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Internet slowed to a crawl? Here's how to tell if your ISP is throttling your connection speed.

Your internet service provider (ISP) could be throttling your speed. Here’s a smart way to check what’s going on behind the scenes. All you need is a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN creates a secure bridge between your device(s) and the internet, encrypting your online traffic from all forms of interference, snooping and censorship. If your speed test shows faster speeds without the VPN, it’s time to get to work to improve your connection. First, try updating your router’s firmware.