When total privacy is needed, a VPN is the ideal solution. Unlike proxy services or applications that hide your device’s IP address, a VPN offers a greater level of privacy since a secure connection is made between your device and the server or network you are connecting to.
Most of the time, this means using a VPN client (software) that you install on the device(s) you want to connect to the VPN with. The VPN client then will give the option to connect to a range of servers located around the world. The number of locations available will depend on the VPN provider you choose to connect with. By using a VPN, you are in fact setting up a secure connection between your device – a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone – and the server, network or other digital device you need to connect to.
Coupled with security and bandwidth is the number of servers you can connect to. Paid VPN services have the income to invest in a vast amount of servers to ensure your VPN connection is always live and fast, allowing you to stream content without buffering issues or the connection dropping.
Also worth knowing is that a VPN uses what are called networking protocols. This is the language the VPN uses to encrypt the information you are sending or receiving over the VPN (consult the dedicated protocols answer for more information).
Generally speaking, most VPNs are available on more or less every device you are planning to use but please check that the VPN you are planning to subscribe to covers your operating system. For example, SaferVPN and CyberGhost support all of the leading operating systems.
And paid services will almost always have much better customer service than free services. Free services will often require you to troubleshoot and fix your own VPN issues while Paid services come with built-in assistance to quickly resolve the problem. Paid VPNs also offer good customer service over the phone which may come in handy if you can’t fix the problem online.
The protocols being used with the VPN are however just one element to consider when determining the efficiency of a VPN. Another very important factor is the bandwidth available on the VPN service. The reality is that free services will not have the revenue to invest in efficient connections to the Internet, resulting in poor and slow connections. Paid VPNs on the other hand have the funds required to invest in infrastructure and offer their customers more secure and much faster connections.
A very good reason for using a VPN is the added security that it brings. If you need to send or receive any sensitive information over the Internet, a VPN is vital. Match the level of security you need to the VPN protocol to ensure you’re always safe and secure online.
A VPN offers unrestricted access to websites and apps that might otherwise be blocked, for example due to local censorship. No matter where you are located, a VPN will give you access to a number of servers located around the world, allowing you to access your favorite websites with ease.
There a numerous VPN providers around the world and many offer a free service. The issue is, what level of speed, reliability, security and support will these free services offer? As you will mostly use your VPN to stream content, speed and a reliable connection are key factors to take into consideration when choosing a provider. In addition, your VPN connection may be carrying what could be sensitive information, therefore it is important to ensure that it is transmitted with robust encryption over a secure and efficient network. Below is a summary of the important elements to consider.