VPN Protocols: OpenVPN vs Wireguard - An Eye Opener


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Jul 3, 2017
I use a VPN, and my provider recently implemented the Wireguard protocol which many say is fast and secure. I jumped on the bandwagon, and started to use it as well on my Desktop. Recently, I came across these articles:

OpenVPN vs IPSec, WireGuard, L2TP, & IKEv2 (VPN Protocols)

After reading it a few times, I came away with the discovery that while Wireguard is the latest and may be the greatest, it may not be the best for security and privacy. It all depends upon how your VPN provider implements the protocol meaning the caveat to using Wireguard is that it registers your actual IP address on the VPN server, and in order to be anonymous, the VPN provider must find a way to obfuscate that piece of information on the server.

Thus, one must trust his or her VPN provider to add that extra layer, and that it works. Initially, when it came to VPNS the buzz words were "no logs", thousands of servers, speed, where the VPN was domiciled in regard to Privacy laws, and Open VPN. Now it is the Wireguard implementation.

With so many variables in using a VPN, especially with logging, and location, imo it is a shame that there is the added layer now of how Wireguard is implemented and trusting your VPN of choice to do it correctly.

After reading the article, for myself I decided to use OpenVPN on my Desktop again. I did come away that for mobile devices, Wireguard may be better suited. The choice is up to you.

All I am saying is be aware, be informed, and use common sense when using your VPN of choice.