Do you need a virtual private network? Does somebody traveling to a different country need a VPN? Do you need one when using a public network at your local coffee shop? In short, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Today let’s cover the following. What is a VPN? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? Which one is the best one?
A virtual private network or VPN for short offers a higher degree of protection and privacy as you’re surfing the web, whether on your home network or a public network, like your local coffee shop.
But how does it achieve this?
Simply put, a virtual private network creates a secure connection over public networks (such as the wi-fi in public transport, hotels, or your favorite café) as well as home networks (like the one provided by your internet service). By routing your traffic through specialized servers and encrypting your data, VPNs hide your online activity and protect you from the many dangers on the web – from hacker attacks to data selling, identity theft, and much more
In simple terms, just think of it like this, there are other examples but I like to use the water pipe example the top and bottom of the pipe is the encryption and the water is your unsecured data.
What are the drawbacks?
So by now, you are thinking, you are right for traveling outside the country or accessing confidential or financial data on public networks, I need a VPN. But there are a few drawbacks?
Speed: By routing my data through secure servers, my internet speed takes a hit, in general, the top VPN companies claim their VPN service only reduces your internet speed by around 20 percent. Ironically a VPN company called fastest VPN, ended up being the slowest (almost a 50 % speed reduction) when compared to others.
Look for a VPN that has a “kill switch” by that I mean what if my VPN connection drops, (my data no longer is encrypted ) is there an option that warns me or better yet, drops my connection? I wouldn’t want to have my connection drop and I don’t know it while trying to put passwords and move money around on a bank site. Look for a VPN service that has a great reputation on
reliability and server uptime.
Can I have multiple connections? Not only will you need to use a virtual private network on your laptop or computer but you will need one for your cell phone so does it have support for both android & IOS?
“Not having a VPN is like someone looking over your shoulder as you type in your password.”
Best VPN Services
So what are the best VPN services? The top three are:
It is funny but getting USA Netflix seems to be the bar all VPNs aspire to and the best one for that is NordVPN.
The average cost per month is around 10 USD but it gets cheaper by purchasing year-long contracts.
So it really pays to shop around and do your homework, by reading a few of these VPN websites, at the very least you will get an introduction to internet security, something we all need to have in this day of age where obtaining someone’s personal information is becoming more and more commonplace.