful: easy to apply, very lightweight, a very secure protocol using 256-bit encryption and high-end ciphers, gets past most firewalls and ISP restrictions. As for disadvantages, some mobile devices do not supply it and it requires the installation of 3rd-party software.

What is VeePN SmartTCP?

The implemented protocol based on the OpenVPN protocol for TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) port that also uses the improved XOR encryption algorithm. Its pros are easy configuration, a highly secure protocol using 256-bit encryption keys, and high-end ciphers. Talking about its cons, the protocol does not have congestion control and some mobile devices do not supply it.

Exclusively for VeePN users SmartTCP and SmartUDP protocols are supported on lots of platforms that you might need. All data is encrypted using the most advanced methods.

Do not hesitate to gain true Internet protection with VeePN! Please note, that VeePN does everything to fulfill your expectations to acquire a positive experience while using our service. Our support agents are always eager to help you. For assistance in any matter, contact us.