Computer Security 101: What to Look for in a VPN Service

VPNs are an extremely effective tool which can enable you to enjoy browsing the internet, whilst also keeping yourself and your computer files and systems secure. When you have a great VPN, you are able to browse in confidence without worrying about data breaches, online blackmail or having your computer hacked. VPNs provide you with browsing confidentiality and allow you to encrypt your information to keep it safe.

Recent developments in VPNs have been incredible and whilst previously VPNs were only used by a few people, they have been more and more common amongst internet users. It is not difficult to use a VPN but because there are so many different VPN options on the market, it can be a hard decision choosing the right VPN for you.

To help you make that choice, this is our guide on what to look for in a VPN service.

1. Anyone Should be Able to Use It

VPNs should be easy to use and if, when trying out different VPN options, you try one that is confusing or overly technical, then you should just disregard it. The experts from this website explain that it is really unnecessary to choose a VPN that is difficult to use, because there are so many options available you will be able to easily find one that is much easier to use but still provides all the same benefits. The most popular VPNs have simple user interfaces and simply attach to your taskbar to activate or deactivate as you wish.

2. Significant Numbers of Servers

The way that VPNs function is that they link encrypted data between you as the user and the server providing the data. For VPNs to work, they need multiple servers in order to be able to deal with the huge number of users. Never choose a VPN which is not transparent about the number of servers it has as the likelihood is, the reason they are hiding this information is because they do not have enough. More servers means more bandwidth which means faster browsing speeds for VPN users.

3. Server Location

As well as the number of servers, the location of a VPN’s servers is also very important. Servers that are located close by will increase the speed and so for internet users such as gamers whose priority is speed, a VPN with nearby servers is usually the best choice. If however, you want to use a VPN to access content that is restricted in your country, choosing a VPN in another country can enable you to access that content more easily.

4. High Data Limits

The best VPNs have high data limits which is ideal because limited VPN data affects transmission speed which can be extremely frustrating. To make sure you choose the right VPN, try out lots of different options and check that their data limits are suitable for your needs.

5. Device Compatibility

After you have narrowed your VPN options down to a few choices, the next thing you need to check is that your VPN works on all of your different devices at the same time. Top of the range VPNs work on your computer, phone and tablet and provide the same service no matter what the medium. 

Many VPNs have a limit on the number of devices which you can use simultaneously so make sure to check this limit before making your final decisions.

6. Additional Features

There are some great additional features that different VPNs have which could sway your decision when choosing between different VPNs. Look out for a VPN that works across the various operating systems like Android, Mac and iOS, and also that provides extra benefits like comprehensive home network router setup and extensions for the different internet systems like Firefox and Chrome.

7. Data Protection and Privacy Policies

There are different data protection and privacy policies that the various VPN providers have. One of the main reasons why people want to use a VPN is to protect their data and browse anonymously so if your VPN is just going to collect your data anyway, there is little point in having one. Always be aware that under most countries’ laws, any information collected by your VPN must be handed over to the government upon request so make sure you fully understand your VPN’s policies.

Choosing the best VPN for your internet usage is very important and takes a lot of thought. Many VPN providers offer a free trial so that you can try them out and make sure that they are suitable for your needs. It is usually worth going for a paid VPN ultimately rather than just sticking with the free options because they provide significantly more benefits. 

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