What is Wireguard? Explaining a New VPN Protocol and How it Compares to OpenVPN

simply put wireguard is a new open source vpn connection protocol that is proven to be faster simpler and more lightweight than other encryption protocols if that doesn't make sense to you don't worry you're not alone you can think of it this way openvpn the current standard for vpn protocols runs on 600 000 lines of code ipsec another standard protocol has 400 000 lines of code wireguard only has 4 000 that's a 99 reduction in code which not only makes it easier to manage but also to debug in this case simpler is better and not only that but it also offers what is considered to be a more secure encryption protocol over the next few minutes i'm going to explain to you how wireguard works the benefits of using the guard protocol and the current vpns that are using and implementing the wireguard protocol thanks for joining me in another all things secured video my name is josh and i want to start by saying that i'm not going to make this a technical video that walks through how the encryption works the hashing algorithms or any of the data authentication i want to explain this in layman's terms that you can understand exactly what you're using to connect using this vpn protocol i'll start by saying that wireguard was developed back in 2016 for the linux operating system and what we're dealing with here is a connection protocol that allows for communication between two devices that could be your computer and your corporate network a server and a machine it could even be your phone and the cellular network whatever this is important when passing sensitive information across the open internet now there are already a lot of great encryption methods already in use when you're on the internet but a virtual private network or a vpn just gives you that added layer of security but what makes wireguard so special when we already have plenty of vpn protocols that we can already use it can really be boiled down to three things first wireguard provides a more stable connection than previous protocols even in my own experience when i'm connecting to another server using the wireguard protocol it connects in one to two seconds compared to the maybe five to ten seconds that it would take with openvpn it can also switch between mobile and wi-fi networks without dropping the connection which is something that's a huge benefit to you as a user you see older connection protocols were designed decades ago and have been slowed by over engineering to help them meet specific needs along the way second wireguard has been tested to perform four times faster than other open vpn and ipsec protocols that means you can get four times faster speed and if you've used a vpn for any period of time you know how important that is finally wireguard utilizes modern cryptography that has been peer reviewed and promoted by numerous security experts all vpn protocols provide a level of security but only wireguard takes advantage of new methods such as cryptokey routing for you the user the only thing that really matters is the fact that you'll get connections faster they will be more stable and they'll be a lot faster as you're using the internet now unless you're incredibly tech savvy and feel comfortable setting up your own virtual private network on your computer or home server more than likely you're going to be using a commercial vpn that has integrated wireguard into their applications so which vpns have done this if you're watching this video months or years down the road chances are it's going to be most of them however at this point i'm going to share with you the ones that have been early adopters to the wire guard protocol molvet vpn was one of the first vpns to integrate wireguard and it's even become their default protocol on most of the operating systems molvet is an open source project that requires a bit of technical know-how to set up and it's also not the cheapest vpn on the market but it is great for privacy focused individuals for more consumer-friendly options i recommend nordvpn with nordlinks or vipervpn both of these services offer easy to install and use apps that work on windows ios mac os and android in each case you'll want to make sure that you go into the advanced settings and connect to the appropriate connection protocol as you see me doing here connecting to the nord links protocol and the nordvpn software if you've been using a vpn for any period of time you should notice an immediate improvement not only on the time that it takes to connect to a server but also on your connection speeds if you have any specific questions related to wireguard leave them in the comments below give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to the all things secured youtube channel thanks

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