How To Choose A VPN Service Provider

I though an appropriate first article would be to describe how to go about selecting a VPN provider. There are a few basic things everyone should think of when doing so.

A VPN (virtual private network) is a service/tool commonly used to help protect online privacy, especially when surfing on an unsecured network. This tool works by creating an encrypted tunnel where a user’s data is transmitted, hence making it virtually invisible to internet service providers or anyone snooping on your internet activity. The industry grade encryption makes it next to impossible for anyone to decipher hence guaranteeing anonymity and security online. With the many VPN providers out there, deciding on the best supplier to go for can be tricky.

How to select a VPN provider

Knowing what features to look for in a service provider can, however, give you an edge in identifying the right vendor. Some of the features and factors to consider when choosing a VPN service provider include:

  1. Technical Support

    While most companies have a customer support system, checking their availability and their knowledge of various technical issues is recommended. It would, therefore, be best to go for a provider with 24/7 technical support. This is especially important if you depend on the VPN for business operations.

  2. Reliability

    How reliable the provider is, should be your concern as well. A service provider’s reliability can be measured by the number of times its service is up or down. Although downtimes may be inevitable, the provider should provide at least 99% uptime.

  3. Connection Speeds

    The VPN’s connection speeds should be constant and fast enough. While this may depend purely on your ISP, the VPN service should have minimal effect on the connection speed.

  4. Account Setup Process

    Account setup should not only be simple but not take up a lot of your time. Creating an account with some of the best service providers takes up less than 5 minutes.

  5. VPN Protocols and Encryption Level

    If you’re concerned about data encryption and security, it would then be best to look into the VPN connection protocols. SSTP and OpenVPN are considerably the most secure protocols today. SSL VPN protocol is however recommended for firewalls that block VPN connections.

  6. VPN Bandwidth

    How much bandwidth the provider has to offer should be your other concern. If you need the VPN for day to day online services (watching videos, downloading, or surfing the internet), you may then have to go for high or unlimited bandwidth. This does not have to be expensive either.

If you value your online privacy more than anything, then VPNs can come in handy. Even the largest companies and organizations today use VPN services to protect their business data and connections. VPNs do more than just encrypt your connect, they hide your IP address, and secure private data on your computer. The will stop hackers and other malicious or curious individuals right in their tracks.

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