We’re all online nowadays, aren’t we? It’s no wonder that we love the Internet so much. It provides us with the information we need, it offers entertainment and connects us with other people in a matter of seconds. Basically, it has the answers to all of our questions and, quite often, all of our needs in a specific moment. Here are some reasons why people actually love the Internet.
There is one question, though, that keeps popping up at every second of every minute of your browsing. Are you safe? Sure, we all forget this important question from time to time, but it has its way of climbing up from the roots of our sub-conscious mind right to our very conscious one. No matter how much we try to push it down, it keeps popping up.
The Internet is generally a safe place, even though it has enough flaws to make us get worried from time to time. There are ways, though, to ease those worries. No, I’m not telling you to stop using the World Wide Web completely. I’d say that would be a rather wrong move, given the world we are living in. Luckily, there’s no need to make that wrong move.
A different solution lies right there in front of you. In fact, it’s on the Internet too! What a paradox, huh? The right way to protect yourself from the Internet can be found on the Internet. Well, no matter how that might sound to you, it’s the truth and I suggest you learn about that amazing protection mechanism rather sooner than later.
The solution I am talking about is called a virtual private network, or a VPN, and it offers an additional layer of protection to all of those who feel they need it. If you are interested in going online without being tracked, monitored, or even identified, then this is the perfect service for you. You might need to hide your identity for several reasons and, whatever your particular reason might be, a virtual private network can provide you with the opportunity you’re looking for.
Read this to figure out why you might need a VPN: https://www.howtogeek.com/133680/htg-explains-what-is-a-vpn/
The Fun Part Of VPN
I know that you probably have a lot of serious stuff in mind when thinking of ways a VPN can protect you and shield you from prying eyes. You definitely should, because all of those reasons to use this service that you might have thought of are probably correct. A lot of people really enjoy the safety that virtual private networks provide while they are working on certain sensitive issues. Just think of journalists, for example. They deserve and absolutely need this kind of privacy.
There is a fun side of VPNs too. If we set all the privacy and security issues aside, there is still a pretty important reason to use this service and it has more to do with entertainment than safety. Who would have thought, huh? Using a virtual private network for entertainment purposes – sounds weird, doesn’t it? Let me give you an example that will make this whole thing perfectly clear.
Say you want to watch your favorite Netflix show but the country you are in doesn’t allow access to it. What will you do? Give up the whole idea and simply make peace with the fact that you won’t be able to watch what you were trying to watch? You could easily do that, if your character and your nature allow you to do it.
You can also call VPN to your rescue. In fact, one of the main reasons why people use VPNs is because it allows them to stream any content they want, without bumping into any restrictions. How can that be possible, you’re wondering? If the access is forbidden in your country, what could possibly a virtual private network have to do with it?
Let me freshen up your memory a little bit. One of the main purposes of turning on a VPN is the act of hiding your IP address. What’s more, this is taken a step further. You can not only hide it, but actually change it and make it appear as if you were located anywhere in the world. The choice of country is yours.
In this particular example, this means that you’ll need to find the country in which the access to the particular content isn’t restricted. Once you do that, you will be able to enjoy unlimited access and stream anything you want. If that’s not fun and entertainment, then I don’t know what is. As you can see, there’s a lot more to virtual private networks than you might have imagined.
Too Many Providers
There are also a lot more VPN providers than you might have imagined. This can be a good thing. Having a lot of options means that you aren’t restricted to one service that might or might not work well. It gives you the opportunity to make your own choice and use the services coming from the provider that you believe is right for you.
That’s the thing, though. How can you know which one is right for you? As much as having options might be a good thing, it can also put you in trouble. Having too many options increases your chances of making a mistake, doing it all wrong and ending up quite unsatisfied with the service you get. Instead of enjoying the benefits of VPNs (such as those explained by this useful source), you might end up cursing the day you decided to try the whole thing out.
How about we do our best not to let that happen? By “we” I mean you and me, because you probably can’t do it alone and I definitely can’t do all the work for you. The trick is in joining forces. My part is to explain which features you should look for in a virtual private network and your part is to pay close attention and use the tips I give you once you start searching for your provider. Let me do my part and hope that you’ll do yours.
VPN Must Haves
You’re probably wondering how on Earth I am going to do my part. It’s not like I can just log into your computer right now, do the search for you and leave you with a couple of good options to choose from. Or, can I? Just kidding, I definitely can’t. Someone else might be able to do that, but I doubt you’ll be inclined to let them.
Anyway, let’s not get off topic. I’ll do my part by explaining what the absolute “must haves” in the provider and the VPN you choose are. While I cannot tell you directly and straightforwardly which provider you should use, simply because I’m not a wise-ass who thinks they know everything better than anyone else, I can guide you towards making the right choice with these “must haves” I have mentioned. Let’s get started.
The whole point of a virtual private network is to stay secured and, well, private while browsing the Internet. Whether you want to admit it or not, there might be some providers willing to sell your data to third parties and that’s exactly what you want to avoid. How can you be sure that you’re avoiding it, though? Nobody will tell you that they’re trying to trick you.
Well, you have a trick up your sleeve as well. Before starting to use these services, you should do some in-depth research about the particular providers you have in mind. Read reviews about them and check if other people were satisfied with what they received or if there are any safety concerns connected to that specific provider. Reliability should always be your number one criterion.
As Tim Tremblay from FastestVPNGuide teaches us, there are some things you can tolerate in a VPN, but lack of speed is not one of those. You don’t want this service to slow down your connection to the point where it becomes good for nothing. That’s why speed should be your number two criterion during this search. Trust me, you would definitely get frustrated with a slow connection, so make sure to look for a fast virtual private network.
Once again, you can do that by finding and reading reviews. Among other things, these can tell you whether a particular VPN is fast enough to meet your needs or not. Reviews are definitely the biggest
help you can get whenever choosing these services and you should definitely use that to your advantage, especially in order to figure out the speed of the service.
If you thought that you could use these services completely free of charge, then you were wrong. Sure, you might be able to find some free VPNs out there, but I wouldn’t really trust those. Reliability comes first, remember and if your provider fails to meet that criterion, it really doesn’t matter if they’re offering their services free of charge. You want nothing to do with unreliable people.
Now, as you will probably quickly see once you begin your search, some VPNs cost more than others. Does that automatically mean that they are better? Well, not exactly. You should always read those reviews in order to compare the functionality, reliability, speed and the price of particular VPNs. Keep in mind that the price should be your last concern, but it is definitely still an important concern, because I suppose that you don’t want to get unjustifiably overcharged.