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What To Watch For When Choosing A VPN

by Mic Johnson

A VPN is one way of protecting your privacy and data while on the internet by encrypting and tunneling your online activity. However, not every VPN is ideal for you.

With numerous VPNs out there, each promising you privacy while online, how can you cut through the noise to find a VPN provider that actually protects your data?

This article will guide you through some of the things to watch for when choosing a VPN so you can choose the best software for your needs.

Speed

A VPN is of no use if it cannot allow you to stream or browse the internet seamlessly. Constant interruptions due to a low connection speed will dampen your experience; therefore, you should choose a VPN that allows you to enjoy the same browsing experience as you would without the tool.

A fast VPN is a must-have if you or your business conducts data-heavy tasks such as video processing. There can be a big difference between free and paid VPN’s when it comes to speed. If you are looking to use a free VPN, make sure it provides enough data each month to satisfy your usage rate. For example, if a free VPN service provides 10 gigs a month but you use 60 gigs on average this isn’t a good solution for your needs.

Security

Security is an important consideration when choosing a VPN. Some of the important security features include:

  • DNS protection to prevent data leakage
  • Split-tunneling allows you to route some applications through the VPN while sending others directly to the internet.
  • Kill switch automatically prevents your browsing activity from being exposed if you are suddenly disconnected from the VPN

Another important factor that determines the security of a VPN is the location of the VPN provider and its servers. VPNs from providers in privacy-friendly countries are more likely to have better privacy protection than those from heavily regulated countries.

Versatility

When choosing a VPN, you might be deceived into thinking you need only one connection. However, you might need to set up more than one device, in which case, you will need to purchase another VPN.

A good VPN is versatile enough to allow you to connect more than one device at a time. In addition to allowing multiple devices, the VPN you choose should allow at least two concurrent connections.

You should also check whether the VPN provider has bandwidth throttling. Bandwidth throttling can become a problem, especially when you are trying to stream music or videos. You should check the restrictions they have to determine whether the VPN is worth purchasing.

Privacy Policy

A VPN offers you privacy when connecting to the internet, but privacy policies and the type of data VPN providers collect varies.

Some providers have strict, no-log policies while others keep details of your connection. Therefore, you should read the privacy policy and other terms to understand so you can weigh the benefits vs. risks of each VPN.

Pricing

While pricing should not be the first consideration when looking for a VPN, your budget will determine the VPN you choose. The best VPN should give you the most features for the amount you pay for.

Some VPN providers have different plans with different pricing and features. Some also offer a free trial or a money-back guarantee that you can take advantage of to determine whether the VPN offers the features you require.

Choosing the Best VPN

Speed, security, versatility, and pricing are some of the factors to watch out for when choosing the best VPN for your devices or business. Regardless of the choice you make, you must read the fine print, the terms and conditions, and the privacy policy of the VPN provider. For example, some free VPNs provide efficient services but sell your data. Ultimately, the best VPN provides the most privacy, at an affordable price while maintaining a positive browsing experience.

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