OpenVPN Protocol vs L2TP

Recently, I’ve been looking into and comparing different protocols. Protocols are the different ways in which a VPN transfers data across its network. As such, each different protocol will have a different way in which it treats information (for example, they will have different methods of encryption and authentication). Obviously with different ways of treating data, there are various plusses and minuses. As such, today I’ll be comparing two different protocols: the OpenVPN Protocol and Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol.


OpenVPN Protocol

OpenVPN is a free, open source VPN available for download. It has its own custom protocol known as the OpenVPN Protocol. Just because something is open source doesn’t mean it’s not good quality – and this is certainly true of the OpenVPN protocol. It’s so good in fact, many paid for VPN services use this protocol. It’s basically a customised mix of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. It’s a great protocol because it gives you super security, and what’s more it allows you to bypass many firewalls and other internet barriers. However, the one issue you might have with this protocol is that it does require a little bit of technical configuration. So if you’re a bit of a technophobe, then maybe it’s not for you.

Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol

The Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol (L2TP) is often used in tandem with the IPSec protocol, which serves to create a more secure connection and transfer of data across the VPN. L2TP treats encrypted data in an interesting way, where clients and servers swap pre-agreed certificates or keys. If these match, then the client is shown to be authentic, and the data is transferred and/or unencrypted. Again, this is a great protocol, and is very secure but the downside is that it can take a bit of technical know-how to get its full advantages.


As I’ve mentioned before, there’s no need to be cared away from good protocols because you don’t think you’ll be able to configure them. There are plenty of good VPN providers who will support you in doing this. Hidemyass is one such VPN. For more information, click the button below:

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